What to Expect
Women arrive seeking to build professional collaboration, gain supportive circles and strong desires to seek mentors and mentor others
Over three days, members live the shared Haitian culture and pride that has sustained their ambitions and continue to propel them forward as women of Haitian descent
Women leave feeling a sense of their own power and a desire to continue leaning into this network of similarly minded sisters who share their drive
President of FOKAL
2022 Saturday Symposium
Michele Duvivier Pierre-Louis became Prime Minister of Haiti in September 2008. While Prime Minister, she also served as Minister of Justice and Public Security.
Upon leaving office in November 2009, Pierre-Louis resumed her activities at the Open Society Foundations–Haiti she created in 1995 under the name Fondation Connaissance et Liberté – FOKAL. She is now FOKAL’s President, coordinating special projects in Sustainable Development, Higher Education and National Heritage with an emphasis on human rights and gender justice. She is also a professor at Université Quisqueya, Haïti.
Former 27th Governor General, Commander-in-Chief of Canada
2022 Sunday Keynote Speaker
The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean is the former 27th Governor General, Commander-in-Chief of Canada, sworn in September 27, 2005, for a five-year mandate. On October 1st, 2010, the United Nations immediately called on her to become UNESCO Special Envoy to support reconstruction efforts in Haiti. From 2011 to 2014, Michaëlle Jean also served as Chancellor of the University of Ottawa, where her offices as UNESCO Special Envoy were hosted. Seasoned stateswoman and diplomat, her voice is gifted with the power to convene everywhere in the multilateral sphere, in every UN forum, from New York to Geneva, all the way to the Security Council, as well as within the European Union, the European Parliament, the OECD, the African Union.
The Honorable Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick
Florida (FL) - 20th, Democrat
Freshman Congresswoman Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in January 2022, becoming the first Haitian American Democrat to be elected to Congress. She now proudly represents Florida’s 20th district. Rep. Cherfilus-McCormick is honored to serve on the House Committee on Education and Labor, as well as the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. She is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Haitian Caucus, and the Caribbean Caucus.
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3 times Grammy Award and Emmy Award singer, songwriter, producer, rapper
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I just love the event and enjoy the company of these wonderful women
First conference in large gathering in 2 years. well organized - networking with Haitian sisters and good message. The size of the group was perfect, intimate and allowed for connections to be made and networking.
Loved the content. I was educated, entertained, and felt I had a strong connection and was refreshed especially to the yoga session.
I was already excited and looking forward to attend the event and left definitely ignited.
This was the most empowering experience in my life. Seen so much talent, brain, loving, caring beautiful sister from the motherland made me feel 10 feet tall. I left Sunday feeling that I can do anything I put my mind to.
The content and activities were amazing especially the opportunity to meet and network with so many Haitian Ladies.