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'The Power of Sisterhood' - Leading Jamaican women for Speaker Series

Published:Sunday | September 21, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Thalia Lyn
Senator Imani Duncan-Price
Lanie Oakley-Williams
Marlene Malahoo-Forte

Under the aegis of the 'Power of Sisterhood', an all-star cast of leading and powerful Jamaican women will participate in a discussion on fostering a culture of mentorship on Wednesday at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

Arranged by Leaders-to-Leaders (Jamaica) as part of its Speaker Series, the roster of women who will hit the podium includes Senator Imani Duncan-Price - chief group strategy officer, the JMMB Group; Senator Marlene Malahoo Forte, former state minister for foreign affairs and foreign trade, Jamaica; Dr Lanie Oakley-Williams, senior general manager, National Housing Trust; Melanie Subratie, vice-chairman, The Musson Group; Thalia Lyn, founder/CEO, Island Grill; and Gail Moss Solomon, head of legal and regulatory affairs, Digicel Jamaica.

They will explore topics including technology as an enabler of empowering women and girls; mentoring across divides: the power and impact of unofficial mentors; empowering the next generation of women leaders; and mentoring as a necessary element for personal and professional advancement.


"A very impressive Speaker Series! This is certainly the type of thought leadership that our country requires to move forward in our development," declared Marcelle Andrea Smart, country manager, Microsoft Jamaica.

In keeping with the theme of the presentation, the organisers of the series have donated several tickets to the non-profit group The Charles Hyatt Foundation.

The foundation is to distribute the donated tickets to young girls from an inner-city school to bring them in contact with role models and potential mentors.

"We are always looking for corporate partners and individuals willing to work with us in providing young girls and boys access, opportunities, and options for them to be all they can be," said Charles Hyatt, Jr, executive director of The Charles Hyatt Foundation.

With some of Jamaica's blue chip companies such as The Gleaner Company, Digicel Jamaica, National Commercial Bank, LASCO, JN Fund Managers, and Blackwell Rum on board as sponsors, the Leaders-to-Leaders Speaker Series is quickly becoming a credible forum for persons to share insights and engage each other on various topics.

"The forum's ability to provide speakers and attendees with opportunities to find synergies across issues and sectors and for them to possibly collaborate and network is a powerful draw," said Ruth Dyer Straw, executive vice-president of corporate affairs, Leaders-to-Leaders (Jamaica).