Sandy Sophia Laborde’s love for the Haitian Community led her to leave corporate America to organize literacy programs for Haitians. The magnitude of assistance the community needed would push her to become a social entrepreneur. In 2014, she began working with the Television Network, HAITI HD. Sandy would go on to interview many Haitian Public Figures and Celebrities. One of her most memorable interviews was with Laurent Lamothe, being the only Haitian that interviewed home for winning the Innovator Award from Latin America. “Yon Ti Moman Ak Sandy” later launched in Canada on basic cable, being shown in over 4 million homes. Today she has 3 shows, changing the image of Haitians internationally, one episode at a time.
Ms. Laborde has been called to elementary schools to talk to young Haitian girls who have low self-esteem and want nothing to do with their Haitian Identity. After 3 years of promoting Haitian culture, she decided to revisit Haiti after 25 years. In April 2015, she would purchased a ticket to Haiti not telling anyone. She fell in love with the country making acquaintances along the way, promising that she would return with friends. On December 1st, 2016, Sandy returned to Haiti with 92 Haitian Americans. The magnitude of her trip was honored by the Haitian Minister of Tourism. Following the success of the trip she realized that bringing diaspora back home is possible, and now sends groups of people to Haiti.
Her drive has led her to be appointed President of the Greater Haitian American Chamber of Commerce Orlando. Ms. Laborde committed to supporting Haitian Businesses, bridging the gap with those who are Stateside or wanting to do commerce back home. Senators, Commissioners, and Vice-Mayors have all attended Ms. Laborde’s events. As of today, she’s the youngest female to lead the Chamber, and the also the first Haitian-American.
Ms. Laborde’s latest project is called “Met Fanm Sou Ou.” It’s an empowerment network for Haitian Women providing conferences, networking events, and community resources that inspires individuals with the same traditional values our ancestors passed on to each of us. While she was in Haiti she discovered an Orphanage called Mission of Grace and became attached to the youth, more specifically, the youth that are now over the age of 18 but still live at the Orphanage because no one has adopted them. She visits them, encouraging them to work hard for a better future. Ms. Laborde comes from humble beginnings, thus the reason she has made her life all about the Haitian Community. She passionately believes that together we can change Haiti, including the quality of life for those living abroad.
Miss Laborde is:
A. President of The Greater Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce
B. Television Host & Producer at Haiti HD Network
C. Coordinates Diaspora Group Tours to Haiti
D. Women Empowerment Network, Met Fanm Sou Ou
She recently wrote a book called “My past is too loud” It’s for individuals who went through something in their life. They can use the book as a guide to silence the noise so that they can elevate to their next level.
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