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Tuesday, May 14
 

8:30am

Working Group on Arts, Culture & Immigrant Integration (Invitation Only)
Tuesday May 14, 2019 8:30am - 8:00pm
City of Asylum 40 W. North Avenue Pittsburgh PA 15212

5:00pm

New Immigrant and Refugee Visions in Film: Screen & Discuss
Join us for this special engagement that will feature an introduction to ten documentary films made by and about immigrants and refugees from 13 different countries of origin.

Speakers
avatar for Immigrant Films Introduced by Michael Sheridan

Immigrant Films Introduced by Michael Sheridan

Join us for this special engagement that will feature an introduction to ten documentary films made by and about immigrants and refugees from 13 different countries of origin.


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Tuesday May 14, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Omni William Penn Hotel - Conference Level - Room B 530 William Penn Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15210, USA

7:00pm

One Region Dinner (Invitation Only)
Tuesday May 14, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
City Works PPG Place, 2, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
 
Wednesday, May 15
 

8:30am

WE Global Network Core Member Meeting (Invitation Only)
This invite-only meeting is for WE Global Network core members. Breakfast will be available from 8:15am - 10am.

Wednesday May 15, 2019 8:30am - 4:00pm
Omni William Penn - Conference Level - B

8:30am

10:00am

National Inclusion Campaign (Invitation Only)
This convening is generously sponsored by the Walmart Foundation. 

Wednesday May 15, 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm
Omni William Penn - Conference Level - A

12:30pm

Check-in for Tours
Please check-in for the conference and receive your conference badge before the tours depart at 1pm.

Wednesday May 15, 2019 12:30pm - 12:50pm
Omni William Penn - Main Lobby

1:00pm

Breaking New Ground: A Conversation on Art, Culture and Immigration
Join Kelly Strayhorn Theater executive director janera solomon in conversation with members of the Arts, Culture and Immigration Working Group, a diverse and accomplished group of arts and immigration leaders, practitioners, and advocates convened this week in Pittsburgh by ArtPlace America and Welcoming America.

Panelists will share lessons learned, best practices, and new opportunities for bridging creative placemaking and immigrant inclusion efforts.

Coffee and Light Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP HERE.

Wednesday May 15, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theater 5941 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

1:00pm

Community Tours
Wednesday May 15, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
TBA

4:30pm

5:00pm

Ignite Sessions
LOCATION: Museum Theater, first floor

Partake in a selection of 4 short talks covering immigrant community and economic development stories, ideas, and innovations. Ignite Talks are built on the idea that "everyone speaks," giving an opportunity to present a unique idea, innovation, or story in a quick, energetic 5-minute presentation.

Moderators
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Millie Chu

VP of Global Entrepreneurship and STEM Talent, Global Detroit
Millie Chu is the Vice President of Global Entrepreneurship and STEM Talent at Global Detroit and spearheads the Global Entrepreneur-in-Residence (Global EIR) program. Through Global EIR, Millie supports international founders in the high-growth, advanced technology industry by providing... Read More →

Speakers
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Bob Doyle

Manager, West Side Bazaar, Westminster Economic Development Initiative
Bob is a lifelong Buffalonian and currently serves as the Community Development Director of WEDI. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from SUNY Buffalo and has spent over a decade working in restaurants and nonprofits in Buffalo. Bob loves traveling, cooking, gardening, eating... Read More →
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Leani García Torres

Policy Manager, New American Economy
Leani García Torres is a State & Local Policy Manager at New American Economy, a bipartisan research and advocacy organization making the case for smart, sensible immigration policies in cities, states, and nationally. At NAE, she is responsible for managing and expanding the organization's... Read More →
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Guillermo Velazquez

Executive Director, Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation
Guillermo is the Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Hispanic DevelopmentCorporation, a non-profit organization focused on entrepreneurial and investmentdevelopment. He began his entrepreneurship experience at Desarrollo EmpresarialMexicano (DESEM), an entrepreneurship program in... Read More →
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Amy Campbell

Corners Outreach
Amy Campbell is a writer, teacher, and grant writer, most recently partnering with Corners Outreach, a nonprofit that primarily serves the low-income Hispanic community in the metro Atlanta area. In addition to her work in Development at Corners, Amy is building a social-emotional... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Andy Warhol Museum - First Floor Theater 117 Sandusky St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

6:00pm

Welcoming America's Tenth Anniversary Celebration
Join us for Welcoming America's 10th anniversary celebration at one of Pittsburgh's iconic locations.



Wednesday May 15, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Andy Warhol Museum 117 Sandusky St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
 
Thursday, May 16
 

7:00am

Energy stretch
Please bring your own yoga mat, towel and water.

Thursday May 16, 2019 7:00am - 7:45am
Omni William Penn - Conference Level - Phipps Room

8:00am

Breakfast
Thursday May 16, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Omni Hotel - 17th Floor Grand Ballroom

8:00am

8:00am

8:00am

9:00am

Morning Plenary
Moderators
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janera solomon

Executive Director, Kelly Strayhorn Theater
janera solomon is the executive director of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, a historic live arts venuein Pittsburgh now in its tenth year of presenting progressive, evocative new works in dance,music, film, education and cultural programming. Her curatorial work includes projects withsome... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Christina Pope

Christina Pope

Network Director, Welcoming America
Christina Pope is a Network Director at Welcoming America, where she provides technical assistance and designs programs and strategy for a membership network of local governments and nonprofits. Her membership portfolio encompasses the Northeastern United States. Christina’s background... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Valdez

Daniel Valdez

Network Director, Welcoming America
Daniel is a Network Director with Welcoming America, a national organization that works with nonprofit partners and local governments to help create more inclusive, equitable, and welcoming communities. In his role, Daniel leads overall strategy and support for the Welcoming Network... 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 →
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Rachel Peric

Executive Director, Welcoming America
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Betty Cruz

Director, All for All
Betty Cruz has developed citywide initiatives for Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, managed major accounts for a national nonprofit dedicated to building playgrounds across the U.S., and supported public relations for global brands representing a wide range of industries. She has extensive... Read More →
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County Executive Rich Fitzgerald

Allegheny County
County Executive Rich Fitzgerald took office on January 3, 2012, and he’s currently in his second term. After more than 19 years in public service, including 12 on County Council, he still relishes his role working with others to make the county a great place to live, work, and... Read More →
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1Hood

Founded in 2006, 1Hood begins as a collective of men from various disciplines, ideologies, and belief systems who banded together to address violence within and against our community. We have grown to an intergenerational, intersectional community committed to the same mission. 1Hood... Read More →
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Rep. Edward C. Gainey

24th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives


Thursday May 16, 2019 9:00am - 10:10am
Omni Hotel - 17th Floor Grand Ballroom

10:30am

Building and Evaluating Programs Through a Racial Equity Lens
In this session, participants will gain insight and shared language on what it means to build and evaluate programming using a racial equity lens. We will explore a model for leading with race and examine some of the innovative ways city and county governments and nonprofits are advancing equity. Participants will also hear from those in the welcoming field who are utilizing a racial equity lens to advance their work, and will explore how a racial equity focus can support their own local welcoming work and lead to systems change back home.

