The Jamaica National Group launched its JN Speakers’ Bureau website – – at a recent JN Toastmasters Club meeting, held at the JN Bank’s chief office. The first of its kind for a corporate entity, the bureau features JN speakers and presenters from across its group of companies, locally and overseas, and the JN Foundation.

JN Group CEO Earl Jarrett wanted to provide opportunities for JN Toastmasters, who had achieved the Toastmasters International Competent Communicator designation, to use their presentation expertise to promote the JN values and brand.

“At JN, we have always supported people in communities in which we operate, and our staff members play a critical role in this regard,” Jarrett pointed out. “Locally and in the Jamaican diaspora, they actively provide assistance and volunteer their time. We were moved to create this bureau, through which our employees can inform and educate others.”

Distinguished Toastmaster Karen Oliver, an employee on the site, is currently the JN Toastmaster of the Year; and Toastmaster of the Year in the Division B, District 81, which comprises clubs in Jamaica, the Turks & Caicos Islands and the Cayman Islands.

Other members of the JN Toastmasters Club, located in Kingston; and the JN Articulators Club, located at the JN Financial Services Centre at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, are also part of the JN Speakers’ Bureau.

Tanya Pringle, senior manager, corporate communications, pointed out that as the concept of the speakers’ bureau evolved, it was decided to move beyond members of the Toastmasters Clubs to include other key personnel in the JN Group.

“That inclusive approach allowed us access to executives, subsidiary general managers, chief representative officers in our overseas markets, and other JN personnel with expertise in a wide range of subject areas,” Pringle explained.



She noted that the website lists a cadre of JN representatives with diverse expertise in the areas of mortgage, insurance, retirement planning, financial literacy, customer service, cybersecurity and education.

“We therefore encourage business associations, service clubs, educational institutions and other entities to visit the JN Speakers, Bureau website, where they can identify speakers who can make presentations relative to their specific needs,” Pringle stated.

She pointed out that the JN Speakers’ Bureau website is technically designed to assist persons to quickly identify a speaker who can address subjects related to their company or organisation.

The ‘Request A Speaker’ form will guide interested persons to identify and request expert JN speakers, who are located in different parishes across the country; in the United Kingdom; Toronto, Canada; Florida, USA; as well as the Cayman Islands.

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