COIN Releases “Walk a Mile” Documentary

The Coalition for Our Immigrant Neighbors brought together over 400 people at its “Walk a Mile in a Refugee’s Shoes” event on July 23rd, 2017. COIN is now pleased to share a documentary of that simulation portraying the experiences that many refugees encounter each day. The link to the documentary is https://vimeo.com/246132746.

COIN would like to thank Jesuit Refugee Service USA, the Jewish Community Center Indianapolis, and Morales Group as well as our many sponsors for their immense contributions to the success of the event, and Road Pictures for creating a beautiful video. COIN cherishes its community partnerships and appreciates each organization and dedicated volunteer who participated in the day.

The Coalition for Our Immigrant Neighbors is a coalition of service providers working together to facilitate and coordinate community efforts to provide legal, psychological and other services for immigrants in Central Indiana.

For more information, please visit www.coalitionforourimmigrantneighbors.org

Immigrant Integration Plan Launched for Indianapolis

New Americans in Greater Indianapolis Contributed $9.2 Billion to GDP in 2014, New Study Shows

Report released on national day of action calling on Congress to act now on immigration, starting with Dreamers

Indianapolis, IN – Today, New American Economy released a research brief in partnership with the Immigrant Welcome Center documenting the economic impact of immigrants in the Indianapolis metro area. Accounting for just 6.3 percent of the overall population, immigrants were responsible for nearly a quarter of overall population growth in the region between 2009 and 2014, and held $2.3 billion in spending power in 2014 alone.

The brief is being released conjunction with the launch of a national campaign to fix our immigration system, beginning with a solution for DREAMers— iMarch for Immigration. As part of the campaign, today the Immigrant Welcome Center and the City of Indianapolis join leaders across industries for online and offline events in all 50 states.

The event will also serve as the launch of a new strategic plan for the city, “Indianapolis Immigrant Integration Plan: Becoming a Welcoming City to All Residents.” The Immigrant Welcome Center engaged over 60 local organizations in the process of developing the plan, which issues specific recommendations on how to make Indianapolis more welcoming and accessible to all community members.

“Take a look at regions across the country that are welcoming and inclusive, and you’ll see communities with a thriving economy,” notes Mark Fisher, Chief Policy Officer at the Indy Chamber. “Immigrants play an important role in our regional workforce in all major industry sectors. The Indy Chamber is committed to the advancement of our immigrant population, and supports strategies to address barriers for our neighbors and friends in attaining the American dream.”

“The Immigrant Welcome Center believes that the Immigrant Integration Plan will improve the outcomes for thousands of new Americans in Indianapolis who deserve more – and more user-friendly – supports as they navigate language and cultural barriers that slow the integration process,” said Terri Downs, Executive Director of the Immigrant Welcome Center. “This plan is a natural extension of Indy Welcomes All, and we’re excited to work with our city’s leadership and residents to make Indy an inclusive and culturally-sensitive city to newcomers from all over the world.”

“Indianapolis has been enriched by the diversity of our residents, as we are a community where all voices are both heard and welcomed,” said Jordan Rodriguez, director of Latino and Cultural Affairs for the City of Indianapolis. “The benefits of welcoming all to Indianapolis are clear, and I am proud to continue working to uplift our immigrant neighbors who have chosen to call this city home.”

“Steady immigration continues to boost growth in the heartland and metro Indianapolis, especially,” said John Feinblatt, President of New American Economy. “Immigrants are earning degrees, starting their own businesses, and helping power the local workforce – producing broad economic benefits for newcomers and longtime residents alike.”

“My father was a migrant worker and he brought our family here in the 50s. He saw the opportunity with the immigrant community and challenged me to start this company to build better futures for those underserved,” said Tom Morales, CEO of the Morales Group. “This report underscores the true value and contribution of immigrants to the Indianapolis area.”

The brief, New Americans in Indianapolis, finds:

• Immigrants contributed $9.2 billion to the GDP of Greater Indianapolis in 2014. They also paid $522 million in federal taxes and $290 million in state and local taxes, and held more than $2.3 in spending power.

