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CNN journalist Irvine Audrey to headline Women’s Leadership Breakfast in New York


The inaugural Women’s Leadership Breakfast Awards, scheduled during the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Caribbean Week in New York, will feature Emmy award-winning journalist Audrey Irvine from CNN as the headline speaker. 

The event will take place on Wednesday, June 19.

Pioneering women honored in tourism

Organized under the stewardship of Rosa Harris, the Cayman Islands Director of Tourism and this year’s Chairman of the CTO Board of Directors, the ceremony will recognize the contributions of exceptional women in Caribbean tourism leadership. 

Awards will be distributed across three prestigious categories: the Director of Tourism Award 2024, the Minister of Tourism Award 2024—both of which are selected by industry peers—and the Secretary-General’s Distinguished Service Award. 

The latter honors a female leader with over 20 years in the sector, celebrating her significant contributions and her role in inspiring other women in the industry.

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A platform for inspirational leaders

The awards ceremony is not just a recognition event but also a beacon of inspiration, as noted by Harris. 

She highlighted the importance of Audrey Irvine’s presence, praising her as a symbol of achievement and a source of motivation for women and girls across the Caribbean and its diaspora.

The event will also feature addresses from both Harris and Dona Regis-Prosper, the CTO Secretary-General and CEO.

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A legacy of excellence and service

Audrey Irvine stands as a testament to the power of Caribbean heritage and professional excellence.

Raised in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands by Jamaican parents, Irvine has cultivated a distinguished career in media spanning over 30 years, with roles at CNN, ESPN, and ABC News. 

Her leadership at CNN Newsource has been pivotal in shaping the network’s coverage across various platforms.

Irvine’s work, especially her coverage of pivotal events such as the George Floyd protests and Hurricane Katrina, has earned her prestigious accolades including an Emmy and a Peabody Award.

A tribute to Caribbean roots

Irvine’s upcoming speech at the Caribbean Week is set to inspire a wave of recognition and empowerment among Caribbean women of excellence. 

She shared that her achievements are a beacon of pride for her Caribbean roots and the enduring influence of her late mother, a Caribbean woman of distinction herself.

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