The INSPIRE Group was formed by like minded Bahamians whose goal is to motivate, encourage and create opportunities for young Bahamians to succeed educationally, personally and professionally. Our group is comprised of successful Bahamian professionals committed to the mission of helping others reach their full potential.
Our members and volunteers are Bahamians who have been fortunate to realize a full measure of success in their business or profession which allows them to give back in service to our community. Passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of others, and recognizing the strength gained from combined and unified efforts, we have formed INSPIRE.
Our commitment is to give back through our time, our skills, and our resources, to help create pathways for success. We particularly hope to reach those limited by their personal circumstances, or whose development and success might be impeded by factors which they find challenging to overcome.
Our own success is a credit to those who encouraged, mentored and inspired us. As Warren Buffett famously stated, ‘We are sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.’ We believe it is now our turn to pay it forward.
We are pleased to feature, each quarter, a young Bahamian whose focus, ambition and achievement serve as great examples for other young Bahamians. Previously featured INSPIRING YOUNG BAHAMIANS can be found at the PAST FEATURES tab on the Home Page. Please contact info@Inspirebahamas.com if you would like to recommend someone to be featured.
Giveton Gelin is a 20 year old self-taught jazz musician blazing a trail as a trumpeter, composer and band leader in New York. Despite limited opportunities to pursue his musical passion in The Bahamas, Giveton was focused and determined. He was also fortunate to have received encouragement and support of mentors along the way. Giveton has already distinguished himself as a musician to admire, and one to watch for the future.
Since the age of 10, Giveton taught himself how to play the trumpet simply by emulating what he heard on his favorite records. Despite years of self-tutelage, it wasn't until Giveton was thirteen years old and saw Bahamian double bass player Adrian D'Aguilar (who lived in NY and LA for several decades) playing live in Nassau that he realized there is a place for jazz in The Bahamas, that his musical passion had a foundation, and that it could become reality. Adrian took Giveton under his wing and gave him the tools and encouragement he needed to really play jazz.
Formerly a student at C.H. Reeves Junior High School, and Government High, Giveton graduated from Windsor Preparatory School in Nassau. He then moved to Ohio, USA to study with Dr. Eddie Henderson at the Oberlin Conservatory. That very year he won top positions at both the Young Arts Foundation and the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program. After one year at Oberlin, he moved to New York to attend the prestigious Juilliard School, the world's leading performing arts conservatory, where he is about to begin his third year.
Giveton has been mentored by some of the world's greatest jazz musicians, including Wynton Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Eddie Henderson, Barry Harris, Jason Moran, Ralph Peterson, Ambrose Akinmusire and the late Roy Hargrove. Giveton is certainly making a name for himself in music in New York, where after only two years, he has played with pioneers of the New York jazz scene including his mentors Wynton Marsalis and Roy Hargrove, and also with Curtis Lundy, Harold Mabern, Bobby Watson, Winard Harper, Sullivan Fortner, Ben Wolfe, and Jon Batiste. Giveton now leads his very own Quintet which performs in New York.
Giveton’s artistic vision is to pay tribute to his ancestors and to bring forth a new narrative to Jazz music. He hopes to be a leading voice that truly speaks to the heart. He plays to uplift and unify others by incorporating core human qualities of love and compassion into sound. He also hopes to inspire other young persons to embrace and pursue their musical passion. The INSPIRE Group is very pleased that Giveton has agreed to, from time to time, bring his musical talent to public school classrooms as a positive example of how music can help shape, strengthen and propel a young person forward to succeed.
1. What inspired you to pursue a career in your field?
We go through life searching for our life’s calling. I was fortunate to have found mine very early. The moment I felt deeply inspired by music was the moment I knew I wanted to make this a career. I remember listening to “The Three Trumpeters” in junior high school. It was the first time I heard highly skilled trumpet playing coupled with the greatest trumpet voices of the day. The track included Nicholas Payton, Wynton Marsalis and Roy Hargrove. This album became the marker to the beginning of my passion for artistic music.
2. Why is your profession/field of study important?
My understanding of the importance of music within society has grown throughout the years. I think, in essence, artists are reflectors. We reflect our experiences and what we as a people have to endure. Music is a medium. Through this medium we are able to connect with people from different walks of life. That stream of consciousness gives individuals a stronger understanding of themselves because we all share those human qualities. Through these commonalities we are able to create change and impact people on a deeper level.
3. Did you have a mentor or coach who helped or encouraged you to pursue your dreams?
Yes. Mentorship is a huge part of why I kept on moving forward within this musical journey. Shortly after I started to venture into jazz music I met Adrian D’Aguilar at Jacaranda house. That was the encounter that led to me having the guidance I needed to understand how to approach learning this art form. It was through his mentorship that I was able to gain spots at highly regarded conservatories in the U.S. I am also fortunate to have had, later on, some of my heros as mentors. Eddie Henderson, Wynton Marsalis and Roy Hargrove have played a huge part in my trumpet life. I am thankful and honored to have had such great mentors.
