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Engineer Engages Mentor and Strategic Job Search to Land Professional Position

Name: Isidro

Country: Dominican Republic

Profession: Application Engineer

Isidro, a mechanical engineer from the Dominican Republic, had over ten years of experience. Despite his persistence, he was frustrated by the lack of results. He called a meeting with his Upwardly Global mentor and enlisted the staff for additional support. His tireless efforts paid off. Isidro can now support his family and is enjoying a healthy work-life balance.

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Upwardly Global's Impact

"Through Upwardly Global, I was able to start building my professional network in America and the importance and value of this expands far beyond the immediate needs of a job search."

Name: Nikolai Kastioukevitch

Country: Belarus

Profession: Business Analyst

Company: NYC Department of Small Business Services

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Welcome to Upwardly Global’s News Room. Here you’ll find resources including press releases, recent news coverageawards, our fact sheet our annual reports, and other resources.

Upwardly Global’s leadership can serve as experts and provide commentary on skilled immigrant integration in the professional U.S. workforce. To arrange for a media interview, request a speaking engagement or for more information about Upwardly Global please contact Meghan Lewit, Senior Associate, Marketing Communications, at 312-431-1923 or

6.27.2017 - Upwardly Global Honors Dr. Hamed Faridi for Contributions to Global Diversity and Inclusion

11.9.2016 - Upwardly Global Honors Business Leader for Contributions to Immigrant and Refugee Integration

11.1.2016 - Walmart Foundation Grant to Upwardly Global Helps Launch Network for Immigrant Women Professionals

10.26.2016 - Celergo to Sponsor the 2016 Upwardly Global Gala Event

9.22.2016 - The Commitee of 200 Foundation Presents Annual Luminary Awards Honoring Four Extraordinary Women in Business

11.18.2015 - Statement from Upwardly Global President & CEO Nikki Cicerani in the wake of the Paris attacks and calls to halt Syrian refugee resettlement in the U.S.

10.22.2015 - Accenture to Help Upwardly Global Expand Jobs Training Program for Immigrants and Refugees in the U.S.

6.16.2015 - Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation Announces 2015 Impact Grant Recipients

12.5.2014 - Upwardly Global Honored at Tipping Point Community's Eighth Annual Awards Breakfast

10.31.2014 - Report Finds Significant Employment Barriers for Immigrant Engineers in Illinois

06.23.2014 - Upwardly Global Opens Detroit Office for Skilled Immigrants

06.03.2014 - Upwardly Global Honors Business and Community Leaders for Contributions to Immigrant Integration

12.4.2013 - Upwardly Global Teams with Accenture to Launch New Online Employment Training Program

10.2.2013 - Upwardly Global Honors Bay Area Executive and Community Foundation for Outstanding Leadership

4.25.2013 - Non-Profit Says Key Group is Missing From Immigration Reform Debate

4.1.2013 - How Upwardly Global is Helping Immigrants Find Worthy Work

10.17.2012 - Upwardly Global Honors Two High Profile Executives for Outstanding Leadership

1.27.2012 - Upwardly Global Partners with Welcoming America to Increase Immigrant Integration in the Workplace

1.24.2011 - Upwardly Global Launches Web Tool to Help Skilled Immigrants Re-enter Regulated Careers

11.8.2010 - Upwardly Global Honors Two Immigrant Americans for Outstanding Leadership

Immigrants to America Are Better Educated Than Ever Before
The Economist, June 8, 2017

Skilled Immigrants Often Struggle to Put Degrees, Credentials to Use in U.S.
Chicago Tribune, March 26, 2017

In Refugees, Companies Find a Talent Pool--And Training Challenges
Wall Street Journal, February 21, 2017

Justice Now
FUSION TV Network, February 20, 2017

Trump's Travel Ban Sows Uncertainty for Healthcare and Medicine

Modern Healthcare, February 4, 2017

Fear of the Future, Lessons From the Past
San Francisco Chronicle, February 2, 2017

How One U.S. Group Turns Migrants Into Employees

NPR, December 28, 2016 

The Steep Cost of Underemploying Highly Skilled Immigrants
CNN Money, December 7, 2016

We Should Help Immigrants Find Their Place in America
The Washington Post, October 26, 2016

With Help, Syrians Rebuild Careers in the U.S.
Share America, September 22, 2016 

Refugees and Labor Market Integration: Making Ends Meet
The Hill, September 19, 2016 

What to Expect (And Hope For) At the Upcoming Refugee Summits
Newsweek, September 12, 2016

We Need U.S. Companies to Hire Syrian Refugees
CNBC, July 1, 2016 

New Home, New Traditions: Migrants Celebrate Fourth of July
San Francisco Chronicle, June 30, 2016

Euromonitor Hosts Upwardly Global Mock Interviews
Euromonitor, June 18, 2016

Workday Holds Second Annual Workforce Week
East Bay Times, June 21, 2016

There's Skill Involved in Solving the Skills Gap
Workforce, March 30, 2016

March 9, 2016

Upwardly Global Awarded Levi Strauss Legacy Grant
Levi Strauss & Co., February 26, 2016

