"Haiti's Diaspora Goes to Washington: Leveraging the Diaspora's Political & Economic Power for the Good of The Homeland"

About the Conference

About the Conference

For its fifth conference, the National Alliance for the Advancement of Haitian Professionals (NAAHP) has selected the United States capital for its annual three-day forum. The Raben Group, a Washington DC public policy firm, is partnering with NAAHP to host the largest gathering of Haitians that the District of Columbia has ever seen.

This year’s theme focuses on leveraging the Diaspora’s political and economic power. Over 1 million Haitians reside in America. This important market is dynamic and includes middle class families and senior level professionals.

Topics will include STEM education, technology and innovation, environmental sustainability, and Haiti’s intertwined history with Cuba, Israel, and the U.S.

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Event Schedule - At A Glance

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  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Registration Opens and Exhibitor Set Up

    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Capitol Hill Welcome Reception, Rayburn House Office Building

  • 8:00 AM

    Registration Opens

    8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

    Opening Plenary Session

    9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

    Break

    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Concurrent Panels

    • Workforce Development: A Strategy to Catapult Haiti’s Economic Development
    • Jump Starting the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Sector as a Job Creation Driver in Haiti
    • Diaspora in the Garment and Textile Sector
    • Diaspora Engagement in Business & Economic Development
    12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

    Break

    12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

    Millennials Keynote Luncheon featuring Ambassador Kenneth Merten, Haiti Special Coordinator, U.S. State Department

    2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

    Break

    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Concurrent Panels

    • Business Roundtable – Diaspora Private Sector C-Suite Executives  and Leaders
    • Diaspora Leading Environmental Sustainability Efforts For Haiti
    • Haitian American Leaders Advancing STEM
    6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    Reception at Embassy of Haiti

  • 8:00 AM

    Registration Opens

    8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

    Plenary Session

    9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

    Break

    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Concurrent Panels

    • Women’s Business Academy
    • Best Practices for Creating Strategic Partnerships Between Diaspora and  Leaders in Haiti
    • U.S.-Immigration Reform and Implications for Haiti
    • Millennial Outlook: Addressing Challenges in Youth Employment
    12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

    Break

    12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

    Keynote Luncheon – Haitian Americans in Politics

    2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Break

    2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    Concurrent Panels

    6:00 PM

    Pre Gala Cocktails & Silent Auction at Blackburn Ballroom

    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Awards Gala (Honorees include National Urban League President Marc Morial)

    10:30 PM - 1:00 AM

    After Party at the Park

Host Committee Members

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