Immigration & Business Luncheon

Registration is open! Get your seats for the Catherine McAuley Center’s first ever, Immigration & Business Luncheon, a fundraiser celebrating the contributions of refugees and immigrants in our business community and workforce.

Friday, June 16, 2023

The Hotel at Kirkwood Center
7725 Kirkwood Blvd SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Educational Session | 9:00am-11:00am

Come explore the many types of immigration statuses and the pathways to citizenship, hear from a panel of employers on engaging immigrants in the workforce, and partake in a Farsi Simulation to better understand what it means to learn the language of the country in which you live.
$60 per seat

Luncheon Event | 11:30am-1:00pm

Join us for an afternoon of inspiration! Hear from keynote speaker, Dr. Ahmed Agyeman, network over a delicious lunch, and celebrate immigrants in business and the organizations committed to their success.
$50 per seat

Sponsorship Opportunities

Show your commitment to a welcoming, inclusive community as a sponsor!  Whether you’re a local employer, business owner, or individual committed to supporting immigrants in business, this event offers a sponsorship package that’s perfect for you. Sponsorship levels include recognition and complimentary seating, and offer a great way to showcase your support for the Catherine McAuley Center mission. View a full list of sponsorship levels and benefits.

To discuss a sponsorship opportunity, contact

Immigration & Business Awards: Nominations closed

Welcoming Workplace Award: Large Company
(More than 50 employees/nationally based)
A business or organization that exemplifies inclusive and supportive practices in employing refugees and immigrants.

Welcoming Workplace Award: Small Company
(Fewer than 50 employees/locally owned)
A business or organization that exemplifies inclusive and supportive practices in employing refugees and immigrants.

Emerging Employee Award
An employee with the immigrant experience who demonstrates exemplary service and dedication in their role within an organization.

Outstanding Business Leader Award
An individual with the immigrant experience who demonstrates leadership in the business arena.

Young Entrepreneur & Leader Award
An individual under the age of 25, with the immigrant experience, who demonstrates exemplary leadership and community involvement.

  • Eligibility Criteria: Nominees must be employed or have a place of business within a 100 mile radius of Cedar Rapids.
  • Nomination Process: Complete the nomination form below to nominate an individual or organization to be honored. Self-nominations are welcomed!
    • For questions about the nomination process or online form, please contact Haley Flenker, Resource Development Manager at or call (319) 200-5070.