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Brought to you by Grenadian STEAM, this is a podcast chronicling the journeys of West Indian professionals navigating careers in STEAM, both at home and in the diaspora. By taking a deep dive through the individual journeys of these profesionals - discussing their failures, their successes and their moments of learning - we hope to expose interested listeners to the depth and wonder that is a career in STEAM. It is also our goal to make such conversations accessible to the larger community of students and rising professionals in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

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Brought to you by Grenadian STEAM, this is a podcast chronicling the journeys of West Indian professionals navigating careers in STEAM, both at home and in the diaspora. By taking a deep dive through the individual journeys of these profesionals - discussing their failures, their successes and their moments of learning - we hope to expose interested listeners to the depth and wonder that is a career in STEAM. It is also our goal to make such conversations accessible to the larger community of students and rising professionals in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

    Sustainability & People Management - with Heather Pinnock

    Sustainability & People Management - with Heather Pinnock

    What does a Project Manager even do? Our guest, Heather, talks with Arlene about the multi-faceted aspects of the job, including learning how to lead diverse teams, applying SCRUM and agile methodologies to the world of construction and, in general, her journey into the world of buildings, urban planning and sustianability.

    We hope you enjoy the journey on today's Pathway!



    Heather Pinnock is a Jamaican PlaceMaker and Champion of Sustainable Tropical Living. She is a development professional with formal training in Architecture, Urban Design and Project Management, as well as over 23 years of experience in construction and real estate. She is a graduate of the Bartlett Development Planning Unit at University College London and the Caribbean School of Architecture at University of Technology, Jamaica.

    Heather has worked across Jamaica as well as in Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago. Her experience includes working with the Ministry of Water and Housing, the University of the West Indies, the United Nations Development Programme Multi-country Office in Jamaica, and the environmental non-profit, CARIBSAVE among others. In 2021 she concluded a successful stint leading one of the Government of Jamaica’s largest implementation agencies, the Urban Development Corporation, where she championed the cause of ‘making development happen sustainably’. She was recently appointed co-chair of the Commonwealth Women in Planning network.

    Heather is also a certified SCRUM Master, an EarthCheck Design Accredited Professional and a licensed realtor associate in Jamaica. Since leaving the public sector, she launched LUCEA Caribbean, a company with a focus on sustainable development and conscious living for tropical regions to further her work for an Equitable and Resilient Future.



    Show Notes:

    Would you like to join one or more of our in-person discussion segments, or simply get engaged with the organization and find out how you can support what we are building? Become a member of GrenSTEAM today at grensteam.org/get-involved/#join. We can't wait to have you!

    Find full episodes of Pathways anywhere you listen to (or watch) podcasts: https://linktr.ee/Pathways.Podcast 

    As part of our ongoing mission to engage the public in STEAM-related topics, GrenSTEAM is running a crowd-sourced blog. If you, or someone you know has a piece they would like to share which has something to do with Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture or Math, be it a personal article, a short paper, a knowledge-share or simply suggested reading, go to cutt.ly/steamblog. Fill out our short form, then upload or paste your word file to be uploaded to our website. If you’d like to get involved with curation of our blog, volunteer at grensteam.org/get-involved/#volunteer.





    This episode of Pathways was produced by Arlene Hayes for Grenadian STEAM Inc.

    Video editing by Tahvorn George.

    Episode artwork by Brand Identity Designer, JustMo.

    Your host is Arlene Hayes

    Theme song produced by Andrew 'Hitz' Phillip.





    The thoughts and ideas expressed on this podcast are those of the host and her guest(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Grenadian STEAM or its members.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Mind Matters, Psychology in Grenada - with Josh Hector

    Mind Matters, Psychology in Grenada - with Josh Hector

    What do you know about mental health? Better yet, do you know what options are available to you for discussing affairs of the mind? Even though the topic is still unfortunately quite taboo in our Caribbean society, it seems that more and more people of all age groups are seeking help with how to cope mentally in different situations. On this episode, Arlene chats with a young, local therapist about his unusual journey to the career (including an extended detour as a musician) and his experiences working in the field of psychology here in Grenada.



