Convening Schedule

The 2016 WE Global Network Convening kicks off Wednesday, October 19, 2016 with tours of Philadelphia and the WE Welcome Reception.  The full day public Convening begins Thursday, October 20, 2016 and is capped off with an evening reception for all attendees.

Core Network members will gather on Friday to discuss the year’s work and moving the Network forward.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Neighborhood Tours, Welcome Reception, and Optional Events

Convening activities kick off with tours of the City of Neighborhoods, a journey through Philadelphia and a chance to see first hand some of the immigrant integration work you’ll be learning about. The Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening is an opportunity for Convening attendees to meet and network.

All Convening attendees are invited to participate in both the tours and Welcome Reception.


  • 8:30 am – 1:00 pm: WES Global Talent Bridge & IMPRINT are bringing together members interested in skilled immigrant integration. (invite only)
  • 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Neighborhood Tours (optional) 

Attendees are invited to tour some of Philadelphia’s unique neighborhoods and hear from community-based organizations.  Tours depart from the Pennsylvania Convention Center promptly at 1:30pm. Browse the tour options here.

  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm: Reading Terminal Market Tour (optional)  Participants should enter the Market from the corner of 12th and Arch and converge in front of the Rick Nickols room. More information
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Welcome Reception

Location: Center for Architecture and Design: 1218 Arch Street – across the street from the Convention Center

WES Global Talent Bridge and IMPRINT Convening

WES Global Talent Bridge and IMPRINT will host a conference on Wednesday, October 19 from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm just before the opening of the WE Global Network Convening. The purpose of this meeting is to convene communities active in the field of skilled immigrant integration.

Core and general members of the WE Global Network are invited to attend and should have received invitations.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

2016 Convening and Reception

Breakfast and lunch provided. Optional dinner groups open to all attendees to follow reception.

4th Annual Convening

7:30 am – 4:45 pm

The 2016 Convening weaves together cutting edge policies, successful programs, innovative ideas, and a network of trailblazers in the emerging field of immigrant economic development. Please arrive on time, as Breakfast Roundtables will jumpstart the day’s networking and learning activities first thing in the morning.

Breakfast and lunch provided.



7:45 – 8:45am

9:00 – 10:15am

10:30am – 12:00pm



2:15 – 2:45pm

2:45 – 4:00pm

4:15 – 4:45pm

4:45 – 6:00pm



Registration Open – Pennsylvania Convention Center

Breakfast Roundtables

Morning Plenary: Welcome, spotlight on Philadelphia, table introductions.

Keynote: Osagie Imasogie

Breakout Sessions #1


Breakout Sessions #2


Breakout Sessions #3

Closing Plenary

Keynote: Yasmine Mustafa


Dinner Tours (optional, by sign-up)

Friday, October 21, 2016

7:30 am – 3 pm

Core Member Session

Lebow College, 2nd Floor
3220 Market St., Philadelphia PA 19104

The Convening provides an annual opportunity for core members of the Network to gather and collaborate, to reflect on the past year and plan for the next.  Core members will gather Friday, October 21 for a planning session to discuss, prioritize, and hone future activities of the Network. This working session is by invitation.

Out-of-town core members: You should check-out of your hotel room before departing for the Core Member Session. Additional logistical information coming soon.