Moderators
avatar for Molly Hilligoss

Molly Hilligoss

Regional Manager, Welcoming America
Growing the Welcoming movement in small, rural and suburban communities is essential to the wellbeing of newcomers and receiving communities alike, let's talk about how these communities can be centered in our work.

Speakers
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Jaqueline Tucker

East Regional Project Manager, GARE (Government Alliance for Racial Equity)
Jaqueline (“Jackie”) Tucker is an innovative and compassionate millennial with a heart for servant leadership, civic engagement, community uplift, law, policy, and politics. Jackie joins GARE as a former educator who witnessed the injustice of systemic educational inequity firsthand... Read More →
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Federico Rios

International & Integration Manager/ Housing & Neighborhood Services, City of Charlotte
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Christa Yoakum

Nebraska Is Home Coordinator, Immigrants & Communities Program
Christa Yoakum from Nebraska is Home. Christa is the Coordinator of Nebraska Is Home, a grassroots movement promoting mutual respect and cooperation among US-born and foreign-born neighbors, creating safe, strong, and robust communities for all.Within the Immigrants and Communities... Read More →



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

10:30am

Communicating Inclusion in Contentious Times
This training provides community leaders an overview of how to communicate around contentious issues. Excerpted from a full-day training, you will be introduced to key concepts for designing communication messages and strategies that connect with and respond to community concerns, beliefs, and values - and with tools to help you keep learning more about the people you want to reach. Participants will leave equipped with new knowledge and research tools to help design more effective communication efforts that drive a deep story of inclusion at the local level.


Speakers
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Wendy Feliz

Director of Communications Programming, American Immigration Council
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Rachel Brown

Executive Director, Over Zero


Thursday May 16, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Omni William Penn - Bob & Dolores Hope Room - Mezzanine Level

10:30am

Lessons in Welcoming from Germany and Other Parts of the International Welcoming Movement
As the Welcoming movement grows globally, we invite you to learn about innovations from the US-Germany Welcoming Communities Transatlantic Exchange and other international partnerships, what internationalization of the Welcoming network means for all of our members, and what the future holds for Welcoming.

Speakers
avatar for Ze Xiao

Ze Xiao

Director, Mayor's Office for New Americans in Salt Lake County
A proud Salt Lake County employee since 2008, Ze’s role is to ensure the economic, social, and civic potentials of Salt Lake County residents with immigrant and refugee background is maximized. By partnering with residents, service providers, and policymakers, the Office for New... Read More →
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Mara Kimmel

Deputy Director of Strategy, Research and Scholarship, Anchorage Museum
Mara Kimmel has a long career in Alaskan public policy focused on rights and justice.  Mara works at the Anchorage Museum as the Deputy Director of Strategy, Scholarship and Research.  She has been on faculty at the Seattle University School of Law, the University of Alaska Anchorage... Read More →
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David Lubell

Founding Director, Welcoming International Initiative
David Lubell is the Founder of Welcoming America, and recently shifted his full-time focus to the organization's international efforts as the Founding Director of the Welcoming International Initiative. He leads this initiative from Berlin, Germany.Welcoming America, established in... 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, a national network of local governments and nonprofits working to promote inclusive, economically vibrant communities.  Susan addresses new and emerging needs in the field related to immigrant inclusion... Read More →


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

10:30am

Moving the Needle on Workforce Integration
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.

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 Bryan Warren

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 →
avatar for Nicole Pumphrey

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
Omni William Penn - Room A - Conference Level

10:30am

Tailor Your Approach – Welcoming Economies 101
Participants will learn about how local immigrant welcoming efforts are developing programs to build more inclusive economies. This short session will provide an introduction to the Welcoming Economies Playbook and highlight specific tools and program models that practitioners can use to advance local partnership and economic inclusion of newcomers.

Speakers
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 →
avatar for Christina Pope

Christina Pope

Network Director, Welcoming America
Christina Pope is a Network Director at Welcoming America, where she provides technical assistance and designs programs and strategy for a membership network of local governments and nonprofits. Her membership portfolio encompasses the Northeastern United States. Christina’s background... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Omni William Penn - Monogahela Room - 17th Floor

12:00pm

Office Hours: Creating Pockets of Excellence
*Sign up HERE for a 15 min session*

As managers of people, projects, and civic priorities, we are challenged to create pockets of function in challenging organizations and environments. These office hours will provide a thought partner for creating function within dysfunction and generating excellent results.

ADDITIONAL SESSION OPTION:
May 16, 2019
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm ET

Up to two (2) individuals can attend each 15-min session. 

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Brock

Jennifer Brock

Chief Operating Officer & Partner, Human Resources Dimensions
Jennifer is the COO & Partner with Human Resource Dimensions. Joining HRD in 2006, Jennifer began her career with the company as a Recruiter. Through the years Jennifer was promoted to Recruiting Manager and most recently COO subsequently the Vice President of Search and Supplemental... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Omni William Penn - Conference Level - Carnegie II

12:00pm

Office Hours: Tenth Anniversary Listening
*Sign up HERE for a 15 min session on May 16 between 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm ET. *

Sign up for an informal opportunity to speak one on one or in a small group with Welcoming America’s Executive Director Rachel Peric to share your thoughts on the most important strategies for Welcoming America as it charts its course for the next 10 years.

Up to two (2) individuals can attend each 15-min session.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Peric

Rachel Peric

Executive Director, Welcoming America


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Omni William Penn Conference Level - Carnegie I

12:00pm

1:15pm

Assisting Professional Immigrants with their US Job Search
Join us for this introduction on how to assist foreign educated or trained immigrants with their US job search. Where do you begin? How do you assess their qualifications? Do they need a state occupational license? How can you connect them with a professional network? Come learn the answers to these questions and more.

