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Developing tomorrow’s leaders

Developing tomorrow’s leaders

Our Islands’ destiny is shaped by its leaders. Seafarers piloted ships and schooners around the world, and then returned home to establish new businesses. Devoted wives and mothers stayed behind to maintain homes and communities. Visionary pioneers established the framework for Cayman’s banking and tourism sectors. Ensuring high caliber leaders for tomorrow is the best way to ensure Cayman’s future prosperity.

That is why the Chamber believes in nurturing and developing tomorrow’s leaders, ensuring Cayman’s future will be in good hands, through three of its programmes: Leadership Cayman which is aimed at adults who are already in middle management and above, while Junior Achievement and Mentoring Cayman are both aimed at high school students.

Leadership Cayman is a unique, six-month leadership development programme enabling experienced leaders from the public and private sector to share their knowledge and experience through a series of 12 seminars and tours of key locations. Wide ranging topics include financial services, the media in our community, criminal justice, tourism, and sustainability. Applications for the next class, beginning in 2024, are now open. To be eligible for application, you must be at least 25 years old, be in a middle management position, and have been resident in the Cayman Islands for at least a year at the time of application. For more information about the programme and how to apply, visit https://www.leadershipcayman.ky/

Junior Achievement empowers young people to own their economic success by offering in-school and after-school practical business, economics and entrepreneurship-oriented workshops, and even encourages young people to start their own business, where they make and market their own product. The programme is offered free of charge to students and schools, teaching students about work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.  This year the programme took place in all of Cayman’s high schools – reaching more than 300 students in all. It is looking forward to another successful year in 2024, and if you would like to volunteer to help facilitate the programme in 2024, then contact Swan at 743-9124 or visit the website: https://www.jacayman.ky/

Mentoring Cayman pairs high achieving Year 11 students with successful leaders from the business community or government, through shared career goals and common interests. For six months the young person shadows their mentor, acquiring skills and tips on how to prepare for their future career path. It’s a programme the Chamber provides in partnership with the Ministry of Youth, Sports, Culture & Heritage and has been in operation since 2002. The motivation and encouragement of a leading business professional in the Cayman Islands is priceless, and the students in our community benefit greatly from such interaction.

The Chamber helps to ensure Cayman’s future success, by nurturing and developing its future leaders, and in addition to the above programmes, the Chamber Training Centre has many courses aimed at dynamic and effective leadership, such as the highly acclaimed Ken Blanchard series. Visit: https://www.caymanchamber.ky/events-training/ to learn more about future training offerings.

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