"SHE THRIVES" Women's Empowerment Conference - Caribbean
11/12/2021 - 12/12/2021
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“SHE THRIVES” WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT CONFERENCE - (CARIBBEAN) 2021 
  "Thriving in Crisis; Empowered for Change"   
 CONFERENCE OVERVIEW
The inaugural “SHE THRIVES WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT CONFERENCE' - 2021 has been exclusively curated to inspire and empower women in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean, to successfully pivot through the challenges of these uncertain times.
Over two days, the conference will host powerful presentations, panels and conversations that will help women navigate through the important areas of their lives. The COVID19 pandemic has created for us a different world, with unique challenges, necessitating the emergence of varied leadership styles. There is the need for innovative strategies for women owned businesses. Women, now more than ever, need greater mental strength in managing work life balance and navigating professional and intimate relationships, often time under the same roof! How do we as women rise above the challenges brought on by the pandemic and not lose ourselves in the process?
Join us at the She Thrives Conference! Learn specific methodologies, perspectives, and frameworks that will help women to thrive professionally, to manage their finances, to manage relationships as well as to employ self-care methods, taking care of both mind and body, now and into a post pandemic world. The conference will be two exciting days of realignment of our thought processes. We will be creating lasting partnerships and networks to help us as women to not only survive this pandemic, but to succeed and to thrive into a new decade! Do not miss it!


***PART PROCEEDS OF ALL TICKET SALES WILL GO TO THE HER FLOW FOUNDATION. ASSISTING IN ERADICATING "PERIOD POVERTY" AMONG OUR WOMEN AND YOUNG GIRLS.






LADIES, ARE YOU READY TO BE INSPIRED? TO BE UPLIFTED? TO BE EMPOWERED?



We look forward to seeing you there!









Agenda
11
Welcome
Welcome
Start
8:45
End
9:20
Speakers
Roxene Nickle
Redefining Gender Equality & Women's Leadership Roles During The Pandemic and Into a Post Pandemic World
Redefining Gender Equality & Women's Leadership Roles During The Pandemic and Into a Post Pandemic World

Due to Covid-19, the business world has shifted and transformed almost overnight, necessitating the emergence of a different type of leader within a hybrid workspace. Where do professional women now fit in? Can women still expect to have an equal opportunity and compensation within the workplace? With many women now balancing working from home and their professional lives, has the pandemic set women back as it relates to the push for gender equality? How has the leadership roles of women changed? What are the best industries for women in a new decade? This presentation will explore the changing definition of leadership, as well as the core tenets of today’s leaders and the importance of continued support and push for gender equality within the workplace.

Start
9:20
End
9:50
Speakers
Imani Duncan Price
Keynote Address: Dr Michelle Rozen, PhD
Keynote Address: Dr Michelle Rozen, PhD
America’s Number 1 authority on the Psychology of Change
Start
9:50
End
10:20
Speakers
Michelle Rozen, PhD
Self Discovery - The Start To Finding Purpose As Leaders
Self Discovery - The Start To Finding Purpose As Leaders
Start
10:20
End
10:50
Speakers
Jacqueline Coke-Lloyd
Shattering Glass Ceilings: Empowered Women at the Helm of Powerful Brands
Shattering Glass Ceilings: Empowered Women at the Helm of Powerful Brands
This will be an inspiring session where women leaders from corporates, share their journeys to success! The discussion will be an interactive dialogue where personal experiences, challenges faced professionally and personally during the pandemic, unique solutions, and hidden gems will be shared. The goal of this panel discussion is to: inspire and motivate women, young girls, and male allies in your life, despite setbacks and challenges that they may face, they should know that with will power & support they can overcome.
Start
10:50
End
11:55
Speakers
Chorvelle Johnson Cunningham
Mariame McIntosh Robinson
Nadine Mcleod
Eva Mitchell
STRETCH BREAK
STRETCH BREAK
SPONSORS VIDEOS
Start
11:55
End
12:15
Upskilling and Empowering Ourselves for the Highest Levels of Leadership
Upskilling and Empowering Ourselves for the Highest Levels of Leadership

Opportunities for corporations and businesses to upskill middle managers will be presented. We examine the professional woman’s approach to productivity while working from home. How do middle managers attain the professional goals set for themselves during the pandemic? How can organisations offer more support for the acceleration of their female staff in middle management positions?

Learn productivity-boosting tools in a hybrid workplace. What are the tools needed for getting there – from big-picture concepts to practical, walk-out-and-use-it-today tips to get started. Discover how to work smartly, efficiently, get the important things done in the new normal and turn your vision of successful leadership into reality.

