Co-Convener – Ambassador ANDREW YOUNG

Honorary Chairman


The economic and social relationship between the United States and the Developing Countries, especially those in the Caribbean, Africa and Latin America, should command the interest of millions of Americans and people elsewhere because they involve human development in key areas of the world. The Caribbean is ripe for positive growth as long as the leaders capitalize on public/private partnership, attract foreign investors, and work together to realize the region’s potential.

This is why this Conference is so important, and I have supported the mission of this Conference for years. We come to have connections and access to the possibilities as opposed to the gloom and doom. You explore the opportunities and strategize in making things happen. This is how you build a future for our people.



Co-Convener – The Most Hon. P.J. PATTERSON, ON, OCC, PC, QC

The Caribbean must continue to strengthen ties with our neighbor, the US. We must build alliances and partnerships that can help to determine the strength of our economies. We should endeavor to foster greater understanding and build more enduring relations.

For the past twenty years, the CARIB NEWS Conference has undertaken the very critical mission of bringing us together to make the connection and achieve these noble goals. I have made it my duty, whenever possible, to attend these conferences and to lend my full support to the mission.




Founder, National Cares Mentoring Program. This cultural phenomenon travels widely, is extremely well-read, and began her career as an actress and licensed cosmetologist. Subsequently, Ms. Taylor became editor-in-chief of the enormously popular Essence magazine, hosted and produced its television show, wrote its “In the Spirit” column and authored “In the Spirit: The Inspirational Writings of Susan L. Taylor”. After nearly four decades of leadership at Essence, earlier this year, Ms. Taylor has moved onto a new venture. It parallels her desire to improve the community at large.




Dr. Hazel N. Dukes is President of the NAACP New York State Conference and a member of the NAACP National Board of Directors; a member of the NAACP Executive Committee as well as an active member of various NAACP board sub-committees. Dr. Dukes is a member of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc., and National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, INC, and a member of the Executive Committee of the American Baptist Churches, USA. Her dedication to human rights and equality is exemplified by her role linking business, government and social causes.


20100208-cong-yvette-clarkeYVETTE D. CLARKE

Congresswoman Clarke was elected to the United States House of Representatives in November 2006 and today represents the Ninth Congressional District of New York.

As the representative of the Ninth Congressional District of New York, she has dedicated herself to continuing the legacy of excellence established by the late Honorable Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman and Caribbean American elected to Congress.  As an activist, a community organizer and now as a legislator, Congresswoman Clarke’s boldness, compassion and love for the people has allowed her to become an effective leader and an outspoken advocate on numerous issues of great importance to her constituents.


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State Senator Adriano Espaillat’s career in public service has been marked by historic accomplishments and an unwavering commitment to integrity, justice, and equal representation for all.

Following a successful tenure in the New York State Assembly, Espaillat was elected to the Senate in November 2010, where he represents the 31st district. This uniquely diverse and dynamic district stretches from Manhattan’s Upper West Side through Washington Heights. A trailblazing community activist, Senator Espaillat made history in 1996 when he became the first Dominican-American elected to a state legislature. Espaillat quickly distinguished himself as a reformer and progressive fighter who stood up for working families and small businesses. Espaillat worked tirelessly to champion causes that directly helped communities across New York.


donnachristensen2DONNA M. CHRISTENSEN

The Honorable Donna M. Christensen is now retired after serving nine terms in the U S Congress. She is the first female physician to serve. Congresswoman Christensen served on the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Homeland Security, Natural Resources for 14 years and Small Business. She chaired the Congressional Black Caucus’ Health Braintrust for 16 years. She was a Member of many caucuses and task forces, from women’s issues, the environment and climate change, tourism, the Caribbean and others.


