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Introducing the inaugural Caribbean POSH ICON WOMAN Awards Leadership and Empowerment  category!

Introducing the inaugural Caribbean POSH ICON WOMAN Awards Leadership and Empowerment  category! We are thrilled to invite you to explore and get familiar with all the incredible nominees in this category. These talented individuals have

Introducing the inaugural Caribbean POSH ICON WOMAN Awards Leadership and Empowerment  category! We are thrilled to invite you to explore and get familiar with all the incredible nominees in this category. These talented individuals have made significant contributions to the leadership and empowerment scene in the Caribbean region. We encourage you to follow them, get to know their work, and join us in celebrating their achievements. Let’s shine a spotlight on these remarkable women who are shaping and enriching the leadership landscape of the Caribbean.
Join us in St Thomas, United States Virgin Islands on June 28, 2024, at the Harbor 360 in Yacht Haven Grand. For ticket details and more information, make sure to visit our event website. Let’s come together and honor these remarkable women in style!

Star Martin

No stranger to the US Virgin Islands music scene, Star began singing at age nine. As a teenager, she migrated to New Jersey and captured the title of ‘New Jersey Idol’.

Immediately after winning the 2006 title Star was scouted for broadway shows Lion King and Chicago. Since then, she has heavily been growing in her career competing in Season 23 of NBC’s “THE VOICE. Star’s upbringing in the islands piqued her obvious interest in Soca Music. She has found her own way to incorporate her RnB-esque style into her Soca releases.

To-date, some of her releases, namely, ‘Niceness(Remix)’Like Pan’ “Lil Secret”, “Road Calling’ and ‘Pressure’ have placed her on stages with International music heavyweights like Patrice Roberts, Tiwa Savage, Kerwin Du Bois, Destra Garcia, Shenseea, Voice, Skinny Fabulous, and Lyrikal to name a few.

In 2022, Star won the People’s Choice Roadmarch winner of her home-island St. Thomas with ‘Carnival Again’. As to date Star Martin has been the 1st female entertainer from the Virgin Islands on NBC’s “The Voice, Ubersoca Cruise, New York Fashion Week and Revolt TV”.

Monique Blake

A pageant model. Who holds the pageant title Miss Planet Jamaica 2024 and will be representing Jamaica internationally in Cambodia October 14th. I am the proud CEO of Kings and Queens Youth Empowerment and the Parish Director of Soaring Eagles Foundation. In my spear time I love to travel, expand on my reading and helping people.

Alison Browne-Ellis

 

Alison Browne-Ellis is a dynamic and experienced Corporate Executive with over 25 years of expertise and a proven track record of driving transformation with unwavering excellence. In her current capacity as CEO, she leads a dynamic team and sets strategy for Cave Shepherd Card (Barbados) Inc.

As a visionary leader, Alison has successfully led her company to acquire the status of the first Non-Financial Institution in the English-speaking Latin American Caribbean region to obtain a Principal Membership license with Visa International while spearheading the launch of one of

Barbados’s first digital payment wallets that is available to small business customers and supports the Government’s EZ Pay+ payment platform. She has also led the separation of the business she leads into a separate legal entity with the well-known Group.

Prior to her current role, Alison spent 13 years at First Caribbean International Bank leading change initiatives in the payments industry with expertise in implementation of innovative products, business development, marketing, credit and customer experience strategies, resulting in enhanced productivity and performance.

Today Alison juggles many hats, while maneuvering the rigors of the corporate world; as a career mum, wife, board/committee member, professional mentor, inspirational speaker and role model to many. Beyond her professional achievements, Alison embraces her God-given purpose, passion and potential to positively impact her peers and other aspiring leaders, which led to the launch of her award-winning book, “LIFE LESSONS A Purpose Driven Leadership Journey” and a “365 Day Inspirational Desk Calendar”. As a change catalyst, Alison’s passion for the development and advancement of women has led her to become Founder of Boss Ladies United – a professional development and networking association for women.