Start
12:15
End
12:45
Speakers
Marguerite Orane
LUNCH BREAK
LUNCH BREAK
SPONSORS’ PRESENTATIONS
Start
12:45
End
13:30
The Important Lessons in Failure, on your journey to Success.
The Important Lessons in Failure, on your journey to Success.
Are you plagued by Self Limiting Thoughts? As professional women, how do we overcome these thoughts, some that we may be carrying from childhood into adulthood? This presentation will focus on women’s need to change perspective about what they are capable of – surpassing their own self limitations and doubts, when met with failure. Do you suffer from “imposter syndrome?” By the end of this session, you will be able to identify a core belief that may be blocking your progress and learn how to change it. Learn how to self-actualize success and go about developing the skillsets that will help us to be more confident in self, create a vision for a new future, and design a plan of action to not to just survive but to thrive.
Start
13:30
End
14:00
Speakers
Tanya Powell
HER MONEY MATTERS: The Need for Financial Foresight & Planning – Financial Institution
HER MONEY MATTERS: The Need for Financial Foresight & Planning – Financial Institution
We all have hopes and dreams for our future, many of which are rooted in financial goals! As women, how can we anticipate what our lives will look like in 10, 20, or 50 years? How do we overcome financial setbacks? How soon should a woman start investing? What can we teach our children about investing? Learn how to navigate financial set back during a pandemic. Plan ahead and make sound decisions today that can benefit your financial standing tomorrow.
Start
14:00
End
14:30
Time Management for the Professional Woman; How Can We as Women Master Work Life Balance/ Work from Home Orders in the New Normal
Time Management for the Professional Woman; How Can We as Women Master Work Life Balance/ Work from Home Orders in the New Normal
With many women working from home during the pandemic while juggling childcare, being part time teachers to their kids and other family obligations, how can the professional woman successfully balance the obligations of work and home under the same roof?
Start
14:30
End
15:00
Speakers
Marcia Woon Choy
Breakout Sessions #1 - Prioritising Women's Mental Health in a New Normal
Breakout Sessions #1 - Prioritising Women's Mental Health in a New Normal
Prioritising your Health & Wellness: (Symposium) - Pandemic Burnout: The importance of taking care of your mental health during the pandemic, in order to thrive – (mental health advocate)
Start
15:00
End
15:40
Speakers
Dionne Sinclair
Breakout Sessions #2 - Women's Reproductive Health/ Removing the Stigmas
Breakout Sessions #2 - Women's Reproductive Health/ Removing the Stigmas
Prioritising your Health & Wellness: (Symposium) - Staying physically and mentally strong, with the right diet and at home work outs
Start
15:00
End
15:40
Speakers
Shelly-Ann Weeks
Breakout Sessions #3 - Keeping Physically Fit and Healthy At Any Age
Breakout Sessions #3 - Keeping Physically Fit and Healthy At Any Age
Prioritising your Health & Wellness: (Symposium) - Misconceptions & Women's Reproductive Health
Start
15:00
End
15:40
Speakers
Natalie Murray
Day One Closing Remarks
Day One Closing Remarks
Moderator thanks sponsors
Start
15:40
End
16:00
Speakers
Roxene Nickle
12
Registration & Log On
Registration & Log On
Start
8:15
End
8:45
Welcome
Welcome
Opening Remarks by Moderator, Notices, Prayer
Start
8:45
End
9:00
Speakers
Roxene Nickle
Keynote Address - Mrs. Paula Kerr- Jarret : Purpose Driven Leadership within 21st Century Corporations; The Need to Adapt Corporate Cultures which support Gender Equality at the Executive Level
Keynote Address - Mrs. Paula Kerr- Jarret : Purpose Driven Leadership within 21st Century Corporations; The Need to Adapt Corporate Cultures which support Gender Equality at the Executive Level
Keynote Address
Start
9:00
End
9:30
Speakers
Paula Kerr-Jarret
The Power of YOU: Entrepreneurs: Build Your Brand, Expand Your Vision! PR Chick!
The Power of YOU: Entrepreneurs: Build Your Brand, Expand Your Vision! PR Chick!
Who are YOU – and what value do you bring to the table? This impactful and interactive session will explore what personal branding is and why it matters for women in today’s fiercely competitive job market and business environment. Entrepreneurs, learn about the pillars of a personal brand, and gain insight on how to create a compelling personal brand online. Take your career to the next level by harnessing the strengths that makes you stand out from the crowd and skills to demonstrate the unique value you offer to others.
Start
9:30
End
10:00
Speakers
Naomi Garrick
Follow Your Entrepreneurial Vision into the New Decade
Follow Your Entrepreneurial Vision into the New Decade
Entrepreneurs are sparked by a vision that motivates them to persevere despite obstacles and challenges. If you are now thinking of starting your own business, you’ve got questions. Where do you begin? How do you keep focused and balanced when confronted with everyday realities? 10:00 - 10:20 Presentation by JBDC 10:20 - 10:40 Presentation by Jampro
Start
10:00
End
10:50
Speakers
Valerie Veira
Keera Walters
Stretch break
Stretch break
Start
10:50
End
11:00
She Means Business: Addressing the Gender Finance Gap
She Means Business: Addressing the Gender Finance Gap
Successful female entrepreneurs and business owners share their experiences in overcoming challenges, while following their passion and dreams, and are thriving in business in spite of a pandemic. We will learn how to identify opportunities during crisis.
Start
11:00
End
11:30
Speakers
Kalilah Reynolds
Symposium - Session #1 - The Passing of a Sexual Harrassment Bill - What does it now mean for the empowerment of women in the workplace?
Symposium - Session #1 - The Passing of a Sexual Harrassment Bill - What does it now mean for the empowerment of women in the workplace?
Start
11:30
End
12:00
Symposium - Session #2 - Identifying the sign of domestic abuse & domestic violence; removing stigmas from victims, imprtant to the empowerment of women
Symposium - Session #2 - Identifying the sign of domestic abuse & domestic violence; removing stigmas from victims, imprtant to the empowerment of women
Start
11:30
End
12:00
Speakers
Dr. Kurdell Espinosa-Campbell
Symposium - Session #3 - Skincare and Beauty Tips for Women while working from home! DIY Tips for Women!
Symposium - Session #3 - Skincare and Beauty Tips for Women while working from home! DIY Tips for Women!
Start
11:30
End
12:00
LUNCH BREAK
LUNCH BREAK
SPONSORS’ PRESENTATIONS
Start
12:00
End
13:00
Empowered Women Raise Empowered Girls
Empowered Women Raise Empowered Girls
Start
13:00
End
13:30
Speakers
Latoya Minott Hall
The Men Speak: Why it's important to have empowered Women within corporations, business, and familities. Panel Disucssion
The Men Speak: Why it's important to have empowered Women within corporations, business, and familities. Panel Disucssion
Start
13:30
End
14:30
Donations and Scholarships Annoucements
Donations and Scholarships Annoucements
Donation to a charity that supports the empowerment of women; Our focus is Education this year.
Start
14:40
End
14:50
Speakers
Roxene Nickle
Conference Closing
Conference Closing
Closing remarks and Vote of thanks by Conference Planning Team
Start
14:50
End
15:00
Speakers
Roxene Nickle
Speakers
Conference Keynote Speaker

