Therese Turner-Jones: Woman on a mission

THERESE Turner-Jones, 56, is committed to finding the good in all things while fostering increased academic and social engagement with the youth across the region, most notably at the university level.

In fact, Turner-Jones, a Bahamas native living in Jamaica, told

All Woman that she makes it her point of duty to look for the positives first and build on those.

“It pays to know when to bail out of a failing situation and adjust. Women, in my view, tend to always try to stay with the problem, thinking they can solve it. Sometimes this works, and in others it only gets worse. It is important to be able to assess what is working and what is not. Often we need help from others to point out what is causing the failure. This should not be interpreted as weakness, but as courage to get the help to solve the problem,” she said.

Turner-Jones, the first of five children, said her life has had its fair share of ups and downs, but she remains upbeat, stemming from her early upbringing.

“I have always been ambitious with my own goals, using every day as an opportunity to learn something new or think of new ways to solve a problem. I thrive on change,” she said.

A United World Colleges Lester Pearson scholar as well as a University of Toronto and University of East Anglia (UK) graduate, Turner-Jones worked in research at the Central Bank of The Bahamas, then the IMF in Washington, DC in 1993, until she landed a job with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in 2013.

Now the general manager of the IDB’s Caribbean Country Department, Turner-Jones is responsible for managing the IDB’s portfolio in six countries in the Caribbean — Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, The Bahamas, and Trinidad and Tobago; and since taking office, she has made a greater commitment towards empowering and motivating youth through a series of academic lectures, town hall meetings and personal development talks. Read more

Source: Jamaica Observer