Jo-Ann is a Teacher, Podcaster, Writer and the Curator of Rare Birds. She was born and raised in St. Croix, Virgin Islands to parents from St. Kitts and Nevis. Her life to date has been an amalgamation of experiences gleaned from living, working and being educated in the Caribbean, North America, Europe and Asia.
Prior to founding Rare Birds, she worked for a decade in the corporate real estate investment and construction industry in multiple roles. Alongside her corporate work she freelanced for social enterprises-focussed on emerging market cultural and development issues. She has done career, business and entrepreneurship mentoring in various communities including: the United Nations Women, Empower Women community based in NYC, the Women’s Economic Forum based in India and the global startup community StartUp Grind.
Since leaving the corporate environment, Jo-Ann has been creating and delivering technology and business curriculum to secondary schools, universities and startup communities. She has done so in the Virgin Islands, UK, India, The Gambia and China.
Jo-Ann is a blockchain, crypto and web 3 enthusiast. She is an EthGlobal Hack Money Hacker Alumni, Gitcoin KERNEL (Genesis Block) Fellow Alumni, SheFi Fellow Alumni and a member of the Phoenix Guild. She founded the Shanghai Codecademy Blockchain Chapter, a first for Codecademy and currently writes a weekly Crypto in Emerging Markets Newsletter.
I first met Jo-Ann via Rare Birds, her networking club for female start-up and business founders. In my experience Jo-Ann is a dynamic, dedicated and motivating person who is passionate about entrepreneurship and creating opportunities for people from all backgrounds and walks of life. As an example when I was first launching my website and promoting myself on social media last year, her blog, newsletter and membership special offers plus her personal support were a regular source of inspiration and encouragement to me. Jo-Ann is also a great connector and promoter; she has put me in touch with several individuals who have proven to be valuable contacts, interviewed me for her newsletter and promoted me on Twitter, all of which have contributed to exposure and growth for my business. If you're a woman starting up a business I definitely recommend checking out Rare Birds and getting in touch with Jo-Ann!
Jo-Ann is a dynamic, experienced and creative professional with a strong interest in entrepreneurship, start-ups and women's empowerment. Her international career path and extensive network of contacts together with her considerable technical skills give her a wealth of experience to draw on to guide and support both entrepreneurs and companies in their start-ups and business development. I invited Jo-Ann to be part of my Mastermind group for Women Entrepreneurs as her creativity, energy and dedication shine through. She has been a great asset, friendly, cheerful and supportive, generously giving her skills and ideas to help other members and offering a new and productive vision on many challenges.
Meeting Jo-Ann and exchanging so many thoughts was extraordinary and made me get things done and see my project grow. Jo-Ann displays very good verbal skills, communicates clearly and concisely. Also, she displays very good listening skills. During a crisis situation I’ve been pleased to find out that Jo-Ann gave really good advice, was objective and focused. I appreciate the fact that she put in a lot of effort in helping me choose the best suiting project for my background and personality. I also appreciate the fact that she was proactive, always asking questions on the status of the project. I thank her very much for her support. I found a true and dedicated mentor in Jo-Ann in just a few months. I really hope that there will be an opportunity for us to work together again on different projects.
When RareBirdsHQ founder Jo-Ann Hamilton invited me to become part of a global community of 'Rare Birds' I was pleasantly surprised. Not least because, we had just started business operations a few months earlier. It was an honour to discover I was now part of a community that were taking flight turning ideas into reality! Being part of a global community of women that encourages, supports and empowers has been an important part of my journey. Jo-Ann has connected me with women in the UK and the Caribbean and I have yet to fully embrace all that is on offer as a 'Rare Bird'. I'm super excited about all that lies ahead with RareBirdsHQ and happy to be a part of it.
I have been fortunate enough to have known Jo-Ann for some time now, way before she embarked on her RareBirds mission. I knew from back then that she had the potential to not only pursue her own dreams but to enrich other women along the way. She works incredibly hard to connect with women from all corners of the globe to empower them. I love that she truly believes in all of the women she has reached through her podcasts and beyond.
Jo-Ann has a personality that shines online and offline. What does that mean? It means her sparkle on her face and charm in her voice attracted me towards her and I wanted to know more about her. My first meeting with her was on Skype as we are both a part of WEF. We had chatted an hour or so before she interviewed me. The calmness in her voice made me feel beautiful. She is a wonderful and humble person to work with and with expertise, she is on her journey to help and empower women like her to find a door to open with or without a key!
I love the fact that Rare Birds is similar to an oasis. It’s a meeting place of unique minds who are all so deeply involved in the work they do. It’s also extremely progressive! The social money, slack platform, content is all very future-focused and I think the world needs more of that. Jo-Ann is curious by nature. Her mind ticks at a different pace and often her line of questioning indicates that, “Hey, this woman is determined to create a ripple of change across the globe”. I think she offers a very practical perspective to podcasting and community building in general.
I thoroughly enjoyed doing the peer-to-peer mentoring, it was good to see that someone else was just as passionate and focussed on making a huge success of their business. Me and my peer mentor got on really well; we set ourselves weekly goals but we were always communicating with each other. Our personalities matched and the advice we gave each other was invaluable! We definitely built a great rapport and I would 100% recommend peer- to-peer mentoring with Rare Birds.
What can I say about RareBirds except that this phenomenal platform has been so instrumental in taking my business to the next level. Jo-Ann has done a fantastic job with creating a space we can not only learn and grow but connect with others who are on the same journey. Her warm, friendly personality will make you feel at ease, like you're talking to your best girlfriend. This is the atmosphere she continues to create and before long you feel like you are a part of a sisterhood that won't let you fail. This community is the just the thing you need if you're looking for a firm but loving nudge in the right direction towards building your brand.
Jo-Ann has amazing passion for helping people succeed in their lives. She is the Founder of Rare Birds which has brought together entrepreneurial women so we can support and learn from each other. I had the pleasure to meet her 3yrs ago and to be her first #RareBird interview. Her energy is boundless, her focus acute, and her smile BIG. She is a wonderful example of a heart led driven business developer. I am proud to know her.