Who would believe that a good ol' country girl could conquer and be a major influence in a male-dominated industry? From riding bicycles, climbing trees and spending days at the beach, Keisha Forbes had big dreams, but copping the position of chief executive officer of Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB) Limited was not one of them.
At the age of 13, Forbes had set her mind on becoming a paediatrician, as she was always the babysitter for the family and loved spending time with children. Though she was not a fan of the sciences, Forbes had always dreamt of being involved with children - but God had a different plan for her life.
As Flair sat down with the confident and persistent 40-year-old, it came as a surprise that a woman of such stature could be a ball of fun and enthusiasm. Born in St Andrew and growing up in Discovery Bay, St Ann, Forbes was the eldest of three girls and the tomboy of the family. She took pleasure in making fun of her siblings and being a bit of a troublemaker.
After completing second form at the St Hilda's Diocesan High School, Forbes' family was propelled to relocate to Kingston. Being the eldest, Forbes was the first to move. With the drastic change in environment, and no longer having trees to climb, Forbes focused on her studies at the Holy Childhood High School.
Keisha Forbes is a MSBM alum, she holds an MBA with a specialization in Banking and Finance.