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Monday, October 23
 

8:30am PDT

Welcoming Economies 101 pre-conference session (by special registration)
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Breakfast & networking from 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Training 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Immigrants are contributors to job creation and prosperity growth of a community, helping to fill critical workforce needs, launch businesses, revitalize neighborhoods, and bring diversity of thought, culture, and experience to a region. In this session, you will learn why economic development leaders, chambers of commerce, and elected officials across the Rust Belt are investing in immigrant economic development models, and what those models look like on the ground. Participants will then work through a series of questions designed to make the connection between immigrant inclusion and broader economic development strategies. Participants will walk away with concrete action steps for local partnership.

This session is appropriate for individuals and for delegations of multiple participants from the same region.

Cost: $75 - REGISTER HERE



Speakers
avatar for Christina Pope

Christina Pope

Senior Network Director, Welcoming America
Christina Pope is Senior Network Director at Welcoming America, where she designs programs and strategy for the organization’s network of local governments and nonprofits. She addresses new and emerging needs in the field and provides technical assistance to organizations making... Read More →
avatar for Steve Tobocman

Steve Tobocman

Executive Director, Global Detroit
Steve has launched innovative nonprofit enterprises in community development, immigrant economic development, and other arenas, with vision, creativity, and passion. Since 2009, Steve has led Global Detroit, a regional economic revitalization strategy mobilizing Metro Detroit’s... Read More →


Monday October 23, 2017 8:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Canandaigua - Ground Floor Marriott Syracuse Downtown

9:00am PDT

Check-in for Morning Tour
Monday October 23, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am PDT
Ground floor - outside of Canandaigua

9:00am PDT

States Office of Immigrant Affairs Meeting - Special Invite
This is a meeting of the state Offices of Immigrant Affairs and will be an opportunity for participants to share updates with each other and gain new ideas. Open to State Offices only

Moderators
avatar for Monica Fuentes

Monica Fuentes

Director of Washington, D.C. Office, Welcoming America
Monica Fuentes is the Director of the Washington D.C. Office for Welcoming America. In this capacity, she is responsible for establishing and maintaining Welcoming America’s presence in Washington, D.C., including the cultivation of a portfolio of national partners and engagement... Read More →

Monday October 23, 2017 9:00am - 12:30pm PDT
Conesus - Ground Floor Marriott Syracuse Downtown

9:30am PDT

Community Tour - Stickley Furniture Factory
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If you have registered for the 2017 WE Convening - Syracuse, please take advantage of a community tour!  There will be walking portions in the visit ~10 minutes so please wear comfortable shoes.

Tour A - Stickley Furniture Factory


Tour Description:

Founded by the sons of German immigrants in 1900, Stickley has maintained its reputation as one of the finest quality and highly regarded furniture manufacturers in the world. Since Alfred Audi purchased Stickley in 1974, he has continued to maintain the company’s commitment to manufacture furniture with honor, integrity and pride, relying on the workmanship and diligence of its workforce that is made up primarily of employees from the local refugee community. The factory tour will trace the company’s history and the role that new Americans and an inclusive workforce has played in their growth and success.
Arrive by 9:10 a.m. Oct 23, 2017
Tour departs : 9:30 a.m. and return by 12:00 p.m.
Depart: Syracuse Marriott Downtown Hotel
Return: Syracuse Marriott Downtown Hotel

see 1:30 p.m. Community tours

Monday October 23, 2017 9:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Ground floor - outside of Canandaigua

1:00pm PDT

Check-in
Monday October 23, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Ground floor - outside of Canandaigua

1:30pm PDT

Community Tours
Limited Capacity seats available

Sign-up here <<---

If you have registered for the 2017 WE Convening - Syracuse, please take advantage of a community tour!  There will be walking portions in the visit ~10 minutes so please wear comfortable shoes.

Arrive by 1:10 p.m. Oct 23, 2017
Tours depart : 1:30 p.m. and return by 4:00 p.m.
Depart: Syracuse Marriott Downtown Hotel
Return: Syracuse Marriott Downtown Hotel

Tour A - see 9:30 a.m. tour at Stickley Furniture Factory

Tour B - Building Community Amidst Constant Change: The Realities of Northside Micro-Neighborhoods
The Northside, the home to the majority of refugee resettlement in Syracuse, is in a state of constant change as new families from around the world move in to the neighborhood daily. This tour sets out to explore how we build community within micro-neighborhoods, and how we maintain stability in a state of constant change.

Tour C - Food on the Northside: The Language that Needs No Translation
With over 40 different languages spoken on the Northside, sometimes the best way to understand each other is through something universal.  This tour piques our palate, exploring the markets & restaurants that make this neighborhood so vibrant.

