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Gala invite

Building a Stronger America for All
Our Virtual Gala
Thursday, November 12
7 pm EST/ 4 pm PST

For 20 years, Upwardly Global has been about building opportunity for immigrants and refugees and for our country — by connecting and mentoring immigrant professionals and helping employers to tap into their vast skills and potential. Join top business leaders and entertainers as we underscore the message that immigrants are a crucial part of our nation and vital to our future, and as we work to build a stronger America for all. Take a moment to REGISTER NOW for our VIRTUAL GALA to ensure that immigrants have a seat at the table as we address the challenges ahead.

Stay tuned for announcements about more exciting honorees and special guests.

Featuring Hikmet Ersek, Western Union; O.C. Tanner; Tony Goncalves, Otter Media/WarnerMedia; Kate Bolduan, CNN; Jina Krause-Vilmar, Upwardly Global; Jeremy Robbins, New American Economy; and other amazing immigrants and their champions, plus participants in our #ImmigrantsAreUs campaign:
Stan Bergman, Henry Schein; Farooq Kathwari, Ethan Allen; Ebony Beckwith, Salesforce; Dr. Jan Vilcek, Vilcek Foundation; Pascal DesRoches, WarnerMedia;
Andrew Chao, Boba Tea; Tali Farhadian Weinstein, New York University; Amra Sabic El-Reyess, Columbia University; Ursulina Ramirez;
Krishan Bhatia, NBCUniversal; and Unshackled Ventures.

2020 Honorees

Hikmet Ersek

President and CEO, Western Union

“Forging Connections” Honoree

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
“Championing Inclusion” Honoree

O.C Tanner works with thousands of companies to build positive workplace cultures based on the appreciation of diverse talents, and sets an example with by its commitment to hiring and advancing refugees.

Gala co-Chairs

Tony Goncalves, Chief Executive Officer, Otter Media (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

Sponsorship Opportunities

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

We thank our Sponsors

Inclusion Luminary

Wendy Zimmermann and Steve Cutler

Bridge Builder

Pranav Ramanathan
Ganesh Betanabhatla

Community Ally

Nikki Cicerani and Vicente Gonzalez
Alex Lipman and Katherine Lipton
Todd Harding and David Lassiter

Winita Lau

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