Thank you to everyone who tuned in to watch our 20th Anniversary virtual gala on November 12, 2020. It was truly incredible to gather with the Upwardly Global community, new and old, in celebration and recognition of the immigrants that make this country what it is today. We had an exceptional program full of light, laughter and commitment, and you can watch it all – again or for the first time – here:

Guest Speakers

Michael Bloomberg
Keynote Address, Founder, Bloomberg LP & Bloomberg Philanthropies / 108th Mayor of New York City / Founder, New American Economy

Wes Moore
CEO, Robin Hood


Julie Sweet
CEO, Accenture

for Driving Innovation

Hikmet Ersek

President and CEO, Western Union

for Forging Connections



O.C. Tanner
Leadership and Staff 

for Championing Inclusion

How our Honorees are Supporting Immigrants, Refugees and America

As the CEO of Accenture, Julie Sweet has been a powerful advocate for closing skills gaps in the digital economy and making progress on workforce inclusion, diversity, and equality. Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud, and security. The company’s 506,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries.

Hikmet Ersek enables individuals and families to connect and support each other across 200 countries. Hikmet draws on his international background to speak out publicly for the rights of migrants, refugees, and under-represented populations worldwide.

O.C Tanner develops strategic employee recognition and reward solutions that help people accomplish and appreciate great work. Its leadership and staff work with thousands of companies to build positive workplace cultures based on the appreciation of diverse talents, and sets an example with its commitment to hiring and advancing refugees.

Fireside Chat on the Future of Work, Immigrants & our Shared Future

Jeremy Robbins

Executive Director, New American Economy

Jina Krause-Vilmar

President and CEO, Upwardly Global

Featuring Special Guests

Negin Farsad

Tony Goncalves, Master of Ceremonies
Head of Sales and Distribution, WarnerMedia

Michael Tello

Gala co-Chairs

Tony Goncalves, Head of Sales and Distribution, WarnerMedia

Suzette Brooks Masters, Center for Inclusion and Belonging

Jeremy Robbins, New American Economy

Pranav Ramanathan, Board Chair + Coacharya & Ellipsis

Ganesh Betanabhatla, Board Member + Ramas Capital Investment

Kathy Taylor, Board Member + Taylor Executive Search

#ImmigrantsAreUs Campaign


Ebony Beckwith, Salesforce

Torry Berntsen, Standard Chartered

Stan Bergman, Henry Schein

Krishan Bhatia, NBCUniversal

Andrew Chau, Boba Guys

Pascal DesRoches, WarnerMedia

Farooq Kathwari, Ethan Allen

Ursulina Ramirez

Amra Sabic El-Reyess, Columbia University

Dr. Jan Vilcek, Vilcek Foundation

Tali Farhadian Weinstein, New York University

Unshackled Ventures

We Thank Our Sponsors

Global Visionary


Diversity Champion


Inclusion Luminary

Wendy Zimmermann and Steve Cutler

Joshua Winter and Sandhya Rao



Bridge Builder

Pranav Ramanathan
Ganesh Betanabhatla

Tammi Ling

Kathy Taylor and Terry Atkinson

Tali Farhadian Weinstein and Boaz Weinstein

Tony Goncalves


Community Ally

Nikki Cicerani and Vicente Gonzalez
Katherine Lipton and Alex Lipman

Todd Harding and David Lassiter

Winita Lau and Gnana Kumar Kanisan

Harit and Reena Talwar

Zegar Family Fund

David and

Vicki Ho

Jayne Lipman and Bob Goodman

Special thanks to

well said. NYC

Taylor Made Experience

Falcon Events


Daniel Lawrence Abrams

Aaron Alexander


For more information on sponsorships, please contact
Aditi Shah, Director of Development at devteam@upwardlyglobal.org or call (212) 219-8828 ext. 215.

Translate »