Michelle Rozen, PhD

The Change Doctor

Dr. Michelle Rozen, PhD is a game-changing, revenue- building, performance-boosting change expert, keynote speaker, and highly respected authority on the psychology of change. She is an author, a Huffington Post contributor, and a frequent guest on media outlets such as NBC, ABC, FOX News, and CNN. Dr. Michelle’s rare blend of audience engagement, killer take-away strategies, and instant connection with the audience have made her one of the most unique and memorable speakers on the stage today.

Her latest work is around “2-Second Decisions”, helping people to master time management and power through decision making in turbulent times. Dr. Michelle consistently speaks for Fortune 500 companies and her clients include some of the most recognizable companies in the world including Johnson & Johnson, Merrill Lynch, and The U.S. Navy. She holds a masters degree and a PhD in Psychology and resides in the greater NYC area with her husband, three kids, and two dogs.

Keynote Speakers

Paula Kerr-Jarret

Business Executive and Global Entrepreneur

Born into a Jamaican family that goes back many generations, Paula Kerr-Jarrett, the daughter
of Christopher Bovell, Attorney-at-Law and Michelle started her early education in Jamaica and
completed high school in the UK. She continued her education there, going on to read Law and Politics at the University of London, where she gained both her BA and LLM degrees. Paula moved back to
Jamaica in 1990, and was called to the Jamaican Bar thereafter. 

Over the following years, as she re-assimilated into the Jamaican culture, she had many experiences
which allowed her to recognize and appreciate the tremendous assets that Jamaica had to offer,
particularly in the people. Her primary passion has since then, been to help develop and establish Jamaica and its environs into one of the most highly sought-after locations to visit, live and work. 