Alison holds an Executive Diploma from the Ivey Business School, Western University and a MBA with Distinction, from the University of Surrey. Alison is also a Certified John Maxwell Team Coach. She is a past Vice President and Council Member of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry where she currently Chairs the Marketing & Communications Committee. She was also recognized as “Motivational Speaker of the Year 2022” and current 2023 nominee for this local award. She was also recognized in many local and regional publications such as The Beyond Woman Magazine and I am Bold and Fearless Woman Magazine. Alison lives by the personal mantra “anything worth doing, simply needs to get done!”

Dr. Sherrie Walton

Her Excellency, Dr. Sherrie Walton is a United Nations Ambassador at Large, Business Global Strategist, Publisher, 4x Author, Purpose Coach, and Keynote Speaker.

Dr. Walton is a multi-facted business owner. She oversees a conglomerate of businesses in the sectors of business consulting, book publishing, and fishery. Additionally, she is the Founder of Becoming Her Global, a leadership and purpose-driven organization dedicated to empowering Caribbean women to amplify their voices.

Dr. Sherrie has received Congressional Recognition for her contributions to the City of Houston and has also received recognition from the Mayor of Houston, honoring Women Making a Difference. Her global platform reaches clients in China, Dubai, South Africa, St Marteen, Guyana, Sri Lanka, Barbados, and the United States.

She has been seen on ABC News, Fox News, CEO Mom, Mornin Barbados, Essence online magazine, and various media outlets. Dr. Sherrie is a wife of 21 years and the mother of 3 children.

Belkis Clarke-Mitcham

 

Belkis Clarke-Mitcham is an international speaker, mentor, and advocate for women’s empowerment whose life and career are testaments to the power of resilience and transformation. Surviving childhood sexual abuse and domestic violence, Vivian has turned her profound personal trials into a platform for advocacy and change, reaching women worldwide through her engaging workshops and impactful communications.

With a Master’s degree in Communication and certifications in data science and trauma-informed coaching, Belkis leverages her academic background to educate and empower. Her work, extending from local community initiatives to international platforms, includes substantial contributions to domestic violence shelters and the Youth Red Cross, demonstrating her commitment to fostering safe and supportive environments for women in need.

Founder of Caribbean Speak, Belkis is dedicated to creating a vibrant online marketplace that empowers Caribbean women by providing opportunities for economic advancement and community engagement. And her website, www.belkiesclarke.com, serves as a resource hub, offering guidance, support, and inspiration to women navigating their paths to personal and professional fulfillment.

A master sculptor in both the literal and metaphorical senses, Belkis shapes her narrative and those of others into stories of victory and voice. Her life’s mission is to ensure that every woman who has faced adversity knows they have in her a relentless ally and a champion of their inherent strength.

Natalie Madramootoo

 

Natalie Madramootoo is recognized not only for her leadership role in healthcare settings but also for her educational achievements and involvement in community initiatives. Her journey began with a strong academic foundation obtained from reputable institutions like McMaster University and the University of Toronto, where she specialized in Nursing Science and Nursing Leadership. This academic background has been pivotal in shaping her career trajectory as a critical care clinician and a nurse administrator, particularly in high-stakes environments like the Emergency Department at St. Joseph’s Unity Health in Toronto [oai_citation:1,Advancing Black Nursing Leadership – Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing](https://bloomberg.nursing.utoronto.ca/event/advancing-black-nursing-leadership/).

Beyond her role in direct patient care and department management, Natalie is significantly engaged in mentorship and educational programs aimed at fostering the next generation of healthcare professionals. For example, she is involved in the UHN STEAM program, which promotes nursing careers to high school students in Ontario. This initiative reflects her commitment to education and her desire to inspire youth by exposing them to the challenges and rewards of healthcare careers [oai_citation:2,Advancing Black Nursing Leadership – Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing](https://bloomberg.nursing.utoronto.ca/event/advancing-black-nursing-leadership/).

Natalie’s contributions also extend to research and evidence-based practice, particularly during her fellowship at the Schulich Heart Program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, where she worked on advancing clinical practices that enhance patient outcomes [oai_citation:3,Advancing Black Nursing Leadership – Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing](https://bloomberg.nursing.utoronto.ca/event/advancing-black-nursing-leadership/).

