UpwardlyGlobal Passport to Possibilities Awards and Gala

UpGlo Gala

On September 18, a group from the Isobar Chicago office attended UpwardlyGlobal’s annual Passport to Possibilities Awards and Gala at Galleria Marchetti. UpwardlyGlobal is a non-profit organization that works to eliminate employment barriers for skilled immigrants and refugees and integrate them into the U.S. workforce. “Our goal is to make sure that all unemployed or underemployed immigrants with professional backgrounds, such as engineering,  health care or teaching, learn how to navigate the United States job search. An IT professional or engineer shouldn’t have to drive a cab or stock shelves to make a living, instead their talents and experience should be utilized to fill the shortage of skilled candidates in our community” said Managing Director of UpwardlyGlobal Chicago, Rebecca Tancredi. So far, in 2014, UpwardlyGlobal Chicago was able to help place 93 professionals at an average starting salary of $45,000 per year. This means that in Chicago alone, the increase in annual income for affected families is projected to be over $4M. This is a record high for Chicago.

This past summer, Isobar hosted 15 job seekers in our Chicago office for a Mock Interview workshop. It was an overwhelmingly successful event where job seekers received feedback on their interview skills from business professionals. ” Volunteering with UpwardlyGlobal is a great opportunity for our younger employees to practice being in the interviewer role and reviewing for quality resumes.” said Laura Cantwell, Engagement Director in the Chicago office who attended the Gala.

At the Passport to Possibilities Gala, Isobar guests were among the audience to recognize the contribution from outstanding Chicago community members who have helped UpwardlyGlobal achieve its mission. After the cocktail reception, this year’s Honorees were recognized and presented with awards. “It was a fantastic and very inspiring event. I was proud to help represent Isobar and so glad to see so many other Chicago business leaders turn out for such a worthy endeavor,” said Scott Judy, VP in the Chicago office.

We would like to continue to grow our relationship with UpwardlyGlobal and host a Resume Prep workshop in December of this year. As a global company with offices in 41 markets worldwide, Isobar places a high value on international talent and we are proud to support such a great non-profit organization.