60-second interview with Keisha Hyde Porchetta

Keisha Hyde Porchetta, 5/4/2017

Keisha N Hyde Porchetta TEP is senior attorney-at-law at Harridyal Sodha & Associates, Barbados.

How and why did you get involved with STEP?

A former boss made sure that all attorneys joining his firm obtained a TEP and I’m grateful for the approach he took.

What benefits has it brought you personally, or in your business?

Being a member of STEP has helped to give credibility to my career. I have had the opportunity for continuous learning in the field as well as an opportunity to hone my leadership skills.

You were recently given a Founder’s Award. What does this mean to you?

I am quite humbled and grateful for the recognition for the voluntary time and contribution I have given to the organisation. However, my contribution was done without any thought of receiving a reward; I thoroughly enjoy being a part of STEP.

What is the most important thing STEP does, in your opinion?

Continuous education is the most important thing STEP provides. In this day and age where everything seems to be changing so rapidly, having an organisation to ensure you keep up to date, and current in the field is invaluable.

What would you say to other members who are thinking of getting more involved with STEP?

The more involved you get in STEP, the more you learn. Getting involved will help to enhance your career in many ways, from networking, to gaining leadership skills to organisational and creative skills. There is no downside to getting more involved.

What do you feel are the main challenges facing your branch or region at the moment?

Dealing with the ever changing landscape which exists for countries like Barbados which provide international financial services.

How are you planning to deal with them?

We will continue to engage with other organisations in our sector and with the Barbados government to help our sector adapt and evolve beyond the limitations imposed on it. We will also continue to invite thought leaders to have discussions with our members, to inform and educate on the status quo, coping mechanisms and ways to take advantage of any opportunities which the situation presents.

Which social media channels do you use and why?

I mostly use Linked In and to a very limited extent Facebook. Linked In has very useful articles and provides access to many professionals around the world. I use Facebook only on a social basis and very seldom.


Keisha N. Hyde Porchetta TEP is senior attorney-at-law at Harridyal Sodha & Associates, Barbados, and has practiced since 2002. A former chair, vice-chair and secretary of the STEP Barbados Branch, she is now the events committee chair, and a long-standing member of the steering committee for the STEP Caribbean Conference. Keisha also served as a director and secretary for the Barbados International Business Association for several years.