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10-Minute Manager – Janelle Edwards


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10-Minute Manager – Janelle Edwards

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Janelle Edwards is marketing officer Barbados Museum& Historical Society.

Are you where you’ve always wanted to be?

No, I am not where I ‘always’ wanted to be but I am clearly beginning to see that I am actually where I am supposed to be.

But even in saying that I know this is just the beginning of my journey.

I have always been passionate about helping people and in my current role I get to expose the wonderful work of the Barbados Museum and engaging Barbadians to actively engage with their history.

 What is your biggest professional challenge?

I am a child of the night, and after only a couple hours of rest I am on my laptop at home responding to emails as if it were nine a.m.

Knowing when to call it quits for the night is my biggest professional challenge.

 What is your biggest life challenge?

Making 48 hours out of a 24-hour day, I have several other business interests, so when I leave the office around five p.m. it’s straight into another ‘job’.

Finding time to do all the things I enjoy while still trying to live in the moment is one of my current challenges.

 When you look to the future, what do you see?

Personally, I see more Barbadians taking an active role to preserve our heritage through seeking knowledge about who we are as a people and what that represents.

I have met several Barbadians who are pleasantly surprised by the work of the Museum and have since developed an ongoing relationship with the institution.

As a non-profit entity, the Museum needs more ‘heritage champions’ to spread the word about the importance of preserving and conserving our heritage for future generations of Barbadians.

 What is your favourite pastime?

Writing. For as long as I can remember, I have always had a love affair with words.

I enjoy telling stories and for me writing is therapeutic.

 What is your favourite meal?

Favourite meal? Meals! I love saltfish and rice, roast breadfruit and saltfish buljol, curry goat with peas and rice and beef stew.

Okay, it is obvious my strong Vincentian upbringing has a lot to do with my food choices.

 On Saturday nights where are you likely to be?

Writing a chapter for my soon to be released e-book, or taking a course in digital marketing.

Of course. during the ‘sweetest summer festival’ I am likely taking in the very best of the Crop Over offerings.

 What upsets you the most?

Unwillingness to accept and adapt to change.

I cannot stress enough that change is inevitable and it can be the best life teacher if you approach it with an open mind.

Sometimes, we automatically go to the negative where ‘change’ is involved but in fact, oftentimes change can make our lives much better.

 What is your guiding philosophy?

Family is everything. I have a big family, and I wake up each day, giving thanks for them and my awesome friends! My family has always encouraged me to pursue my dreams and for that I am eternally grateful.

 If you had the chance to manage Barbados for a day, what would you do?

First, I would encourage my fellow Barbadians doing phenomenal things to choose a young person and mentor them for the day. Sometimes, we often overlook the impact of a few kind, motivating words.

Next on my agenda, I would revise the school curriculum at both the primary and secondary levels to include a class that is solely focused on developing creativity and innovativeness.

I believe that within the right enabling environment that our upcoming generations can be the source of phenomenal technologies that help to make Barbados and the world a better place.

But, we must teach our children to first think outside the box and provide an environment where their ideas are challenged and encouraged to blossom.

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