OUR FOUNDER'S STORY
“For me, the launch of Descendants of Hope is an opportunity to pay homage to my parents who are my greatest inspiration. By emigrating from Haiti to New York City in the turbulent 1960's, their American dream became my American reality. I am a Descendant of Hope.”
Daphne Leroy launched the platform “Descendants of Hope” to create an inclusive community of belonging that exists as a meaningful source of multi-cultural pride and amplifies how diverse ancestry contributes to the colorful fabric of society.
Named one of the most influential multi-ethnic executives in the media industry, Daphne is a purpose-driven marketing and communications strategist with leadership experience at iconic global media companies and notable social impact organizations.
As the eldest daughter of a proud Haitian immigrant family, Daphne has personal insight into the identity intersectionality of a “first-generation nation.” Daphne’s professional background is also rooted in social responsibility and philanthropic endeavors. Whether empowering students and mentoring young women through her volunteer work or serving on the Board of Directors of the Fiver Children’s Foundation, Daphne is devoted to giving back. She is also Co-Founder and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Haitian Roundtable, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization of professionals committed to civic engagement in the U.S. and strategic initiatives, partnerships, and programs.
A native New Yorker, Daphne sits on the marketing advisory board of the department of marketing and international business in the Zicklin School of Business, at her alma mater, Baruch College. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing Management at Baruch College, which has been recognized as the most ethnically diverse campus in the U.S.
Daphne is a member of Chief, a private group for C-suite women, which is committed to supporting female leaders, as well as an executive member of She Runs It, a non-profit that paves the way for more women to lead in media, marketing, and tech. She completed the Executive Leadership Development Program sponsored by the National Association of Multi-ethnity in Communications (NAMIC) at the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management and the Executive Management Program sponsored by the Cable Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) at Harvard Business School.
In 2023, Baruch College bestowed upon Daphne the Alumni Changemaker Award that recognizes alumni who have positively impacted their organization, industry, and community through leadership, innovation, and excellence. For a fifth consecutive year in 2023, Cablefax Magazine named Daphne among the most influential multi-ethnic executives in the industry. In 2021, Cynopsis Media honored Daphne with a Top Women In Media Award. She was honored in 2020 with a Black Women in Media Award. In acknowledgement of her achievements, business acumen and commitment to the development of her community, Daphne has also been recognized by the American Marketing Association of NY, Multichannel News and The Network Journal.
“Representation matters. Ancestry matters. Empowering future generations matters. It’s more important now than ever to elevate the voices of diverse communities and their lasting contributions in shaping culture and society.”