New programme hopes to promote leadership

A new initiative from the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce is aiming to nurture Cayman’s future and current leaders.

The Leadership Cayman programme is a six-month programme kicking off in January 2010. Through a series of seminars, it will introduce its participants to key elements of Cayman society as a way of building their knowledge of social, economic, business and political issues.

‘The increasing rate of change in the business environment in the Cayman Islands is a major factor in this emphasis on leadership,’ said Chamber President Stuart Bostock.

‘Whereas in the past, business owners, managers and government workers were expected to maintain the status quo in order to move ahead, new forces in the marketplace have made it necessary to expand this narrow focus.’

Anyone living in the Cayman Islands aged at least 25 years of age is invited to apply to the programme, which will accept 20 participants.

The opening retreat features Peter K. Hammerschmidt, a leadership, teamwork and economics advisor and professor at Eckerd College and on the faculty of the college’s Leadership Development Institute.

The eleven seminars will cover media, criminal justice, government, the sister Islands, diversity, human services and health care, financial services, tourism, sustainable development and the environment, culture and arts, and education.

Mr. Pineau noted a diversity of perspectives from within a sector will be represented at each seminar, which will be followed by a panel discussion. For instance, he said, at the criminal justice seminar, the hope is that representatives from law enforcement, the courts, a criminal prosecutor and a defence attorney will all be present.

Programme Planning Committee Chair Jeffrey Brandes noted its threefold objective is to connect people, grow their understanding of the Cayman Islands, and to inspire participants to share what they have learned and become more involved in their community through charitable work.

The programme’s development kicked off when Cayman entrepreneur Linton Tibbetts and Mr. Brandes invited Mr. Pineau to visit St Petersburg last year and to attend a Leadership St. Pete seminar and to meet with their planning committed and staff who administered the programme.

Mr. Brandes, who is the grandson of Mr. Tibbetts, is himself a graduate of the Leadership St Petersburg programme. He said it provided an excellent way to network and to truly understand the community.

Following the Florida visit, the Chamber Council agreed to introduce a similar initiative for the Cayman Islands.

Mr. Pineau said the objective is for participants in the programme to interact with diverse, high-level community leaders and decision makers.

Through these interactions, participants will learn about their personal leadership styles, nourish their community spirit and gain understanding about how the Cayman community works.

In addition to the Grand Cayman seminars, participants will attend a two-day Sister Islands seminar in Cayman Brac, and will participate in a group community service project benefiting a local not-for-profit organization.

Tuition is $1950 for Chamber members and $2,250 for non-members, and the deadline for applications is 16 October 2009.

For further information, visit or contact Chamber programmes and events manager Joanne Diaz-Berry at [email protected] or 949-8090 ext 123.

Caption: Chamber CEO Wil Pineau, President Stuart Bostock and Programme Planning Committee Chair Jeffrey Brandes are offering a new way to develop leadership in the Cayman business community. Photo: Basia Pioro