jackieglenn2JACKIE GLENN

Jackie Glenn is the VP/ Global Chief Diversity Officer for EMC Corporation, leading the D&I strategy for the company’s global operations. Jackie has implemented programs in Employee Relations, Training and Development, Recruiting, Organizational Development, and Consulting and Coaching. Her leadership has led to several groundbreaking efforts, including the implementation of a mandatory D & I curriculum, institutionalization of the Transgender Reassignment Program, and the launch of its High Potential Women’s Program. Jackie has been profiled in various magazines including Black Enterprise, Working Mother, and Boston Business Journal. She was named one of the Top 10 Influential Women in Global Diversity.


richardbernalAmbassador RICHARD BERNAL

Ambassador Richard Bernal is the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Global Affairs at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. Until June 30, 2016, he was the Counsellor for Jamaica on the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He also served as IDB Executive Director and Alternate Executive Director. Ambassador Bernal, a professional economist with over 40 years of experience was educated at the University of the West Indies, University of Pennsylvania, New School for Social Research and the School for Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University. Previous to the IADB he was the Director-General of the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (RNM) for 8 years.


khephra-burnsKHEPHRA BURNS

In 1978, Burns joined the staff of PBS television affiliate WNET-Thirteen as a writer and associate producer. Burns remained associated with PBS and educational programming, producing documentaries about different aspects of the African American experience. Burns’ body of work includes several acclaimed books, including Black Stars in Orbit, Mansa Musa, and Confirmation: The Spiritual Wisdom that has Shaped Our Lives, which he wrote with his wife, writer and editor Susan Taylor. Burns also contributed to several monthly publications including Essence, Art & Auction and the Boulé Journal.


george-hulseGEORGE HULSE

As Vice President of Community Engagement at Healthfirst, George Hulse oversees community engagement, events and public relations strategies to enhance Healthfirst’s community goals.

Using a variety of interaction strategies and programs designed to improve collaboration between Healthfirst and community partners, Mr. Hulse has developed a vital streamline for members, providers and community that services the needs of many under-served communities. George, through his work, has been a driving force for Healthfirst’s positive impact on the communities they serve.


lloydwilliamsLLOYD WILLIAMS

Lloyd A. Williams is the President and CEO of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce (GHCC), a local organization established in 1886, as the Harlem Board of Trade. Entering its third-century increment, their continuous effort to provide services in the upper Manhattan location has been the crux of political, social and economic discourse. Williams is the Vice-Chairman of Harlem Arts Alliance, (HAA), an organization dedicated to artistic growth and development in Harlem and surrounding communities. Williams is also a Member of the Executive Board of Directors at NYC & Company.




Dennis is an accomplished photographer and CEO of one of the largest Caribbean-American shipping companies, who has also made a name within the East Flatbush community as a great humanitarian.  His commitment to the development of the East Flatbush community is immeasurable, and his humility is a model. Mr. Hawthorne is dedicated to outreach programs that are local, national and international in scope, where he has not only donated significant monies, but gives vigilant support. His commitment and unwavering services and dedication to the community has earned him numerous awards and accolades.


janice-julianJANICE JULIAN

After 22 years of providing Caribbean media solutions to Caribbean Food Delights and Royal Caribbean Bakery, Janice Julian assumed responsibility for Marketing and Public Relations in 2013.   With her demonstration of strong leadership and valuable insight, she also oversees customer service and corporate sponsorship, in addition to PR for the companies’ philanthropic organization, the Vincent Hosang Family Foundation (VHFF.)

Ms. Julian is a business strategist, who has worked in the fields of media, marketing, PR, advertising and customer service management.




Dr. Melida A. Harris Barrow was born in Panama City, Panama. She is Universal Peace Ambassador of Panama, Goodwill Ambassador for the Golden Rule International and Interfaith Peace Building Initiative. Dr. Barrow is the founder and CEO of Panama World Trade & Investment Foundation. Her mission is to empower, inspire and motivate individuals and instill the importance of leadership and economic development.

Dr. Harris Barrow believes that, in this global economy, and economists seem to agree, one sure way for countries to grow their economies is to increase trade or exports; she is convinced that Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean offers resources and opportunities which are beneficial to each other and other countries.