Three Jamaica-based members of the Young Presidents Organisation (YPO) were recently in attendance at the annual seminar of the international organisation of peers in the business world.
The weeklong seminar took place at the prestigious Harvard Business School (HBS) in Boston, Massachusetts. The Jamaicans attending were: Christopher Berry, Duncan Stewart and Jacqueline Stewart-Lechler. Richard Powell, a Jamaican based in Orlando, Florida, also attended.
The YPO-HBS has a 50-year tradition, with YPO members participating in the Presidents' Programme. This legendary programme provides members with intensive immersion of case study-focused learning with top Harvard professors.
real-life case studies
Participants spend 40-50 hours preparing for a comprehensive programme by reading and analysing real-life case studies. They leave more firmly grounded in real-world business expertise gleaned from the school's professors, who guide the sessions. Evening study groups are organised so that the 300 attendees can apply relevant daily lessons to their own business models back at home.
To foster the group learning experience, members are housed on the HBS campus residence halls. The Harvard programme epitomises peer networking experience in an environment that fosters real business growth.
During this seminar, it is a tradition that each study group dress in a costume of their choice one evening. The themes are open to interpretation and people can choose from their national dress, business uniforms or sports uniforms.
"This year, I suggested to my study group that we wear the Jamaican national dress of bandana and they graciously agreed. Local designer Shenna Carby produced the costumes," Stewart-Lechler told The Gleaner.
Jamaica has a YPO chapter with 45 members.