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A Weekend Like No Other - Sagicor's 'Inspire Project'

Published:Sunday | October 30, 2016 | 10:00 AMKimberly Goodall
Isheka Watson (left) is all smiles with Loeri Robinson, financial a at Sagicor and one of the presenters.
Richard Byles applauds the future leaders during one of the session of the Inspire Project.
Selfie time for from left: Gareth Robotham, Chad Anthony, Dominique Thompson and Garfene Grandison.
Mark Chisholm, executive vice-president in Sales - Individual Life Division applauds the future leaders of during the Inspire Project.
President of UTech's Club Billionaire, Shawneil Bailey (left) greets President and CEO at Sagicor, Richard Byles at last Sunday's breakfast session at Sagicor's Inspire Project.
From left: Michael Maragh (second left) poses with UTech students (from left) Chanelle Pearson her twin sister Chantal and Chemar Barita.
Randal Pinkett, CEO and co-founder of BCT Partners (right) greets student, Jaret Simmon.
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The hearts of 130 students gushed with excitement last Friday at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa as Jamaica's future leaders engaged in a weekend of exhilarating activities in Sagicor's Inspire project.

Sagicor Group Jamaica invested heart and soul into providing inspiration and motivation, to youth they believe can continue to be exceptional citizens of Jamaica.

To kick start the weekend, the future leaders chosen from universities across the island, engaged in a 'Power Hour' where Sagicor's board members and executive leaders shared their stories of success and got to know the students involved in the project.

This included Willard Brown, executive vice-president of the Employee Benefits Division; Mark Chisholm, executive vice-president in Sales, Individual Life Division; Ingrid Card, vice-president of Group Marketing; Philip Armstrong, deputy Chief Executive Officer of Sagicor Bank Jamaica Limited; Donovan Perkins, president and CEO, Sagicor Bank Jamaica Limited; and Jacqueline Coke Lloyd, director of Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited.

In her rap session, Coke Lloyd spoke to the students on what is important in making them outstanding workers. "Your reputation is important. Try doing things right the first time. Do the best you can with what you have, and in order to be successful, you have to dig deep to find your purpose and work towards that purpose," she told them with passion.

After lunch, students settled in with 'Exhale'- a cocktail party on the beach that got them in the groove for the special activities to come.

"Ignite" the Inspire Project on Saturday, was an unforgettable session that left students inspired and ready to take on the world with love, positivity and hard work. With a fun yet educational icebreaker, Alysia White, manager for special projects and promotional, prepared the students for their first speaker, president of MVP Track and Field Club, Bruce James.

James told his story of persistence and believing in his passion, which left students determined to find their passion. The next speaker was Loeri Robinson, who despite her youth, is the leading financial adviser in Jamaica. She relayed her remarkable story of getting back up after being knocked down one too many times. She had students chanting "the fire within me burns brighter than the fire around me" and "whatever it takes." This was meant to motivate them to keep pushing to be the best they can be. This will certainly resonate in the minds of Jamaica's future leaders.

The third speaker, Michael Maragh- principal finance officer for the Ministry of Health was "nothing less than extraordinary", as expressed by one of the students. His humour and talent in touching their hearts and fuelling their spirit, was rewarded with a standing ovation. Maragh who responded with tears was open about his many challenges growing up and how he made a change.

Last but not least was the man of the hour- Randal Pinkett, CEO and co- founder of BC Partners a multimillion dollar management, motivational speaker, author, scholar, and community servant. Pinkett who was honoured to offer encouragement to the young leaders, told his story of believing he could achieve anything. "When there is no road, create your own road, be a trailblazer. You can get a million nos from the world but you only need one yes from God," Pinkett expressed.

After a rewarding session, students dispersed to their separate "Insight" workshop and enjoyed the rest of their evening with food and DJ Smoke at Hilton's nightclub.

The weekend concluded with breakfast with CEO and President of Sagicor- Richard Byles. After students engaged in Byles presentation that topped of the weekend perfectly.