SUZANNE J. BLACK BEM, D.H.L., B.S., BRI
A Real Estate Broker with over 15 years’ experience, now with HG Christie Ltd., the exclusive Bahamas affiliate for Christie’s International Real Estate and always committed to assisting clients to buy, sell and lease both residential and commercial real estate.
Suzanne attended the University of Tampa, the American Graduate School for International Management and the Canadian National Voice Intensive at the University of British Columbia. With the reputation of being a trailblazer, she was the first woman and Bahamian to head an international bank branch, an international private members’ club, and to chair international financial conferences for the likes of The Central Bank of The Bahamas and the Association of International Banks and Trust Companies in The Bahamas (AIBT).
Considered by many as the most direct woman on radio, she has been a host and co-host for Guardian Talk Radio and has been featured in radio and television shows including Portraits, a television show produced by Cable Bahamas, and Dr. David Allen’s Love 97 radio and television shows People Helping People, most recently on the topic of Resilience.
Drawing on her 15 years of experience in consulting and training, featured speaking presentations have included Rotary clubs, the Offshore Post Graduate Seminar in Jesus College, Oxford, the 50th Anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in The Bahamas hosted by The Bahamas Bureau of Women’s Affairs in collaboration with the University of The Bahamas and Corona Worldwide, formerly the Women’s Corona Society.
A former Co-Chair and current Honorary Board member of the Bahamas Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Programme, she was Master of Ceremony and a host for Royal visits. Suzanne is the Charter President of IWF Bahamas, a member forum of the International Women’s Forum headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has served as a Director on the Boards of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) and its Leadership Foundation.
For her contributions to national development in the financial services sector she was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and the Bahamas Silver Jubilee Anniversary of Independence Award. An Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Degree (D.H.L.) was awarded by Sojourner-Douglass College.
Other honours and awards include the Caribbean Women in Leadership Trailblazing Award, the 25 Most Influential Women in Business Award, Association of International Banks & Trust Companies Appreciation Award, IWF Women Who Make a Difference Award, Zonta Club of New Providence Living Legends Award and the Bahamas Humane Society Be Humane Award.