With support from local refugee resettlement agencies and experts with the Refugee Services Collaborative of Cleveland (RSC), local employers are discovering a new talent pool, finding the skilled employees they need, and experiencing increased productivity. The local economy is benefiting too, with about $50 million generated by refugee settlement and employment.
Join us on May 31st to hear what employers have seen and how you can tap into innovative strategies to create a welcoming and thriving workplace.
Janus Small, president of Janus Small Associates, lends her extensive non-profit leadership experience to the Refugee Services Collaborative as a leader and convener, and will moderate the discussion with:
Hilary Lucas, a job developer with Catholic Charities Refugee and Migration Services (MRS), who will share insights into how she works with employers to fill their talent needs and make connections to newcomers settling into the local community. Did you know? Refugee resettlement agencies can help your team with:
- Refugee 101 education sessions
- Filling open jobs
- Handling government documentation
- Language interpretation and cultural services
- Vocational skills assessments and/or training
- Transportation assistance
The session will also feature team members of Oatey Co., a case study in creating a welcoming and inclusive workplace. In addition to getting media attention for their sustained business growth, expanding offices and a growing team, Oatey is starting to attract notice for something they see as part of their corporate DNA: hiring a diverse workforce, including refugee employees.
Says Maureen Pansky, “By hiring refugees, we are increasing the odds of a successful job placement. We are all uplifted by the determination and perseverance that our new arrivals bring with them. Somewhere in our respective ancestral trees, we were all once newcomers too”
Hear from Oatey’s inspiring team including Human Resources Director Mary Antal and human resources team members Maureen Pansky and Miranda Hixon about the business success they have seen under a respectful and multi-cultural team.
1:30 – 2:30 PM InterContinental Hotel & Conference Center