Tour D - Creating safe and inclusive spaces for Faith: The Journey of Converting a Historic Church into a Welcoming Mosque
Too often we forget that faith is a force that drives unity, community and compassion. The North Side Learning Center constantly transcends differences between and among newcomers and native born residents on Syracuse’s Northside. This is accomplished by actively building community connections. facilitating active conversations, and providing cultural information and education. This commitment could not have been more true than successfully navigating the tenuous space of converting a historic church into a mosque, carefully respecting the building’s past and creating a safe space for religious practice going forward. This tour sets out to discover the power of relationship, shared experiences, understanding and acceptance.

Monday October 23, 2017 1:30pm - 4:00pm PDT
Ground floor - outside of Canandaigua

1:30pm PDT

WES (World Education Services) Special Invite
Monday October 23, 2017 1:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Empire Room - 10th floor Marriott Syracuse Downtown

2:00pm PDT

Certified Welcoming Office Hours
Sign-up here <<--

Welcoming America’s new Certified Welcoming program offers the opportunity for communities to experience a comprehensive evaluation of current work and a chance to formally set themselves apart as leaders in the movement. Sit down with an expert to ask questions, strategize, and more.
Sign up for a 15 minute session at the registration table. Registration is open from 1 p.m - 2 p.m.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Bertolo

Melissa Bertolo

Certified Welcoming Director, Welcoming America
Melissa is responsible for the Certified Welcoming Program at Welcoming America where she leads local governments through a certification process that examines local governments’ policies, programs, and practices around equity and immigrant inclusion.Melissa has over a decade of... Read More →


Monday October 23, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Ground floor - outside of Canandaigua

4:45pm PDT

Check-in
Monday October 23, 2017 4:45pm - 7:00pm PDT
Sky Armory 351 S. Clinton Street

5:00pm PDT

Ignite Talks
Local, regional and WE Global Network organizations will present for 5-minutes each on an innovation they are working on. The fast-paced sessions are dynamic, giving the audience a snapshot of ideas that they could apply in their own communities. The session is co-emceed by Nicole Watts of HopePrint and Joe Cimperman of Global Cleveland, highlighting speakers in Syracuse and across the WE Global Network.

@ the Sky Amory - 351 S. Clinton Street - (8 min. walk from the Marriott Syracuse Downtown) 

Speakers
JC

Joe Cimperman

President - Global Cleveland
avatar for Nicole Watts

Nicole Watts

Founder/Executive Director, Hopeprint
Nicole Watts currently serves as the full-time Founder/Executive Director of Hopeprint, which she began in 2010, with the mission of empowering resettled refugees to thrive. Nicole's experience in the urban core in a variety of capacities stretches back to the summer before her freshman... Read More →


Monday October 23, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Sky Armory 351 S. Clinton Street

6:00pm PDT

Welcome Reception

My Lucky Tummy is an pop-up international food court highlighting cuisines prepared by chefs from the foreign-born community living in Syracuse. Founder Adam Sudmann, a graduate of CenterState CEO’s Up Start program as well as the Program Manager of Syracuse’s With Love restaurant incubator, launched My Lucky Tummy in 2014 to celebrate the diversity of and bring attention to the cuisines of Syracuse’s large refugee community.

The Welcome Reception will feature cuisines of Burma, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan, and Syria, all crafted by a few of the refugees that call Syracuse home.

No RSVP required. Location: Sky Armory, 351 S. Clinton Street. Walking distance from the Marriott. Parking available at the Clinton Street Garage for $10.


Monday October 23, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Sky Armory 351 S. Clinton Street
 
Tuesday, October 24
 

8:00am PDT

Networking Breakfast
Tuesday October 24, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am PDT
Finger Lakes Ballroom Marriott Syracuse Downtown

9:00am PDT

Opening Plenary
Speakers
avatar for Kate Brick

Kate Brick

Director of State & Local Initiatives, New American Economy
Anyone interested in local initiatives to create welcoming policies and making an economic argument for why these initiatives are important should find me! Also check out www.gatewaysforgrowth.org.
avatar for Danielle Laraque-Arena

Danielle Laraque-Arena

President, SUNY Upstate Medical University
Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, FAAP was named the President of SUNY Upstate Medical University September 10, 2015 and assumes the role of President January 14, 2016. She is the former Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Vice-President of the Maimonides Infants and Children’s... Read More →
avatar for Ali Noorani

Ali Noorani

Executive Director, National Immigration Forum
Ali Noorani is the Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, an advocacy organization promoting the value of immigrants and immigration. Growing up in California as the son of Pakistani immigrants, Ali quickly learned how to forge alliances among people of wide-ranging... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Peric

