August 2017: Message from NAAHP President Serge Renaud
We are proud to say that this year will be a momentous year for the NAAHP. We’ve brought on a Director of Strategic Planning, a Director of Membership, and a Director of Marketing to implement key initiatives as we continue to grow as an organization. We’ve developed a 5-year strategic plan that we are currently rolling out, our organization has been rebranded as you will soon see with our new, mobile responsive site coming soon, we are in the process of implementing a myriad of membership initiatives, and we plan to roll out several professional development programs in the upcoming months. Please take a moment to read more about the different plans each department of the NAAHP is currently developing, further below.
As we gear up for our busiest moment of the year, I invite you to register for this year’s conference to be held at NYU in New York, November 2-4, 2017. Every year we aim to make each conference bigger and better than the last, and this year will be no different. Our theme “Diaspora Economics: Identifying Economic Opportunities for Haitians in the Diaspora and at Home in Education, Business, Entrepreneurship, and Workforce Development” will explore how professionals and students alike can develop individually and help propel Haiti’s economy.
We will focus on identifying opportunities for students and professionals interested in career opportunities and engaging Haiti’s Diaspora to augment the Diaspora’s growth of economic power at the local, national, and international level. The conference will include panels, workshops, and roundtables intended to pave educational and career pathways, initiate thought-provoking discussion, and challenge attendees to be innovative, strategic, and forward-thinking for the advancement of students, professionals and entrepreneurs in Haiti and the Diaspora.
We have organized an agenda intended to bring together industry experts in the education, business, entrepreneurship, hospitality, and technology fields within the Diaspora and abroad and plan to introduce the agenda in the upcoming weeks. The 2017 conference will also focus on Diaspora engagement for students and professionals through exploration of the current state of the Haitian economy and industries, economic, professional, and social opportunities for Haitians living in Haiti and abroad, highlight of individuals and organizations supporting the economic advancement of Haiti, philanthropic and social entrepreneurship opportunities related to improving economic success in Haiti, and a platform for attendees to engage with key stakeholders and one another for discussion and interaction to bridge the information gap between the Diaspora and Haiti, identify concrete and innovative solutions to complex problems, and foster long term innovative partnerships amongst the Diaspora and with stakeholders.