In order to realize this goal, she cultivated a role as a “social entrepreneur”, connecting various
individuals; charities; business and government organizations in order to create a synergy of ideas,
always where possible, aiming to advance the prospects of Jamaicans from all levels of society. This role involved her in numerous projects, involving religious, charitable and educational organizations, and
eventually led to her become a candidate in the national elections. It was in this forum that she was able to fully understand the economic, social and educational disparity that often exists in developing
countries. This led her to establish “Hanover Hope”, a non-profit foundation focusing on raising
awareness and funds to provide scholarships (based on meritocracy as opposed to political affiliation) for many young people across the island.

Over the years, her role has evolved to be both in the capacity of fund raising as well as heightening the awareness of various sections of the local and international community to the needs of the less educated and under-served in Jamaica. Her goal, if it could be put in a nutshell, would be “fair
opportunity for all”. This is because she has a strong belief that your past should not determine your future, nor should your address or social background predetermine your potential prospects: “Everyone deserves a first, second and third chance”! This belief has challenged her to study extensively in the area of philanthropy as well as to attend and participate in many seminars that highlight the importance of education and self-development for sustainable success. The importance of self-awareness and cultivation of confidence in your abilities, she believes, is an essential ingredient for every person who aspires to experience a dynamic and exciting
future. She continues to highlight wherever possible, her strong conviction that the businesses and
professional community, through their participation, can help to unleash a culture of leadership in our Nations. This support and involvement she insists, should encompass, not just areas of traditional precepts of literacy but the sharing and facilitating of meaningful “real life” opportunities where
possible. This, along with practical experiences, mentoring and guidance, ultimately leading to the restoring of character ethics on a broad scale.

Paula has been a Director of the Barnett Group of Companies for over 30 years, where she has had
direct oversight of company investments and the business development strategy of the Barnett group, in particular the Barnett Tech Park as well as other developmental aspects of the business. She has also been involved in start ups that have successfully gone public, and enjoys the dynamism of working with a team to position new companies for growth. 
She served as a Director on several government boards which involved specific oversight of trade; economic development and education. 

From a philanthropic perspective, Paula continues to make herself available to assist with projects that focus on “community”. She was a founding member of the Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship
(Caribbean) Board and still serves as a Director. She is involved in several other charitable organizations,
being a board member of the “We Care for Cornwall Regional”; Ambassador for the UWI (Western
Campus) and a member of the Economic Growth Council. She was recently appointed Ambassador of Investment and Philanthropy by the government of Jamaica.

Paula recently remarried and her husband, Danny Wegman shares her passion for the people and
communities in Jamaica. They receive enormous fulfillment in assisting those around them to thrive, whether this is by using their resources where possible, or by simply a word of encouragement and hope to anyone they may encounter along the way. Paula has two children, Joshua and Rebecca, who share in this passion for people and life!
Guest Performer

CYRILIA

Passionate and High Energy Live Performing Artist, Singer, and Song Writer

Presenters

Chorvelle Johnson Cunningham

Chief Executive Officer @ Sagicor Bank Jamaica Limited

Chorvelle Johnson Cunningham is the Chief Executive Officer of Sagicor Bank Limited – a subsidiary of Sagicor Group Jamaica. With over two decades of experience in the financial sector, she joined the team in January 2018. She is currently the Chair of the United Way Jamaica and the head of the Membership Committee of the Women’s Leadership Initiative. Chorvelle is married to Vaughn, with three children. She enjoys music, dancing, yoga, mindfulness and just being surrounded by family and friends. She strongly believes that “One hand cannot clap” and that it is important to always “Put yourself in someone else’s shoes”.

Mariame McIntosh Robinson

President & CEO at First Global Bank - Jamaica @ First Global Bank - Jamaica

Mariame McIntosh Robinson is a global financial services leader with 20+ years’ experience as a P&L leader, investor, board member and advisor to leading companies in the US and the Caribbean. Currently, McIntosh Robinson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of First Global Bank Limited. She joined as President and CEO in 2016 to lead the Bank’s transformation and strategic pursuit of Financial Inclusion and during this time, she and her team have transformed the organization’s culture; more than doubled profit; tripled the Bank’s retail network primarily by adding bank agents; and assumed a market leading focus in serving unbanked individuals and small and medium enterprises. Prior to joining First Global Bank Limited, McIntosh Robinson was a Partner at Portland Private Equity, the largest private equity fund manager in the Caribbean; and prior to this she spent nearly nine years at Bain & Company and McKinsey & Company, where she advised CEOs and senior leadership teams of Fortune 500 companies on growth strategy and implementation. McIntosh Robinson currently serves as a Director on several private and public Boards in Jamaica and Barbados, and is a Trustee on the United Way Worldwide Board. She is a Vice President of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ), and the Board Chair of TEACH Caribbean, an educational NGO she co-founded in 2006 with seed financing from Rhodes Trust to provide accessto quality education for economically disadvantaged youth. She is also a member of the Jamaica chapters of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) and Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and was named a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum in 2014. McIntosh Robinson is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Minor in Economics. She also has an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was the co-recipient of the Dean’s Award for outstanding leadership on campus, and an M.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

She is married and has two children.

