NAAHP has a special regard for our friend, and member of the Advisory Board, Danielle Saint-Lot. Her background and accomplishments are well-known, which is why we want to focus on what she means to us. Year to year, the NAAHP annual conference grows more expansive, attracts more attendees, more speakers, more sponsors; everyone comes away impressed. The 2015 conference, by far, was the biggest and best yet, by many measures. This was due to some key folks like Danielle Saint-Lot. She threw her whole self into opening doors for NAAHP, and advocating for the credibility of our organization.
Nearly 100 NAAHP staff and volunteers toiled day and night for months leading up to the conference. You may never learn all of their names, but their collective efforts were greatly validated by the massive response Ambassador Saint Lot helped us to engineer. When we asked for her thoughts on Women’s History Month, she had a lot to say about people who opened doors for her as well.
To quote her, “I cannot think of a better way to kick off this year’s Women’s History Month than with a tribute to the outstanding and inspiring pioneers who have impacted me, and are fueling my journey on this earth. I was born and raised surrounded by independent and highly educated women; an opportunity which convinced me that woman empowerment begins with and relies on education and economic autonomy.” She has long lived by a motto that she adopted from Proverbs 31:25; it reads, “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the day to come.”
These words and the lessons from numerous mentors have guided her in her professional life, and in her personal life as a single mom.
She continues this tradition of strength, celebrating the first anniversary of the Danielle Saint Lot Haiti Women’s Foundation (DSLF). The Foundation seeks to bridge gaps in economic opportunities for women, and change “the face of Haiti and bring a better future to Haitian children.” As a result, NAAHP will partner with DSLF to present a free Symosium on women’s entrepreneurship at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on May 18, 2016. Seats are limited; come meet and interact with Ambassador Saint-Lot and female entrepreneurs of Haitian descent. To register, please visit http://naahpwomensymposium.eventbrite.com.