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.
On October 23, 2018, more than 200 Haitian-Americans and friends of Haiti gathered at the elegant Cecil Steakhouse in Harlem to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Haitian Roundtable.
The star-studded audience lauded the spectacular accomplishments of Haitian-Americans and HRT's mission of redefining the narrative about Haiti and Haitians in the United States.
Our 10th Anniversary Honorees:
Garcelle Beauvais Trailblazing Actress, Author, Producer and Filmmaker
The Honorable Rodneyse Bichotte NYS Assemblymember 42nd Assembly District Co-Founder, Little Haiti BK,Cultural and Business District
Sunny Hostin Emmy-Nominated Co-Host of The View/Emmy-Winning Senior Legal Correspondent for ABC News
Mandell A. Smith Vice President, Client Advisor, J.P. Morgan Private Bank, New York, NY
The Haitian Roundtable has teamed up with Dr. Natasha Archer to tackle sickle cell disease in Haiti. The strategic partnership was announced at this year’s 1804 List event. Dr. Archer, a pediatric hematologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and 2016 inductee to the 1804 List, aims to screen 100,000 newborns annually in Haiti for the inherited blood disorder that kills up to 90% of those affected before the age of five.
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.
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.
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.