Speakers:
Annie Fenton, Program Director, Michigan International Talent Solutions Program
Mahlet Mamo, Jobversity National Account Manager, Upwardly Global
Elizabeth Jones, Director of Programs, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians

Moderator:
Tadd Wamester, Business Development Director – US Initiatives, Voxy

Speakers
avatar for Tadd Wamester

Tadd Wamester

Director, New Americans Initiative
Tadd leads the New Americans Initiative at Voxy and is focused on building bridges for English language learners into sector-focused employment training programs while developing diverse & skilled talent pipelines for high-demand employment sectors that support regional economic development... Read More →
avatar for Annie Fenton

Annie Fenton

Program Director, Michigan International Talent Solutions Program
Annie Fenton is the creator and 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.  She previously served as Senior Associate for Employment Services... Read More →
avatar for Mahlet Mamo

Mahlet Mamo

National Account Manager, Upwardly Global, Jobversity
Mahlet Mamo is the National Account Manager for Jobversity for Upwardly Global (UpGlo).  Prior to this position, she served as the IT Sector Program Associate and the talent account manager for IT sector UpGlo partners by building relationships with employers to identify pipeline... Read More →
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Elizabeth Jones

Director of Programs, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians
Elizabeth Jones directs program development and evaluation at the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, a non-profit dedicated to helping immigrants integrate into the US workforce. She lends her strategic skills to the role, which focuses on creative, data-driven solutions to... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Omni William Penn - Room A - Conference Level

1:15pm

Building Resilience in Welcoming Communities
Many communities around the United States recognize the distinct values of welcoming and resilience and are embedding these values into local policies. More and more, cities and local governments understand the need to build capacity to address chronic stresses and acute shocks. Recent disasters including earthquakes, fires, and hurricanes highlight the need to connect neighbors so that in times of emergencies people know each other and can reach out for help or to help. Similarly, communities experiencing the impacts of poverty, racism, inequities, and other chronic social stresses are compromised in their ability to respond in times of disaster. Local governments are increasingly understanding that equity and resilience are interwoven and vital to building welcoming communities. This session will include an interactive discussion, and those from communities involved with resiliency work or interested in taking welcoming to the next level are particularly encouraged to attend.

Speakers
avatar for Liz Cedillo-Pereira

Liz Cedillo-Pereira

Director of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs, City of Dallas
Mary Elizabeth (Liz) Cedillo-Pereira is the Director of the City of Dallas Office of WelcomingCommunities and Immigrant Affairs established in March 2017. The Dallas WCIA seeks to be abridge connecting Dallas’ diverse immigrant communities with existing Dallas residents so thatcommon... Read More →
avatar for Mara Kimmel

Mara Kimmel

Deputy Director of Strategy, Research and Scholarship, Anchorage Museum
Mara Kimmel has a long career in Alaskan public policy focused on rights and justice.  Mara works at the Anchorage Museum as the Deputy Director of Strategy, Scholarship and Research.  She has been on faculty at the Seattle University School of Law, the University of Alaska Anchorage... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Warren

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 →


Thursday May 16, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Omni William Penn - Room B - Conference Level

1:15pm

Forming and Utilizing Peer Networks that Matter
Explore how you can get more out of and choose the right peer networks. Immigrant economic development practitioners are leading and participating in impactful work through peer networks in specific areas of programming, including skilled immigrant integration (WES Global Talent Bridge’s Skilled Immigrant Integration Program), immigrant entrepreneurship (Neighborhood Development Center’s Build from Within Alliance), and workforce development (CenterState CEO’s work as a partner site within the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and the National Skills Coalition’s Policy Academy).

Speakers
avatar for Earl Buford

Earl Buford

CEO, Partner4Work
Earl Buford is Chief Executive Officer of Partner4Work, the leader of the public workforce system for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. As CEO, Mr. Buford manages public and private funds to deliver innovative solutions to ensure that current and future needs of businesses and job... Read More →
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 Mihailo Temali

Mihailo Temali

Founder and President, Neighborhood Development Center
Mihailo Temali is Founder and President of the Neighborhood Development Center headquartered in Minneapolis/St. Paul.  In partnership with many community groups, NDC has trained 4,500 low-income entrepreneurs since 1993, in a 20-week course. Some 500 graduates of that training program... Read More →


1:15pm

Gathering Community Input to Inform a Welcoming Plan: Lessons From Gateways for Growth
Communities across the country are developing strategic plans to integrate immigrants, boost economic growth, and welcome all residents. Gathering input from community stakeholders is a crucial step in this process. Town hall meetings, focus groups, and surveys can help identify gaps in services or barriers to accessing them. This training session will focus on how to design and implement community input tools by addressing what questions to ask; how to ensure broad representation; who to partner with; and how to translate the results into policy. Participants will hear from civic and business leaders with field experience soliciting community input and will practice crafting these types of tools.

Speakers
avatar for Rich Andre

Rich Andre

Deputy Director of State and Local Initiatives, New American Economy
Rich André is the Deputy Director of State and Local Initiatives at New American Economy, a bipartisan research and advocacy organization making the economic case for sensible immigration reform. In this role, he partners with mayors, business leaders, and non-profits to leverage... Read More →
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Robin David

Welcoming Community Fellow, City of Grand Forks, ND
Robin David is a 2018 Bush Leadership Fellow who leads the City of Grand Forks, ND Welcoming Community Roadmap, a five-year community-wide strategic plan to ensure all newcomers have opportunities to grow, connect, and contribute in the city. She is founder and past-president of the... Read More →
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Sanjita Pradhan

Program Director of Talent Development, Greater Des Moines Partnership
Sanjita Pradhan serves as Program Director of Talent Development for the Greater Des Moines Partnership. Pradhan’s key focus is leading initiatives to carry out The Partnership’s Global DSM: International Talent Strategy in addition to other talent attraction and development programming... Read More →
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Michael Bridges

Executive Director, Online Learning and Strategy, Duquesne University
Michael Bridges, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of Online Learning and Strategy at Duquesne University. In this capacity he is responsible for the strategic vision, institutional resources, and enterprise-wide processes that support all online educational activities. Prior to joining... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Omni William Penn - Frick Room - Conference Level

1:15pm

Understanding and Responding to Federal Immigration Policies and Priorities
Using the World Cafe method, this session will allow participants to speak directly with national experts about federal immigration policy changes and priorities and to local government and community representatives about creating strategies and services in response to federal policies.  

