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"immigrants in New Hampshire's Workforce"

November 20

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Did you know that Immigrants make ...

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More than 6% of self-employed business owners in NH are immigrants generating more than $154M in annual revenues.

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Naturalized Citizens

Over half of all immigrants in NH are naturalized U.S Citizens and nine in 10 immigrants speak English “well” or “very well.”

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Immigrant households strengthen the economy contributing $598+ and $170M+ in federal taxes and state/local taxes respectively.

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One in eight workers in New Hampshire’s professional, scientific, and technical services industry is an immigrant

So how do we move together?

Moving Together Conversations build connections and establish new relationships among local business and the immigrant community. They are based on mutual understanding and respect. They lead to win/win strategies that deepen inclusion of immigrants and benefit the businesses that support our local economy.


We discuss immigrants’ integration into the labor market for community-driven development.


We communicate and learn who immigrants are, their force, strength, resilience, expertise, and special skills.


We take bold steps to learn, understand and embrace the diversity for development in New Hampshire.


We will have frank conversations on how we can count immigrants into the New Hampshire Workforce.

The conversations

Through a one-day conference, attendees will discuss a range of topics from understanding the immigrant community, immigrant talents empowerment,  workplace inclusion, DEIJ benefits to the companies, Challenges and Opportunities in NH Welcoming, affirming the contribution of immigrants with facts, state of the state towards immigrants inclusion, policies, and practices to integrate immigrants into the workforce, and the way forward to maintain the momentum….

who are the Attendees

CEOs,  human resource staff, employers, service providers, academic institutions, non-profit organization leaders, staffing agencies, ethnic-based organizations, immigrants, and state and municipality officials.

Meet our 2023 Conference speakers

Rich Lavers

Rich Lavers is currently the deputy commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Employment Security. First appointed by then Governor Maggie Hassan and since reappointed by Governor Sununu, Rich has held this position since 2013. Prior to his current role, Rich was an attorney with the department. The department operates the 12 NH Works offices located throughout the state where individuals can obtain free assistance connecting with employers, attending recruitment events and job fairs, working on a resume or polishing up interview skills. In addition, the department administers many training assistance programs helping individuals afford the training needed to gain entry into careers that can create multi-generational change.

James Mckim

James McKim is the Managing Partner of Organizational Ignition, a Management Consulting practice. He is a sought-after organizational performance speaker, coach, change manager, and author of the best-selling book The Diversity Factor: Igniting Superior Organizational Performance. Over his 35+ year career, he has helped small and large organizations, for-profit and non-profit, spark efficiency and growth through the aligning of people, process, and technology. Mr. McKim is known internationally for his current focus on organizational and individual performance through diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). He is recognized by industry watchers such as Atd, Brandon Hall, Bersin Associates, Axelos, and PMI for his dedication to creating win-win situations between organizations and their employees.

Michael Swack

Michael Swack is a professor at the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire, and he directs the Center for Impact Finance. Michael was the founder and former dean of the School of Community Economic Development (CED) at SNHU. In 2019, the Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) awarded Michael the 2019 Ned Gramlich Lifetime Achievement Award for Responsible Finance. In 2021 Michael was appointed by President Biden to serve on the Community Development Advisory Board at the U.S. Department of Treasury. In 2023-24 he is serving as a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He received his doctorate degree from Columbia University, his master’s degree from Harvard University, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison.


Rob Dapice is the Executive Director/CEO of New Hampshire Housing. He joined New Hampshire Housing in 2014 and served in various roles in the Multifamily Housing Division until 2021. Before that, Dapice was a project manager for North Branch Construction. He also was a captain in the U.S. Army and served in Iraq. Dapice serves on various boards, including the Board of Directors of the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire, Waypoint Board of Trustees, and his town’s Planning Board. A resident of Contoocook, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, and a master of business administration degree from the University of New Hampshire. He is a member of the Leadership New Hampshire Class of 2017 and a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School.

Christine tappan

Christine Tappan is the Chief, of Strategy and Advancement at Ascentria Care Alliance. She is responsible for advancing the strategic priorities for fundraising, communications, advocacy, and marketing and is responsible for representing Ascentria to the media, stakeholders, funders, and government officials. In her over 25 years, she has successfully held a range of executive leadership, management, policy, and technical roles in government, non-profit, for-profit, and higher education environments across the U.S. and abroad. She served as Principle Associate at Abt Associates where she led domestic U.S. strategy for technical assistance and capacity building across health, social, and economic policy. She also served as Associate Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services where she oversaw all Human Services and Behavioral Health programs, policymaking, operations, staffing, and budgets.

Meet our 2023 Panelists

Joseph Doiron

Director of Workforce Development: Department of Business and Economic Affairs, Office of Workforce Opportunity (OWO)

Henry Harris

Managing Director : Manchester office of the International Institute of New England

Jason Bonilla

Program Director : NH Equity Leaders Fellowship

Phil Sletten

Research Director: New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute


Acting Regional Administrator:Small Business Administration/New England Region

Jean Kampayana

Operations Supervisor: USPS- Manchester NH

Ali Sekou

Assistant store manager:Hannaford

Paula Margenau

Senior Human Resources Director:Gateways Community Services

Clement Kigugu

Executive Director : Overcomers Refugees Services

Sanjay G Sagar

Project Manager: Center for Advancing Rural Health Equity


Apprenticeship Programs ManagerApprenticeship Programs Manager : The Community College System of NH


Executive Director: NH Commission for Human Rights

Steve Duprey

President: Foxfire Property Management and The Duprey Companies

Jason Matthews

Director: Workforce Solutions/ Ascentria Care Alliance


Vice President, Regional Market Manager: Bangor Savings Bank

2023 Agenda

                                                               Session 1                                                                                                                      Affirming The Contribution Of Immigrants In New Hampshire’s Economy

 Session 2
Understanding Immigrants In New Hampshire

Session 3
Immigrants And Employers Problem Solve Challenges And Make Workplace Improvements For All.

 Session 4
Benefits Of DEIJ Notions To Employers And Workers Towards An Inclusive Workplace

 Session 5
Building An Inclusive Workforce In NH

What they say

“Moving Together Conversations are deep and engaging, they are frank and productive. People will not move together unless they know each other.”
Jean Hakuzimana
NH Songa CEO
"Moving together with our new friends or new Americans requires us to know them. There is no other way to do that more than attending these conversations"
Stacey Brown
Concord City Councilor
This conference is really timely given the needs of employers and the opportunity for workforce development
Tim Sink
President & CEO at Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce

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