December 1, 2020, 2:00PM EST

Hosted by Editor-in-Chief Michelle Graff
With Annie Doresca, Chief Financial Officer at Jewelers of America and President of Black in Jewelry Coalition, and Elyssa Jenkins, Director of Membership and Digital Content at Jewelers Vigilance Committee and Vice President of Black in Jewelry Coalition

Earlier this year, a group of Black jewelry industry professionals got together to launch an organization like no other—the Black in Jewelry Coalition. On this episode of “My Next Question,” the BIJC’s co-founders, Jewelers of America Chief Financial Officer Annie Doresca and Jewelers Vigilance Committee Director of Membership and Digital Content Elyssa Jenkins, virtually sit down with Editor-in-Chief Michelle Graff to talk about why the organization started, and where it’s going.

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matt stuller circleABOUT ANNIE DORESCA

Annie E. Doresca is the President and Co-Founder of the Black in Jewelry Coalition, and the Chief Financial Officer at Jewelers of America. She has been with JA since July 2008. She has overall responsibility for the organization’s finance and accounting, office management, human resources and IT functions. Prior to JA, Doresca served as client manager for BTQ Financial, an outsourcing provider of financial services to nonprofit organizations.

During her tenure at BTQ, Mrs. Doresca was responsible for several multi-million-dollar clients, developed and implemented financial-operations improvements, and helped to shape the strategic direction. Prior to BTQ Financial, she served as manager of advisory services for Nonprofit Finance Fund and, before that, she was an intermediate analyst for Goldman Sachs Co. in New York. Outside of work, Doresca volunteers with Meals on Wheels and serves on the school board as a trustee of the Baldwin Union Free School Board District.

matt stuller circleABOUT ELYSSA JENKINS 

Elyssa Jenkins is the Vice President and Co-Founder of Black in Jewelry Coalition, and the Director of Membership and Digital Content at the Jewelers Vigilance Committee. Passionate about creating a more inclusive environment for all and aiding aspiring entrepreneurs, she also serves as chapter liaison for the Women’s Jewelry Association and the chair of diversity for the WJA NY Metro chapter.

A longtime New York resident, Jenkins got her start in the fashion industry, working and attending more than 10 seasons of New York Fashion Week as head editor for a prominent hair and beauty magazine. She holds a master’s degree in Biomedical Science from Rutgers, and has a bachelor’s in Biology and a bachelor’s in Spanish from the University of New Mexico.

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