Imani Duncan Price

Co-Executive Director at Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CAPRI)

A former Government Senator, Co-Executive Director of Jamaica’s leading think tank, the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CAPRI), and Group Strategy Officer for the JMMB Group – a leading Caribbean financial services group, Imani Duncan-Price exhibits a record of successful leadership. As former Chief of Staff in the ‘Office of the Leader of the Opposition’ in Jamaica she supported then Opposition Leader and People’s National Party (PNP) President, Dr. Phillips, in policy formulation with a focus on inclusive growth.

With Imani’s passion for social innovation and impact, she recently established the ‘Imani, Grace and Love’ Foundation focusing on Women’s Economic Empowerment and Affordable Dignified Housing. She also continues her social justice activism supporting the Jamaica Household Workers Union and Jamaica Network of Rural Women Producers. As a development practitioner, Imani is also a Consultant with UN Women.

As an international management consultant, she focused on business cluster competitiveness, gender and effective social interventions. Imani also led extensive research and co-authored the case study, “Arrested Development: The Political Origins and Social Foundations of Common Violence in Jamaica”, published in 2008, Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper No. 46.

After her year as Miss Jamaica World 1995, Imani earned a BA from Wesleyan University and Masters in International Development from Harvard Kennedy School.

Named a Young Global Leader 2015, Eisenhower Fellow 2018, Global Governance Forum Fellow 2021 and Vital Voices Public Leadership Fellow 2021, Imani is married to Stephen and mother of three young children, Aidan, Marley and Selah.

Kalilah Reynolds

CEO @ Kalilah Reynolds Media

Kalilah Reynolds is Jamaica’s leading and most influential business and finance journalist, receiving the highest award from the Press Association of Jamaica in that category in 2017, 2018 and 2019. After serving twenty years at several traditional media organizations in Jamaica and her native Belize, Kalilah branched out on her own, launching Kalilah Reynolds Media (KRM) and kalilahreynolds.com.

KRM is the Caribbean’s first fully digital, multimedia business news organization, with a vision to help Caribbean people create and maintain personal wealth and prosperous economies by making business and finance easy to understand. It’s flagship programmes are Jamaica’s #1 rated business show, Taking Stock, and the financial education programme, #MoneyMondaysJa.  Kalilah is a published author of two books, and has an M.A. in Communications Studies from the University of the West Indies, and a B.A. in Journalism from Fordham University in New York City, both with distinction.  She’s also a mom of three beautiful children, and wife to the world’s best husband.

Naomi Garrick

Founder @ Garrick Communications

Naomi is a Public Relations Consultant, Author, International
Speaker, Personal Branding Coach & Brand Strategist that
helps individuals, entrepreneurs, corporate executives and
CEO's to discover, define and develop their unique personal
brand in order to effectively communicate their expertise and stand out in their craft or industry both on and offline.

She is also the founder of Garrick Communications – a boutique PR agency and a Certified Reputation Champion by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) with over 16 years of experience in Public Relations & Marketing, working with over 100 brands and individuals and Co-Founder of EMERGE personal development summit and workshops.
Naomi is passionate about helping people to see the greatness that sometimes they cannot see within themselves by helping individuals to identify or re-invent their unique personal brand in order to stand out in a noisy world.

Jacqueline Coke-Lloyd

Managing Director @ Make Your Mark Consultants

Marcia Woon Choy

CEO @ Action Coach

Marcia Woon Choy is the CEO of Action Coach.

Tanya Powell

Certified Team Engagement Specialist

Tanya D. Powell is an International Speaker, #1 Best-Selling Author, and a Results Coach. She empowers individuals to transform their leadership skills to create success in their personal and professional lives. Tanya strongly believes that lasting results are created by transforming from the inside outand effectively guides her clients and audiences to create powerful mindset shifts that elevate them from where they are to where they long to be.

Tanya has spent over two decades in Multibillion-Dollar companies serving in Senior Leadership positions. She is now aCertified Executive and Personal Development Coach with John Maxwell Team and the CAPP Institute, delivering insightful and capacity building leadership and communication training and coaching to corporates. She is also an International Award-winning Team engagement coach.