    Josh Hector is a licensed Psychologist from Grenada, and a proud Caribbean National. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies with emphasis in Guidance and Counselling from the Jamaica Theological Seminary, and a Master of Science in Counselling Psychology from the University of The West Indies, Cave Hill. He has functioned in the roles of Guidance Counsellor at Halfway-Tree Primary school in Kingston Jamaica, and  Counselling Psychologist at a Barbadian agency called PAREDOS (which stands for Parent Education For Development In Barbados); out of which he was actively involved in school and community outreach programs.

    In Grenada, Josh is the Founder and Counselling Psychologist at Optimal Solutions, where he offers counselling, psychotherapy, teletherapy, workshops, seminars, and employee assistance programs. In line with his focus on self-development, Josh is currently pursuing his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at California Southern University. He is also the treasurer of the Grenada Psychological Association, and an Executive Council Member-at-Large within the Caribbean Alliance of National Psychological Associations. Being a helping professional at heart, he considers it a blessing to interact with others, and share insightful tips to practical and effective living.

    We hope you enjoy



    Show Notes:

    Would you like to join one or more of our in-person discussion segments, or simply get engaged with the organization and find out how you can support what we are building? Become a member of GrenSTEAM today at grensteam.org/get-involved/#join. We can't wait to have you!

    Head over to our new YouTube page to catch the full video version of this and every episode. Video is also available on Spotify!

    As part of our ongoing mission to engage the public in STEAM-related topics, GrenSTEAM is running a crowd-sourced blog. If you, or someone you know has a piece they would like to share which has something to do with Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture or Math, be it a personal article, a short paper, a knowledge-share or simply suggested reading, go to cutt.ly/steamblog. Fill out our short form, then upload or paste your word file to be uploaded to our website. If you’d like to get involved with curation of our blog, volunteer at grensteam.org/get-involved/#volunteer.





    This episode of Pathways was produced by Arlene Hayes for Grenadian STEAM Inc.

    Video editing by Kate Masaltseva of MindzEye Films.

    Episode artwork by Brand Identity Designer, JustMo.

    Your host is Arlene Hayes

    Theme song produced by Andrew 'Hitz' Phillip.



    The thoughts and ideas expressed on this podcast are those of the host and her guest(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Grenadian STEAM or its members.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Money Moves: Finance, Investing & Personal Empowerment - with Kristina "Krissy Commerce" Charles

    Money Moves: Finance, Investing & Personal Empowerment - with Kristina "Krissy Commerce" Charles

    Managing your finances and building wealth is something "they never taught us in school". Well, we're gonna talk about it here! This episode is a bit different than most, in that we aren't focusing on our guest's 'career', but instead talking about how she taught herself about investing and developed it into a side hustle. This is your reminder that STEAM isn't just about school subjects and academic pursuits - it's about holistic development and empowering our youth and society to shape their own future, and finances is a great place to start!

    Kristina Charles is a 28 year old "corporate girl" who seeks to document her journey to financial independence through her 9-5 and education. She enjoys social media discussions on 9-5, mindset, side hustling, investing and altogether living a free life. Having grown up in Grenada in the Caribbean, she seeks to be an example and talk about all the taboo financial topics among young, aspiring adults.

    We hope you enjoy the journey on today's Pathway!





    Show Notes:

    Grab your copy of Krissy's e-book, Investing in the Caribbean, here!



    Would you like to join one or more of our in-person discussion segments, or simply get engaged with the organization and find out how you can support what we are building? Become a member of GrenSTEAM today at grensteam.org/get-involved/#join. We can't wait to have you!

    Head over to our YouTube page to catch the full video version of this and every episode. Video is also available on Spotify!



    As part of our ongoing mission to engage the public in STEAM-related topics, GrenSTEAM is running a crowd-sourced blog. If you, or someone you know has a piece they would like to share which has something to do with Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture or Math, be it a personal article, a short paper, a knowledge-share or simply suggested reading, go to cutt.ly/steamblog. Fill out our short form, then upload or paste your word file to be uploaded to our website. If you’d like to get involved with curation of our blog, volunteer at grensteam.org/get-involved/#volunteer.





    This episode of Pathways was produced by Arlene Hayes for Grenadian STEAM Inc.

