2017 Young Leaders of the Americas Experience

Eight Jamaican fellows joined over 200 business and social entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean in the United States in October, to collaborate with their counterparts in businesses and civil society organizations in 24 cities.

They are: Christine Daley (Doodle Surprize) , Carey-Lee Dixon (For Women to Women), Kiddist McCoy (Good Deeds Jamaica), Randy McLaren (Breseh), Neish McLean (Transwave Jamaica), Fonnique Miller,  Dave Oakley (Crimebot) and Charah Watson (Kihara Cosmetics).

Being selected as The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative leadership programme for 2017 cohort of Emerging Entrepreneurs from Jamaica is truly tremendous opportunity designed to empower entrepreneurs  as well as innovative civil society leaders like myself to strengthen my capacity to launch and advance my entrepreneurial ideas and contribute to economic development in my community. I was selected for this programme through my venture, For Women to Women a digital platform for career-oriented and entrepreneurial millennial women who want to enhance their knowledge, access resources and build their networks.


Through the YLAI Entrepreneurship Institute and the individualized Fellowships, YLAI Fellows will accelerate their commercial and social ventures’ success and develop specific action plans to carry out upon return to their home countries. YLAI Fellows will build networks, linkages and lasting partnerships to attract investments and support for their entrepreneurial ventures. YLAI 2017 Fellows will participate in the following program components:

  • Four-week U.S. Fellowship: With U.S. fellowship hosts in their fields of expertise, YLAI Professional Fellows gain valuable professional development skills at entrepreneurial organizations or companies across the U.S. and work jointly on an action plan to be implemented upon Fellows’ return to their home countries.
  • Washington, D.C. Summit: YLAI Professional Fellows participate in a three-day conference and networking event with top U.S. government officials as well as global public, private and nonprofit leaders.
  • YLAI Entrepreneurship Institute: YLAI Professional Fellows expand their leadership, entrepreneurial and management skills and knowledge through online and in-person trainings that complement their U.S. Fellowship.
  • Post-Fellowship Sustained Engagement: After successful completion of the U.S. Fellowship and YLAI Entrepreneurship Institute, YLAI Professional Fellows continue their collaboration with U.S. partners and have access to ongoing professional development opportunities, mentorships, networking and alumni activities.

YLAI 2017 Launch in Jamaica


Highlights from my experience and Jamaica's 2017 cohort.

The offical hashtag for YLAI Jamaica - #myYLAIja

For Women to Women x The Riveter - My YLAI Experience 2017

More updates coming soon!