• Growth in the foreign-born population accounted for 24 percent of overall population growth between 2009 and 2014.

• Due to an increase in foreign-born residents, total housing values in the metro area increased by $6.6 billion between 2000 and 2014.

• There were 7,241 immigrant entrepreneurs in the Greater Indianapolis area in 2014, and together, they earned $136 million in business income that year.

• Because of the role immigrants play in the workforce, helping companies keep jobs on U.S. soil, immigrants living in Greater Indianapolis in 2014 helped create or preserve 5,740 local manufacturing jobs that would have otherwise vanished or moved elsewhere.

• Immigrants play an outsize role in Greater Indianapolis’ key industries, accounting for over 15 percent of workers in the recreation and accommodation industry, 14 percent of construction workers, and 11 percent of manufacturing workers.

• In the fall of 2014, 2,815 students enrolled in colleges and universities in the metro area were international students, and together they supported 1,103 local jobs.

Read the full research brief here.

Learn more about iMarch for Immigration here.

Indianapolis is one of 44 communities selected for the Gateways for Growth Challenge, a competitive opportunity for local communities to receive tailored research on the contributions of immigrants, direct technical assistance, and matching grants from New American Economy and Welcoming America to develop multi-sector plans for welcoming and integrating immigrants.

MEDIA CONTACTS
James Scimecca, james@newamericaneconomy.org
Terri Downs, tdowns@immigrantwelcomecenter.org

About New American Economy

New American Economy (NAE) brings together more than 500 Republican, Democratic and Independent mayors and business leaders who support immigration reforms that will help create jobs for Americans today. Coalition members include mayors of more than 35 million people nationwide and business leaders of companies that generate more than $1.5 trillion and employ more than 4 million people across all sectors of the economy, from Agriculture to Aerospace, Hospitality to High Tech and Media to Manufacturing. Learn more at http://www.newamericaneconomy.org/.

About Immigrant Welcome Center

The Immigrant Welcome Center empowers immigrants by connecting them to the people, places and resources that enable them to build successful lives and enrich our community. We believe our communities are better when everyone contributes to our economy, to the arts, to our faith communities, and to our schools. By helping newcomers feel welcome and valued, we are helping empower our newest residents to be a part of our city’s future. Learn more at http://www.immigrantwelcomecenter.org/.

About Morales Group, Inc.

MGI is a nationally recognized staffing and recruitment firm that is committed to building a globally diverse workforce that will enrich local communities and promote the success of employees by treating them fairly and compassionately. MGI’s network across the state will provide a pipeline for trained CHW’s to move forward with job placement in their region. MGI is also a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE).

Morales Group Sponsors EDGE| X 2017 Conference

Sharpen you influence. Multiply your impact. These words are lived out every day as the mission of EDGE Mentoring.  They take a holistic approach to developing millennials and young professionals, from relationships and careers to purpose and faith.

Morales Group is proud to partner with EDGE Mentoring throughout the year. Our team is involved in different aspects, from mentees to board members. We see the value brought by developing talent in a community setting and with peers outside of the office.

Our mission, building better futures one story at a time, is carried out further by their intergenerational approach of seasoned mentors investing in emerging leaders hungry to grow and serve our community.

This year, we are excited to sponsor the conference, EDGE |X 2017. The half-day, high-impact conference will have Indiana’s own Mitch Daniels, along with Bill Hybels, Ann Voskamp, and Bob Goff as speakers.

Learn more about this sold out conference and EDGE Mentoring: https://www.edgementoring.org/.

 

Proud Partner of EDGEX

Clouds + Dirt by Gary Vee

Directly from his website, Gary Vaynerchuck is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO and co-founder of VaynerMedia, a full-service digital agency servicing Fortune 500 clients across the company’s 4 locations.

We pulled a few key insights from his keynote speech at the Dublin Tech Summit where he frames the conversation between two ideas: clouds and dirt.

Clouds, as he describes, are those who talk in theory and lack being a practitioner. Others are in the dirt, those who are 100% practitioners and know how everything works.

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“Dublin Tech Summit Gary Vaynerchuk Keynote | Ireland 2017.” YouTube, YouTube, 1 Mar. 2017, www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMcB6L2ovCE.

Morales Group Ranks No. 15 on Indianapolis Business Journal’s (IBJ) Fast 25

Fast25Indianapolis, IN (June 14, 2017) – Morales Group (http:///www.moralesgroup.net), a mission focused staffing and workforce development solutions firm, announced today it was ranked No. 15 on the Fast 25, the IBJ’s 2017 annual ranking of the fastest-growing companies in the Indianapolis area.

From 2014 to 2016, Morales Group has achieved a 89 percent growth rate. Organic customer growth, focusing on their WHY, and a growing demand for a more flexible workforce solution have all been contributing factors to Morales Group’s sustained growth.

Companies were eligible if:

  • Revenue increased each fiscal year;
  • Revenue exceeded $1 million in fiscal year 2014;
  • The company was an independent, privately held corporation, proprietorship or partnership (not a subsidiary or division) through Dec. 31, 2016;
  • the company was founded before fiscal year January 1, 2014;
  • the company was based in the Indianapolis area (Marion, contiguous and Madison counties).

“Being named to the IBJ’s Fast 25 is an honor for Morales Group and a testament to the success our team has had in helping companies find the best workforce solution for their operation. As the city continues to grow we are ready to help fill the employment needs and assist companies in skilling up their talent in order to transform their businesses,” Morales Group co-founder and CEO, Tom Morales.

The Fast 25 stories and the Fastest-Growing Private Companies list is available at IBJ.com (https://www.ibj.com/articles/64530-fast-25-morales-group-inc). All companies listed, ranging from contractors, health firms, technology startups and more, show an impressive 3-year revenue growth.

Morales Group Inc. Named One of Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces 2017

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Morales Group is one of the highest-scoring businesses with standout employee engagement; Inc. Best Workplaces featured in June 2017 issue of Inc. magazine

Indianapolis, IN (June 1, 2017) – Morales Group has been named one of Inc. magazine’s Best Workplaces for 2017, the publication’s second annual ranking in the fast-growing private company sector.

Hitting newsstands today in the June 2017 issue, and as part of a prominent inc.com feature, the list is the result of a wide-ranging and comprehensive measurement of private American companies who have created exceptional workplaces through vibrant cultures, deep employee engagement, and stellar benefits. Out of thousands of applicants, Inc. singled out just over 200 winning companies.

Built in partnership with employee engagement and work culture experts Quantum Workplace of Omaha, Nebraska, Inc.’s Best Workplaces list is a magnifying glass on how innovative companies can truly raise the bar in hiring and retaining the best talent.

What does it take to become a company that workers want to be part of? Inc. magazine says it’s more than good pay and good perks – it’s also about having a clear purpose, a sense of humor, and leadership that makes the two work together.

“We are proud of our team/family and the culture we have built together. Constant engagement and investing in the development of our people has been integral to the health and growth of Morales Group. It is an honor to live out our mission alongside our team, of building better futures one story at a time,” Morales Group co-founder and CEO, Tom Morales.

The 2017 Inc. Best Workplaces Awards assessed applicants on the basis of benefits offered and employees’ responses to a unique, 30-question survey fielded by each of the applying companies. Responses were evaluated by the research team at Quantum Workplace. For its results to qualify, each company had to achieve a statistically significant response rate based on employee count. Survey scores account for employer size to level the playing field between small and large businesses. All companies had to have minimum of 10 employees and to be U.S.-based, privately held, and independent – that is, not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies.

