Women In Energy Conference next week

Monday, February 27, 2017

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More than 400 women from across Jamaica, the Caribbean and North America are scheduled to attend the second annual Women In Energy Conference on March 9 and 10 at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston.

The conference, which is spearheaded by the women of JPS, seeks to broaden discussion on the developments in energy and how everyone impacts the future of energy.

The conference also aims to empower women in male-dominated industries by providing a platform for them to constructively address global challenges and opportunities that will foster their advancement professionally and personally.

The line-up of speakers at this year’s event includes Oscar award-winner and managing director of GreensLedge, Leslie Goldwasser, and Olympian Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. A number of outstanding corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, and development specialists will also form part of the panel for discussions.

A male panel has been introduced to the conference agenda to afford male leaders an opportunity to share their perspectives on issues surrounding women’s leadership. Among the speakers are Christopher Barnes, managing director, Gleaner company; Wayne McKenzie, general manager, Jamaica Energy Partners; and Wayne Henry, director general, Planning Institute of Jamaica.

Since its inception in 2016, the conference has garnered significant support among women in Jamaica and across the region.

"The goal is to continue to build from strength to strength," a news release from the organisers quote JPS President and CEO Kelly Tomblin. "Last year we enjoyed a 98 per cent satisfaction rating from participants, and this year we are confident that we will inspire women to continue to build eminence for their organisations. The conference will facilitate a mix of high-energy discourses and practical approaches from successful individuals and enterprises from the Caribbean and North America, with real-life industry application. We will share and celebrate success stories since the previous conference, and set the stage for even greater achievements, individually and collectively."

A number of local and international companies have shown their support for the conference through sponsorships. They include Marubeni, New Fortress Energy, TSK, BMR Energy, the ICD Group of Companies, Jamaica Energy Partners, Sagicor Group, JMMB, and the Jamaica Private Power Company.

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