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DLIC speakers deliver innovative ideas to help local organisations remain competitive

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More than 400 local and regional leading business professionals from both the private and public sectors attended the Distinguished Leadership and Innovation Conference (DLIC) 2017, hosted by the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, on Friday 5th May at the Hyatt Regency, Trinidad. The conference featured three of the world’s most acclaimed business thought leaders who shared best practices and strategies that can help organisations innovate so they remain competitive in a global economy.

Themed Inspire. Innovate. Go Global., DLIC 2017 is ranked as one of the largest leadership conferences in the Caribbean region.

Pankaj Ghemawat, global professor of management and strategy and director for the Centre for Globalisation of Education and Management at the Stern School of Business in New York City, delivered the first keynote address at the event. Ghemawat addressed the themes “Semi-Globalisation – Impacts for Enterprises and the Region”; and “Internationalisation Strategies for Caribbean Enterprises – The Triple A Model”.

Ghemawat’s discussions centred on his theory of the Two Laws of Globalisation, The Law of Semi-Globalisation and The Law of Distance, which he noted businesses must be cognisant of when considering international expansion. His addresses delved into several analyses of global corporate expansion, and emphasised that careful strategy was now more important than ever in the current global political climate, as “traditional predictive reasoning seems to now have significant limitations, giving rise to greater uncertainty.”

Ghemawat urged the local audience to consider differences as opportunities to enhance Trinidad and Tobago’s performance, “Rather than constraints, differences can actually be sources of value creation,” he stated. “I have found that your kind of multicultural, diverse society is much better prepared to overcome challenges than homogenous societies. Diversity should be embraced in industry as well. The revival of the cocoa industry in Trinidad and Tobago is a reminder of your additional value opportunities,” he added.

The audience was also encouraged to widely explore new opportunities. “Seek innovation of a broad variety, and seek inspiration from broad sources,” he said. “Just because you’re not the first to do something doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing”.

In addition to Ghemawat, Jim Collins, a renowned business consultant, author, and lecturer on company sustainability and growth; and Sir Ken Robinson, who is a preeminent author, speaker and international advisor on education and innovation, and whose TED talk is the most watched in history, also spoke at the conference. Collins and Robinson both participated via a live, two-way interactive satellite feed. Collins spoke on the theme “From Good to Great”, and Robinson’s address focused on “Leading a Culture of Innovation”.

In his address, Sir Ken Robinson also noted the importance of diversity, saying, “Innovation is a collaborative process, it is about dynamic teams and diversity is key.”

He advocated for advancements to the system, stating that the future of Trinidad and Tobago and the region depends on its education system, and noting, “You can’t anticipate outcomes of innovation, but you can create conditions for it to flourish.”

In addition to the keynote speakers, a highlight of the event was a panel discussion, “Compliance vs. Creativity – What Creative Schools Should Look Like in the Caribbean” –, featuring Sir Ken Robinson, the Honourable Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the honourable Michael Browne, Minister of Education Science and Technology for Antigua and Barbuda, the honourable Myron Walwyn, Minister of Education and Culture for the British Virgin Islands, and moderated by Dr. Didacus Jules, Director General of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.

As part of the discussion, Dr. Gonsalves emphasised the importance of creativity in the education system to regional growth, stating, “Leadership is vital in the schools, and it is not a question of simply inspiring. The more difficult thing is to draw out of people what is good in them, what is creative in them, and to do so when the people themselves do not yet know that they possess that creativity.”

Guests had the opportunity to engage with the speakers via an interactive workshop and question and answer sessions. Professor Miguel Carrillo, Executive Director and Professor of Strategy at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business closed the event, and asserted the importance of local and regional business participants embracing innovation to enhance competitiveness.

This year’s edition of the DLIC was hosted by the school in partnership with Republic Bank Limited, Shell Trinidad Limited, Value Optical, Caribbean Lifestyle Communications, One Caribbean Media Limited, Caribbean Airlines, Hyatt Regency, Bmobile, Media 21, Massy Motors, Magic Mist, Total Office, and the National Lotteries Control Board.

Lok Jack GSB Graduates urged to be Champions of Change

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“Trinidad and Tobago has the talent, educational institutions, and the most important resource- its people- to succeed, to grow and to internationalise.”

This was the riveting comment made by Mr. Stephen Weeks, the Public Affairs Officer at the Office of the US Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, the University of the West Indies’ 2016 Annual Presentation of Graduates on Saturday January 14th, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain, Trinidad, where 342 students graduated.

Mr. Nicholas Lok Jack, Executive Director of Associated Brands Industries Limited and Director of the Board of Directors at the Lok Jack GSB encouraged the graduates to embrace and continually adapt to change stating, “International business is where it has to be today. e marketplace is no longer Trinidad and Tobago, is no longer the Caribbean, is no longer the region.”

In the same thread, Professor Miguel Carrillo, Executive Director and Professor of Strategy at the Lok Jack GSB, continued by stating, “e aspiration that we have for all the graduates is to feel very uncomfortable when you feel comfortable. is is what real innovators do. If you feel that everything is under control, that everything is certain, that the destiny is very clear, that every single star is perfectly aligned; it might mean you are not driving fast enough.”

Delivering additional remarks for the evening were: Professor Brian Copeland, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Campus Principal at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus and Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Lok Jack GSB and Valedictorian Mrs. Giselle Landeau- Birmingham of the MBA in Sustainable Energy Management programme. Also in attendance were public and private sector captains of industry.

Students graduated from the Post-MBA; Certificate of Authentic Business Education (CABE); International MBA (IMBA); Executive MBA (EMBA); Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM); MSc. in International Finance (MSc IF); International Master of Business Development and Innovation (IMBDI); MBA in Trade, Logistics and Procurement (MBA ITLP); Master of Port and Maritime Management (MPMM); Master of Marketing (MM); International Master of Strategic Marketing (IMSM); Master of Small and Medium Enterprise Management (MSMEM); as well as the MBA in Sustainable Energy Management (MBA SEM) programmes.

Graduates were from Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Jamaica, Dominica, India and Barbados and came from the Trinidad, Tobago & Guyana campuses. They were entertained by the Real Rhythm Boys Tassa group, Arielle Cowie, Laventille Rhythm Section and Xavier Strings.

The Lok Jack GSB extends congratulations to our 342 students of the 2016 Graduating Class!

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Administrative Professionals Conference

What is the Administrative Professionals Conference 2015?

The Administrative Professionals Conference is an event designed to provide administrative professionals with exposure to insights, training and tools to enhance their capabilities and capacity within their respective organisations across industries and sectors. It is also designed to celebrate these professionals for the invaluable work that they do in providing support across the various functions within organisations.

A packed agenda comprising of key note presentations and a workshop awaits participants as they hear from international and local speakers who will inspire them to achieve excellence, as they outline how they currently impact organisations, and provide guidance as to how they can make a world of difference.

In addition to dynamic speakers and valuable insights for achieving excellence, participants can also look forward to a fun filled day with door prizes, tokens and a cocktail reception held in their honour. This conference will be taking place on April 22nd 2015 at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, Mt. Hope and will feature Libby Gill, Executive Coach, Consultant & Author, as well as Giselle Laronde-West, Senior Manager, Public Affairs and Communications, Angostura Ltd.


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