Young people encouraged to “Own it” at YPS 2016

Young people encouraged to “Own it” at YPS 2016
From L-R: First Citizens Trader/Liquidity Management Officer Cindy Jn Baptiste, SLDB’s Debbie John, Shoe Rehab’s Mandisa Morrison, First Citizens Business Development Officer Tara Jn Phillip and Client Relations Officer Denise Lewis.

From L-R: First Citizens Trader/Liquidity Management Officer Cindy Jn Baptiste, SLDB’s Debbie John, Shoe Rehab’s Mandisa Morrison, First Citizens Business Development Officer Tara Jn Phillip and Client Relations Officer Denise Lewis.
From L-R: First Citizens Trader/Liquidity Management Officer Cindy Jn Baptiste, SLDB’s Debbie John, Shoe Rehab’s Mandisa Morrison, First Citizens Business Development Officer Tara Jn Phillip and Client Relations Officer Denise Lewis.

PRESS RELEASE – For the fourth year First Citizens Investment Services held its Young Professionals Seminar (YPS) aimed at providing young persons with the tools to better manage their finances. Held at Coco Palm from 5pm on Thursday April 28th the seminar’s theme was “#OWNIT: Take Ownership of Your Peace of Mind & Financial Freedom!”

The evening’s presenters included First Citizens Trader and Liquidity Management Officer Cindy Jn Baptiste, Client Relations Officer Denise Lewis and the St Lucia Development Bank’s (SLDB) Debbie John. Featured speaker for the event was Shoe Rehab Manager and Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2016, Mandisa Morrison.

Sponsored by The Cell, Strongbow and Azuk Events, the seminar’s panel started by addressing the event’s main objective of helping young adults identify and develop an early manageable plan to reach their financial goals and position themselves for long-term success. The First Citizens team presented on financial goals and recommended strategies that young people can adopt to secure their financial future and peace of mind.

For her part the SLDB’s Debbie John tackled the issue of financing and outlined the various solutions available through SLDB for mortgages, business loans and other credit facilities.

The star of the event, however, was Mandisa Morrison who excitedly told the audience about her growing business, Shoe Rehab; a modern day shoe restoration and enhancement company. She explained the challenges of being an entrepreneur and gave some useful advice on how to avoid pitfalls when considering starting your own business. She detailed the inspiration for her business, the journey thus far and the future plans for expanding operations.

The audience was intrigued by the presentations and there were several questions for the panel who engaged in a healthy discussion with the youthful crowd.

The seminar also featured giveaways by sponsors of the event and culminated with a mixer sponsored by Strongbow Apple Ciders.

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  1. It's funny that I see 5 young women and not one man in the pic . Men need to step up in st lucia

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    • I sometimes feel it's a conspiracy.

      On the other hand I feel like I'm the last to know about these seminars and meetings happening.

      Many of them also take place during work hours (I could be wrong).

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