(OAK BROOK, Ill.) – Setting aside time to continually learn about the industry and invest in yourself as an employee is not an easy task. It takes planning and drive. Last month, almost 40 members of RJO spent a weekend retreat at RJO Next Gen 2018. These three days were full of networking, idea sharing and personal development exercises. RJO’s CEO Sarah Streb says, “This year’s turnout surpassed our already high goal for 2018. It’s incredibly rewarding to see so many new faces each year.”
Co-facilitators Kate Peterson of Performance Concepts and Sam Centellas of Outsight Consulting made sure to keep the group moving both physically and mentally so they got the most out of the weekend. With topics that covered everything from communication styles to inventory management, the whirlwind weekend ensured that attendees went back to their stores brimming with new ideas.
The RJO Next Generation Experience was made possible by sponsorship from RDI Diamonds, Ostbye, Stuller, Edge Retail Academy, Diamond Producers Association, Rarest Rainbow and Federated Insurance.
In keeping with their commitment to further education in the industry, The RJO Foundation awarded over $2,000 total to six applicants in their Spring 2018 cycle. Past awardee Samantha Tupper of Wink’s Jewelry in Brookings, SD stated, “I am so thankful to RJO and the RJO Foundation.”
The RJO Foundation awards scholarships twice a year and is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2018 cycle.