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Keep Growing Young Professionals Conference
Debbie is a media personality and practitioner. She is the founder and CEO of Bissoon Productions and is also involved in Brand Marketing PR and Events.
Her life is well balanced as she enjoys her role as mother to baby boy Josiah.
Meet Our Speakers
Garfene made a name for himself as a prominent and prolific entertainment journalist before he realized his true calling – lifestyle journalism. It’s hard to imagine where lifestyle journalism would be today without Garfene’s fearless, avant-garde pioneering. His work speaks for itself with a myriad of visually striking creative productions accompanied by equally compelling written pieces that often leave readers forever transformed and thoroughly informed.
His prowess as a writer has already been acknowledged with two Prime Minister Youth Award for Excellence in Journalism nominations in 2007 and 2008. Garfene’s love for journalism propelled him to the position of Assistant Lifestyle Editor at The Gleaner Company – Jamaica’s largest print media house – which also provided a platform for the young artisan to flex and further hone his creative sensibilities and his name is now recognized as a brand of quality in the communications industry.
Whether it’s a corporate feature or a fashion profile, Garfene’s dynamic and innovative approach to lifestyle journalism has no doubt revolutionized the field.
Naomi is an Author, International Speaker and Personal Branding Coach tha helps individuals,
entrepreneurs, corporate executives and CEO's to discover, define and develop their unique
personal brand in order to effectively communicate their expertise and stand out in their craft or industry.
She is a Certified Reputation Champion by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), a PR consultant and Personal Branding Coach with over 16 years of experience in Public Relations & Marketing, working with 100+ brands and individuals. She is passionate about helping others to discover and develop their unique personal brand in
order to stand out in a noisy world.
Over the last year, Naomi has published 3 books on personal branding to help guide individuals on their brand journey: PR Chick's Guide 8 Steps To Building Your Personal Brand Workbook, PR Chick's Mini Guide - 8 Steps To Building Your Personal Brand and Be A Unicorn, an interactive journal on how to stand out in a noisy world by simply being you.
Naomi is a 2018 Vital Voices Grow Fellow, A 2017 Scotiabank Vision Achiever, a nominee for the 2018 'Entrepreneur Award' by the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce and was recently received a Distinguished Award in Communication by the Jamaica Gleaner, the leading print media outlet in Jamaica.
Gavin Goffe is a member of the Firm’s Litigation Department and Head of the Labour Practice Group. His practice areas include General Commercial Litigation with emphasis on Employment Law and industrial disputes. Although the majority of his practice consists of judicial review in the Supreme Court, Gavin appears regularly before the Court of Appeal and the Industrial Disputes Tribunal. He is particularly well-known for his defence of corporate clients in Wrongful Dismissal and Unjustifiable Dismissal claims, but he also represents dismissed workers in contentious disputes with their former employers.
Amongst his most notable cases are:
Milex v. The Industrial Disputes Tribunal
Jamaica Police Cooperative Credit Union v. The Minister of Labour and Social Security
Spur Tree Spices Limited v. The Minister of Labour and Social Security
ATL Group Pension Trustee Nominee Ltd v The Industrial Disputes Tribunal & Catherine Barber
Okuonghae v UTech
Sappleton v The Industrial Disputes Tribunal & Cemex
UTech v. The Industrial Disputes Tribunal and UAWU
Gavin contributes his talents to the Norman Manley Law School, where he tutors Civil Procedure and Practice. He is a member of the Council of the Jamaican Bar Association, and sits on its Employment Law Committee and the Telecommunications, Broadcasting and Technology Committee.
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Cheryll Stewart is an experienced Business analyst and facilitator of entrepreneurship training. She has worked with micro and small businesses over the past eight years and continues to build the support structure of professionals who offer guidance to entrepreneurs.
Ms Stewart has served in various capacities where she has contributed to recognition and development of people. With over a decade of experience across business development consultancy, incubation development and monitoring and entrepreneurship training, Cheryll finds the time to do a lot of volunteer work.
While she currently holds the position of Manager Entrepreneurial Skills Development - HEART Trust/NTA. Cheryll finds the time to offer her expertise to as a member of the Corporate Governance & Finance Sourcing Committee for the Small Business Association of Jamaica and Chairperson for Cariben - Caribbean Business Enablers Network
Mr. Cordel Green is an Attorney-at-Law, a former Assistant Attorney-General of Jamaica and a former broadcaster. He is the Executive Director of the Broadcasting Commission, which regulates radio, television and cable in Jamaica.
