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2018 Mentoring Young Professionals (M.Y.) Conference Program.

Speakers' Profiles


Featured Speaker

Ms. Angie Coleman

​International Consultant & Executive Coach













After 20 years’ experience interviewing, hiring and leading teams in the retail market, Angie began her certifications to formally coach clients in the corporate environment and the non-profit sectors.  She was asked to organize and found a non-profit organization with the purpose of helping under-served people attain jobs.  She has certifications in Personal Branding, Social Media Branding, 360 Reach, Gallup Accelerated Coaching and Resume writing, and she is in the process of receiving her ICF certification for Executive and Leadership Coaching.  Angie’s top five Gallup strengths are Harmony, Relator, Responsibility, Individualization, and Learner.  In other words, she is a coach who meets every candidate where he/she is, follows through on all coaching commitments, and brings the most updated and cutting-edge information to the job finding process.  She identifies each candidate’s unique promise of value and ensures that the candidate is prepared to differentiate his/herself in the job seeking process.

Email: Coleman.angela76@gmail.com.


Founder & Host

Dr. Ty Richardson

Founder & CEO, YoPro Global











Dr. Ty Richardson is a Trinidadian-American who founded YoProTT as part of a global mission to provide tools and resources to youth and young professionals in the emerging markets. Ty has a Bachelors in Advertising, a Masters in International Commerce and Public Policy and a Doctorate in Organization and Management. Having had a successful corporate career with a large multinational corporation, Ty first launched YoPro as a social network in Silicon Valley, before pivoting and creating a social enterprise around the mission of serving emerging markets like Trinidad and Tobago. Today, under Ty’s steward, YoPro and its predecessor have worked with over 100 volunteers to produce over 150 events in five countries and impacted the lives of over 17,000 youth and young professionals. In addition to leading YoPro Global, Ty also heads One Global Index Consulting, and launched One Global Business Financing later this year. Ty also published his second book this year available on Amazon: The Journey to Becoming a Young Professional: One Story, Five Guides.


Guest Speaker

Ms. Maria Daniel
Partner | Strategy & Transaction Advisory

Ernst & Young 






Maria Daniel is a Partner in the Transaction Advisory Services at Ernst & Young Caribbean. She has led several high-profile engagements and specializes in business valuations, investigative and financial due diligences, receiverships, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and strategic advisory services. Maria leads the Strategic Growth Segment for EY Caribbean and works closely with family businesses and Entrepreneurs. Maria is a Chartered Financial Analyst Charter holder, holds an FCCA designation and a BSc. in Economics and Management (Upper Second Class Honors) from the University of the West Indies. Maria also holds a Trustee License under The Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act of Trinidad and Tobago.

Maria works with young entrepreneurs and youths in achieving their business and career goals. She works with Planting Seeds Production and conducts workshops on Entrepreneurship.


Guest Speaker

Mr. Christopher Nathan

Founder & CEO

Coco Velvet International Fashion & Model Management







 




A veritable household name in the region’s fashion and modeling industries Christopher Nathan is the founder and Chief Executive of Coco Velvet International Fashion and Model Management. Since its 1997 launch Coco Velvet has launched the international careers of ten T&T models including Wendy Fitzwilliam, Naomi Chin Wing, Crystal Noreiga, Soowan Bramble, Michelene Auguste, Paul Pryce and Dominique Armorer. Nathan initiated the Caribbean Academy of Fashion & Design CAFD at the University of Trinidad & Tobago in 2006; under his direction Coco Velvet launched the Fashion Association of Trinidad & Tobago (FATT) in 2007 and the Fashion Association of St Vincent & the Grenadines in 2010.


Through Coco Velvet and FATT’s advocacy campaigns at various government ministries Cabinet identified the fashion industry as the 8th non-energy economic sector for national development in December 2011. This led to the establishment of the Fashion Industry Development Committee (FIDC) at the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Investment and a national fashion company tasked with the commercialization of the sector was formed under Creative TT; Nathan served on the board of the Fashion Industry Development Committee from 2012 to 2014 and Creative TT from 2016 to 2017.