4. Did you encounter any obstacles along your path to this point?
Obstacles are a part of growth. Every step of the way was once an obstacle. I’ve had hardships, but the word obstacle is a term I don’t really think of much. Overcoming any obstacle has always been my M.O. Through God, I always approached everything with the intent of achieving it. This mindset has allowed me to not really care much for that term. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
5. What was the most amazing experience you have had so far?
There have been so many, but having the opportunity to play at Roy Hargrove’s Memorial was one of the most meaningful musical experiences I have ever had.
6. What is your favorite written work (book/quote/poem etc) and why?
'True Design' is an original musical piece. The song is about the artistic nature of the world and its workings. It’s one of the few songs that I have written where the composition process wrote itself.
7. What do you think is the most important issue facing the world today?
We as a people should prioritize our commonalities instead of defining our differences: race, gender, or culture. This should be incorporated into our daily lives. We are citizens of the world and I believe solving the world’s problems starts by looking within. This is what I try to implement within my music. I try to incorporate core human qualities into sound.
8. Please complete this sentence. “If I could change the world, I would…..”
If I could change the world I would encourage people to strive for understanding that unites us as people despite our differences. I believe that the power to achieve this can be done through Music.
9. What words of advice would you offer to any student as they consider their future?
i) Put your everything into the present. The future will unfold based on how you approach the present.
ii) Have an open mind; seek knowledge and your passion will come to you. If you’ve already figured out what you want to do, then the next step is to find ways to excel within your craft.
iii) Music students - go and search for the very best of your instrument. This is the way of seeking knowledge. The best musicians have that in abundance. It is up to you to hear and find what connects with you.
Above photos by:
Adrian Tillman, Anna Yatskevich, and Alessandro Sarno
See below links for musical performances by Giveton Gelin:
Jazz at Lincoln Center
2017 National YoungArts Week
The INSPIRE Group thanks GIVETON GELIN for inspiring musical excellence and for exemplifying that all things are possible if you believe. We wish you continued success!
SEE OUR 'PAST FEATURES' TAB ON THE HOME PAGE FOR PREVIOUSLY FEATURED INSPIRING YOUNG BAHAMIANS.
Denley Delaney, Program Specialist at National Geographic Society (NGS), Washington DC, spoke to some 50 students interested in Marine Science at CV Bethel Sr. High School. Denley is a graduate of Stanford University (MA in Environmental Communications, and BS in Earth Systems-Oceans). She is part of the NGS Labs team which is focused on technology and innovation.
A community minded Bahamian living and working abroad, Denley shared her personal experiences in ocean studies and research throughout The Bahamas which included an investigation of the impact of underwater shipwrecks on Bahamian marine ecosystems, the production of a podcast to retell the story of a local whale beaching incident caused by sonar testing, and supporting field research off the coast of Andros focused on assessing Nassau Grouper spawning aggregations. She also shared her academic experience, and her work experience with National Geographic Society, one of the world's largest non-profit scientific and educational organisations whose focus is on exploring and protecting the planet.
Two rising 12th graders and one rising 11th grader, each from CV Bethel Senior High School, enjoyed medical rotations between Center for Digestive Health and Family Medicine Center.
Two rising 11th graders from Anatol Rodgers Senior High School enjoyed an enriching internship with international accounting firm - KPMG Bahamas.
Two 2019 C I Gibson Senior High School graduates enjoyed technology internships with Cable Bahamas.
"It was absolutely amazing! I love it. I am learning so much, and I never realized how much I loved medicine until now."
"... truly the best experience and a sneak peak into what it’s like in the medical career field. ...I am forever grateful."
"My experience was great...This allowed me to get a taste of what a job is like and some of the dos and don’ts of a business."
Thank you Dr. Munnings and CDH (https://www.digestivehealthbahamas.com) for hosting three student interns in rotation with Family Medicine Center.
Thank you Dr. Cates and FMC (http://www.familymedicinecenter.org/about-us/ ) for hosting three student interns in rotation with Center for Digestive Health.
KPMG hosted two student interns. Thank you KPMG!
Thank you Cable Bahamas for hosting two student interns.
Thank you for providing the meeting venue and delicious student lunch for the internship orientation.
Student interns enjoyed gift bags of items including notebooks, pens, pencil cases, umbrellas and water bottles compliments of Commonwealth Bank. Thank you!
On 14th March 2019 The INSPIRE Group was thrilled to collaborate with D'Andre Wilson-Ihejirika of BrainSTEM Alliance (https://brainstemalliance.com) and Crachad Laing of Project Limestone (https://projectlimestone.org) for an exciting day of STEM workshops at RN Gomez All Age School, which involved all school grades.
Students in Grades 1-4 were introduced to aerodynamic concepts by making their own paper helicopters. They were able to grasp the concept of how air currents can affect motion and influence flight. The students had a lot of fun customizing their helicopters with different colors and patterns, and then watching them fly and spin.
Students in Grades 5-8 learned principles of chemistry and materials engineering by creating their own slime from borax, glue and water. Students discussed in groups the properties of their reactants and how those properties influenced how the material was used. After the reaction they discussed the material properties of their slime product and compared their slime with that of their classmates to see how different methods of making the slime affected the properties of the final product.
