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WIE Conference a one-of-a-kind experience

Published:Friday | March 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMKimberly Goodall
CEO of AMCHAM Gail Abrahams (centre) shares a photo op with Ingrid Christian Baker (left) and Chorvelle Johnson, who were speakers at the conference.
From left: Brand Designer and Consultant Monique Kennedy and Founder of For Women to Women Carey-Lee Dixon pause from their candid banter to share some love with our camera.
From left: President and CEO of JPS Kelly Tomblin, Camille Facey and Hilary Alexander shares smiles with our camera.
JMMB’s Kerry-Ann Stimpson, Laura Duksta, New York Times best-selling author and keynote speaker at the Women in Energy Conference and Minister of Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment & Sport, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange pose for our lens at the recently held Women in Energy Conference held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. The event was organised by the women of JPS to broaden the discussion on the developments in energy and how everyone impacts the future of energy.
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The hearts of more than 500 women gushed with happiness last Thursday and Friday at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston as entrepreneurs and professional women engaged in days of empowerment at the Women In Energy Conference, put on by the Jamaica Public Service (JPS).

While a lot of energy talks were expected, the conference embodied much more than words of motivation to women in the energy industry. The discussions provoked thoughts on the spirituality, mind, body, and careers of women, looking to balance and have confidence in their movement towards greatness.

With more than 30 speakers to share their experiences and perspectives on commitment, taking risks and facing fears, the conference was nothing short of influential and uplifting for the women and men in attendance.

Day one saw scores of women registering, mingling with and listening to professional women share their knowledge on living out loud and unlocking purpose and passion.

 

'POWERING TO

 

 

THE NEXT LEVEL'

 

President and CEO of the JPS Kelly Tomblin set the stage with her interactive presentation on 'Powering to the Next Level', that advised women to let their light shine so that others are liberated to do the same.

"You are being called to be here, right now, there are no coincidences," she stated.

Day two consisted of panel discussions, compelling presentations, and workshops that provided support for women from all walks of life.

This year's staging created much impact as men came out to support and add their perspectives to the conversations.

"Me being here is primarily about supporting and embracing the women in our society. Women do a whole lot," project engineer at JPS Patrick Cole told Today.

Vice-president of customer service and communications, Keith Garvey carried the baton and guided the all-male panel that focused on men's perspective on gender and leadership. The panel which included Wayne McKenzie, CEO of Jamaica Energy Partners; Christopher Barnes, chief operating officer of RJRGLEANER Communications Group; Wayne Henry, director general of the Planning Institute of Jamaica; and Sam Abdalla, vice-president of Project Development, New Fortress Energy; engaged the audience, brought up several debates, sparked interest, and provided stimulating conversation.

 

PARTY TIME

 

After a day of challenges and real solutions, it was time to kick off the shoes and 'boogie down' with Sagicor's brand experience and special projects manager, Alysia Moulton-White and DJ Sparks.

Moulton-White called for the women to let their hair down and strut their best-looking heels. She also had men showing off their best 'pick up' lines.

The day ended with vibrant performances by Tifa, B.E.A.M dance group, and Girl.