Local business women to speak at Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs conference

Members of the local business community are invited to attend the
Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs conference at the Westin Casuarina Resort &
Spa, Thursday, 11 March, 5pm to 8pm in the Governors Ballroom.

The event, hosted by the Department of Commerce and Investment,
is promoted as the ideal platform for female entrepreneurs and business owners
to share ideas to improve operational decisions and open new opportunities. The
conference theme is When Opportunity Knocks, Let It In.

As well as a keynote address by 
 Sheila Brooks, US-based Emmy
award winning journalist and owner of SRB communications, the conference will receive
presentations from two prominent local businesswomen: Pilar Bush and Sheridan
Brooks.

Ms Bush is the managing director of a boutique consulting firm and
Ms Brooks is a barrister-at-law and owner of a law firm. Both Ms Bush and Ms
Brooks will contribute insights from their own experiences as female
entrepreneurs in the Cayman Islands. 

The event organiser, the department’s Head of Marketing
Lesley-Ann Thompson, said: “We’ve found that having presentations from vibrant
local speakers coupled with the keynote address from an international guest is
a winning combination as our attendees get a more rounded view of the presented
concepts.”

According to the department’s release, delegates will hear anecdotes
about how Ms Bush and Ms Brooks pursued opportunities as well as useful pointers
from Sheila Brooks on uncovering the blocks to business growth and re-igniting
the passion that fosters innovation.

Anyone wanting to attend the conference can pre-register for the
reduced rate of $20 if they pay by 10 March. Admission at the venue will be $25.  For further details, call 945-0943 or email [email protected].

Pilar Bush is the managing director of AtWater Ltd., a consulting
firm specialising in business strategy development, project management and marketing
communications. The firm has clients in industries that span tourism, real
estate development, telecommunications, financial services and not for profit
organisations.

Before opening AtWater in 2008, she served as director of tourism
for the Cayman Islands.  Prior to the Department
of Tourism, she was vice president of marketing, sales & corporate planning
for Cayman Airways. Earlier in her career Ms Bush served as assistant permanent
secretary in the Ministry of Education, Aviation and Planning.

Ms Bush
currently serves as the deputy chairman on the board of directors of Cayman
Airways Ltd, on the Editorial Board of the Cayman Financial Review and on the
board of directors of the Cayman Islands Investment Council. 

She has a BA
in Economics, an MBA, and has lived in Canada, the United States and Brazil.

Sheridan Brooks is founder and
principal partner of Brooks and Brooks, a full-service legal firm with special
emphasis on civil and matrimonial litigation. 
She holds a diploma with distinction in public administration and an LLB
(Hons) from Sheffield University. She attended the Inns of Court School of Law,
and is a qualified barrister and a member of Gray’s Inn, London.

Before becoming a lawyer, Ms Brooks
worked at the Courts Office as a deputy clerk of the courts and also sat as a
member of the juvenile court bench.  She
later moved to the Legal Department of the Cayman Islands Government, where she
initially worked as crown counsel under the tutelage of the current Chief Justice.

Ms Brooks was later appointed as
first Caymanian and female legislative draftsman. She was also the first female
and Caymanian secretary to the Constitutional Review Commissioners and first female
chairman of Cayman Airways.  She has
served in a senior capacity on many boards and committees including CINICO and
the Business & Professional Women’s Club, as well as being a board member
of the Health Insurance Commission, Court Review Committee and the Caymanian
Bar Association.

Ms Brooks is currently the first
female chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands.

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