We had the good fortune of connecting with Marie-France Noel and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Marie-France, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I’m born and raised in Haiti. I’m from a large talented family that gave me a Joie de vivre. My late uncle kélé, an extraordinary painter who loved to show the beauty of Caribbean living and the resiliency of its people had a profound impact on my life. His zest for life is at the foundation of my company: KADOKÉLÉ. I initially started a t-shirt collection with his original paintings in 2012 to honor his spirit. Today, the brand offers handcrafted jewelry, apparel and clothing stimulated by that same beauty.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Professionally – I hold a BS in Healthcare Management and a Master in Health Administration. Currently, I am a Community Health Center, Program Manager for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services at MassHealth. Getting here has not been easy. And I refrain myself from saying “there” because I am still a work in process. I recall working full-time and going to school full-time in my undergrad days. And taking 10 credits per semester in graduate school while working 50+ hours to offset the time took to get to class on time. In looking back, I think that I was able to achieve those goals because of the strong work ethics that my parents/grandparents instilled in me. I also had countless of extended families cheering me on. My success was their success as well. My tenacity sets me apart. It might take me longer but I know I won’t give up.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love to entertain family from out of town. I would start by taking them to my Haitian-Folklore dance class at the Dance Complex (Cambridge, Ma) by Jean Appolon. It’s part sharing culture and community. It has been my home now for over a decade. Then, I would walk them around the block to Andala Café — best middle eastern food. Or drive to El Oriental de Cuba, another favorite in Jamaica Plain, Ma. Walk in downtown, Faneuil Hall where there’s usually outdoor entertainment. And if planned catch a concert at the House of Blues.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to shoutout to Sophia Demirtas of Fanm Mòn Fabienne Descadres of Olé Bijoux Renée Marseille of Renee’s Flowers by Designs Silianise Moise of Refined by SM & Beauty Without Borders

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