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Specially chosen National Library and
Information System Authority (Nalis)
employees will participate in a flagship
executive leadership education pro-
gramme, LEAD (Leadership focused;
Engaging potential successors; Address-
ing gaps; Developmental intervention).
Launched last Friday, the programme
is a collaborative effort between Nalis and
the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of
Business with the intentions of identifying
and training potential leadership succes-
sors within the company.
"There's a dire need for succession
planning today, more than in the past.
The demand for effective leadership con-
tinues to grow and the retirement of
boomers globally is producing a sharp
decline in the ranks of available personnel,"
said director of the Human Resource
Management Division at Nalis, Carolyn
She said in the coming year most of
the executive team at Nalis would be
retiring, making the need for succession
planning more critical than ever.
"With the impending significant change
in leadership at our helm, we are of the
strong view that if effective leadership is
left to chance at Nalis we run the risk of
threatening our future survival," she added.
The programme has been specially tai-
lored by the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate
School of Business and will include indi-
vidual assessments, evaluation forms,
modules and action learning projects
which will be based on actual projects at
Nalis. The programme begins tomorrow
and will continue until December.
More than 30 young Barbadians learned basic
skills for developing successful mobile apps and
producing high-quality digital photography at a
special workshop facilitated by the BrightPath Foun-
dation, in collaboration with Columbus Commu-
A mix of small business owners and entrepreneurs
assembled at the Cave Hill School of Business for
BrightPath's TechLink, a regional technology education
program offering training in digital content creation
and business development.
Bevil Wooding, executive director of BrightPath
Foundation, described TechLink as "practical training
in technology related skills to communities across
"Making the shift from digital consumers to digital
producers is important for creating the jobs and busi-
nesses of the future. How successfully we build the
digital Caribbean of tomorrow depends on how well
we build our technical capacity today," Wooding said.
Facilitators Stephen Lee, Mark Headley and Juma
Bannister led the sessions of the one-day workshop.
"What makes TechLink unique is that it really gets
participants to see the impact they can have as content
creators in whatever medium they choose," Lee said.
Lee, CEO of ArkiTechs Inc, an IT services company,
is a Jamaica-born BrightPath volunteer. He led par-
ticipants through the fundamentals of mobile app
His eager young students were visibly and audibly
enthused by the opportunity to get hands-on training.
In a nearby room, a group of photography enthu-
siasts were schooled by another expert volunteer
facilitator. Juma Bannister, a Trinidad-based profes-
sional photographer and head of Relate Studios, cov-
ered the basics of digital photography and followed
up by overseeing an afternoon of practical exercises
around the scenic campus venue.
"Photography has always been a wonderful way
to tell stories in pictures. Now, with the internet, we
can also easily share those picture stories of our
region with the world," Bannister said.
"Initiatives like BrightPath's TechLink benefit indi-
viduals and communities by enabling us to solve our
own problems and create our own opportunities. It
creates independence, inspiring us to take risks, and
encourages global involvement," said Shelly Ann Hee
Chung, Columbus Communications vice president
of sales and marketing for the Eastern Caribbean.
Commenting on the collaboration with BrightPath
Lee said, "Columbus and BrightPath Foundation are
equally committed to developing technology capacity
in the Caribbean. Columbus' support for BrightPath's
pioneering TechLink initiative brings this dream to
The TechLink initiative, launched in Grenada last
November, is being rolled out across the Caribbean.
T TechLink's next stop is scheduled to take place on
July 12 in St Lucia.
Leadership training for library staff
For more info www.brightpathfoundation.org
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