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Thursday, May 16 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Moving the Needle on Workforce Integration

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Despite today’s challenging federal climate towards immigrants, there are a number of innovative approaches and partnerships advancing workforce integration, including the growing trend of state Offices for New Americans, local WIOA plans that are inclusive of immigrant populations, and newly developed On-the-Job Training opportunities for immigrants with international education and experience. In addition to highlighting specific initiatives in immigrant workforce integration and economic development, session panelists will explore the importance of multi-sector/multi-stakeholder partnerships in working towards a more nation-wide strategy for immigrant integration through partnerships with organizations that provide platforms and programs to enhance collaboration. Participants will leave the session with concrete ways in which they can “move the needle” to support immigrant workforce integration in their own communities.

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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 →
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Bryan Warren

Director of the Office for Globalization, a Division of Louisville Forward, Louisville Metro Government
Bryan Warren is the Director of the Office for Globalization, a Division of Louisville Forward in Louisville Metro Government. He leads the city’s Global Louisville initiative, a public-private effort to bring together government, business and civic leaders to welcome new international... Read More →
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Nicole Pumphrey

Deputy Director, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians
Nicole Pumphrey (Nikki) has dedicated her career to fostering cultural understanding and promoting inclusion through education and workforce development. She joined the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians in 2014 and currently serves as the Deputy Director, where she leads the... Read More →
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Karen Phillippi

Director, Michigan Office for New Americans
Karen Phillippi is the Director of the Michigan Office for New Americans. She has been working in immigration law for over 26 years. Karen began her work in immigration law by serving as the Immigration and State Department Specialist for US Senator Don Riegle.  She has worked in... Read More →

Thursday May 16, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Omni William Penn - Room A - Conference Level