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Join us for the 8th Annual NAAHP Conference on November 22-23. Registration is Now Open!

Daily Schedule

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Friday, November 22, 2019

    8:00 AM

    Begin Registration

    Location: First Floor Lobby

    8:00 AM

    Exhibitor Arrival & Set-Up

    Location: First Floor Lobby

    8:00 AM

    Speakers/Panelists Arrival

    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Plenary Session

    Future of Haiti Depends on Building Resilient Communes

    Location: Bayview Ballroom 214

    Historically all roads and conversation towards development centers in PAP at the exclusion of the role of the communes and sectional communal of the country. The future of Haiti must involve a decentralization mindset and shifting of focus and behavior. The presenters on the panel will provide concrete examples of programs being implemented in the communes and their overall impact.

    Moderator: Dr. Guitele Nicoleau – Executive Director, Ayiti Community Trust

    Speakers:

    • Abner Septembre – CEO, Hotel Villa Ban-Yen (HVB) and CEO, Banyen Center for a Smart Agriculture and Tourism
    • Claudia E. Grourdet – Founder of STEM Access For Girls
    • Patrick Dessources – Executive Director of the Centre d’Appui et de Services aux Entreprises Locales et Internationales (CASELI)
    11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

    Plenary Session

    Working in the Technology & Innovation Space

    Location: Bayview Ballroom 214

    From personal brand to professional brand, what’s in the stars for the entrepreneurs and professionals of tomorrow? Share insights on the role that technology plays in shaping how we run our businesses and how we run our lives, and even how we run a country.

    Moderator: Christine Coupet Jacques – President of DAGMA

    Speakers:

    • Clyde Vanel – Assembly member, District 33, New York State
    • Nzingah Oniwosan – Entrepreneur, Consultant, Public Speaker, Artist, and Healer
    12:45 PM - 1:05 PM

    Luncheon

    Location: Bayview Ballroom 214

    Keynote Speaker:

    1:10 PM - 2:45 PM

    Luncheon (Cont’d)

    Leaping and Leading – Women in Action

    Location: Bayview Ballroom 214

    The pillars and backbone of every society are the women. This session goes deep into investing into a framework that promotes women empowerment. It is time to do away with the failed institutionalized models and enlarge our reach of dominance across all sectors. The focus will be on the pace of advancement and how to accelerate into territories yet to be conquered.

    Moderator: Milka Millance – Organizational & Change Strategist Consultant, We R Artemis Leadership Inc.

    Speakers:

    • Rodneyse Bichotte – Assemblymember, District 42, New York State
    • Karen André – Attorney and Principal of the Andre Group
    • Dr. Guitele Nicoleau – Executive Director, Ayiti Community Trust
    2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

    Break

    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Multiple Breakout Sessions

    Session #1: Tourism in Haiti – Evaluating Growth Possibilities

    Location: Large Meeting Room 114

    An exposition of the many opportunities in Haiti and how to capitalize on maximum growth through diverse markets.

    • Role of the diaspora as key participants in Marketing the industry to other nationalities.
    • Evaluate gains through the concept of “eating our own dog food”. What type of tourism initiatives would entice the Haitian community to make them larger consumers of resorts and other touristic aspects of the island
    • The hinderances such as political climate, security concerns, lack of infrastructure
    • Marketing alternatives to bring guests to the island such as Haiti as movie shooting location

    Moderator: Danielle Saint Lot, former Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism

    Speakers:

    • Davidson Toussaint – Founder, Tourism Innovation Summit
    • Dominique Carvonis- Founder and President, DFC Consults (USA/Haiti)
    • Samuel Dameus – Founder of Faces of Haiti, Entrepreneur
    • Edouard Faubert – Executive Chef at Sodexo Corporate Food Service

    Session #2: Millennials Who Are Redefining and Disrupting the Status Quo

    Location: Auditorium 117

    Millennials are the generation of disruption. Through the use of technology and social media, they have largely amplified their voices and created momentum behind the causes and initiatives they support. This panel will highlight the work of Haitian Millennials and how they are redefining their fields. Furthermore, it will identify the engine fueling the change that they seek to achieve.

