Immigration & Business Luncheon

Date: Thursday, February 29, 2024
Location: Radisson Hotel Cedar Rapids | 1200 Collins Rd NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Register now and join us for the 2024 Immigration & Business Luncheon – a celebration of the contributions of refugees and immigrants in our business community and workforce! Registration Deadline: Friday, February 23

Morning Educational Session

9:00am – 11:00am
CMC staff will lead two panels: One with employer partners who are creating inclusive workplaces for refugees and immigrants, and one with refugees and immigrants who will share their employment experiences since coming to the United States. Refreshments will be provided. REGISTER HERE

Luncheon & Awards Ceremony

11:30am – 1:00pm
The Immigration & Business Luncheon celebrates the contributions of refugees and immigrants in our business community and workforce. The Immigration & Business Awards will be presented to individuals and organizations for their contributions to business in the Corridor. REGISTER HERE

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Dau D. Jok, Ph.D.
This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Dau Jok, the Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for West Des Moines Community Schools. Dr. Jok’s Foundation has served more than 2,100 youth in three countries and is currently active in South Sudan, his motherland. His quest to create inclusive communities of human excellence by humanizing knowledge, leadership, and work is informed by his indigenous Dinka roots.

2024 Immigration & Business Awards Recipients

Welcoming Workplace Award: Large Company
Whirlpool CorporationMiddle Amana, Iowa

Welcoming Workplace Award: Small Company
Hoover Community School – Cedar Rapids, Iowa 

Emerging Employee Award
Gloire Sabwira, Case Manager for Catholic Charities – Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Outstanding Business Leader Award
Aminata Taylor, Founder & CEO of Tailored Tax and Accounting – Iowa City, Iowa

Immigration & Business Luncheon Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Participating Sponsor

Keynote Address Sponsor

Supporting Sponsors

Table Sponsors

In-Kind SponsorS

Sponsorship Opportunities

This event offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities to boost recognition of your organization while showcasing your support for the Catherine McAuley Center’s mission! Click below to view the full list of options.

If your organization is interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Rachel Cohen, Director of Development & Communications, at or (319) 731-0448.