Encouraging Creative and Confident Young Women with chloe + isabel

November has certainly become the month of jewelry for The Modern Austen and I can’t say I’m hating it one bit! But it’s so much more than pretty baubles and jewels. I’m consistently noticing that the women I’ve met who are jewelry designers or merchandisers are among the most ambitious, creative, confident, and entrepreneurial people I know. Just take a look at Marlene for a prime example. She’s a very talented and organized entrepreneur with a passion for what she does and the people she meets.

Sometimes I really wish I had more of an exposure to or opportunity to recognize the growing creativepreneur in me through programs or jobs during my college years. I’m so blessed to have had many leadership roles and can credit these experiences, along with my mentors, with my desire for creative business, but I wish I had fostered it sooner and more directly. And how awesome would it have been to be paid for it, too?

Enter chloe + isabel. Many of you know this company for their insanely beautiful jewelry, but were you aware that they have a Growth and Empowerment through Merchandising (GEM) program specially for young women ages 18-22? This program is built to help them break into the fashion industry and tap into their entrepreneurial skills.  Not only will it help build strong resumes, but it also helps build participants’ bank accounts.

chloe + isabel GEM programvia

Here’s what makes chloe + isabel’s GEM program different from what many other direct sales companies may offer:

  • Participants gain first-hand understanding of running a business by prospecting leads, hosting pop-up shops, creating effective brand displays, and conducting online sales via social media promotion.
  • c + i offers special incentives including a VIP trip to NYC, shopping sprees at top retailers, letters of recommendation from CEO Chantel Waterbury, and resume writing sessions.
  • Some of the dream jobs and internships of current and past GEM Merchandisers include: Bloomingdales, Kate Spade, Julep, Madewell, Boston Scientific, Kleinfeld, American Greetings and more.

If you or another young woman in your life would be interested in pursuing the GEM program, chloe + isabel offers three classes a year and currently looking for members of their January class. Applications are due November 30th! Click here for more information. Not a spritely young college woman anymore? You can still reap the benefits of being a c + i merchandiser!

The amazing leaders at chloe + isabel have so generously offered to giveaway their absolutely gorgeous Midnight Reverie Statement to one lucky reader!  By the way, are you looking for a c + i merchandiser to purchase some stunning jewels and maybe some Christmas gifts? I highly recommend Carly, one of the most talented and dedicated young women I know! Check out her online boutique here.

choe + isabel midnight reverie statement necklacevia

The giveaway will run for one week (until midnight on December 1st) and is open to the continental U.S. only. c + i are unable to ship to military boxes as well at this time.

Best of luck!

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This post is in partnership with Chloe + Isabel through Smart Girls Media Sisters. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Modern Austen possible. 

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