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Lopas

Matthew Lopas

Winning in the States initiative (National Immigration Law Center), Manager
Matthew Lopas leads NILC’s Winning in the States initiative, which is focused on supporting state and local immigrant rights advocacy in six campaign states and in building a national infrastructure to support advocates across the country. He works from a remote office in upstate... Read More →
avatar for Katie Aragon

Katie Aragon

Program Director, Washington, DC, FWD.us
Katie grew up in San Diego, CA, and after graduating from San Diego High School attended Yale University, where she graduated with distinction in her major, Ethnicity, Race and Migration. Upon graduating, Katie returned to California where she served for two years as the Northern... Read More →
avatar for Moonson Eninsche

Moonson Eninsche

Supervisor, Washtenaw County's Office of Community & Economic Development (OCED)
Moonson Eninsche supervises Washtenaw County's Office of Community & Economic Development  (OCED) direct service programs, including Foster Grandparents, Meals on Wheels and Cafes, and the Barrier Busters network. OCED believes Washtenaw County is stronger when all people are able... Read More →
avatar for Stefania Arteaga

Stefania Arteaga

Co-Founder, Comunidad Colectiva
Stefania Arteaga migrated from San Salvador, El Salvador to the states at the age of 7. As an immigrant Stefania was compelled to advocate for immigrant rights due to the struggles her family faced as newcomers to the US. She first became involved in Immigrant rights organizing in... Read More →
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Kelsey Ellingsen

Legislative Aide, Columbus City Council President Pro Tempore Elizabeth Brown
Kelsey Ellingsen is the legislative aide to Columbus City Council President Pro Tempore Elizabeth Brown. Originally from New York, she moved to Columbus in 2008 to attend The Ohio State University for her BA and MPA. Ellingsen previously worked at the Ohio House of Representatives... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Omni William Penn - Monogahela Room - 17th Floor

2:30pm

Break
Refreshments will be offered on the 17th floor and the Conference level

2:45pm

10th Anniversary Listening Session: Help Welcoming America Chart the Next 10 Years
We need your ideas and strategic input.  Join intimate table talk conversations around some of the most important and challenging aspects of the welcoming movement.  During this time of deep listening and sharing, you’ll have a chance to reflect on your lessons learned, aspirations, and concerns on topics such as narrative change, social cohesion, racial equity, sustaining the movement, welcoming international, and more.

Opening Remarks:
Mahvash Hassan, Board Chair, Welcoming America

Moderator:
Susan Downs-Karkos, Senior Director of External Affairs, Welcoming America

Speakers
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, a national network of local governments and nonprofits working to promote inclusive, economically vibrant communities.  Susan addresses new and emerging needs in the field related to immigrant inclusion... Read More →
avatar for Mahvash Hassan

Mahvash Hassan

Board Chair, Welcoming America
Mahvash Hassan, facilitates collaborative multi-sector initiatives to build equitable and engaged communities.  Her projects include: developing resources, training local governments and providing technical assistance on inclusive community engagement; research on demographic changes... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Omni William Penn - Monogahela Room - 17th Floor

2:45pm

Bundle it – Asset Building and Immigrant Integration
Some of America’s most effective anti-poverty programs live within nonprofit asset-building initiatives. Entire industries are dedicated to helping low-income families access budgeting and financial literacy programs, volunteer income tax assistance, home-ownership counseling, and individual development accounts. With limited resources, local immigrant economic development and welcoming initiatives can work to connect immigrant families with existing providers, as well as work with existing providers to make their programs more accessible.

Speakers
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Carmen Shorter

Senior Manager for Learning, Prosperity Now


2:45pm

Changing the Frame: Engaging Hateful Rhetoric in a Charged Political Environment
Communities around the country are being rocked by increased incidents of hateful rhetoric and hate crimes. This session will include a viewing of the 30-minute film Light in the Darkness, which is a resource for communities working to address and prevent hate. The presentation will be followed by facilitated table discussions where participants can share more about the challenges they are facing in their communities and promising local approaches.

Speakers
avatar for Patrice O'Neil

Patrice O'Neil

CEO, The Working Group
Patrice O'Neill is a filmmaker, journalist and leader of Not In Our Town, a community-based movement of people working to stop hate together. She has produced the successful Not In Our Town national series on PBS and led a multi-platform approach that utilizes documentary film, social... Read More →
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Natalie Ringsmuth

Founder and Director, Unite St. Cloud
Natalie grew up in Central Minnesota and received her Music Education degree from Concordia College in Moorhead. She taught middle school choir in Georgia and worked in the church sector for over a decade. She now works as a legal assistant at Tripiciano Immigration Law, a trainer... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Omni William Penn - Room B - Conference Level

2:45pm

How to Use Data to Support or Advocate for Integration in Your Community
We all know that there is a wealth of data and information available, but how do we best use that data to support programs or policies around immigrant and refugee integration? Learn from organizations that are successfully using data to create new state or local-level policies and programs or to advocate for developing a community integration plan. Participants are encouraged to bring questions around how data can be leveraged to support their own work to this session.    

Speakers:
Kate Brick, Director of State & Local Initiatives, New American Economy
Brittany Ford, Co-Lead Welcoming Toledo-Lucas County
Eva Hassett, Executive Director, International Institute of Buffalo

Moderator:
Adam Hunter, Independent Consultant  

Speakers
avatar for Kate Brick

Kate Brick

Director State & Local Initiatives, New American Economy
Kate Brick is the Director of State and Local Initiatives at New American Economy, a bipartisan coalition of business and political leaders working to create smart, sensible immigration policies in cities, states, and nationally. Kate has more than 10 years of experience working on... Read More →
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Brittany Ford

Co-Lead, Welcome Toledo - Lucas County
Brittany Ford is a Policy Analyst with Lucas County Planning and Development in Toledo, Ohio, where she leads diversity, inclusion, and policy projects. Since 2013, her main project is as Co-Lead of the Welcome Toledo-Lucas County (TLC) initiative. Welcome TLC is a cross-sector network... Read More →
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Eva Hassett

Executive Director, International Institute
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.Eva has extensive experience as a senior executive... Read More →
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Adam Hunter

Independent Consultant
Adam Hunter has more than 15 years’ experience in transnational issues, migration, and immigrant integration through fellowships, foundations, think tanks, and governmental institutions. He advises foundation and non-profit leaders in the U.S. and Europe and leads strategy consulting... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Omni William Penn - Room A - Conference Level

2:45pm

Working Session: What Does it Mean to be a Welcoming State? Building Our Ask
The 2018 elections drastically shifted the state political landscape, and advocates across the country are building off of this new momentum to advocate for state-level welcoming policies. Come help us define what types of policies make a state welcoming. Discussions will be guided by members who have built state-wide welcoming coalitions and are moving a state agenda forward.

Speakers
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Meg Shoemaker Little

Chief Program Officer, Welcoming America


Thursday May 16, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Omni William Penn - Frick Room - Conference Level

4:00pm

Office Hours: Certified Welcoming
*Sign up HERE for a 15 min session*

Communities that participate in Certified Welcoming have the opportunity to complete a comprehensive third-party evaluation, identify gaps and successes, and formally set their community apart as leaders in the movement. Sit down with an expert for to ask questions and strategize.