Students in Grades 9-12 were introduced to electrical design and the functionality of circuits using breadboards and micro-controllers. Students were tasked to make a variety of circuits that included resistors, fans and blinking LEDs, and were able to discuss the potential real-world applications for their designs.
The INSPIRE Group thanks D'Andre Wilson-Ihejirika and Crachad Laing for an exciting day of STEM workshop activities and we applaud them for their tremendous commitment to community service.
Thank you also to Berry Islands Association for sponsoring their air travel. Thank you!
On Tuesday 18th February 2019, INSPIRE Group organized a Careers Day presentation for a delightful and engaging 9th grade graduating class of DW Davis Jr. High School. Our Presenters enjoyed the experience as much as the students! Careers discussed included Architecture, Technology, Engineering, Law, Accounting, Finance, and Medicine.
After the event, Ms. Gabrielle Winters, Guidance Counsellor espressed - "The Career Day held by your team was an awesome experience for my students and teachers."
Thank you Ms. Winters!
Thank you DW Davis Jr. High 9th Graders!
Thank you Presenters!
Mr. Diveane Bowe - Partner, KPMG Bahamas (Also event moderator)
Mrs. Alecia Bowe - Managing Partner, Karam, Missick & Bowe
Dr. Patrishka Duncombe - ObGyn Department, Princess Margaret Hospital
Mr. Dwayne Davis - Chief Information Officer, Aliv
Mr. Conway Smith - Architect, Alexiou & Associates
Mrs. D'Andre Wilson-Ihejirika - Founder, President and Lead Program Consultant, BrainSTEM Alliance
TOPIC: PERSONAL BANKING AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
Mrs. Anna Degregory, former banking executive presented to the girls at the PACE SCHOOL on 7th February 2019. Thank you to Commonwealth Bank for their very generous donation of wonderful gift bags for the girls!
TOPIC: MAXIMIZING YOUR FULL POTENTIAL
Mrs. Daphne Delaney, former financial services executive presented to the girls at the PACE SCHOOL.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS
Mrs. Daphne Delaney - Director and President
Mrs. Delaney is a Director of Delaney Corp. (Bahamas) Ltd., a Bahamas financial & corporate services provider. She has enjoyed a long and successful career in international financial services having formerly served as President and Director of a private wealth management and trust company, Managing Director of the Chase Manhattan Bank (Bahamas) Limited, and Vice President and Manager of Client Services of Morgan Trust Company of The Bahamas Ltd., a JP Morgan subsidiary. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from George State University, an ACIB Trustee Diploma from the London Institute of Bankers, and a Masters degree in Law with concentration in Corporate and Commercial Law from the London School of Economics, London, England.
Mrs. Anna Degregory - Director and Vice President
Mrs. Degregory is a businesswoman who, in partnership with her husband Colin, owns and operates a daily air freight and mail service business including Post Poxes Etc. and Nine to Five Import Export. She is also a former banker having spent over 23 years in the financial services industry. In 1994 she was awarded a fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers (FCIB). Mrs. Degregory attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with focus on Economics from Temple University in Pennsylvania. She spent Twenty years with Royal Bank of Canada in various roles, including Manager of Operations and Managing Director of RBC/Finco. She also served three years with FirstCaribbean International Bank as Retail Banking Director for The Bahamas, and Turks and Caicos Islands.
Mr. Diveane Bowe - Director and Treasurer
Mr. Bowe is a Partner of KPMG, Bahamas. He has had more than 23 years of audit, accounting and advisory experience in KPMG’s offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Nassau, Bahamas. His work has included providing auditing and advisory services for clients in the banking, investment and mutual funds industries, and for Government agencies. Mr. Bowe is also the KPMG Partner in charge of the Risk and IT Advisory Services, and People, Performance and Culture. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of South Florida, is a Certified Public Accountant, and a licensed member of the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants
MEMBERS AND VOLUNTEERS
Our members and volunteers are professionals including business persons, physicians, attorneys, accountants, and others willing to give of their time with the goal of making a positive difference in the lives of others.
Our GLOBAL NETWORK of volunteers includes individuals and organizations, (Bahamians and others) who have agreed to, from time to time and in their respective areas of expertise, lend their knowledge and ideas to our initiatives. Each is successful in their field, and committed to community building. We are particularly excited to have a blend of both millennial and seasoned voices to ensure rich discussion from diverse perspectives. This includes persons blazing a professional trail both home and abroad. We are grateful they have agreed to be a resource to The INSPIRE Group and to lend their voices and time to motivate, encourage and truly inspire others.
YOU TOO CAN HELP
We encourage you to volunteer your time to mentor others. Develop a mentor program in your own organizations.
You can directly help INSPIRE by:
· Offering your company’s facilities as a venue for a Summer Session.
· Engaging a student in your company for a Summer Internship.
· Providing lunch to students attending a Summer Session.
· Offering your expertise on a pro bono basis to students and others in financial need e.g. eye exam, hearing test.
· Becoming a presenter for a Careers Day event.
· Becoming a presenter for a special workshop or Speaker Series.
· Becoming an INSPIRE volunteer!
Who will YOU inspire today?