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Yvette Burks
Humanitarian Efforts in Belize

Paul K. Chappell
Peace Through Literacy

Laquita Stribling
RI President's Representative

We are honored to have Ms. Yvette Burks as one of our keynote speakers this weekend.

Ms. Burks was invited as our Guest Speaker because of her humanitarian work throughout the Country of Belize.

She started her career in Tourism more than 30 years ago as one of only five female tour guides in the entire country of Belize at the time.

She then transitioned from tourism to Real Estate Sales and Property Management after getting married and having two children. She maintains business interest in this area with her company Think Belize Ltd.

Her passion for Humanitarian efforts began at an early age, but evolved into a focused career when she became the Founding Director of the Belize Emergency Response Team (BERT) and Wings of Hope, a Non-Profit Organization which continues today in providing emergency ambulance services for the Belize District, and air ambulance service for the country of Belize.

Ms. Burks became a member of the Rotary Club of Belize in 1998 where she has served in various capacities including Club President in 2010/2011 and Assistant Governor in recent times.

Since her induction as a Member of Rotary, she has served as Chair and remains as co-chair of the Gift of Life Program, which provides cardiac health screening clinics and heart surgery for children in need.  This program has provided heart surgery in international hospitals for hundreds of Belizean children.

Ms. Burks is also the Founder and Director of the Burn Victim Mercy Fund which provides emergency care for severely burned children.  This Organization is 22 years old and to date, 36 children have received emergency evacuation services to the United Sates where they have received the necessary intensive care required for severe burns.

Ms. Burks also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Marla’s House of Hope, a Children’s Home located in Belmopan. 
West Point graduate, Iraq War veteran, and former army captain, Paul K. Chappell shows why people need to be as well trained in waging peace as soldiers are in waging war. Chappell is the Peace, Literacy Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and the author of six books, most recently Soldiers of Peace. Lecturing across the country and internationally, he also teaches college courses and workshops on Peace Literacy and Peace Leadership and leads a Peace Literacy curricular development team for K-12 and higher education. For more than two decades, Laquita Stribling worked her way up from entry-level associate to senior vice president at Randstad USA. Laquita is now responsible for three districts and nine offices, approximately 1,300 employees and nearly $40 million in revenue. In addition to her impressive career, Laquita has been extremely influential in her community. Her passion to give her time to community service is driven by the scripture: “To whom much is given, much is required.”

Laquita pays it forward every day.  She sees the work she does at Randstad to be a ministry.  It's very rewarding to help people find jobs and advance their careers and help companies find the right employees to run their businesses.

Laquita served as the District Governor for Rotary International District 6760 (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019). The district is comprised of 62 Rotary Clubs and 3,500 Rotarians across Middle and West Tennessee. She became the first African-American to hold this position. She also hosted the district’s inaugural Celebration of Women in Rotary. As president of the Rotary Club of Nashville (2014-2015), Laquita led the effort to raise a record $300,000 to fund local community projects. She also spearheaded the creation of a strategic plan to intentionally and proactively seek and attract more women, people of color, younger people, and individuals from more varied industries. In a time when most clubs’ memberships were declining, the Rotary Club of Nashville’s membership saw net growth, and became a more diverse and inclusive organization. During her tenure, she also established a Rotaract Club at Fisk University to engage students in leadership and service. 

Laquita currently serves on the boards of director for Cable (2018 Power of Inclusion Chair and current Chair-Elect), The Nashville Sports Council, Middle Tennessee Boy Scouts of America, Second Harvest Food Bank, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, and Nashville State Community College Foundation. In addition, Laquita volunteers for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce on the Education Report Card Committee. In 2017, Laquita was inducted into the YWCA’s Academy for Women of Achievement and was awarded Mt. Zion’s Bridge Builder Award and CABLE’s Civic Outreach Award.  In 2018, Laquita was recognized as a Woman of Influence by the Nashville Business Journal, she was a nominee for the Athena Award and Women Who Rock Awards, and was a Power Moves Award winner.

A native of Marianna, Ark., Laquita earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She continued her education at the University of Memphis, where she obtained her Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in human resources. She is currently enrolled at Trevecca Nazarene University, where she expects to earn her doctorate in Leadership and Professional Practices in 2020. 

Laquita is married to Finis Stribling III, and they have three sons: Finis IV, Kylan and Tre’.
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