2019 Haitian Ladies Weekend

Hosted by the Haitian Ladies Network Steering Committee, Haitian Ladies Weekend convenes more than 500 women of Haitian descent for a three-day weekend in Washington, DC. The weekend which grew out of the annual tradition of the DC Haitian Ladies Brunch launched more than 14 years ago remains the only convening of its kind. Don't miss engaging with nationally recognized speakers, making authentic connections, and celebrating our shared Haitian culture and values.   

October 11-13, 2019 



National Museum of African

American History and Culture

*for select ticket holders*


Fri, Oct 11, 1:00 PM

National Museum of African

American History and Culture

1400 Constitution Ave NW 

Washington, DC 20560

Welcome Reception


Fri, Oct 11, 6:00 PM

Embassy of Haiti

2311 Massachusetts Ave NW

Washington, DC 20008

3rd Annual Haitian  Ladies Symposium 


Sat, Oct 12, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

American University Washington College of Law

4300 Nebraska Ave NW
Washington DC 20016

Engaging with Haiti Panel

Guerda Nicolas, Ayiti Community Trust

Marguerite Lathan, Fonkoze

Yve-Car Momperousse, Kreyol Essence

Rosemonde Pierre-Louis, NYU McSilver Institute

Building Economic Wealth

Daphne Dufresne, GenNx 360 Capital Partners

Cassandre Davilmar, Classic Man Barber Lounge & Lakou Cafe

Swanellie Paulin, Edward Jones

Jeanique Riche-Druses, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Recharging Us

Dr. Suzie Richardson Armas

Youth Session - Make Room for Generation Z

Haitian Ladies Weekend Mixer

Sat, Oct 12, 6 PM - 3AM

Lyve At U

2001 11th St NW

Washington DC, 20001

*Men are Welcome*

14th Annual Haitian Ladies Brunch


Sun, Oct 13, 12 PM - 5 PM


National Housing Center

1201 15th St NW

Washington DC 20005

Featured Speakers


Edwidge Danticat, Author

Karine Jean-Pierre, MoveOn.org, NBC News & MSNBC

Haitian Ladies Marketplace Curated by Bien Abye

This years theme is Igniting Our Power.



Edwidge Danticat


Keynote Speaker

Karine Jean-Pierre

MoveOn.org, NBC News & MSNBC

Featured Speaker

Building Economic Wealth Panelists

Daphne Dufresne

GenNx 360 Capital Partners

Cassandre Davilmar

Classic Man Barber Lounge & Lakou Cafe

Swanellie Paulin

Edward Jones

Jeanique Riche-Druses

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Engaging with Haiti Panelists

Guerda Nicolas

Ayiti Community Trust

Marguerite Lathan


Yve-Car Momperousse

Kreyol Essence

Rosemonde Pierre-Louis

NYU McSilver Institute COO, NYU McSilver Institute and Chair,

The Haitian Roundtable

Recharging Us

Dr. Suzie Richardson Armas 

New World Health Foundation



Registration through Eventbrite is open with these tickets still available until we sell out. 


WEEKEND - DONOR | (Special acknowledgment for supporting Haitian Ladies Network. Single ticket includes Fri Museum Visit, Fri VIP Entry into Embassy Reception, Sat Symposium, Sun Brunch) is $250


WEEKEND - ADULT | (Single ticket includes Fri Museum Visit until capacity is reached, Fri regular entry into Embassy Reception, Sat Symposium, Sun Brunch) is $190


WEEKEND - STUDENT | (Ages 14+/Show ID at check-in/Includes Fri museum visit until capacity is reached, Fri Regular entry into Embassy Reception, Sat Symposium, Sun Brunch) is $75


SYMPOSIUM | (Sat only) is $125


BRUNCH ADULT | (Sun only) is $85


BRUNCH YOUTH | (Age 5 to 18/Sun only) is $25

* Please note that tickets to attend Haitian Ladies Weekend are non-transferable and non-refundable. *

* National Museum of African American History and Culture entry pass included in a Haitian Ladies Weekend ticket package is complimentary. All of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. are free to the public. *

*Though we appreciate the interest from gentlemen and many other interested parties, Haitian Ladies Weekend is reserved for women of Haitian descent only. 