    Moderator: Vanessa Joseph – Elected City Clerk, City of North Miami

    Speakers:

    • Santra Denis – President & Founder, Avanse Ansanm
    • Merline Thermora – Owner, Mimi’s BoutiQ and Fashion Show Producer
    • Lovens Gjed – Chairman & CEO, MEnvesti
    • Nadia Jean-Charles – Co-Founder and President of Haiti Femmes & TIC and Senior M&E Coordinator at Project Medishare for Haiti

    Session #3: Diaspora’s Investments In Haiti—A Road Map to Redefining the Economic Development of the country

    Location: Auditorium 120

    The Diaspora sends about $1 billion every year in Haiti. While these contributions are important and helpful, they cannot be categorized as investments. This session will explore how Diaspora’s Direct Investment in Haiti can redefine the country’s economy and create a path toward economic development. Furthermore, it will highlight investment opportunities in Haiti in key sectors and the role of innovative financing in promoting economic development and eradicating poverty

    Moderator: Carl Monplaisir – VP of HACCOF and Managing Partner, Caribbean Media Group

    Speakers:

    • Vladimir Laborde – CEO Avenir Energy, S.A.
    • Noel Jonathas – Managing Director at INSSI Group
    • Sophie Dessources – Executive Director at Haitian Renewal Alliance (HRA)
    • Philippe Saint-Cyr – Director Haiti Start Up Talent / Fondation CASELI
    4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Break

    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Opening Night Networking Reception

    Location: Bayview Terrace 224

  • Saturday, November 23, 2019

    8:00 AM

    Begin Registration

    Location: First Floor Lobby

    8:00 AM

    Exhibitor Arrival & Set-Up

    Location: First Floor Lobby

    8:00 AM

    Speakers/Panelists Arrival

    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Plenary Session

    Haitian American Elected Officials as Trailblazers for Our Communities Serving this Country with Distinction

    Location: Bayview Ballroom 214

    Come listen to a panel of leaders making great strides in protecting and expanding the rights of immigrants and workers, raising awareness in labor issues, promoting workforce development initiatives, and social justice. These arising and lifelong public servants are role models for the next generation of young professionals, and are committed to hard work, advocating for our communities, and for all Americans.

    Moderator: Katia Saint Fleur – Principal of the governmental affairs firm, KSF & Associates

    Speakers:

    • The Honorable Mary Estimé-Irvin – Councilwoman, District 3, North Miami, Florida
    • The Honorable Paule Villard -Commissioner, North Miami Beach, Florida
    • The Honorable Alix Desulme – Councilman, District 4, North Miami, Florida
    • The Honorable Dotie Joseph – State Representative, Florida House District 108
    11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

    Plenary Session

    Implementation of the Proposed Roadmap for Haiti’s Development: Insights from a Panel Who are Active in Economic Development in the US and Other Countries

    Location: Bayview Ballroom 214

    With the latest political events, it’s obvious that Haiti is experiencing a major setback in its plans towards economic developments. Despite these setbacks, we need to take stock of where we are, including our shortcomings, and multiply our efforts to forge a path forward. A good place to start is a roadmap that was developed last year by a working group composed of thought leaders in both Haiti and the Diaspora under the hospice of NAAHP. Key elements of the roadmap include infrastructure, natural resources and the creation of clusters (economic poles) to spur economic activity. After giving a brief overview of the roadmap, we will engage with panelists who are knowledgeable about Haiti and have experience in economic development in the US and other countries. The intent is to address both factors that are enablers or challenges to the implementation of the roadmap. Leaning on the expertise of the panelists, we will explore strategies and tactics that have worked elsewhere in economic development that could be replicated in Haiti. Examples of questions that we will seek to address include: what specific tactics are used by regional administrative units to create economic poles for specific industries or attract major employers? How do they create draws for underserved communities such as rural or neglected urban areas? What types of investments are required in economic development for a major US municipality or County, and how would that translate in Haiti given the constraints on available resources? Two of the panelists are County level executives who are responsible for economic growth in their regions, and the third is a business leader with experience in business investments in frontier economies including Haiti. Our aim is that this panel discussion will give attendees a greater understanding of the current economic situation, and further continued dialogues on the roadmap and its implementation.

    Moderator: Jean G. Orélien, DrPH, MStat – Founder of SciMetrika, LLC; CEO of ScitoVation, LLC.

    Speakers:

    • JP Michel – Chairman and CEO to Santé Nou Health, Inc; Member of the Board of NAAHP
    • Philome Joseph Raymond Magloire – Former Haiti Ambassador to Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Belgium, and the European Union
    12:45 PM - 1:05 PM

    Luncheon

    Location: Bayview Ballroom 214

    Keynote Speaker:

    1:10 PM - 2:45 PM

    Luncheon (Cont’d)

    The Haitian Diaspora A Powerful Engine

    Location: Bayview Ballroom 214

    The Haitian Diaspora is a powerful but yet stagnate engine. There is a need to address the overwhelming lack of organization which results in little to zero political power in what is happening in Haiti. This panel will react to issues such as:

    • The effects of the constant catastrophic brain drain.
    • Issue of no voice – Are we truly helpless in the issues Political Economic Development of Haiti?
    • What would it take to peel through the layers of poverty, violence, and lawlessness and emerge with strength?
    • Can the diaspora take the lead towards initiatives such as industrialization and creation of Big Corporations that provide mass employment? Or any other strategies for economic engagement and immersion?