ADDITIONAL SESSION OPTION:
May 16, 2019
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm ET

Up to two (2) individuals can attend each 15-min session. 

Speakers
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Melissa Bertolo

Certified Welcoming Manager, Welcoming America
Melissa Bertolo is the Certified Welcoming Manager. In this role, she is responsible for leading Welcoming America’s certification efforts and overseeing the certification process. Prior to joining Welcoming America, Melissa gained national and international experience working on... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Omni William Penn Conference Level - Carnegie I

4:00pm

Office Hours: Creating Pockets of Excellence
*Sign up HERE for a 15 min session*

As managers of people, projects, and civic priorities, we are challenged to create pockets of function in challenging organizations and environments. These office hours will provide a thought partner for creating function within dysfunction and generating excellent results.

ADDITIONAL SESSION OPTION:
May 16, 2019
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm ET

Up to two (2) individuals can attend each 15-min session. 

Speakers
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Jennifer Brock

Chief Operating Officer & Partner, Human Resources Dimensions
Jennifer is the COO & Partner with Human Resource Dimensions. Joining HRD in 2006, Jennifer began her career with the company as a Recruiter. Through the years Jennifer was promoted to Recruiting Manager and most recently COO subsequently the Vice President of Search and Supplemental... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Omni William Penn - Conference Level - Carnegie II

5:00pm

WE Global Network Mixer - Come Find Out What Welcoming Economies Are All About! (Open to all WIE attendees)
End your day by joining us in a celebration of all the WE Global Network has accomplished since our 2014 Convening in Pittsburgh.

In this mixer open to all conference attendees, you will hear from respected network and partner leaders who will share what the WE Global Network has meant to them and their efforts. You can also network with your peers while enjoying drinks and light hors d'oeuvres, enjoy the music of Noel Quintana & The Latin Crew and do some shopping from goods made available by local Pittsburgh artisans.

Thursday May 16, 2019 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Omni William Penn - 17th Floor Urban Ballroom

7:00pm

Southern Convening (Invitation Only)
Speakers
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Wasiullah Mohamed

Pittsburgh Director of Community Entrepreneurship, Forward Cities
Wasi currently is the Pittsburgh Director of Community Entrepreneurship at Forward Cities, a national capacity-building and learning network working within and between cities and micropolitans to create more inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem development. Previously, as the Executive... Read More →
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Anton Flores-Maisonet

Resident Co-Founder, Casa Alterna
Anton Flores-Maisonet is resident co-founder of Casa Alterna, a house of hospitality located in a Latinx-immigrant neighborhood in Georgia. Flores-Maisonet is also co-founder of El Refugio at Stewart Detention Center as well as of Georgia Detention Watch. Because of their long-standing... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA
 
Friday, May 17
 

7:00am

Energy stretch
Please bring your own yoga mat, towel and water.

Friday May 17, 2019 7:00am - 7:45am
Omni William Penn - Conference Level - Phipps Room

8:00am

Breakfast
Friday May 17, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Omni Hotel - 17th Floor Grand Ballroom

8:00am

8:00am

8:00am

8:30am

Office Hours: Certified Welcoming
*Sign up HERE for a 15 min session*

Communities that participate in Certified Welcoming have the opportunity to complete a comprehensive third-party evaluation, identify gaps and successes, and formally set their community apart as leaders in the movement. Sit down with an expert for to ask questions and strategize. Up to two (2) individuals can attend each 15-min session.

Speaker: Melissa Bertolo

ADDITIONAL OPTION FOR SESSION:
Thursday, May 16
 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm ET (15 min sessions)

If you are interested in learning more about Certified Welcoming but are not able to secure a session, please send an email to certified@welcomingamerica.org and provide your name, email and contact number. Someone from our staff will contact you to follow up.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Bertolo

Melissa Bertolo

Certified Welcoming Manager, Welcoming America
Melissa Bertolo is the Certified Welcoming Manager. In this role, she is responsible for leading Welcoming America’s certification efforts and overseeing the certification process. Prior to joining Welcoming America, Melissa gained national and international experience working on... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 8:30am - 9:00am
Omni William Penn Conference Level - Carnegie I

8:30am

Office Hours: Navigating Anti-Immigrant Policy
*Sign up HERE for a 15 min session*

Communities are navigating a host of anti-immigrant legislation at the federal, state, and local level. Speak one-on-one with experts on immigration policy about how your community can effectively navigate and respond to these measures and the current climate.

Up to two (2) individuals can attend each 15-min session. 

Speakers
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Matthew Lopas

Winning in the States initiative (National Immigration Law Center), Manager
Matthew Lopas leads NILC’s Winning in the States initiative, which is focused on supporting state and local immigrant rights advocacy in six campaign states and in building a national infrastructure to support advocates across the country. He works from a remote office in upstate... Read More →
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Katie Aragon

Program Director, Washington, DC, FWD.us
Katie grew up in San Diego, CA, and after graduating from San Diego High School attended Yale University, where she graduated with distinction in her major, Ethnicity, Race and Migration. Upon graduating, Katie returned to California where she served for two years as the Northern... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 8:30am - 9:00am
Omni William Penn - Conference Level - Carnegie II

9:00am

Morning Plenary
Moderators
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Mila Sanina

Public Source
Mila Sanina is the executive director of PublicSource. Previously, she was the deputy managing editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where she led innovation in storytelling and integration of print and online operations. Before joining the Post-Gazette, Mila worked at The PBS Newshour... Read More →

Speakers
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Sarah Allan

Program Officer, Local Initiatives Support Corp (LISC)
Sarah Allan is a Program Officer for Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) in Toledo, Ohio where she works to support neighborhood revitalization with a focus on commercial district, real estate, and small business development, as well as creative placemaking.  She also leads... Read More →
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Rachel Peric

Executive Director, Welcoming America
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Daniel Gilman

Chief of Staff, Mayor's Office, Pittsburgh
Dan Gilman currently serves as chief of staff to Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto.Previously, Dan served on Pittsburgh City Council representing the 8th District. As a Councilman, he focused on creating a more accountable city government, embracing Pittsburgh’s technological renaissance... Read More →
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Rabbi Hazzan Dr. Jeffrey Myers

Tree of Life Congregation
Rabbi Hazzan Dr. Jeffrey Myers has served as the Rabbi and Cantor for Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh since the summer of 2017. He moved to the City of Bridges after spending decades in ministry in New Jersey and Long Island. After the horrific morning of October 27, 2018, when... Read More →
avatar for Wasiullah Mohamed

