We are proud to write that Margaret W. Wong & Associates LLC was one of the sponsors for the Global Cleveland Employer Summit 2020 webinar which took place on the morning of May 19, 2020.
The summit was moderated by our good friend, Mr. Joe Cimperman, CEO of Global Cleveland, and featured six prominent speakers who shared with our data regarding the possible role of foreign-born people in Cleveland/Northeast Ohio (i.e. if not all of Ohio) in positively transforming the region/state for the better in the upcoming future particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. These speakers were: Mr. Andrew Lim, Director of Quantitative Research at the “New American Economy” who centered his remarks on how immigrants have enhanced our workforce particularly in the area of healthcare. Mr. David Leopold, Attorney from “Ulmer & Berne LLP” who dissected the new rules set forth by the Trump Administration regarding immigration and travel in lieu of COVID-19 and how they will/might affect international students and workers. Ms. Nancy Mendez, VP of Community Input from the United Way of Greater Cleveland who shared with us documentation showing that immigrants and refugees might prove to be invaluable assets in terms of re-invigorating economic activity in localities suffering from poverty such as Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Toledo. Ms. Magda Gomez, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Cuyahoga Community College who reviewed an impressive array of programs and services available to international students. Mr. William J. Kishman, Of Counsel, Cleveland Labor and Employment practice at Squire Patton Boggs who offered a presentation, relevant to all people of all ethnicities and countries of origin, on hiring practices and procedures that employers should adhere to in light of COVID-19. Mr. Jacob W. Duritsky, VP of Strategy and Research at Team NEO, who briefly but effectively discussed the skills gap in areas such as healthcare, I.T., and manufacturing meaning that there are quite a few jobs available but few qualified workers to occupy them. Subsequently, there are abundant opportunities in the areas for immigrants and refugees.
All of the before-mentioned speakers were most informative; so much so that Mr. Cimperman paid them a beautiful compliment by saying that their presentations made him feel like he was a doctoral student listening to learned professors.
The picture was taken at the 2019 Employer Summit.