Rachel Peric

Executive Director, Welcoming America
Rachel Peric is the Executive Director of Welcoming America. Inspired by her family’s refugee story and by the worldwide movement of welcomers, Rachel works to create communities where all residents – including immigrants and refugees – can thrive and belong. Since joining the... Read More →
avatar for Robert Simpson

Robert Simpson

President and CEO, CenterState CEO
Robert Simpson serves as president of the CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CenterState CEO), based in Syracuse, New York. CenterState CEO is an independent and forward-thinking economic development strategist, business leadership organization and chamber of commerce... Read More →
avatar for Steve Tobocman

Steve Tobocman

Executive Director, Global Detroit
Steve has launched innovative nonprofit enterprises in community development, immigrant economic development, and other arenas, with vision, creativity, and passion. Since 2009, Steve has led Global Detroit, a regional economic revitalization strategy mobilizing Metro Detroit’s... Read More →


Tuesday October 24, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Finger Lakes Ballroom Marriott Syracuse Downtown

10:00am PDT

Book signing - Ali Noorani
Tuesday October 24, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am PDT
Otisco Court - Lobby Marriott Syracuse Downtown

10:00am PDT

Certified Welcoming Office Hours

Sign-up here <<--
Office hours are available from 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. - 3 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Welcoming America’s new Certified Welcoming program offers the opportunity for communities to experience a comprehensive evaluation of current work and a chance to formally set themselves apart as leaders in the movement. Sit down with an expert to ask questions, strategize, and more.

Sign up for a 15 minute session at the registration table.


Speakers
avatar for Melissa Bertolo

Melissa Bertolo

Certified Welcoming Director, Welcoming America
Melissa is responsible for the Certified Welcoming Program at Welcoming America where she leads local governments through a certification process that examines local governments’ policies, programs, and practices around equity and immigrant inclusion.Melissa has over a decade of... Read More →


Tuesday October 24, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am PDT
WE Convening Registration Desk

10:30am PDT

Lessons learned from Canada: How to Kick-Start Employer Action

The magnitude of the global refugee crisis has left many wondering: how can I help? While an outpouring of support greeted Syrian refugees to Canada, Toronto business and community leaders quickly registered that there was no clearly defined response to help refugees find meaningful employment. This was the catalyst for convening the Syrian Refugees Jobs Agenda Roundtable. The Roundtable brought together stakeholders from across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area – employers, government representatives and non-profit organizations – to focus on identifying employment opportunities for Syrian newcomers and how to match refugee talent to the needs of employers.

In this session, you will learn about the outcomes of the Roundtable and practical strategies to create your own roundtable to kick-start employer action for refugee and immigrant economic integration in your area. The session will include time for you to discuss one outcome in detail, compare and contrast with initiatives in your region in the United States, and consider how you could apply the strategies presented.


Speakers
avatar for Devon Franklin

Devon Franklin

Project Manager, Hire Immigrants
Devon is the Project Manager of Hire Immigrants, a program at the Global Diversity Exchange (GDX), a ‘think-and-do’ tank based at Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada). Hire Immigrants is an online platform for employers to find and share good practices on immigrant employment... Read More →


Tuesday October 24, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Canandaigua - Ground Floor Marriott Syracuse Downtown

10:30am PDT

Global Entrepreneur in Residence Program: Helping Immigrant Founders Create American Jobs
The Trump Administration pause of the proposed International Entrepreneurs Rule to allow an alternative to the startup visa has given new emphasis to the Global Entrepreneurs in Residence (GEIR) program to pair international entrepreneurs with universities to create local businesses and entrepreneurship opportunities. This session will include national experts, as well as the experience of one WE Global member on how these programs operate, what they bring to a local entrepreneurial ecosystem, and what local communities should consider when contemplating such an endeavor.

Moderators
avatar for Steve Tobocman

Steve Tobocman

Executive Director, Global Detroit
Steve has launched innovative nonprofit enterprises in community development, immigrant economic development, and other arenas, with vision, creativity, and passion. Since 2009, Steve has led Global Detroit, a regional economic revitalization strategy mobilizing Metro Detroit’s... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Betsy Cohen

Betsy Cohen

Executive Director, St. Louis Mosaic Project
Betsy Cohen is Executive Director for the regional Immigration & Innovation Initiative, the St. Louis Mosaic Project. This initiative is a joint collaboration of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, the Regional Chamber and leaders of 27 organizations on the Steering Committee... Read More →
avatar for Craig Montuori

Craig Montuori

Co-Founder, Executive Director, Global EIR
Craig Montuori is a cofounder and executive director of Global EIR, where he enables international startup entrepreneurs to grow their companies and create jobs in the US. He has supported the startup visa cause alongside investors, entrepreneurs, and policymakers for the past seven... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Yale-Loehr

