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The National Association of Haitian Professionals (NAHP) Present “Haiti Investment and Education”

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The National Association of Haitian Professionals (NAHP) has partnered with the Joseph Denis Thomas Foundation (JDT Foundation) and New Jersey Haitian Student Association (NJHSA) Alumni to host a one-day symposium entitled “Haiti Investment and Education” on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at the Newark Museum (Billy Johnson Auditorium) in New Jersey from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  The event is free to the public
“The Haitian Diaspora represents an untapped resource for investment in Haiti so far. Amcham Haiti is the gateway to investments into Haiti, finding local partners, and meeting key government officials,” said Philippe Saint-Cyr, MBA, the executive director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Haiti. “Amcham Haiti hopes to facilitate investments from the Diaspora that can represent millions in capital to fund current and new companies and provide thousands of jobs, especially outside of the Port-au-Prince area,” he concluded.
Over 200 professionals from the tri-state area and abroad, who represent leaders in their industries, are expected to attend the conference and discuss the challenges and opportunities that exist in the redevelopment of Haiti.
“The Haitian Diaspora represents tremendous opportunities for Haiti. Its combined intellectual and economic strengths offer the best chance to provide continued support and growth for the country,” stated Dr. Marjorie P. Brennan, MD, the founder and executive director of the Joseph Dennis Thomas Foundation. “We plan to engage this large pool of passionate and committed individuals to help support education and investment in Haiti,” said Brennan.
Topics will range from education and business to clean energy and agriculture. Featured speakers include: Philippe Saint-Cyr, MBA, the executive director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Haiti; Nathalie Liautaud, MA, the diaspora and investment outreach manager of the Pan American Development Foundation; Conor Bohan, the founder and executive director of Haiti Education Leadership Program (HELP); and Dr. Francois Pierre-Louis, City University of New York.
“Lack of access to education, from primary school to university, is one of the greatest obstacles to long-term social and economic development in Haiti. Conversely, there is overwhelming evidence that investment in education yields extremely high returns, both socially and economically,” said Bohan. “This year’s NAHP conference is an important platform for connecting Haitian diaspora and friends of Haiti to promising investment opportunities in the for-profit and non-profit sectors,”
National Association of Haitian Professionals, (NAHP)
The National Association of Haitian Professionals (NAHP) was created in 2011 as a non-profit organization with the vision of becoming the premier organization dedicated to preparing Haitian professionals in the Diaspora for leadership positions throughout the U.S. The NAHP develops partnerships that result in the creation of intellectual and economic wealth within the Haitian community while creating mentoring opportunities between Haitian professionals and high school or college age students to assist in growing the talent pipeline of professionals in various industries. We remain committed to making a difference in the United States by providing the cultural awareness and sensitivity vital in the management of the nation’s diverse workforce, and abroad by building a strong network of Haitian professionals and like-minded organizations to help rebuild Haiti.
Joseph Denis Thomas Foundation
The Joseph Denis Thomas Foundation is dedicated to entrusting the Haitian people to reverse the economic, environmental, health and social effects of deforestation, loss of agriculture, and lack of water system management. Through higher education opportunities, and with strong partnerships and collaboration, the Foundation works towards increased engagement in the development and conservation of natural resources for the benefit of the community.
New Jersey Haitian Student Association (NJHSA) Alumni
The New Jersey Haitian Student Association (NJHSA) Alumni Chapter’s purpose is to bring together the collective resources of NJHSA alumni in order to promote education and other services within the community; to maintain a liaison between the alumni; to maintain a continuing supportive relationship with NJHSA, its members, programs and events. The mission of the Alumni Chapter is to foster alumni loyalty, involvement and support.
If you would like additional information on the NAHP or to schedule an interview or cover the upcoming please contact Windia Dieudonne via email at or call at 877-627-6247.

Kick-Off Haiti Flag Week on May 14th with The Haiti Dialogue Series “The Art of Reinventing Your Career”

The Haitian Roundtable
Invites You to aKick-Off Event For HAITI FLAG WEEK In New York City



Monday, May 14, 2012

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

231 West 124th Street, New York, NY 10027

(Between Frederick Douglas Blvd. and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.

Free street parking available after 6:00 pm on 124th Street)

FREE Admission!

ID is required for entry

RSVP: rsvp

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to meet fellow Haitian professionals and show your Haitian pride during HAITI FLAG WEEK!

logo 236.jpgJoin us for powerful insights and an interactive discussion on:

  • building a thriving career
  • exploring entrepreneurial opportunities
  • selling your personal brand
  • mentoring and networking skills
  • surviving today’s highly competitive professional environment

This unique forum will be moderated by Dr. Jeffrey Gardere, better known as America’s Psychologist and one of the most popular personalities in the media, and will feature a panel of diverse professionals of Haitian descent from a variety of industry sectors.

Fabrice Armand
President, Fabrice J. Armand Group

Midwin Charles

Attorney and Founder, Midwin Charles & Associates LLC
Faride Precil
Manager, Education Programs, National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC)

Mona Scott-Young
Founder/CEO of Monami Entertainment

Brian Simon
Director, Government Affairs, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

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As a proud Haitian American I had to pass this information along. My cultural identity is important to me, finding organizations that foster networking and learning within that group is always a plus.

Happy Flying,
~Solo Dove~

Hope For Them Holiday Toy Drive for Haiti

Sharing some information about a worthy toy drive.


