Since the beginning, we have been committed to creating a supportive and inclusive community for Haitian women, and we welcome all members to join us in our mission to empower and uplift one another.
It began with the DC Haitian Ladies Brunch.
Following her relocation from Boston to the Washington, DC area, Nadine Duplessy Kearns searched for a supportive community of Haitian women. In her quest, she initiated an annual brunch with the 5 Haitian women she knew in the area. This intimate gathering soon expanded, with the help of Brunch Co-Host Cleve Mesidor, to an astonishing 50+ women in 2010. This inaugural public gathering marked the beginning of the Haitian Ladies Brunch.
After volunteering on the Brunch hosting committee, and noticing the growing number of women who eagerly traveled to DC to partake in the annual brunch, a group of visionaries came together to found the Haitian Ladies Network, which would include the Haitian Ladies Brunch as its anchor event. In 2017, founding members Karen Andre, Theola DeBose, Ariel Dominique, Nadine Duplessy Kearns, Thamar Harrigan, Kysseline Jean-Mary Cherestal, Fendy Mesy, A.D. Rachel Pierre, Phara Rodrique, Syncia Sabain joined forces to curate a three-day gathering that attracts hundreds of women of Haitian descent. Leveraging this transformative weekend, a powerful platform was created, fostering connections, empowering attendees, and celebrating Haitian culture.
Ambassador Paul J. Altidor welcomed 200 professional women to the 8th Annual Brunch at the Embassy in Haiti.
Haitian Ladies Weekend featured a White House Briefing for Haitian-American women in addition to the signature Embassy brunch.
The first Annual Haitian Ladies Symposium with keynote Speaker Karine Jean-Pierre convened women around two themes: Engaging with Haiti and Elevating Your Personal Brand.
Goal & Vision
Our goal is to 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.
Founding Members: (left to right) back row: Kysseline Jean-Mary Cherestal, Thamar Harrigan, Karen Andre, Ariel Dominique, Fendy Mesy, A.D. Rachel Pierre; front row: Syncia Sabain Louis-Charles, Phara Georges Rodrigue, Nadine Duplessy Kearns, Theola Debose.