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Businessuite Power 50 Women in Jamaican Business for 2022



BUSINESSUITE Magazine’s  ranking of Jamaica’s leading businesswomen provides a unique opportunity to secure an insight into the professional lives and activity of some of the most interesting and inspiring women in Jamaica’s private sector today.

How we pick the Power 50

What qualities can adequately describe a woman of power and influence on a national level? She is often described as ambitious, driven, determined, creative, a confident leader and a risk-taker. She allows her passions to order her steps, her gifts and her talents to become her own personal calling card.

Powerful and influential women are thriving in their business lives across Jamaica and so the move by the BUSINESSUITE editorial team to select, based on the format created by FORTUNE magazine editors, the 50 most powerful and influential women was truly a daunting task.

As stated, the selection process for the BUSINESSUITE list of the ’50 Most Powerful and Influential Business Women’ is based on a general format created and used by the editorial team of FORTUNE Magazine. This includes:

1. The general size (Revenue, Profitability and Human Resource) and importance of the woman’s company in the Jamaican economy;
2. The health and direction of the company;
3. The arc of the woman’s career and;
4. Societal and cultural influence of the business as informed by key industry insiders and published information

It must however be noted that since BUSINESSUITE Magazine is not privy to the financial statements of some of the companies mentioned, this was not heavily factored into our final listing and placements. Readers are therefore invited to debate and discuss the names and placement of individuals.

They aren’t just successful executives, entrepreneurs, or administrators who are admired and respected within their own organisations, they are the voices that are heard across the industries in which their companies operate, even across corporate Jamaica as a whole.

The Presentation Event – October 2022
The awards will be given to 50 women business leaders who have achieved strong results in their respective fields. This will be the 1st edition of Businessuite Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Awards, to be held in October 2022. Details to come.

The awards are aimed at honouring remarkable Jamaican women who have made outstanding contributions to their organisations and set new standards of administration and performance across corporate Jamaica and the economy.

We will also be seeking to recognise and identifying Rising Stars and Women Abroad.

The Special Edition – October 2022
The event felicitates the most powerful women in Jamaican business and salutes the spirit of successful business women with a special issue of Businessuite Magazine ‘Most Powerful Women in Business” Jamaica Edition. Details to come

See also

The Top 40 Most Powerful and Influential Women in Jamaican Business for 2016.

Businessuite Power 50 Women in Jamaican Business for 2013

Businessuite Power 50 Women in Jamaican Business for 2012

Businessuite Magazine December 2014 Digital Edition

BUSINESSUITE Magazine October 2012 Digital Issue

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€7-Million Grant For Women In Business And MSMEs



Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke (left), and General Manager (Acting), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Caribbean Country Department Group, Carmen Madriz, shake hands following the symbolic signing of a Non-Reimbursable Agreement for the European Union’s provision of a €7-million (over J$1.2-billion) grant for the Government’s Boosting Innovation, Growth and Entrepreneurship Ecosystems (BIGEE) Programme. The signing was held during a Visibility Ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, on Wednesday (May 25).


The Government’s Boosting Innovation, Growth and Entrepreneurship Ecosystems (BIGEE) Programme has been bolstered with a €7-million (over J$1.2-billion) grant from the European Union (EU).

This will provide support for female-led businesses by helping them to build their capacity to contribute to the economy; assist recovery of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) from the economic fallout resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic; and support stakeholder climate change mitigation and adaptation projects that contribute to resilience and sustainability.

The funds are being facilitated through a Non-Reimbursable Financing Agreement under the EU’s Caribbean Investment Facility and will complement the US$25-million loan for the BIGEE programme that was provided by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which will administer the grant.

The BIGEE Programme, which is being implemented by the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), aims to promote sustainable and robust growth among start-ups and MSMEs.

Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke; Head of the European Union Delegation in Jamaica, Ambassador Marianne Van Steen; General Manager (Acting), IDB Caribbean Country Department Group, Carmen Madriz; and DBJ Managing Director, Anthony Shaw, participated in a symbolic grant agreement signing on Wednesday (May 25).

This was held during a visibility ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.

Dr. Clarke, who conveyed the Government’s gratitude for the EU’s support, said the BIGEE Programme is geared towards positioning innovation at the centre of the business ecosystem.

“For [Jamaica] to have the kind of economic growth that can support the kind of jobs [we are seeking to generate], we need value-added private-sector activity which is based on innovation,” he stated.

In this regard, Dr. Clarke, who is also Chairman of the IDB’s Board of Governors, said the BIGEE programme “underscores the Government’s commitment to promoting financing and investing in innovation”.

Mr. Shaw said the grant agreement represents “another step in the long-standing fruitful relations between Jamaica and one of our most dependable international development partners – the EU”.

Ambassador Van Steen, in her remarks, said the grant was indicative of the EU’s renewed commitment to fostering entrepreneurship in Jamaica, in a sustainable way.

“The development of micro, small and medium enterprises is critical, not only to the Jamaican economy but to the economies in all countries. Here in Jamaica, they are playing a vital role in the Government’s efforts to spur economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” she stated.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Madriz said the grant represents “another important milestone in the effort of the Government of Jamaica, Development Bank of Jamaica and the Inter-American Development Bank to strengthen the country’s business ecosystem”.

The BIGEE Programme’s specific objectives are promoting innovation and productivity among established MSMEs with high growth potential, promoting sustainable growth in scalable start-ups, and creating a sustainable pipeline of high-growth potential start-ups.

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Businessuite Women on Twitter Spaces – A Leadership Conversation with Host Dr. Anita Davis-DeFoe and Guest Dr. Yolanda Petersen



Businessuite Women on Twitter Spaces– Every Tuesday 10am to 11am

Each week Dr. Anita Davis-Defoe and her guests will delve into informative and insightful conversations on all subject matters impacting women as they work to journey from the backroom to the boardroom, and of their own enterprises.

Dr. Yolanda Petersen
Group Executive Director
[BEGET] Strategic Project Management Solutions
Cape Town, South Africa

Ms. Yolanda Petersen is a seasoned Marketing and Communications Specialist – her studies in MBM: BCom. Marketing and Business Management alongside her qualifications in APM -Advanced Project Management having worked for renowned Advertising Agencies (from the oldest in the world to the largest in Africa).

Yolanda is the Group Executive Director of a Strategic Project Management Solutions Company, [BEGET]. The [BEGET] Group hosts end to end Project Management, Supply Chain, Procurement and Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) and Analytics Services.

The company is geared towards building clear business, supply chain, marketing and project planning strategies that can adapt to rapidly changing and volatile environments. Providing Strategic Consulting to a multitude of (varied) businesses.

Yolanda has worked her way up from entry level positions to earn her seat at the C-Suite table and is a 1st Generation Entrepreneur.

She is an established Business Strategist, Project Lead, Moderator, Facilitator and Keynote/Public Speaker who delivers high-energy keynote presentations that challenge audiences to leverage their focus and pay attention to what matters most, both at work and in life.

Yolanda has a keen passion for COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT and EMPOWERMENT, especially that of Women and the Girl-child and is very active in the NPO / NGO sector Framing, Drafting and Leading on Strategic Projects and Policy Development.