Stephen Yale-Loehr

Professor of Immigration Practice, Cornell Law School
Steve Yale-Loehr has practiced immigration law for 35 years. He is co-author of Immigration Law and Procedure, the leading 21-volume treatise on U.S. immigration law. He also teaches immigration and asylum law at Cornell Law School as Professor of Immigration Practice and is of counsel... Read More →


Tuesday October 24, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Conesus - Ground Floor Marriott Syracuse Downtown

10:30am PDT

Community Organizing Case Study: Perspectives from Organizers and Community Members in the Near Westside Peacemaking Project
Effective community organizing models that continue to spur new projects and initiatives rely on empowering community members to take ownership and lead. This panel takes a deep dive in to the Peacemaking Center’s approach in Syracuse's Near Westside neighborhood, as community members and organizers share their perspective on the process including best practices and obstacles. Learn how to apply this and other organizing models in your own community.

Moderators
avatar for Leah Russell

Leah Russell

Senior Associate, Center for Court Innovation
Leah Russell is a Senior Associate at the Center for Court Innovation (Center), a not-for-profit criminal justice reform agency. At the Center, she currently works on the Near Westside Peacemaking Project, a community based conflict resolution program in Syracuse, NY. Leah facilitates... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kerry Correa

Kerry Correa

Kerry Correa was born and raised in Syracuse, NY. She is a graduate of Fowler High School and a proud mother of five. She participated in the Peacemaking Project’s Women’s Wellness Series, as well as an intensive 4-day training for Community Health Workers. Kerry is a resident... Read More →
avatar for Shawn Pope

Shawn Pope

Community Impact Team & Peacemaker, Near Westside Peacemaking Project
avatar for Triana Reese

Triana Reese

Community Impact Team, Near Westside Peacemaking Project
Triana Reese has worked and served her community as an Administrative Assistant at Iroquois Nursing Home, a Teacher’s Assistant for the Syracuse City School District, and a Parent Volunteer for 3 years at Peace Head Start programs, where she also served as Secretary and Chairperson... Read More →


Tuesday October 24, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Otisco Court - Lobby Marriott Syracuse Downtown

10:30am PDT

Capacity Building Learning Circles
Learn from your colleagues and share your own wisdom through this series of speed round table talk conversations that will highlight innovative practices to build your organization's capacity and Impact. Topics will include: (a) Volunteer Management; (b) Communications; (c) Partnerships; (d) Evaluation and Data; (e) Supporting refugee resettlement organizations (f) Other topics you'd like to bring.

Moderators
avatar for Rich Andre

Rich Andre

Deputy Director, State and Local Initiatives, New American Economy
avatar for Paul Costigan

Paul Costigan

MO State Refugee Coordinator, International Institute of St. Louis
Paul Costigan has worked at the International Institute of St. Louis since 1999. Currently, he serves as Vice-President of Program Development & Quality Assurance which is responsible for ensuring compliance with grants, developing procedures, providing funder reports, programmatic... Read More →
avatar for Terri Morris Downs

Terri Morris Downs

Executive Director, Immigrant Welcome Center
Terri Morris Downs is the executive director of the Immigrant Welcome Center of Indianapolis. Downs was involved in the development of the Immigrant Welcome Center and has served as the executive director of the organization since 2007. The Immigrant Welcome Center empowers immigrants... Read More →
avatar for Susan Downs-Karkos

Susan Downs-Karkos

Senior Director of External Affairs, Welcoming America
Susan Downs-Karkos is Senior Director of External Affairs at Welcoming America, where she addresses new and emerging needs in the field related to immigrant inclusion and receiving community engagement by developing new partnerships, tools, and training. Her work includes collaborating... Read More →
avatar for Monica Fuentes

Monica Fuentes

Director of Washington, D.C. Office, Welcoming America
Monica Fuentes is the Director of the Washington D.C. Office for Welcoming America. In this capacity, she is responsible for establishing and maintaining Welcoming America’s presence in Washington, D.C., including the cultivation of a portfolio of national partners and engagement... Read More →
avatar for Sloan Herrick

Sloan Herrick

Global Detroit

Tuesday October 24, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Empire Room - 10th floor Marriott Syracuse Downtown

10:30am PDT

How to work with your state to create skilled immigrant occupational licensing guides
How can my state create skilled immigrant occupational licensing guides? Are they only for professional jobs? How do we know which occupations to start with? Why are they even necessary? Join a panel of experts to learn the answers to these and other questions about the importance of occupational licensing guides.

