Retaining/Attracting International Talent Category

GTRI Partners with Chinese Engineers for International Student Job Fair

International students represent the world’s most valuable economic asset: high-skilled STEM talent. The race to attract and hire this talent is more competitive than ever, but current U.S. immigration laws create misunderstanding and myths about employment of this talent, and cloud the benefits of doing [...]

Rust Belt Innovation Leads U.S. Efforts to Utilize Untapped Immigrant Talent

By Steve Tobocman “Human capital is the ultimate capital,” notes Demetri Papademetriou, Distinguished Senior Fellow and President Emeritus of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a Washington-based think tank dedicated exclusively to the study of international migration. On December 7, MPI unveiled groundbreaking research in a [...]

Our Vision for a Prosperous Detroit

In 2009, Michigan’s economy was in the midst of intense crisis: unemployment was at an all-time high of 15.3 percent, our population was on a steep decline, the auto bailout was on the horizon, and the city would soon be entering bankruptcy.  Thanks to some [...]

African leaders visit Detroit to learn immigrant integration strategies

Earlier this month, Global Detroit was honored to host a group of 25 Fellows from the Young African Leaders Initiative, a national effort to help rising African business and civic leaders connect with American businesses and leaders. We were invited to organize a discussion of the immigrant welcoming [...]

Filling the Talent Gap: GTRI Releases New International Student Data for Michigan

Today, the Michigan Global Talent Retention Initiative (GTRI), the nation’s first international student retention program, released its “Filling the Talent Gap” report—a 2016 update to first-of-its-kind analysis of OPT data released in 2013. The release was announced at a Global Detroit press conference that included [...]

GTRI Helps International Student Land First U.S. Job

Like many international students, Arjun Venugopal, a graduate student at Wayne State University completing his Masters in Manufacturing Engineering, was experiencing what most of us would consider a frustrating employment search. “I had secured interviews with several companies,” Arjun recounts. “The day before my interviews [...]

GTRI Job Fair Attracts Hundreds of Students and 27 Corporations Looking for Talent

On Thursday, April 7, nearly 350 international students from eight colleges and universities in Michigan met with 27 local employers in the market for STEM talent. The event, held at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Michigan was hosted by Global Detroit’s Global Talent Retention Initiative [...]

H-1B Day of Action: The Global Talent Opportunity

Tel Ganesan’s enthusiasm is infectious. As the founder and CEO of Kyyba, he provides over 500 jobs and generates $40 million of revenues on an annual basis. “All I wanted to do when I came to this country was to pursue the American dream,” Tel [...]

It’s complicated: International students learn tax law

International students from more than 20 different countries studying at nine local Michigan colleges and universities learned how to save themselves money and comply with U.S. tax law in two free sessions co-sponsored by Global Detroit’s Welcome Mat and Global Talent Retention Initiative (GTRI), and [...]

From the Director: Tackling the “Brain Waste” Challenge for Detroit

By Steve Tobocman National organizations like Upwardly Global, World Education Services (WES) Global Talent Bridge, the Welcome Back Initiative, and the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians have worked for years to help college-educated immigrants achieve meaningful employment in the U.S. Noting that college-degreed immigrants are [...]

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