2023 Igniting Our Power Haitian Ladies Weekend

The Haitian Ladies Weekend is back, October 6th-8th, 2023!

Join the Haitian Ladies Network for this unique 3-day experience. Come grow your network, gain new insights into Haiti today, and receive tools to support your personal & professional growth.

Enjoy curated sessions  with dynamic speakers, performances, wellness experiences, a marketplace, prizes, and the much-anticipated signature 18th annual Haitian Ladies Brunch.

Weekend Agenda Highlights:

  • Friday, Oct 6 at 1 PM: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture tour followed by evening opening reception & cultural celebration at host hotel
  • Saturday, Oct 7th: Full-day symposium
  • Sunday Oct 8th: 18th Annual Haitian Ladies Brunch, ends at 5pm
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Reserve Your Hotel Room

Omni Hotel | 2500 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC
October 6-8, 2023

Reserve your room now at the discounted rate of $199 a night (plus tax). The group rate will end on September 21, 2023
*system glitch hotel discount available until 9/24/23
Click the button below to make your reservation or call 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664) and ask for the group code: Haitian Ladies Network-Igniting Our Power Weekend

We also have exciting sponsorship opportunities.
Email partnerships@haitianladies.org for more info.

Questions? Contact conference@haitianladies.org

What to Expect

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Women arrive seeking to build professional collaboration, gain supportive circles and strong desires to seek mentors and mentor others

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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

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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

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2023 Highlights

2023 Keynote Speaker

Michele Montas keynote speaker

Michèle Montas

Award-winning Journalist

2023 Saturday Keynote Speaker

Michèle Montas is an award-winning journalist with over twenty years’ experience at Radio HaitiInter which she directed after her husband, journalist Jean Dominique was gunned down in 2000. During her three forced exiles in New York, Michèle Montas worked in Communications for the United Nations, serving for 3 years as Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General and later as Senior Adviser to the UNMission in Haiti. She has served since as a consultant for the UN.

She is a 2002 recipient of the Maria Moors Cabot Prize for excellence in reporting from Columbia University( NY) and a 2003 recipient of the Reporters Without Borders’ Prize for the Defense of Freedom of the Press (Paris). In 2005, she also received the Percy Qoboza award from the National Association of Black journalists. She holds a BA degree from the University of Maine, an MS degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Maine.

Michaëlle Jean

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.

Michaelle Jean


‍Special Remarks

Karine Jean-Pierre

Press Secretary & Assistant to the President

2023 Sunday Brunch Keynote Speaker

Karine Jean-Pierre is currently the Press Secretary and Assistant to the President. She is the first Black person and first openly queer person to serve as the White House Press Secretary.  Karine is a long-time advisor to President Biden, having served in senior communication and political roles in the Biden Administration, the Biden campaign, and in the Obama Administration.

Prior to her role on the campaign, she served as Chief Public Affairs Officer for MoveOn.org and an NBC and MSNBC Political Analyst. Jean-Pierre served as Regional Political Director for the White House Office of Political Affairs during the Obama-Biden administration and as Deputy Battleground States Director for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. She served as Southeast Regional Political Director for President Obama’s 2008 campaign, Deputy Campaign Manager for Martin O’Malley for President, Campaign Manager for the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Initiative, and Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Legislative and Budget Affairs for two members in the New York City Council.

Previously, she worked at the Center for Community and Corporate Ethics, pushing major companies to change their business practices, and is a published author. Born in Martinique and raised in New York, Jean-Pierre is a graduate of Columbia University.

Karine Jean-Pierre brunch keynote speaker 2023

Gessica Geneus

Award-winning Actress and Director (2021 Freda, 2017 Douvan Jou Ka Leve, and 2002 Barikad)

2023 Fireside Chat

Généus Gessica is an actress, singer and director from Haiti. She began her career when she was 17 years old. After the earthquake in 2010 she became actively involved in the re-construction of her country and she started working for the United Nations. She then won a scholarship to study at Acting International in Paris.

She returned to Haiti and created her own production company, Ayizian Productions, to develop her own work. Between 2014 and 2016 she directed Vizaj Nou, a series of short portraits of major figures from contemporary Haitian society. In 2017, her documentary film Douvan Jou Ka Leve (The Day Will Dawn) won seven awards and it continues to be shown around the world. Freda is her first feature film.

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DJ Kemissa

Guest DJ

2023 Guest DJ

Kemissa TRECILE, known as DJ Kemissa is a DJ. and producer, and one of the few women in this field in Haiti. Music has always been her passion since childhood, and playing music in the form of playlists has always been an obsession. Her experience as a DJ began at the age of 16, where she hosted parties organized by my friends and family. The positive reactions from them, my passion, and the desire to show that a woman can be an excellent DJ, pushed her to launch her professional career in 2015. Since then, she has been ranked among the best, and has played on practically all major music stages in Haiti, the USA, and the Dominican Republic. In 2022, she created a group called FITISCH with a few other artists, and with it, she produced her first song entitled "Kòmandan". Thus, she has created three platforms ("Attention Je Connais mes Doigts", "Au TopKemissa," and "W.È.M (Women Empowerment Movement)") with different collaborators that are committed to the fight for women.


