Cleveland Leadership Centers "Cleveland Winter Edition "
On Wednesday, January 6th, we did some networking at the annual (i) Cleveland Winter Edition presented by the Cleveland Leadership Center to help college students and/or recent graduates develop connections to find future employment in Cleveland. Prior to our arrival, there were presentations by prominent people such as Mr. David Gilbert (Destination Cleveland, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, Cleveland 2016 Host Committee), Mr. Tom Hopkins (Sherwin-Williams Company, Ms. Marianne Crosley and Mr. Larry Oscar (both from the Cleveland Leadership Center); a luncheon with business and civic leaders; opportunities to meet with career coaches; and a tour of the highlights of downtown Cleveland. We arrived around 3pm in order to attend the career showcase which featured representatives from over 30 participating employers including Breakthrough Schools, the Cleveland Clinic, Dollar Bank, Forest City Enterprises, John Carroll University, KeyBank, OhioGuidestone, Sherwin-Williams Company, and Skylight Financial Group. We spoke with mostly human resources people and told them that Margaret W. Wong and Associates was available to help them should they come across a promising applicant who had questions or a situation about his/her immigration status. In almost every case, we were readily welcomed because most of almost all of the firms dealt with international students. We made about fifteen new contacts and said "hello" to several people who were very familiar with us like Ms. Valerie Laklos from Forest City Enterprises who greeted us warmly. One of the people we talked to was Mr. Andrew Guenther, a Senior Client Recruiter from the Cleveland Clinic who knows Ms. Margaret W. Wong through a mutual friend and has visited at her home before. We also talked to a representative from an organization that is trying to assist a person from the Middle East who immigrated to the United States after working as an interpreter for the U.S. Armed Forces. This person knows over five languages but is having a tough time finding a job. We agreed that it is an unfortunate shame that sometimes people who immigrate here (perhaps as refugees) with excellent educations and or skills have to take piecemeal jobs for an indefinite time period due to language and cultural barriers or being unable to connect with those who can help them. Of course, we visited for a few minutes with our friend Mr. Mark Owens from Skylight Financial who we see at the West Side Irish American Club (WSIA). Neither Mr. Owens or ourselves were able to make it to the WSIA for the New Year's Eve celebration but, according to what Mr. Owens told us, it was a splendid success with over 300 attendees who rang in 2016 at 7pm our time because it was midnight in Ireland. All told, we were only at the (i) Cleveland Winter Edition for just about an hour and a half but we consider it to be a successful outing and are glad that it was our first event for 2016 which we expect will be a very good year for both ourselves and for Margaret W. Wong and Associates. We thank Ms. Jill Pecoraro, Director of (i) Cleveland and Young Professionals Programs, for letting us know about it.