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 



Registration is now closed for the 2019 Haitian Ladies Weekend.

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

 Here is a Haitian objects on display guide created just for us.

Welcome Reception

*Confirmed through the Embassy process. RSVPs to attend *


Fri, Oct 11, 6:00 -9:00 PM

Embassy of Haiti

2311 Massachusetts Ave NW

Washington, DC 20008


Sun, Oct 13, 10AM-12PM


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 Official Party

*Must be 21+. Men are Welcome.*

Sat, Oct 12, 6 PM - 11 PM

Pure Lounge (NEW VENUE)

1326 U Street NW

Washington DC 20009

Hosted by our local partners - HaitiBound Adventures, Association of Haitian Professionals, DMV Haitians and DJ Mad Bow, the party is priced separately from tickets sold by Haitian Ladies Network.

Donor Ticket Holders receive complimentary VIP admission to the official party.  $15 early bird party entrance is still available.


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



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Edwidge Danticat


Sunday Brunch Keynote Speaker

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Karine Jean-Pierre

MoveOn.org, NBC News & MSNBC

Sunday Brunch Featured Speaker

Building Economic Wealth Panelists
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Daphne Dufresne

GenNx 360 Capital Partners

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Cassandre Davilmar

Lakou Cafe

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Swanellie Paulin

Edward Jones


Jeanique Riche-Druses

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Engaging with Haiti Panelists
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Guerda Nicolas

Ayiti Community Trust

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Marguerite Lathan



Yve-Car Momperousse

Kreyol Essence


Rosemonde Pierre-Louis

NYU McSilver Institute COO, NYU McSilver Institute and Chair,

The Haitian Roundtable

Recharging Us
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Dr. Suzie Richardson-Armas 

New World Health Foundation

Make Room for Generation Z

Naahmie Charleston

Bowie State University


Kya Pierre-Dawkins

Sidwell Friends School



For Haitian Ladies Weekend reserved room blocks at partner hotels - Marriott Courtyard Bethesda

Chevy Chase and Hyatt Place Washington DC/Georgetown/West End - have reached capacity.


We suggest checking popular travel sites such as Expedia and Travelocity or AirBnB to find options for your stay. 

To guide you in your search, neighborhoods that are close to Embassy of Haiti (Friday reception), American University (Saturday Symposium), and National Housing Center (Sunday Brunch) are: Foggy Bottom, Dupont Circle, Embassy Row, Thomas Circle and Downtown and relevant zip codes are 20008, 20036, 20037, 20001 and 20016. 

Complete addresses for event venues are in the schedule section of this website as well to assist you.



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 40,000 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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In honor of Tante Raymonde Pénette-Dalzon (1917-2000)


The daughters, granddaughters and great granddaughters of Marie Therese Desilier

The daughters, granddaughters and great granddaughters of Heureuse Felix Duplessy



We are happy to have these selected vendors at the Haitian Ladies Brunch Marketplace curated by Bien Abyé.

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2019 Weekend Committees

Communications Committee
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Theola DeBose

Haitian Ladies Network Steering Committee Member

Theola DeBose is a tech entrepreneur and co-founder of the career change and communications startup GraySide Media Group. She is a former communications leader in the Obama administration, and a former Washington Post journalist. She attended the first-ever Haitian Ladies Brunch in 2005 when it was just a handful of women clustered around a local restaurant table. She has been excited to see the growth of Haitian women from all over coming together to create a full weekend of celebration. She joined the steering committee in 2017 and serves on the communications team.

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Thamar Harrigan

Haitian Ladies Network Steering Committee Member

Thamar Harrigan is an international trade attorney and former staffer of the Obama Administration and the Embassy of Haiti in Washington, DC. Her first Haitian Ladies Brunch was in 2012, when it was held at Smith Commons with about 50 women in attendance.  She worked on the Brunch while at the Embassy, but officially joined the steering committee in 2016. Thamar serves the committee in many capacities, but is a member of the communications team.

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2019 Weekend Committee Member

Adriyanna studied Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and Community Development at Howard University. She has served as the Political Director for Pay Our Interns, 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 to Haiti and is also the CEO of Fanm a Fanm a global online fair trade marketplace. Adriyanna has been featured on Al Jazeera, MSNBC, Politico, and CNN highlighted as a millennial who was instrumental in the 2016 Presidential Elections. She was recently appointed Minority Caucus Chairwoman for Young Democrats of Maryland.

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Talia Cadet

2019 Weekend Committee Member

Talia Cadet is a social media and digital media specialist born and raised in New York. She currently works in public affairs on behalf of blue-chip defense, aerospace and information technology firms. Previously, she’s worked in public relations and served as a Communications Fellow for the Embassy of Haiti. She is the co-owner of a women-owned social events company dedicated to connecting thousands of young Black professionals working, living and playing in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Talia is a proud University of Florida alumna, and pleased to be a member of the Haitian Ladies Network’s communications committee. 

External Affairs & Culture Committee

Karen Andre

Haitian Ladies Network Steering Committee Member

Attorney Karen Andre has dedicated her life to public service and advocacy. She recently served as a Senior Advisor to Andrew Gillum, the 2018 Democratic nominee for governor of Florida. From 2014 to 2017, she served as a Presidential appointee in the Obama administration as the White House Liaison for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She has worked to organize Haitian and African-American communities nation-wide on immigration and social justice issues.  She is a sought after, political strategist, speaker, host, lecturer, and commentator. 