Moderators
avatar for Karen Phillippi

Karen Phillippi

Director, New American Integration, Global Michigan
Karen Phillippi is the Director of New American Integration with the Office of Global Michigan (f/k/a Michigan Office for New Americans) with the State of MI. She has been working in the field of immigration law and immigrant/refugee integration for 29 years. Karen began her career... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Gebremedhin

Katherine Gebremedhin

Director of Partnerships & Programs, WES Global Talent Bridge
Katherine Gebremedhin is the Director of State and Local Initiatives at WES Global Talent Bridge. She is responsible for developing, strengthening partnerships, and collaborating on programmatic initiatives with state and local partners that work to help immigrant communities successfully... Read More →
avatar for Allie Levinsky

Allie Levinsky

Director of Technical Assistance, Upwardly Global
Allie Levinsky is the National Director of Technical Assistance for Upwardly Global, a U.S. based nonprofit specializing in the professional integration of skilled immigrants and refugees. Allie has nearly 15 years of experience in program design, execution, and evaluation, including... Read More →
avatar for Mike Zimmer

Mike Zimmer

Cabinet Director, State of Michigan
Mike Zimmer is the Cabinet Director for Governor Rick Snyder. As Cabinet Director, Mike assists with the coordination of programs and initiatives among and within Michigan’s executive branch departments and agencies.Prior to being named Cabinet Director, he was the Director for... Read More →


Tuesday October 24, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Hemlock - Ground Floor Marriott Syracuse Downtown

12:00pm PDT

Lunch
Tuesday October 24, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Finger Lakes Ballroom Marriott Syracuse Downtown

12:00pm PDT

Certified Welcoming Office Hours

Sign-up here <<--

Office hours are available from 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. - 3 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Welcoming America’s new Certified Welcoming program offers the opportunity for communities to experience a comprehensive evaluation of current work and a chance to formally set themselves apart as leaders in the movement. Sit down with an expert to ask questions, strategize, and more.

Sign up for a 15 minute session at the registration table.


Speakers
avatar for Melissa Bertolo

Melissa Bertolo

Certified Welcoming Director, Welcoming America
Melissa is responsible for the Certified Welcoming Program at Welcoming America where she leads local governments through a certification process that examines local governments’ policies, programs, and practices around equity and immigrant inclusion.Melissa has over a decade of... Read More →


Tuesday October 24, 2017 12:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
WE Convening Registration Desk

1:00pm PDT

Building Partnerships: Strategies for Engaging Economic Development Organizations & Chambers
What are some effective strategies for forming partnerships between immigrant inclusion and economic development players? How should immigrant service providers prepare for productive conversations with their local Chamber of Commerce? This workshop will guide participants through a messaging and strategy framework to develop talking points and plan for future collaborations. Participants will analyze a dialogue for best practices and then apply those techniques to their own action plans.

Speakers
avatar for Betsy Cohen

Betsy Cohen

Executive Director, St. Louis Mosaic Project
Betsy Cohen is Executive Director for the regional Immigration & Innovation Initiative, the St. Louis Mosaic Project. This initiative is a joint collaboration of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, the Regional Chamber and leaders of 27 organizations on the Steering Committee... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Pumphrey

Nicole Pumphrey

Deputy Director, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians


Tuesday October 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:15pm PDT
Conesus - Ground Floor Marriott Syracuse Downtown

1:00pm PDT

Innovations in Immigrant Homeownership
Homeownership can be a means to upward mobility and wealth creation, as well as community safety and neighborhood revitalization. Immigrants, however, face cultural, linguistic and financial obstacles to homeownership. Learn how these local government and nonprofit leaders are creating new opportunities for immigrants to purchase houses.

Moderators
avatar for Beth Szurpicki

Beth Szurpicki

Global Detroit

Speakers
avatar for Tony Bango

Tony Bango

International Village Director, Metro West Community Development
Tony Bango moved to Cleveland in 2010 and is originally from western Pennsylvania.  Though not native to Cleveland, Tony calls Cleveland home and works daily to improve the communities on the west side of the city.  Currently, Tony serves as the Assistant Director of the Metro West... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Pascall

Amanda Pascall

Ownership Center Manager, Home Headquarters
Amanda Pascall, a passionate advocate for housing and financial justice, is the Manager of Home HeadQuarters’ nationally certified HomeOwnership Center. Ms. Pascall oversees all of Home HeadQuarters’ HomeBuyer Education, financial and homeownership counseling, and foreclosure... Read More →


Tuesday October 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:15pm PDT
Otisco Court - Lobby Marriott Syracuse Downtown

1:00pm PDT

Measuring the Economic Impact of Refugee Resettlement: Using Economic Analysis to Show the Local Benefits
The debate on resettling refugees has gripped local and national politics. There are important issues about our national character as a place of refuge, but there also are local economic impacts. Hear the latest on both national and local research on the economic impact of refugees and how to customize those facts for your own community.

