Tuesday, 10 December 2019

WOMEN ON TOP: Lois Walters becomes HRMAJ’s first female head / Honey Bun’s Michelle Chong wants growth for local SMEs / ‘Babsy’ Grange’s UNESCO job is all about service

GLOBAL ICON: For Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, being elected a Vice President of the 40th Session of the UNESCO General Conference brings an opportunity “to serve and ensure that the voices of countries from the Caribbean and Latin America, as well as small island developing states, are heard and will benefit from UNESCO’s work.” Convening every two years, the General Conference brings together UNESCO’s 193 members to decide on the policies and work of the organization. Grange’s appointment comes on the heels of her two-year stint as Chair of the UNESCO Committee on Conventions and Reparations. She is also Vice Chair of the Culture Committee of the Organization of American States (OAS).

HISTORY MAKER: Lois Walters has been appointed the first female president of the Human Resource Management Association of Jamaica (HRMAJ). Walters, the principal director of HR policy and information at the finance ministry, succeeds Karl Williams, who served as the body’s head since 2002. Walters says the appointment marks one of the highlights of her two-decade career in human resources and vows to help usher the organization into a prosperous new chapter, by providing “value-added services to our members, partners, associates and wider community, [to lead] to greater organizational growth and the development of human capital.”

SHE MEANS BUSINESS: CEO and Founder of the new-kid-on-the-block Honey Bun Foundation, Michelle Chong, says the foundation’s primary aim is to play its part in driving growth in Jamaica’s business sector, “paying special attention to SMEs and the creative industry because of its untapped potential for growth. “We will focus on why we are not progressing exponentially, what we must do differently nationally and how we can be more innovative than the world,” Chong noted at the recent launch at Devon House. The foundation’s first-year budget is $14 million, which will be spent on marketing, website development and administration.

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