Ariel Dominique

Haitian Ladies Network Steering Committee Member

Ariel Dominique is a public engagement strategist and creative consultant born and raised in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. She worked for Grammy award-winning artist, Wyclef Jean's record labels. She was a fundraiser and Victory Trustee for President Obama's second presidential campaign, as well as former consultant, Minister Counselor for the Embassy of Haiti in D.C. In 2012, she attended her first Haitian Ladies Brunch and brought the idea to the Embassy of Haiti where she spearheaded the event on behalf of the institution for 5 consecutive years (2013-2017). She co-leads HLN's External Affairs and Sponsorship Committee.

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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 Chérestal

Haitian Ladies Network Steering Committee Member

Kysseline Jean-Mary Chérestal is an attorney, with international expertise in land and natural resource rights. When she is not traveling the world for work (Africa is her beloved continent), she is loving her husband and children, her friends and family, and her community, or otherwise reading a good book. Kysseline had long admired the Haitian Ladies brunch from afar, and attended for the first time in 2017. She later joined the steering committee as part of the logistics team, which is tasked with making the location, the food, and all of the logistics of the day possible.

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Syncia Sabain

Haitian Ladies Network Steering Committee Member

Syncia Sabain is a clinical researcher and the chief of treatment and community service. She moved to Washington, DC in 2016 and attended her first Haitian Ladies Brunch at the Embassy of Haiti. It was at The Haitian Ladies Brunch in 2016 she met the Nadine Duplessy Kearns, founder of Haitian Ladies Network who invited her to join the Haitian Ladies Committee. Syncia serves on the logistics committee.

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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.

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Dayanne Danier

2019 Weekend Committee Member

Dayanne Danier is the creative director behind the fashion lifestyle brand called Bien Abyé (means Well Dressed). The collection is a combination of French style that is sophisticated and chic with a Creole influence. The brand stems from Danier’s Creole roots, and expresses the importance of looking stunning while embracing all aspects of personal lifestyle. Prior to starting her own brand, Dayanne Danier grew up in Massachusetts and attended Massachusetts College of Art. Her background in the fashion industry extends over a decade working as a designer for such places like Blauer Manufacturing, Perry Ellis International, and Phillips-Van Heusen. Her designs have been manufactured in countries all around the world which include China, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Africa, Vietnam, and Korea.


While achieving career success with her expertise in the arts and fashion, Dayanne spends much of her time giving back to the community both in the United States and in Haiti. She is the cofounder of the non-profit organization Fleur De Vie (means Flower of Life) and has traveled to Haiti as a consultant teaching artisan groups of sewing coops pattern drafting, construction, and quality control in Cite Soleil, Hinche, and St. Marc.


Promoting “Creole Excellence” is at the core of her Bien Abyé brand. In 2015 she attended her first Haitian Ladies Brunch as a part of a collective of Haitian fashion designers exposed at the Haitian Embassy. Since then, Danier hosted a number of popups at the Haitian Embassy bringing together Haitian entrepreneurs/products to the DC Metro community. Now she reconnects with the Haitian Ladies Network committee as the curator of the marketplace.

Program Committee

Phara Georges Rodrigue

Haitian Ladies Network Steering Committee Member

Phara G. Rodrigue is a certification and accreditation professional with 20 years of experience with guiding exam development, growth, standards compliance, and strategy. Her first Haitian Ladies Brunch was in 2011. She officially joined the steering committee in 2017 and serves on the Program team. Before this, Phara had actively served the Haitian community in the DC Metropolitan region through various organization, including the Association of Haitian Professionals, the Haitian Catholic community, Eritaj Lakay, and the Roots publication.

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A D Rachel Pierre

Haitian Ladies Network Steering Committee Member

Rachel is an International Nonprofit Executive based in Washington DC. She currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Pathways to Housing DC. Her first Brunch was in 2010 and she joined the Brunch host committee in 2014 at the Embassy of Haiti. Rachel now co-leads the Program Committee of the Haitian Ladies Network.

Sponsorship and Operations Committee

Nadine Duplessy Kearns

Haitian Ladies Network Steering Committee Member

Nadine moved from Boston to the Washington, DC area in 2000 and soon thereafter began hosting an annual Haitian Ladies Brunch with friends in the area. In collaboration with Cleve Mesidor and other co-hostesses, she led the expansion from a Sunday brunch to a full weekend in 2016 that became the catalyst for building the Haitian Ladies Network.

Born in Port-au-Prince, with roots in Leogane and Les Cayes, Nadine grew up in Boston. She earned a B.A. from Harvard College and a M.A. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University with a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. She has 20 years of professional experience in management consulting, economic development in Africa, and has held senior leadership roles in the social sector in Washington DC, where she lives with her husband and two sons.


Ariel Dominique

Haitian Ladies Network Steering Committee Member

Ariel Dominique is a public engagement strategist and creative consultant born and raised in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. She worked for Grammy award-winning artist, Wyclef Jean's record labels. She was a fundraiser and Victory Trustee for President Obama's second presidential campaign, as well as former consultant, Minister Counselor for the Embassy of Haiti in D.C. In 2012, she attended her first Haitian Ladies Brunch and brought the idea to the Embassy of Haiti where she spearheaded the event on behalf of the institution for 5 consecutive years (2013-2017). She co-leads HLN's External Affairs and Sponsorship Committee.

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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.