Moderators
avatar for Steve Tobocman

Steve Tobocman

Executive Director, Global Detroit
Steve has launched innovative nonprofit enterprises in community development, immigrant economic development, and other arenas, with vision, creativity, and passion. Since 2009, Steve has led Global Detroit, a regional economic revitalization strategy mobilizing Metro Detroit’s... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Elisabeth Gerber

Elisabeth Gerber

Associate Dean for Research and Policy Engagement, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Elisabeth R. Gerber is the Jack L. Walker Jr. Collegiate Professor of Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Associate Dean for Research and Policy Engagement, Professor of Political Science (by courtesy), and Research Associate at the Center for Political Studies... Read More →
avatar for David Dyssegaard Kallick

David Dyssegaard Kallick

Deputy Director, Fiscal Policy Institute
David Dyssegaard Kallick is Deputy Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, and is director of FPI’s immigration research. He has been author or co-author of reports on a wide range of issues related to the economic impacts of immigrants and refugees, including the economic role... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Lim

Andrew Lim

Director of Research, New American Economy
Andrew Lim is Associate Director of Research at the Partnership for a New American Economy (NAE), a bipartisan coalition of business and political leaders working to create smart, sensible immigration policies in cities, states, and nationally. He has more than 7 years of research... Read More →
avatar for Guadalupe Velasquez

Guadalupe Velasquez

Assistant Director, CITY OF COLUMBUS
Guadalupe A. Velasquez is a local advocate, volunteer and community leader for the Hispanic/Latino and Immigrant communities in Columbus. Currently serving as the Director of Programming and Education for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Columbus and lead advocate for the... Read More →


Tuesday October 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:15pm PDT
Canandaigua - Ground Floor Marriott Syracuse Downtown

1:00pm PDT

Fostering Immigrant Leadership Development
This session will explore how cities are creating programs to more deeply engage immigrants in civic life. Come learn the keys to successfully opening up local government to the immigrant community and consider how such a leadership development approach might be adapted to your own context.

Speakers
KP

Kavita Pawria-Sanchez (Invited)

Assistant Commissioner, NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
SS

Shanna Singh Huey

President, Think Tennessee


Tuesday October 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:15pm PDT
Empire Room - 10th floor Marriott Syracuse Downtown

1:00pm PDT

Workforce Innovations at the State and Local Level

The Workforce Innovations at the State and Local Level Panel will discuss policies and practices that identify the skills and potential contributions of New Americans and seek to recognize them (e.g.via  credentialing, VISA’s, etc.) and/or cultivate them (e.g. via innovative training/programming). The panel will explore what’s working in specific states and cities; identify emerging policy innovations within different states; and identify ways that audience members can pursue best practices and innovative policies at home.


Moderators
avatar for Eva Hassett

Eva Hassett

Executive Director, International Institute of Buffalo
Eva Hassett has been the Executive Director of the International Institute of Buffalo since August 2009.The International Institute of Buffalo seeks to make Western New York a better place for, and because of, immigrants and refugees.International Institute of Buffalo services include... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for José Ramón Fernández-Peña

José Ramón Fernández-Peña

Director, Welcome Back Initiative
José Ramón Fernández-Peña, MD, MPA - Is the founder and executive director of the Welcome Back Initiative (WBI), a program to assist immigrant health professionals already living in the U.S. through the necessary steps to enter the U.S. health workforce. The WBI currently includes... Read More →
avatar for Paul Gollash

Paul Gollash

Founder & CEO, Voxy
Paul Gollash is an American entrepreneur and business executive. He is the CEO and founder of Voxy, a language-learning platform that uses mobile and web technology to teach English as a second language. He is currently based in New York City.
avatar for Melinda Mack

Melinda Mack

Executive Director, New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals
Melinda Mack has served as the Executive Director of the New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals since 2012. NYATEP is New York's statewide workforce development membership association committed to providing voice, knowledge and accelerating progress in the field... Read More →


Tuesday October 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:15pm PDT
Hemlock - Ground Floor Marriott Syracuse Downtown

2:15pm PDT

Networking Coffee Break
Tuesday October 24, 2017 2:15pm - 3:00pm PDT
Lobby of Finger Lakes Ballroom Marriott Syracuse Downtown

3:00pm PDT

Contradicting the Narrative: The Contributions of Immigrants to the Great Lakes Economy
The fate of U.S. workers in the Great Lakes region has become a centerpiece of the national conversation on the economy. Politicians have capitalized on economic frustrations, arguing that immigrants are to blame for the region’s woes. The reality, however, is that far from being the cause of its economic struggles, immigration may in fact provide one of the most promising solutions to it. This session will dive into the findings of a new report by New American Economy and the Great Lakes Metro Chamber Coalition that uses data to show how immigrants are revitalizing and strengthening industries like manufacturing and healthcare; offsetting decades of population decline; and reinvigorating local economies with new businesses, an increased tax base, and consumer spending that drives local growth.

