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Women Striving For Success Inducts Nine New Members In Ceremony On St. Thomas

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Nine new members of Women Striving For Success Inc. were inducted at its Induction Ceremony at the Winner’s Circle in Port of Sale Mall on Wednesday.

Among the new members were: Trisha Harris, Sylvie Sylvester-Warrelle, Wendy Bailey, Mary Joe Williams, Ola Lombardi, Sharon Walker, Jennifer Nugent Hill, Alvina Jean-Marie Iiarrasa, Dina Perry Malone and Andre’a Dorsey.

The women come from all walks of life and are all leading members of their respective professions.

WSFS said they are “proud to welcome these community leaders to the organization.”

Joining the evening’s program was Yvette T. Collazo, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands District Director, for the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Collazo encouraged non-members business women attending the event to consider joining WSFS by saying “Support from organizations such as Women Striving for Success, which provides training and a forum for networking, is instrumental for women-owned small businesses to achieve success.

“SBA and its resource partners (VI SBDC and SCORE) offer a variety of workshops tailored to a variety of topics such as Marketing, Social Media and Accounting, to mention a few,” Collazo said. “Starting and growing a business is hard for any entrepreneur. It is important to arm yourselves with the right tools, resources and training so as to gain a competitive edge and succeed. The SBA offers a number of training programs and business owners are encouraged to visit to learn more about the wealth of training and other services available through the Small Business Administration.”

The stated mission of Women Striving For Success, Inc. is to encourage, motivate and inspire.

Through its monthly meetings and annual conference, it aims to provide a forum for women in business to network to advance personally and professionally.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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