A women’s leadership conference organized by Belize Center for Training and Development was held today under the theme “Be Bold”. Dr. Danalyn Myvett, President, and Founder of Belize Center for Training and Development spoke about the initiative.
Dr. Danalyn Myvett
“We are focused here today on women in business and the entire day will be spent looking at how we can focus on empowering women through business, how we can support them through networking, through various tips and strategies that they can get in session and they can take away in a real-world sense where they can understand how they can use it.”
Patria-Kaye Aarons, Chief Executive Officer of Sweetie Confectionery Company Limited, in Jamaica was the keynote speaker. Aarons said women can be as successful as their male counterparts in the business world, she said the way to achieve this is by collaboration.
“The number one thing that I would say is collaboration. It’s a Caribbean thing that we hear men talk about their successes and someone who grandfathered them into that success. Some other male mentor that pushed them into that success and in the same vein too often when we talk about women and women in business the story is very different. It’s very much about cutthroat, women against women, women being intimidated by other women the same way that men have used this fellowship to grow not just their businesses but grow themselves women need to do the same. We need to support each other, encourage each other, open doors for each other and not see each other as competition so much but recognize that there is space for all of us to succeed and help each other.”
Aarons shared how a woman can differentiate herself from other business leaders.
“I can’t be you and you can’t be me. The imitation will only get us so far so we’ve got to be very honest about who we are and what the strengths that we carry are and that is the thing that you have to ride on most because you can’t be somebody else better than they can. You can only know what it is that you do well and do that thing and chances are that thing that you do well is also that thing that makes you happy.”
Aarons had some advice for women who would like to start their own business.
“A place to start is to do two things at one time. So keep your 9-5 and kind of test the waters. I would encourage people to do that, it will help you to amass some seed funding to be able to put into that other business, one can fund the other so your current 9-5 can fund your dream venture. I’d also say to do some research. Don’t try and copy something that is already out there, find a unique gap, find a gap that it’s out there right now, something that needs to be satisfied that you know how to or you can learn how to satisfy that thing and really in earnest chase that knowledge.”
Today’s conference was held at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza.