Caribbean Power Lunch
049: Why Are You Here with Akosua Edwards

049: Why Are You Here with Akosua Edwards

January 21, 2020

Who are you?

Why are you here?

These were the questions posed to Akosua Edwards by a female-driven collective in rural Uganda, where she had gone to take her knowledge as a successful accountant to give advice and guidance to grow their business. Little did she know she would be the one who ended up learning the most, uncovering new truths about the meaning of success, purpose and self-love.

The answer, she found, was that “You are here to give out the gift the universe put into you.” Identifying her gift has taken Akosua on a journey from unemployed accountant to successful author and award-winning social entrepreneur. Tune in (LINK IN BIO) to hear Akosua speak powerfully about the impact of a strong community, the freedom that comes from releasing those things that do not drive your purpose, and the role that business can play in creating not only commercial success, but also significant social change.

048: My Money & Me with Melinda Belle

048: My Money & Me with Melinda Belle

January 7, 2020

Money may not buy happiness but it sure does give you options!

On this episode, financial planner Melinda Belle reveals simple strategies for debt management, and also shares some tips for budgeting, saving, and giving your money purpose and direction. Find out how to improve your “financial self-esteem”, the power of tracking your spending, and why you should really stop comparing yourself with others.

Ever wondered how you can build a business with zero dollars?

Tune in to find out!

047: Bet on FinTech with Aldwyn Wayne

047: Bet on FinTech with Aldwyn Wayne

December 24, 2019

Aldwyn Wayne is the Founder and CEO of WiPay which provides innovative solutions for e-commerce, online payments and facilitating digital transactions for the unbanked.

In this episode, Aldwyn speaks about the need for challenge and competition in the technology space, and the need for input and innovation to elevate the industry in the Caribbean and beyond.

Tune in to hear the challenges faced when making his place in the financial space, the power of knowing your worth, making your own path and always working toward and expecting success and excellence. Don’t miss Aldwyn’s take on leveraging the potential of the Internet for wealth creation, and his inspiring, practical advice for all aspiring entrepreneurs who may see obstacles instead of opportunities.

046: Digital Entrepreneurship 101 with Keron Rose

046: Digital Entrepreneurship 101 with Keron Rose

December 10, 2019

Keron Rose returns to Caribbean Power Lunch to share his journey from mobile expert to digital entrepreneur and talks with Kevin about why he was driven to start keronrose.com and where his vision will take him next. Keron pulls no punches as he lays out the reasons why many entrepreneurs are not seeing success, the key steps to building the right brand partnerships, and reveals the systems he uses to find his passions and figure out his next moves as a solopreneur.

Learn about the power of “niching down”, getting specific and being consistent. Do you how to identify the correct online platforms to grow your business and the reason why everyone, even students, should and can have a website? Get ready to take notes for this class on building a digital business, making money while you sleep, and making a business idea a reality in the Caribbean.

045: Journey to Self with Angel Joseph

045: Journey to Self with Angel Joseph

November 26, 2019

A Journey to Self through the lens of Angel Joseph - makeup developer and owner of Imagine Makeup - a Trinbagonian beauty company that provides makeup services and products for the Caribbean.

Angel bares her soul and tells her truth in a way that she has never told it before. More than makeup, Angel strives to reveal the beauty of her clients - both on the outside and the inside.

Pay Future You with Charielle Plowden

Pay Future You with Charielle Plowden

November 19, 2019

In this episode we delve into an idea crafted by a young black woman, Charielle Plowden. Through her upcoming podcast "Positive Paychecks", Charielle desires to become her audience's financial friend as she helps them navigate their spending, investing and money habits. Her personality can turn a mundane topic like finance and make it fun. 

Listen as she uncovers her compelling story of an anxiety-crippled little girl to a powerful presenter as she takes us through her journey to financial education and investment advisory. With four years of experience in the financial services sector and now a licensed TTSEC advisor, Charielle is ready to hit the ground running with her podcast series!

044: Our St. Lucia with Jessica Alexander

044: Our St. Lucia with Jessica Alexander

November 12, 2019

Jessica Alexander is what we call a Lifestyle Curator. Her company Sa Nou St. Lucia sources and packages the very best of Saint Lucia, both in terms of quality and the look of the products. Sa Nou focuses on what the customer not only wants to get but how they want to feel. The boxes are visually invoking as well as emotionally invoking. For Saint Lucians, at home or abroad, they could be a piece of home, evoking memories and nostalgia. For others, the custom, artistic products, and elegant packaging make people feel special and see the variety of high-quality offerings from Saint Lucia. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • How Sa Nou Saint Lucia Started
  • Quality Assurance
  • How to Identify and Serve Your Market
  • Jessica's Story of the Renegade Pitch
  • What Does Your Support Network Look Like?

