Corinne Joachim Sanon Symietz is a woman who lives fearlessly. Not afraid to step up to a challenge, Corinne boldly advocates for women in her community, works hard to seize every opportunity for growth and excellence and has the tenacity to do more. With a heart of gold and a sweet spot for chocolate there is nothing that can hold Corinne back.
Growing up in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, Corinne Joachim Sanon Symietz developed a passion for excellence, understood the importance of tenacity, and longed to create a lasting change in her home country. After years of hard work, she has begun to see her dream come to fruition as the first women-owned chocolate company in Haiti, Askanya Chocolates, made its way to the markets.
As a child, Corinne was fortunate to have access to a good education. While the cost of her education was relatively low compared private schools in the United States, it is, nonetheless, unattainable for many families in Haiti. Corinne kept this in the back of her mind as she progressed in her academic career. In 2006, she graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Industrial Engineering and later an MBA with a specialty in Business Entrepreneurship from the University of Pennsylvania. She sought every opportunity to make the most of her time at university, humbled by those she met and likely inspiring others along the way.
Corinne continued to strive for excellence as she turned her focus toward her professional career. But after years of working in the corporate world, Corinne knew she had work to do in her home country. Utilizing her education and passion for lasting change, Corinne embarked upon an entrepreneurial pursuit targeted to empower women, create a steady and livable income, and make good education a reality for a larger percentage of children in Haiti. With the support from her husband, family and women in need of representation, Corinne created Askanya Chocolates. Askanya Chocolates has been intentionally crafted by Corinne to create not only revenue and jobs for farmers but also to empower women, sparking the idea that if she can do it, they can too.
TheWMarketplace is proud that Corinne is chosen to sell her chocolate here - and that we are able to help tell Her Story.