April Monthly Newsletter

April 2021
Rise Up Project is an initiative that provides essential job skills to help enter and advance in the workplace. We consist of a group of diverse professionals volunteering our time to assist those that need a little extra support during a time of unprecedented unemployment and job challenges.
We are excited to announce two upcoming bootcamps that are scheduled to begin in May and June! Please share the following sign up information with your network.
Tuesdays beginning May 4 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm ET / 3:30pm – 5:00pm PT
Thursdays beginning June 3 | 8:00pm – 9:30pm ET / 5:00pm – 6:30pm PT
Sign Up for a Bootcamp
Rise Up in Your Career: Q&A With Leading Women in the Workforce
Rise Up Project wants to take time to say thank you to our panelists for our first ever event, Rise Up in Your Career! We learned a lot from these leading ladies and had thoughtful and engaging discussion about imposter syndrome, managing work-life balance and how to prioritize other aspects of our lives outside of work. Rise Up Project appreciates each panelist’s advice.
Watch Recording

Tia Tan, RUP Alumni February 2021
“Before I started the Rise Up Project, I thought that I knew everything about the interview process including using tools such as Microsoft Office and LinkedIn. It was a great experience getting to know people in different positions than mine. I looked forward to showing my progress throughout each week by practicing my elevator pitch to my peers. I thoroughly enjoyed all the positive feedback that was given to me by my coaches which made me more confident in getting back into job searching.”

Stephanie Evans, RUP Alumni February 2021
“With the assistance of the Rise Up Job Essentials Boot Camp, I was able to refresh my skills in preparation for a career change due to my current position being transitioned offshore to a new group of employees. I learned to believe in myself and put myself out there to expand my network. I am looking for a position in finance with an emphasis in accounting within the next two to three months and am confident that will happen after this experience.”

Meet Ali Torabi, CoachIn my professional life, I work as a strategy consulting principal. At night, I am one of the coaches for our April bootcamp! I’ve also worked on curriculum development for some of our course materials. I chose to volunteer with Rise Up Project because I have always enjoyed hearing about people’s stories and aspirations. This was an opportunity to give back to those that might not have access in their communities to the resources to support their career goals. In my spare time, I love to read and travel.


Congratulations to our most recent Rise Up graduates from our February sessions! RUP is excited to see what the future has in store for each of you.
Stephanie EvansSenior Royalty Analyst
Safeena Kassoo Director of Social Media
Marguerite Connor Administrative Assistant
Ana Maydu Senior Quality Software Tester
Tia Tan Aspiring Occupational Therapist


WorkSource Montgomery, Inc. (WSM) is a nonprofit organization that oversees the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding in Montgomery County. WSM operates the American Job Centers in Wheaton and Germantown and provides employment services to county residents who are unemployed or underemployed. Services are provided free of cost and include employment workshops, recruitment events, pathways to career training, and individual career counseling. Throughout the pandemic, Job Centers have been closed to the public but WSM currently offers all services virtually. For more information about WorkSource Montgomery visit www.worksourcemontgomery.com.

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