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Introducing the inaugural Caribbean POSH ICON WOMAN Awards Social Impact and Community Engagement  category!

Introducing the inaugural Caribbean POSH ICON WOMAN Awards Social Impact and Community Engagement  category! We are thrilled to invite you to explore and get familiar with all the incredible nominees in this category. These talented

Introducing the inaugural Caribbean POSH ICON WOMAN Awards Social Impact and Community Engagement  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 social impact and community engagement 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 social 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!

Daphne Ewing-Chow

Daphne Ewing-Chow is an award-winning Caribbean journalist, originally from Barbados, renowned for her extensive contribution to global discourse on food systems and the environment. She has graced international stages as a moderator and speaker, interviewing country leaders, dignitaries, and celebrities and holds a Master’s Degree in International Economic Policy from Columbia University. She currently resides in the Cayman Islands.
As a Senior Contributor at Forbes, focusing on food and sustainability, Daphne’s perspectives have resonated strongly with global and regional audiences. Her work, also showcased in publications such as The New York Times, The Sunday Times (London), Entrepreneur Magazine, and the International Monetary Fund’s Finance & Development Magazine, underscores her influence in shaping discussions on critical issues pertaining to climate change and food security.
As a strategic communications specialist, Daphne has managed communications initiatives for both NGOs and UN agencies, and currently serves as a Communications Specialist at the World Food Programme. She has been a judge for the Zayed Sustainability Prize for the past four years and judged the Rockefeller Foundation’s prestigious Food Systems Vision Prize.
Where ever possible, Daphne makes it a priority to provide a global platform for Caribbean people, businesses and issues, and has been acknowledged by Caribbiznetwork on multiple occasions as well as by Wugineon for her achievements in this regard. Daphne’s work has also been recognized with journalism awards from the United Nations (2 awards), the Pan American Health Organization, the Caribbean Development Bank, and the Caribbean Broadcasting Union.

Krista Martins

Krista Martins is a Choreographer, Group Fitness Instructor and Entrepreneur. With over 20 years experience in the commercial dance industry, Krista melded her dance background with her love of soca, fitness and community, to create Wukkout! – a soca dance fitness class and nationally accredited instructor training program – as a way to diversify the fitness space through a truly inclusive and welcoming experience. More recently, Krista is also using her expertise as a small business owner to help other dance and fitness professionals grow their brands and build their businesses through mentorship.

Wukkout! is a high energy, inclusive and dynamic, Soca dance fitness experience designed to make you sweat and have fun, just like you would at a Caribbean Carnival. No experience necessary and all levels are welcome so grab yuh rag, grab yuh flag and be ready to Wukkout!  Find us @wukkout on IG and wukkout.com.

Matine Harris

Martine Harris is a Speech-Language Pathologist, and founder and president of Travel & GIVE. Martine is Haitian-American, and grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado. At 10 years old, Martine’s 16 year old cousin, Jean-Bernard Brutus (JBB), who was deaf was adopted by Martine’s mother and relocated to the United States in hopes that he would live a more fulfilling life. Although it was hard for JBB to leave his family and friends behind in Haiti, in the United States, he thrived through access to quality education which focused on promotion of independence and autonomy. In 2002, Jean-Bernard passed away in a tragic accident. Motivated by his death, and in hopes to reconnect to her Haitian roots, in 2009 Martine moved to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, to work as an English teacher. During her tenure as a teacher, Martine identified barriers to success and limited resources for children with disabilities in the Haitian community. In 2010, a devastating earthquake impacted Haiti, and disability numbers greatly increased, while allied health services did not. Fueled by the lack of accessibility and misinformation surrounding disabilities in Haiti, Martine founded Travel & GIVE to promote inclusivity and understanding of disability, to allow more children to thrive within their own community.

Simeca Alexander-Williamson

 

Keiann Strachan-JohnSimeca Alexander Williamson holds a BSc in Dietetics and Nutrition and a Master of Public Health with a focus on Health Management. With an innate passion for nutrition, health and wellness, and the way the body responds to food, she is currently a member of Healthy Caribbean Youth (HCY) which is a regional organization – working assiduously to advance healthy food policies. She is a member of Jamaica’s National Infant and Young Child Feeding Committee (NIYCFC) and works closely with the Early Childhood Commission to ensure the Nutrition Standards are paramount. She is one of two International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) in Jamaica and practices at Caribbean Tots to Teens and SHE Women’s Wellness Centre in Kingston and the Director of Cradle of Life Limited, offering breastfeeding support through products and services. Working closely with medical professionals, she is researching the feasibility of establishing a Human Milk Bank in Jamaica, which will be the first of its kind in the English speaking Caribbean. She is also the director of the Cradle of Life Foundation where she continuously assists moms in need with items for breastfeeding moms and their newborns. Simeca Alexander Williamson is happily married, with 2 children.

