Michael Meade: Sullivan’s Brewing Company U.S. Chief Executive Officer Architecting New Business Paths for Irelands Oldest Brewery
"Although we are Ireland's oldest commercial brewery, at the end of the day this re-launch is a startup endeavour. I feel that the best motivator should be a combination of fearing failure and demanding positive outcomes."
Novia McDonald Whyte O.D. A Celebration of Words, Wit and Wardrobe
“Find your niche and become an expert.” Twenty years since the start of her career at the Jamaica Observer, an Order of Distinction is permanently fixed to Novia McDonald Whyte’s legal name. The award serves as a reminder that NMW’s editorial work feeds her country with food and fashion knowledge. Today, her annual signature events are economic drivers; Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards, Takes Style Out (formerly Fashion’s Night Out - FNO) and Design Week JA. She is an innovator whose column contributions transformed newspaper traditions. On International Women’s Day (IWD 2020), we celebrate the words, wit and wardrobe of a pioneer woman, and it all began with a poem.
Les Pastras: The Perfect Pasture For Provencal Charm
“We put thought into every detail.” Provence, South of France If Paris is the city of love, then Provence is its charming sister and those of us who prize romantic charm will naturally love the offerings of Les Pastras. Located in the Luberon region where perched hilltop villages fasten the landscape, Les Pastras is a family-owned farm run by Franco American couple, Johann and Lisa Pepin. Provencal born, Johann was raised by his grandparents on the farm and met Lisa while visiting a mutual friend the USA.
Mona Mekkawi: International Production Set Designer and Art Director Reveals How She’s Building a Career Challenging Mundane Ideas and Creating Unforgettable Ones
Mona Mekkawi has come a long way since the moment she made a top 8 list chosen for design school at Cairo's Higher Institute of Cinema in Egypt. Today, her impressive profile boasts over 200 projects including cinema, commercial ads and music videos. Having worked with acclaimed directors and listed companies including Unilever, Vodafone and most recently, Vogue, Mona is the perfect world teacher.
Lindsey Boylan: A New Voice Challenging Tired Rhetoric
“The establishment does not appreciate a serious primary candidate against a longtime incumbent.” Acclaimed Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie said recently, "There are things about the world that make me so angry that I then want to try and make a difference." For the first time political candidate, Lindsey Boylan, Chimamanda is a contemporary inspiration. While these two women live across international waters from each other, their narrative is similar. They represent strong, unexhausted delivery of grassroots messages that need to be heard. Having followed her campaign in the race for a seat in New York's 10th Congressional District.
World Boxing Champion Brian Mitchell Shares His Journey of Wins
"The fame is great, but you can't take your foot off the pedal. Everyone wants your title." South Africa's Brian Mitchell is arguably one of the country's best-known names in boxing sport. Signed by a historical 45-win record in the World Boxing Association's Super Featherweight division, Brian earned his induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in 2009 and most recently another WBA belt. The sport itself was familiar in the Mitchell family line, with Brian's dad being a street fighter and former professional boxer in his time. Despite his father's wins, Brian's childhood was tough with separated parents and humble family economics.
Young Environmentalists Pulling Their Socks Up for a Threatened Bird Species
Massachusetts, USA “I was lying in bed, thinking about the blue-footed booby bird and staring at my feet. It just hit me. If everyone had blue-feet, they would care more about this bird.”
In the Court of Public Opinion
Ibanga Isine, and I first crossed each other's paths while I volunteered for a United Nations Association. The task of email travelling before I secured a meeting with the multi-award-winning journalist and human rights activist became insignificant detail during our first conversation. We talked about the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapping that dominated the international media at the time and the state of politics in Nigeria, amongst other things. Through our talks, I quickly understood the responsibility to tell a true and right story and the irresponsibility of reckless words.
Italian Fashion Light Worker Author's New Mindfulness Book Tool
First-time author, Farah Liz Pallaro’s book, Fashion.Business.Spirituality, has been featured in Vogue Arabia, Glamour Italy, and The Lifestyle Journal. While some may attribute this success to pure luck, the strength of the core message of this book is undeniable; People, before products and services.
Vogue Italia's Talent Marianna Cimini: Her Fashion Journey from Amalfi Coast to Milan
Italian fashion designer Marianna Cimini is a perfect example of 100% made in Italy style. Vogue International Editor Suzy Menkes branded Marianna's collection after an introduction to her work at the July 2014 Who is on Next? Fashion award night.
Caribbean Celebrity Chef Jason Peru Finds Balance of Flavours
Less than a decade ago, Trinidad and Tobago appointed its first female Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar. It’s also been a little less than a decade since Jason Peru created his own journey from culinary school professor to Caribbean celebrity chef fastest.
Chausson d’Or Ballerina Gracefully En Pointe
Nina Tonoli is one step away from becoming a Principal Ballerina. The Belgian born soloist has trained her body to be a storyteller for over a decade now. For her dedication, she’s earned the Special Prize Chausson d’Or in Paris and the Award of Excellence in Dance from the Royal Ballet School in London. Ballet and purpose met early for the 25-year-old. “At 10 years old, I went to a local ballet school to do my first ballet class. Since then, I’ve never stopped.” Nina’s first performance was Sleeping Beauty where she played a dwarf. Today she dances for the Dutch National Ballet.