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A homeless teenager who managed to conquer the male-
dominated field of information technology and created her very
own multi-million dollar empire along the way, Dawnna St Louis
epitomises the spirit of perseverance, dedication and commitment
which is inherent in the female psyche.
Selected as this year s feature speaker at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate
School of Business Women in Leadership Conference, St Louis was
carefully researched by the organisers to ensure she fit the bill.
Designed for female leaders, the event, which will be
held on July 14 at the Hilton Trinidad, was created
to foster the development and leadership of
women across both the private and public sec-
tors throughout Latin America and the
Each conference exposes women from the
corporate, governance and academic sectors
to the hardships faced by the featured speak-
er, in their personal quest to attain success.
The theme for this year is "The Spirit of
Director, Academic Development and
Accreditation, Arthur Lok Jack Graduate
School of Business, Dr Kamla Mungal,
acknowledged that of the more than
50 per cent of female entrepreneurs in
T&T, many had encountered various
hurdles in their pursuit of professional
She said whether it included less
financing than their male counterparts
or shouldering more burdens, it was
a reality that women were often faced
with more social barriers and obstacles
during the struggle to establish
themselves as successful busi-
Declaring that St Louis was
not just another rags to riches
story, Mungal endorsed her as an endur-
ing female force who had managed to carve out her
own niche by expanding her "kitchen table idea".
Proud to claim ownership of the $100 million
business consultancy firm BizIntel, St Louis recalled
her personal hardships along the way as she revealed
that she had been living in her car at the age of 19,
when she realised there was more to life than becom-
The jury sitting on the murder trial of
probation officer, Krista Lackpatsingh,
heard yesterday how the multiple bruises
on her body were signs that she fought
her attacker to stay alive.
Lackpatsingh s many wounds were
explained in detail yesterday as forensic
pathologist Dr Hughvon des Vignes took
the stand as a State witness.
Des Vignes, who has been a practising
pathologist since 1984, interpreted his orig-
inal report on Lackpatsingh s autopsy as
the State reopened its case for his testimo-
ny.Jason Housten, 36, of Cedros, is on trial
for Lackpatsingh s 2004 murder. She was
23 years old when she was murdered at her
family s home at Limefield Road, Cedros.
Attorney Rekha Ramjit is representing
Housten, while attorney Shabaana Shah is
the State prosecutor. The matter is being
heard before Justice Carla Brown-Antoine
in the San Fernando First Criminal Court.
Des Vignes testimony lasted several hours
as he sought to simplify his findings from
Lackpatsingh s autopsy for the jury.
During her cross examination Ramjit
asked Des Vignes if Lackpatsingh s extensive
injuries could have been caused during a
fight with another person, in which she
(Lackpatsingh) was stabbed and beaten.
But Des Vignes said the wounds indicated
that Lackpatsingh had a fight or flight adren-
aline response to the attack.
The "fight or flight response" is the term
used to describe the human body s inborn
response that prepares the body to "fight"
or "flee" from perceived attack, harm or
threat to its survival.
In turn, Ramjit asked if Lackpatsingh
would have done everything possible to pro-
tect herself or flee and Des Vignes said yes.
Ramjit then asked him why he did not
take scrapings from beneath her fingernails
for analysis as she most likely would have
scratched her attacker.
But Des Vignes said that was not possible
as Lackpatsingh s nails were short and well
kept and there were no scrapings to remove.
Des Vignes also explained that the mul-
tiple bruises on Lackpatsingh s body were
most likely caused by her bumping into dif-
ferent objects during her struggle.
He said the bruising on her face indicated
her attacker would have held her by the jaw
while she fought to escape.
Lackpatsingh s body also bore several
abrasions on her back, stomach and legs,
which Des Vignes said could have been
caused by Lackpatsingh trying to drag herself
or her attacker dragging her body across
The trial continues on Monday when the
defence is expected to begin its case.
Pathologist at murder trial:
Victim fought to stay alive
ing statistic as predicted by a guidance counselor.
Empowered with the knowledge that she was the
only one who could overcome her fears to attain pro-
fessional and personal success, St Louis related the
struggles she endured as she embarked on the path
to achieve success in the field of information technology
where she earned certificates in programming language,
such as Java and C#, along with her Project Manage-
ment Professional and six Sigma Black Belt certificates.
Along the way, St Louis also developed what she
refers to as The Six, a radically simple to use business
building strategy that she credits as the catalyst for
the unprecedented growth of her business.
Welcoming persons during yesterday s press briefing
at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business,
Mt Hope, executive director and professor of strategy,
Miguel Carrillo, spoke of the resilient female spirit
which allowed them to always place others needs and
wants above their own, adding, "there is no gene for
Carrillo said most women were more concerned
about achieving fulfilment as opposed to accomplish-
He said the decision to put their family first some-
times and career second, often led to personal conflict
but that it was always sorted out at the end of the
During her video-link interview, St Louis revealed
the rationale she used to negotiate salary packages
when interviewing for various jobs. She explained that
as a result of her strategy, she was now paid more
than her male counterparts.
St Louis is expected to speak about her strategy for
success next month.
Female leaders will hear
from rag to riches woman
Arthur Lok Jack July 14 event at Hilton...
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