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Flair honours 25 distinguished women for Int'l Women's Day

Published:Thursday | March 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM
The Gleaner's Managing Director Christopher Barnes presenting a bouquet courtesy of The New Greenhouse to Oliva Shaw. Looking on are Kayon Wallace (left), director of corporate communication and stakeholder relationshups, and Marcine Witter.
Stewart Automotives' Dahlia Reid (second left) with three of the distinguished awardees. From left: Kerry-Ann Clarke, Yhordanka Akwanza, and Keneea Linton-George.
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"A collection of greatness." That was how Kayon Wallace, director of corporate communication and stakeholder relationships at FLOW, described the 25 young women who gathered inside the Port Antonio Suite at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, for a pre-International Women's Day luncheon hosted by The Gleaner's Flair Magazine on Monday.

Wallace, in her address at the luncheon dubbed 'The Distinguished', had high praises for the women from various fields being honoured for their outstanding achievements. She also urged them to pay it forward.

"With this honour comes great responsibility to pave the way for others," said Wallace.

The distinguished young women at the luncheon were featured in a special International Women's Day edition of Flair on Monday, celebrating them for realising their dreams and breaking new frontiers in different fields. Throughout their careers, these women have thought outside of the box to accomplish their goals and motivate others along the way. Among the honourees were women in business, art, science and technology, fashion, law, education, volunteerism, and sports.

Monday's luncheon was a melting pot of strong, innovative women who came together for an afternoon focused on a serious issue: women's empowerment.

Master of ceremonies, integration editor at the Gleaner Company (Media) Limited Damion Mitchell kept the event flowing. The honourees were greeted by Managing Director Christopher Barnes, who praised them for their hard work and inspiration to others while thanking the sponsors - Appleton Estate, Stewarts Automotive Group, Scotiabank, FLOW and Proven Wealth - for supporting the event.

 

Standout moments

 

One of the standout moments occurred when the guests were asked to check the back of their chairs for envelopes. Those who found envelopes were then asked to answer the questions inside. Nicole McLaren-Campbell, founder and chief executive officer of AIM Educational Services, who was being honoured for her contribution to education, was asked to identify a woman in the room who inspired her. For McLaren-Campbell, choosing just one person proved too difficult.

"Well, I have two. First, I have Kerry-Ann Clarke (managing director of The Collection MoDA). She is just so bold. Walking in her purpose is a pleasure to watch," she said. "I also admire Yaneek Page (founder of Future Services International). Both of these women are walking boldly in their purpose," said McLaren-Campbell.

The honourees received plaques and beautiful bouquets courtesy of The New Greenhouse.

Lunch was a specially curated event with each course accompanied by an Appleton cocktail created specifically for each dish. SignatureX-ale, Brown Sugar Daiquiri, and the Honey Soother cocktails had everyone in good spirits.

The luncheon ended with new bonds formed among like-minded women who are willing to encourage other women to aspire to success - a true example of female empowerment.