Businesswomen launch mentorship programme 

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Marcella Andre CEO of Nia Comms (left) and Jamilla Kirwan (right)

A mentorship programme designed to assist women in business, has been launched by local entrepreneurs.

Chief Executive Officer of the communications consultancy, Nia Comms, Marcella Andre, is collaborating with her long-time friend and colleague, Jamilla Kirwan, to launch the NIA Mentor Award which aims to empower, support, and provide financial and strategic assistance to female entrepreneurs.

In a media release, Nia Comms said through the programme one female entrepreneur will receive an EC$7,000.00 cash prize, an invaluable amount of experience via coaching from seven established women in business, and the opportunity to support another female entrepreneur or cause she deems worthy. 

“For many years, both women have imagined tangible ways of contributing to nation building and specifically of creating opportunities for women desirous of becoming entrepreneurs or who have started their entrepreneurship journey but lack adequate resources and guidance. Having learned through much trial and error along their own career paths, Andre and Kirwan recognized the lack of dedicated mentorship opportunities for female entrepreneurs,” the release stated.

Andre and Kirwan attribute their personal strength, capabilities and competence, in great part, to women who knowingly or unknowingly served as examples and provided essential support and guidance along their individual journeys. 

Among the women they singled out were Keva Margetson, Ingrid O’Marde, Roberta Williams and Dame Bridget Harris.  Each year, the award will pay tribute to one woman whose service has made a difference. This year the award will honour Dame Bridget Harris.

The colleagues hope this award will motivate women to do the work required to realise the possibilities of which they dream, to research and learn about other women who have made great strides and to imbue in them the desire to serve. 

Interested women can apply via the Facebook page “The NIA MENTOR Award”. The application process begins on October 30, 2020 and ends on January 15, 2021. 

To ensure transparency during the process, all applicants will be given a number so that they remain anonymous to the assessment board.