 

042: Seeking Value with Gabriel Martino

042: Seeking Value with Gabriel Martino

October 29, 2019

"Appreciate people", these are the sentiments echoed by Gabriel Martino - a phrase he often heard growing up from his father, a tradesman.

On this episode of Caribbean Power Lunch, we hear how an immigrant investment banker bought a granite company in Maryland after flipping houses in then-distressed Baltimore. Gabriel used his storytelling abilities and his most unique attributes as a means of setting himself apart from competitors to win contract negotiations with top hotel chains across America.

His message is "shoot your shot; you can't hit if you don't shoot". Gabriel shares stories of some of the shots he took (business ventures he pursued) and how they worked out for him. He defied all odds and stuck to his guns. His investment strategy when it comes to real estate: buy low in distressed communities, remodel, refurbish then resell high. As he puts it "where people see crisis, I see opportunity".

041: From Trinidad to Hollywood with Darrius Marcellin

041: From Trinidad to Hollywood with Darrius Marcellin

October 22, 2019

Kevin Valley dives deep with transformational life and motivational coach / Hollywood actor Darius Marcellin in a compelling interview. Darius is Trinidadian born but moved to New York to chase his dream of becoming a basketball player for the Knicks. That dream was laid to rest when he received a full scholarship and stipend to attend St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York. His passion for entertaining still lingered and he discovered an opportunity to ignite his passion plus get paid through club promotions in the New York City nightlife.

Understanding that building social currency or wealth is important in today's society, Darius sets out to build rapport with some of the hottest celebrities Kanye West, Sean Paul, and Trinidad and Tobago's homegrown Machel Montano. Listen to this interview to learn how Darius moved through the ranks from flipping iPhones on his visits home, to cleaning houses in New Jersey, to an actor in Hollywood and restaurant owner.

In this interview, you will hear how he attributes much of his success to vision boards and vulnerability. Darius and Kevin provide a road map to anyone trying to penetrate the acting industry in NYC or Hollywood and for persons interested in events, specifically nightlife.

Round the Calabash with Kevin Valley

Round the Calabash with Kevin Valley

June 12, 2019

Kevin Valley gets interviewed on radio station WPFW 89.3FM in Washington DC by the folks of Timba Republic. 

 

Show Me Your Story with Storm Saulter

Show Me Your Story with Storm Saulter

April 24, 2019
Storm Saulter is a filmmaker and visual artist from Negril, Jamaica, on a mission to create universal stories wrapped in the complex social and cultural dynamics of the Caribbean.
 
Storm served as writer, director and cinematographer on his award-winning feature film “Better Mus’ Come,” hailed by critics as signaling a fresh new movement of independent filmmaking throughout the Caribbean. His latest movie "Sprinter" is set to release on April 24th.
 
SPRINTER tells the story of Akeem Sharp (Dale Elliott), who is set to be Jamaica’s next big track-and-field sensation. Akeem hopes a rise in the track-and- field world will take him to the U.S. to reunite him with his mother (Lorraine Toussaint, Orange is the New Black), who has supported the family while living as an illegal resident for over a decade. But Akeem’s rising star is weighed down by turmoil at home: a volatile father, and an unruly older brother who insinuates himself into Akeem’s career as a means of escaping – or perhaps enhancing – his scam artist hustle. Not only does Akeem have to prove to himself and to everyone that he can succeed, but also overcome the struggles that may ultimately bring him down.
 
The film is Executive Produced by Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith along with NBA Veteran and NBA Personality Richard Jefferson.
040: From Passion to Profitability with Georgina Terry Cowan

040: From Passion to Profitability with Georgina Terry Cowan

April 9, 2019
Georgina Terry, FCCA PMP – The Passions to Profitability Expert – is a business and career coach with a difference – a qualified accountant, mentor, change management consultant, local /international inspirational speaker, International Labour Organizational (ILO) certified trainer, Project Management Professional and author of the bestselling book ‘The Amazing Race to Entrepreneurial Freedom’.
 
Before moving to Trinidad in 2001, she worked for The Economist and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Georgina is also on the following boards:
  • Youth Business Trinidad and Tobago,
  • British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce, and
  • Shift! Caribbean.
 
Georgina, who is originally from London, England, is MD of Business & People Development Associates Limited (BPD). BPD provides career and business coaching, cost management and business transformation services to aspiring entrepreneurs and established businesses.
 
In this episode, we discuss:
 
- Georgina's personal journey from Passion to Profitability;
- The Amazing Race to Entrepreneurial Freedom;
- Sales & Marketing vs. Product Perfecting; and
- Remaining Relevant in the rise of Technology.