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Topic: Family and Corporate Business at Work

Session Type: Interactive Workshop

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2011

Time: 3:05 - 4:00 pm

Sandra Marie Shirley, a business facilitator and trainer, brings over 20 years experience in wealth management and trust banking in the USA and the Caribbean. Her career began in auditing and developed through progressive professional growth to senior executive level, encompassing Corporate Trust (AVP, Bankers Trust Co, New York, USA); Relationship Management; Portfolio and Asset & Liability Management Sigma Investments, National Commercial bank and First Global Financial in Jamaica). Sandra was licensed as a Securities Dealer by the Financial Services Commission (FSC) (1996-2008) in Jamaica. Sandra launched and headed successful investment management companies in Jamaica and over the years made significant contribution to the improved regulatory oversight of the Jamaican and regional capital market (former Dep. Chairman, Jamaica Stock Exchange). She was a teaching and research Fellow in Finance at University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona and is a Fellow of the Jamaican Institute of Management. Sandra's interests extend to entrepreneurship, mentoring and community service through affiliations including, MSME facilitator and Steering Committee member for Inter-American Development Bank funded Enterprise Risk Management and Financing Project through the Institute of Law and Economics at University of Technology (UTech), Jamaica; member and former Vice President, Jamaica Chamber of Commerce; Finance Co-Chair, Women's Leadership Initiative (Project of United Way, Jamaica); former UWI Council member and Finance and Planning Sub-committee member; among others. Sandra earned an MBA, Finance and Banking from Lubin School of Business, Pace University, New York and B.Sc. (Hons.) Management Studies, majoring in Finance and Accounting, from UWI, Mona. She completed post graduate programs at Queens University, Kingston, ON. (Investment Appraisal and Risk Analysis) and The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (Strategic Implementation and Executive Team Dynamics).

Topic: HIV/AIDS Stigmatization: Addressing Threats to Productivity at the Workplace

Session Type: Interactive Workshop

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2011

Time: 11:30 am - 12:25 pm

Saani Fong is an Attorney-at-Law with training in Urban Planning and Development. She has practiced law for a little less than 15 years, working in both the public and private sector. In 2008 she joined the National HIV/STI Programme in the Ministry of Health as the Law and Human Rights Officer and began work on initiatives and programmes geared at reducing stigma and discrimination towards persons with and affected by HIV. She is now the acting Director of the Enabling Environment and Human Rights Component of the National Programme.

Topic: Strategies for Growing Small Business

Session Type: Interactive Workshop

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Time: 2:35 - 3:30 pm

Dr. Morgan is Head of The Competitiveness Company for six (6) years now. During the start-up phase (2002-2004), Beverley was responsible for conceptualising, designing and accessing funding from the UK Department for International Development and USAID of US $1.4 million for a project (JCCP) to enhance the competitiveness of small Jamaican firms and enable their participation in global trade. Over two-hundred firms participated in the JCCP. Beverley designed the follow on project and successfully sought funding of GBP 1,000,000 to set up The Company, recruit and train Competitiveness Advisers and institutionalise the support to the MSME sector. In the current phase of the firm, she is responsible for leading the development of the firm, with a focus on its core areas: Cluster Development, training and organisational development. Cluster development includes: Tourism (Non-traditional tourism – Nature Adventure segment, including properties, attractions, tours; she is responsible for working closely with “Unique Jamaica” Tourism cluster to achieve membership of 200+, development of Bed & Breakfast segment, access to insurance for small players, increase in employment to 6000 persons, in which an incremental investment of £3,284,920 has been achieved to date); Entertainment; Agribusiness; West Indian Sea Island Cotton. Dr. Morgan has demonstrated significant capacity to provide solution-oriented thought leadership, project design and innovative approaches for the MSME sector over the past fifteen years in a wide range of capacities. As a Vice-President of the Jamaica Exporters’ Association, she was responsible for the lobbying and development functions of the Association. In this capacity she was responsible for the design of, acquisition of funding for the following MSME projects: she successfully negotiated US $ 4.5 million World Bank facility for improving the technological and other capacities of small exporting firms, this original sum was increased to US$ 8 million, based on its success; United States Agency for International Development US $ 2.3 million project for Small Enterprise Development; US$ 1.3 Agricultural Export Services project, working with small farmers to prepare them to become exporters; US$ 1.5 million Jamaica Cluster Competitiveness Project; US$ 1.5 million institutionalisation of The Competitiveness Company, among others. As an entrepreneur in her own right, Beverley has provided leadership to the agribusiness sector, particularly in the area of policy design. As President of the Anthurium Growers’ Association, she researched and reported on the needs of the sector as an input to policy development for the Ministry of Agriculture. She has been responsible for writing the horticultural policy for the national development policy document. She also chaired the Agribusiness Cluster for the National Industry Policy, the purpose of which was to provide a framework, facilitatory mechanisms, and general support for growth and prosperity, based on international competitiveness, with an emphasis on public-private sector collaboration, while developing a five (5) -year strategic plan for the agribusiness sector. Dr. Morgan’s technical expertise includes human resource development competencies. When she was a member of the Member of the Board of Governors of the Central Bank of Jamaica she was a leading member of the Human Resource Committee of the Bank and was responsible for leading significant policy initiatives for the restructuring of the organisation, liaising with international consultants to put in place performance measures and pay-for-performance guidelines. She has consulted with Lucent Technologies at their headquarters in New Jersey, USA, in the areas of strategic capabilities assessment and initiatives to identify potential “high fliers”. The work resulted in detailed assessments with both numerical and behavioral feedback, which formed the basis of employee coaching and development programmes. Beverley has considerable technical competence in the framework and application of international trade remedies, under the rules-based World Trade Organisation (WTO) regimes. As a Commissioner of the Antidumping and Subsidies Commission of Jamaica, she has a quasi-judicial role and played a critical role in the establishment of the first independent trade remedies organisation of this kind in the region; as the Chairman of the Commission, she has a further role to guide policy and lead organisational development. The Jamaican Commission has been cited by the WTO as a model organisation to be emulated by other developing countries.

