Experience & qualifications
I draw upon formal qualifications and the breadth of my life experience in my coaching and development work.
Formally, I have a degree in mass communication, and certificates in guidance, coaching, counselling and leadership. These accomplishments came relatively late in life, and I value them enormously - not least because they serve as important credentials.
I was already accomplished in life experience by the time I reached formal education, however. I came to England from Jamaica when it was a very different place. This was the time when people 'knew their place' in society; the time of 'no blacks, no Irish, no dogs'. We have moved a long way from those times, and I value the life lessons I have learned along the way. Furthermore, I became a single mother at 17, and commenced a crash course in responsibility and accountability which continues to serve me well today.
So the work I do is very much an extension of who I am and the experiences which have shaped me. I was born into a culture with distinct values and mores, and my grandmother was the figure who did most to shape me in my early years. She is the inspiration I drew upon in creating the 'Things Mama Used To Say' cards. I was born and will always be a Jamaican, and my culture shapes my outlook on work and life.
I use that grounding to reach out to people from across cultural and national backgrounds, however, and I believe that my grounding makes me better able to do that, So as well as working with Caribbean youth in London who - just as I did - engage with the struggle of adapting to a life where so many things seemed stacked against them, I work with corporate leaders across the world. My grounding in culture helps me to help them focus on how they add value as individuals in their work and life, and I am blessed to have the power and privilege to support people to develop that dimension of who they are. I believe it is one of the most critical aspects of realising our potential as people.
I've been honoured to receive many awards over the years, including being recognised as one of Britain’s most influential entrepreneurs by the Voice Newspaper for“Changing the Faces of Britain” and “Keeper of the Heritage” by the Jamaican Sunday Gleaner. As well being featured in Ian Boyne and Glenford Smith's book; Profile of Excellence - Strategies for Extraordinary Achievement from 25 Years of Interviewing Remarkable People (2013).
I'd love to hear from you if these insights inspire and excite you to find out more about my approach, and I welcome the opportunity to accompany you on your journey towards fulfilling your potential.
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