While researching the entries, Inc. and Quantum saw distinct themes develop:

  • Strong company cultures breed stunning individual and team performance.
  • Workers at the best companies don’t view their employers as sugar daddies. They aren’t mesmerized by whatever giveaways seem to be the latest fad—be it gourmet lunches or beer fridges.
  • When employees feel valued by their organization, they are far more likely to be engaged. This single factor proved to be one of the largest drivers of employee engagement.
  • Morales Group partners with over 15 non-profit organizations across Indiana and Kentucky, serving over 800 hours of community service in 2016
  • Morales Group placed and paid over 12,000 associates in 2016

“By introducing an employee survey into this year’s Best Workplaces selection process, we’ve really raised the bar. Companies that don’t score at the very top of their peer group don’t make the cut. So, our hats are off to the winners. They all excelled at engaging their workers, making them feel appreciated, and aligning them behind a mission. And remember, that’s not just our opinion: The employees told us that themselves.” says Eric Schurenberg, Inc.’s President and Editor In Chief.

About Morales Group Inc.

A certified MBE, Morales Group, Inc. (MGI) draws upon the unique spirit and ability of a globally diverse workforce to enhance our clients’ business agility and competitive edge in the marketplace. Over the past 13 years, MGI has successfully placed over 40,000 associates throughout the Midwest in temporary, temp-to-perm and performance-based staffing positions. MGI was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana with additional offices in Columbus, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky.

About Inc. Media

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders.  Winner of Advertising Age’s “The A-List” in January 2015, and the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 40,000,000 today.  For more information, visit http://www.inc.com/.

About Quantum Workplace

Quantum Workplace is an HR technology company that serves organizations through employee engagement surveys, action-planning tools, exit surveys, peer-to-peer recognition, performance evaluations, goal tracking, and leadership assessment. For more information, visit www.quantumworkplace.com.

Answer the Call

Building better futures one story at a time is our mission and purpose at Morales Group. We recently had the opportunity to further “answer the call” by teaming up with Exodus Refugee Immigration in the Brackets for Good tournament here in the Indianapolis market. Brackets for Good is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization that hosts an online, bracket-style fundraising tournament in March across the United States. 64 nonprofits participated in the 2017 Indianapolis bracket, raising $742,202.79 collectively.

Although Exodus Refugee did not achieve tournament champion status, we are proud of the combined efforts that raised $44,000, and named Morales Group the 2nd most philanthropic company in Indianapolis.

That’s a win in our books.

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Morales Group Wins Inavero’s 2017 Best of Staffing Talent Award

 

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We are thrilled to receive Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Talent Award for providing superior service to job seekers. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, Inavero’s Best of Staffing Talent winners have proven to be industry leaders in service quality based completely on the ratings given to them by the permanent and temporary employees they’ve helped find jobs.

 

Focused on helping to connect people with the right jobs to further their career, we received satisfaction scores of 9 or 10 out of 10 from 72.4% of our placed job candidates, significantly higher than the industry’s average of 47%.

“We serve the community by providing employment opportunities through our company. Our mission, building better futures one story at a time, is lived out each day and is strengthened by the recognition of this award.  We are humbled the associates we place made this award a reality and will continue living out our mission and serving our community.” – Morales Group founder and CEO, Tom Morales

“Staffing firms are giving top companies a competitive advantage as they search for talent in North America,” said Inavero’s CEO Eric Gregg. “The 2017 Best of Staffing winners have achieved exceptionally high levels of satisfaction and I’m proud to feature them on BestofStaffing.com.”

About Inavero’s Best of Staffing
Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Award is the only award in the U.S. and Canada that recognizes staffing agencies that have proven superior service quality based completely on the ratings given to them by their clients and job candidates. Award winners are showcased by city and area of expertise on BestofStaffing.com – an online resource for hiring professionals and job seekers to find the best staffing agencies to call when they are in need.

Jackie Morales chosen as one of IBJ’s Forty under 40 for 2017

Congratulations to Jackie Morales, our VP of Communications and Public Affairs, for being named one of IBJ’s Forty under 40 central Indiana business and professional leaders for 2017.

