Caribbean POSH reaffirmed its commitment to women empowerment despite the ongoing global pandemic by hosting a hybrid version of its 6th annual POSHgirl POWER Brunch on May 28-29, 2021.
Model and TV personality Janeisha John, the event’s first-ever host, returned to help lead a diverse group of 11 speakers from 6 countries from across the Caribbean. Guided by the theme ‘Discover Your Power’, sessions were designed to help women entrepreneurs power up their content, e-commerce, digital marketing, sales skills, and wellness practices. Speakers representing the Virgin Islands [British and U.S] included St.Croix native Yvette Thomas Henry, Regional Vice President and General Manager Four Seasons Resort, Nevis, as well as Hon. Dawn Smith the BVI Attorney General. Henry and Smith both shared lessons relative to family sacrifices being made through their journey to the top. Other speakers included:
- Rexy Rolle – VP Operations & General Counsel – Western Air [Bahamas]
- Letina Mata – True Growth Caribbean [Trinidad & Tobago]
- Andrea Lown – Director, Marketing & Strategy – Digital Coconut Inc [Barbados]
- Dr. Shakima Stoutt-Ottley – BrivaDerm [British Virgin Islands]
- Akeema Crabbe – The Loft by Akeema Crabbe [British Virgin Islands]
- Fayola Wilson-Creque, COO JOMA Properties [British Virgin Islands by way of Trinidad]
- Francheska Moreland – Francheska Moreland Consulting [U.S. Virgin Islands]
- David Mullings, founder and CEO of Blue Mahoe Capital
- Gizelle Riley, Communications Strategist and host of the DigitalBOSSBABE [Jamaica]
- KayraJay, Malique Daniels, and Paulette Marte, the Creators of Adultin’
In addition to the event’s featured speakers, Roy “Gramps” Morgan from the two-time Grammy award-winning group Morgan Heritage made a virtual appearance to drop three songs as NFTs, powered by Bondly Finance. This included a new song and two digitally remastered titles from
their vast catalog.
While some elements of the event were virtual, in-person attendees benefitted from runway fashion featuring designers Diane Carlton Atelier [Trinidad], Kimon Baptiste [St.Vincent and the Grenadines], Menen-I Designs [British Virgin Islands], and KymAsia by Germain Smith [Jamaica/British Virgin Islands].
Plus lots of laughter, fun prizes, delicious eats, and bottomless BVI GIN mimosas inside the ballroom of Scrub Island Resort.
“The POSHGirl POWER Brunch continues to prove itself as a leading empowerment event, and we are just ecstatic about the level of interest from around the Caribbean,” said the event’s founder and CEO of Caribbean POSH, Janette Brin. “This year we have embraced the growing trend of hybrid events to allow the benefit of both an in-person and virtual experience. POSHgirls unable to travel to the British Virgin Islands due to COVID restrictions were able to join us online. While locals and fully vaccinated visitors who have successfully quarantined were able to join us in-person at the Scrub Island Resort.”
“Someone said to me that I am changing lives with this event; it is so humbling to hear that an event that was just an idea six years ago is having a positive impact. It is such a good feeling to play a part in connecting Caribbean women in a very meaningful way,” said Brin. “COVID-19 presented a unique set of challenges; less sponsorship, less access to resources, yet more determination to deliver quality content”.
The POSHGirl POWER Brunch was sponsored by JOMA Property Development, Premier Dental, BVI Gin, National Bank of the Virgin Islands, Bella Blooms, CCT (BVI) and 5 Girls.