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Caribbean L 12 ife, Sept. 4-10, 2020
Enter Top NYC Workplaces contest,
get exposure and insights
By Caribbean Life
The New York City workplace has
changed profoundly over the last six
months, and that’s why the first-ever
AMNY Top Workplaces competition
promises to be such an intriguing and
Beginning Sept. 1, if you own a
business in the five boroughs of New
York City with 50 or more employees,
you’re eligible to nominate yourself,
and your employees can too.
Has your workplace embraced the
challenges of going remote? Has communication
improved? Are employees
feeling valued and more productive?
Workplaces will be evaluated by their
employees using a short 24-question
survey. The nomination deadline is
Energage, our research partner,
conducts Top Workplaces surveys in
more than 50 markets and has surveyed
more than 22 million employees
at more than 66,000 organizations.
The survey provides detailed feedback
that companies can use to
improve their organizations, and the
insights we collect will prove helpful
to all businesses, regardless of worker
headcount. We’ll highlight some of the
more innovative ideas and exceptional
What: AMNY Top Workplaces
When: Nomination deadline is Oct.
30, 2020 and we’ll publish the winners
Who: Businesses with 50+ employees
in the five boroughs are eligible.
How: To nominate a business, call
(917) 722-6928 or go to amny.com/
Jamaican artist designs
Obama’s DNC VOTE necklace
By Nelson A. King
When former US First Lady Michelle
Obama wore the VOTE necklace at the
virtual Democratic National Convention
last week, the designer of the necklace
couldn’t be more delighted.
“I was honored when Michelle
Obama‘s stylist asked for one,” said
Chari Cuthbert, the Jamaican founder
of BYCHARI, the jewelry brand, in a
statement to the New York Post, about
the VOTE necklace, which she originally
designed for the 2016 election.
But Cuthbert said she had no clue
whatsoever that Mrs. Obama would
wear it for her much-anticipated speech
at the convention, according to Black
“We had no idea where she was going
to wear it. We just knew that she wanted
it,” Cuthbert told The Daily Beast. “It
was surreal. I sat at my desk and cried.
To see her wearing my necklace, it’s
“I never imagined that something
I’m so passionate about could mean so
much to so many,” she added.
“The response has been incredible,
and I am beyond honored and humbled
that Michelle Obama wore my design,”
Cuthbert later tweeted.
According to The Daily Beast,
36-year-old Cuthbert was born in Miami
to Jamaican parents.
A self-taught artist, she quit her job
and moved to Hawaii in 2012, and later
Los Angeles, with $100 to start her
business, Black Enterprise said.
“I have no formal training in jewelry;
it was a self-taught journey that was
fueled by my passion,” Cuthbert told E!
“I started BYCHARI with only $100
and had no business starting a company,”
she added. “Yet, I was determined
to work for myself and build a brand
I could be proud of and, in return,
empowered other women.”
According to CNN, the necklace was
the top-trending search on Google during
the final hour of the convention.
The news outlet also noted that “during
her tenure as first lady, Obama often
championed small, culturally diverse
fashion and accessories designers.”
“There is something so subtle and
beautiful about jewelry. I love how each
piece, and how it’s worn, tells a story
about the woman who wears it,” Cuthbert
writes on the BYCHARI website.
Writing in Newsweek on Aug. 22,
Cuthbert said she grew up in Jamaica
before moving to California in 2002.
Then, in 2012, she said she moved to
Hawaii “on a whim.”
She said she worked there as a photographer
for the first year, with jewelry
as a hobby on the side, “and then
I slowly worked up to the point where I
decided to start a jewelry business.
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