Topic: Performance Management Models and Strategies Defining a Quality Education System

Session Type: Rise & Shine Session

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2011

Time: 7:30 - 8:25 am

Grace McLean joined the Ministry of Education in July 2009 as Deputy Chief Education Officer and was subsequently promoted to the post of Chief Education Officer. She attended Edwin Allen Comprehensive School. A trained teacher and Human Resource practitioner, Mrs. McLean is no stranger to the education sector. She taught at the St. Jago High School for five (5) years where she served as Head of the Home Economics Department. Before joining the Central Ministry, Mrs. McLean served at the HEART Trust/NTA (an agency of the Ministry of Education) for 14 years. She left HEART Trust/NTA as the Senior Programmes Director. Mrs. McLean holds a Masters of Business Administration Degree in Human Resource Management, from the University of the West Indies, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education (Home Economics) from the University of Technology (formerly CAST), a Diploma in Home Economics from the University of Technology and a Certificate in Supervisory Management. She is presently pursuing a Doctoral Programme in Social Science, focusing on Productivity Improvement and Labour Market Studies. Her other achievements include; past Chairman of the Board for the Norman Gardens Primary and Junior High School and Technical Delegate to Worldskills International for Jamaica 2004 to 2010. Her wealth of experience and technical skills include Strategic Planning, Log Frame Planning and Balance Scorecard Methodologies, Change Management, Business Process Improvement as well as Behavioural Interviewing Techniques. In her capacity as Chief Education Officer, Mrs. McLean currently serves on the University of Technology, Jamaica Council and the Early Childhood Commission Board. She is regularly involved in public speaking, responds to various educational issues in the media and aims to continuously improve the educational system. Mrs. McLean is a member of the Barbican Baptist Church. She is married to Eron and has two children; son Orville and daughter Eronica.

Topic: Measuring Board Performance

Session Type: Interactive Workshop

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Time: 1:35 - 2:30 pm

Greta Bogues is currently the General Manager; Corporate Affairs Division at J. Wray & Nephew Ltd (JWN). In this capacity she has responsibility for the company’s Human Resource, Administrative Services and Corporate and Regulatory Affairs areas while overseeing the operations of the Appleton Estate Rum Tour. Before joining JWN, she maintained a consulting practice in the areas of corporate governance, international trade and organizational restructuring where she worked with both private and public sector organisations in training directors and providing them with appropriate tools to effectively perform their function. Prior to starting her own consultancy Miss Bogues served as the first female Chief Executive Officer of the combined Private Sector Organisations of Jamaica (PSOJ),the Jamaica Exporters Association (JEA) and the Jamaica Bankers Association (JBA), the consolidated business association secretariat. She has a broad background and knowledge of the operational activities of both commercial and merchant banks, having worked for over 20 years in the banking industry at various management levels. During her banking career, she held a number of leadership positions, including President and Vice President of the Association of Licensed Financial Institutions (ALFI), the association that represented the interest of all Merchant Banks, Trust Companies and Finance Companies in Jamaica. Miss Bogues is currently pursuing at the University of the West Indies, her MPhil/PhD studies on ‘Corporate Governance practices in Jamaican and its impact on the performance of listed companies”. She received her first degree in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies and graduated from the Universities of Manchester & Wales Masters in Business Administration (MBA) programme in 1999. In addition, she is also a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers (FICB). During her over fifteen years in senior management positions she has presented and written articles on corporate governance and international trade, both locally and regionally. In 2001 Miss Bogues was responsible for the establishment of the PSOJ Corporate Governance Committee, which has responsibility for increasing awareness of the issues and principles of corporate governance within Jamaica and to train Directors through the Commonwealth Association of Corporate Governance (CACG) Certification Programme. In 2002, she was certified by the CACG as a Corporate Governance Trainer, and has since been developing and teaching corporate governance programmes for both the public and private sector. Miss. Bogues is also a member of the Caribbean Technical Working Group on Corporate Governance and is a Tutor in Human Resource Management for the Manchester Business School/Jamaica Institute of Bankers MBA programme. Miss Bogues is a member of the Institute of Directors (UK), Chairman, PSOJ Corporate Governance Committee and sits on a number of private and public sector committees. She is also a Director of the Mona School of Business (UWI), Vector Institute of Technology; Jamaica Exporters Association and the Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands Finance Board.

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