He is a Commissioner on the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO, member of the Intergovernmental Council for the Information For All Programme (IFAP) – UNESCO, member of the Law Committee for the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Consideration in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems, fellow of Telecommunications Executive Management Institute of Canada (TEMIC) and honorary member of the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC), Washington D.C.
He has a rounded lifestyle, which over many years has included active participation in cultural and entertainment events in Jamaica. He remains involved in the musical side of entertainment mainly by performing the role of MC at select reggae concerts such as “Rebel Salute”.
An interesting fact is that whilst a student at university, performing the role of MC, he gave the moniker “Doctor” to Dancehall super-star “Beenie Man”, who has since come to be known as “The Doctor” or “Doctor Beenie Man”.
Michelle Higgins works with Sagicor Group Jamaica and has been in the Financial Industry for over 16 years where she worked with RBTT and RBC Bank in Branch Operations and with over 10 of those years being in HR where she has managed Talent Management, Learning and Development and Change Management & Communication.
Currently, she Heads – Learning & Development & Change Management & Communications where she works as part of a collaborative team to partner with and support the Sagicor Group team members in Jamaica and the Grand Cayman to determine, plan and provide the most innovative and effective learning solutions. She also manages the company’s change management and communication activities that impact the team members.
Michelle is a past student of the University of Technology, Jamaica where she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Accounts Major and Walden University where she completed an MS in Human Resource Management specializing in Integrating Functional and Strategic Human Resource Management.
She is a member of the Human Resources Management Association of Jamaica (HRMAJ) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Mr. Don Dobson is a Public Relations and Corporate Communications
Specialist who has worked in several leading public sector organizations.
These include, Broadcasting Commission, Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica and the Jamaica Information Service. He is currently the Information & Public Relations Officer of the Broadcasting Commission, where he manages a dynamic public education programme and serves as one of the chief spokespersons on Digital Media Literacy.
He is also a member of the Marketing Sub-Committee of the National Food Industry Taskforce, the Public Education and Awareness Subcommittee of the Anti-Bullying Working Group and the Calabar Old Boys’ Mentorship Programme.
Mr. Dobson is a graduate of Mona High School, Calabar High School and the University of the West Indies, where he completed the Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communication with honours and the Master of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communication with Distinction.
Don is the Patron of the Pearl Campbell Memorial Award for Excellence
which he established in 2015 to honour the memory of his grandmother.
She is the Senior Manager , PP&C for KPMG in Jamaica. She is a strategic business partner, HR practitioner with over 20 years broad based professional experience spanning human resource management, managing change initiatives, and management consulting. Her skills and competencies include - job evaluation, strategic planning and development, delivery and evaluations of training programmes, employee relations, full-cycle recruiting (local and international) of technical and administrative staff and consultants , onboarding, assessments, performance management, learning and development, compensation and benefits, as well as compliance and risk management. In addition, office and facilities management including administrative services, safety, security and internal communications and management of the human resource function in both the public and private sector unionized environment. She has people management experience working with third party contractors and working in an ISO/HACCP/ GMP certified environment with global organizations.
A distinct ownership orientation that produces results and a collaborative approach to management and providing solutions. She has worked in the manufacturing, agro processing, project management, community development and Big 4 professional services industries.
Morette Wright. She is a results oriented, passionate and competent HR professional with extensive experience in multiple industries. She is employed to GraceKennedy Limited and currently serves as the Head of Talent and HR Shared Services. At GraceKennedy, she has also held senior HR management positions in the organization’s insurance business, retail business and domestic and international food businesses. Prior to joining GraceKennedy, Morette worked as HR Manager at the Urban Development Corporation and as a teacher and Dean of Sixth Form at St. George’s College.
Tashana Briscoe who is currently Talent Acquisition Manager at Digicel and has nine years’ experience in strategic Human Resource Development roles complemented by eleven years’ experience in people engagement, training and development; excellent resource in Organizational Psychology, People Strategy and Human Resource Management; expert knowledge in Talent Acquisition, Career Coaching and Autonomous Motivation; proven competence in working with diverse clienteles and excellent interpersonal skills.
Also highly-knowledgeable and business-savvy with progressive experience designing and implementing people strategy for the digital age.
Mrs. Cuthbert who has held Executive and Senior Managerial positions in the Credit Union movement, Banking and Agriculture.
She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF) the “Voice of Jamaica’s Employers, Providing Workplace Solutions”. JEF is a part of the Tripartite representation to the International Labour Organization (ILO), with the Government and the Unions being the other two members.