Nakeeta Nembhard is the current President of the JN Toastmasters Club and previously served the Club as Vice President, Public Relations and Vice President, Membership. She joined the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) in October 2013 and shortly after, became a member of the JN Toastmasters Club.
Since joining the JN Toastmasters Club, Nakeeta’s already confident public speaking skills have been further enhanced. She completed the first designation of the Toastmasters programme, Competent Communicator, in only four months in 2014 and completed the Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB) designation in June 2016. She has also sought to improve her leadership skills and completed the Toastmasters’ Competent Leader (CL) and Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB) status in good time.
She was selected as Toastmaster of the Year for 2014-2015 by the JN Toastmasters Club and was also awarded Toastmaster of the Year for Division B, District 81.
Nakeeta, who describes herself as a development practitioner, is a Business Development and Research Specialist with the JNBS Business Development and Research Unit and has worked closely with the team coordinating the reorganisation of the JN Group and the conversion of the building society to a commercial bank. Prior to this, she served in numerous capacities at Jamaica’s national trade and investment promotion agency, Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), formerly Jamaica Trade and Invest. At JAMPRO, she was a key member of the Planning and Policy Development team charged with the design of the agency’s strategic plan, which provides the strategic direction for national trade and investment initiatives.
While at JAMPRO, Nakeeta spearheaded the development of the organisation’s digital media strategy. She was also a key member of a number of major initiatives implemented by JAMPRO, including Jamaica’s participation in World Expo Shanghai 2010 and Jamaica’s National Olympic House at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
Prior to her stint at JAMPRO, Nakeeta served in various capacities on a number of national research projects including the National Energy Policy consultations and the Summative Evaluation of specific projects under the Jamaica Social Investment Fund carried out in conjunction with the World Bank and Oxford Policy Management.