Monday, October 23, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Welcoming Economies 101

Pre-conference session

Cost: $75

Immigrants are contributors to job creation and prosperity growth of a community, helping to fill critical workforce needs, launch businesses, revitalize neighborhoods, and bring diversity of thought, culture, and experience to a region. In this session, you will learn why economic development leaders, chambers of commerce, and elected officials across the Rust Belt are investing in immigrant economic development models, and what those models look like on the ground. Participants will then work through a series of questions designed to make the connection between immigrant inclusion and broader economic development strategies. Participants will walk away with concrete action steps for local partnership.

Space is limited to 30 participants.

Location: Marriott Syracuse Downtown, 100 E Onondaga Street Syracuse, NY 13202

1 – 2 p.m.


Early registration option in hotel lobby.

1:30 – 4 p.m.

Community Tours

Neighborhood tours give attendees a chance to see how the work being done in Syracuse is manifesting itself across the city.

Buses will transport participants to the tours, departing at 1:30pm from the Marriott Syracuse Downtown to and from the tours, and dropping off back at the hotel at 4pm.

Building Community Amidst Constant Change: The Realities of Northside Micro-Neighborhoods

The Northside, the home to the majority of refugee resettlement in Syracuse, is in a state of constant change as new families from around the world move in to the neighborhood daily. This tour sets out to explore how we build community within micro-neighborhoods, and how we maintain stability in a state of constant change.

Food on the Northside: The Language that Needs No Translation

With over 40 different languages spoken on the Northside, sometimes the best way to understand each other is through something universal.  This tour piques our palate, exploring the markets & restaurants that make this neighborhood so vibrant.

Creating safe and inclusive spaces for Faith: The Journey of Converting a Historic Church into a Welcoming Mosque

Too often we forget that faith is a force that drives unity, community and compassion. The Northside Learning Center constatly transcends differences between the diverse communities, native and foreign born, on the Northside by actively building community connections and facilitating active conversations. This commitment could not have been more true than navigating the tenuous space of converting a historic church on the Northside in to a mosque that respected the building’s past and created a safe space to pracitce going forward. This tour sets out to discover the power of acceptance and shared experience.

4:45 – 7 p.m.


Early registration option at Sky Armory, 351 S. Clinton Street.

5 – 6 p.m.

Ignite Talks

Local, regional and WE Global Network organizations will present for 5-minutes each on an innovation they are working on. The fast-paced sessions are dynamic, giving the audience a snapshot of ideas that they could apply in their own communities. The session is co-emceed by Nicole Watts of HopePrint and Joe Cimperman of Global Cleveland, highlighting speakers in Syracuse and across the WE Global Network.

Location: Sky Armory, 351 S. Clinton Street. Walking distance from the Marriott. No RSVP required.

6 – 8 p.m.

Welcome Reception

My Lucky Tummy is an pop-up international food court highlighting cuisines prepared by chefs from the foreign-born community living in Syracuse. Founder Adam Sudmann, a graduate of CenterState CEO’s Up Start program as well as the Program Manager of Syracuse’s With Love restaurant incubator, launched My Lucky Tummy in 2014 to celebrate the diversity of and bring attention to the cuisines of Syracuse’s large refugee community.

The Welcome Reception will feature cuisines of Burma, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan, and Syria, all crafted by a few of the refugees that call Syracuse home.

Location: Sky Armory, 351 S. Clinton Street. Walking distance from the Marriott. No RSVP required.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

8 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.


Marriott Syracuse Downtown, 100 E Onondaga Street Syracuse, NY 13202

5:15 – 6:30 p.m.


Marriott Syracuse Downtown, 100 E Onondaga Street Syracuse, NY 13202

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

WE Global Network Core Member Convening

By invitation only.