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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. The Haitian Roundtable also aims to inform, advocate and promote Haiti as a positive brand.
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Thought leaders, trailblazers, rising stars and unsung heroes

The Haitian Roundtable has announced the 2016 edition of its 1804 List of Haitian-American Changemakers and Ones to Watch. Named in honor of Haiti’s year of independence, the 1804 List recognizes 30 Haitian-Americans who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and success in their profession, have been proven forces for change, and have helped to create a better understanding of Haiti and the Haitian community. The 1804 List, established in 2012 by the Haitian Roundtable, has recognized over 120 Haitian-Americans in the United States.

This year’s list includes a renowned authority on pediatric AIDS, a composer who is transforming choral music, the president of  a historically-black university, a White House official, an advertising executive, a Miami judge, a foundation officer, a TV network correspondent, an award-winning photographer, an entertainment industry powerhouse and several entrepreneurs.

For the first time in the history of the 1804 List, the Haitian Roundtable will present the Catherine Flon Award in honor of the heroic woman who sewed the first Haitian flag and is regarded as one of the most important symbols of the Haitian Revolution. The inaugural recipient of the Catherine Flon Award is the legendary performing artist Emeline Michel.

The inductees were selected from nominations following a nationwide call for candidates. A recognition ceremony and reception well be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 6:00PM-11:00PM at My Image Studios in New York City.

For a view of the 1804 List for 2016, click here.

For the complete press release click here

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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