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The BDU supports the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) by providing educational and professional services to our business community, civil society, public service, and students.

Upcoming Seminars and Workshops

The Covid-19 pandemic has radically transformed the way consumers and businesses conduct daily transactions. The world has been catapulted into a digital environment which is perfectly poised for Marketing professionals and any business owner to use the digital tools to chart the course of their business success when done right.

The workshop is organized into two core modules which will provide participants with an initial introduction to digital marketing and online customer engagement. A key focus of the workshop is on establishing relevant KPIs to measure the impact of a digital marketing campaign.

All Sessions Are Live and Delivered Online
You will be able to join this seminar via Zoom to participate in discussions, receive hands-on exercises, and interact with the facilitator. The seminar will follow the schedule below:

Dates: November 23rd, November 24th, November 30th and December 1st
Time: 5.00 PM – 7.00 PM AST: Live Lecture via Zoom.

Don't hesitate to contact Dalaiah or Vidiya at sta-fssbdu@sta.uwi.edu, or click on the link for more information



Virtual Breakfast Meeting

This virtual event is FREE! FREE! FREE!

As we navigate through this crisis or any other crisis, leaders are required to maintain a productive and engaged workforce in unchartered territory while facing overwhelming uncertainty.  There is a heightened awareness that technical competence alone will not determine organizational success.  Leaders are urged to maintain authentic and trusting relationships. But, how can leaders meet these expectations in times of crisis? How can they be that catalyst for creating a productive, profitable and engaged organization? The answer – CARE.

Join us for a conversation with our moderator Mrs. Aka Ali-Kerr, HR leader and renowned author who will engage three influential voices in leadership positions on maintaining relationships with clients and employees and creating an engaged and productive workforce the COVID-19 pandemic. Aka has encapsulated decades of mindful experience on the importance of CARE and will expose her winning formula for high performance leaders.

When and Where
The virtual breakfast meeting will be hosted by the Business Development Unit of the Faculty of Social Sciences, The University of the West Indies. You will be able to join this seminar via Zoom.

Date: November 3rd  
Time: 9.00 AM – 10.00 AM AST

To Register Click on the link

Evolutionary Leadership:Unmasking the Leadership Style of the New Normal

As we navigate the COVID-19 crisis, there is a heightened awareness that technical competence alone will not define organizational success. Instead, an effective response requires a multifaceted leadership approach.

This workshop will expose supervisors, business managers and leaders to practical strategies in Evolutionary Leadership. It will provide participants with tips and resources to inspire an effective and thriving work environment. Participants will learn how to recover, innovate and reinvent their roles; consciously evolve and adapt to the changing work environment; and become a catalyst for a productive, profitable, and engaged workforce. 

All Sessions Are Live and Delivered Online

Dates: Wednesdays, November 10th and 17th 
Time: 10.00 AM – 12.00 Noon (AST/ EC) / 9.00 AM – 11.00 AM (EST/JA): Live Lecture via Zoom. 
Learn more about the seminar, topics, learning objectives and registration details by clicking here. Download the seminar information package. and attach the brochure as you said.



Evolve, Empower and Encourage Innovative Decisions with Data Science 

Capture_0.PNGIn the era of big data, business leaders are turning toward digital tools to learn, understand and make informed decisions. Successful businesses are moving beyond the basic spreadsheet and revolutionizing their decision making processes with data science.

This seminar will empower managers and decision-makers to adopt optimal business solutions and pay attention to the issues that matter. Practitioners will be able to use data science to tackle common problems and opportunities in marketing, finance, and logistics.

Participants will learn how to extract information and knowledge from a large body of data and utilize various predictive models and visualization tools to wrangle, analyze, and visualize data.

All Sessions Are Live and Delivered Online

Dates: Thursdays, September 23rd, September 30th, October 07th and October 14th 
Time: 5.00 PM – 8.00 PM (AST/ EC) / 4.00 PM – 7.00 PM (EST/JA): Live Lecture via Zoom. 
Learn more about the seminar, topics, learning objectives and registration details by clicking here. Download the seminar information package.

Business Development Unit leads by example


  • Dr. Hunter and her team’s Webinar on Public Speaking Anxiety was dynamic and informative. Presentations over the three-week period were tailored for a diverse audience which identified appropriate points, valuable tips and engaged the participants. Presentations created solutions and also remedied them at the same time. This webinar was beneficial and I would highly recommend future sessions. I was truly impressed with every presentation. One important tip taken away was “ask to repeat the question”, that way you would have time to craft a suitable answer to question posed. Thank you Dr. Hunter and Dr. Prentiss. - Sharlene Salina, graduate student, Criminology and Criminal Justice – The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine.


    Evolve, Empower and Encourage Innovative Decisions with Data Science

    The program was a great introduction to Data analytics and how this can be used in driving better decisions in organizations. Looing forward to further development and deployment of these methodologies. Thanks again for the offering and the hard work involved in organizing and delivering great content.



    ‘I, along with members of TTMF’s Management Team, had the pleasure of attending the Leadership Agility ­ - Transforming to Thrive seminar over the period November to December 2020. The experience was indeed a memorable one as it allowed for practical discussions with attendees from various sectors and countries. At TTMF, participants are able to employ the skills and tips learnt as we continue to face the challenges presented by the global pandemic. The experience with the FSS BDU and facilitator was professional and people-focused and it created an atmosphere to discuss issues openly and honestly which was really appreciated.  The content,  presentations and e-book was of good quality with lots of opportunity to participate during the sessions. Well done, FSS BDU!’

    Robert C. Green
    Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer


    I thoroughly enjoyed this seminar series as it gave valuable insight into thriving amid Covid-19. The facilitator was very knowledgeable with a wealth of experience which she was able to share with the group. I appreciated the diversity in the group and could see how the knowledge and experience shared could be used in all areas of business to achieve great success.

    Ornella Mohan-Ragnauth

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