V.I. Labor Department hosting employment symposium on St. Thomas, St. Croix
Published: September 18, 2013
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ST. CROIX - With the recent downturn in the economy causing business closures and layoffs, thousands of residents are actively job-hunting or contemplating starting a business of their own, and the V.I. Labor Department is hosting a symposium that they believe will better prepare residents for the changing workplace.
The V.I. Labor Department 2013 Motivational, Empowerment and Employment Connection Symposium will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday in the University of the Virgin Islands Great Hall on St. Croix and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center on St. Thomas.
The symposium was opened to the general community, but it also is mandatory for individuals who are enrolled in the unemployment benefits program, especially those whose benefits are coming close to an end, Labor spokeswoman Cindy Richardson said Tuesday.
The main motivational speaker at both symposiums will be professor, author and speaker Devin Robinson, who will make his presentation then will be available for questions from the participants.
Robinson, a native of St. Thomas and the great-great-grandson of a runaway slave, is a newspaper columnist, social activist, author, professor and the founder of Going Against the Grain Group.
He joined the U.S. Army at age 17 after being offered an ultimatum by a juvenile court judge following a string of felony charges and a near-death police brutality incident. As an Airborne paratrooper, he completed his service as a highly decorated non-commissioned officer in 1998 and has since made speaking appearances on topics including parenting, business, motivation, leadership and the black reconciliation.
Robinson is scheduled to speak from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. today on St. Croix and from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Friday on St. Thomas.
The symposium also will include topics such as "Where the Jobs Are"; "How to Prepare for the Changing Workforce"; "Starting Your Own Business" and "Your Number One Asset.
Presenters will include local motivators and business owners, who will be sharing their own experiences and professional expertise on the topics that all focus on rapid re-employment.
- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.