Annual Gala

Each year, Upwardly Global hosts its signature Gala event, intended to bring our multicultural and multi-talented community together for an evening of reflection and celebration.

This event is the cornerstone of our community. It is the one time each year where we pause to acknowledge our collective achievements, and celebrate the partners who helped make it possible.

Our inherent diversity is our greatest strength. Throughout the pandemic, immigrants’ contributions and innovations have played a critical part in helping us navigate uncertainty. And, when international events impacted our domestic community, we responded to the call for support. In doing so, we welcomed scores of Afghan refugees into our program and are supporting a growing number of Ukrainian jobseekers as well.

Come back to visit this page for the latest news about our 2022 Gala!

2022 Gala Honorees

Krishan Bhatia

President & Chief Business Officer, NBCUniversal

Steven J. Corwin, MD

President and Chief Executive Officer, New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Katrina Cukaj

Advertising and Media Executive, WarnerMedia 

Dr. Mohammed Sediq Hazratzai

Investigator at the Public Health Institute, Professor at the University of California, Davis

2022 Gala Co-Chairs

Ravi Chanmugam

Senior Managing Director, Accenture Strategy

Tony Goncalves

Former Chief Revenue Officer, WarnerMedia

Michael E. Kassan

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, MediaLink

Special Guest

Dr. Wendy Osefo

Author, Assistant Professor at The Johns Hopkins University, Entrepreneur

Our Gala Sponsors: Diversity Champions

Steve Ostler

Russell L. Carson in honor of Dr. Steven Corwin

Inclusion Luminaries

Wendy Zimmermann and Steve Cutler 
Ravi Chanmugam and Christina Lucas

Bridge Builders

Robert Garechana 

Winita Lau and Kumar Kanisan

Tammi Ling

Joshua Winter and Sandhya Rao 

Caio Zapata

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