    Video editing by Kate Masaltseva of MindzEye Films.

    Episode artwork by Brand Identity Designer, JustMo.

    Your host is Arlene Hayes

    Theme song produced by Andrew 'Hitz' Phillip.



    The thoughts and ideas expressed on this podcast are those of the host and her guest(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Grenadian STEAM or its members.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Holistic Patient Care & Communication - with Dr. Marsha Nicholson-Ramdeen

    Holistic Patient Care & Communication - with Dr. Marsha Nicholson-Ramdeen

    We hear a lot about the state of healthcare in Grenada but how many of us realize how big of a role communication between patients and their healthcare providers plays in that system? On this episode, Dr. Ramdeen gets into the importance of functional care teams for a holistic response to patient health. She also gets into the story of how she built her own physiotherapy practice here in Grenada and her plans for the future of our healthcare system.


    Dr. Marsha Nicholson-Ramdeen is a Grenadian-born Physiotherapist who graduated with a Doctor of Physiotherapy degree from the University of Melbourne in Australia. Her experience extends from working in Australia, Fiji, Trinidad and now Grenada, as the founder and owner of Spice Orchid Physiotherapy Services since 2017.

    After completing her specialization, Dr. Ramdeen returned to Grenada where she was employed at St. George’s University as a Learning Strategist and Workshop Coordinator in the Medical School program. In this role, she offered support to students through the Department of Educational Services. She was also a certified Basic Life Support instructor in conjunction with the American Heart Association.

    Since then, Dr. Ramdeen has transitioned to full-time clinical practice where she currently desires to expand her services throughout Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique.  She has a passion for community engagement and education through outreach programs as seen through her involvement in health fairs, career day presentations, and informative programs. She is currently an executive member of the Caribbean Association of Massage and Bodywork Practitioners Grenada (CAMBP) established in 2019 and is currently working towards getting Grenada registered under the World Physiotherapy Association.



    Show Notes:

    Would you like to join one or more of our in-person discussion segments, or simply get engaged with the organization and find out how you can support what we are building? Become a member of GrenSTEAM today at grensteam.org/get-involved/#join. We can't wait to have you!



    Head over to our new YouTube page to catch the full video version of this and every episode. Video is also available on Spotify!



    As part of our ongoing mission to engage the public in STEAM-related topics, GrenSTEAM is running a crowd-sourced blog. If you, or someone you know has a piece they would like to share which has something to do with Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture or Math, be it a personal article, a short paper, a knowledge-share or simply suggested reading, go to cutt.ly/steamblog. Fill out our short form, then upload or paste your word file to be uploaded to our website. If you’d like to get involved with curation of our blog, volunteer at grensteam.org/get-involved/#volunteer.



    This episode of Pathways was produced by Arlene Hayes for Grenadian STEAM Inc.

    Video editing by Kate Masaltseva of MindzEye Films.

    Episode artwork by Brand Identity Designer, JustMo.

    Your host is Arlene Hayes

    Theme song produced by Andrew 'Hitz' Phillip.



    The thoughts and ideas expressed on this podcast are those of the host and her guest(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Grenadian STEAM or its members.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Disaster Management, Beyond the Crisis - with Kemron Dufont

    Disaster Management, Beyond the Crisis - with Kemron Dufont

    Ever wondered what a disaster management professional does when there's no disaster happening? Arlene and Kemon discuss the role of a disaster management specialist during times of crisis and at peacetime on this episode of Pathways. Kemron also shares how he is currently using food processing as a way of getting Grenada closer to being ready to survive disaster.

    We hope you enjoy the journey on today's Pathway!



    Kemron Dufont is a proactive disaster risk management specialist, environmental engineer, project manager, and technical leader. Kemron holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the City Colleges of New York and a Master of Disaster Management from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

    Over the years, he has amassed experience working with local, national, regional and international partners on policy issues, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, sustainable development and projects design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Kemron recently served as Technical Officer with NaDMA - the National Disaster Management Agency here in Grenada for a number of years - and it’s equivalent organization in St. Lucia - NEMO. He has recently transitioned to more of a focus on his consultancy in different aspects of Disaster Management.





