Symposium unleashes JA Guam potential

Thursday, October 12, 2017 – HYATT REGENCY GUAM, Tumon, Guam

Eleven speakers presented topics on Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurship and Work Readiness during the professional development symposium entitled “Your Future Unleashed” at the Hyatt Regency Guam. 

Keynote Speaker Vivian Lau, President of JA Asia Pacific enlightened the audience with her presentation on Activating Youth for the Future of Work and answered an array of questions from local entrepreneurs, business representatives, teachers, students and continued dialogue with numerous inquiries throughout the day.  The event was graced by the presence of Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio and a resolution by the 34th Guam Legislature presented by Senator Regine Lee. 

The event included a panel of high profiled business executives including Andrew Gayle, GTA Teleguam; David Tydingco, Valley of the Latte; Bruce Kloppenburg, Kloppenburg Enterprise and Bart Jackson of Hotel Santa Fe.  University of Guam’s Manny Hechanova and Dr. Karri Perez presented on separate topics.   Hechanova delivered Data Analytics’ business insight and intelligence on your numbers while Dr. Perez discussed Project Management understanding risks, building strategies and executing them seamlessly.  GEDA Administrator Jay Rojas provided the business insights topic, know your role in the island’s business economy.

The afternoon session featured Vincent Camacho of Camacho Calvo Law Group with Impact on Your Business as he spoke about organizing your business legal and tax structure.  Archway Inc.’s Mika Gibson interacted through coaching and teambuilding skills for entrepreneurs showing the group how to inspire their team and build commitment.  Dan Fitzgerald of Deloitte addressed the mechanics on how to protect your business from fraud.  Ms. Lau returned to the main venue with a presentation on the right business model and non-linear thinking while Meg Tyquiengco wrapped up the full day session with know yourself, know your social style and thanked all participants, speakers and the organizing committee for their commitment in ensuring a successful event.

The event supports Junior Achievement Guam, a member of JA Worldwide and Asia Pacific, endeavors to continue programs that teach students about the three pillars they represent.  They conduct programs such as More than Money for elementary students, The Global Marketplace for Middle Schools and the after-school Company Program for High School students through mentors in cooperation with professional business entities, Guam Department of Education, Catholic Schools Education and the Guam Community College DECA program.  Furthermore, they have pitched their desire to host the 2020 JA Asia Pacific Company of the Year Competition on Guam in conjunction with the celebration of their 45th anniversary.

The event was presented by Guam Economic Development Authority with support from Core Tech, Bank of Guam, Bank of Hawaii, Triple J Enterprise, United, Ada’s Trust and Investment Inc., GTA and Xerox.

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