Shenna Carby - Designer
Since entering the 'Mission Catwalk' Television series, Shenna Carby has been living her dream. The 2011 winner has garnered increased recognition both locally and internationally. The Denham Town born and bred designer has made appearances on Miami Fashion Week and Caribbean Fashion Week and is now the go-to designer for many looking for a one-of-a-kind piece. Carby's pieces range from prêt-à-porter to couture, which means that she accommodates designs for various tastes.
Winning over the hearts of many Jamaicans with her 'realness', natural talent and personality, Carby has definitely started the journey of success in becoming one of the island's most skilled and creative designers. She is truly an example of a young woman who is not defined by her place of residence or birth, but instead by her talent, which she has started to capitalise on.
Naomi Garrick - PR and marketing consultant, Garrick Communications Space
The head of Garrick Communications, Naomi Garrick made that bold transition from a guaranteed salary at the end of each month to step into the world of the unknown when she formed her own company. A public relations and marketing consultant, Garrick is quite a popular face on the social scene, but it is not just about fun for this businesswoman.
Representing and scouting for new clients, it is almost a requirement for her to be a part of social and business circles to boost her presence and work. In her early 30s, business has been growing and so too has her recognition, scoring business contracts with many corporate companies. She is a true definition of following the path of turning dreams into a reality. Not missing her corporate worklife, she most enjoys the flexibility of the hours she now has.
Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce - Olympic gold medallist and world champion
Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce has no doubt made her home community, Waterhouse and by extension her island, Jamaica, proud. Nicknamed 'the pocket rocket', the petite Fraser-Pryce rose to prominence in 2008 when she copped the gold and silver medals in the 100- and 200-metre races respectively, at the Beijing Olympics. In 2012, she defended and regained her title in the 100 metres.
Not just big on athletics, Fraser-Pryce also managed to juggle her athletic stints with school and she did so quite successfully as she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in child adolescent development at the University of Technology in 2012. An inspiration to man, especially young athletes, Fraser-Pryce has also been signed on as an ambassador representing telecommunications company Digicel and the University of Technology. She was also named UNICEF national goodwill ambassador for Jamaica in 2010. Always speaking highly of her roots, the sprint star annually gives back to her community through initiatives like her Christmas treat.
Michele English - President and chief operating officer of Columbus Business Solutions
She earned her bachelor in commerce and her master in business communication, a male-dominated and testosterone-driven field, with over 20 years' experience in telecommunication and human resource management. Michele English's path to professional success began at Workers Compensation Commission in Newfoundland, Canada, where she was the senior director. While working with the company, she functioned within the capacity of director of human resources and director of compensation services.
She then became vice-president of the Canadian company Persona Communications Corporation where she gained tremendous experience in planning and executing large-scale telecommunications projects, which ultimately resulted in her significantly aiding in the introduction and development of Persona's digital cable and broadband Internet services.
Her knowledge and expertise led her to Jamaica and she became an integral member of the Flow family in 2001, taking up the post of vice-president and general manager of one of the leading telecommunications firms in the island. Three years later, she was elevated to the post of president and chief operating officer of Columbus Communications Jamaica Limited, which encapsulates both Flow and Columbus Business Solutions brands. She continues to take her career to new heights and exceed expectations, balancing her cheerful charm with her keen sense of business savvy.
Yaneek Page - Managing director of Future Services International
Yaneek Page is a woman who knows how to literally turn risks into wealth. In her early 30s, she bid farewell to her corporate job to become the managing director of her own business - Future Services International. An entrepreneur, mother and wife, the go-getter is also the creator of The Innovators, a television show that seeks to help struggling businessmen and women capitalise on their talent and business concept.
A motivator to others who are like-minded, Page also represented Jamaica at an International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) held in Washington, DC, in the United States (US) of America two years ago. The IVLP is the US Department of State's premier professional-exchange programme which includes current emerging leaders in government, politics, education, the arts, business and other key fields.