Wednesday 21 November, 2018

Employee vs Entrepreneur? Young people urged to find their path

Network marketer Joel Worrell speaks at the Keep Growing Young Professionals Conference at the Knutsford Court Hotel last Saturday. (PHOTOS: Ramon Lindsay)

Network marketer Joel Worrell speaks at the Keep Growing Young Professionals Conference at the Knutsford Court Hotel last Saturday. (PHOTOS: Ramon Lindsay)

The second staging of the Keep Growing Young Professionals Conference was held recently at the Knutsford Court Hotel in St Andrew, attracting a wide cross-section of millennials for the all-day event.

With the theme “Employee vs Entrepreneur: Finding Your Path To Success”, the conference was comprised of university graduates and students, as well as corporate workers and managers.

Also in attendance were individuals who recently started their entrepreneurial journey, or are about to take the trek into owning their own businesses.

The presenters were successful individuals from various industries.

The presenters and topics they discussed were: Dania Beckford – The Modern Employee, the Millennial Mindset; Dennise Williams – Entrepreneurs Managing Financial Growth; Joel Worrell – Network Marketing for Entrepreneurs and Employees; Damion Crawford – Achieving Success as an Entrepreneur; and Karlene Salmon – Technology Innovation, The Changing Work World.

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There were two panel discussions moderated by the day’s host Debbie Bissoon, with communicator and new restaurant entrepreneur Garth Williams and Human Resource manager Mitzi Hyde tackling the topic “The Modern Employee” in the first and Carole Rowe and Cheryll Stewart dealing with “Entrepreneurs’ Global & Big Picture Thinking”.

Beckford, a public relations specialists and owner of plus-size fashion house Broadtail Designs, told the Keep Growing audience that while they can break from the tradition of only doing one job, respecting their employers and the business is key.

Dennise Williams said individuals must reevaluate themselves to find out if they are ready to manage their own business, as some people might be too generous and are not ready to handle that aspect of the business. She advised that a coach would be good for that individual, or they should seek a partner to who would be their opposite.

Worrell took the audience on his journey into network marketing, noting that he gave up his dentistry training to venture into the business and it has paid a rich dividend for him.

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