The Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce and Shirlaws Cayman recently celebrated the culmination of their inaugural Business Coaching Cayman initiative with 13 members completing the programme.
A graduation lunch was held at the Grand Old House on Friday, March 8.
The thirteen graduates are Ian Barnard, Barnards Ltd.; Wil Pineau, CCE, Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce; Alan Silverman, Dine by Design Ltd.; Laura Silverman, Dine by Design Ltd.; Martha Godet, Fidelity; Jancy Madison, Fidelity; Laura Ribbins, Fitness Connection; Woody Foster, Foster’s Food Fair; Lori McRae, Frederick & McRae Ltd.; Jocelyn DaCosta, Maedac Group; Morgan DaCosta, Maedac Group; Melissa Wolfe, Melissa Wolfe Photography; and Natalie Urquhart, National Gallery of the Cayman Islands.
Tom McCallum, business coach at Shirlaws Cayman, welcomed the group and lauded their achievements during the unique six-month programme. Chamber President Chris Duggan delivered remarks on behalf of the Chamber Council.
Each graduate received a plaque that recognised the significance of their accomplishment. President Duggan thanked Fidelity (Cayman) Limited for their generous contribution and for their belief in the programme initiative. He also referenced the unique nature of this professional development initiative and noted the participation of small business entrepreneurs inclusive of past Chamber President Morgan DaCosta as well as past and present members of the Chamber Council.
Dale Edwards, vice president and chief operating officer, Fidelity (Cayman) Limited, said he was happy to have supported this unique venture. He challenged the group to ensure that the “key learnings” be shared with respective individuals at their places of work so that this programme will indirectly touch others in their immediate environment and the business community in general.
“Fidelity has long had a passion for serving the community, with special emphasis on education,” Mr. Edwards said. “It was only appropriate, then, for us to become a sponsor of this business coaching for business leaders initiative, a partnership between the Chamber of Commerce and Shirlaws Cayman, which aims to provide an opportunity to benefit from gaining a deeper insight into issues that deal directly with your business cycles.”
“As business owners and leaders, you have demonstrated your commitment to continuous education and are an example of what we should all be aspiring to in Cayman,” he added. “Hard work is one of the primary reasons that has guided you to be the business owners you are today. Never stop developing yourself, never stop thinking of new ideas, never stop going the extra mile. Also, I encourage you to continue to be selfless in giving back. Continue to be the Business leaders who ‘Pay it Forward’ and support what you are passionate about. Remain a force of good in your community. Continue to support those activities which build a stronger business community – we all benefit because of it.”
Graduates of the inaugural programme all had positive testimonials to share.
“The Business Coaching Cayman programme with Shirlaws has been an invaluable learning experience and is recommended strongly for anyone,” said Jocelyn DaCosta, a programme participant and human resources manager and assistant marketing manager at Maedac Supply Co. Ltd. “The skills and focus for each participant in the class and private consultation meetings helped to guide us on a clearer path with our businesses. Thank you to the Chamber for uniting forces with Shirlaws and its amazing team to bring this programme to fruition.”
Similar sentiments were expressed by Martha Godet, manager of operations, Fidelity (Cayman) Ltd.
“From the sessions and the one on one meetings, I now have a better understanding on how to approach a situation(s) by using the method of: Why, What and How,” Ms Godet said. “This strategy is very practical and approachable to work with. I would like to thank you for your quality time rendered to me and grateful for the ideas and advice during our sessions.”