    Moderator: Alex Saint-Surin – Owner of Radio Mega

    Speakers:

    • Ambassador Paul Altidor – Former Ambassador of Haiti in Washington DC
    • Garaudy Laguerre – Real Estate Developer and Project Designer, Gala Tower Condominium Hotel
    • Philome Joseph Raymond Magloire – Former Haiti Ambassador to Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Belgium, and the European Union
    2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

    Break

    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Multiple Breakout Sessions

    Session #1: Practical Entrepreneurship Strategies

    Location: Large Meeting Room 114

    Get started by taking small modest steps with calculated risks, while avoiding common pitfalls.

    • Are you an inspired young entrepreneur?
    • Do you have interest in social entrepreneurship?
    • Do you just have great innovative ideas for a business but don’t know where to start?
    • Would you like to meet successful entrepreneurs with great winning approaches for new businesses in the US and in Haiti?

    This session will explore the different stages of entrepreneurship and give you a head start on how to launch and sustain.

    Moderator: Christine Coupet Jacques – President of DAGMAR

    Speakers:

    • Jeff Lozama – President and CEO of CMS International Group
    • Newton Sanon – President/CEO at OIC of South Florida
    • Saurel Quetan – President of the Georgia Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (GAHCCI)
    • Wanda Tima – Digital Influencer, Media Maven, and Founder of L’union Suite

    Session #2: Financing Platform to Promote Entrepreneurship

    Location: Auditorium 117

    The roadmap and all the concluding recommendations largely depends on funding capabilities to enable the much-needed entrepreneurship engines to move forward. Identifying viable funding sources capable of sourcing all of the various levels of business initiatives, is a must. In developing countries such as Haiti innovative entrepreneurs can creating jobs and boost economic development, while extending essential products and services to national and international platforms. Entrepreneurs will require assistance at the individual level to acquire technical training, market research and financing from institutions in place to support the growth of innovative small, medium to larger scale enterprises. This panel will examine 4 headlines:

    • The unique challenges at hand on the way to realizing the success of the roadmap, primarily financing opportunities.
    • What it will take to industrialize the existing exploits of the country.
    • Identifying Public Private Partnerships at a much global scale rather than recycling the same sources.
    • Strategic diaspora avenues for engagement as financing agents and beneficiaries
    • Current businesses and institutions proposing suggested approaches

    Moderator: Jean G. Orélien, DrPH, MStat – Founder of SciMetrika, LLC; CEO of ScitoVation, LLC

    Speakers:

    • The Honorable Paul G. Altidor – Former Ambassador of Haiti to the United States of America
    • Robert PARET Jr. – Président Directeur Général / CEO of Group Pro-FIN
    • Clifford Reginald Nau – Director of Economic Promotion Division at the Ministry of Economy and Finance
    • Mike Singh – Chairman & CEO at TC GROUP

    Session #3: Developing a Growth Mindset: Trust, Partnerships and Ecosystem Creation

    Location: Auditorium 120

    One of the greatest predictor’s of professional success beyond competence is the cultivation of a growth mindset and the expansion of one’s self-leadership capacity. The combination of the two, coupled with a spirit of trust and collaboration, are necessary to form effective partnerships. It is through partnerships that an ecosystem development mindset comes to life, which ultimately expands both our individual and collective influence in a systematic way.

    Join us in a thought-provoking and lively discussion with actionable takeaways of what you can begin to do to expand your influence in your professional life.

    Themes: Self-Leadership, Collaboration, Trust, Cooperation, Growth Mindset and Ecosystem Development Capabilities/Skills

    Moderator: Milka Millance – Organizational & Change Strategist Consultant, We R Artemis Leadership Inc.

    Speakers:

    • Roshell Rinkins – Grants Director at The Knight Foundation
    • Mohales Deis – COO|Founder Poprouser Inc.
    • Sherry Todd-Green -Director of Communications & Branding at Fonkoze USA
    4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Break

    7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    NAAHP VIP Reception Dinner

    Location: Bayview Ballroom 214

    * Separate Registration is required, click here *

    11:00 PM - 4:00 AM

    NAAHP Closing After-Party

    Location: TBD

*Agenda is subject to change