In recognition of Women’s History Month, join WES Global Talent Bridge for a webinar titled “Supporting the Career Advancement of Immigrant and Refugee Women in the U.S.” Panelists from New Women New Yorkers and the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs will discuss the development, impact, and outcomes of their We Speak We LEAD programming. Learn how this program is supporting immigrant and refugee women by providing access to contextualized English language learning and job readiness programming, and by creating pathways to employment through a city-funded fellowship model.


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Arielle Kandel

Founder & Chief Executive Office, New Women New Yorkers

Arielle Kandel is the granddaughter of Jewish immigrants from Poland and Germany to the U.S. Her father later immigrated to France, where he met her mother, and Arielle was born and raised in Paris.

Arielle holds a master’s degree in law with a specialization in humanitarian action and international law from the University of Aix-Marseille III in France. Prior to immigrating to the U.S., Arielle worked at several nonprofit organizations and think tanks in India and Israel with asylum seekers, refugees, and immigrants, and on issues related to diaspora and transnationalism.

Arielle founded New Women New Yorkers in 2014 as the first nonprofit organization in New York City dedicated to empowering immigrant women from all backgrounds. As a daughter and granddaughter of immigrants and refugees, and as an immigrant herself, Arielle believes in the vast potential that every immigrant woman can contribute to our city, regardless of her country or origin or educational level.

Arielle is a 2015 Agents of Change of the Centre for Social Innovation in Chelsea, a 2016 Fellow of PresenTense NYC, and a 2018-2019 Fellow of Coro’s Immigrant Civic Leadership Program.

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Kareema Hussein

Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, We Speak NYC Program Director

Kareema Hussein is the Director of We Speak NYC at the New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA). We Speak NYC is the City’s supplemental English language learning program which ensures that Limited English Proficient (LEP) populations can access information on key resources and practice every‐day English conversations. Prior to joining MOIA, Ms. Hussein worked in the design field for eight years, where she was a company partner and designer. Her design experience greatly contributed to We Speak NYC’s recent rebranding and website re‐launch. Under her leadership the We Speak NYC program has increased its community partnerships by 20% and recently established an online learning platform for teachers and learners that currently reaches thousands of users. Ms. Hussein is committed to serving New York City’s immigrant populations through fostering English language learning and conversation, awareness of New York City services, and self‐empowerment.

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Debra Means-West, WES Global Talent Bridge

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