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The University of The West Indies Open Campus Bahamas to Host Global Leadership Excellence and Development (LEAD) Conference Simulcast

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The University of The West Indies  (UWI) Open Campus Bahamas is pleased to announce the hosting of the annual Global Leadership Conference Simulcast (LEAD 2017) in celebration of “World Leadership Day” on February 08, 2017. The Conference is sponsored by, which is the largest online network of human resources professionals. The event will feature fourteen (14) renowned global leaders, including Immaculée Ilibagiza, a renowned Rwandan genocide survivor, author and speaker. She, and others, will share their personal stories at the leadership summit in Nashville, Tennessee, under the theme, “A World Inspired”. 

LEAD 2017 (Leadership Excellence And Development) is a speaker platform, which showcases successful global leaders from various disciplines. It aims to inspire leadership development in all persons while promoting the benefits of commitment, perseverance, education, collaboration and ethics as core principles of successful leadership. The UWI Open Campus Bahamas will live stream the event at its Village Road Site in Nassau, and the centre is currently registering persons who are interested in attending.

Dr. Barbara Rodgers-Newbold, Country Head for the UWI Open Campus Bahamas described the LEAD2017 Leadership simulcast as just one of the events planned as part of the ongoing professional development and outreach initiatives at the UWI Open Campus Bahamas. She stated that one of the undergirding principles of the Open Campus is to provide a high quality education along with professional development opportunities to underserved communities outside of the constraints of the conventional brick-and-mortar classrooms. Among the broad themes to be addressed by the presenters are: Women in Leadership, Corporate and Political Leadership, Educational Leadership, Youth & Sports Leadership and Leadership by Differently-Abled Persons.

Dr. Rodgers-Newbold encourages managers, organizational leaders, civic and union leaders, teachers, community and youth groups and all persons aspiring to become leaders to take advantage of this opportunity and register to attend this one day summit.  The conference will be presented in a TED TALK- like format. Speakers include: Bill Clement, a two-time Stanley Cup Champion;  Dr. Jen Welter, the first female NFL coach, Dr. Nathan Hiller, the Academic Director of the Florida International University’s Centre for Leadership, Molly Fletcher, one of the first female sports agents and hailed by CNN as the “female Jerry Maguire”; Pandit Dasa, Meditation Teacher, and Well-Being Expert on the Principles of Mindful Leadership; and Spencer West, Humanitarian, ME to WE Inspirational Speaker and double-amputee.The direct link to the biographies of all the speakers may be found at:

Space is limited so interested persons are urged to register at The UWI Open Campus Bahamas on Village Road and visit for more details. Persons may also contact the Open Campus’ office in Nassau by telephone at (242) 323-6593 or (242) 323-1175 or via email


About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:


Photo Caption: Dr. Barbara Rogers-Newbold, Country Head, UWI Open Campus Bahamas