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Saturday 21 September 2019
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Haitian Businesses Leadership and Empowerment Brunch D.C. Recap

Once again we had pleasure of hosting another event to better service members of our community. Haitian Businesses’ mission is extended through these event as we bring key panelists to address topics of
interests for the entrepreneurs and professionals of our community. Our 7th Leadership and Empowerment Brunch took place at the Embassy of Haiti in Washington D.C., it was a successful event thanks to everyone who were involved. Guests arrived at the prestigious venue fully decorated with vibrant Haitian art on every inch of the building both inside and outside. Each guest had an opportunity to meet and network with everyone in the room. Soon after, we dove right to a delicious brunch menu before officially open the event.

Opening remarks were addressed by the founder of a Haitian Businesses, Sandra Florvella, immediately followed by a warm welcome from His Excellency Ambassador Paul G. Altidor. His devotion to share Haiti others in hope of changing the narrative is inspiring. An impromptu tour of the embassy and how it’s intertwined with the Haitian culture is vivid and beautifully represented in every aspects of the institution. Guests uncovered many great facts including a painting of King Henry Christophe’s painting that was looted out of Haiti over 100 years ago and was recently repatriated on Haitian soil at the embassy in Washington D.C.
The conversation continued with Samuel Dameus founder of Faces of Haiti and MichelAnge Mathieu a content creator who are both immensely passionate about Haiti. Together they discussed “How We Can Sell a Better Image of Haiti”. Selling the images of a Haiti they both agreed are in showcasing what Haiti has to offer through crisp and professional contents. Following their conversation 3 women panelists Vania André of Haitian Times, Aurélie Mathieu of the Attorney General of the District of Columbia Office and Author Alexandra Jean-Baptiste who elaborated on “Being an Entrepreneur or Professional in the Diaspora and Branding and Marketing Essentials“. The ladies shared key details on how to leverage your network to progress in business and as a professional.
Ambassador Altidor rejoined us at the podium to present a certificate of Excellence to young Haitian American author Nivea Smothers who wrote her first book at age 6. Young Nivea was eager to show her sister the alphabet, as a result she created a book complete with the the Kreyòl alphabet. Nivea was accompanied by her entire family who came all the way from Atlanta to join us in Washington D.C.
Our Leadership and Empowerment event are designed to promote collaboration, networking and sharing keys components to entrepreneurs and professionals. We will soon be announcing our next in event. Be sure to stay connect with us for more information.
Lastly our event would not have been possible without the support of Ambassador Altidor and the embassy staff at who tirelessly was on hand to assist us. Special thanks to our event partner Aurélie Mathieu and Naomie Pierre Louis of Le Brunch D.C. We are extremely grateful for the support of our media sponsor DMV Haitians.

Many thanks to our sponsors who made the event possible

Decameron Haiti

Haiti Open Magazine

La Lune Cosmetique

J Organic Solutions


Traveling Mathieu

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