Tuesday 8th March 2022 is celebrated worldwide as International Women’s Day. This year, the TDC Group of Companies has chosen to highlight six (6) of its long serving female employees, who have each carved their place as outstanding leaders.
Mrs. Veron Walters-Chapman, Supervisor, TDC Inventory Department (Nevis), Ms. Maritza Bowry, Group Finance Director, Ms. Belinda Claxton, Assistant Manager, TDC Home and Building Depot (Nevis), Mrs. Rubercilla Jeffers, Underwriting Supervisor, TDC Insurance Company Limited (St. Kitts), Ms. Linda Huggins, Credit and Contracts Administration Manager, and Mrs. Charlene Stapleton, Group Chief Internal Auditor, were singled out for their contribution to the advancement of the Group and more so for their leadership attributes.
In their own words, each employee spoke of their journey, beliefs, and how they have helped to shape the development of the company, by making a positive difference, as women performing in roles traditionally held by men.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I joined TDC in 1990 as a cashier. I have climbed the corporate ladder and today, I am the Supervisor of the Inventory Department. I would encourage other young women to be strong, love your job and do your work to the best of your ability. You too can become exceptional leaders!”
Mrs Veron Walters, Supervisor, TDC Inventory Department (Nevis)
“This year the theme for International Women’s Day, “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow” is relevant, as we navigate our unique paths to achieve our goals, whilst striving for excellence. I encourage all women to remain focused, committed and dedicated in pursuit of their dreams. Having served the company for over 25 years, it is indeed a privilege and honour to be the first female to hold the position of Finance Director of the TDC Group of Companies.”
Ms Maritza Bowry, Group Finance Director
“I have been with TDC for over 32 years. Starting as an Accounts Clerk, I have worked in several departments including Accounts, Business Equipment and Airlines. Today, I am the Assistant Manager of the Home and Building Depot, Nevis. I am proud to have contributed to breaking the glass ceiling that has long been held over women. I encourage all women to set standards. Accept the things you cannot change, change the things you can and seek wisdom to know the difference. There is no limit to what we can accomplish as women.”
Ms Belinda Claxton, Assistant Manager, TDC Home and Building Depot (Nevis) Limited
“A woman is the full circle, within her, is the power to create, nurture and transform” – Diane Mariechid
“Kudos to ALL women on this International Women’s Day. I wish to celebrate with us on the contributions we have made to society over the years and how we have triumphed through the difficulties which have brought us thus far. Despite gender inequalities we as women continue to beat all odds. Over 24 years ago I joined TDC as an Administrative Secretary. I am now the Underwriting Supervisor at TDC Insurance.”
“Let us all continue to excel in our given spheres of influence, trusting God knowing that we can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us”
Mrs Rubercilla Jeffers, Underwriting Supervisor, TDC Insurance Company Limited
“Leadership comes naturally to us women as we are born with all the characteristics in our DNA. Leadership and womanhood require nurturing, guidance, patience, a sense of teamwork, the willingness to teach, the acceptance of failure and the humbleness of success. I joined TDC over 40 years ago as an Accounts Clerk, and today I sit as the Manager of the Credit Department. I encourage all women in the workforce to stand your grounds and apply yourself to achieving whatever you desire. Always remember to have your notepad, with your notes to refer to!”
Ms Linda Huggins, Credit and Contracts Administration Manager
“I am honoured to be recognized as a professional woman in leadership who seeks to uphold the theme of this year’s celebration of International Women’s Day. I have been with the Company for 35 years, starting as an Assistant Accountant. I am now the Group Chief Internal Auditor. My favourite quote to share on International Women’s Day is- “A Woman who walks with God will always fulfill her destiny”. Happy International Women’s Day to all the women in TDC. Whatever role you play, serve conscientiously and with integrity.”
Mrs Charlene Stapleton, Group Internal Auditor
Women are powerful agents of change and drivers of progress for everyone. TDC salutes you for your leadership and wish you continued success.
Picture: Ms. Maritza Bowry, TDC Group Finance Director