International Women’s Empowerment event comes to T&T
Caribbean Women’s Power Lunch participants.
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The T&T launch of the Caribbean Women’s Power Lunch (CWPL) will take place on March 31 in Trinidad and April 6 in Tobago.

The event is hosted by president of Kerra Denel Entertainment, Kerra Denel.

Denel said Kerra Denel PICTURE ANDRE NUBEAN she was inspired to create the event because, “we currently have a need for female empowerment within our community, so I wanted to create a platform for powerful women from multiple industries to empower other women who are in need of guidance, motivation and inspiration. This space fosters growth and establishes a sisterhood for women to share knowledge and experiences and to lend support.”

This will be the fourth and fifth editions of CWPL, which began in Toronto with back to back events, followed by Miami, and Denel said it is now being introduced to the T&T market.

Denel added: “CWPL has been extremely blessed to have it graced by some amazing influential speakers such as Nneka Elliott, Auntie Jillian, Kamshuka, Hazel Smith, Ayanna Sealey, Stachen Frederick, Stephanie Lowe, Kim Thomas, Kavita Suri, Kym Niles, Lissa Monet, Makini Smith, Reesee Zigga Zagga, Chandra Maharaj, Giselle Blanche, Simone Russell, Rochelle Gapere, Vanessa James and Alexis Nunes.

“The momentum for CWPL is growing and I want to continue to create platforms that can impact the lives of others.

So far, I have received an abundance of positive feedback and each of the past events were sold out in the various cities.”

The panel of speakers for the Trinidad event, to be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel from 1 pm to 5 pm, will include Grammy winner Angela Hunte, Managing Director Wendy John, Dr Shenilee Hazell, Creative Director Candace Sobion, engineer Natalie Fonrose and CNC3 News Anchor Hema Ramkissoon.

The Tobago event, which will take place at Poolside Haven from 5 pm to 9 pm, will feature speakers such as Business Coach Kelisha Mills, Dr Alina Williams, Tobago News Anchor Kristen Salandy, Business Owner Adeela Carter, Motivational Speaker Tashia Burris and International Certified Cosmetologist Cheyenne Gilbert.

Denel, who was born in Trinidad and moved to Toronto, Canada, as a child, said her greatest inspirations are my mother and grandmother. She said: “Some other women who have inspired me in countless ways are Jinelle Mitchell, Chandra Maharaj, Shireen Saldenah, Christina Bailey, Atiya Greene-Cox, Crystal Kilgour, Giselle Blanche, Wendy John and most recently Cynell Aubin, a young entrepreneur in T&T.

“I want to be remembered as a fighter, someone who fought for her dreams, to inspire other women to live out their dreams and for love to always be at the forefront. I want people to remember me for being an example of giving back to the community and for being selfless. I’d also like to be remembered for creating platforms to help others further catapult their successes, and last but not least, as a warrior for promoting Caribbean culture.”

In addition to being the president of her company and curator of the CWPL, she is the Editor-in-Chief of Du Soleil magazine and chairman of the charitable foundation bearing her name Kerra Loves Kids (KLK). She said the biggest lesson she has learned is, “to not feed into negative energy. It is so important to maintain a positive state of mind at all times and approach every situation with love in my heart.

“I’ve also learnt that people’s opinions of me are irrelevant and does not dictate who I am or what I am capable of achieving. We are all magnificent in our own way, so be proud of yourself through the highs and lows because only you know your true potential.

“The biggest challenge I overcame was self doubt. For many years I questioned my worth due to circumstances that occurred in my past. This was an issue that I was able to overcome by surrounding myself with positive people who pushed me to increase my selfworth, as well as standing firm in my faith and the power of prayer.”

Denel said this event targets all women of the Caribbean diaspora from all walks of life.

“For as long as I’ve known myself I’ve always had a passion for people and seeing others succeed. Even though I have produced a number of different styled events, this one for me feels like I’m fulfilling my purpose. The joy it brings me to bring people together for a greater purpose is unexplainable. My hope is that women leave feeling empowered and renewed.

I would like them to be encouraged to go after their dreams and take risks so that they too can live the lives they envision.”

Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www. islandetickets.com Contact 790-5717 and visit www.kerradenel.com for more information.