Her leadership is further demonstrated through her involvement with several community health initiatives and professional organizations. For instance, she serves on the boards of the Taibu Community Health Centre and Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Health Centre, focusing on the health and well-being of diverse communities. Her work in these capacities highlights her commitment to health equity and community service [oai_citation:4,Advancing Black Nursing Leadership – Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing](https://bloomberg.nursing.utoronto.ca/event/advancing-black-nursing-leadership/).Sheparticipates in the UHN Impact Collective and the Black Inclusive Philanthropic group at Scarborough Health Network for her dedicated work in philanthropic efforts to assist the vital work of the health system.

Moreover, Natalie actively participates in discussions and events that aim to advance nursing leadership, particularly for Black nurses. Her participation in initiatives such as the “Advancing Black Nursing Leadership” series during Black History Month showcases her dedication to mentorship and the promotion of diversity within the healthcare sector [oai_citation:5,Session 1 – Belonging – Perspectives from a Nurse Leader (Advancing Black Nursing Leadership Series)](https://antiracism.utoronto.ca/event/session-1-belonging-perspectives-from-a-nurse-leader-advancing-black-nursing-leadership-series/).

Overall, Natalie Madramootoo exemplifies a multidimensional approach to healthcare, combining leadership, education, community involvement, and a commitment to equity, which has made significant impacts across various aspects of the healthcare industry.

Natasha Ferguson

Natasha is the 1st Chief Operating Officer at the Taylor Bennett Foundation, a U.K. charity dedicated to increasing ethnic representation within the public relations and communications profession.

As a career development mentor to diverse talent, Natasha is also an international communications specialist with over 15 years of experience across industries in the consumer, corporate and not-for-profit sectors. As a former journalist, editor and EU strategic communications consultant, Natasha’s entrepreneurial expertise and experience over the last six years across DEIB, executive recruitment, talent management and career progression underpins her drive for increasing ethnic diverse representation in the workplace.

As the founding senior diversity talent advisor at N.F. Advisory, Natasha has provided global businesses including FTSE companies, SMEs and government institutions with counsel in implementing accountable talent solutions that increase underrepresented diverse talent into senior and executive roles. She also served as a Board Director for the CIPR (Chartered Institute of Public Relations).

Natasha is one of few Black women who occupy senior positions in UK business and in the third sector. Just 17 of 1099 leadership roles across British society are held by Black people – just 1.5% compared to a 3.6% proportion of the national population, according to research by Green Park.

Carla Williams Johnson

 

Carla Williams Johnson, also known as The CEO’s Publicist is an internationally acclaimed award-winning publicist based in Trinidad & Tobago Her company Carli Communications seeks to enhance the lives of brand owners by giving them the support they need to build global businesses that get them seen, heard, and paid.

Carla has been featured in numerous publications around the world including Forbes, Entrepreneur, Huff Post, and has inspired others by sharing her story in places such as China, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and across the Caribbean.

She also gives back to her community as she mentors women through the Academy of Women Entrepreneurs hosted by the United States Embassy as well has volunteered her services through Girls of Impact, a nonprofit in Trinidad and Tobago that serves to educate, motivate, and inspire young women giving them access to resources that allow them to succeed in education, career, and entrepreneurship.

Carla also lectures budding entrepreneurs and career professionals on the art of Public Relations and Crisis Management.

Her ultimate goal empower Caribbean entrepreneurs with the tools to embrace the very thing that makes them unique so they are no longer hampered by their mental or physical borders. She helps them infuse the power of public relations with their ‘Caribbean-ness’ to create a purpose-driven and profitable global entity.

Her clients have all gone on to create history, build legacy, and prosper financially through

 – Book deals

 – International speaking engagements

 – Increase in bookings and paid clients

…and more

Akenna Kublal

Akenna Kublal, a distinguished entrepreneur, mother of two beautiful girls, and the CEO of AKENNA KUBLAL GLOBAL GROUP LLC, is an inspiring figure known for her resilience, grace, and commitment to empowerment. Hailing from the vibrant islands of Trinidad and Tobago, Akenna’s journey unfolds against the backdrop of her Caribbean roots. With a background in the aviation industry, Akenna faced a life-altering diagnosis of vitiligo, a rare skin

condition affecting only about one percent of the global population. In the face of shock and confusion, she turned her transformative journey into a powerful narrative.

