Caribbean Power Lunch
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.
039: Planting a Seed with Keron Bascombe

039: Planting a Seed with Keron Bascombe

April 2, 2019

Keron Bascombe is an Agricultural Journalist and Enthusiast who founded the company Tech4Agri to act as a platform awakening the public to the multitude of technological applications that exist in agriculture, as well as highlighting the work of young "Agripreneurs". 

Tech4agri has won numerous awards over the years and has provided Keron the opportunity to travel to over 30 countries across all continents to continue his work; focusing on technology, innovation, and climate change.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Food security and sustainability, 
  • The current lack of scale and investment in Agriculture, and what can and must be done to rectify this.
A Caribbean Woman’s Power Lunch with Kerra Denel

A Caribbean Woman’s Power Lunch with Kerra Denel

March 28, 2019

Kerra Denel migrated to Toronto from Trinidad and Tobago at the age of 12. Today, she continues to fly the Caribbean flag high through her event "Caribbean Women's Power Lunch" (not related).

Kerra has integrated her business management expertise with her passion for Caribbean culture to drive marketing, media and promotional campaign strategies reaching millions of people. She has developed a strong reputation for professional quality event production, artiste management, public relations, marketing and consulting in geographically dispersed locations.

In this bonus episode, we discuss:
- Identity struggles of a Caribbean person living abroad;
- The most authentic way to build a vast network; and
- Why "Caribbean Women's Power Lunch"?

038: Live Better Through Technology with Trena De Landro

038: Live Better Through Technology with Trena De Landro

March 26, 2019

Trena De Landro's mission in life is to live better through technology. She is a digital media strategist, innovator, and the founder of Lazy Mas. 

Lazy Mas is a digital platform which brings Carnival service providers and masqueraders together making vacation bookings easier, by providing safe and secure transactions with vetted Carnival vendors.

Lazy Mas is an IATA Accredited Travel Agency that helps customers create and customize the Carnival experience they desire.

Trena is also the CEO of Nerdy Accent, a digital media firm that develops and executes effective and measureable, social/mobile/online marketing strategies. Her expertise is in driving profitable consumer engagement and behavior through integrated marketing campaigns.

In this episode, We discuss:
- Affiliate marketing;
- How digital platforms can make Carnival tourism more efficient; and
- Tips on targeting millennials.

037: Mastering Your Mind with Kheston Walkins

037: Mastering Your Mind with Kheston Walkins

March 19, 2019
Kheston Walkins is a Neuro-Innovator and co-founder of the company Allegori that teaches students how to focus and improve academic outcomes through its Focus Clinic.
 
Kheston has a background in neurophysiology, cancer informatics, and experimental neuroscience. He studied Medical Neuroscience out of the University of Sussex in Brighton England and is a Ph.D. candidate in Molecular Genetics at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago.
 
He also has over 7 years' experience in marketing and interactive advertising. He is passionate about Caribbean innovation in technology.
 
In this episode, we discuss:
 
- The Impetus for Neuro-Innovation in the Caribbean;
- The Story Behind CommuniCare; helping stroke patients communicate with doctors and visitors;
- How Allegori came about; and
- Other Exciting Neuro-Innovative projects that Kheston and his team are working on.