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  • Melissa Noel: From Inspiration to Impact - My Path To Becoming An Award Winning Journalist

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    On this episode of the WOW Show, Vernaire is joined by the exceptional multimedia journalist and media entrepreneur, Melissa Noel. Melissa has made a significant impact in the news media and travel industry, focusing on the Caribbean and the Global Black diaspora. As the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Mel&N Media, Melissa specializes in strategic communications, creative storytelling, and multimedia production, helping to amplify diverse voices globally.An accomplished international correspondent, Melissa holds roles such as Contributing News and Politics Editor at ESSENCE Magazine and Caribbean Community Editor at Documented NY. She is also a Pulitzer Center grantee, an Ethel Payne International Reporting Fellow, and co-chair of the National Association of Black Journalists’ global journalism task force.In this episode, you will learn about:The power of strategic storytellingNavigating and succeeding in the media industryAmplifying diverse voices and equitable representationMelissa’s journey as a global journalistIf you're seeking inspiration and insight into the media landscape, this episode is a must-listen. Melissa’s story will educate, motivate, and inspire you.Episode ResourcesWoW on InstagramWoW on FacebookWoW on TikTokWoW on YoutubeVernaire Bass on InstagramMelissa Noel on Instagram

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  • 10. Riselle Celestina: Discovering Destinations & Destinies - My Journery as a Caribbean Content Creator & Motivational Coach

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    On this episode of the W.O.W Show, Vernaire is joined by the remarkable Caribbean Content Creator and Motivational Coach, Riselle Celestina. Based in St. Maarten, Riselle is renowned for her travel and lifestyle content through her brand, The Travelling Island Girl. Originally from Curaçao, she started her blog at 40 to empower women through travel and promote the Caribbean.After a life-changing event in 2022, Riselle began her inspirational series, Island Girl Awakening. She has hosted women's retreats and is planning another in December. Her upcoming book, “The Ultimate Guide to St. Maarten,” is part of her rebranding effort to create a community for women seeking inspiration, empowerment, and sisterhood.In this episode, you will learn about:The importance of saying NO!How changing your mindset can change your worldWhy it is important to live for youThe benefits of solo travel and more…If you're seeking inspiration and motivation, this episode is a must-listen. Riselle’s story will empower, inspire, and uplift you.Episode ResourcesWoW on InstagramWoW on FacebookWoW on TikTokWoW on YoutubeVernaire Bass on InstagramRiselle Celestina on Instagram
  • 9. Hon. Jahnel Nisbett: From Passion to Purpose - My Unconventional Journey Into Politics

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    On this episode of the W.O.W Show, Vernaire is joined by the dynamic young female politician from Nevis. Born in Anguilla to Nevisian-Kittitian parents, Jahnel has dedicated her life to volunteerism, activism, and positive social change. From her work with NGOs like the Red Cross to co-founding the Nevis Youth Careers Expo and Dutty Up Yuh Fingah, her commitment to community service is truly inspiring.Hon. Jahnel Nisbett's accolades include the prestigious Nevis Island Administration Youth Impact 12 Award, and she has also served as a CARICOM Youth Ambassador and participant in the US Embassy Women in Politics Leadership Institute Programme. Before her current role, she was the youngest Executive Director of the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society and a passionate secondary school teacher.Now, as a Senator and the Minister of Health, Gender Affairs, and Social Empowerment in the Nevis Island Administration, Jahnel continues to lead with integrity and passion. Her story, from humble beginnings to becoming one of the youngest female politicians in Nevis, is a testament to hard work, determination, and a positive mindset.In this episode, you will learn about:The importance of understanding and embracing historyHow to be a great leaderBreaking generational cyclesUsing your humble beginnings as motivationThe importance of youth advocacyIf you're seeking inspiration and motivation, this episode is a must-listen. Jahnel's story will empower and uplift you, offering invaluable insights for your own journey.Episode ResourcesWoW on InstagramWoW on FacebookWoW on TikTokWoW on YoutubeVernaire Bass on InstagramHon. Jahnel Nisbett on Instagram
  • 8. Sandra York-Gumbs: Championing Education & Faith

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    On this episode of the W.O.W Show, Vernaire is joined by the esteemed educator and philanthropist Ms. Sandra York-Gumbs, who hails from the beautiful island of St. Kitts. Mrs. Sandra York-Gumbs is an accomplished educator, leader, business manager, and woman of faith. Originally from St. Kitts, she taught in Catholic schools before moving to Anguilla, where she continued her teaching career and later transitioned to a public service role.Motivated by a passion for education, she founded the Comprehensive Learning Centre (CLC) in 2002, providing diverse learning opportunities for Anguilla’s community. Celebrating 22 years, CLC has significantly impacted the local educational landscape.Join us as Sandra shares her incredible journey filled with faith, hope, determination, and dedication. From battling an ongoing ear infection as a child, to moving to Anguilla and establishing her learning centre, to losing her husband to a brain tumour — her story is nothing short of WOW!In this episode, you will learn:How to create your own laneHow to live a life of faithHow to remain hopeful during times of adversityHow to get over the loss of loved ones and manage your griefHow to successfully transition from living in one place to moving to the nextIf you're seeking inspiration and motivation, this episode is a must-listen. Sandra's story will empower and uplift you, offering invaluable insights for your own journey.Episode ResourcesWoW on InstagramWoW on FacebookWoW on TikTokWoW on YoutubeVernaire Bass on InstagramSandra York-Gumbs on Instagram
  • 7. Charla Hobson: Style Your Lifestyle - A Journey Through Life & Fashion

