Prime Minister attends AUC programme launch | THE DAILY HERALD


Prime Minister Romeo-Marlin at the women empowerment programme at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine on Friday.

CUPECOY–American University of the Caribbean (AUC) School of Medicine launched Empowerment, Diversity, Growth and Excellence (EDGE), a programme designed to accelerate the advancement of women employed by the St. Maarten-based medical school and its parent organisation Adtalem Global Education, on Friday.

The launch was announced during a special event featuring several prominent woman leaders, including Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin.


EDGE is a colleague-driven initiative focused on promoting women’s advancement into leadership roles in both the workplace and the broader community. Through EDGE, AUC seeks to empower an internationally diverse group of women who mentor and participate in professional development programmes. Core to EDGE is the opportunity for colleagues to network, share and learn best practices, and participate in skill-building activities. Friday’s event was the first in a series of guest talks that will address topics and issues facing women in the workplace.

AUC invited Romeo-Marlin to join three AUC and Adtalem leaders for a panel discussion on their paths to leadership. Self-discovery for her started at a young age during boarding school in the United States. While encountering new cultures, rules and prejudices, she forged a journey of self-awareness and empowerment that ultimately led to a career in politics and community relations.

Other speakers included Adtalem Vice-President of Human Resources Lori Davis, Adtalem Senior Management of Business Continuity Cynthia Berry and AUC Assistant Professor of Behavioural and Clinical Medicine Dr. Athena Andreadis. The 90-minute panel included advice on practices and behaviours that can help women stay organised and advance in their careers.

“Women empowerment is valued at AUC and its parent company Adtalem, which are both led by women. Dr. Heidi Chumley recently celebrated five years as Executive Dean at AUC and Adtalem President and Chief Executive Officer Lisa Wardell is the only African-American female CEO at a Fortune 1000 company in the United States,” according to the school on Monday.

In St. Maarten, AUC currently employs 137 colleagues, 71 of whom are woman. The majority of colleagues were in attendance at Friday’s event and will help develop future EDGE events on and outside of the university’s campus.

Source: The Daily Herald