10-MINUTE MANAGER: Jenell Weekes
Jenell Weekes is owner of JT’s Innovation Inc.
Are you where you’ve always wanted to be?
Yes, I have a job that I absolutely love – which makes it feels more like a hobby than a job to me. I am comfortable here, I can be true to myself and this field also allows me utilise my creativity. However, my tenacious spirit makes me want more. Thankfully, I am heading in the right direction and making strides towards all my future goals, so therefore by no means does my journey end here.
What is your biggest professional challenge?
Making a namefor myself in a market dominated by big players was indeed a challenge. What is your biggest life challenge? I am a surviving burn victim from a very abusive relationship. The abuse led me to be hospitalised for several months where I required extensive therapy before I became a functioning and productive member of society again. In addition, I lost my mom a few months ago who has been my foundation and inspiration all my life. Though both of these experiences have been tragic and devastating, losing my mom has been the worst.
When you look to the future what do you see?
Eventually, I see JT’s Innovation Inc. as the go-to company for anyone looking at having an event – whether it be weddings, parties, floral arrangements, décor for all occasions, gift baskets or any type of function. I would like to place more emphasis on wedding and interior decorating, where I would be able to offer all-inclusive packages to suit the client’s needs. As the company grows, so will our services which would lead to a direct increase in our clientele as well. JT’s will definitely be one of the companies of choice for anyone shopping in this market.
What is your favourite pastime?
I absolutely love to shop!
What is your favourite meal?
My all-time favorite would be stir fried vegetables and chicken!
On Saturday nights where are you likely to be?
As unbelievable as this may sound, I am typically at home watching television or working.
What upsets you the most?
Bullying and cyber-bullying is a major pet peeve – especially knowing that the impact of bullying can last longer than the bullying itself.
What is your guiding philosophy?
Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
If you had the chance to manage Barbados for a day, what would you do?
I would implement a policy where teachers are paid more. Dealing with students in the 21st century is more challenging than it was before and teachers not only have to plan lessons around students’ various problems/limitations,but they have to grade them and they also have a major parental role to play as well. Higher salaries would make teachers feel more appreciated, encourage them to pursue graduate degrees and the system would also attract more teachers who are highly experience and educated, which increases the quality of education ultimately leading to a better society.