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Soft & Life Skills Series launched

Soft & Life Skills Series launched

(L-R)  Professor Dale Webber, UWI Mona Principal, Dr. Ty Richardson, Chair of YoPro Foundation and Celia Davidson Francis, Director of Alumni Relations for The UWI celebrate the launch of the Soft and Life Skills Series. – a part of the Pelican Perks Adva

The UWI Alumni Relations and Alumni Chapters and the Alumni Relations arm of the Institutional Advancement Division (IAD-AR) launched their partnership with YoPro Global Foundation on the first Soft & Life Skills series for students and alumni across all campuses Caribbean-wide on September 19, 2019.  The first session with the theme “Increase Your Potential & Quality of Life Using Your Just Your Strengths” took place that same evening and the session introduced the StrengthsFinder theory and its mechanics and demonstrated how to use one's top 5 dominant strengths and to leverage one's weaknesses, in order to improve life and to increase performance.

This skills-series is part of the Pelican Perks Advantage Programme, available to UWI students and alumni, and will be offered through Alumni Relations at the UWI Regional Headquarters. The online sessions will cover relevant topics related to social, professional, and personal development and different sessions will be hosted each semester.

YoPro Global has executed more than 100 such events worldwide in the past 12 years. It will provide speakers and industry experts for each session, coaching them on the audience and delivery, and coordinating the logistics for the presentation. UWI Alumni Association members will be invited to participate alongside these speakers, to localize the experience and share their own perspectives on the speakers’ topics. The online platform  allows for interaction with speakers and presenters.

“Our primary goal in engaging our alumni and students Caribbean-wide through these Soft and Life Skills programmes is to complement their academic knowledge and assist in their continued professional advancement.” said Celia Davidson Francis, Director of Alumni Relations for The UWI. “We will be involving our alumni E-Mentors and are delighted to work with YoPro who will lead in the delivery. These quality interactive sessions will be offered in the evenings to allow easy access and participants join simply by logging on to an easy link..”

Dr. Ty Richardson, Chairman and CEO of YoPro Global Foundation, noted that “this partnership has been one of our goals for the last four years. We’re excited that on the 5th anniversary of YoPro’s Trinidad and Tobago signature conference, Mentoring Young Professionals (M.Y.) Conference, we’re able to announce this partnership with one of the region’s most established and prominent institutions”. “This partnership will allow us to expand beyond Trinidad and Tobago and to reach the entire region, fostering a larger impact.”

The skill-enhancing sessions are beneficial “Pelican Perks” which will be offered to UWI students and graduates who are UWIAA members at complimentary or special, greatly reduced, affordable prices. In 2020, the programme will expand to host its first conference, introducing industry experts and graduate professionals to a live audience of UWI students, alumni and community members in Jamaica. In 2021, the programme will further expand to host four such conferences in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago.

About IAD - Alumni Relations and the Alumni Association (UWIAA)

The Alumni Relations arm of the Institutional Advancement Division, based at the UWI Regional Headquarters, is responsible for alumni engagement and the UWI Alumni Association (UWIAA) Chapters fall under this office. The UWIAA was established by the University’s Charter, Statues and Ordinances and its primary purpose is to foster and maintain contact among UWI graduates, encourage closer bonds and commitment to the University and to enhance its development. Together they work to enhance the Mission and Values of The University of the West Indies. For more information, email celia.davidson-francis@alumni.uwi.edu  or visit https://www.uwi.edu/alumnionline/.

About YoPro Global Foundation

YoPro’s origins began in 2006 as European Young Professional serving Bangkok, Dublin, London and Barcelona, before making its way to San Francisco. Largely focused on events, the organization hosted networking experiences monthly connecting young professionals and designing experiences. After attempting to launch a social network, YoPro pivoted back to event experiences and later, introduced educational forums and conferences as it evolved in Trinidad and Tobago. Always remaining focused on serving youth and young professionals, today, YoPro has established itself in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as a Foundation focused on providing educational resources, access, and opportunities for emerging youth and young professionals worldwide. For more information, email Foundation.Admin@yoproglobal.org or visit www.yoproglobal.org.

Information on the First Session - Increase Your Potential & Quality of Life Using Your Just Your Strengths

The session introduced the StrengthsFinder theory and its mechanics and focused on showing how to use one's top 5 dominant strengths and to leverage one's weaknesses, thus allowing you to improve your life and increase your performance.


Dr. Ty Richardson, Partner, Clarity Coaching & Consulting, & CEO, YoPro Global Foundation.

Dr. Ty Richardson is a Trinidadian-American who founded YoPro as part of a global mission to provide tools and resources to youth and young professionals in the emerging markets. Having had a successful corporate career with a large multinational corporation, Ty first launched YoPro as a social network in Silicon Valley, before pivoting and creating a social enterprise around the mission of serving emerging markets. Today, under Ty’s steward, YoPro and its predecessor have worked with over 100 volunteers to produce over 150 events in five countries and impacted the lives of over 17,000 youth and young professionals. In addition to leading YoPro Global, Ty also heads One Global Index Consulting, One Global Business Financing and Clarity Coaching and Consulting.

Angela Coleman, Partner, Clarity Coaching & Consulting, IFC Certified Coach

Angie has been coaching professionally for almost 20 years.  Her expertise resides in career coaching and leadership development.  She has certifications in Strengths Coaching, Personal Branding, Social Media Branding, 360 Reach, and Resume writing.  Angie’s top five Gallup strengths are Harmony, Relator, Responsibility, Individualization, and Learner. She identifies each candidate’s unique promise of value and ensures that the candidate is prepared to differentiate his/herself for future success. Together with Ty, Angie is a Partner in Clarity Coaching and Consulting, providing strengths-based coaching to executives, corporations and individuals worldwide.


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