AFETT's 2017 Annual General Meeting
The Association Welcomes New Leadership
Charlene Pedro, Founder and Managing Director of Conventus Consultinc, has taken on the mantle of President of the Association of Female Executives of Trinidad and Tobago (AFETT) for the 2017/2018 term. Former President, Tricia Leid, graciously passed the presidential baton to Ms. Pedro at AFETT’s Annual General Meeting held at the Orientation Centre at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Port-of-Spain, on Thursday June 22, 2017.
Charlene’s human resource consulting firm helps organisations improve their performance by focusing on employee and leadership development. She has over 20 years of experience in human resource management and has been a member of AFETT for three years, having served as Social Outreach Director and President-Elect. Charlene is also a mentor for AFETT’s REACH Mentorship Programme.
“We are grateful to the previous boards and members who have built a solid foundation for us to do exceptional work,” says Pedro. “We are truly excited to embark upon this leg of the journey as we deepen our relationships within our REACH Mentorship programme, strengthen our partnerships with our stakeholders, and craft meaningful programmes for the growth and development of our members.”
As President, Ms. Pedro will head the new Executive Board of the Association. The Board members were voted in at the Extraordinary General Meeting on March 15. The new Board consists of Yolande Agard-Simmons, President-Elect; Tricia Leid, Immediate Past President; Joanna Gonsalves, Director, Programmes; Christine François, Director, Communications & Public Relations; Sandra Sandiford-Carr, Director, Finance; Cheryl Sue Wing, Director, Membership; Indira Jagoo-Teloka, Director, Fundraising; Delicia Maharaj, Social Outreach; Caron Greaves, Secretary and Donna Thomas, Director, Research and Public Advocacy.
AFETT President 2017/2018
AFETT members gathered at the AGM to welcome the new Board and to take a look back on the events and activities organised by the Association over the past year, in keeping with their mandate of “making women winners”.
AFETT has hosted events that promoted career development opportunities for women like their “Boost Your Business” meeting and their Conversational Intelligence event. They also hosted their signature “Suit Me Up” event - one of the country’s largest thrift sales that features gently-used business attire, which is marketed to women who need affordable professional clothing for interviews and the workplace.
The Association continued its commitment to public advocacy with forums that focused on sexual harassment and gender sensitivity in the workplace as well as the mentorship of young girls in communities across the country. AFETT has also supported the movement to end child marriage in Trinidad and the call to end gender-based violence in our society.
The evening’s guest speaker, Karel McIntosh, Founder and Director of Training and Marketing at Livewired Group, gave an inspirational talk on “Success Through Collaboration”. She explained some important watchwords to keep in mind when working collaboratively with others: The three “C”s - confidence, communication and cohesion.
Tricia Leid applauded McIntosh’s theme, noting that collaboration was key to the success of the past year as it was due to the cooperative efforts of the Board, AFETT members, and those who gave their support to the Association in various ways.
AFETT is a not-for-profit organisation formed in 2002 with the goal of bringing together professional women and engaging in networking opportunities, professional training and business ideas. The vision of the Association is “To be the leading network for professional women in Trinidad & Tobago”.