Christopher Nathan designed a Level 2 CVQ Fashion Programme for YTEPP Limited in 2014 and in 2016 he conducted research on the Caribbean’s garment manufacturing and textiles sector for a Master’s degree in Innovation, Manufacturing Management and Innovation at


Guest Speaker

Mr. Adrian Theodore
Chief Executive Officer
Theodore International Consultancy - TᴉNC










Adrian is a Senior Trade Executive with over a decade of experience in Strategic Management, Logistics, Regional Economics, Import/Export, Sales Management, Negotiation, Business Development, Consumer-centred Marketing with a Graduate Degree in International Relations & 1st Degree in Economics. Experienced in close-dealings with Governmental Ministries & other Agencies, Trade-Representative bodies, Regional Regulatory Bodies and Regional businesses from the level of sole-trader to Multi-national.

Adrian is an executive with a proven track record of simultaneous accomplishments in multiple markets with multiple product categories. Bermudez Group Limited is comprised of six operating companies (Kiss Baking, Bermudez Biscuit, Holiday Snacks, Jamaica Biscuit Company, Alimentos Bermudez (Soldanza), West India Biscuit Company (WIBISCO), all operating in multiple regional & international markets.

Adrian founded T!NC (pronounced Tinc), Theodore International Consultancy to provide export training and support to SMEs interested in achieving export success.

Success through Strengths:

Staring your path to success from a place of strengths, not weakness.

Intro: Focusing Youth and Young Professionals on their Strengths to Achieve Greatness, while leveraging their Weaknesses.

Gallup research finds people aware of their strengths are more engaged and productive and three times more likely than others to have an excellent quality of life.

As youth, we are taught to look at our weaknesses and improve on them, which takes energy and focus. What if we took most of that energy and focus and invested it into our strengths? We could go from Good to Great! This two-day Strength-based Conference will:

  • Educate youth and young professionals on a strengths-based approach to life
  • Identify each attendees’ Strengths through Gallup’s Strengthsfinder assessment
  • Create an understanding of each strengths and how it is manifested
  • Teach attendees how to apply those strengths in academic and career planning and everyday activities for a richer and more successful life.

The sooner students can discover what’s strong in themselves, instead of focusing on what’s wrong, the better their chances are of succeeding in the classroom and everywhere else.


Day One: Wednesday 24th October, 2018
0830-0900: Networking
0900-0930: Welcome & Introductions by Dr. Ty Richardson
0930- 1015: Building Your Personal Brand Online While Dressing for Success by Guest Speaker: Mr. Christopher Nathan, of Coco Velvet International.
1015-1030: Break
1030-1115: An Introduction to Strengths: Learn about the theory of Strengths and how professionals and students employ it in their everyday lives by Feature Speaker, Ms. Angie Coleman
1115-1200: Discover Your Strengths: A Deeper look into the results of the assessment each attendee took prior to the course and what it means by Feature Speaker Ms. Angie Coleman
1200: Lunch & Distribution of Strengths Assessment Codes for Attendees (Attendees must​ take the Assessment and obtain their results prior to Thursday's session). 

Day Two: Thursday 25th October, 2018

0830-0900: Networking
0900-0945: Welcome & Recap of Day 1 by Dr. Ty Richardson
0945-1030: Understanding Strengths Themes by Dr. Ty Richardson & Ms. Angie Coleman
1030-1045: Break
1045-1200: Owning Your Strengths: With an understanding of each Strength/Talent, See how you live them in your current life by Ms. Angie Coleman
1200-1330: Lunch & Presentation by Conference Sponsors ​JMMB.

1230-1315: The Foundations of Balancing Business & Life by Guest Speaker: Ms. Maria Daniels of Ernst & Young Trinidad and Tobago

1315-1330: Break
1330-1430: Using Your Strengths to Your Advantage: Armed with the knowledge of Strengths, this session teach you how to use them in planning by Ms. Angie Coleman
1430-1515: Facing Failures and Bouncing Back: Why we fail and what we do next is critical to our success. Exploring Failure and overcoming it by Guest Speaker: Mr. Adrian Theodore, Entrepreneur & Consultant
1515-1600: Wrap Up, Roundtable, Presentation & Graduation by Dr. Ty Richardson.


2018 Corporate Sponsors