Despite a Global pandemic and cancer diagnosis in 2020, Tanya has emerged as a cancer thriver, and has founded the ishiftInstitute for Transformationhas been a featured speaker on international stages with speakers such as Les Brown, Jon Talarico, and Dr. Cheryl Wood and has co-authored multi-bestselling transformational books.

Tanya shares a powerful, transformational message of Self-Leadership, especially through adversities and empowers her clients and audiences to not just survive but to thrive through those times. She has delivered keynote presentations for a host of small and large organizations and has been featured on numerous podcasts, radio interviews and magazines.

Known as ‘The People’s Coach,’ Tanya believes that “It is in change that you discover your purpose.”

Dr. Kurdell Espinosa-Campbell

Acting Director Emergency Medical Services (EMS) – Ministry of Health - Jamaica

Experienced Medical Director with a demonstrated history of working in the Health and Wellness Industry, Emergency Medicine, and Health Promotion. Strong healthcare services professional with a Doctorate in Emergency Medicine & M.B.B.S focused in Medicine from University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. With a passion for teaching, Dr. Kurdell Espinosa-Campbell is almost finished with her Master's in Health Administration and Leadership.

Marguerite Orane

Founder and CEO @ Free and Laughing Inc.

Marguerite Orane is the Founder and CEO of Free and Laughing Inc., a business
dedicated to changing the way we live and work, so that we do so with joy. She
coaches leaders in realising the value that joy and happiness at work bring to
people and profits. With over 30 years in strategy consulting and general
management, Marguerite’s commitment is to help leaders and their teams
joyfully bring strategy to life to achieve their desired results. She is known for her
insights on leadership, strategy, entrepreneurship and personal growth delivered
in her own energetic, joy-filled way as a coach, in workshops, speaking and her
blogs. Her experience as an entrepreneur, a Harvard MBA and her curiosity about
the mysteries and delights of the world are the foundation of this work.
Marguerite blogs about joyful leadership and is the author of two books - “Forget
It! What’s the Point? Letting Go and Claiming Joy”, and “Free and Laughing:
Spiritual Insights in Everyday Moments”.
A citizen of the world, Marguerite currently resides in Toronto, Canada – and is
having the time of her life spreading joy wherever she is.

Shelly-Ann Weeks

CEO & Executive Director, HerFlow Foundation

Shelly-Ann Weeks is the Founder and Executive Director of HerFlow Foundation which was created to empower women and girls about Reproductive Health through education and mentorship.   After suffering  with painful, heavy periods for most of her adult life, she was diagnosed with Massive Uterine Fibroids and it was recommended that she undergoes a hysterectomy.  Fearing the outcome of permanently removing her entire womb, Shelly-Ann decided to try changing her diet as a experiment for 3 months.  She ate her way to the best health of her life, completely eliminating her chronic pain and avoided doing the hysterectomy.  Today Shelly-Ann spends her time helping women and girls avoid a lifetime of pain by promoting healthy periods.  She chronicles her journey to health in her first book, I CHANGED MY DIET AND CHANGED MY LIFE.  She also wrote and published IT's MY BODY. PERIOD., an Introduction to Menstruation for little black girls.  Through her Foundation, HerFlow, Shelly-Ann has donated over 200,000 period kits to Jamaican public schools, government homes, correctional facilities and community organizations in a effort to End Period Poverty in Jamaica.  Their work is ongoing.  Find out how you can donate to their drive at embraceherflow.com.  

Latoya Minott Hall

Public Education and Special Projects Manager at The Office of The Children’s Advocate

