Huckabee YCLA speaker

Mr. Mike Huckabee will be the keynote speaker for the Young Caymanian Leadership Awards on 16 February at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

The United States presidential candidate has been featured recently on all the major television networks and is quickly gaining popularity as a potential president of the United States.

‘His ability to motivate and encourage leadership fundamentals makes him the ideal keynote speaker to come and address the entire nation at the 2008 YCLA,’ said Melissa Wolfe of YCLF. ‘His humour is clever as well as captivating. He speaks passionately of hope and big dreams, which is especially relevant since our theme for 2008 is Dare to Dream.’

Mr. Huckabee grew up in a small town called Hope and has recently released a new book titled From Hope to Higher Ground, a book about inspiration, motivation and the ability to make a difference. The premise of the book focuses on simple steps to make big progress.

The 2008 YCLA Dare to Dream theme spins from Mike Huckabee’ spirit, as well as the messages that Canover Watson, the 2007 recipient of the YCLA has been sharing with the younger generation over the past eight to nine months. Having also come from humble beginnings, Canover Watson has created an incredible rapport with the youth he has spoken to, primarily between the ages of 10 -18. Since being named the 2008 recipient in February 2007, Mr. Watson has shared his positive messages with more than 2000 youth.

As with previous years, the YCLA will be televised live on Cayman27 and will attract leaders in Cayman, both young and old. These leaders and supporters join together in the spirit of recognizing, honouring and rewarding young Caymanian Leaders.

2008 nominations are closed and the nomination subcommittee is currently in deliberations towards announcing the five finalists. ‘We received so many outstanding nominations that were submitted by the community for impressive, young candidates’, adds Mrs. Wolfe. ‘It takes time to recognize and honour our young Caymanians and we would like to thank those who came forth with such fantastic recommendations.’

The nomination drive is the first of a three-step process to determine the annual recipient of the award. The next step is the finalist selection, where a subcommittee of the honourary board assesses each nomination and the resume that accompanies it to then recommend the five finalists. Those five are approved by the honorary board then interviewed on camera with a short list of questions. The third and final step includes the board reviewing the video interviews and by secret ballot numerically scoring each of the finalists based on various categories. The secret ballots are delivered to PricewaterhouseCoopers for addition and verification. The recipient is not revealed until the night of the live telecast.

Last year’s YCLA sold out over month prior to the event. Companies or individuals interested in participating in the 2008 edition of the YCLA should make immediate contact to [email protected].

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