Conference to be held under the theme “Many Shores, Waters Meet – One Land Under Our Feet”
On April 9, 2016, the queen of soca, Caribbean cultural icon Alison Hinds will be the keynote speaker at the Florida Caribbean Students Association’s 42nd Annual Leadership Conference.
With a weekend of leadership and professional development workshops, cultural programming and community service, this year’s conference will be held at the University of Tampa in Tampa under the theme “Many Shores, Waters Meet – One Land Under Our Feet”.
Crowned the undisputed “Queen of SOCA” by fans worldwide, Alison Hinds epitomizes the essence of Caribbean music in the region and throughout the Diaspora worldwide.
She is the recipient of numerous regional and international awards, including, 2009-2010 – (IRWMA – International Reggae & World Music Awards) Winner of Best Female Vocalist (2009 & 2010) & Best Calypso / Soca Entertainer (2009); 2010 -Female Entertainer of the Year & Best Collaboration for “King and Queen” with Richie Spice at the Barbados Music Awards; 14th Annual Caribbean American Heritage Awardee in Washington DC for Outstanding Contribution to Soca Music; 2012, University Of The West Indies Trailblazer award for work in soca and Caribbean music; and numerous other international accolades.
Most importantly, Alison has distinguished herself with exemplary philanthropic service to Barbadian, regional and international charities in education, disaster relief, AIDS, diabetes and cancer awareness, women’s rights, special needs of children, among other areas.
“Alison’s career is a shining example of leadership in her career and personal life for all our members and we look forward to hearing more about her inspiring life story and her words of wisdom on leadership, philanthropy, and career development,” stated Ashley McHayle, president, Florida Caribbean Students Association.