Educator Dr Renee Rattray for Rotary Careers Day 2018
Well-known educational leadership professional Dr Renee Rattray will be the keynote speaker for Rotary Careers Day 2018, organised by Rotary clubs located in Kingston, St Andrew, and St Catherine.
The event is set to take place on Monday, April 16, at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston.
Rattray will address hundreds of grade-nine students under the theme 'Careers for the Innovative and Inventive'.
The annual event seeks to provide expert career guidance to students who are about to select their subjects in preparation for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations.
Rattray, who is senior manager, learning, development and culture for The Jamaica National Group, is an educator with expertise in the areas of special education, leadership development, teaching, training and coaching, behaviour change, and change management.
Before her promotion to her current position, Rattray served the JN Group as director of education programmes at the JN Foundation with chief responsibility for the JN Foundation's iLead programme - a private-public partnership targeted at developing leadership in Jamaican schools that have been cited as most in need of support by the National Education Inspectorate. The educational leadership programme was targeted to primary and high schools in the parishes of St Thomas, Portland, and St Mary and is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Education.
Event chairman Gareth Manning, president of the Rotary Club of Trafalgar New Heights, said that Rattray was the ideal keynote speaker for Rotary Careers Day 2018 for several reasons, including the fact that she is passionate about young people and an effective school leader.
Manning noted that before joining Jamaica National full-time, Rattray was the programme manager of the successful Centres of Excellence initiative funded by the Mutual Building Societies Foundation (MBSF). The MBSF was formed by The Victoria Mutual Building Society and The Jamaica National Group. The $100-million, five-year Centres of Excellence programme assisted with improving leadership and initiating transformation in six rural non-traditional high schools across the country.
Rotary Careers Day 2018 is being supported by LASCO, Tastees, JN Bank, Management Institute for National Development, and the Vocational Development and Training Institute.