Stephanie N. Lightbourne is a mother, wife, entrepreneur, philanthropist, nationalist and a true agent of change. She serves as the Vice-President of the Coterie of Caribbean Butlers, the leading hospitality institute in The Bahamas and Executive Director of The Empowerment Zone (TEZ); a community outreach nonprofit organization.
Stephanie is a product of the Englerston community.
The seventh child of Ivan and Coral Walkine, Stephanie was born on July 30th, 1966 in Nassau, Bahamas and raised by her grandaunt in Englerston where she attended E.P. Roberts Primary School and C.H. Reeves Junior High School before reuniting with her biological mother. Upon relocating to the United States, she completed secondary education at Evanston Township High School and attended MSTA Business College, both in Chicago, Illinois.
Stephanie is a Chartered Business Administrator and Certified Hospitality Trainer. Through her hospitality business, Stephanie has impacted the lives of hundreds of our country’s youth. As a philanthropist, Stephanie is involved in nation-building by helping to shape the mindsets of young people throughout her community in business development training, workforce readiness skills and an outreach program for women and children.
The former DNA candidate for Englerston in the 2017 election, Stephanie believes that the best representation comes from someone who is a product of the community and someone who can relate to and understand the plight of the people. She firmly believes in the principle that “a handout will last for a moment, but a hand up will last a lifetime”. This, she intends to use as a part of her platform “Community Development and Empowerment” - Creating systemic solutions that will produce entrepreneurs and workforce ready people who will become movers and shakers in The Bahamas.
Stephanie is also an active member of her church, United Christian Cathedral, where she services as Assistant Secretary to her pastor Bishop Albert Hepburn, former Youth Leader, Sunday School Teacher and Former Marriage Ministry leader.
A woman driven to make a change in the community she was raised, Stephanie is a worker.
And with her favorite quote: “DO NOT GO WHERE THE PATH MAY LEAD, GO INSTEAD WHERE THERE IS NO PATH AT ALL AND BLAZE A TRAIL” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson~, Stephanie has a vision of transforming the Bahamas into a nation we can be proud of.