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Overcoming Language Barriers in the Workplace

Overcoming Language Barriers in the Workplace


Join us on Thursday, August 12th from 12 – 1 p.m. (ET) to learn about overcoming language barriers in the workplace.

In 2019, there were 28.4 million foreign-born people in the U.S. labor force, comprising 17.4 percent of our total national workforce [U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics]. Here in Indiana, we have welcomed refugees from more than 160 countries and have over 100 languages used among our residents.

With a robust manufacturing and logistics sector in Indiana, many of our limited English proficient, or LEP, community members have found meaningful employment opportunities in the wide variety of warehouses and factories across the state.

Join us on Thursday, August 12th from 12 – 1 p.m. (ET) as we learn about overcoming language barriers in the workplace with the Morales Group, one of the prominent regional staffing agencies in this sector, LUNA Language Services, the largest local language service provider in the state of Indiana, and GEODIS, a global logistics company with locations here in Indiana.

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Learning objectives: 

  • Learn about the benefits of working with immigrant community members
  • Gain tips for recruitment practices within the local immigrant community
  • Identify where language barriers may manifest in the workplace
  • Understand reasonable solutions for bridging the language gap in the workplace
  • Hear from a Region HR Director at GEODIS about his experience working with a multilingual team

🎥 We will be recording the session and sending a link to the recording out to all registered participants.

🤟 An ASL interpreter will be provided.

Speaker Information:

Cynthia Hobbs, Outreach Partnerships Manager, Morales Group

Cynthia Hobbs serves as the Outreach Partnerships Manager with the Morales Group. Cynthia is an excellent networker who can identify diverse strategic partnership opportunities to build meaningful relationships with community stakeholders and employers to bridge language accessibility, skills, and employment gaps with the up and coming communities. Cynthia is an accomplished, innovative, culturally sensitive and responsible leader who has achieved to bring a collective of private and not-for-profit organizations to address the multitude needs of the community; more specifically, the barriers to employment. Cynthia’s passion derives from her personal experience as a daughter of Mexican immigrants and as an English Language Learner.

Jim Suber, Region HR Director, GEODIS

Jim Suber is the Human Resources Director for GEODIS in Plainfield/Clayton Indiana. Jim joined the GEODIS team in the summer of 2017. He has worked in manufacturing, grocery distribution, retail, the non-profit sector and third party logistics. Jim is a strong proponent of community involvement and social responsibility. He has led over 30 partnering efforts with various community groups including the Red Cross, Martin Center, Chin Center, Urban League and Habitat for Humanity. Jim has also partnered with LUNA language services since joining GEODIS in 2017.

Tiffany Hanson, Outreach and Engagement Manager, LUNA Language Services

Tiffany Hanson is an ultimate connector and avid community engagement enthusiast. With a background in marketing and public relations, Tiffany has found a niche in community outreach with a love of developing collaborative opportunities. She spends a majority of her daytime hours representing LUNA Language Services, engaged in opportunities to further language access initiatives for immigrants, refugees, and members of the Deaf and hard of hearing communities. Tiffany also volunteers with fabulous organizations like the Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana, the Indianapolis Public Schools Foundation, and the Indiana Latino Expo.

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August 12, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


LUNA Language Services
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