    Show Notes:

    Would you like to join one or more of our in-person discussion segments, or simply get engaged with the organization and find out how you can support what we are building? Become a member of GrenSTEAM today at grensteam.org/get-involved/#join. We can't wait to have you!



    Head over to our new YouTube page to catch the full video version of this and every episode. Video is also available on Spotify!



    As part of our ongoing mission to engage the public in STEAM-related topics, GrenSTEAM is running a crowd-sourced blog. If you, or someone you know has a piece they would like to share which has something to do with Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture or Math, be it a personal article, a short paper, a knowledge-share or simply suggested reading, go to cutt.ly/steamblog. Fill out our short form, then upload or paste your word file to be uploaded to our website. If you’d like to get involved with curation of our blog, volunteer at grensteam.org/get-involved/#volunteer.



    This episode of Pathways was produced by Arlene Hayes for Grenadian STEAM Inc.

    Video editing by Kate Masaltseva of MindzEye Films.

    Episode artwork by Identity Designer, JustMo.



    Your host is Arlene Hayes

    Theme song produced by Andrew 'Hitz' Phillip

    The thoughts and ideas expressed on this podcast are those of the host and her guest(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Grenadian STEAM or its members.

    • 37 min
    Food Ecosystems, Industrial Ecology & Interdisciplinary Knowledge - with Dr. Weslynne Ashton

    Food Ecosystems, Industrial Ecology & Interdisciplinary Knowledge - with Dr. Weslynne Ashton

    This episode dives into understanding how businesses and industries develop and die out in certain regions in a very evolutionary manner. Dr. Ashton talks with Arlene about what we can learn from these natural changes and how we can use the information to create more sustainable business structures.
    We also hear how Dr. Ashton's career developed organically, both due to her interests and to simply going through the doors that opened along the way.



    Dr. Weslynne Ashton is an Associate Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology with joint appointments at the Stuart School of Business and the Institute of Design. She also holds a faculty affiliate (courtesy) appointment in the Armour College of Engineering, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering.

    Dr. Ashton is a sustainable systems scientist, whose research, teaching and practice are oriented around transitioning our socio-ecological systems towards sustainability and equity. She studies the adoption of socially and environmentally responsible strategies in business, and the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in addressing social and environmental challenges. Her research is grounded in industrial ecology and the circular economy. Her current work focuses on increasing sustainability and equity in urban food systems, and developing regenerative economies in post-industrial regions, newly industrializing countries and small island states.

    She was awarded a Jefferson Science Fellowship by the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in 2018. She spent the 2018-2019 academic year as a science-policy advisor at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), where she worked with the Bureau for Europe and Eurasia on strategic planning, energy policy and energy efficiency programs in the Balkans and Ukraine.

    We hope you enjoy the journey on today's Pathway!



    Show Notes:

    Would you like to join one or more of our in-person discussion segments? Become a member of GrenSTEAM today at grensteam.org/get-involved/#join. We can't wait to have you!

    Head over to our new YouTube page to catch the full video version of this and every episode. Video is also available on Spotify!

    As part of our ongoing mission to engage the public in STEAM-related topics, GrenSTEAM is running a crowd-sourced blog. If you, or someone you know has a piece they would like to share which has something to do with Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture or Math, be it a personal article, a short paper, a knowledge-share or simply suggested reading, go to cutt.ly/steamblog. Fill out our short form, then upload or paste your word file to be uploaded to our website. If you’d like to get involved with curation of our blog, volunteer at grensteam.org/get-involved/#volunteer.

    This episode of Pathways was produced by Arlene Hayes for Grenadian STEAM Inc.

    Video editing by Kate Masaltseva of MindzEye Films.

    Audio editing by Chemon Marryshow.

    Episode artwork by Identity Designer, JustMo.

    Your host is Arlene Hayes

    Theme song produced by Andrew 'Hitz' Phillip



    The thoughts and ideas expressed on this podcast are those of the host and her guest(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Grenadian STEAM or its members.

    • 1 hr 18 min

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Interesting Guests

From music producers to Tesla engineers, pathways diverse guest list ensures there's always something fresh to listen to. Arlene Hayes, the host converses with each guest about their journey to their career. The podcast is easy to listen to and each episode I learn something new. Looking forward to more episodes!