This September, 250 business and social entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean will arrive in Detroit, Michigan to start the five-week Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program. Fellows will collaborate with their counterparts in businesses and organizations in 20 U.S. cities, strengthening business ties between the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean.
The program concludes with a Closing Forum in October in Washington, D.C., focused on leadership and skills development training.
Lien Philogene-Norville is the Executive Vice President of Junior Chamber International (JCI) Dominica, a non- profit business organization comprising young persons from the ages of 18-40, who work within their communities, with and for young people to create positive change and she is also the Founder and CEO of a startup called Harmoni Threadz Fashion Agency and Beauty Bar, which is a cosmetology and fashion agency, assisting and managing other small businesses across the island, within the fashion industry, improving their marketing, accounting and branding skills, along with staff training in their particular field.
Harmoni Threadz Fashion seeks to become a household name in Dominica and also to afford young persons the opportunities to express themselves in a positive way through creativity and fashion. Her business also provides hands on makeup application training and fashion and makeup products for wholesale and retail.
Lien is an Administrative Assistant presently and has been for the past ten (10) years within the Government of Dominica. However she hopes to become in the near future a certified chartered accountant and financial advisor as well as a professional makeup artist. She holds and Associates Degree in Accounting from the Dominica State College and is a final year undergraduate student studying for a BSc in Accounting, at the University of the West Indies, Open Campus Dominica.
She is the only representative in this year’s YLAI programme, representing Dominica. Lien not only seeks to improve the livelihood of young persons in Dominica but is an advocate for youth empowerment and creating positive change. Last year there were three representatives from Dominica namely Avena Prince is the manager, marketer, and fashion designer at Royal Globe Inc, Eber Ravariere, President of SOUL Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society and De-ena Registe , Co-Founder of Shop767, an ecommerce marketplace based in the Commonwealth of Dominica.
During the program, the 2018 Fellows will advance their entrepreneurial ideas and build leadership skills to effectively contribute to social and economic development in their communities. Working with their counterparts, the Fellows will develop and refine action plans in fields ranging from clean energy and e-commerce to health care and hospitality.
Fellows representing 36 countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean were selected from 2,500 applicants in a competitive application process. Upon completing the exchange, Fellows will return to their ventures with new skills, resources, ongoing support from U.S. counterparts, and an improved network.