Imagine 100 women from the United States meeting with 100 women from the Caribbean to explore how they might support each other in business. That is the objective of the These Women Mean Business! Trade Exploration, taking place in the Caribbean Islands, May 2017.
Two ambitious and enterprising women, began a casual conversation at a Maryland conference in May. The conversation revealed they both owned businesses, supported other women owned businesses, desired to do business outside the United States and wanted to make more than money, they wanted to make a difference. They also shared a love for cruising and seriously wanted to grow their businesses. These Women Mean Business! That was the birth of an awesome collaboration between California’s Deborah Thorne, The Information Diva and New York’s Victoria Falk of Passionate Travel, Inc. Daring to dream, they thought, “what would happen if we took business women on a cruise and provided the opportunity for them to meet with business women in each of the Caribbean ports of call?”
And so the journey begins in Miami, Florida aboard the MSC Divina. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and build relationships with 100 business women from across the US. Each night they will be guests at a themed dinner party. The parties are designed to enrich the budding relationships and prepare for the networking opportunities in the upcoming
ports of call. The days at sea will offer eight hours of workshops, where participants will be presented with strategies for business and personal success.
The itinerary includes Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico; and Nassau, Bahamas.
In concert with the Departments of Tourism, Chambers of Commerce, US Embassies, and various women’s organizations gatherings, will be held in Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Mexico, and Bahamas to encourage women to explore ways of doing business together and to be of support to one another.
These Women Mean Business! Research (Why Gender Matters To Trade In The Caribbean, Policy Brief, September 2015) revealed Caribbean women entrepreneurs don’t feel respected because of their gender. They also stated women lack access to
networking opportunities. These Women Mean Business! Trade Exploration will address these concerns.
What makes These Women Mean Business! Trade Exploration unique is that it is a grassroots initiative, launched by two women entrepreneurs, who decided to make something happen. A film documentary of the awesome collaboration and resulting trade exploration is being created.
Men are welcome to join us.
For more information go to TheseWomenMeanBusiness.com.
[email protected] or call 310-497-1640
These Women Mean Business! Trade Exploration sets sail May 6, 2017 and returns May 13, 2017. Please join us for this historic endeavor.