The second instalment of the Chamber’s leadership programme attracted what the organisation described as an exceptional group of people from diverse industries and backgrounds.
The Opening Retreat, held last month at the Reef Resort, is designed to introduce participants to the philosophy behind the programme, which is meant to enhance leadership skills and allow graduates to assume more effective roles in meeting community needs.
The programme aims to offer a dynamic, intensive and interactive six-month experience that provides participants with a deeper understanding of social, economic, business and political issues, as well as assist them in realising their own potential and leadership skills, organisers say.
18 members welcomed
The 18 members were welcomed by Chamber CEO Wil Pineau and Leadership Cayman Committee Chairperson Sandy Cram. The retreat consisted of a series of presentations, problem solving and team-building exercises, and individual reports.
Visiting facilitator for the two-day retreat was Peter K. Hammerschmidt, president of Leadership Consulting Services Inc., who has been advising executives for three decades. Mr. Hammerschmidt also conducts training in leadership disciplines including the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Principle-Centered Leadership and First Things First.
Mr. Hammerschmidt is also a professor of Economics at Eckerd College and a senior trainer and research associate on the faculty of the college’s Leadership Development Institute, an affiliate of The Center for Creative Leadership.
“This year’s leadership class exhibited a high level of commitment to serving the diverse Cayman Islands Community as well as the considerable talent to do so,” he said. “It was quite clear to me, as I observed them interact that they will apply their diverse talents, styles and perspectives to collaboratively create a better Cayman Islands community.
“The Chamber and the Planning Committee (comprised of last year’s class) is to be commended for their work in creating and supporting this ongoing programme,” he added. “Your work in identifying, valuing, and collaboratively using diversity to solve problems was among the very best I have ever seen. Well done and all the best to you and the Leadership Cayman Class of 2011.”
The Leadership Cayman programme typically involves two evening seminars a month (every other Wednesday), of which class members must attend nine out of the eleven to graduate. Seminar topics include Media in our Community, Criminal Justice, Education & Workforce Development, Sister Islands Perspective, Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Cayman Islands Government, Human Services & Health Care, Financial Services, Stay over & Cruise Tourism, Infrastructure & The Environment and Cultural & Performing Arts.
Seminars include expert guest speakers from the Cayman Islands.
Upon graduation, participants are invited to join the Leadership Cayman Alumni Association, which will allow them to network with other alumni from the Cayman Islands and also other Leadership programmes from North America. T
This year’s class
This year’s Leadership Cayman class includes: Christina McTaggart, an associate with Campbells Attorneys-At-Law; Martin Ruben, audit manager in the office of the auditor general; Sheena Thompson, regional head Caribbean, operational risk, Royal Bank of Canada Trust Company; Michael Keesee, general sales manager, WestStar TV – Cayman 27; Elaine Whitefield, Executive Assistant to Directors of Bank, Butterfield Bank (Cayman) Ltd; Steve McIntosh, CEO, CML Offshore Recruitment; Aubrey Bodden, Freedom of Information policy analyst, Freedom of Information Unit in the Cayman Islands Government; Jane van der Bol, sales and marketing, Autohaus Ltd; Ruth Myles, public relations officer, Cayman Islands Monetary Authority; Lillian Curbelo-Bush, administrative & finance manager, Cayman Islands Government, Judicial Department; Michele Miller, financial controller, Phoenix Ltd; David Kirkaldy, president, Massive Equipment Rental and Sales Ltd; Collin Anglin, acting director of Sports, Cayman Islands Government, Department of Sports; Neil Rooney, managing partner, Exeter Property Development; Dayne Brady, general manager, Home Gas Ltd; Mark Edmunds, senior trust manager, Rawlinson & Hunter Ltd; Christian van der Bol, owner/general manager, Autohaus Ltd., and David Chestnut, entrepreneur.