Our Top 10 Picks of Miss Jamaican World

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This week Danielle Crosskill was crowned Miss Jamaica World 2011. Here are our picks for Miss Jamaica World since 1976. These pick are not based only on beauty but popularity amongst the Jamaican people and contributions back to the Jamaican society. Be sure to add your favorites to this list. During the year leading up to Jamaica’s 50th Independence on August 6, 2012, each week we’ll be compiling a list of things celebrating Jamaican foods, music, culture, people and more.

Here are our 10 picks of Miss Jamaica World (not in any order):

  1. Miss Jamaica 1983  Cathy Levy (Miss World  4th place)
  2. Miss Jamaica 1985 Allison Barnett (Miss World  5th place)
  3. Miss Jamaica 1993 Lisa Hanna (Misss World winner)
  4. Miss Jamaica 2007 Yendi Phillips  (Miss World Semi-finalist)
  5. Miss Jamaica 1991 Sandra Foster (Miss World 4th place)
  6. Miss Jamaica 1987 Janice Wittingham
  7. Miss Jamaica 2004 Tonoya Toyloy
  8. Miss Jamaica 2005  Terri-Karelle Griffith (Miss World Semi-finalist)
  9. Miss Jamaica 1976 Cindy Breakspeare (Miss World winner)
  10. Miss Jamaica 1981 Sandra Cunningham (Miss World 2nd runner-up)

Dr. Claire Nelson

CLAIRE ALICIA NELSON, Ph.D. Dr. Claire Nelson has been actively engaged in the business of international development for more than twenty-five years. She works in the area of project development and management, with a particular focus on private sector development. A renaissance woman, she has been described as a Social Entrepreneur, Futurist, and Change Leader. The first Jamaican woman to earn a Doctorate degree in an engineering discipline and the only black in her graduating class, Dr. Nelson holds Industrial Engineering Degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Purdue University, and a Doctorate in Engineering Management from George Washington University. She has served on numerous boards and committees including: US Department of Commerce US/Caribbean Business Development Council Advisory Board; Black Leadership Forum; DC Caribbean Carnival Association; International Think Tank Commission on Pan-African Affairs, Office of the Prime Minister of Barbados; African-American Unity Caucus; National Democratic Institute/Carter Center Election Observer Mission to the Dominican Republic; Black Professionals in International Affairs; and the International Committee of the National Society of Black Engineers-Alumni Extension. Dr. Nelson is sought after as a speaker on issues pertaining to economic development, globalization, and issues concerning the Caribbean and its peoples. She is a frequent guest on the television talk show CARIBNATION seen on cable TV in the Washington D.C. area, as well as CARIBBEAN EXCHANGE on WEAA, Morgan University Radio. Her speaking engagements have included: National Association of Security Professionals; Congressional Black Caucus Conference; Harvard University Black MBA Association Conference; Women & Micro-enterprise Conference, African Development Bank; Florida International University; Cincinnati Women's Chamber of Commerce; US Black Engineer of the Year Annual Conference; Howard University; Sacramento State University; National Council of Negro Women; and National Congress of Black Women. Dr. Nelson has been a frontrunner in the challenge of placing the topic of social exclusion and diversity on the agenda of the multilateral development assistance institutions. As a result of her pioneering work, she was invited to the Salzburg Seminar as a Fellow in 1997 and 1999 of the Seminars on Race and Ethnicity, in 2000 and 2003 to the Fetzer Institute Advisory Group on Moral, Ethical and Spiritual Leadership; and as Faculty at the Seminar on Leadership Across Geographic Borders and Cultural Boundaries. Dr. Nelson was also a participant in the Bellagio Consultation on the UN World Conference on Racism (WCAR) organized by the International Human Rights Law Group, and was active on the Working Group on Globalization and Transnational Corporations. Dr. Nelson is Ideation Leader of The Futures Forum which provides strategic foresight and development futures consulting practice. An award-winning writer and performance artiste, Dr. Nelson's OpEd pieces have appeared in media outlets such as Morning Edition, National Public Radio; WEAA FM and WHUR FM; and CaribNation TV.

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