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Topic: Opportunities and Challenges for Social Media (Research Paper)

Session Type: Closing Plenary

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013

Time: 3:30 - 4:15 pm

Hopeton Dunn is Professor of Communications Policy and Digital Media in the Faculty of Social Sciences, The University of the West Indies Mona Campus. He is also the Director of the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) in the Faculty of Humanities and Education, and Director of The Mona ICT Policy Centre, Mona School of Business and Management, UWI. Professor Dunn is Chairman of the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica and is the immediate past Secretary General of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR. His academic publications have been in the area of New Media and Culture, Telecommunications Policies, Theories of Globalization, and the Political Economy of African and Caribbean Media. The most recent of his six books, entitled Ringtones of Opportunities: Policy, Technology and Access in Caribbean Communications, was launched in November 2012. He has delivered lectures and presented on academic or professional panels in the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.. Professor Dunn is married to UWI Sociologist, Dr. Leith Dunn, and they are parents of a daughter and a son, both adult professionals

Topic: Corporate Wellness - Key to Improved Productivity (An Innovation Case Study)

Session Type: Concurrent Workshop

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013

Time: 10:15 - 11:00 am

Marcia Williams-McDonald is a Wellness Officer at Post & Telecommunications Department. She obtained a BSc in Nursing from the University of the West Indies and have over twenty years experience in the field. She is employed to the Post & Telecommunications Dept. for over fourteen years. She is also a workplace philanthropist for the United Way of Jamaica. Under her guidance, the Post & Telecommunications Dept. in the area of health and wellness has been recognized by the Ministry of Health through Workplace Health Initiative, and received a silver award in 2008.We are presently the reigning champion for the National Health Fund (NHF) ‘work it out’ competition.

 

She is a member of the Mona Baptist Church and the mother of two boys.

The Human Resource Management Association of Jamaica (HRMAJ) will host Conference33 under the theme “Remodeling the Present – Changing the Future”.

This signature event for business leaders from the region will be held during the period November 20-22, 2013, at The Knutsford Court Hotel, 11 Ruthven Road, Kingston 10. This year’s staging will provide yet another opportunity for productive networking and knowledge building/transfer.

An estimated audience of three hundred (300) inclusive of Caribbean representatives will be present. Specific sessions will have a global reach as it streams live on our website at www.hrmaj.org. Conferees will be from the public and private sectors and therefore Conference33 will provide an excellent event for your company to promote your products/services. We therefore take this opportunity to invite you to participate in Conference33 as an Exhibitor and take advantage of this exciting opportunity to showcase your products/services.

Please see our Conference33 Exhibitor Package for your information. Please confirm your agreement to be an Exhibitor by completing the Registration Form and returning it to us. For further information please contact Susan Brodber at the HRMAJ Secretariat at 925-1010 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to having you at Conference33 this year!

Topic: Issues of HR Management; Facilitating movement of Women at the workplace

Session Type: Concurrent Workshop

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Time: 2:55 - 3:40 pm

Linette Vassell is the Community Development & Gender Specialist at the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment & Climate Changing. Linnette Vassell, MPhil History, a graduate of the UWI, Mona, where, from the 1980s into the 1990s she taught Caribbean History, including Women’s History, is part of that generation of women, who have been associated with the struggle for women’s rights in the region since the 1970s.

 

She was the first Coordinator of the Committee of Women for Progress (CWP) a left wing activist organisation formed in 1976 which was among the pioneering organisations for the struggle for Maternity Leave with Pay for women. She is also a member of Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action (CAFRA), Gender and Water Alliance, a global network of organisations, and the Board of the Small Business Association of Jamaica.

 

Linnette Vassell has dedicated her years of service to working on gender-related issues pertaining to women. She is currently the chairperson for Women's Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC), an organisation that aims to provide services and programmes to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and youth. WROC also caters to the development of inner-city women.

 

She is also a member of the Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action, Gender and Water Alliance.

 

For her, the challenge she faces in her line of work is getting the system to respond to the needs of the communities.

 

"Things just take too long; there are too many hoops and loops that the ordinary people have to go through to secure their rights in our society," said Vassell.

 

However, she said what is rewarding is to see individuals grow and empower themselves.

 

In accomplishing anything, there are usually obstacles but Vassell has been balancing the many aspects of life, husband, children, career and voluntary work, plus finding time for herself. She said over the years her husband has been very supportive and much of what is seen as her achievements are because her husband has been a good, decent and caring partner over the years. Her daughters have also played a vital role in her success.

 

Vassell is the recipient of several awards, including from Webster Memorial for her leadership in Christian education; the Whitehorses Farmers' Group in St Thomas for support in their development and from Women's Media Watch.

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