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Friday, May 17 • 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Finding Allies for Immigrant and Refugee Workforce Development Initiatives in Unlikely Places

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This session will explore creative connections for immigrant and refugee workforce development initiatives, including opportunities that reach beyond typical service providers and bring policymakers to the table for a deeper dive on the issues.    

Rachel Vilsack, Agency Performance Manager, MN Dept of Employment & Economic Development
Mike Zimmer, WES Consultant (former Cabinet Secretary for Republican Governor Rick Snyder)

Karen Phillippi, Director, Michigan Office for New Americans

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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 →
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Rachel Vilsack

Agency Performance Manager, MN Dept of Employment & Economic Development
Rachel Vilsack is the Agency Performance Manager at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). She also serves as the workforce representative to Minnesota’s multi-agency Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System, or SLEDS. She has over 15 years... Read More →
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Mike Zimmer

Senior Policy Consultant, World Education Services (WES)
Mike Zimmer is a Senior Policy Consultant with World Education Services (WES).  Prior to this, he served as the Cabinet Director for Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan.  As Cabinet Director, Zimmer assisted with the coordination of programs and initiatives among and within Michigan’s... Read More →

Friday May 17, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm PDT
Omni William Penn - Room A - Conference Level