I don’t experience genuine instant connections often. However, my first encounter/interaction with my mentor, Patrice Johnson, was just that. Known to some as Head of Business Solutions and Managed Services at Digicel Jamaica, to me she is a comforter, guider, encourager, grinder and #BOSSLADY . I could not have asked for a better woman to emulate and learn from over the duration of the YCDI Women In Tech Mentoring Program. In fact, I am confident that the fruits and continuation of our bond will far extend this one year tenure.

Patrice Johnson – My Mentor

I write this poem as a tribute and toast to the woman I have had the pleasure of getting to know over the past three months, and will have the pleasure of knowing for years to come. Thank you Youth Can Do IT, for facilitating the experience of a lifetime.


“It wasn’t easy, but you overcome daily.

Your success and survival a living testament to the strength of a woman.

With the many hats, or should I say crowns, you wear,

you still manage to maintain a rich presence in each and every sphere.

..and like the true definition of a queen, you lead (reign rather) with poise and integrity.

You enter no realm, without plans of leaving it transformed.


Possessing a touch like Midas, the power of your hands know no bounds. Your influence over my life, proving this argument sound.

Blessed am I, because our paths have crossed.

No turning back now, cheers to forever…
Forever an inspiration, onwards we go..


Here are some photos of our time together:

This was our very first meeting. As you can see, we were deep in conversation and all smiles after only a few minutes of interacting. One of my dearest friends and fellow mentee, Chinelle Miller, saw us interacting and expressed that we are a perfect match… I could not agree more!

In the month of June, I had the pleasure of working only a 3 minute walk away from her. Patrice visited me at my office at the time, and we had a heartfelt conversation over lunch. The more I learn about this woman, the more amazed I am at her strength and ability to heal and overcome with grace and class.

In times when I feel tired or demotivated, I think about this queen of a woman, where she has been, and the success she has and continues to achieve.

Feel free to leave a comment my dear fellow mentees! Let me know what your favourite things about your mentor are.

1 thought on “A Tribute To A Queen – Patrice Johnson: My Mentor and Newfound Inspiration. : Juleen Gentles

  1. Awww, I love this Juleen !
    What I love about my mentor, is that she always helps me to find solutions for a problem I may have, caring and supportive. <3

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