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Derek L.A. Smith

Derek L.A. Smith is a former Career Development Officer for the Department of Workforce Development and brings an extensive wealth of local and international skills and experience. He originated as a Consultant to spear-head the transition of the then, Department Labour & Training into a One-Stop Career Center.  Mr. Smith was previously an Executive Director for The Bermuda Careers Centre, a quango founded in 2002 as a One Stop Career Centre and education resource for young & mature career seekers, including parents and educators for the Ministry of Education. This amalgamated with the Department of Labour & Training in 2011.

Derek is a Certified Global Career Development Facilitator and Government Certified Facilitator for Leadership and Customer Service. He has extensive experience in Human Resources, Career Development, Career and Life Coaching, Counseling, Assessments and Training.

He has held Human Resource Management positions at Bermuda Hospitals Board, American Automobile Associate of Southern New England, Rhode Island, The Westin Hotel Providence, Rhode Island, McDonald’s Corporation, Massachusetts and the Urban League of Rhode Island.

Mr. Smith has had a broad professional exposure, liaising with Local, State and Federal Governments in the United States serving as a key resource for the U.S. Department of Labor in assisting the Federal Government with their Workforce Development, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA) compliance mandates in the Northeast Region.


Erwin Lightbourne

Erwin Lightbourne describes himself as a life-long learner.  Throughout his educational journey, he has obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems, a Master of Education, a teaching certification, an online and distance learning qualification, and an MBA.  He firmly believes in education, professional development, and skillsets training. His professional qualifications span job roles as an IT technician, computer support specialist, teacher, supervisor, manager, and small business owner.  Mr. Lightbourne spends the majority of his time learning, consulting, and training.  Mr. Lightbourne believes there is always more to learn, and that we can always learn from one another.


Shawnette Somner

Shawnette Somner boasts four decades of expertise as an educator and facilitator, notably founding The Etiquette Class for Girls in 2002. She holds certifications as a Leadership Coach, Speaker, and Trainer, bringing a wealth of knowledge to her endeavors. As a dedicated mother of two adult sons, Shawnette balances her professional commitments with family life. Her hobbies include singing, writing, and traveling. Shawnette is deeply passionate about empowering individuals to achieve their aspirations, guiding them with determination, patience, and a touch of humor, one step at a time.


Candice Lambe

With over a decade of corporate leadership and Talent Acquisition expertise, Candice Lambe brings a warm and engaging approach to her work. Her skill set goes beyond the ordinary, encompassing Talent Sourcing, Program Development, Training, Consulting, and a deep understanding of organizational infrastructure and forecasting.

Throughout her career, Candice has had the privilege of touching the lives of thousands of job seekers and consultants. She has fostered meaningful connections and built lasting partnerships with hundreds of organizations across Bermuda and the United States of America.


Dee J. Simmons

Founder and CEO of Personal Reflections, a personal development training company. Dee J. Simmons specializes in Emotional Intelligence, Image Awareness, Personal & Business Etiquette, and Customer Amenity training of individuals, corporate, governmental and social groups. In additional, She is skilled in organization and coordination using the methodologies of PRINCE2 Project Management. Dee implemented Emotional Intelligence Workshops in a Local charity “Dare to Be” a rehabilitation program for disenfranchised individuals. She has also conducted image awareness and development workshops throughout Bermuda and overseas for various organizations including The Mirrors Program, Bermuda Employers Council, Creative Computer Services – Bermuda; City of Atlanta’s Community Cyber Centers, Atlanta’s Department of Labor, Georgia Center of Disease Control and, Fulton County Public School Systems – Georgia. A dedicated and dynamic educator, certified trainer and Project coordinator whom advocates interactive and symbiotic learning development, is authorized and competent to educate and mobilize the learner’s transition to top level performance. Her unique method of sharing, organization, and managing abilities allow her to instill relative processes individuals are able to utilize to encourage positive changes not only within their organization, but equally in their personal lives.


Lorna McGowan

Lorna McGowan is a multi-talented individual with a diverse international education and professional background. She has a wealth of experience that spans the public, private and non-profit sectors. Lorna is a highly knowledgeable and skilled learning and development specialist who has excellent interpersonal skills, strong abilities in designing, conducting, and implementing training and educational programs. Throughout her career and personal life, Lorna has always had a love of helping, motivating and empowering others to go beyond where they currently are by equipping and assisting them to achieve their highest potential. Her dedication in anything that she does is at the core of her approach that brings about positive, dynamic results beneficial to both individuals and organisations.


Patrice Frith Hayward

Patrice is the past Learning and Development Specialist at Fairmont Southampton (Bermuda). Starting with The Bermuda Employers Council in 2009, she eventually launched Level Up Professional Development, designing and facilitating personal and professional development programs. Clients comprise the PACE division at Bermuda College, Digicel Bermuda, Liberty Group (Belco), Bermuda Tourism Authority, Bermuda Government departments, including The National Training Board, Department of  Workforce Development, banks, corporate entities, private businesses and schools. A Life Coach, passionate about women’s empowerment, Patrice is a former Executive Director of The Women’s Resource Centre and Founder of ‘Emerge! Coaching’. She has served as Motivational Speaker for countless women’s events, conferences and graduations. A Group Travel Planner, Author and Playwright/Producer, she is a Vlogger and also hosts Grown Folk Talk… with Patrice – a television Talk Show on Channel 82 Bermuda and is the former host of Real Women. Real Talk with Patrice on Magic 102.7 FM radio.