Retaining/Attracting International Talent Category

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 [...]

Global Detroit’s Pioneering Efforts Honored with National Innovation Award

Today, Global Detroit was honored to receive one of the first-ever Renewal Awards, created by the National Journal and Atlantic magazines with Allstate, to recognize the innovators, grassroots organizers and problem-solvers who are making progress against the greatest challenges facing America. The awards identify and celebrate [...]

Back to School – with an International Twist!

The phrase “Back to School” conjures up images of shopping for backpacks, school supplies, and maybe lunch-bags for many Americans. Unbeknownst to most back-to-school American shoppers, the school shopping list is about the same for the more than 29,000 international students now settling into colleges [...]