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TCI: High Heels in High Places

#TurksandCaicos, April 12, 2018 – Providenciales – On a day filled with activities throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands and inclement weather on the horizon, The Chamber of Commerce of Providenciales successfully greeted and hosted over 80+ Women of all backgrounds at their first Annual High Heels in High Places Luncheon in the Messel Ballroom of the Palms on the 7th April 2018.

Decorated to the nine with floral décor, candles, accents of pink and high heel ornaments set the platform for an event of noteworthy mention!

Commencing with the opening remarks by the President of the Chamber of Commerce Mr. Kyle M Smith who stated, “Today as we launch the Chamber of Commerce of Providenciales First Annual High Heels in High Places, we do so as an acknowledgment of the strides you have made and your varied accomplishments.”  The president also charged all women present to,

“embrace the commonalities of your fellow women between generations, and align yourselves so as to uphold and transfer the powers that you have amongst each other.  Do not give in to the growing societal stigma that suggest that women do not hold solidarity between one another.  Never underestimate the force of collaboration and cohesion of women power.   Align yourselves positively and present all of the beautiful attributes of the new woman.   One that is unbiased and supportive in every role and show that you are a testament of leadership, success, competence, family and forgiveness.”

Of notable mention was the key note speaker of the day Congresswoman Joyce Beatty of Ohio, accompanied by her husband Otto Beatty Jr.  The Congresswoman made very stirring and exciting remarks as she stepped away from the podium and made her address whilst simultaneously working the crowd through invigorating interaction.  Eloquently charging the audience with inspiration and confidence in her shimmering blue dress and ordained heels and sharing the message of always being prepared, always being ready, remembering that your presentation is important. She urged women to consider” Looking in the rear-view mirror because sometimes you’ve got to back up before you go forward”

The event also included presentations by Honorable Akierra Missick on Generational Collaboration – the Power of Succession and Dr. Denise Brathwaite on Women Be Well.   Live videos streams were uploaded of these great presentations for all to view on the Chamber of Commerce Providenciales Facebook Page.

The Chamber of Commerce didn’t stop there as the event took time to recognize Women of Achievement within the Turks and Caicos Islands who sat at the head tables and presented with beautiful glass trophy awards laser engraved with the signature heel, Chamber of Commerce Providenciales Logo and the recognized category.   The awardees of the afternoon were Josephine Connolly- Business & Industry, Yolande Robinson- Education, Ryesha Higgs- Up and Coming, Pastor Karen Higgs- Spiritual, Marion Williams- Honorary Woman of Achievement, Barbara Johnson- Arts & Culture, Gertrude Forbes-Community Enhancement and Kendra Hall- Science/Technology/Environment/Healthcare.

The MC’s of the day Mrs. Aisha Laporte and O’brien Forbes kept this event flowing smoothly from start to finish with an array of humor blended with segments of fellowship amongst the attendees, auctions and exceptional crowd interaction.

Local Entertainer TESS had a stellar performance of “I’m every woman” having the ladies in heels stepping to the beat.   A high heel competition allowed the women to showcase their heels in a modelling segment with our very own Local Prime DJ’s on the one’s and two’s allowing the nominees the opportunity to judge the participants.

The Chamber of Commerce of Providenciales is grateful to those who participated and would like to mention notably great thanks and acknowledgement to the driving force Ana Alicia Coalbrooke, the executive assistant to the Chamber of Commerce, for doing a stellar job in putting the event together.   The Chamber of Commerce of Providenciales would also like to thank their sponsors, Custom Candii’s, The Make-Up Boutique, I Sparkle The Salon, Kiss and Make up Beauty Parlour, Serendipity Loox, Power 92.5 FM, Sip and Paint, Hello Gorgeous Makeup Artistry, Courtyard Chiropractic, The Palms, Bow Tie VIP transport, Lavish Life, Kandles by Katy, 102.5 kiss FM and Adamma TCI.

The Chamber of Commerce urges businesses and members of the public to join and be a part of the Organization.   For more information on the Chamber of Commerce Providenciales activities and membership opportunities contact 649 332 6418 Or email at


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