Keynote speakers round out human resources conference

The annual conference of the Cayman Islands Society of Human Resources Professionals is under way.

The three-day event, drawing about 250 people, began with evening sessions on Wednesday, May 9, and workshops on Thursday. Friday’s agenda includes a slate of keynote speakers.

Afghan Razia Jan, founder of Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation, leads off the speaker series at 9:30 a.m. Ms. Jan has worked for many years to forge connections between Afghans and Americans. Her nonprofit organization is dedicated to improving the lives of women and children in Afghanistan through community-based education. She was nominated as a Top 10 CNN Hero of 2012 for her work on the Zabuli Education Center, a school that she founded in rural Afghanistan that provides free education to about 350 girls.

Other speakers include former Whirlpool executive Michelle Biro; Rob Catalano, co-founder of WorkTango, a platform offering real-time employee assessment; and social worker/author Catherine Tyson. Co-presenters Laurie Ruettimann and Mike Wood are experts in leadership and the use of technology. Sports technology entrepreneur Bryant McBride and television journalist Antonio Neves round out the list.

Information on the conference can be found at