Keiann Strachan-John is currently in the position of Social Worker at the Casa De Corazon Community Residence and a Counseling Psychologist in her private practice. As part of her Masters in Counseling Psychology with a community emphasis, she researched Permpartum Depression: Exploring the Knowledge and Feelings of Diagnosed Patients attending Sangre Grande Health Center.

She participates in projects that represent her core values, such as interning at the Youth Training Rehabilitation Centre, volunteering at the Raffa House for Girls and Jairah House for Boys, as a part-time Counselor for the Love until Foundation, and guest speaking at community events.

As a presenter, Keiann educates and empowers others and raises awareness about relevant issues like mental health and personal growth. Her commitment to community engagement demonstrates her desire to make a positive difference and foster unity.

In 2021 and 2023, she wrote the books Sins of a Woman and The Heart Search, the former of which was a #1 Amazon Best Seller in three categories. Through her writing, she has touched the hearts and minds of many, offering them solace, inspiration, and a deeper understanding of the complexities of human nature.

Roberta Rose-Collins

Roberta Rose-Collins stands as a beacon of empowerment and resilience. Her journey from personal adversity to community leadership has sparked a transformation that inspires change in countless lives.

Roberta’s challenges began with years of silent suffering, culminating in a late diagnosis of celiac disease. Refusing to surrender, she reclaimed her health and became one of the Caribbean’s few Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coaches—a testament to her unwavering dedication.

In 2015, Roberta founded Yes She Can, an NGO offering solace, inspiration, and sisterhood to women nationwide. What began as a personal healing journey burgeoned into a nationwide movement. Through her NGO, Roberta galvanizes women to lead vibrant, purpose-driven lives. As the Director of the Royalty for a Night project, she ensures hundreds of young graduates can celebrate their milestones with dignity and confidence each year.

Roberta’s story has been celebrated across various media platforms, including The Guardian, T&T Express, and Newsday, and featured in online productions like NGC’s Small Steps to Change sustainability series. Her narrative ignites action, embodying resilience, compassion, and empowerment.

Roberta Rose-Collins epitomizes what a Caribbean POSH Woman Icon is. More than an innovator and leader, she embodies a seismic shift towards empowerment. She serves as a tireless advocate for womens wholeness and an enduring symbol of grace and fortitude.

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.

Summer Edwards -Williams

Sumer is a compassionate trauma coach, dedicated to aiding women in their journey towards healing and prosperity. With a profound comprehension of human psychology and a genuine heart for service, she has left an indelible mark on numerous lives.

Leveraging her extensive background in psychology and counseling, she empowers women to triumph over trauma, guiding them towards rediscovering their inner resilience. Her approach blends empathy, expertise, and practical strategies, steering her clients towards healing and personal growth.

In addition to her role as a trauma coach, she stands as a beacon of leadership and advocacy within her community. Her impactful contributions have been recognized through esteemed accolades such as the Arima Borough Corporation’s Civic Awards for Community Service and the Award of Honor for Best Community Project Miss Teen Trinidad and Tobago. Her dedication to education and empowerment is exemplified by her engagements as a speaker at various secondary schools.

Sumer’s commitment to continuous learning is evident through her diverse array of certifications, ranging from Christian Education to Conflict Resolution & Mediation and an MSc in Clinical Psychology. Beyond her professional achievements, she is a dynamic entrepreneur and community leader, spearheading organizations such as The S.H.E. Foundation of Trinidad & Tobago, S.E.W Global Ltd and Fresh Oil Ministries.

Her influence extends globally through her authorship, hosting conferences, and spearheading significant events like the 10th Annual Money Laundering Conference in Trinidad and Tobago. Rooted in her core values of empowerment and positive change, Sumer’s establishment of SEW Global Academy embodies her enduring commitment to fostering hope, healing, and transformation.

Dr. Ni’Cola Mitchell

As an award-winning entrepreneur, Jamaican born, Dr. Mitchell has demonstrated her innovative and strategic mindset in various ventures. Notably, she serves as the Executive Producer for Lifetime Movie Network, where she has played a vital role in bringing her compelling story to the screen that captivates audiences and shed light on important social issues, Giving Hope: the Ni’Cola Mitchell story.

Dr. Ni’Cola Mitchell’s impact is undeniable, as evidenced by the tremendous reach of the Girls Who Brunch Tour. Having already touched the lives of over  42,000 girls worldwide, her tireless efforts and dedication have made a tangible difference in the lives of young girls, providing them with the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

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.