Speakers
avatar for Rich Andre

Rich Andre

Deputy Director, State and Local Initiatives, New American Economy
SB

Susan Berg Herman

Director of Workforce & Economic Development, International Institute of Akron
avatar for Brandon Mendoza

Brandon Mendoza

Government Affairs Manager, Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce - Affiliate of the Allegheny Conference
Brandon Mendoza is a Brooklyn expat who has lived in Boston, northeastern and central Pennsylvania. The government affairs manager at the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce – an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference, he now calls Pittsburgh home. Brandon manages federal and... Read More →


Tuesday October 24, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm PDT
Otisco Court - Lobby Marriott Syracuse Downtown

3:00pm PDT

The Business Case for New Americans: Building a Competitive Workforce through Immigrants and Refugees

From healthcare to manufacturing to hospitality technology, US employers rely on immigrants and refugees to meet their workforce needs across a wide continuum of job types and skill levels. We will talk to a group of employers from different industries who have embraced New Americans within their workforce. We’ll learn from them about how and why they engaged international populations in the first place; the benefits and challenges of having them in their companies; and lessons learned about how to best incorporate New Americans onto the job site. We’ll also explore how employers might emerge as advocates of "Welcoming Economies” at the local, state and national level. 


Moderators
avatar for David DiMaggio

David DiMaggio

Program Manager, CASE at Syracuse University
David DiMaggio is Program Manager of the Syracuse University CASE Center Industry Co-Op program. His extensive background includes experience with employers and college career centers to develop recruiting strategies to facilitate the connection between college students and local... Read More →

Speakers
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David Allen

Director of Human Resources, Anaren
David Allen is the Director of Human Resources at Anaren, a global high frequency electronics engineering and manufacturing company founded in 1967 that employs a diverse workforce that draws upon the unique skillsets and backgrounds of people from all around the world. As the Director... Read More →
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Andrea Godfread-Brown

Brown Palumbo
Andrea Godfread-Brown dedicates her practice to immigration law, specializing in employment-based applications, including J-1 Physicians, Professors, Researchers, H-1Bs and employment-based Permanent Resident applications. Before joining Brown Palumbo, Ms. Godfread-Brown was of-counsel... Read More →
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Mehudin Krdzic

Human Resources Specialist, Stickley Furniture
Mehudin Krdzic is a Human Resources Specialist at Stickley Furniture, an over 100-year old family owned business in Central New York. Mehudin emigrated from Bosnia with his parents in 1999, enrolling in the Educational Opportunity Center for a semester before earning his Bachelor’s... Read More →


Tuesday October 24, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm PDT
Canandaigua - Ground Floor Marriott Syracuse Downtown

3:00pm PDT

Working Together Across Urban--Rural Divides: How one organization shared their inclusive economic development model
Presented with an opportunity to share their entrepreneurship model across the state of Minnesota, the Twin Cities-based nonprofit Neighborhood Development Center began partnering with rural communities. The Initiative Foundation serves as a key partner in adapting and adopting the NDC model in St. Cloud, Minnesota and future locations. Come learn from both organizations’ experience and consider how you could apply similar thinking to develop partnerships in your region.

Moderators
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Christina Pope

Senior Network Director, Welcoming America
Christina Pope is Senior Network Director at Welcoming America, where she designs programs and strategy for the organization’s network of local governments and nonprofits. She addresses new and emerging needs in the field and provides technical assistance to organizations making... Read More →

Speakers
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Mihailo Temali

Founder and CEO, Neighborhood Development Center
Founder and CEO of Neighborhood Development Centers, which provides empowerment to entrepreneurs of diverse backgrounds in St. Paul and Minneapolis.
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Jeff Wig

Vice President, Initiative Foundation
Jeff is VP for Economic and Business Development for the Initiative Foundation, a unique grantmaking, business lending and operating foundation serving a fourteen county region of rural Minnesota. The Initiative Foundation has just begun adapting Neighborhood Development Center's... Read More →


Tuesday October 24, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm PDT
Conesus - Ground Floor Marriott Syracuse Downtown

3:00pm PDT

Positive Messaging in Turbulent Times
Social anxieties and polarization are arguably at record highs in our communities, and it’s more challenging than ever to communicate a positive message that resonates with audiences across a diverse political spectrum. Yet we know that for our communities to be truly welcoming, it’s important that we continue to reach out and engage longer-term, receiving community members. This communications workshop from Welcoming America will review positive communications strategies that work. Interactive exercises will provide participants with an opportunity to practice communications in tough situations and will allow for audience sharing and problem solving.