Wasiullah Mohamed

Pittsburgh Director of Community Entrepreneurship, Forward Cities
Wasi currently is the Pittsburgh Director of Community Entrepreneurship at Forward Cities, a national capacity-building and learning network working within and between cities and micropolitans to create more inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem development. Previously, as the Executive... Read More →
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Daniela Naumov

Youth Board Member, Global Minds Initiative
Daniela Naumov is a junior at Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh and a student advocate for morewelcoming and inclusive communities. As the daughter of two immigrants from Serbia andMacedonia, Daniela channels her empathy through action, serving as a Youth Board Memberfor... Read More →
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Brittany Ford

Co-Lead, Welcome Toledo - Lucas County
Brittany Ford is a Policy Analyst with Lucas County Planning and Development in Toledo, Ohio, where she leads diversity, inclusion, and policy projects. Since 2013, her main project is as Co-Lead of the Welcome Toledo-Lucas County (TLC) initiative. Welcome TLC is a cross-sector network... Read More →
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Patty Hernandez

Senior Attorney, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE)


Friday May 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Omni Hotel - 17th Floor Grand Ballroom

10:30am

Building Welcoming Economies – Including African-American Communities in Your Neighborhood Development Work
Most Welcoming Economies (WE) Global Network members work in cities with strong African-American communities. Building inclusive neighborhoods and economic opportunities can best be enhanced when such efforts specifically create opportunities for African-American residents, as well as immigrants. Learn how WE members are pursuing a broader sense of equity and pursuing "Targeted Universalism" through African-American and immigrant alliances and programs.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Burley

Brian Burley

Director of Economic Inclusion, Director of Economic Inclusion - Allegheny Conference on Community Development, and founder of YNGBLKPGH
Brian Burley, a native son of the city of Pittsburgh, bestselling author, speaker, entrepreneur and an MBA graduate from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business. Burley was named as one of Whirl Magazine’s, The Pittsburgh Courier & Pittsburgh Magazine’s... Read More →
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Wendy Ake

Director of Just Public Finance, Haas Institute for a Fair & Inclusive Society at UC-Berkeley
Wendy Ake currently directs the Haas Institute's Just Public Finance project. She also consults on the Institute’s application of the targeted universalism policy framework and inclusive strategic philanthropy. Wendy’s work explores exclusive economic structures and the potential... Read More →
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Gracie Xavier

Director of Corporate and Economic Development Strategy, Global Detroit


Friday May 17, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Omni William Penn - Monogahela Room - 17th Floor

10:30am

Developing a Second Phase Welcoming Plan or Initiative
Welcoming planning is a process for operationalizing welcoming efforts by developing cross-sector strategies to produce results.  It involves looking at where the community wants to go, assessing the community's current situation, and developing and implementing approaches for moving forward.  Welcoming plans often provide communities with a three-year road map - but what happens after those three years? Join us for a lively discussion of “What’s next when it comes to welcoming planning?” We will be joined by communities that have each taken a different approach to continuing their welcoming work beyond their initial planning phase.  Whether your community is planning for the first time, planning again, or not planning yet, come explore the many opportunities to engage in this strategic work.

Speakers
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Ricardo Gambetta

Manager, Office of International and Immigrant Affairs, City of Aurora, Colorado
As a naturalized citizen himself, immigrant integration and international relations are Ricardo’s passion. He has a strong executive management experience in public and non-profit sectors. Ricardo joined the City of Aurora as the head of the Office of International and Immigrant... Read More →
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Zulma Maciel

Director, Office of Immigrant Affairs, City of San José, California
Zulma Maciel has over 20 years’ public administration experience and is a versatile leader with expertise in public policy development, local government administration, and legislative work. Most of her public service career was dedicated to establishing violence prevention and... Read More →


10:30am

Dialogue in Divided Times
In today’s divided climate, facilitated dialogue can be a useful tool to bring neighbors together around shared values and develop mutual respect and understanding. Join the Ad Council’s Emmy Award-winning Love Has No Labels campaign, Welcoming Michigan, and the City of Detroit to learn tips and tricks for using dialogue to bring people together, and walk away with an actionable Community Activation Kit from Love Has No Labels to promote inclusion in your community.

Speakers
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Christine Suave

Director, Welcoming Michigan
Christine leads the Welcoming Michigan project, a statewide grassroots immigrant inclusion initiative of the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center. Through dialogue, shared meals, and opportunities for cross-cultural learning, the project aims to foster mutual respect and understanding... Read More →
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Mariana Martinez

Chief of Staff for the Office of Council Member Raquel Castañeda-López, Detroit City Council
Mariana joined the office of Council Member Raquel Castañeda-López of Detroit District 6 in 2016 as the Chief of Staff where she plays an important role enabling the Council Member to work most effectively with internal and external stakeholders to fulfill her commitments within... Read More →
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Megan Sigesmond

Vice President, New Business and External Affairs, Ad Council
Megan works directly with the nonprofit, foundation and federal government communities to identify new campaigns and external partnerships to help further the Ad Council’s mission of developing communications programs that help address the most pressing social issues of today. Recent... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Omni William Penn - Room B - Conference Level

10:30am

How Serving Neighborhood Businesses can Build Inclusive Alliances
This session will explore how entrepreneurship can be a tool for tackling poverty and revitalizing under-served neighborhoods. This deep dive will showcase several programs across the country that are using entrepreneurship to provide stability and growth not only to individuals but to communities at large.



Speakers
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Betty Cruz

Director, All for All
Betty Cruz has developed citywide initiatives for Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, managed major accounts for a national nonprofit dedicated to building playgrounds across the U.S., and supported public relations for global brands representing a wide range of industries. She has extensive... Read More →
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Mihailo Temali

Founder and President, Neighborhood Development Center
Mihailo Temali is Founder and President of the Neighborhood Development Center headquartered in Minneapolis/St. Paul.  In partnership with many community groups, NDC has trained 4,500 low-income entrepreneurs since 1993, in a 20-week course. Some 500 graduates of that training program... Read More →
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Leigh Solomon Pugliano

Founder/Executive Director, Barrels to Beethoven, Director of Opportunity, New Sun Rising
Leigh Solomon Pugliano is originally from Guyana, South America. In 1984, her family migrated to the United States and settled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she grew up. After attending the University of Pittsburgh, studying Communications and Urban Studies, Leigh began her professional... Read More →
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Zelalem Gemmeda

Owner, Abyssinian Ethiopian Cuisine in the West Side Bazaar
Zelalem was born and raised in Ethiopia but left because of political issues in her native country. She immigrated to Yemen, alone, when she was in her 20s, and lived in a refugee camp there, where she met her husband, a political refugee. She learned the language, and started to... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Omni William Penn - Frick Room - Conference Level

10:30am

Two-Generation Approaches for Immigrant Family Advancement
Two generation approaches are designed to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty, typically using interventions for both children and parents from the same household. This session will explore how local governments and nonprofits can support two-generation approaches in their communities, using Montgomery County’s Linkages to Learning program as a case study. We and will also share findings from Welcoming America’s research on member engagement across areas including early childhood education, English language learning, parenting, and workforce development.

