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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.

You’re Invited: Bel Ti Fi Flights of Fancy Luncheon

I had to share the invite for Bel Ti Fi luncheon which is taking place in about a week. I attended the first luncheon and had the opportunity to meet so many positive Haitian American women. As a niche group Bel Ti Fi caters to an often under represented group. From the look of the invite this years luncheon will be another success.


Ladies Luncheon

During our three years of metamorphosis, we have transformed a dream into a reality.

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, join us as we acknowledge Haitian women that will guide you to fly towards the next destination of your personal and professional development

Topics of discussion include:


Inter-generational Relationships

Career Planning



Financial Literacy

And more…

SATURDAY, March 24, 2012

Doors open promptly at 11AM


St. Francis College

180 Remsen Street Brooklyn, New York 11201

◊ See Panelists below ◊

Advanced tickets $15.00 (until March 16th)

$20.00 (from March 17th-March 23rd)



* Tickets link can be found at


Rodneyse Bichotte (District leader female 42nd district Brooklyn)

Dr. Patricia Marthone, M.D. (Director of Business Development and Operations for a series of Office Surgical Based Practices & Clinics in NYC)

Midwin Charles (Managing Principal, Midwin Charles & Associates LLC and

TV Legal Analyst)

Honorable Judge Sybil Elias (First Haitian-American Judge of New Jersey)

Kherlyn Veillard-Marcel (Budget Director, Open Society Institute)

Cassandre Pierre Charles (Integrated Marketing Director, ESSENCE)

Mildred Antenor (Media Commentator, Public Speaker, University Professor)


Jasmine Attikese (Planning Manager, Time Warner Inc.)

Tai Henriquez (Contracts coordinator, Grand Central Publishing)

Carline Dumerlin-Folkes (Early College Liaison at City University of New York and author of Miss University)

Jessica LaForest (Associate producer, CBS)

Melissa Bernier (Attorney and Counselor at Law at Bernier Legal, LLC)

Nadine Fontaine, Esq. (Assistant Director at Eqip. Systems Inc., President-elect of Metropolitan Black Bar Association)

See the links below from the past luncheon “THE SECRET GARDEN”

Stonybrook Statesman piece

TI FI TALKS! with Martine Guerrier, past Chief Family Engagement Officer for the Department of Education

TI FI TALKS! with Katya St. Fleur, representative of the US Census Bureau

TI FI TALKS! with Chantal Antoine, Architectural Designer for Queens Borough Public library

TI FI TALKS! with Genevieve Michel-Bryan, VP of Broadcast of Black Enterprise

TI FI TALKS! with Nadege Fleurimond, author and CEO of Nadege Fleurimond

TI FI TALKS! with Daphne Leroy, VP of Marketing for N.A.M.I.C.

Happy Flying,
Solo Dove

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~

May is Haitian Heritage Month, who knew?

Thanks to Twitter you can learn plenty of new this. Yesterday as one of those days. I found out that May is Haitian Heritage Month. It was first celebrated in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1998. Now Haitian Heritage Month is a celebration in the United States of Haitian heritage and culture. Though I am well aware of the contributions of Haitians and Haitian Americans. Also familiar with the Haitian holidays. Haitian Heritage month is basically an expansion on Haitian Flag day. Haitian Flag Day is May 18th which celebrates the creation of the Haitian Flag.

My hometown of  Irvington New Jersey is one of those places that has a large Haitian population and we do have our Haitian parade come May 18th. The streets are filled with a sea of blue and red. There are a lot of celebrations in the surrounding areas. Upon finding out that there is a Haitian Heritage month I think it should be publicized a bit more and be used as a teaching tool. I know many people are unfamiliar with Haiti and its people and most of their knowledge may come from what they have seen on TV. Also the earthquake in Haiti didn’t help. Haiti needs to be shown in a more positive light. There are good people and improvements happening not as fast as most would like but it is happening.

So for the month of May and beyond take the time to learn about Haiti and its people. Expand your knowledge of this Caribbean island. I have to think of a way to celebrate, maybe a Creole word of the day? I’ll figure it out.

To learn more about Haitian Heritage Month visit or

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.

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.

[Event] Kreyol Connection Haitian Networking Reception @ Bubble Lounge

2011 Kreyol Connection Networking Reception

Check the link for the flier of the latest event taking place on February 28th at the Bubble Lounge. Networking with the Haitian community. Now there is a target market.

Happy Flying,

~Solo Dove~

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