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Diversity Series

Session Title:  Recruiting & Welcoming Immigration Talent to Cleveland

Speaker: Rick Herman Esq. – Immigration Lawyer

Program Description:

Does your company have human capital strategies that maximize the opportunities to hire and retain foreign-born talent?  Most small and medium sized companies, and even some large employers, do not. Some argue that this relative lack of immigrant talent is creating a drag on old de-populating cities like Cleveland, which are struggling to transition to a new, global economy.  

Even in times of real skill shortages (over 3.6 million unfilled jobs in America today), many companies still shy away from immigrant talent because of fear or uncertainty relating to immigration sponsorship, challenges in integrating global diversity in a company’s cultural environment, and the backlash in hiring immigrants during the continued “Great Recession”.

In this workshop, Richard Herman will outline the competitive advantages in recruiting foreign-born employees as a way to help our companies grow and create more American jobs. Richard will walk you through several key points that will assist you and your company in developing an “immigrant-friendly” culture and maximize your ability to recruit the world’s best and brightest.


Information on how to demystify the H-1B visa and other immigration matters by creating a toolkit for HR and other company executives to use when hiring foreign nationals.

  • Ideas on how to minimize cultural barriers in the workplace by facilitating connections and sharing between American-born and foreign-born colleagues.
  • Inspiration for you to encourage your company to adopt International Human Capital Strategies and help Cleveland become more “Immigrant-Friendly”.
  • Data on the foreign-born wave of STEM and bilingual talent graduating from American universities.
  • Data on the changing landscape in American companies in relation to immigrant-led innovation, patents, startups and executive positions 

Our Facilitator:

Richard Herman, ESQ, Co-Author of book, Immigrant, Inc., Cleveland immigration lawyer & national speaker on global diversity

As a lawyer, author, national speaker, and activist, Richard Herman has dedicated his life to changing the conversation on immigration. He has helped shape the national movement to revitalize America’s economy through federal and local policies which welcome immigrants and leverage the talents they bring to this country. Along with Robert L. Smith of The Plain Dealer, Richard is the co-author of the acclaimed book, Immigrant, Inc. (John Wiley & Sons, 2009) a powerful interweaving of success stories and research which will forever change the way you look at immigrants ---- and America. Richard speaks around the country on behalf of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s initiative; Partnership for a New American Economy, a national coalition of over 400 CEOs and mayors who make the case that smart immigration makes America stronger and economically more vibrant. Richard has appeared on FOX News (The O’Reilly Factor), ABC News 20/20, National Public Radio, and has appeared in USA Today, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Inc., PC World, Computerworld, CIO, TechCrunch and InformationWeek. Richard is the President of the Herman Legal Group, a nationwide immigration and business law firm based in Cleveland, Ohio, serving a global clientele in over 10 languages. Richard is the co-founder of TiE Ohio (The Immigrant Entrepreneur and Global Detroit

This program has been approved for 1.5 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.


Location : The Plain Dealer (1801 Superior Ave., Downtown Cleveland)