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About the Founder

Nadine Duplessy Kearns is skilled in college access and success strategy, community engagement, and nonprofit management. She has devoted her career to increasing access to educational opportunities and women’s empowerment, particularly supporting Haitian women.


As the founder of the annual Haitian Ladies Brunch, which is in its 11th year and draws over 250 professional leaders, she collaborated with the White House Council on Women and Girls on a 2016 Briefing for Haitian American Leaders at which she was selected to speak on leading for change.


Nadine earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College and a Master of Arts from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, which she attended as a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow.


She was appointed to the Harvard Alumni Association Nominating Committee and the national Board of Directors of uAspire, an organization leading on making college affordable. Among her many honors and distinctions, Nadine was awarded an American Express Foundation-Aspen Institute Fellowship for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders and a Women of Color Policy Network Lead the Way Fellowship.


A dynamic public speaker, she enjoys leading workshops on Getting Ready for College and Careers, Creating Effective Partnerships, and Building Work-Life Balance.

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