It began with the DC Haitian Ladies Brunch.
Following a move from Boston to the Washington, DC area, Nadine Duplessy Kearns was seeking a community of Haitian women and began hosting an annual brunch that grew from five friends to 50 women in 2010, the first public gathering. With the growing number of attendees, Cleve Mesidor began assisting and co-hosting the Haitian Ladies Brunch.
Three years later, Ambassador Paul Altidor welcomed 200 professional women to the 8th annual brunch at the Embassy in Haiti in DC. In 2016, Haitian Ladies Weekend featured a White House briefing for Haitian-American women in addition to the signature embassy brunch.
The Haitian Ladies Network continues the tradition of convening for fellowship, professional networking, and celebration of shared Haitian heritage.
In 2017, we launched the first annual Haitian Ladies Symposium featuring keynote speaker Karine Jean-Pierre of MSNBC and MoveOn.org. In 2018, we reconvened for a Saturday symposium and the 13th annual Sunday Brunch.
When our annual social networking brunch for professional women of Haitian descent in Washington, DC grew exponentially, we seized the moment and built the largest global platform connecting more than 10,000 women of Haitian descent from across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. We are an upstart, powerful, professional, and social network that is changing the narrative of what’s possible.
Our signature event is now an annual three-day sold out Haitian Ladies Weekend. Over 500 professional women leaders come together and engage with carefully curated brands and esteemed speakers of Haitian descent. Attendees continue the post-event experience on our rapidly growing digital platforms and share within our network their experiences with the weekend programming and sponsor engagement.
Nadine Duplessy Kearns, Founder
HAITIAN LADIES NETWORK
Born in Port-au-Prince, with roots in Leogane and Les Cayes, Nadine moved to Boston at age 11 with her family. With their support and the Haitian community, she earned a B.A. from Harvard College and a M.A. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She earned her graduate degree with support from The 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.
Haitian Ladies Network
Kysseline Jean-Mary Cherestal, Thamar Harrigan, Karen Andre, Ariel Dominique, Fendy Mesy, A. D. Rachel Pierre,
Syncia Sabain, Ed.D., Phara Rodrigue, Nadine Duplessy Kearns, Theola DeBose
To create the largest global platform connecting women of Haitian descent to build community, share inspiration and celebrate culture
Inspire every girl and woman of Haitian descent to achieve her life goals and lead in her community
Convene and create space for professional networking and inter-generational engagement for Haitian Ladies ages 13 to 100+
Facilitate meaningful collaboration with women in Haiti