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Friday, October 6 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
[TRIBAL GATHERING] Caribfluencers - Content.Culture.Commerce

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When people think of the Caribbean they think lush beaches, drinks with umbrellas and “no worries mon.” Tell your friends you’re visiting Jamaica and they’ll either fawn in excitement or warn you of how dangerous it is. 

Often, many people visit without consideration of the rich and vibrant culture that happens amongst the people. The developments of entrepreneurship, entertainment and social issues that arise and how the Caribbean diaspora impacts the trends that arise from the region. 

The panel is made up of various content creators from fashion, music, career, entrepreneurship and personal finance, but the common thread is the Caribbean cultural similarities. We’ll primarily discuss how we used our niche culture to build our separate brands and how we’ve been able to support each other in building a strong content creator community. 

A panel discussion the dissects the following:
-Inspirational trends vs. cultural appropriation, how we utilize culture to educate the mass
-How cultivating relationship centered in cultural connections foster a sense of community
-How we remain authentic to our audiences as we grow
-How our business models are different because the consumers are different
-Building your readership, earning money while remaining authentic

avatar for Deanna Andrews

Deanna Andrews

cultura lmusic and festival blogger from New York City.  She specialize in making the culture and music of the Caribbean accessible to Carnival and soca neophytes. Her blog has become a go-to resource for tourism boards, mas bands, deejays, and other influencers who wish to have... Read More →
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Melisa Boutin

Certified Financial Education Instructor
Melisa Boutin is a Certified Financial Education Instructor, author and student loan expert. In January 2016, she hosted the first financial workshop at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, U. S. V. I., to educate current college students about navigating their Caribbean... Read More →
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Kerry-Ann Reid Brown

Founder and Podcaster, Carry On Friends
Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown is a Jamaican born New York City based Caribbean influencer and founder of Carry On Friends. Carry On Friends is a platform that provides content and programming to support the development and success of Caribbean Americans in corporate and entrepreneurship. She... Read More →
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Mikelah Rose

Mikelah Rose is a Caribbean Culture aficionado, curating the bridge between the Caribbean and its diaspora through her blog Style & Vibes. The first generation Jamaican-American holds a BBA in Marketing with previous experience with Caribbean lifestyle brands such as VP Records, Tempo... Read More →
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Wanda Tima

Owner/President, Lunion Suite
Wanda Tima is a Haitian-Turks Islander who moved to South Florida in her teens. Wanda is the oldest of four who come from Haitian immigrant parents. She graduated from Dillard High School at the age of 16 and became the first person in her family to earn a college degree graduating... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Soprano Room