Mission | Our Work

The Haitian Roundtable (HRT), founded in New York in 2008, is an organization comprised of Haitian-American professionals who are committed to civic engagement as well as philanthropic endeavors benefiting Haiti, Haitian organizations and causes. The organization seeks to heighten awareness locally and nationally of Haitians as an emerging constituency among key stakeholders and institutions through networking, forums and events.
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Recognizing Achievement

The Haitian Roundtable regularly recognizes the success of Haitian-Americans through its 1804 List, named for the year of Haitian independence. In 2015, 300 attended the induction ceremony for the newest members of the 1804 List, recognizing 25 Haitian-American Changemakers and five Ones to Watch who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and success in their profession and proven themselves to be forces for change in their communities. The event was held at Florence Gould Hall in New York City. Honorees included a federal judge in California, the first elected attorney-general of Washington, DC, the head of global diversity for Moody's, the chief financial officer for Turner Broadcasting and the president of the New York chapter of the Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad. Stay tuned for the announcement of nominations for 2016.
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A Successful Networking Event

More than 100 members and friends of The Haitian Roundtable attended our highly-successful Kreyol Connection on January 28. Speakers at our trademark networking event were Judge Dweynie Paul, the first Haitian-American elected to the New York City Civil Court and a former HRT board member, Architect Rodney Leon, designer of the memorial to the slave trade at UN Headquarters in New York and HRT President Rosemonde-Pierre Louis. The lively crowd included several Haitian-Americans in the top rungs of New York City’s administration: Finance Commissioner Jacques Jiha, Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver and First Deputy Corrections Commissioner Dina Simon. A number of inductees to our 1804 List of Changemakers and People to Watch were in attendance, among them Gretha Fievre, Vanessa Leon, Marie Hyppolite, Gladymir Leveille and Robert Constant. The event was held in Brooklyn, at the BK9 Restaurant and Bar.

Civic Engagement

HRT provides opportunities for its members and the community at large to learn and engage on numerous civic issues, by hosting public forums on local elections, organizing dialogues on challenges women face in Haiti, and recognizing local leaders who support the community at the annual Haitian Independence Day Awards.
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Haiti Dialogue Series

HRT hosts the Haiti Dialogue Series, which serves as a forum to discuss current and relevant topics that impact the Haitian community. The Dialogue Series brings together distinguished thought leaders and accomplished practitioners for candid conversation on a variety of important issues.

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Kreyol Connection

HRT frequently sponsors Kreyol Connection. These networking receptions offer opportunities for professionals to celebrate Haitian culture after work, as they build lasting social bonds. The events are held at elegant venues throughout New York City and co-hosted by various high profile Haitian-Americans.
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