What have you been up to? I’ve been quiet here the last few weeks as I’ve been occupied with work on the Sisterhood In Motion conference, personal projects, client stuff and also an intensive three day workshop I attended last week on Expanding the Socio-Economic Potential of Cultural Heritage in the Caribbean (yup, that’s a mouthful).
The Grenada National Trust is the host of an OAS project on Expanding the Socio-Economic Potential of Cultural Heritage in the Caribbean. You can read more about it by clicking the link but in short, the objective of the project is to help Grenada use it heritage and culture to create social and economic opportunities.
As a member of the working group for the project as well as it’s coordinator and liaison, it’s an opportunity to be part of a process that will help shape and impact heritage, culture and tourism in Grenada, something I’m truly excited about. Additionally, it gave me the opportunity to connect with and learn from regional and international experts in the field of sustainability, culture, economic development and more.
As I sat at lunch on the last day of the workshop, sharing a table with two amazing women who are doing wonderful things in their own country and one humble but fascinating man, it dawned on me that all the invited experts and advisors were women. Women all the way from Costa Rica to the US and back down to Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad. As a woman trying to do her own thing I couldn’t help but feel blessed being surrounded by all these other women who were not only knowledgable about their field but passionate about what they do and happy to share their expertise with others. Amazing things can happen when knowledgable, passionate and committed people come together to work on things. I saw it and experienced it over those three days.
At the end of the three days, we were amazed at what we managed to accomplish through sharing and working together and excited to see how it would impact Grenada and by extension, the region. Next month, FemmePowered and KayNicole will bring together our own, think-thank of smart, knowledgable women who are also committed to sharing and empowering other women. We want to see how this event will not only empower women and provide a platform for those with a message and story to share, we want to see a community birthed, where women, no matter their age, their address or their story, can connect with and partner with other like-minded women. Our aim is to see these women form the base of a community committed to seeing each other lead optimal lives.
We hope to see you at the event! It’s going to be ground breaking and impactful. You can get tickets here or by calling 535-5000. We are also welcoming sponsors and vendors. For more information, feel free to contact me. Happy Monday!
Carlana Charles is the visionary and editor-in-chief of FemmePowered. She is a womanist, writer, speaker, story midwife and facilitator of meaningful and engaging conversations. When she is not working in or on FemmePowered, she can be found resting, baking, reading or scribbling furiously in her journal whilst sipping wine or coffee, sometimes both at the same time. She is currently working on her first book and hopes to release it in September 2018.