Women innovators up their skills


TWELVE motivated female entrepreneurs decided that this was the year to rev up their businesses to top speed by participating in the Women Innovators in the Caribbean (WINC) Acceleration Programme 2017-2018. The programme, which was partially funded by the Canadian Government and the World Bank, was facilitated by infoDev-certified AP Facilitators Glenda Joseph-Dennis, managing director of Carific Coaching and Consulting Ltd and Georgina Terry, managing director of Business and People Development Associates Ltd (BPD). nike air foamposite one eggplant varsity purple for kids new The businesswomen benefited from expert services in personal and business development, technical workshops, one-on-one mentoring and motivational sessions over eight months. This was the second cohort of women to benefit from WINC’s uniquely designed transformative methodology in holistic business acceleration. nuovo colore per le yeezy boost 350 di kanye west e adidas originals High Commissioner for Canada Carla Hogan Rufelds, in her feature address, spoke about her personal experiences and the Canadian Government’s (Cds) $600 million development programme for the Caribbean (of which $20 million was devoted to the World Bank’s Entrepreneurship Programme for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC)) and its applicability to the general goals and objectives of the infoDev/WINC programme in the Caribbean. Hogan Rufelds provided statistics that reflected the gains of women entrepreneurs in the Caribbean and Latin America and the gaps that still exist. She reconfirmed with passion her own commitment as well as that of her government “to build a world in which women’s economic empowerment and the leadership of women are brought to fruition every day.” She exhorted all the women to be “bold, proactive and persistent.”

High Commissioner for Canada to TT Carla Hogan Rufelds, seated left, WINC facilitator Glenda Joseph-Dennis, Nicole Greene, Catherine Kumar, with graduates from WINCAPTT 2017-2018. Missing from photo is WINC facilitator Georgina Terry.
The programme’s final motivational session was facilitated by Catherine Kumar, ex-CEO of the TT Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Her approach was interactive and she shared her experiences from working in the banking sector, focusing on taking risks, stepping in and out of comfort zones, embracing innovative ideas, delayed gratification and networking as these related to women becoming winners. Kumar’s sharing of her personal journey motivated many to review the key ingredients of their growth recipes and to be brave in adding new ones. The 12 women who successfully graduated from programme include: Aileen Bruce (President’s Inn), Ain Earle (The Fashion Arch), Alicia Small (Game Changer Concepts), Carolyn Chu Fook (Monster Media Group Ltd), Eshe Bruce (Yummazing Creamery), Germaine Williams-Beckles (Rayogee), Jo-Ann Murrell (Carisoul Architecture Co), Kaisha Lee A Ping-Alfred Soundroom Productions and Trendy Trade Show), Nikita Legall Tropical Hives Ltd, Stacy-Ann Williams (Edu-Star), Tenille Whiskey (Whisk Cakery), Venus Honore-Gopie (Honoré Floral Designs). asics gel lyte 5 qualita superiore negozio online di calzature Williams of Edu-Star said, “The programme transformed me by helping me clarify my vision, focus and ultimately my decision-making……at the beginning of the programme I was a franchisee and at the end of the programme I am in the process of being a franchisor.” Carolyn Chu Fook of Monster Media Group asserts, “Being part of the programme taught me valuable lessons, how to implement new strategies, helped to improve the internal culture of my company, increased my confidence in networking and presenting skills, which lead to delivering presentations to large organisations and also reviewing and improving our business processes. adidas nmd r2 uomo bianche All the participants grew during the programme in their own unique way”. nike air max 1 team red camo outsole The programme was supported by ten skilful local and international mentors including: Maxine Attong, Kaylan Bartholomew, Rawle Rollocks, Marcus Sunkow, Inshan Meahjohn, Michelle Low Chew Tung, D Nsombi Jaja, Kaffi Williams, Nicole Greene and Indira Couch. Special guests included managing director of Enterprise Hub Ashley Mitchell and Melissa Birbal, who represented the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (Cariri), the latter of which sponsored the venue for the launch of WINCAPTT 2018.

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