WHO WE ARE
Our Team comprises independent experienced Consultants, Facilitators, Trainers and Entrepreneurs who are experts in their field and whose operations embody our values. Together we empower business leaders to grow and take their businesses to the pinnacle of success. We provide workable solutions to challenges real or imagined, exceptional support to our clients in achieving their goals and execute meaningful projects to help lift the Caribbean above its current reality. CARIFIC is led by its managing Director Glenda Joseph-Dennis, whose practice as an entrepreneur and consultant combine to give her over thirty years of experience in the SME and fashion sector.
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Welcome to CARIFIC, the Caribbean’s premier Transformative Force which successfully merges the creative with the commercial to produce powerful Caribbean businesses and a strong creative alternative to Caribbean development efforts.
I am Glenda, a Dream-Builder, otherwise called a Business Development Consultant, Entrepreneur, Facilitator, Coach, Mentor and Founder/Managing Director of CARIFIC. Regardless of the nomenclature, my belief is that: “All the things we do in business, pleasure or spirituality are not an end unto themselves but in fact constitute the building of our own Dream (or nightmare). My purpose is to build Dreams and I do so wearing any hat. I uphold the motto of my Alma Mater ('NAPS') “Non nobis solum sed omnibus” a Latin phrase meaning ‘Not only for ourselves but for others”.
My early incarnation as a practising economist and researcher along with my background in Spanish and International Relations has benefitted the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); the EU and CARICOM. Notwithstanding the success and gratification that this brought to me, I have never been able to resist the pull of Fashion which engulfed me from childhood.
After having owned and operated two manufacturing and retail establishments in the fashion industry for over twenty years, I decided in 2007 to expand my areas of expertise into Consulting, the core of which centers around Organizational Development, Strategic Planning and Project Management. I later enriched this expertise by becoming a certified Coach. These very rewarding aspects of my calling commit me to assist Private Enterprises, State and Funding Agencies, Entrepreneurs and NGOs in achieving their strategic objectives of promoting entrepreneurship and building sustainable and profitable businesses thus enhancing the prosperity and well-being of nations. I facilitate and implement public and private developmental initiatives that focus on Entrepreneurship, Fashion, Clustering and Business Growth among SMEs. I also partner with high-level management consulting teams to service the strategic needs of large corporate, regional, governmental, academic institutions and NGOs. More importantly, I coach and support entrepreneurs in getting clear on who they are, internally and in translating this into profitable businesses driven from passion, planning and action.
My service incumbencies include serving as a Director on the Board of the National Entrepreneurship Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago (NEDCO), the Association of Female Entrepreneurs of Trinidad and Tobago (AFETT), the Fashion Association of Trinidad and Tobago (FATT), the Jamaica Fashion and Apparel Cluster among others and as a volunteer for the Growing Leaders Foundation (GLF).
A new realm embraced me when I became a World Bank/infoDev-accredited Facilitator for the Women Innovators of the Caribbean Acceleration Program in Trinidad and Tobago. As of that moment I became a part of a unique and powerful network of like-minded change-makers bent on empowering other Caribbean Women and Women in general.
I hold a Master of Arts Degree in Leadership and Organization (Malmö University, Sweden), a Post Graduate Diploma in International Relations (UWI) and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Spanish (UWI). I also possess advanced certification in Project Management (University of New Orleans), Professional Adult Training (Loyola University), Business Incubator Management (World Bank/infoDev) and Professional Coaching with the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC).