Specialized Programming

America’s story is one of immigrants and refugees. Through partnerships, Upwardly Global is working to empower women, refugees, and asylees through specialized programming and services.

Women and Refugee Services


Through our partnership with Fondation CHANEL, UpGlo has developed POWAR (Professional Opportunities for Women Asylees and Refugees) to provide additional support for immigrant, refugee and asylee women during a job search.

POWAR enables women to overcome the additional obstacles they face in entering the professional workforce. Our POWAR training covers salary negotiation, navigating the workplace (including modules on sexual harassment), and balancing child care with employment.

UpGlo provides its job seekers unlimited, free access to courses in relevant industries on Coursera, an online database of college courses and trainings from top US colleges and universities. Our refugee participants have spent more 2,000 hours on Coursera since our partnership began.

Our San Francisco Bay Area program participants have access to internships through Partnerships for Refugees at Tetra Tech DPK.


International Models

As the need for workforce integration of immigrants and refugees has surged globally, UpGlo is selectively providing assistance in developing international program models. The pilot programs are based on UpGlo’s proven model, and our 17 years  of delivering effective training and tools. Learn more about our efforts in Germany, led by our own founder, Jane Leu.

Leading the Conversation on Inclusion


Through a partnership with Ignite, Upwardly Global is helping to build an innovative Chicago-area immersion on inclusion. Ignite will unite local leaders with UpGlo job seekers in a carefully curated curriculum that hones skills related to active listening and cultural awareness. Participants will emerge from the experience ready to lead important conversations related to diversity, equality, and inclusion.