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A Coastal Engineer from Vietnam is Proud to Protect California Coastline

Name: To Dang

Country: Vietnam

Profession: Coastal Scientist

To Dang and his wife were well known Coastal Engineers in Vietnam. When they arrived in the U.S. they soon realized they did not know about the U.S. cultural context, let alone how to get a job in this country. He worked as a tour guide to help pay the bills and was not sure if he would ever find a professional job. “When I went to the first Upwardly Global workshop, my hope came back,” he recalled.

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Upwardly Global's Impact

"Upwardly Global gave me user-friendly tools that I applied not only for job searching but also to build professional relationships. The training helped me realize my strengths and recognize the areas where I need to develop my talents."

Name: Helena Alemu

Country: Ethiopia

Profession: Research Consultant

Company: UNICEF

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Office Location and Phone

180 N. Wabash Ave, Suite 310
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Phone: 312-431-1923

How to Get to Our Office:
Brown Line to the Randolph & Wabash stop and then walk north on Wabash
Blue Line to the Clark & Lake stop and then walk east on Lake to Wabash
Red Line to the Lake stop and then walk east on Lake to Wabash

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Upwardly Global Chicago

Our Chicago office grew out of a collaboration with the State of Illinois in 2008 as part of the Governor’s Office New Americans Initiative. In Illinois, disparities in skilled immigrant employment exceed the national average with 34.6 percent of skilled immigrants working in unskilled, low-wage jobs. With our help, more of Chicago’s educated immigrants are securing professional positions, achieving financial stability for themselves and their families, and reintegrating into the economic and civic fabric of our communities. We primarily serve individuals in Cook, Dupage, and Lake County but have served job seekers throughout Chicagoland and the state.

Local Partners

Our partners help make our work possible. They recognize that partnering with us strengthens our community and economy. Each one of our partners contributes to our success. Contact our office to learn how you can become a partner.

Funding Partners

The Chicago Community Trust
Col. Stanley R. McNeil Foundation
The Duchossois Family Foundation
Eleanor Network at Chicago Foundation for Women
Investing in Communities
The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
Northern Trust Charitable Trust
The Polk Bros Foundation
Wells Fargo


AON Hewitt
Fifth Third Bank
Greeley and Hansen 
JPMorgan Chase
Northern Trust
Rotary International
United Airlines
Wells Fargo

Community Partners

Apna Ghar
Asian Human Services
Chicago Bilingual Nurse Consortium
Catholic Charities
Centro Romero
Coalition of African, Arab, Asian, European, and Latino Immigrants of Illinois
Community Career Center
College of DuPage
Ethiopian Community Association
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
Heartland Alliance
Indo-American Center
Iraqi Mutual Aid Society
Jewish Vocational Services
Literacy Chicago
Moraine Valley Community College
Niles Public Library
Niles Township School ELL Parent Center
Oakton Community College
ORT Technical Institute
Pan African Association
Polish American Association
Truman College
Uruk Human Service
Welcoming Center
World Relief

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