Speakers
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Monica Martin

Administrator - Linkages to Learning, Montgomery County DHS
Monica Martin is a bilingual/bicultural human services manager, clinical supervisor, mental health clinician and social worker. She is the Administrator for Linkages to Learning and Regional Youth Services with the Montgomery County, Maryland Department of Health & Human Services... Read More →
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Kaori Hirakawa

Director, Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center
Kaori Hirakawa is the Director of the Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center, Montgomery County's welcome center for immigrants. While managing the operations of the Center's four locations, Kaori focuses on partnership development and collaboration with other government agencies and... Read More →



Friday May 17, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Omni William Penn - Room A - Conference Level

12:00pm

Lunch Plenary
Moderators
avatar for Brian Burley

Brian Burley

Director of Economic Inclusion, Director of Economic Inclusion - Allegheny Conference on Community Development, and founder of YNGBLKPGH
Brian Burley, a native son of the city of Pittsburgh, bestselling author, speaker, entrepreneur and an MBA graduate from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business. Burley was named as one of Whirl Magazine’s, The Pittsburgh Courier & Pittsburgh Magazine’s... Read More →

Speakers
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janera solomon

Executive Director, Kelly Strayhorn Theater
janera solomon is the executive director of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, a historic live arts venuein Pittsburgh now in its tenth year of presenting progressive, evocative new works in dance,music, film, education and cultural programming. Her curatorial work includes projects withsome... Read More →
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Rachel Peric

Executive Director, Welcoming America
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Jordyne Krumroy

Regional Manager, Welcoming America
Jordyne Krumroy is a Regional Manager at Welcoming America, where she oversees immigrant inclusion work in the South. She is proud to have built out the One Region Initiative, the nation’s first major metro welcoming region. Prior to her work at Welcoming America, she worked in... Read More →
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Ivonne Smith-Tapia

Project Manager, Office of Child Development at the University of Pittsburgh
Ivonne Smith-Tapia is a Cultural Anthropologist and Social Worker with a certificate in Human Services Management who works providing training and technical assistance to Family Support Centers at the Office of Child Development, University of Pittsburgh.Ivonne worked more than a... Read More →
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Jasiri X

Co-founder & CEO; Artist; Activist, 1Hood Media
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Paul Kim

Student Board Member, Global Minds Initiative
Paul Kim is an 11th grader at Allderdice High School. He moved to Pittsburgh 6 years ago, and he loves it!  Paul helped launch the Global Minds Initiative in 2016, where he now serves as communications director. He currently serves as a councilman for Pittsburgh's 5th District for... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Omni Hotel - 17th Floor Grand Ballroom

1:15pm

Engaging Faith Leaders in Welcoming Work
Faith leaders, using moral frames and faith-oriented narratives, can help local communities move towards a welcoming tipping point.  This session will introduce research findings from three of Auburn Seminary’s fieldwork cities (Dayton, Omaha and Minneapolis) where faith leaders have played an important role in supporting immigrant integration. Participants will map faith leader engagement in their own locality and explore how Auburn’s national network of faith leaders may be leveraged to deepen local faith leader engagement.

Speakers
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Dr. Christian Scharen

Vice President of Applied Research, Center for the Study of Theological Education at Auburn Seminary
The Rev. Dr. Christian Scharen is Vice President of Applied Research and leads of the Center for the Study of Theological Education at Auburn Seminary. His main research and writing interests center on practical theology and theological education, with a particular interest in what... Read More →
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Dr. Erica Ramirez

Director of Applied Research, Auburn Seminary
Dr. Erica M. Ramirez is Auburn’s Director of Applied Research. A scholar of Latinx religion, Ramirez is a cultural sociologist with broad interests in religion, contemporary politics, and culture. She is is particularly interested in “how radical religious traditions present as... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Omni William Penn - Monogahela Room - 17th Floor

1:15pm

Everything You Want to Know About Hiring and Supporting Refugees in the Workplace
The presentation will be an overview of the content presented in the U.S. Employer’s Guide to Hiring Refugees which was produced by the Tent Foundation and LIRS in 2018, including: 1) Facts about refugees, 2) Motivations for hiring refugees, 3) How to find and hire refugees, and 4) Addressing challenges to recruitment and retention. Presenters will be prepared to cover all of these topics but can focus in on what is most helpful for those in the room. Each attendee will receive a copy of the U.S. Employer’s Guide to Hiring Refugees.  

Speakers
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Dan Wilkinson

Program Manager for Economic Empowerment (LIRS/Switchboard), Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Through the Switchboard program, Daniel leads refugee employment technical assistance (TA) efforts designed to support the national network of ORR-funded refugee employment programs. Daniel spent the first five years of his career in refugee work providing direct employment services... Read More →
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Kheir Mugwaneza

Program Manager, Center For Inclusion Health
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Allegra Elson

Director of Instruction, Literacy Pittsburgh
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Tadd Wamester

Director, New Americans Initiative
Tadd leads the New Americans Initiative at Voxy and is focused on building bridges for English language learners into sector-focused employment training programs while developing diverse & skilled talent pipelines for high-demand employment sectors that support regional economic development... Read More →


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

1:15pm

Finding Allies for Immigrant and Refugee Workforce Development Initiatives in Unlikely Places
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.    

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

Moderator:
Karen Phillippi, Director, Michigan Office for New Americans

Speakers
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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
Omni William Penn - Room A - Conference Level

1:15pm

Like a Puzzle: Designing a Language Access Plan
There's no "one size fits all" when it comes to a language access plan. This session will explore three unique approaches to creating a municipal language access plan from large, medium, and small cities. It will focus on common practices and finding creative solutions to overcoming barriers.

