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I have recently been featured in the “Changemakers 365” series by the American Refugee Committee. My work is featured on Day 111 and the day’s feature is titled “Understanding Each Other.”

The article focuses on how such a seemingly small thing as pronunciation can make a profound difference in the experience of those seeking a new life in the United States.

Here’s a brief quote from the article:

The job seekers Upwardly Global works with are incredibly talented. And sometimes, all they need is one small change, a spark that helps push them over the edge and land a job that’s suited to their skills and background.

For Phuong, that small step is help with pronunciation. From Vietnam, she’s been in the U.S. for a few years and speaks English fluently. But her accent – and her confidence levels because of it – has been a barrier.

Feel free to check out the article and listen to the short recording here: Understanding Each Other.

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