The following hotels have special Haitian Ladies Network rates on hold until capacity is reached.
Rates are available from Thursday, October 10th through Monday, October 14th. We offer them as options for your stay. Use the link provided to make your own reservation. You may choose to make other arrangements. For questions specific to a hotel, please visit the hotel website or contact front desk. 

Homewood Suites by Hilton

1900 North Quinn Street, Arlington, VA 22209

(703) 348-2828

20 min ride: Reagan National Airport DCA/Embassy of Haiti & National Housing Center | View Map

$179 / Night (1 Studio King bed Suite +1 pullout bed for 3 adults max in the room) rate avail Thurs 10th-Mon 14th


Free breakfast for up to 3 guests included

Parking: $10 / Night

NYC ladies: Hotel is close to suggested Vamoose Bus NY/DC stop

Hyatt Place Washington DC/Georgetown/West End

2121 M Street NW Washington, DC 20037

(202) 838-2222

10 minutes ride: Embassy of Haiti & National Housing Center | View Map

$169 / Night  King Bed rate avail Thurs 10th-Mon 14th

$189 / Night  2 Queen Beds  rate avail Thurs 10th-Mon 14th

Free Breakfast for Hyatt Members (can sign up to be Hyatt Member at check-in)

Parking: $53 / Night

Fairfax at Embassy Row

2100 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

(202) 293-2100

2.5 blocks walking: Embassy & 7 minute ride: National Housing Center | View Map

$185 / Night  (Superior 1 King Bed or Superior 2 Double Beds) rate avail Thurs 10th-Mon 14th

Order & pay for  breakfast at the lobby Market


Parking: $53 / Night



Seize a unique opportunity to partner with a global women’s brand on the rise.  Showcase your brand on the largest global platform connecting more than 10,000 women of Haitian descent from across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean and linking together all our respective networks to support one another as we ignite the powerful change we envision for ourselves and our communities.  
For sponsorship opportunities, email info@haitianladies.org
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Thank you for your interest in being a vendor at the Haitian Ladies Brunch Marketplace curated by Bien Abyé at the Sunday 14th annual brunch. Exhibition during the brunch is a juried process with the selection made by the Haitian Ladies Network Steering Committee


Vendor Benefits include:

  • Access to our global network of 25,000+ Haitian Ladies through pre-weekend and day-of marketing promotions via our multiple digital platforms.

  • One single Weekend ticket includes Fri Museum Visit, Fri VIP Entry into Embassy Reception, Sat Symposium, Sun Brunch.

  • Exhibitor table at the Sunday brunch to showcase your brand, sell products, and forge connections with the 500+ attendees eager to experience brands that express their values and cultural interests.


Vendor Signing Process:

  • Complete the vendor interest form below for consideration. 

  • Upon submitting the form, you will receive acknowledgment and next steps within 48 hours.

  • Pay total vendor fee of $500 if selected to participate.

If you have any difficulty submitting this form, or have any other questions, please email us vendors@haitianladies.org


2019 Weekend Committees

Communications Committee
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Theola DeBose

Steering Committee Member

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Thamar Harrigan

Steering Committee Member

Adriyanna R Andreus

2019 Weekend Committee Member

Adriyanna R. Andreus studied Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and Community Development at Howard University. During the 2016 Presidential Campaign, Adriyanna personally registered 456 students at various D.C. Colleges and Universities, lead and organized 56 students to phone back at DNC Headquarters weekly for the 2016 Election and mobilized 784 DC College Students to knock on 11,084 doors during the 2016 Presidential Campaign. 

She recently served as the Political Director for Pay Our Interns, a national campaign to advocate for more paid internships for millennials, lobbying and engaging Congressional leaders to offer fair wages to interns. She is the creator of #Home2Haiti, a non-profit to send young Haitian American adults from all over America to Haiti as an opportunity to diminish the growing division between Haitian and Haitian American communities. She is also the founder of Fanm a Fanm a global online fair trade marketplace, where Black Women come together to make, sell, buy, and collect unique items. She served as the Secretary for the Board of Directors for the DeAngels Foundation, a nonprofit providing access to meaningful educational resources throughout the entire Caribbean. She has been  featured on Al Jazeera, MSNBC, Politico and CNN highlighting millennials who were instrumental in the 2016 Presidential Elections. 

External Affairs & Culture Committee

Karen Andre

Steering Committee Member


Ariel Dominique

Steering Committee Member

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Gaël Monnin

2019 Weekend Committee Member

I am lucky to have one of the best jobs in the world. I am the third-generation owner and curator of the Galerie Monnin founded in Haiti in 1959. I do not associate this chance with a supernatural phenomenon which I happen to stumble onto; I choose to associate my luck to my grandparent’s and parent’s values and hard work who left the occidental world to plant their roots in Haiti. Haiti being an extremely unique, surreal and difficult context to work in – it is my luck to contribute to my family’s heritage and my responsibility to give back to my country."

Logistics Committee

Kysseline Jean-Mary Chéresta

Steering Committee Member

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Syncia Sabain

Steering Committee Member

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Nellie C Goen

2019 Weekend Committee Member

I am very proud of my Haitian heritage. I was born and grew up in Petion-Ville and when I was ten years old our family moved to Washington, DC.  At the time, we were 10 siblings, now 12.  Our home was a stepping stone for the many aunts and uncles, family and friends who had to leave Haiti.  I have never forgotten my roots. It was important to fill the emptiness I felt leaving my country and to stay connected.  I do that by being part of a community development organization working in northern Haiti since 1996.  The most rewarding visit was to attend a graduation ceremony for over 300 community women who had mastered the complex Mother’s’ Club curriculum which included family planning, health, nutrition, household economy, conflict resolution and adult literacy for those who did not know how to read and write. Today THESE women are the the leaders in their community, and the graduations continue.  


Many moons ago I was told that I had a good eye for floral design and should pursue it!  I followed that advise.  I am glad to say that the moons have brought me many opportunities and great joy.  I have designed for elegant brides, a president’s dinner at the Smithsonian, ambassadors and dignitaries who have dined at our embassy, and “dressed” the embassy for the changing seasons.  Perhaps one of my most challenging projects was to participate in the design of the embassy’s patio area. My assignment  was to decorate the space. The reward is to hear the guests’ surprise of discovering this little bit of Haiti. When time permits, I can be found at Chevy Chase Florist in Maryland designing arrangements for special events.
I enjoy spending time with my husband, our daughter and son’s families and my adopted horse, Andrew.

Program Committee

Phara Georges Rodrigue

Steering Committee Member

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A D Rachel Pierre

Steering Committee Member

Sponsorship and Operations Committee

Ariel Dominique

Steering Committee Member

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Elodie Manuel

2019 Weekend Committee Member

From the artisanal diamond mining region of Mbuji Mayi in the DRC, to the jungle of Kalimantan in Indonesia, to the former industrial towns of eastern Ukraine, those are just a few of the obscure locations my work has taken me. I implement projects that aim to address some of the world’s biggest challenges, from food security to economic resilience in the face of conflict-driven internal displacement. My interest in social causes is rooted in my own life experience. I was born in Haiti into a family of political and human rights activists. When I was six, both my parents - like my grandparents before them –were forced to flee the country; a fate common to those in the developing world who dared oppose repressive regimes. I knew from the earnest and impassioned conversations I had overheard that my parents had acted on conviction. From this early event in my life, I inherited a sense of purpose, which has grown with me into adulthood.

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Laetitia Brandt

2019 Weekend Committee Member

Laetitia was born in 1981 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In 2000 She attended the EFAP (French School of Press Attachés) in Paris where she graduated with a bachelor in Business Communication. After obtaining her master's degree in Business Communication at ESLSCA in Paris she returned to Haiti where in 2010 she became the Corporate Account Manager at Voila, a telecom company. She joined Multiad, in 2012, an advertising and media placement agency, where she now is the Director of Corporate Accounts. In September 2017, she created Zen Ayiti, the first platform working on the development and promotion of Wellness and Spirituality in Haiti. Laetitia also heads Zoom a one-stop multi-service agency geared towards Diaspora needs in Haiti.