Melissa Noel

Melissa Noel is an award-winning journalist, host and media entrepreneur. She has built a distinguished career in television and digital media with work that centers on storytelling about the global Black diaspora.

As the founder and CEO of Mel&N Media Group, Melissa leads a boutique company that helps diaspora brands connect to global markets through strategic communications, content partnerships,    and brand development.

With extensive experience as an international reporter and producer, Melissa serves as a Contributing News and Politics Editor at ESSENCE Magazine and has traversed the Caribbean region for close to a decade, producing impactful coverage for NBC News, One Caribbean Television, and CBS News USVI. Her work has also appeared on Huffpost.com, in National Geographic, and ABC News, where she started her journalism career in television production.

Among her accomplishments, Melissa is an Ethel Payne International Reporting Fellow, focusing on foreign correspondents in Africa, and holds distinction as a grantee of the Pulitzer Center and the International Center for Journalists. She also co-chairs the Global Journalism Task Force of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).

Melissa is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Howard University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism and holds a Master of Arts degree in journalism from The City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Journalism.

A successful media entrepreneur, Melissa was named one of the Top 50 Caribbean American Entrepreneurs two years in a row by the Carib Biz Network in 2020 and 2021. A proud Guyanese American with over 15 years of experience, Melissa has made a significant impact at the intersection   of media, entrepreneurship, and social change.

Ashli-Ann Broughton

Ashli-Ann Broughton, the founder of Street People Liberation Foundation, is a visionary leader with a passion for creating positive change in her community. Born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Ashli-Ann recognized the pressing need to address homelessness and poverty in her hometown from a young age. In March 2014, at the age of 17, she took the bold step of establishing the Street People Liberation Foundation to provide aid and support to homeless individuals primarily in Montego Bay and Kingston.

Ashli-Ann is currently pursuing her studies in logistics and supply chain management at the Caribbean Maritime University. Despite her academic pursuits, she has always had a keen interest in marketing and holds positions as a marketing manager and a business development associate at two companies concurrently.

Under Ashli-Ann’s leadership, SPL Foundation has grown into a prominent nonprofit organization, serving as a beacon of hope for those in need. Through innovative initiatives such as monthly homeless feedings, community outreach programs, and environmental under-water clean-up efforts, Ashli-Ann and her team have made a tangible impact on the lives of countless individuals. Over the years, SPL Foundation has provided over 10,000 meals to the homeless and worked tirelessly to reintegrate.several homeless individuals back into society.

In 2023, SPL Foundation partnered with the Rotaract Club of Port of Spain to extend its reach and support the homeless community in Trinidad. This collaboration exemplifies. Ashli-An’s commitment to fostering collaboration and creating lasting change beyond the borders of Jamaica.

In addition to her work with SPL Foundation, Ashli-Ann is a passionate advocate for social justice and community empowerment. Her dedication and service have earned her numerous accolades and awards, including the Prime Ministers Youth Award for Excellence in Nation Building in 2020, the SOS Children’s Village Invaluable Contribution Award in 2021, the Gleaner’s Flair Distinguished Award for Volunteerism in 2022, and the Rotaract Club of Kingston Service Above Self Award in 2022. Driven by a deep sense of compassion and a commitment to serving others, Ashli-Ann continues to inspire positive change and uplift her community. Her unwavering determination and vision have earned her widespread recognition as a leader and change maker in Jamaica and beyond.

Shanoy Harris-Coombs

Shanoy Harris -Coombs utilizes communications for GOOD, as a Development Communications Specialist and CEO for Infinity Integrated Marketing Communications Limited (Infinity IMC). She has led social impact, community engagement and development communication processes for several International Organizations, private sector companies and small businesses over the past 17 years, often across borders, cultures and time zones.

Some organizations she has worked with have included the United Nations, European Union and Global Affairs Canada, where she often leads development communications processes with the aim of improving the lives of people.  In Jamaica, she has been acknowledged under the Governor General’s Programme of Excellence for “making a lasting contribution through community service”.

Shanoy has served as Chairperson for the United Nations Communications Group Caribbean cluster where she provided oversight for joint United Nations activities in the region as a part of the One UN Strategy.

Academically, she is a Chevening Scholar; Prime Minister Youth Awards nominee (in the academics category); Principal scholar (UWI, Mona) and holds a BA with first class honours In Media and Communication from the University of the West Indies, Mona and a MA with distinction in Intercultural Communication and International Development from the University of Sheffield, UK.

Shanoy is also a member of the International Social Marketing Association, Communication Initiative Global network, featured researcher at the Centre for Intercultural Dialogue and serves as a board member for the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR) Florida Chapter and 2nd Vice President for the Young Entrepreneur’s Association of Jamaica.

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