Our premier girls empowerment event is back! Girls First “Dream Dare Do!” encapsulates the essence of our initiative: encouraging girls to dream big, dare to step out of their comfort zones, and take tangible steps toward achieving their goals.

The “Ignite the Dream” motivational segment aims to inspire girls to recognise their passions, set goals, and cultivate the confidence and resilience to conquer hurdles. Through creating a supportive and inclusive atmosphere, this session encourages girls to embrace their individuality, honour their strengths, and view challenges as avenues for growth.

Speaker
Solange Govia

Solange Govia, a Ryerson University graduate, is a respected costume designer known for quality designs and cultural contributions in the Carnival Fraternity. She works with HARTS and Lost TRIBE, showcasing her talent internationally. Solange’s detail-oriented designs cater to modern women, earning her recognition in the entertainment industry. Her work has been featured in Essence, Allure, and the New York Times, reflecting her growing popularity. Committed to high standards and celebrating women’s diversity, she collaborates with a creative team to showcase Caribbean beauty.

Dare to Do

Whether it’s mastering a new skill, advocating for a cause, or unleashing a passion project, our “Dare to Do” festival segment will challenge girls to be fearless and push beyond their limits, igniting their inner leader and unlocking a world of possibilities. This is the moment for our attendees to unleash their untapped potential and show the world what they’ve got!

Speaker

Kathryn Nurse

Kathryn Nurse, a Cosmetic Chemist, combined her passion for science and glamour to create Immortelle Beauty, a company that offers Caribbean lifestyle to women worldwide. After completing a Diploma in Fashion Management from the University of Trinidad & Tobago’s Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design, she pursued a Masters in Luxury Brand Management in Shanghai, Florence, and Paris. Her goal is to inspire customers to expect more from local brands and encourage other businesses to meet these expectations.

Workshop Facilitators

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  1. Dr. Garbielle Alexander
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  3. Asha Maharaj
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  5. Vidal Sealey
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  7. Shinelle Fletcher

Mind Matters – Self-Care and Wellness

Dr. Gabrielle Alexander is a psychiatrist with almost a decade of dedicated service in medical care and mental health, and is a strong advocate for the tenet “There is No Health without Mental Health”. Dr. Alexander earned her medical degree from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus Jamaica and then completed postgraduate studies in the Doctor of Medicine (DM) Psychiatry at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad. She also has a special interest in holistic feminine health and has promoted its education through leading the health workshop in the First Citizens Girls First Conference over the past seven years.

Social Savvy – Digital Media Training

Asha is an International Gender and Development Expert with an Honours Baccalaureate in International Development from the University of Guelph, and a Master’s with Distinction in Gender and Development Studies from the University of the West Indies.

She has dedicated her career to working with and for women and girls at all levels, seizing every chance to engage in meaningful conversations with young women. Asha possesses expertise in risk assessment and mitigation, essential for maneuvering through the complexities of social and digital media. Her other areas of specialization encompass integrating environmental and socio-economic risk management into institutional policies, and strategizing project plans.

Empowered & Aware – Personal Safety

Security Operations Manager at First Citizens, Vidal Sealey has over twenty-two (22) years’ experience in the multifaceted field of Security & Safety Management in the Corporate environment. He is a leader of security teams, with specialization in Security Education and Personal Safety Training, Regulatory Compliance, Background Checks, and Vendor Vulnerability Assessments and is also highly skilled in Krav Maga, an Israeli martial art.

Dollar $igns – Financial Literacy

Shinelle possesses a Masters of Business Administration from the Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University and a BSc in Management Studies with a minor in Finance and Psychology. Shinelle has been with the First Citizens Group for over 11 years and has been a member of the Management team for approximately 3 years. Throughout this time she served as part of a core team responsible for investing and creating wealth for customers and more recently developing strategies geared towards sustaining financial wellbeing.  Her definition of financial management supersedes money and banking and moves into the realm of decision making, empowerment, confidence and independence. She attributes her career, personal and educational achievements to this belief system and hopes to share with others in their pursuit to “level up”.

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