As the author of “Labour of Love: A Woman’s Journey from Pain to Purpose,” Akenna shares her experiences as a young Caribbean woman seeking love and validation, navigating self-discovery, and

mastering the art of self-acceptance. Her story unfolds through nine chapters, mirroring the stages of pregnancy and birthing, symbolizing the profound changes she underwent.

In her second book, “Starting Over, You Can Begin Again,” Akenna provides a seven-chapter guide tailored for mothers who deserve a fresh start. Drawing from personal experiences, she offers practical advice and tips, empowering mothers to rediscover their strength and take control of their lives. The book delves into issues such as divorce, domestic abuse, grief, relationships, parenting, spirituality, faith, money, and work/life balance.

Akenna is not only an accomplished author but also a dynamic public speaker, business etiquette expert, and advocate. Her speaking engagements span topics such as personal development, image consultancy, and the transformative power of self-love. Akenna’s captivating presence and insightful messages have made her a sought-after speaker at both national and international events.

In addition to her professional pursuits, Akenna is the visionary behind the annual women’s empowerment event, “Labour of Love.” This event, held annually, serves as a platform for raising awareness and fostering acceptance, aligning with the unique challenges women face. As a certified life coach, Akenna specializes in working with women struggling with self-confidence issues, bringing her expertise to help them navigate their journeys with resilience and purpose.

As an advocate and spokesperson for vitiligo awareness, Akenna has taken her message to international forums, including speaking at the Global Vitiligo Foundation’s annual conference. Her efforts go beyond personal triumph, aiming to dispel misconceptions surrounding the condition and inspire others facing similar challenges.

Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a minor in Human Resources at the University of the West Indies, Akenna’s journey reflects her commitment to lifelong learning and personal growth. Her belief that true beauty emanates from within and her unwavering faith in God serve as guiding principles in her life.

Akenna Kublal, with her unique blend of professional expertise, personal resilience, Caribbean roots, and coaching acumen, invites audiences to embrace self-love, celebrate individuality, and recognize the unique qualities that make each person special. Through her stories and insights, she encourages others to find purpose and value in their own unique journeys.

Akenna’s messages give space to an uplifting and transformative experience that blends wisdom,elegance, and a genuine passion for empowering others.

Sofia Rinvil

Sofia Rinvil is a philanthropist, leader, advocate, entrepreneur, and mentor who has helped and improved the lives of marginalized people. Sofia’s dedication to justice and human rights stems from childhood experiences that piqued her interest in business, law, policy, and legislation. She wants to spend her career assisting those in need in developing a broad strategy to protect their legal rights or effect social change. She enjoys examining and discovering facts, researching the law, and supporting the desired position or outcome. She enjoys advocacy, which is why she has devoted her work and intellectual pursuits to causes that promote business, civil, and human rights. It’s incredibly satisfying to be able to make a tangible difference in someone’s life. She is actively involved in pro bono matters and maintains leadership positions in several professional organizations. She represents Caribbean greatness as a proud Haitian woman.

Ali-Mai Joseph

Ali-Mai is a Caribbean Global Ambassador and advocate for female empowerment, recognized for her impactful contributions as an Reigning International Pageant Queen of Miss Nations International and previously crowned 2nd place in Miss Caribbean.  Ali-Mai Joseph impressively contributed in conversations with Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Honourable Phillip J. Pierre, held in the United Kingdom October 2023, which led to a decision to extend Saint Lucian citizenship to the children of second-generation Saint Lucians residing in the Diaspora. Ali-Mai has also previously been an acclaimed Ambassador for the Princes Trust, The Mayor Of London, Youth Employment, The Commonwealth and Caribbean Diaspora and has recently been accepted as a United Nations female Delegate to stand in empowerment of her fellow Ladies worldwide.