Latoya Natalia Minott Hall is the Public Education and Special Projects Manager at The Office of The Children’s Advocate in
Jamaica. She is by profession a Communication Specialist, an Award Winning, regionally recognized Broadcast Journalist,
Television Presenter, Producer, Writer and Educator. She is also a certified career and personal development coach with YouVision
Internal.
She’s past student of the Bishop Gibson High School for Girls, Church Teachers’ College, University of The West Indies, Mona and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in Strategic Planning with the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK. She is additionally a former Miss Church Teachers’ College and Manchester Festival Queen.
Latoya started her professional career in 2000  as a teacher ofEnglish Language and Literature, Drama, Social Studies and Geography at the Garvey Maceo High School in Clarendon, Jamaica. She subsequently taught at the Spalding High School in the same parish; Bishop Gibson High school for Girls and The South-West TVET Institute (Manchester) which caters to adults and
is operated by the HEART/Trust National Training Agency in Jamaica. Additionally she is also a trained and certified Assessor with the National Training Agency in the area of Early Childhood. Care.
She transitioned from the field of Education after 8 years and ventured into Media and Communications. She gained employment
at the Caribbean’s Largest Media and Communications Group The Then RJR Communications Group which has since been renamed the RJR Gleaner Communications Group. She was employed to the News and Sports Department where she performed the task of Reporter / Producer and Presenter of both the news and entertainment packages on Television Jamaica, TVJ. She was the first producer and presenter of the news programme ‘Entertainment Prime’.
In 2011 she won The Global Water Partnership Caribbean Media Award on Water for Excellence in Journalism on Integrated Water Resources Management. She also received commendations and a Certificate of Merit at the Annual Jamaica Broilers Fairplay Awards in for a series of stories which sought societal assistance for a Manchester based mother who was suffering with 11 children.
Latoya has also crafted and voiced several pieces of advertisements that have been aired on television locally.
Overall she has received several commendations for her body of
work from the local media fraternity throughout her tenure as a
journalist.
Since February 2016, Latoya has been the Public Education and Special Projects Manager at The Office of The Children’s Advocate.
Here she manages projects on behalf of the agency and engages the public, schools, churches, other government agencies, international donors and a raft of stakeholders in the child protection sector on
their behalf.

Natalie Murray

Health Coach

As a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Spinning® Instructor and Director of The Life Store Wellness Boutique Natalie Murray has
been helping people change their lives for over 10 years. She works with busy women to inspire wellness and encourage sustainable lifestyle changes so that they can live their best lives
with the energy, health and vibrance needed to thrive. As a mom of 3 girls who lost her mom to diabetes, she’s particularly keep to work with women to keep this disease away.

Dionne Sinclair

Vice President, Clinical Care & Recovery and Chief Nurse Executive @ Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

As the Vice President, Clinical Care & Recovery and Chief Nurse Executive at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Dionne plays an integral part in helping the organization achieve its goals towards integrated and equitable care and supports for people with mental illness. She leads the program that supports those with the most complex illnesses and is dedicated to improving access to excellent patient-centred care so that people may live their best lives. Dionne brings high energy, a strong work ethic and a positive attitude to all that she does.

 

Dionne is also a member of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) Black Nurses task force and an active member of the College of Nurses of Ontario's Employer Reference Group. As a Certified Healthcare Executive (CHE), Dionne's previous leadership roles include: Multi-Site Director, Diversity and Cultural Advancement at Orillia's Soldiers Memorial Hospital and SouthLake Regional Hospital in Newmarket.

 

Dionne has held many leadership roles in her 35 years of clinical experience, including:  Clinical Director, Medicine Program at Southlake Regional Hospital, Director of Home and Community Care Planning and Strategy at the North West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), Clinical Director Complex Continuing Care, Saint Vincent Hospital; Bruyere Continuing Care and Clinical Manager, Mental Health and Addictions at Humber River Hospital. Dionne is a mother of 3 beautiful girls, an entrepreneur, a motivational speaker, and an award-winning fitness professional.

Eva Mitchell

Chief Executive Officer @ The Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange Limited and The Trinidad and Tobago Central Depository Limited

Ms. Eva Mitchell joined The Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange Limited (TTSE) in the capacity of Manager – Market Operations in 2016 with overall responsibility for the day to day operations of the market.
Ms. Mitchell has, in her five (5) years with the TTSE, been at the forefront of technology, overseeing the implementation of electronic trading, clearance and settlement systems for the TTSE and The Trinidad & Tobago Central Depository (TTCD) and has pioneered the successful launch of online trading for the TTSE, a first ever for the local market.
Her input has been instrumental in the creation of a technologically sound, world-class stock exchange and its depository which is compliant with internationally recognized trading and settlement standards.
During her tenure at the TTSE, Ms. Mitchell also oversaw major market transactions including Initial Public Offerings, Corporate Actions, Take-Overs and Privatizations valued at over TT$7 billion, which involved collaborating with government and private stakeholders.
These experiences, in her view, were “nation-building” as they sought to deepen the country’s financial inclusion and provide fair, transparent and easier access to financial products and services to all investors…whether large or small.
In October 2021, she assumed the role of Acting Chief Executive Officer of the TTSE and its wholly owned subsidiary - The TTCD, and was officially appointed in the position of Chief Executive Officer by the TTSE Board of Directors in April 2021.
Prior to her assignment at the TTSE, Ms. Mitchell served in the financial sector for over 20 years, working with large international financial institutions and has worked in various areas of financial services such as Finance, Asset Management, Retail and Commercial Banking, and Brokerage Services, pioneering key product launches and financial transactions which contributed towards
further deepening of the local financial market.
In her current role as the CEO of the TTSE, Ms. Mitchell oversees the business operations of the Group, with an emphasis on increasing investor education, strengthening the SME Market, and the growth and development of the Exchange and its employees of which she has been charged to lead.
Ms. Mitchell is passionate about her leadership role and is committed to having her team members reach their highest potential as she believes that they are strategic assets to the organisation.

