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Industry Leaders on Building Mental Resilience in a COVID-19 World

For Release Upon Receipt - May 12, 2021

St. Augustine

The COVID-19 pandemic has been an epic test of character and determination for millions of people around the world as they cope with a myriad of fallout issues, restrictions to limit the spread of the virus, declining sales, and keeping productivity up while in remote work. The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine Campus is staging a series of virtual events, to discuss increasing stress levels and discomfort in the New Normal. The first, a one-hour coffee and conversation with industry leaders, is carded for May 26 at 9:00 am – 10:00 am (AST/EC) 8:00 am – 9:00 am (EST/JA).

Dr. Acolla Lewis-Cameron, Dean and Head of the Business Development Unit of the Faculty of Social Sciences, said it is important to ask the question, “who do the leaders talk to about their stress?” Moderated by Mrs. Shian Ottley-Reid, Industrial and Organisational Psychologist, the conversation will cover issues like: What has the leadership experience during the COVID-19 Pandemic been like?  What are the challenges?  What is mental resilience? How have they been able to exhibit mental resilience through the pandemic?

The session will engage a diverse group of influential voices in leadership positions on dealing with the current pressures and how leaders and managers can develop coping strategies and build mental resilience. On the chat will be Mrs. Andrea Taylor-Hanna, Campus Bursar, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine; Mr. Dion Abdool, Attorney at Law, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Water and Sewerage Authority; Commander Dr. Daryl Dindial, Chief Personnel Officer (Ag.), Commander (Ret’d), Chief Personnel Officer, Personnel Department, Government of Trinidad and Tobago; Ms. Pria Narinesingh, Country Managing Partner, Ernst & Young; and Ms. Gretchen Camacho-Mohammed, Managing Director RBC Royal Bank (Trinidad and Tobago) Ltd / Vice President – Business Banking RBC Royal Bank (Trinidad and Tobago) Ltd.

Interested persons are invited to get their coffee or tea and join the conversation by registering at

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About The UWI

The UWI has been and continues to be a pivotal force in every aspect of Caribbean development; residing at the centre of all efforts to improve the well-being of people across the region.

From a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948, The UWI is today an internationally respected, global university with near 50,000 students and five campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda and its Open Campus, and 10 global centres in partnership with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe.

The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Culture, Creative and Performing Arts, Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences, and Sport. As the Caribbean’s leading university, it possesses the largest pool of Caribbean intellect and expertise committed to confronting the critical issues of our region and wider world.

Ranked among the top universities in the world, by the most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education, The UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists. In 2020, it earned ‘Triple 1st’ rankings—topping the Caribbean; and in the top in the tables for Latin America and the Caribbean, and global Golden Age universities (between 50 and 80 years old).  The UWI is also featured among the top universities on THE’s Impact Rankings for its response to the world’s biggest concerns, outlined in the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Good Health and Wellbeing; Gender Equality and Climate Action.

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(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)