AFETT at 2nd Annual Advancing Women in Leadership Forum

AFETT’s President, Yolande Agard-Simmons, attended the Trinidad & Tobago Olympic Committee & Commonwealth Games Association’s 2nd Annual Advancing Women in Leadership Forum, where she was one of four panellists on the theme ‘Advancing Women in Leadership positions – Challenges and Obstacles. The other distinguished members of the Panel were the Honourable Shamfa Cudjoe, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs; Julia Baptiste, CEO, TT Pro League; and Kwanieze John, Rugby Americas North Program Manager – Get Into Rugby. The session was chaired by Racquel Moses. The Conference was held on Saturday 20th October 2018 at the National Racket Centre in Tacarigua.


Yolande’s contribution highlighted AFETT’s role as one of support in a safe space for women; while providing mentorship opportunities for young girls. She noted that ‘we encourage our members to be transformational leaders who are visionary; helping to develop the abilities and potential of others.’​

Yolande Agard-Simmons, AFETT President, makes a point at the 2nd Annual Advancing Women in Leadership Forum

Addressing the issue of ‘why are more women not at the table?’  Yolande referenced the recent research project completed by AFETT, titled ‘Crossing the Precipice: Women’s Journey to the C-Suite’. Based on a CEDAW Report, 10% of women serve on private boards, 28% serve on State boards, and 27% serve in the private sector in executive-level posts. The Project revealed several reasons for this under-representation of women in top management positions. Based on the literature review, some of the gender-related factors include gender stereotyping, women’s double-bind and the punishments for non-conformity; gender bias and a preference for male leadership behaviours; the association of male leadership behaviours with effective leadership; women’s perceived lack of emotional intelligence; and family care responsibilities.


Yolande also shared invaluable insights on ‘getting the sports story in the media’ based on her nineteen plus years in the communications field.


The theme of the one-day Forum called on women and girls to win the future, be the change-maker, make a positive difference. It was boldly proclaimed that the #FutureisFemale.

Yolande Agard-Simmons, AFETT President, and other Members of the Panel

Yolande Agard-Simmons,AFETT  President, in Conversation with Former Minister of Sport, Marilyn Gordon

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