Speakers
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Susan Downs-Karkos

Senior Director of External Affairs, Welcoming America
Susan Downs-Karkos is Senior Director of External Affairs at Welcoming America, where she addresses new and emerging needs in the field related to immigrant inclusion and receiving community engagement by developing new partnerships, tools, and training. Her work includes collaborating... Read More →
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Rachel Peric

Executive Director, Welcoming America
Rachel Peric is the Executive Director of Welcoming America. Inspired by her family’s refugee story and by the worldwide movement of welcomers, Rachel works to create communities where all residents – including immigrants and refugees – can thrive and belong. Since joining the... Read More →


Tuesday October 24, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm PDT
Empire Room - 10th floor Marriott Syracuse Downtown

3:00pm PDT

Opportunities and challenges in using WIOA funds to serve immigrants
How can a state or locality actually use WIOA funding to support immigrants? How would my organization access funding from WIOA?  Join us for a refresher on WIOA, as well as to hear how Michigan and St. Louis are using WIOA funding for creative programming efforts. Please also come to share how your state or locality is using WIOA funding.

Moderators
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Karen Phillippi

Director, New American Integration, Global Michigan
Karen Phillippi is the Director of New American Integration with the Office of Global Michigan (f/k/a Michigan Office for New Americans) with the State of MI. She has been working in the field of immigration law and immigrant/refugee integration for 29 years. Karen began her career... Read More →

Speakers
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Amanda Bergson-Shilcock

Director of Upskilling Policy, National Skills Coalition
Amanda Bergson-Shilcock is Senior Policy Analyst at National Skills Coalition, focusing on immigration, adult basic education and ESOL. She analyzes policies, makes recommendations, and coordinates with National Skills Coalition member organizations to address issues facing adult... Read More →
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Paul Costigan

MO State Refugee Coordinator, International Institute of St. Louis
Paul Costigan has worked at the International Institute of St. Louis since 1999. Currently, he serves as Vice-President of Program Development & Quality Assurance which is responsible for ensuring compliance with grants, developing procedures, providing funder reports, programmatic... Read More →
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Annie Fenton

MITS Program Director, Michigan Office for New Americans
Annie Fenton works for the State of Michigan as the Program Director of the Michigan International Talent Solutions (MITS) program, which is a professional job search training and coaching program for highly-skilled immigrants in Michigan. MITS is a recent initiative of the Michigan... Read More →


Tuesday October 24, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm PDT
Hemlock - Ground Floor Marriott Syracuse Downtown

4:30pm PDT

Certified Welcoming Office Hours

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Office hours are available from 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. - 3 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Welcoming America’s new Certified Welcoming program offers the opportunity for communities to experience a comprehensive evaluation of current work and a chance to formally set themselves apart as leaders in the movement. Sit down with an expert to ask questions, strategize, and more.

Sign up for a 15 minute session at the registration table.


Speakers
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Melissa Bertolo

Certified Welcoming Director, Welcoming America
Melissa is responsible for the Certified Welcoming Program at Welcoming America where she leads local governments through a certification process that examines local governments’ policies, programs, and practices around equity and immigrant inclusion.Melissa has over a decade of... Read More →


Tuesday October 24, 2017 4:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
WE Convening Registration Desk

4:30pm PDT

Closing Plenary
Speakers
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Haji Adan

Executive Director, Refugee & Immigrant Self Empowerment (RISE)
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John Dau

President, John Dau Foundation
John Dau is currently the President and Founder of the John Dau Foundation, an organization that builds and runs medical clinics, trains community health workers, and administers nutritional programs specifically targeting children and women in several villages in the former Duk County... Read More →
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Mayor Stephanie Miner

Mayor, CIty of Syracuse
Stephanie A. Miner is the 53rd Mayor of the City of Syracuse. She became involved in politics at an early age, stuffing envelopes for local candidates at her Grandmother Cooney’s kitchen table in the Eastwood neighborhood.  Mayor Miner was first elected in 2009 and re-elected in... Read More →
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Christina Pope

Senior Network Director, Welcoming America
Christina Pope is Senior Network Director at Welcoming America, where she designs programs and strategy for the organization’s network of local governments and nonprofits. She addresses new and emerging needs in the field and provides technical assistance to organizations making... Read More →
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Steve Tobocman

Executive Director, Global Detroit
Steve has launched innovative nonprofit enterprises in community development, immigrant economic development, and other arenas, with vision, creativity, and passion. Since 2009, Steve has led Global Detroit, a regional economic revitalization strategy mobilizing Metro Detroit’s... Read More →


Tuesday October 24, 2017 4:30pm - 5:15pm PDT
Finger Lakes Ballroom Marriott Syracuse Downtown

5:15pm PDT

Reception
Tuesday October 24, 2017 5:15pm - 6:30pm PDT
Persian Terrace Marriott Syracuse Downtown