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    On this episode of the W.O.W Show, Vernaire is joined by the pioneering fashion designer and personal stylist Charla Hobson, who hails from the beautiful island of Anguilla. Charla Hobson is a powerhouse in Style Coaching, Personal Styling, and Learning & Development. Her mission is to uplift, empower, and inspire women everywhere. Charla encourages women to embrace their unique style as a form of self-care and self-realisation. She passionately believes in the transformative power of personal style and champions authenticity and joy in every fashion choice. Her expertise helps women create purposeful wardrobes that align with their lifestyles, boosting confidence and empowerment every day.Join us as Charla shares her incredible journey filled with fearlessness, inspiration, and motivation. From launching her own fashion line and producing fashion shows while still in school, to overcoming the challenges of completing college with two pregnancies, to facing personal losses and ultimately emerging as a celebrated fashion stylist—her story is nothing short of WOW!In this episode, you will learn:How to create your own laneHow to think outside the box irrespective of your environmentHow to dig deep and finish what you startedHow to get over the loss of loved ones and manage your griefHow to successfully transition from living in one place to moving to the nextIf you're seeking inspiration and motivation, this episode is a must-listen. Charla's story will empower and uplift you, offering invaluable insights for your own journey.Episode ResourcesWoW on InstagramWoW on FacebookWoW on TikTokWoW on YoutubeVernaire Bass on InstagramCharla Hobson on Instagram
  • 6. Avern Richardson: The Power of Strategic Encounters - Putting God First In Life & Business

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    On this episode of the W.O.W Show, Vernaire is joined by the purpose troubleshooter Avern Richardson, who hails from the beautiful island of Anguilla. As the CEO of the Strategic Encounters Agency, Avern specialises in creating strategic solutions for innovative entrepreneurs aiming to streamline, systemise, and scale their businesses with purpose-led strategies. Guided by biblical principles, she leverages her beliefs, skills, and life experiences to empower Kingdom marketplace leaders, fostering their growth in leadership and business acceleration.On this episode, Avern shares an inspiring journey filled with triumph, determination, and resilience. From her courageous decision to attend school part-time while pursuing a career as a professional tennis player, to overcoming the challenges of COVID-19, and embarking on a successful, albeit reluctant, entrepreneurial path—Avern's story is a testament to her indomitable spirit.If you're seeking motivation and a confidence boost, you should definitely listen to this episode. Avern's story will empower and uplift you, offering invaluable insights and inspiration for your own journey. In this interview, you will learn:How to fearlessly pursue her dreamsHow to acknowledge and embrace strategic encounters How to think bigHow to overcome bullyingHow to live a life of integrity and purposeHow to prioritise God in your life and businessEpisode ResourcesWoW on InstagramWoW on FacebookWoW on TikTokWoW on YoutubeVernaire Bass on InstagramAvern Richardson on Instagram
  • 5. Quincia Gumbs-Marie: Fierce and Fearless - The Story of a Young Female Politician

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    On this episode of the W.O.W Show, Vernaire is joined by the fierce and fearless young politician, the Hon. Quincia Gumbs-Marie, from Anguilla.Quincia’s career exemplifies a strong commitment to advancing sustainability in Anguilla, promoting a just transition that aligns economic development with environmental preservation. Renowned for her powerful public speaking, Quincia is a passionate advocate for climate action and women’s rights.In a male-dominated field, Quincia often finds herself as the youngest and only female in the room, facing challenges to be heard and taken seriously. Yet, she tackles these obstacles with unwavering determination and resilience. Her journey is a testament to the power of perseverance, self-belief, and the importance of lifting up other women along the way. Quincia’s story is not just about breaking barriers, but about setting new standards and creating opportunities for future female leaders.So, if you’re looking for motivation and a boost in self-confidence, Quincia’s story will empower and uplift you.In this interview, you will learn:The power of resilience and confidenceWhy humility is crucial for leadershipThe importance of women supporting womenHow to assert your presence in any settingStrategies to overcome scepticism and doubtHow to maintain self-belief in the face of adversityEpisode ResourcesWoW on InstagramWoW on FacebookWoW on TikTokWoW on YoutubeVernaire Bass on InstagramQuincia Gumbs Marie on Instagram