At the core, her current Social Impact Projects focuses on 2 key pillars: YOUTH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT and (UNEMPLOYED) YOUTH through EDUCATION.
[Active Roles: 2021/22]:
 Group Executive Director –[BEGET] Strategic Project Management Solutions
 Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy specializing in the area of Humanitarianism and Conflict Response, Theophany University, Haiti, USA.
 South African Country Chair for G100: All Ladies League (ALL) –Youth Enterprise & Leadership Wing.
 Global Advisory Board Member – Without You Foundation, Nigeria
 Member of the Charles Walters Society for Innovation and Research (CWSIR) – India
 Business Mentor – First Lady Chamber, South Africa
 Afrikaans Translator and Project Manager -Athenjwa Media, Cape Town
 Advisory Council Member, Special Needs Young Adults – The Shumeez Scott Foundation (SSF)
 Independent Fundraiser –Township Project ‘Love to Langa’ – US Based Non-Profit Organization
 Collaborative Partner at Destiny Consult Advisory Services, South Africa
 Independent Recruitment Officer (ETI Unemployed Youth Programme): Tshwane Institute of Technology (TiT) / South African Institute of
Management (SAIM)
 Christian Ministry Functional Support to: “Flame of the Holy Spirit Ministries” and “Love & Cross Ministries”

She previously held the position of Director of Strategic Partnerships and Communication at Women Lead Movement, South Africa -Heading
the WLM Women’s Economic Empowerment Programme.

Yolanda is an avid writer and a mother to very active an adorable little girl

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Businessuite Women on Twitter Spaces – A Weekly Leadership Conversation with Host Dr. Anita Davis-DeFoe



Businessuite Women on Twitter Spaces – Every Tuesday 10am to 11am on Twitter Spaces 

Each week Dr. Anita Davis-Defoe and her guests will delve into informative and insightful conversations on all subject matters impacting women as they work to journey from the backroom to the boardroom, and of their own enterprises.

Businessuite Women Spaces @ Twitter – Subject to change without notice
Date Topic Guest Scheduled/Confirmed
Women Entrepreneur Network of the Caribbean Dianne Edwards President Women Entrepreneur Network of the Caribbean – Jamaica
Caribbean Center  of Excellence for Sustainable Livelihoods Dr. Marcia Brandon (Barbados)
Leaders Inspired, Founder and CEO Donnalie Edwards Cabey (US Virgin Islands)
WISE Entrepreneurship Program Ghana Dr Genevieve Pearl (Ghana)
Legrande Voyages Christal Legrande (St. Maarten)
Businessita. An Incubator and Accelerator for Women in Biz Sue El Baklawy (Egypt)
BEGET South Africa Dr. Yolanda Petersen (South Africa)
Regamus Consulting Dr Regina Inmen (Nigeria)
Training and Development Catherine Tyson (Cayman Islands)
Women in Jazz, Inc. Dr. Joan Cartwright (USA)
Sherry Dixon Consulting, London, and Guyana Dr Sherry Dixon
President, Women Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Spain Mar Introin

“Globally, while as women we have made some strides as leaders, we still face tremendous challenges. Typically, when people think of a leader, the organizational CEO, what immediately still comes to mind is “he” not “she.” Even with mounting research from respected universities and think tanks that suggest women by nature are equipped to be better leaders than men (if you don’t believe me Google this for yourself), and interestingly enough, the number crunchers report that company profits are higher when a woman is at the helm, females continue to encounter a slippery slope as they work to journey from the backroom to the boardroom.”

Dr. Anita Davis-DeFoe is an Experienced Quality Management, Organization and Workforce Development Consultant; Leadership Coach; Author and Speaker

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Taking Stock LIVE – CEO and Founder of Island Grill, Thalia Lyn Opens Up



Jamaican fast food chain Island Grill, is expanding! The eatery is seeking to employ 1-hundred new staff, including positions at a new Spanish Town restaurant. But what are their plans beyond Jamaica? And will they ever do an IPO? CEO and Founder of Island Grill, Thalia Lyn, joins us.

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Ketanji Brown Jackson Confirmed To The U.S. Supreme Court



Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, making history as the first Black woman to ever join its ranks while leaving the balance on the nine-member court—controlled by a six member Republican-appointed majority—unchanged. The 53-47 vote affirming the elevation of the 51-year-old federal appellate judge saw her garner backing of all 50 Senate Democrats and only three Republicans.

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