UPWARDLY GLOBAL

Helping immigrants and refugees succeed

aka UpGlo   |   New York, NY   |  www.upwardlyglobal.org

Mission

Upwardly Global's mission is to eliminate all barriers to professional workplace entry for highly skilled - yet poor and marginalized - immigrants, refugees, and asylees.

Ruling year info

2000

President & CEO

Ms. Jina Krause-Vilmar

Main address

505 8th Avenue Suite 1100

New York, NY 10018 USA

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EIN

94-3346127

NTEE code info

Vocational Counseling / Guidance / Testing (J21)

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

Leadership Development (W70)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Upwardly Global (UpGlo) is addressing the social problem of poverty among the more than 2 million newcomers to the US who arrive, ready to work, with professional skills, ambition, and a desire to start a new life for themselves and their families. UpGlo’s tested and proven intervention not only sets newcomers on pathways to success in America, but helps corporations diversify their workforce with new talent and provide their existing workforce with structured, engaging and enriching corporate volunteer opportunities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Job Seeker Services Programs

Upwardly Global helps unemployed and underemployed refugees and immigrants find growth positions that match their education, skills and experience.

We offer job seekers a full range of career services, including individualized career placement and counseling, a series of 5 workshops, connections to American professional peers for networking and mentoring, assistance with foreign degree/credential evaluation and re-licensing, and free access to career-related information and technology.

Upwardly Global utilizes a holistic approach, which includes Education, Employee Engagement, and Employment, to build the internal capacity needed to bring strategic diversity initiatives to the next level.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Online, digital learning tools that empower immigrant and refugee job seekers, and the organizations that serve them. Our products and services expand knowledge to build towards a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Unemployed people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Unemployed people, Adults, Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

Job Seeker Services Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of placements defined as full-time

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Immigrants and migrants, Unemployed people

Related Program

Job Seeker Services Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants who gain employment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Immigrants and migrants, Unemployed people

Related Program

Job Seeker Services Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of clients placed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Immigrants and migrants, Unemployed people

Related Program

Job Seeker Services Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Upwardly Global's organizational goals are to connect talent rich, employment-ready newcomers to professional employment opportunities.

We connect our clients by addressing two sides of the workforce equation - supply and demand. On the workforce supply side, we ensure that our job seekers are ready for the rigors of the US workforce - it's customs, it's credentials, it's culture. On the demand side, we work closely with employers, many Fortune 500 companies, to provide guidance on visa and other legal issues. We co-host skills-based volunteer opportunities with our employer partners like mock interviews or speed networking, which facilitate meaningful interactions between immigrant professionals and their American counterparts, allowing job seekers to further build out their professional networks and practice new skills whilst enabling employers to develop more equitable and inclusive HR processes.

Upwardly Global has a holistic model to connect our job seeker to the professional job market. The process is described below.
1. Outreach: Our Outreach Associates connect with refugee and immigrant communities and build an ecosystem of referral partners.
2. Onboarding: Our Onboarding Associates work with job seekers to determine their fit for our program (e.g. work authorization, education level), screen their initial resume, and guide them through the mandatory English language assessment.
3. Coaching: After being admitted to our program and completing their orientation, job seekers are connected to their “job coach”. They provide one-on-one coaching to job seekers, help them tailor their resume, practice for upcoming interviews, and craft cover letters, before connecting job seekers to employers for interviews.
4. Community: UpGlo Alum, Employer Partners, our Leadership Council and fellow job seekers are a value-add built -in support network, providing job leads and support.

Since our founding, we have connected job seekers to the workforce...

7,000+ Hired Into Professional Jobs
50%+ of placements are in high-demand STEM fields: IT, Engineers, Physicians, and Healthcare
Average Income Placement: $58,000

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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UPWARDLY GLOBAL

Board of directors
as of 8/31/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Pranav Ramanathan

Coacharya and Ellipsis

Term: 2021 - 2021

Scott Mauvais

Microsoft

Justin Thornton

Wells Fargo

Kathy Taylor

Taylor Executive Search

Ganesh Betanabhatla

Ramas Capital Management

Jane Leu

Trustee Emerita, Smarter Good

Martha Gallo

Trustee Emerita

Pranav Ramanathan

Coacharya and Ellipsis

Rosalyn Chen

Philipp Schumacher

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & CO (KKR)

Winita Lau

Wells Fargo

Vivek Vaidya

Super{set} Venture Studio

Caio Zapata

Enestas

Heather Reilly

Deloitte

Tammi Ling

Oliver Wyman

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/02/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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