Happy New Year! This year, HPP would like to thank everyone who contributed to our successes in 2019. In particular, HPP would like to give a special thanks to the following individuals and organizations for their support and assistance over the past year:
The HPP Board and Committee Members (Especially Minister Jennifer Joseph, Dr. Jephte Augustin, Ph.D., Nate Germain, Schimri Yoyo, Jerry Maurice, and Landy Georges)
Stephanie Sylvain, HPP’s previous Board Chair
Voice of Bethel Inc.
The Urban Affairs Coalition (Especially Sharmain Matlock-Turner, Karen Harvey, Brandon Johnson, and Marcus Kellam)
Pace Productivity Inc. (Especially Mark Ellwood)
All of our partners and vendors (especially those noted below)
All of our members and supporters (especially those who donated, volunteered, attended, and/or interacted with us)
What follows is a retrospective of what we accomplished together in 2019.
Last year, HPP launched the Workplace Success Series. Our first workshop featured Duan Broughton, MS, DVM, MBA, formerly director of Preclinical Research at Cresilon, Inc. Mr. Broughton shared insights on how you, as an employee, can use your company’s Succession Planning process to gain a competitive advantage as you plan your next career move. HPP followed this workshop with a seminar on how you can leverage your strengths through personal branding. During this seminar, HPP’s membership chair, Jennifer Joseph, a Human Resources Director, provided the audience guidance on how to identify their brand and ensure consistency in brand messaging. This seminar was followed by How to Manage your Manager. Led by Dr. William Clark of Eli Patrick & Co., this virtual seminar featured insights on how you, as an employee, can influence your manager to help you achieve your career goals.
On January 26, 2019, HPP celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a Black-Tie Gala. This Benefit Gala featured a partnership with Voice of Bethel Inc. and entertainment by the IET Band, DJ Love, songstress Rebecca Nicholas, and comedian Michael Brooks. The Honorable Dotie Joseph, Esq. of Florida District 108 gave a rousing keynote address while attendees enjoyed delicious Haitian cuisine catered by Darling Joseph of DSJ Events LLC.
As alluded to above, 2019 was a year of partnerships for HPP.
HPP partnered with Delaware Valley Advisors LLC and financial advisor, Schimri Yoyo, on a seminar on personal finance principles. This seminar provided insights on specific principles and strategies that you as an employee or self-employed individual can use to manage your personal finances based on where you are in your career.
HPP partnered with the Haitian Flag Day Committee to promote an event celebrating the 215th Anniversary of the Haitian Flag.
HPP partnered with the Caribbean Community of Philadelphia and facilitated a film screening and discussion on the documentary, Hidden History of Haiti, in honor of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. This documentary explored the strategies, motivation and mindset of 17th and 18th century Africans caught in the snares of slavery in the Caribbean and in the island of Hispaniola (Haiti and Dominican Republic), in particular.
HPP partnered with DGIF, Inc. and The Deal Diva LLC to promote the film screening and discussion of Until the Last Breath (Jusqu'au Dernier Soupir). The film is a story about courage and hope that highlights the beauty of Haiti's eclectic sub-cultures. HPP Board Chair, Ramond Joseph, was recognized with a Community Achievement Award at this event.
HPP partnered with the Pennsylvania CareerLink to provide additional customized workshops and seminars. The Do’s and Don’ts of Resumes and Cover Letters was the first in a series of seminars to come out of in this partnership. Katherine Johnston of Pennsylvania CareerLink and HPP Membership Chair Jennifer Joseph shared with the audience some best practices when crafting a resume and cover letter in search of career advancement.
As part of its mission, HPP promotes Haitian culture through positive social and educational discourse between its members and the public at large. In June 2019, HPP launched a Haitian Creole Language Meetup to encourage both native and non-native speakers to mutually share and grow their knowledge and understanding of Haitian Creole (Kreyól Ayisyen or Kreyól). HPP’s Creole Language Meetup group meets every other Thursday, unless otherwise annulled or rescheduled.
On December 12, 2019, HPP hosted its annual Holiday Networking Mixer. During this event, attendees shared insights and learned about specific scientifically proven networking strategies while enjoying a meal and festive atmosphere of Dave & Busters.
HPP’s Haiti Relief Fund (HRF) had another grant cycle in 2019. The HRF is a foundation created by HPP to support member and partner organizations that provide disaster relief and/or are working to advance education, professional/technical, and sustainable development in Haiti. The deadline to apply for the HRF was December 30, 2019. Applications are currently under review.
Please consider contributing to HPP's mission by making a tax-deductible donation today A donation of at least $50 makes you an HPP member for one year ($35 students). Members benefit from professional development seminars and workshops, networking opportunities, cultural programming, and an avenue to give back to Haiti leveraging their profession. Complete your membership application today by visiting https://www.phillyhpp.org/registering.
Lookout for upcoming workshop and networking event details on our events page and social media channels:
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