Young Caymanian Leaders Foundation Announces Finalists for YCLA 2018

George Town, 17 September 2018 – Today, the Young Caymanian Leaders Foundation announces the names of the five finalists for the 2018 Young Caymanian Leadership Awards (YCLA). The YCLA Selection Committee revealed the names after a careful, in-depth review of the nominations put forward this year by the community.

Jonathan Tibbetts, Chairman of the Selection Committee says the committee is truly impressed with the level of achievement, both personal and professional, that our finalists exhibit.

“We are delighted at the nominations we received and while they are all notable we have identified five finalists who exude the core of the YCLA .”

Each nominee’s candidacy must be vetted from a number of different perspectives to meet several key criteria, all of which combined describe a well-rounded young person who demonstrates strong leadership skills and the ability to serve as a role model to Cayman’s youth. Among the qualities sought are outstanding moral character, personal and professional achievement, volunteerism and community involvement, and a strong overall commitment to mentoring young people.

The five finalists for YCLA 2018 are below:

  • Kacey Mobley
  • Kimberley Conolly
  • Samuel Young
  • Staci Scott
  • Wilbur Welcome

More details about each finalist will follow later this week.

Each year, the recipient of this prestigious award is asked to give generously of their time and talents to meet and speak to young people all over the islands.  Our 2017 YCLA recipient, Faith Gealey, has spoken to thousands of young people during her year with a challenge to our community to rise up as mentors for the young and rising leaders in our community.

YCLA 2018

The YCLA gala celebration will be held on Saturday, 10 November at the Kimpton Seafire and the recipient of the award will be revealed during a live broadcast online and on television.

Director of the Young Cayman Leaders Foundation, Chris Duggan says attendees are in for a memorable evening as we celebrate the achievements and dedication these five finalists have to their careers and community.

“This long-standing programme wouldn’t be possible without the support of our loyal sponsors who support us and partner with us each year to show the country the fantastic young leadership we already have in our midst. We are grateful for each one of them and look forward to partnering with them and new sponsors in the years to come.”

YCLA Sponsors

Special thanks to our sponsors throughout the years: Dart, KPMG, Progressive Distributors, Walkers, Kensington, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and many others.

For more information on how you can become a sponsor for this year’s event and/or purchase tickets, please contact Brianna Wilkerson at

Event Details

Tickets for the YCLA 2018 Gala Event are now available. The cost is $250 per person. Corporate tables of ten are also available for $2,500. The event is November 10, 2018, at the Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa. The theme is “It Takes a Village”, and the speaker is soon to be announced. Doors open for the reception at 6 pm. At 6:45, doors are closed to accommodate the live telecast. Doors re-open after the broadcast for the remainder of the evening to celebrate.