The Effects of Immigration in the Workforce

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In this panelist format, Kaytia King will introduce how FWD.us is mobilizing the tech community to promote policies that keep the U.S. competitive in a global economy, starting with fixing our broken immigration system.

Then we'll hear first hand experiences from those who have gone through the immigration process and understand why we have a once in a generation opportunity to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

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MARCO DORADO, Manager of Business Operations, Latino Leadership Institute Marco came to the U.S. from Mexico at the age of three. He faced the many challenges that undocumented individuals face: being considered an "illegal alien", no social security, lack of access to a driver's license, legal employment, or financial aid for university. However, due to his high achievement in high school, he earned a full scholarship to the University of Colorado Boulder. He studied business administration and before his junior year, DACA was introduced and because of it, he was able to intern at the Colorado Legislature and Morgan Stanley. He also became the Student Body President of the University of Colorado Student Government, an organization which oversees a $30 million budget. Marco was able to get a job out of college and is now working but he fears for his future as he still feels as though his family is in limbo, as his parents and older brother are still undocumented, he is on DACA, and his younger siblings are citizens. Marco is currently Manager of Business Operations at the Latino Leadership Institute. @ElMarco_Antonio

DR. MARIA NAVAS-MORENO, Co-Founder of Lever Photonics. Maria Navas-Moreno is a physicist passionate about understanding and improving how things work, whether in science or the day-to-day life. Maria obtained a B.S. in Physics, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Master's degree in Biomedical Sciences Engineering from the Universidad de los Andes, the top university in Colombia. She also has a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Utah. Dr. Navas-Moreno has over 10 years of experience developing imaging tools and sensing methods for applications in medicine and biological research. After completing her Ph.D., Dr. Navas-Moreno worked as a scientist at the University of Utah and later at the University of California at Davis. Maria is also deeply involved in entrepreneurship community outreach because she strongly believes entrepreneurship is the highway for research and technology to reach people's lives.@PhysicsNeuron

JUSTICE KWARTENG, Founder of CO Fashion Week Justice Kwarteng hopes to help brands, businesses, organizations and entrepreneurs solve conflict and mitigate risk through innovative brand marketing, and sales strategy, and talent management. @COLLAGEIAM