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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
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vice President News Programming at Nickelodeon + Executive Producer, Nick News
General Manager, Edelman
Dr. Solanges Vivens
Author, Visionary Business Leader
CEO, Executive Coach, Corporate Trainer, Daphne Valcin Coaching, Inc.
Student, Boston University
Senior at Howard University
CEO, New Century Tax & Planning
Regine Francois Williams
Managing Attorney, Francois William Legal LLC
AAMS®,CEPA, CRPC® | Financial Advisor | Edward Jones
Moderator, Associate Director for Consumer Education and External Affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
Coleader of the sustainable transition office at HEC Montréal and Cofounder of KANPE Foundation, HEC Montréal and KANPE Foundation
Co-Founder, KANPE Foundation
Dr. Gina Guillaume-Joseph
Chief Technical Officer, Government, Workday
Dr. Joanne Hyppolite
African Diaspora Curator, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
TV, Personality, Real Housewives of Miami, Event Planner Extraordinaire, Cancer Warrior
Tamara B. Rodriguez
Entrepreneur, health and wellness ambassador, speaker, and author
Conscious Connector of Community Healing (Mental Health Professional), NYC DOHMH | Charlie Health
Legal Analyst, Former Prosecutor, Criminal Defense Attorney, Registered Nurse
Johann Alexis Bounouni
Founder and CEO of Gestion Etudes Comptabilité Audit (GECA)
Creative Director and Owner of Bien Abyé
Haiti Program Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Marie Maud Nazon Laplanche
Owner, Mind body Ayiti / Jardin de Theo / Clinique Orlo
Margarette C. Graham
First Vice-President, ProFin President of Volleyball Haitian Federation and Treasurer of Centre d’Art
Host Committee Chair, International Trade Attorney
Sociologist, Professor, and Researcher, Haiti's Quisqueya University
Moderator, International Development Consultant, Haiti Pro-democracy Advocate
Marie-Marguerite B. Clérié
President of L' Association Professionnelle d'Ecoles Privées -APEP
Divisional CIO, People Tech & Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIB), Capital One
Moderator, Executive Producer/CEO, Ground-To-Sky Media
U.S. House of Representative
Moderator, State Representative Of District 108
North Miami, Florida
Nhaeon’s Chairwoman, Councilwoman At Large
2nd Vice President Of The Council, Irvington, New Jersey
Nhaeon’s Chair Elect, Vice Mayor Of District 3,
North Miami, Florida
Nhaeon’s Vice Chair, City Clerk, North Miami, Florida
Yoga Teacher/Lifestyle Consultant, The Individual Soul
Tribe Leader, Peace Love Art Yoga, LLC
Jazz/World vocalist, Composer
Christ Maika Joachim
Linda Isabelle Francois Obas
Artist, Choreographer, XPression
Joel and Mushy Widmaier
Accomplished pianist-keyboardist-composer and drummer/vocalist
Raphaelle Elisabeth Francois
Riva Nyri Précil
Guitarist: Monvelyno Alexis, Bassist: Yves Boyer, Drummers: Smith Dorzile, Blanc Ernst Junior, Emmanuel Kisley and Jean Guy Rene.
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.