The Young Caymanian Leaders Foundation will hold its awards gala on Saturday at the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa.

Robert O’Neill held combat leadership roles in more than 400 missions and is one of the most highly decorated combat veterans of recent times.

Held annually, the Young Caymanian Leadership Awards recognizes outstanding young Caymanians who are making a significant contribution to society and who, through their achievements and actions, serve as positive role models for the youth of Cayman. It is a highly anticipated event, and a celebration of accomplishments.

On the night, all five finalists will be highlighted, with one of the five receiving the prestigious Recipient Award. This will mark the start of them serving their year of leadership activities.

This year’s nominees are Kristina Maxwell, Brianna Ebanks, Alexandra Bodden, Shena Ebanks and Tedrick Green.

This will be the first big event held at the new Kimpton resort, and features a special guest speaker – former U.S. Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill – whose extraordinary record of service had him at the forefront of several high-profile missions.

Finalists

The 2016 finalists are an impressive group of young entrepreneurs, doctors and businesspeople who also spend a portion of their time giving back to the community.

Kristina Maxwell

Dr. Kristina Maxwell is an active volunteer and advocate for community healthcare, wellness programs, and fitness. Since 2012, she has been a “Be Fit Cayman” speaker and a guest lecturer for the Health Services Authority volunteer training program as well as for the Cayman Islands Hospital CNA program.

She enjoys promoting her career path to others. Her most amazing experience was this year’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games where she volunteered as the Team Cayman physiotherapist.

Shena Ebanks

Shena Ebanks is active in the community and on the volunteer scene. She supports (and volunteers with) the Girl Guides and Rainbows organizations.

She is on the Board of Governors at the University College of the Cayman Islands and serves as an educator, mentor, and leader for the Human Resource profession, mentoring interns from Cayman Islands Further Education Centre by assisting them with interview skills, job skills and resumes writing. Shena has been the Cayman Islands Society of Human Resource Professionals president since 2014.

Tedrick Green, left, at the World Economic Forum.
Tedrick Green, left, at the World Economic Forum.

Tedrick Green

Even when he was just a student at John Gray High School, Tedrick Green was recognized for his leadership and volunteering acumen. In 2006, he started a company with the goal of offering more diverse Cayman-inspired keepsakes, which ultimately support and promote tourism for the Islands.

Today, the company is known as Ted Green Fragrances, Cayman’s only perfume company, which also won him the Cayman Islands Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 award.

Brianna Ebanks

Upon returning to the island after graduating from university, Brianna Ebanks continued her volunteering work at the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in the Cayman Islands, pouring every ounce of herself into the growth and development of college students, particularly women.

At her worksite PricewaterhouseCoopers, she has been a Corporate Social Responsibility Committee Member since 2013. She also makes it a priority to mentor other young Caymanians at PwC in areas such as CPA exam prep, how to navigate their first few years working, and how to create work/life balance in their lives.

Dr. Alexandra 'Lexi' Bodden in dressage demonstration.
Dr. Alexandra ‘Lexi’ Bodden in dressage demonstration.

Alexandra “Lexi” Bodden

Dr. Alexandra Bodden has been the president of the Young Business Professional Women Club of Grand Cayman since June 2016, organizing wellness seminars to increase membership, and assisting with fundraisers such as the “Back to School Drive.” She is the co-chair for the Health and Wellness Committee of the Business Professional Women Club of Grand Cayman; running “Happiness 101” Stress Management Workshops for local colleges and Lunch and Learn seminars.

Speaker Robert O’Neill

Robert O’Neill held combat leadership roles in more than 400 missions and is one of the most highly decorated combat veterans of recent times.

A highly trained Navy SEAL, he led the U.S. military’s most elite special forces and was involved in some of the most high-profile missions of modern times, including the rescue of Captain Phillips from the merchant ship Maersk Alabama and the famed Navy SEAL Team 6 who brought Osama bin Laden to justice in 2011.

O’Neill has been decorated more than 52 times with honors, including two Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars with Valor, a Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor, three Presidential Unit citations, and two Navy/Marine Corps Commendations with Valor.

Chris Duggan, director of the YCLF commented, “We are delighted to be welcoming Robert O’Neill back to the Cayman Islands as our special guest at this year’s YCLA gala. Rob is a truly inspirational man and in his line of work, instant, critical decision-making is a necessity for success. His mantra is ‘never quit’ and I know his ability to motivate and encourage leadership through translating his elite SEAL training techniques into actionable decision-making traits is sure to impress all of our attendees, including our five amazing finalists.”

Visit www.ycla.ky for more information. Tickets are $250 each and this event is presently sold out. To be put on the waiting list, contact Tara Hauck at [email protected]

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