Below is the article from http://www.ibj.com/articles/62448-forty-under-40-jackie-morales.

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Age: 36

Birthplace/hometown: born in Alamogordo, New Mexico; grew up in Lawrenceburg

Family: husband, Seth; children, Sebastian, 3, and infant Mateo

Education: bachelor’s in journalism, Indiana University; MBA, University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business

Years with company: 9

Getting here: Straight out of college, Morales landed a job with the local builders’ association as communications coordinator, segued into a spot as deputy press secretary for then-Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, then moved to Costa Rica. (“I was in my early 20s—nothing was holding me back.”) Her intention was to stay, but “family stuff” brought her back after six months. She found an interim job selling fine wine before joining Morales Group. “I wanted to get into a company with a purpose, one that worked with the Hispanic community,” she said. “So I found a job … and a husband [she later married company President Seth Morales].”

Major company achievements: Landing on the Indiana Best Places to Work list as well as the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Staffing Firms in the United States. In 2012, the company had $44 million in revenue. Last year, sales grew to $91 million.

Misconceptions: “I think Indianapolis has come a long way,” said Morales, while noting there’s still a lack of understanding in some circles about refugee employment. “They have three months, then have to pay back the flight they got from the government. They have to work after three months. This year, we’re going to do small town-hall meetings with different companies to dispel that perception and educate.”

Givebacks: Morales serves on the board of the Hispanic Business Council of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and is secretary of the board for the Cancer Support Community Central Indiana.

Inspiring volunteerism: “We focus on purpose and core values, not so much on the bottom line. How are we serving people?” Morales said. That philosophy not only extends to businesses and the temp workers she hires, but also to employees. Stressing the company’s core values, Morales Group gives every employee 25 hours a year to serve. Morales also helped create LEGOS—Loving Every Gift of Service—a program in which employees accumulate LEGO bricks, each representing an act of service over the course of the year. “At the end of the year, we put a roof over the house and take our people to Mexico to build homes for underserved communities.”

Favorite place in central Indiana: “Hiking at Fort Benjamin Harrison with family.”•

http://www.ibj.com/articles/62448-forty-under-40-jackie-morales

Morales Group Announces Board of Advisors

Morales Group Announces Board of Advisors

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We want to introduce our board of advisors: Kevin Charlebois, Rafael Sanchez, Aasif Bade, Meredith Bronk, and Sally Tassani. Distinguished in their own fields, together, they are propelling growth further for Morales Group through their guidance and past experience.

Kevin Charlebois, CEO for Milan SCS Holdings, Inc.

  • Before leading Milan SCS Holdings, Charlebois was president of several organizations including: Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Inc. (Transportation Management Solutions (TMS); Freight Consolidation and Inventory Management; Prime Logistics), Prime Distribution Services, and led FedEx Ground, Inc. in operations.

Rafael Sanchez, President and CEO of Indianapolis Power and Light

  • Prior to joining IPL in February 2016, Sanchez was vice president of business development and legal affairs at Fineline Printing Group. He previously was a partner at Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP law firm. He has served on the IPL Advisory Board for the past five years and was also senior vice president of strategic planning.

Aasif Bade, President at Ambrose Property Group

  • Prior to founding Ambrose, Aasif worked in various positions at Duke Realty Corporation for over eight years. Bade focuses on long-range planning, capital management, and customer relationships.

Meredith Bronk, CEO and President at Open System Technologies, Inc.

  • Meredith Bronk has been with OST since 1998. Chief Operating Officer since 2009 Bronk was then promoted to President. After managing a large accounting staff in Arizona, she returned to Michigan to focus on accounting, human resources, and the implementation of an ERP package for a manufacturing company.

Sally Tassani, President at The Strategy Forums

  • Tassani Communications was founded before Sally Tassani worked as Senior VP and Executive VP for Leo Burnett and Paul Harris Stores, respectively. Tassani then chaired Vistage International before founding and leading The Strategy Forums.