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. The Haitian Roundtable also aims to inform, advocate and promote Haiti as a positive brand.
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Coming Soon: The 1804 List of Outstanding Haitian-Americans!

Nominations are now closed for our signature 1804 List, recognizing outstanding Haitian-Americans who are making an impact in their professions and on their communities.

In the coming weeks, a selection committee of Haitian Roundtable board members, distinguished individuals from our community and our media partners will sort through hundreds of nominations to select 25 Changemakers and five Ones to Watch for the 1804 List, 2016 edition. Honorees will be announced in June and the induction ceremony will take place in New York on November 12, 2016.

Last year, a festive crowd of more than 300 members and friends of The Haitian Roundtable attended the induction ceremony at Florence Gould Hall in New York for the 2015 edition of the 1804 List, named for Haiti’s year of independence. Inductees 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 at Turner Broadcasting and the president of the New York chapter of the Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad.

See previous inductees to the 1804 list for 2012, 2014 and 2015.

A Night To Remember In Celebration of Haitian Heritage

More than 100 guests attended Kreyol Connection on January 28th in recognition of Haitian Independence and Heritage. Our Special Guest for our exciting networking event was Judge Dweynie Paul, the first Haitian-American elected to the New York Civil Court and a former member of our board. Rodney Leon, board member and Architect of the United Nations permanent memorial to the victims of the transatlantic slave trade and HRT Chairperson Rosemonde Pierre-Louis served as Masters of Ceremony. We were delighted to recognize our very own Dina Simon who was recently named First Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department of Corrections. Also in attendance were 1804 List Inductees and Co-Chairs: Sandra Altine, Mandell Smith, Gretha Fievre, Marie Hyppolite,Vanessa Leon, Hon. Jacques Jiha, Gladymir Leveille, Robert Constant and Hon. Mitchell Silver. The event was held at BK9 Restaurant in Brooklyn.

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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