Basseterre, St.Kitts (March 8th 2017):- Today March 8th is celebrated worldwide as International Women’s Day. It is a day designated by the United NATIONS to celebrate the accomplishments of women and to promote the development of women internationally. In recognition of the the SKN Times (skntimesonline.com) has made an annual commitment to compiling and highlighting St.Kitts-Nevis’ 40 most powerful and influential women. The Listing was first done in 2011 and again last year. The is not only about celebrity or popularity; it’s also about influence and power. Power usually equates to influence thus some persons listed may not be popular names but are influential solely based on their position.
They are politicians, bankers, entertainment personalities, radio announcers, business executives, CEO’s, entrepreneurs, Senior Civil Servants, Attorneys, Models, Hollywood Stylists , cultural icons and more.
Some are famous, some you may never have heard of. But their power and influence has in some way shaped the lives of many whether directly or indirectly. .
Many of the women on the list are groundbreakers in their respective field. These are the Kittitian and Nevisian women history will remember. More importantly, they’re the women who inspire the rest of us to become better people.
The 2017 List sees a vastly new look with many new faces entering the list and being featured. This no doubt reflects the tremendous strides and development of women which we have seen over the last 2 years with many women being elevated to Senior Levels in the new Team UNITY government of St.Kitts-Nevis. Women are occupying significant positions in the government in an unprecedented manner. Over 60% of the Senior Positions in the St.Kitts-Nevis Civil Service are occupied by women.
The list was selected by a panel of professionals including a lawyer, business executive, educator, entrepreneur in addition to the Editors at the SKNTimesonline.com. No ranking system was instituted in the listing. Therefore the list is in no particular order
SKNTimes 40 most powerful and influential women
- Akilah Byron-Nisbet – Government Senator
- Marcella Liburd – Opposition MP
- Mercelyn Hughes – ACP Royal St.Christopher-Nevis Police Force
- Brenda Boncamper – Permanent Secretary the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Post, Urban Development and Transport.
- Cheryl Ward – Radio/TV Personality/Senior News Journalist
- Nicole Slack-Liburd – Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health
- E Dr. Thelma Phillip-Browne- Ambassador to the United States
- Josephine Huggins – Cabinet Secretary
- Eusha Johnson-Model Consultant
- Sharon Brantley- Realtor
- Rhonda Nisbett-Browne Legal Counsel in the Nevis Island Administration
- Neva Manners-Deputy Comptroller of Inland Revenue-Nevis
- Kurlyn Merchant-Attorney and Chevening Scholar
- Keesha Jones – Director-TDC Nevis
- Michele Delacoudray- Blake- Director Of Counselling Unit
- Kimarah Isaac- College Advisor
- Retina Walwyn-Browne- Director Of Community-Based health Services
- Janelle Lewis- Permanent Secretary – Commuity Development, Gender Affairs And Social Services
- Doreitta Frates- Director, SKIPA
- Shernel James-Labour Commissioner
- Wendy Isaac- New York Based Fashion Consultant
- Hazel Laws- Chief Medical Officer
- Heidi-Lynn Sutton-Nevis Financial Services Regulator
- Palsy Wilkin- Principal Education Officer in the Department of Education on Nevis
- Elreter Simpson-Browne- Ag General Manager NHC/ Director St.Kitts Nevis Anguilla National Bank
- Shanna Raymond- Entertainer/Performer
- Kaye Bass – Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Desiree Hamilton-Assistant Manager-Four Seasons
- Lorna Hunkins – Advisor in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Talibah Byron – Lawyer/ Director St.Kitts Nevis Anguilla National Bank/Founder East Basseterre Legal Aid Clinic
- Jasmine Warner-Weekes- Travel and Trade Advisor and Consultant
- Hazel Brandy-Williams – Junior Minister in the Nevis Island Administration
- Karimu Byron-Director –National Drug Unit
- Orngel Erskin-Ms St.Kitts-Nevis 2015/16
- Wendy Phipps – Minister of Health, Social Services and Gender Affairs
- Elsa Wilkin-Ambrister – Vice Counsel at the Consulate of St Kitts and Nevis in Dubai, UAE
- Mrs. Verna Morris-Mills – Charge D’Affaires de Cuba
- Genieve Hanley –Creative Director & Chief Consultant at ACE Management & Consultancy, Founder & Managing Director at LEAP – The Learning & Empowerment through the Arts Program
- Petula Skeete-Hollywood Stylist
- Sonia Boddie- Foreign Service Officer- Former Youth Caricom Ambassador