WJA Metro Event that’s All in the Family

The Metro Chapter of the Women’s Jewelry Association will host “Cool Dads, ‘Greatful’ Daughters,” a conversation among members of some of the most famed families in the fine jewelry industry.

The discussion will be held Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Katie Murphy Auditorium. The event will be preceded by the Metro Chapter’s annual meeting at 5:15 p.m.

Participating on the panel are: Kenny Ingwer, president, Leo Ingwer Inc., and Danielle Ingwer, manager, Leo Ingwer Inc.; Sheldon Kwiat, principal, Kwiat Diamonds, and Michele Kwiat Siegel, partner, Kwiat Diamonds; Mark Schonwetter, president, Lieberfarb Inc., with his two daughters, Ann Schonwetter Arnold and Isabella Schonwetter Fiske, vice presidents, Lieberfarb, Inc.; Myron Toback, president, Myron Toback Inc., and Joy Toback-Galicki, Myron Toback Inc.; and Robert Bridel, president, Robert Bridel & Associates, and Kendra Bridel Weinman, executive vice president, Caressa Jewelry.

“There are not many industries that are as family-oriented as ours,” said Michele Kwiat Siegel, the Metro Chapter president. “We thought it would be informative and fun to share what we’ve learned by working together with our fathers and family members.”

The discussion will be moderated by industry public relations veteran Lynn Ramsey. “We’ll look at some of the rationales for daughters going into the family business, the learning curves, and succession plans, among other issues,” Ramsey said. “It will be enlightening for any working woman interested in the jewelry business, regardless of whether she’s fortunate enough to work for her cool dad.”

Tickets for the event are $29 for WJA members, $39 for non-members, and $15 for students, and are available on the WJA Web site.