April 16, 2002
WJA Selects Hall of Fame Winner
Harriet Schreiner, executive vice president, general merchandise manager of Sterling Jewelers, will receive the Women's Jewelry Association Hall of Fame award at the WJA 19th Annual Awards for Excellence dinner July 28, 2002, at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, New York City. The Hall of Fame award is given to notable women for their contributions to the jewelry industry.
"Harriet Schreiner is truly deserving of this award," says WJA president Anna Martin. "She has not only reached the pinnacle of her field, the level of excellence she has shown throughout her impressive career makes her an inspiration and a role model for women in our industry."
Schreiner has spent almost 40 years in the jewelry industry, beginning at Sears, Roebuck & Co., where she moved up from sales to jewelry department manager, district manager and regional manager. In 1989 she joined the staff of Barry's Jewelers as general merchandise manager. She assumed her current position at Sterling in May 1996. She is a member of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Morris Animal Foundation, "Futures for Children" and actively supports breast cancer research.
In addition to the Hall of Fame, the WJA Awards for Excellence recognizes outstanding women in seven different categories: design; manufacturer/dealer/supplier; sales; retail; marketing; editorial/reporting/publishing; and special services.
The awards dinner, held during the Summer JA New York Show, has become one of the most popular social events of the season, says Isabella Fiske, chair of the Awards dinner. "A lively Silent Auction benefits the WJA Scholarship Fund, helping to further the organizations vision of empowering women to achieve their highest professional goals," she says.
This year the WJA Awards dinner is being sponsored at the Platinum Level by Tiffany & Co. and IGI; at the Gold Level by ABN Amro Bank, Kwiat, and the Vicenza Trade Fair; and at the Silver Level by Bill Communications, Graff Jewelers, House Beautiful, Johnson Matthey, and Ron Saltiel Productions. Sponsorships are still available, contact WJA at (973) 575-7190.