A true appreciator of the Caribbean Culture, at the recent Nottinghill Carnival gracing the m2k mas band as reigning Queen and will be reigning at various carnivals worldwide in the coming months with pride and passion. As a Global Ambassador, Ali-Mai amplifies the voices of females, advocating for greater representation and empowerment. She uses her influence to challenge stereotypes and promote empathy, encouraging dialogue and collaboration towards meaningful societal progress. Ali-Mai’s commitment to inclusion serves as a catalyst for broader conversations and initiatives aimed at building a more harmonious and accepting global community. Her leadership exemplifies the transformative impact of individual advocacy and collective empowerment in creating a better world for all.

Trudian Dalley

Trudian Dalley, driven by an unwavering passion for innovation and education, emerges as a fervent advocate for empowerment and learning. Her journey is characterized by impactful leadership, particularly in her capacity as a lecturer at The Montego Bay Community College, where she instils a fervor for STEM subjects. With expertise refined in pharmaceutical technology and a wealth of entrepreneurial endeavors, Trudian has evolved into a stalwart leader. Notably, she serves as the Acting Chairwoman of the Board at Green Pond Primary and Infant School, and as a dedicated STEM Ambassador, Trudian acts as a catalyst for positive change. Her tireless commitment to community service is evidenced by her extensive volunteer efforts with organizations such as The Sandals Foundation and the Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation. Trudian’s exceptional contributions have earned her recognition from institutions like the University of Technology, Jamaica (Special Awards for Exemplary Service and Leadership, and beyond. Unwavering in her mission, she remains resolute in her endeavors to empower individuals and uplift communities across Jamaica.

Tasha Allison

Tesha Allison’s remarkable journey from a poor teenage mother and high school dropout to a respected lawyer, entrepreneur, author, speaker, mindset changer, real estate investor, and broker is a profound story of resilience, determination, and unwavering spirit. Facing challenges that would have halted many, Tesha’s refusal to be defined by her circumstances has been the catalyst for her impressive achievements. Her rise from poverty to graduating high school with honors and achieving significant success in the professional world is a testament to her hard work, determination, and the support she garnered along the way.

As a mother of eight, Tesha’s life is a beacon of hope and inspiration, especially to young mothers and individuals from challenging backgrounds. She demonstrates that success is attainable no matter the starting point. Her eBorts to inspire and empower others extend beyond her achievements. Through TEDx talks and motivational publications, Tesha shares her transformative journey, advocating for positive mindset shifts and growth. Her dedication to eBecting change not just in her life but in the lives of others underscores her role as a pillar of empowerment and leadership.

Tesha Allison embodies the essence of empowerment and resilience. Her compelling and awe-inspiring narrative serves as a blueprint for overcoming adversity and achieving greatness. Her story is a powerful reminder of the limitless potential within us to rewrite our stories and fulfill our dreams, regardless of the obstacles we face.

Natalie Wilson

Natalie Wilson stands as a beacon of hope and relentless advocacy as the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of the Black and Missing Foundation, Inc (BAMFI). With over twenty years of public and media relations expertise, Natalie leverages her profound insight and experience to shine a spotlight on the critical issue of missing persons of color, transforming how these cases are represented and addressed in the media. Her impactful work has not only been showcased in the award-winning HBO docuseries, “Black and Missing,” but has also featured across prestigious platforms including CNN, The New York Times, and Oprah Daily, among others, ensuring these vital stories remain at the forefront of public consciousness.

Beyond her pivotal role at BAMFI, Natalie is the driving force behind NWR Communications Group, a boutique agency dedicated to amplifying the voices of nonprofits and businesses with a focus on social justice. Her passion extends into the realm of content creation, co-founding a production company aimed at developing narratives and technical consultation for projects that highlight the experiences and challenges faced by the BIPOC communities.

A proud resident of Washington, DC, Natalie’s educational background includes a BA in Psychology from Howard University, an MA in Communications from Trinity University, and an Executive Education from Harvard Business School in Non-Profit Management. Her unparalleled dedication to making a difference has earned her numerous accolades, including recognition as a “Community Change Agent” at Black Girls Rock! and a spot on “The Root 100” Most Influential Black Americans list for consecutive years. Natalie Wilson is not just a figure of influence and inspiration; she is a monumental force in the fight for justice and visibility for missing persons of color.

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