DJ Kemisa guest dj for brunch 2023

DJ Kemissa

Brunch DJ

Chef Valerie abraham, guest chef for 2023 brunch

Chef Valery Abraham

Brunch Chef

2022 Special Surprise Performance

Wyclef Jean

Wyclef Jean

3 times Grammy Award and Emmy Award singer, songwriter, producer, rapper

2023 Speakers & Performers

Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson

Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson

Saturday M.C.
Vice President News Programming at Nickelodeon + Executive Producer, Nick News

Martine St-Victor

Sunday M.C.
General Manager,  Edelman

Dr. Solanges Vivens, 2023 speaker

Dr. Solanges Vivens

Author, Visionary Business Leader

Daphne Valcin

Daphne Valcin

CEO, Executive Coach, Corporate Trainer, Daphne Valcin Coaching, Inc.

Kya Pierre-Dawkins

Kya Pierre-Dawkins

Student, Boston University

Thajhea Desir

Senior at Howard University

Marsha Webb, 2023 speaker

Marsha Webb

CEO, New Century Tax & Planning

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Regine Francois Williams

Managing Attorney, Francois William Legal LLC

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Swanellie Paulin

AAMS®,CEPA, CRPC® | Financial Advisor | Edward Jones

Karen Andre

Moderator, Associate Director for Consumer Education and External Affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

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Dominique Anglade

Coleader of the sustainable transition office at HEC Montréal and Cofounder of KANPE Foundation, HEC Montréal and KANPE Foundation

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Régine Chassagne

Co-Founder, KANPE Foundation

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Dr. Gina Guillaume-Joseph

Chief Technical Officer, Government, Workday

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Dr. Joanne Hyppolite

African Diaspora Curator, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

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Guerdy Abraira

TV, Personality, Real Housewives of Miami, Event Planner Extraordinaire, Cancer Warrior

Tamara B. Rodriguez

Entrepreneur, health and wellness ambassador, speaker, and author

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Linda Duverné

Conscious Connector of Community Healing (Mental Health Professional), NYC DOHMH | Charlie Health

Marie Pereira

Legal Analyst, Former Prosecutor, Criminal Defense Attorney, Registered Nurse

Johann Alexis Bounouni

Founder and CEO of Gestion Etudes Comptabilité Audit (GECA)

Dayanne Danier

Creative Director and Owner of Bien Abyé

Dana François

Haiti Program Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Marie Maud Nazon Laplanche

Owner, Mind body Ayiti / Jardin de Theo / Clinique Orlo

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Margarette C. Graham

First Vice-President, ProFin President of Volleyball Haitian Federation and Treasurer of Centre d’Art

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Marie-Louise Jean

Owner, Nourish

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Thamar Harrigan

Host Committee Chair, International Trade Attorney

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Sabine Manigat

Sociologist, Professor, and Researcher, Haiti's Quisqueya University

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Monique Clesca

Moderator, International Development Consultant, Haiti Pro-democracy Advocate

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Marie-Marguerite B. Clérié

President of L' Association Professionnelle d'Ecoles Privées -APEP

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Maureen Jules-Perez

Divisional CIO, People Tech & Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIB), Capital One

2022 Haitian Ladies Weekend speaker Stacey Samuel

Stacey Samuel

Moderator, Executive Producer/CEO, Ground-To-Sky Media

Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick

U.S. House of Representative

Dotie Joseph

Moderator, State Representative Of District 108
North Miami, Florida

Charnette Frederic

Nhaeon’s Chairwoman, Councilwoman At Large
2nd Vice President Of The Council, Irvington, New Jersey

Mary Estime-Irvin

Nhaeon’s Chair Elect, Vice Mayor Of District 3,
North Miami, Florida

Vanessa Joseph

Nhaeon’s Vice Chair, City Clerk, North Miami, Florida

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Jasmine Muenz

Yoga Teacher/Lifestyle Consultant, The Individual Soul

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Lotus Baker

Tribe Leader, Peace Love Art Yoga, LLC

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Pauline Jean

Jazz/World vocalist, Composer

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Christ Maika Joachim

Dancer, Xpressionayiti

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Linda Isabelle Francois Obas

Artist, Choreographer, XPression

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Joel and Mushy Widmaier

Accomplished pianist-keyboardist-composer and drummer/vocalist

2022 Performers

The Cultural Collective

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Malou Beavoir

Linda Francois wearing black dress

Linda Francois

Raphaelle Francoise dancing with curly hair and multicolored shirt

Raphaelle Elisabeth Francois

Riva Nyri Precil wearing all white

Riva Nyri Précil

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James Germain

Musical Accompaniment:
Guitarist: Monvelyno Alexis, Bassist: Yves Boyer, Drummers: Smith Dorzile, Blanc Ernst Junior, Emmanuel Kisley and Jean Guy Rene.

Thank You to Our Partners


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Love the event!

I just love the event and enjoy the company of these wonderful women

Natalie R.
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Well organized!

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.

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Loved the content!

Loved the content. I was educated, entertained, and felt I had a strong connection and was refreshed especially to the yoga session.

Pascalie B.
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Left ignited!

I was already excited and looking forward to attend the event and left definitely ignited.

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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.

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The content and activities were amazing especially the opportunity to meet and network with so many Haitian Ladies.

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