Valerie Veira

CEO At Jamaica Business Development Corporation

Ms. Valerie Veira, Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Business Development Corporation has over thirty-one (31) years’ experience in industrial development, and has led a number of industry development programmes funded by International Agencies. She has been instrumental in leading two major projects for designing and establishing two government limited liability companies, that provide support to the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Sector (MSME’s). 



Ms. Veira has led various teams in negotiating technical assistance for Jamaica with a number of international organizations. These include the United Nations Development Organization (UNIDO), Canadian Industrial Development Agency (CIDA), United States Agency for International Development (U.S.AID) and Commonwealth Secretariat. 


She is a part-time Senior Lecturer in the Management Studies Dept. at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, where she prepares students to participate effectively in the business sector as entrepreneurs.  


She is the former Chairman of the Board of the Devon House Development Company Ltd. and has served as a Director on the following Boards; National Youth Service, Museum of History & Ethnography (Institute of Jamaica), Churches Cooperative Credit Union Ltd., Centre for the Development of Enterprise- Belgium and the Jamaica Productivity Centre. 


Valerie Veira is a trained communicator with strong organizational and negotiating skills. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (General) from the University of the West Indies, Mona, a Graduate Diploma in Public Administration and a Master’s Degree (MPA) from Harvard University. Valerie Veira is also a Justice of the Peace (J.P).

Keera Walters

Assistant Manager, Business Advisory Services, Jamaica Business Development Corporation

Zachary Harding

Executive Chairman and co-founder of Delta Capital Partners, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Stocks & Securities Limited (SSL) Group

Zachary Harding is Executive Chairman and co-founder of Delta Capital Partners, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Stocks & Securities Limited (SSL) Group both based in Kingston Jamaica. He is a member of the Forbes Business Council and was also named the 2021 Stockbroker CEO of the Year for Jamaica by the Global Banking & Finance Awards®. Prior to taking the helm of SSL, Harding was founder and Chairman of Hyperion Equity, a private investment firm with holdings in technology, cutting edge entertainment, and infrastructure ventures. Over the years, he developed a stellar track record while in senior positions including CEO, Head of Strategy, and Director of Marketing, among other leadership positions within companies such as Appliance Traders Ltd, Wisynco, Red Stripe (Diageo) and Grace Kennedy Remittance Services Ltd. He was the first CEO of the Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator, an initiative started by Virgin boss Richard Branson along with three Caribbean Prime Ministers.

In 2012, Harding was named as one of the Top “50-under-Fifty Business Leaders Shaping Jamaica's Future” by the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica and The Gleaner Newspaper. As a venture capitalist Harding invested heavily in the Creative Industry, both funding and producing the documentary “One People” - the official documentary of Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of Independence, as well as the acclaimed feature film “Sprinter”.  In 2021 he presented the C.A.R.E-Ful decision-making model, (a proprietary, culture-based structure) at TEDx Aston University.

Harding has been dubbed a “rain-maker” and “marketing guru” based on several ground-breaking campaigns and brand turnarounds. His innovative mind and strategic acumen have led him to be selected as Special Advisor to the Minister of Tourism and Deputy Director at the Jamaica Tourist Board. He is currently appointed by the Minister of Finance to serve as the Government of Jamaica representative on the Board of Caribbean Airlines Ltd., and by the Prime Minister to serve on the board of JAMPRO where he chairs the Projects and Marketing Subcommittee. Previously, he has served on several other boards, including the Port Authority of Jamaica, the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association, the Urban Development Corporation, Jamaica Antidoping Commission, the Sports and Entertainment Network under the Ministry of Tourism where he is deputy chair. He also serves his country as a Justice of the Peace.

Vanessa Campbell-Garriques

Business Development Officer, NCB Insurance Agency and Fund Managers Ltd.

Conference Moderators

Roxene Nickle

Media Practitioner

Nadine Mcleod

Lecturer in Media and Communications Studies | Researcher | Broadcast Journalist

Nadine McLeod is a Lecturer at the University of Technology, Jamaica with almost 21 years of experience in media, public relations and education. Miss McLeod is also a Researcher in media and language with a special interest in radio, Jamaican Creole and Jamaican Standard English.
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