Barbados and the nations of the world need to create a system that produces thousands of leaders with vision and integrity to realize wide spread and sustainable prosperity, generation after generation. We need leaders who understand that everything is connected, that success cannot be a zero-sum game, and that activities and outcomes are most fruitful when the greater good is the central focus.

The Holetown Leadership Forum assembles eight leaders from various sectors of the business world, seats them comfortably on a stage, equips a moderator with topical questions that will stimulate vibrant conversation on the principles and practices of successful leadership, and provides the audience with the opportunity to find solutions to their current organizational and personal leadership challenges through direct interaction.

THE PANELISTS

Jeremiah Brown

Jeremiah won an Olympic silver medal as a member of the Canadian men’s eight rowing team at the London 2012 Olympic games. With a big dream, he left commercial banking to become one of few Olympians ever to have started learning his sport only four years before winning a medal at the Olympics. His memoir, ‘The 4 year Olympian’, is an amazon bestseller published in 2018. After the Olympics, Jeremiah spent three years at the Canadian Olympic committee leading the development of Game Plan, an athlete wellness and transition program supporting 3000 Olympic, Paralympic, and national team athletes across more than 54 sports. 

Website: https://the4yearolympian.com/

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Simone Brathwaite

Simone Brathwaite is a principal with Oliver Wyman actuarial consulting (OWAC) and has been head of the Oliver Wyman Barbados office since 2010. She has over 14 years of consulting experience focusing on solvency, as well as pricing and financial risk management in both the European and North American insurance industry. Simone has worked in depth with major insurance companies and regulatory bodies in Europe and Canada (OSFI).

She has conducted several embedded value peer reviews, risk management, solvency assessments and assisted on buy-side M&A due diligences for various insurers in Europe, Canada and the Caribbean.

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Carlton Cummins

 Carlton Cummins is a clean energy entrepreneur on a mission to optimize energy storage. He co-founded UK battery technology startup ACELERON to build better batteries and more powerful advanced battery management. He was placed on Forbes’ 2017 “30 under 30” list for Europe (science & healthcare), and he won the 2017 Shell Livewire Top 10 Innovators competition being crowned Young Entrepreneur of the year.

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Lisa Padmore, FCPA, FCGA

Lisa Padmore has been an assurance partner with EY since July 1999. Deeply involved in the learning and development of the Caribbean Assurance practice, she sponsored the implementation of EY's core curriculum for assurance in the Caribbean as Controls Methodology Leader until December 2014. Lisa served two years as President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados, and Chairman of its Membership Committee. She became a member of the IFAC professional accountancy organization (PAO) development committee in January 2017, having been nominated by CPA Canada.

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Donna Purdie Pirie

Donna Pirie has started and managed several award winning businesses which led to her post of Vice Chairman of the Aberdeenshire Business Association. During her time in this post she created and implemented several initiatives which are still active and reaping benefits today. She is amiable, good natured and very cordial; qualities which, she believes, propel her to think outside the box and make all around her relevant. Her mantra: engage and make a difference.

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Neysha Soodeen

Neysha is the founder of Toute Bagai Publishing and is known throughout the region as, ‘Miss MACO’ championing ‘her’ Caribbean to the world.  What most of her readers don't know is that Neysha  has dedicated most of her adult life to advocacy for women's rights, promoting female entrepreneurship throughout the Caribbean and supporting a number of causes including Cancer Societies, Hospice care, and fighting illiteracy.

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Basil Springer, GCM, Ph.D

Dr. Springer is hailed as a management

consulting pioneer in Barbados after founding Systems Caribbean Limited, the largest indigenous business development consulting firm in the Caribbean. In 2015, he was the inter American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture's (IICA)  national senior consultant, in march 2016, he started the Shepherding Innovative Growth Squad (SIGS), and in 2017 he authored the publication “Investment Guide for the Sweet Potato Sector in the CARIFORUM Region for Financial Institutions.” 

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Ralph "Bizzy' Williams

Bizzy is recognized globally as a visionary and calculated risk taker with an uncanny ability to spot prime business opportunities as well as great leaders. He has been awarded the Gold Crown of Merit of Barbados, the Ernst & Young Caribbean Entrepreneur of the year, and World Entrepreneur of the Year in multiple enterprise creation. What most people don't know is that it was his love affair with car racing that lead him to starting one of the most successful steel manufacturing operations in the Caribbean

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