Hope For Them Foundation’s Holiday Toy Drive

Uniting the Worlds of Art and Philanthropy

For the Children of Haiti

Dec. 17, 2011 from 7-11pm

Gallery 151 (132 W. 18th)

Hosted by Ines Ferre from CNN

Music by DJ Super Jaimie

Live Performance by Kate Nauta

Live Painting by Borbay & Ari Lankin

Cocktails by St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur

Wine by Evening Lands Vineyards

Hors D?oeuvres by Alison Eighteen Restaurant


$30 with a toy
$50 without a toy
(Toys must be unwrapped & valued under $25)

RSVP or Make a Donation at

For Press Pass, contact Jenny










VIVMagnificent Woman Shop For A Cause | Honors @KHanson_Jewelry & @melaniefiona

Last night VIV Mag held their passport to luxury series at Bally Flagship store on Madison Ave.  They honored singer Melanie Fiona and designer  Kristin Hanson with the VIVMagnificent Woman Humanitarian for their philanthropic endeavors.  Publisher Jocelyn Taylor was on hand to present the honorees with their awards.  This event was not only to honor these two women but to raise funds for Aksyon Haitian/American arts, fashion and design foundation. Guest were treated to cocktails sponsored by the new Courvoisier Rose’ and the night’s food was catered by Haitian cater Nadege Fleurimond,  of Fleurimond Catering, Inc.

The awards for the honorees

Melanie Fiona with her VIV award

Melanie Fiona and Jocelyn Taylor

Honorees Melanie Fiona and Kristin Hanson

Chairman of VIV Mag as well as one of the people responsible for Fiji water

VIVMag is a bi-monthly 100% digital interactive lifestyle/luxury magazine targeting women which offers insight, advice and authentic stories to inspire and motivate women in their quest for a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

PR Sidenote:  My little PR sidenote for this event is that next time Courvoisier should either do a darker shade of pink for their logo the step and repeat  or go with a black step and repeat banner. It was a little hard to see the logo.

Networking tip: Open bar events don’t drink too much. Events sponsored by magazines offers great opportunities to meet with editors, publishers, and photographers. Always bring enough business cards or if you are going the paperless route make sure your phone is well charged so you can exchange information that way.

Happy Flying,

~Solo Dove~

About the Author

Sandra Florent is the entertainment and non-profit publicist behind Solo Dove Public Relations. Based in New Jersey Solo Dove Public Relations provides personalized publicity, public relations, consulting, and event planning services to clients in their area of expertise. Tumblr:

Haitian Flag Day? What is that all about?

Happy Haitian Flag day to all my Haitian people as well as those who are Haitian by association.  The Haitian flag was created on May 18, 1803 a year before Haiti became the first free black republic. Haitian Flag Day is a major holiday. Parades, food, music, flags being flown high are pretty common sightings in areas with a large Haitian population.

With any good flag creation story there is a woman. For Haiti it was  Catherine Flon. As the story goes  Jean-Jacques Dessalines created the flag by taking a French tricolor and ripping out the white center, which he discarded. He then asked Catherine Flon, his god-daughter, to sew the remaining bands together.

The words on the Flag  L’Union Fait La Force  means Unity Makes Strength.

A good site that you may want to check out to learn more about Haitian Flag day is 

On an intercultural note if you do see someone with a Haitian flag please refrain from saying “You don’t look Haitian.”

Happy Flying,

~Solo Dove~

NY-Haitian Leadership Fellowship Grant

Hurry! The deadline to submit an application is Friday, April 29th.

The NY-Haitian Leadership Fellowship’s Grant Making Committee will award a grant of up to $1,000 to a New York City based organization serving the local Haitian community. Candidates will be required to submit proposals exhibiting the greatest impact on the community with the least resources, while using media as an outreach tool to educate the targeted audience.

The NY-Haitian Leadership Fellowship encourages all eligible applicants to submit an application. The application can be found in the attachment online at If you have any questions you may contact Orly Ben-Zvi at 212-983-4800 x121.

Please feel free to pass this information along.

Black In Latin America: Haiti vs. Dominican Republic

I watched the first part of the seven part series Black in Latin America by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. You can catch it on PBS and will show every Tuesday from now till May 10th. I watched the first part particularly because it covered the tense race relations between Haiti and Dominican Republic. Learn more of the historical issues was very insightful. Being of Haitian decent. Raised by a Haitian mother I am pretty familiar with the situation but Black in Latin America provided some deeper insight. For the Dominicans their slave and master relationship differed from the of the Haitian cultivating a superiority complex among slaves. Similar to the divide between  field slaves and house slaves in America. That’s the best way I can describe it. Skin complexion also plays a major factor in being Black in Latin America. The lighter you are the better. This is something that is not just prevalent in the Caribbean but many cultures. It boggles my mind really.

Though 90 percent of Dominicans have African ancestry they do not consider themselves African. or even acknowledge their  African ancestry.  they tend to define themselves as “descended from Indians & Europeans”. This is shown in their statues that have been lightened to show a more European look. While in Haiti they embraces their African identity.  

Some of the key things that struck me about this documentary was the fact that the Haitian people in an attempt to rid themselves of everything that reminded them of the French and slavery ended up hindering their progress.  Haiti once the Pearl of  the Antilles suffered greatly by turning away from what made them great.

From watching this documentary I feel that it will help people to understand the situation between these two islands. Better understanding can promote better business practices, better relationships, education. People fear what the don’t know if you take the time out to learn you will be surprised at the misconceptions that you had.

To learn more about the series click the link for dates times

Happy Flying,

~Solo Dove~

About the Author

Sandra Florent is the entertainment and non-profit publicist behind Solo Dove Public Relations. Based in New Jersey Solo Dove Public Relations provides personalized publicity, public relations, consulting, and event planning services to clients in their area of expertise.

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