With Changing Job Climate, Employers Need to Break with Tradition to Find New Hires
Crain's Detroit Business, February 7, 2016

Grants Roundup
Chronicle of Philantrophy, January 14, 2016

Telemundo, October 30, 2015

Guest Opinion: Refugee Resettlement in Idaho, U.S. Drives Economic Growth
Idaho Statesman, August 12, 2015

IRC and Upwardly Global Partnership Thrives
International Rescue Committee, July, 2015

Refugees in Idaho Find Both Success, Opposition
Idaho Statesman, July 11, 2015

Boisean Named World Refugee Day 'Champion of Change'
Idaho Statesman, July 6, 2015

Growing African Immigrant Population Is Highly Educated, Underemployed
Stateline, The Pew Charitable Trusts, May 14, 2015

In Idaho, Refugees Reclaim Professional Lives
Idaho Statesman, April 26, 2015

Female Bank Execs Thrive with a Little Help from Their Friends
American Banker, March 2015

IRC and Upwardly Global Form Successful Partnership
International Rescue Committee, February 2015

Tipping Point Awards Tip Toward Growth
SFGate, December 9, 2014

Capital One Wants to Be 'the Apple of Banks,' and Here's One Way it Plans to Do it
Washington Business Journal, November  11, 2014

Hiring Foreign Workers: A Job Seeker's Perspective
CareerBuilder, October 7, 2014

Help the U.S. Economy - Pass Immigration Reform
Detroit Free Press, August 22, 2014

Annie Fenton Joins Upwardly Global to Open Detroit Office
Global Detroit, August 18, 2014

6 Misconceptions About Hiring Foreign Workers
CareerBuilder, August 14, 2014

Immigrants Degrees From Abroad Rarely Recognized in U.S.
The Columbus Dispatch, August 8, 2014

Michigan's Iraqi Refugee Crisis
Metro Times, July 15, 2014

Upwardly Global Offers New Tech Training
Life In a New World, July 10, 2014

Detroit is 4th City with Skilled Immigrant Office
Associated Press, June 23, 2014

Michigan Welcomes Office to Help Skilled Immigrants Get Jobs
Michigan Radio, June 23, 2014

'Upwardly Global' Brings Professional Training for Skilled Immigrants to Detroit
CBS Detroit, June 23, 2014

State and City Officials Hail Opening of Immigrant Professional Aid Office in Detroit
MLive, June 23, 2014

Office to Help Skilled Immigrants Opens in Detroit
The Detroit News, June 23, 2014

Upwardly Global Opens Michigan Office for Skilled Immigrants
DBusiness, June 23, 2014

Philanthropists Looking Closer at Recipients' Bottom Line
San Francisco Chronicle, May 2, 2014

Ask the Experts: Why Should Americans Care About Employing Immigrants?
NationSwell, April 18, 2014

Kick Off Your U.S. Career Search the Right Way, Part 1
New York International, April 7, 2014

Immigrants translate skills, find jobs in Michigan
Model D, March 25, 2014

Underemployed immigrants: A plug for Maine's 'brain drain'?
The Forecaster, March 18, 2014

Upwardly Global is Bridging the Gender Gap
March 7, 2014

Nonprofits You Should Know
The Bold Italic, February 27, 2014

Michigan Radio, February 26, 2014

It's Time to Employ Skilled Immigrants Already Here
The National Journal, February 13, 2014

Accenture Partners with Upwardly Global to Eliminate Employment Barriers For Skilled Immigrants
Accenture, March 2013 

Engineering Firm Diversifies with Immigrants
Business Management Daily, February 2013

Not Coming to America: Why the US is Falling Behind in the Global Race for Talent
A study by The Partnership for a New American Economy and Partnership for New York City, 2012

Iraq's Christian Refugees Find Shelter in the Windy City
Time, June 2011

'Brain Waste' Thwarts Immigrants' Career Dreams
MSNBC, March 27, 2011

Bar Serves as Classroom for Immigrants Learning Job-Hunting Skills
New York Times, Feb 28, 2010

Upwardly Global places skilled immigrants in jobs worthy of their talents
Stanford Social Innovation Review, Spring 2010

Job-seeking refugees in Chicago find new hope with state-funded initiative
Chicago Tribune, Oct 1, 2009

What's In a Name
Huffington Post, July 22, 2009


Upwardly Global and its leaders have been recognized for their innovative work in the following ways:

Opportunities Award, the New York City Employment & Training Coalition, 2010
Migration Policy Institute E Pluribus Unum Award, 2010
Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
Spelman College, Legacy of Leadership Bridge-Builder Award, 2007
John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, 2006
Manhattan Institute Social Entrepreneur Award, 2004
HR Symposium, Partners in Innovation Award, 2004
Draper Richards Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, 2002

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