Humanities Washington’s Beyond Talking Points series continues its multifaceted look at immigration with a free panel discussion about immigrants as job creators. The conversation gets underway at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Bellevue City Hall. It features an excellent panel of speakers, themselves immigrants who have created local jobs:

  • Sailesh Chutani, MobiSante CEO and co-founder and author of Technology at the Margins
  • Beto Yarce, owner of Cintli Fine Mexican Jewelry and outreach coordinator/Latino program manager for Washington Community Alliance for Self-Help
  • Murthy Kalkura, president and CEO of 4AM Corp. and member of the White House Business Council Roundtable

The panel is moderated by Enrique Cerna, host of KCTS 9 Connects.

The Beyond Talking Points program examines headline issues from various perspectives and promotes shared understanding. The program’s initial three-part series, “Perspectives on (Im)Migration,” concludes Nov. 16 with a forum about refugees in Washington state.

Beyond Talking Points: “”Perspectives on (Im)Migration” is made possible by a generous grant from The Boeing Company. Humanities Washington also wants to thank our programming partners: the City of Bellevue, Bellevue Arts Museum, King County Library System and KCTS 9.

Questions about Beyond Talking Points: “Perspectives on (Im)Migration”? Email Program Manager Zaki Abdelhamid at or call 206.682.1770 x102.

At a glance: Beyond Talking Points: “Perspectives on (Im)Migration”

What: “Perspectives on (Im)Migration,” a three-part Beyond Talking Points discussion series

  • Part Two: Immigrants as Job Creators
    Format: A conversation with Sailesh Chutani, Mobisante CEO and co-founder; Beto Yarce, owner of CINTLI; and Murthy Kalkura, president and CEO of 4AM Corp.; moderated by KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna
    When: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011
    Where: Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. N.E., Bellevue, WA 98009
    Cost: Free


  • Part Three: Refugees in Washington State
    Format: Refugees from several different countries share personal stories about how they came to reside in Washington, followed by breakout discussion sessions
    When: 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011
    Where: Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue, WA 98004
    Cost: Free
    Note: Attendees may arrive at 6:30 p.m. for a free tour of the Bellevue Arts Musuem’s “Travelers: Objects of Dream and Revelation” exhibition

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