Leadership Cayman celebrates 10 years

Graduates of the 2019 Leadership Cayman Programme pose together at the graduation ceremony at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

A total of 26 participants recently celebrated their graduation from the 2019 Chamber of Commerce Leadership Cayman programme, at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

The participants came together at the end of a six-month programme, where they took part in seminars that focussed on business, government, education, media, financial services, criminal justice and the Sister Islands. They also participated in a community project.

The recent graduation marked the 10th anniversary of the programme’s inception in 2009. The graduates join more than 200 other local high-level community leaders who have successfully completed the programme.

“Leadership Cayman is one of the Chamber of Commerce’s key programmes focusing on the development of the human capital in the Cayman Islands,” Chamber President Christopher Kirkconnell said. “The programme provides participants with exclusive opportunities and experiences that enable them to become strong leaders, in their jobs as well as in the community. Each graduating class adds to the strong network of like-minded businesspersons across industry fields. Congratulations to the 2019 graduates on their achievement.”

Describing her Leadership Cayman experience, 2019 graduate Jovanna Wright said, “Leadership Cayman was an unforgettable and rewarding experience. I truly enjoyed meeting new people and developing new friendships. During Leadership Cayman, I had the opportunity to learn about the key sectors in the Cayman Islands and how they’re impacting today’s world. I am truly grateful for this amazing opportunity and would highly recommend this program. It was definitely a meaningful experience and I enjoyed every minute of it.”

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Another 2019 graduate, Sean Vasquez, said the programme featured “expertly selected panellists who were passionate about their craft, and a must do for anyone who is looking to have a deeper understanding of our islands, and take on a more proactive community driven approach.”

Leadership Cayman 2020 is now accepting applications. Applicants must be at least 25 years old by 1 Jan. 2020; have lived in the Cayman Islands for a minimum period of 12 months and must be in at least a middle-management position at their current place of work. There are only 24 spaces available for this coming year’s programme. Applicants can apply online through www.leadershipcayman.ky.

The Chamber of Commerce will be hosting information sessions on Wednesday, 17 July, and Wednesday, 24 July, from 6-7pm at their training facility in Governors Square.

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