September 30, 2023



Linden Mayor included in (25IWLA) selection

Linden Mayor Waneka Arrindell, is one of the 25 distinguished women selected for the Influential Women Leaders Awards (25IWLA), which is organized by the NICO Consulting Inc and CERULEAN Incorporated. Another Lindener included in the selection is Chief Executive Officer of Ready Set Grow, Sancha Halley. The other selections are Abeena Gomes, Anju Vivekanandaraj, Candace Forde, Deepa Sukha, Elizabeth Cox, Elsie A. Harry, Gabriella Xavier, Hazel Vanessa Munroe, Jamicia McCalman, Joyce Whyte-Chin, Karen Williams, Kimberly Manbodh, Marilyn Greene, Marva Langevine, Omattie Madray, Pamela Vaughn, Patricee Douglas, Renatha Exeter, Sonya Forrester, Stephanie Simon, Theresa Jn-Jules-Wilson, Valini Leitch and Vanessa Glasgow.

These women are being honored for their passion and commitment to uplifting the business sector, their communities and society. The 25 Influential Women Leaders Awards (25IWLA) were inaugurated in 2019 by the dynamic team of female leaders and entrepreneurs in their own right, Michelle A. Nicholas of The NICO Consulting, Inc. and Lyndell Danzie-Black of CERULEAN

This year’s recipients range from community leaders and CEOs to small business entrepreneurs and nonprofit social advocates, all of whom will be recognised for moving their companies and communities forward. 

While more than 350 people attended the inaugural gala in 2019, this year’s event will take the form of a smaller, vaccinated-only in-person gala on Saturday October 23rd at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre and an expansive presentation on live television and on social media platforms.  Adding his congratulations, Lloyd Bart, CEO of Symmetry Brokerage and Logistics, the event’s Presenting Sponsor, shared the thought that “for far too long, women have been putting in the work to help shape our economic landscape, they are the backbone of our homes, our families, our communities. Symmetry is proud to be part of a network ensuring that an environment is fostered to recognize the achievements and contributions of women across the region.”

22 of the 25 Women selected for the 25IWLA

Joining in congratulating the deserving 2021 recipients, Nadine Moore, Training Coordinator/Diversity and Inclusion Representative at SBM Offshore – which is a VIP sponsor – said, “SBM Offshore recognises the significant role that these awardees have played in creating and fostering an enabling environment for women and girls to be empowered. They have demonstrated through their work, leadership, social conscience and women’s empowerment causes that women can and do make a difference. Their collective actions have contributed to creating a better society, and it is only fitting that these efforts are recognised. As an equal opportunity employer, SBM Offshore is extremely proud to be associated with this event and extends best wishes to the nominees.”

As the only forum for showcasing the immense contributions of women to our society, 25IWLA aims to recognize women leaders who have achieved successes in a wide range of fields, redress the underrepresentation of women and transform how women leaders are viewed in Guyana by highlighting their value, achievements and contributions. 25 Influential Women Leaders is the only award of its kind in Guyana to focus on women from a variety of sectors, rather than in a single industry, making the award a unique and important milestone in the recognition of women as leaders.

Additional sponsorship support from companies recognizing the contributions of these outstanding women leaders was received from our key returning sponsor Exxon Mobil Guyana and media sponsor, the Small Business Bureau, while several other entities are finalising their input to contribute to this premier event.

All of Guyana is invited to join in LIVE on the 25 Influential Women Leaders Award Facebook Page @25Influentialwomenleadersaward on Saturday October 23rd at 6:30 p.m. to cheer on these exemplary women as they are recognized for their sterling contributions to Guyana.

For more information about event attendance via social media and event sponsorship, visit the 25 Influential Women Leaders Award Facebook page @25Influentialwomenleadersaward, call 592.661.4838/592.674.0469 /592.647.8100, or email