Portland Monthly Luncheon with Adele Masengo Ngoy, Beth Stickney, Yakelin Pimental Sanchez, and Zoe Sahloul
Please note that registration for this event closes on Friday, april 6th at 4:00 pm.
Today's immigrants follow in the footsteps of centuries of immigrants who have come to the U.S. for safety, opportunity, and freedom and who renew our country with their energy, creativity, and perseverance. In this panel presentation, you'll hear about the individual immigrant journeys of three women from different parts of the world and the challenges and joys of their journeys to make the U.S. and Maine their new home.
Adele Masengo Ngoy
Adele is from the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Maine, she progressed from knowing no English and working as a seamstress to support herself and her children to being able to launch Adele Masengo Designs, reestablishing her former career as a fashion designer. Adele also now owns Antoine's Tailor Shop and Formal Wear in Portland and founded Women United Around the World, a nonprofit helping immigrant women start their lives over by teaching them to sew and supporting their transition. Adele is on the Board of the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project and is proudest of her three thriving young adult children.
Beth Stickney, Esq.Beth
is a Maine native who has specialized in immigration law and policy since 1986. She is the creator and producer of the Mainers Meeting Mainers
video series and directs the Maine Business Immigration Coalition
, engaging Maine's business community in advocating for positive laws and policies impacting immigrants. Beth co-founded ILAP, the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, Maine's only nonprofit statewide provider of immigration legal aid to low-income Maine residents, where she served as executive director through June 2011. Beth is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar and lives in Portland with her spouse and daughter.
Yakelin Pimental Sanchez
Yakelin came with her young son to the U.S. and Maine in 2000 from Cuba. She spoke no English but began taking ESL at Portland Adult Education. Over time she progressed to USM and then earned her dental assistant certification and radiology license from Tufts University, all while holding down three jobs. After working as a dental assistant in Portland, in 2012, Yakelin switched careers and now happily provides customer support in the health insurance industry to Spanish-speaking clients. She is also a proud mom, cheering on her son, now a senior at Husson College.
Zoe is from Beirut, Lebanon. She and her husband emigrated in 1992 to escape Lebanon's civil war, living first in Canada and later settling in Maine and raising their three lovely children here. She is the founding Executive Director of the New England Arab American Organization (NEAAO), working to ease the integration of Arab immigrants into Maine and to bridge the gap between cultures. Zoe is also Board President of the Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition, and a Board member of the Maine Association for New Americans. She is currently studying for her MSW at USM, while supporting and creating more opportunities for marginalized Arab communities in Greater Portland.
Kris McCrea of McCrea Coaching
McCrea Coaching partners with clients to help them reconnect to their mojo so they ignite their full capacity and leadership capability within themselves. We support business owners who are ready to work on their businesses and not just in them, as well as individuals going through life transitions.
At this luncheon event at the Portland Country Club located at 11 Foreside Road in Falmouth, MWN members can share their business literature and briefly (15 seconds) introduce themselves to the group. For members and non-members alike this is an excellent opportunity to meet and network with 30-40 other businesswomen.
We love having guests and prospective members! The cost to attend is $25 for members and $30 for non-members and includes a buffet lunch.
Free parking is available at the Portland Country Club. Directions may be found at their website.
OUR REGISTRATION & PAYMENT POLICIES
Registration and payment for this event is online only and closes at 4:00 PM the Friday prior to the luncheon. No walk-ins will be admitted, and no payments at the door will be allowed.
If you need to cancel your registration, you may send someone to take your place or you may cancel your registration online before registration closes. No refunds will be provided for late cancellations or no-shows. We appreciate your cooperation!
Members and corporate members who want to add guests, simply register yourself first under the "Member" category. There will be an option to add a guest after you start the registration process.
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