At the start of the year, Forbes released its annual 30 under 30 list that highlighted 600 individuals under the age of 30, who are rising, young leaders in their fields. The list featured the best and brightest in entertainment, technology, healthcare, law, finance, music, and sports to name a few.
Here are some of the women of Caribbean heritage who made the list:
1. Azede Jean-Pierre
27-year-old designer, Azede Jean-Pierre, was born in Pestel, Haiti and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended the Savannah College of Art & Design and later moved to New York City to develop her skills under Ralph Rucci + Ohne Titel. She launched her own label to express her femininity and diverse cultural background. She recently partnered with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) to deliver rabies vaccines to the dogs in Archaie, Haiti for Spring 2016.
2. Doreen St. Félix
Doreen St. Félix is a journalist, activist, + native of Brooklyn with Haitian ancestry. Her writings have appeared in The Guardian, n+1, and Lenny Letter – a magazine for which she is currently Editor-at-Large. In 2014, she was asked by Lena Dunham to blog about reproductive justice for the actress’ Not That Kind of Tour. Her work is a clever melody of entertainment and activism. She has worked as a consultant for Steve McQueen’s HBO special Codes of Conduct. Much of her work sparks discussions about pop culture, women’s reproductive rights, and other current social issues.
3. Nailah Ellis-Brown
Founder and president of Ellis Infinity Beverage Company, Nailah Ellis-Brown, is the mastermind behind Ellis Island Tropical Tea. Ellis-Brown attended Howard University for one year, before leaving in 2008 to open the company. The idea for the company was born while she was living in her mother’s basement and decided to sell an old Jamaican family recipe. That simple idea turned into a profitable business that is currently featured in Whole Foods, Meijer, and several other retailers.
4. Nedgine Paul
Nedgine Paul is the co-founder and CEO of Anseye Pou Ayiti – a nonprofit organization seeking to raise education outcomes in rural Haiti by promoting teaching excellence and student success. Born in Haiti, Paul earned an undergraduate degree from Yale College and a Master’s degree in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is passionate about enhancing the educational system in Haiti.
5. Christine Souffrant
Christine Souffrant is the founder of Vendedy – a mobile network that directly links tourists with local vendors. The daughter of generations of Haitian street vendors, Vendedy seeks to empower street vendors by connecting their local stalls + bazaars with the global market. Currently based in Dubai, Souffrant is a self-proclaimed “Haitian American on a Mission,” and also serves as the Managing Director for Startup Grind Dubai, which is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs.