BIOGRAPHY – Kerensa Gravesande-Bart, SHRM Professional Member
Kerensa Gravesande-Bart (also called Kerri) is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the only stand-alone ISO 9001 – 2015 and Trace International Certified Recruitment Firm in Guyana, Strategic Recruitment Solutions Inc (SRSGY), with locations in the USA and Suriname. As the company’s originating founder, Kerri serves as Chair of the Board of Directors with executive responsibilities for the company’s overall operation, business development, and financial management. Her role also extends to risk management, contract negotiations, human resources, and the oversight of all corporate and employee policies and benefits.
Together with her husband Lloyd Bart, she is also part-owner of Symmetry Brokerage and Logistics. Kerri is the Co-Creator/President and Chair of the Board- of the first Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Guyana launched in November 2019. In 2018, Kerri was awarded the first “Women in Business Award” by the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry Guyana in recognition of women who possess vision, innovation, entrepreneurial drive, leadership, individuality and tenacity with the ultimate goal of being a consistent role model for other women in business.
Kerri, a professional member of Society of Human Resource Management in the USA; has in excess 15 years of administrative experience in business development, systems optimization, Quality Management and HR; and 10 years of which her international experience in the energy industry (Trinidad, Colombia and Suriname) with an emphasis on training and development.
Her skill set is among the following:
- Offshore Personnel Management
- Training and Competence Management for Offshore Personnel
- In-transit & Landing Operations for Offshore vessels
- HR & Local Content Strategy Development/Implementation and Execution
- Business Development
Kerri has pursued studies in Business Management with Cambridge International University and the Association of Business Executives. She holds Diploma in Business Management with Credits in Communications and Merits in Human Resources, along with professional certification in Leading and Communicating with Emotional Intelligence from Arthur Lok Jack Global School in Business.
Kerri is a 2021 prospective candidate for a BA in in Psychology at Nations through the University of Bedfordshire. She also has a distinct interest in pursuing studies in Quality Management.
BIOGRAPHY – Lyndell Danzie-Black, BA (Hons.), MSc.,
Lyndell Danzie-Black is the Managing Director of Cerulean Inc. – a Business Development, Training and Consulting firm based in Guyana. Ms. Danzie-Black is a certified ILO International Trainer for Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB). Lyndell was selected as one of 20 global women in the Women Leader for the World (WLW) program, a highly competitive 12-month How Women Leader and Global Women Leadership Network program based. More recently, Cerulean Inc. collaborates with ExxonMobil on their Corporate Citizenship program on Community Empowerment in Guyana as well as Youth Build International. Ms. Danzie-Black worked as the Program Director for Youth Build M Youth Project – ‘YouthBIz592’ in Guyana, funded by the IDB. Ms. Danzie-Black provides corporate training for several businesses in Guyana and the region, as well as cross-culture training, executive coaching and mentorship for clients of international companies and organizations. Cerulean Inc., is an approved training partner of the Small Business Bureau.
Lyndell was a mentor with the Queen’s Young Leaders Program for youth leaders from Guyana, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica and continues to mentor women entrepreneurs through the World Bank project Women Innovation Network – Caribbean (WINC). Project Coordinator for the 2013 Caribbean Marketplace for the Arts at CARIFESTA XI in Suriname and the CARICOM Project Coordinator/Consultant to CARIFESTA XII is Haiti. In February 2016, Project Coordinator for the CARICOM Youth, Crime and Violence Regional Forum. In 2017, Lyndell managed the CARICOM/Government of Italy Fashion Designers Project in Barbados during CARIFESTA XIII. Her inspirational leadership, vision and commitment to excellence have undoubtedly positioned her to be a thought leader for the delivery of competencies supportive of organizational change and transformation.
An experienced Business Development and Training Specialist with 20+ years of administrative, project management, strategy, standards and policy development; she holds a Master’s Degree in Maritime Transport from the prestigious World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden. Ms. Danzie-Black also holds a BA (Hons) Degree Tourism Management from the London South Bank University. Currently, Lyndell is the Maritime Advisor for the Matpal Maritime Institute.
Ms. Danzie-Black has also contributed to Academia as a Lecturer at the University of Guyana, in the areas of Entrepreneurship, Project Design, World Tourism and Tourism Research. Lyndell was instrumental in the establishment of the National School of Drama and Arts and lectured in Entrepreneurship and continues to mentor small start-ups, and recently under a World Bank project (WINC), mentors women entrepreneurs. Ms. Danzie-Black worked on the Redevelopment and Reconstruction of Haiti. Lyndell was the project oversight manager for three main projects in Haiti in this regard namely – CARICOM/Haiti Wash Sanitation Project in Cite Soliel, Haiti; the CARICOM/CARDI Re-Vegetation Project, Petit Goave, Haiti and Supply of Medication to combat the Cholera epidemic.
Lyndell has worked in Europe as well as the Caribbean, and is also experienced in strategic planning, project management, foreign direct investment in yachting and water-based sectors, public sector affairs and business development to name a few. Her inspirational leadership, vision and commitment to excellence have undoubtedly positioned her to be a thought leader for the delivery of competencies supportive of organizational change and transformation. On the lighter side Lyndell, enjoys family time, gym, outdoor activities, reading and research.