The Jamaican Women of Florida, Inc. (JWOF) will host the third annual Women’s Empowerment Conference & Scholarship Luncheon to celebrate its fourth anniversary on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Mentoring will close the day’s activities with a panel of next generation professionals including Dr. Fidel Goldson, Jr., CEO, Florida based Goldson Spine Rehabilitation Center; Devona Reynolds-Perez, South Florida attorney and President of Caribbean Bar Association; and Jamaican based medical practitioner, Dr. Sanneta Myrie and former Miss Jamaica World (2015).
MEET OUR PANELISTS
DEVONA A. REYNOLDS-PEREZ
Devona A. Reynolds Perez is the General Counsel of CP Franchising, LLC. She was born in Jamaica and is an alumna of Immaculate Conception High in Kingston, Jamaica. Mrs. Reynolds Perez received her B.B.A. from the University of Miami and her J.D. from Shepard Broad College of Law at Nova Southeastern University. She has extensive experience in the areas of franchising, commercial litigation, and labor and employment law. She has represented national and regional franchisors as well as start-up franchisors and developers and has successfully defended her clients against civil rights and employment discrimination claims.
Mrs. Reynolds Perez is the current President of the Caribbean Bar Association and is a Class IV Fellow of the Florida Bar's Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy. She has been recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 Black Leader of Today and Tomorrow by Legacy Magazine in 2016 and has been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2015, 2016, and 2017.
DR. SANNETA MYRIE
Dr. Sanneta Myrie, Miss Jamaica World 2015, Miss World Caribbean and Miss World third runner up 2015 is a 26-year-old medical doctor with a keen interest in the Performing Arts and a sincere passion for the Jamaican culture.
Dr. Myrie started life with the odds stacked against her. Born to a very young mother, she spent her early days in one of Jamaica’s toughest inner-city communities, Greenwich Town. At the age of 9, Sanneta was adopted by the Jeffery Myrie. The humble Sanneta gives credit to Mr Myrie for giving her a “second chance in life” to make the most out of every opportunity. Mr Myrie died in 2016 after a brief illness.
A graduate of the St. Andrew High School for Girls (2008) and the DeCarteret College (2010), Dr. Myrie developed a penchant for the sciences so by Grade 9, she was set on being a scientist. By the time she got to Grade 12 at DeCarteret College,Dr. Myrie was president of the Arts and Culture club as well as executive member of the Young Innovators Club. Her high school science project, "Agricultural Trash to Treasure" which proposed the use of sugar cane bagasse to make paper as well as microwavable food container, won her national awards at the JPS National Science & Technology Expo in 2010.
In 2010, Dr. Myrie went on to pursue medicine at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. Dr. Myrie participated in several extra-curricular activities including the performing arts and mentorship. She is a senior member of the Quilt Performing Arts Company and was a mentor to teens in the Craig Town community. Her mission is to develop dynamic social intervention programmes and use the Arts as a means of therapy and to further empower the otherwise marginalized population to improve their lives. At the University, Dr Myrie also served as Miss Aston Preston Hall 2010 and Miss UWI Mona 2012. In 2013 and again in 2014 she was awarded the prestigious Charles Denbow Memorial scholarship as well as other academic awards and for her involvement in mentorship.
Dr. Myrie in her capacity as Miss Jamaica World and Miss World Caribbean used the platform to advocate for causes including; gender equality, access to education and health care. She was invited in 2016 to speak at the headquarters of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C., where she shared her perspective on non-traditional gender and occupational roles in the Caribbean. Dr. Myrie notes that gender equality in the workplace, which ensures that women can participate fully, contributes to economic development and growth.
Dr. Myrie also participated in a one-week groundbreaking volunteer service tour of East Africa in March 2016. She participated in a series of youth development
workshops and mentorship programmes organized by the Shashamane Sunrise, an international volunteer organization that supports children’s education in developing countries. The tour covered Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.
Fully embracing the Miss World beauty with a purpose mantra, Dr. Myrie has collaborated with various non-governmental organizations in Jamaica, including the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, the School for Therapy, Education and Parenting of Children with Multiple Disabilities Center as well as the United States-based United Missions of Good Will.
On where she sees herself in near future, Dr. Myrie states: "I want to go on to specialize in psychiatry as I have come to understand and appreciate the value of mental health; and I recognize the importance of human resources to our nation's development. I want to serve my country in the best way I know how."
Dr. Sanneta Myrie considers herself a deeply spiritual person with the philosophy “that love conquers all things and on the journey of life it matters not what lies before or behind you but what lies within.”
DR. FIDEL GOLDSON, JR.
Dr. Fidel Goldson, Jr. is a licensed physical therapist and chiropractic physician in South Florida. He has been in practice as a licensed physical therapist since 1999 and as a chiropractor since 2006. In addition to his doctorate in chiropractic, and B.S. in physical therapy, Dr. Goldson also holds a B.S. in anatomy and a master's in liberal arts studies. He is also a licensed general contractor and currently heads up Goldson Spine Rehabilitation Center which consists of four locations throughout Broward and Dade counties. The practice specializes in rehabbing patients suffering from auto accident related ailments, sports injuries, headaches, neck and back pain. Armed with years of patient care experience and a concern that products on the market were not offering patients the relief they needed, Dr. Goldson and his wife Dr. Thiema Goldson developed a spine, joint and muscle cream specifically designed with his patients in mind and is currently available at all Goldson Spine locations.
Dr. Goldson also takes pride in finding ways to serve the community through the Dr. Fidel S. Goldson, Sr. foundation, an organization created in honor of his late father who was also a chiropractor. Through the foundation, Dr. Goldson and the Goldson Spine family are able to provide scholarships to college bound students in south Florida and in Jamaica, school supplies to children in need and mentorship to young adults interested in the applied sciences. Dr. Goldson's philosophy is rooted in his strong faith in God, his compassion for others, and his belief in teaching young people the importance of an education and the continual pursuit of their dreams.
Dr. Goldson is married with three children and resides in Miramar, Florida.
The Jamaican Women of Florida, Inc. (JWOF) will again host the third annual Women’s Empowerment Conference & Scholarship Luncheon to celebrate its fourth anniversary on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The event will take place at the Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, in downtown Miami.
Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are still available to interested persons. Information on details of the Conference is available at www.jamaicanwomenofflorida.com and www.facebook.com/jwoflorida or by calling 561-320-1391. Tickets for the event are available at Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jamaican-women-of-florida-womens-empowerment-conference-scholarship-luncheon-tickets-30811619383