Tishuana Mullings - Determined to lead
Twenty-five-year-old Tishauna Mullings is passionate about leadership and developing the skills needed to be an effective leader.
This quest recently led her to Scotland to attend 33Sixty, a global youth leadership conference for Commonwealth nationals.
Mullings was one of two Jamaicans selected by Common Purpose - the parent organisation - to attend the 60th staging of the conference.
The four-day 33Sixty conference provided young leaders with experience to improve their cultural intelligence, lead change, and use the Commonwealth's networks effectively. It also saw participants visiting organisations across Glasgow, meeting experts, hearing from senior leaders of the Commonwealth, and developing their pitching and presentation skills.
The programme's name came about as 33 per cent of the world's population lives in the Commonwealth. Sixty per cent of these persons are under the age of 30.
"There was a lot of leadership and cultural intelligence development," said Mullings.
"It was not just an opportunity for me, but I would like to be able to use what I have learnt to benefit others." Mullings said she found the once in a lifetime experience rewarding and an excellent chance to facilitate knowledge transfer among her peers and mentees. The trip was made possible by part sponsorship from First Heritage Co-operative Credit Union (FHC) where Mullings is a customer service ambassador, handling complaints and managing the flow of members on the floor, among other duties. Mullings had high praises for her organisation's management team who saw the value in supporting her participation in the programme.
TUTOR, MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER
Outside of her nine-to-five, Mullings does social work as a tutor and a motivational speaker. Actively involved in social projects, Mullings is an ambassador for the governor general's I Believe Initiative, and founder of Little Genius, a programme which facilitates training of 8-11 year-olds in public speaking and critical thinking.
"Youth development is of paramount importance to FHC. So when Ms Mullings approached us to sponsor her trip we jumped at the chance. Sponsoring Tishauna will create a ripple effect as she is able to touch lives with her special gifts. By investing in this young lady, FHC has invested in nation building. We are proud of Tishauna and the accolades she has already received, and we believe she is indeed on the trajectory to become a global leader. We need more youth and leaders like her who take initiative and have a genuine desire to improve the lives of others," said Maria Morrison, FHC's chief operating officer.
Mullings, who was raised in St Thomas, said she has thrived on turning negatives into positives and wants to empower others to do the same. "I'm actually motivated by the fact that we are considered the poorest parish in Jamaica," she said, outlining that she rose above many obstacles such as low self-esteem to become Northern Caribbean University's valedictorian in 2012, National Farm Queen 2014, and Governor-General's Award recipient for St Thomas 2015.