San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Employers have several basic expectations for hiring that are unfamiliar to immigrants, refugees, and other newcomers. This class is taught FOR newcomers BY former newcomers who have found success in their respective fields. This IF University class will cover some of the basic topics of resume writing and interviewing as well as some other creative and practical ideas for landing a job when you are new to job-seeking.
FIRAS HAMZA was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and moved to the U.S. as a political refugee in 1996. He has lived in KY for 16 years, where he has worked as an IT professional for healthcare, government, and a Fortune-500 company. In 2003, he returned to Baghdad as a civilian contractor with the U.S. Military, where he served as IT Manager to rebuild the New Iraqi Army. Firas won the National Civil Award for his work there. Currently, he works for Dell as an Enterprise Architect. Firas is a co-founder for MENA Council of Louisville (description below).
HALEH KARIMI is from Iran and has lived in the U.S. for more than 35 years. She has worked locally for major companies such as Colgate-Palmolive and Coca Cola Enterprises as an application developer, Systems Analyst as well as Operations Manager of IT. She has a wealth of experience in IT project management, financial management, vendor management, governance, IT recruitment and hiring, employee engagement, and staff training. She has a bachelors degree in CIS and an Executive MBA from Bellarmine University.
MARK MASAID was born in Kuwait, but left during the first gulf war to Jordan where he attended high school and college. Mark moved to the U.S. in 2004 and currently works as a Senior Specialty Sales Representative for Daiichi Sankyo. Mark is a founder and board member of the MENA Council of Louisville.
MENA Council of Louisville was created in 2012 to create awareness of the Middle East and North Africa in Louisville and to establish a network for volunteering and business opportunities. MENA provides orientation to newcomers to Louisville and promotes Middle Eastern business.
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IF University is a new platform and ecosystem for creative thinkers, innovators, and curious minds to teach classes, attend classes and bring unexpected ideas to the forefront to build and support a culture of innovative thinking. Built on the “Stay Curious” premise of the annual IdeaFestival® in Louisville, IF University is designed to inspire new and novel thinking all year round by hosting classes and events on a wide variety of topics held in public venues. All IF University classes and events are non-credit learning experiences, with an emphasis on the intersections between varied topics and multiple disciplines. Ideas at Play, that's IF University.
IF University is a division of the IdeaFestival® , the non-profit organization dedicated to empowering individuals, businesses, organizations and communities to grow, change, and be relevant by constantly challenging their assumptions and affirming their intellectual courage.