Speakers
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Manar-ul Islam Swaby

Director of Language and Communications Access, City of Boston
Manar-ul Islam Swaby was born and raised in New York to a Muslim and Caribbean immigrant family. Manar graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her direct experiences and academics frame the way that she approaches her work. Manar... Read More →
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Emily Yaffe

International Relations Specialist, Housing & neighborhood services, City of Charlotte
Emily Yaffe is the International Relations Specialist with the Office of International Relations andan employee of the City of Charlotte since May 2014. She is committed to supporting thesuccess of diverse, welcoming and globally connected communities. Prior to joining the Office... Read More →
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Jodie Stanely

Education and Outreach Coordinator, Human Relations Department, City of Greensboro
Born of second-generation missionaries with roots in Japan and Canada, Jodie Stanley was born andraised in Bolivia, South America. Her ability to speak Spanish led her to a career with the City ofGreensboro Human Relations Department in North Carolina where her current responsibilities... Read More →


1:15pm

Perspectives and Realities of Immigrant Youth in America
In this interactive session, participants will learn about the historical under-representation of immigrant youth in research, non-profit organizations, and wraparound social services and its impact. Participants will hear from local youth directly, as they share their stories and experiences, and participate in breakout conversations facilitated by local immigrant youth with the goal of identifying opportunity gaps in your current programs and services.

Speakers
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Jillian Jayde Hastings

Project Coordinator, VISTA and Immigrant Integration, YMCA
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Robin Johnson

Immigrant and Opportunity Youth VISTA Leader, YMCA


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

2:30pm

Break
Refreshments will be provided on the 17th floor and on the Conference level

2:45pm

Be Counted – How to Ensure the 2020 Census is Inclusive of All
The 2020 census is around the corner. Amid all the controversies over the potential citizenship question and the eroding of trust between immigrants and the federal government, how are local communities responding in order to ensure an accurate count? Come to this session to learn new approaches and strategies.  

Speakers
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Sandy Close

Journalist
Sandy Close is a journalist and an editor. For over thirty years, Close has found, trained, supported, and published writers from a broad range of backgrounds whose work reflects perspectives and experiences rarely found in the mainstream press. Upon completion of her studies at Berkeley... Read More →
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Feyisola Alabi

Policy Analyst, City of Pittsburgh
Feyisola Alabi is a foodie, a creative, an active community member and a Policy Analyst for Mayor William Peduto. Born in Nigeria, Feyi and her family immigrated to Stone Mountain, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta in 1999. She grew up loving science and culture, and, as the oldest of... Read More →
avatar for Valerie Mills

Valerie Mills

Sr. Program Manager, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, City of Atlanta
Valerie Mills is the Senior Program Manager at the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs-Welcoming Atlanta. She works in Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ Administration to oversee programs that advance the Mayor’s initiative of fully integrating Atlanta’s foreign-bornpopulation into... Read More →


2:45pm

Creative Placemaking: Harnessing the Power of Arts and Culture to Advance Welcoming
Artistic and cultural activities have the power to contribute to social change in communities around the world. This session will highlight examples of creative placemaking from various perspectives, helping participants explore ways to utilize arts and culture as pathways to creating more welcoming communities.

Speakers
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Christina Patiño Houle

Co-Founder/Co-Director, Las Imaginistas
Christina Patino Houle is a socially engaged artist who practices Arte Útil. She lives and works along the US/ Mexico border in Brownsville, Texas. Patino Houle holds an MFA from Columbia University and an EdM from Harvard University. Patiño-Houle has trained in movement and theatrical... Read More →
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Henry Reese

Co-Founder, City of Asylum
Henry Reese is co-founder of City of Asylum Pittsburgh, which is also the U.S. headquarters for the International Cities of Refuge. He currently serves on the International board and was formerly a board member of Archipelago Books and Cave Canem. From 1974 - 2002, he started (with... Read More →
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Jun-Li Wang

Community Development Program Director, Springboard for the Arts
Jun-Li Wang is a connector of people, places and ideas. She directs the Community Development Program at Springboard that serves to organize and empower artists, build reciprocal relationships between communities and their artists, and train artists to address community challenges... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Omni William Penn - Room B - Conference Level

2:45pm

Strategies for Advancing The Urban Farming and Local Food Movements
Programs that support urban farming and local food production have the potential to combine workforce development, entrepreneurship, and community welcoming efforts. These efforts can leverage newcomers' unique skills, increase community well-being, and create economic opportunities. This session will share urban and community farm models and will explore what it takes to make this highly engaging work a reality in your community.

Moderators
avatar for Molly Hilligoss

Molly Hilligoss

Regional Manager, Welcoming America
Growing the Welcoming movement in small, rural and suburban communities is essential to the wellbeing of newcomers and receiving communities alike, let's talk about how these communities can be centered in our work.

Speakers
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Ze Xiao

Director, Mayor's Office for New Americans in Salt Lake County
A proud Salt Lake County employee since 2008, Ze’s role is to ensure the economic, social, and civic potentials of Salt Lake County residents with immigrant and refugee background is maximized. By partnering with residents, service providers, and policymakers, the Office for New... Read More →
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Aley S. Kent

Technical Advisor, Food & Agriculture, International Rescue Committee
Ms. Kent joined the IRC in July 2014 as the Technical Advisor for Food Security and Agriculture for US Programs. She launched her community building career working throughout New York City's five boroughs to support market gardening projects, and helped found and manage the East New... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Omni William Penn - Room A - Conference Level

2:45pm

Trusted Connectors: How to Connect Immigrant Entrepreneurs to Opportunities
Are you a “Trusted Connector?” Join us as we explore creative ways to leverage the “Trusted Connectors” in your community. This panel discussion and interactive workshop will highlight several best practices on how to connect immigrant entrepreneurs to funding opportunities such as micro-loans and alternative incentive programs that exist to catalyze growth. Together we will explore how to leverage existing resources in your area to connect immigrant-owned businesses to services and will demonstrate how equitable access stimulates equitable economic growth in neighborhoods.



Speakers
avatar for Sarah Allan

Sarah Allan

Program Officer, Local Initiatives Support Corp (LISC)
Sarah Allan is a Program Officer for Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) in Toledo, Ohio where she works to support neighborhood revitalization with a focus on commercial district, real estate, and small business development, as well as creative placemaking.  She also leads... Read More →
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Steve Driehaus

President and Managing Partner, Good Government Group, LLC
Steve Driehaus is the President and Managing Partner at Good Government Group, LLC. G3 is a consulting firm that focuses on the intersection of public policy, community engagement and economic development. Steve also serves as the Executive Director of Cincinnati Compass, a regional... Read More →
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Guadalupe A. Velasquez

Managing Director, Welcoming City LLC
Guadalupe A. Velasquez is the Managing Director of Welcoming City LLC., a social enterprise that focuses on a holistic approach to economic and workforce development integration specializing on career pathways. She is currently the Co-lead of the Ohio Welcoming Initiative Network... Read More →
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Raquel Garcia

Director of Housing and Special Projects, Global Detroit
Raquel is the Director of Housing and Special Projects for Global Detroit where she cultivates support for immigrant integration and economic development initiatives such as access to affordable home-ownership through local landbank engagement, financial literacy, language access... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Omni William Penn - Frick Room - Conference Level