National Society of Hispanic MBAs Conference and Career Expo Attracts
Thousands of Students and Professionals
DALLAS, Nov. 13, 2012
DALLAS, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Last month, the National
Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) hosted their 23^rd Annual Conference and
Career Expo at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The theme of
the event was Invest. Connect. Accelerate.
Nearly 4,500 students and professionals attended looking for jobs, networking
opportunities, career management and professional development training. They
were not disappointed. More than 200 Fortune 500 companies, government
agencies, nonprofits and academic institutions took part, lending their
support to the NSHMBA mission of increasing the number of Hispanics obtaining
MBAs, having access to the nation's top jobs and world-class professional
"This year we had almost 20% of our MBA class attend NSHMBA. The students had
10 pre-scheduled interviews and landed 24 on-site interviews at the Expo, and
one student has received an internship offer on site! The 2013 NSHMBA Career
Expo will continue to be one of our key career development initiatives next
year," said Paul C. Allaire, Associate Director, Terry College of Business,
University of Georgia.
Pre-conference events began with the Power of the Hispanic Market, a panel
discussion comprised of public officials, a national journalist, a
representative from the Pew Hispanic Center, business leaders and NSHMBA CEO
Manny Gonzalez. The Walt Disney Company sponsored the event, and the media
host WFTV, ABC Channel 9 streamed the event live on its website. The panel
examined the issues of most importance to Hispanics. Topics included the
burgeoning Hispanic influence in the U.S. With buying power of $1.1 trillion
and over 15% of eligible political voters, Hispanics are in the spotlight like
Thursday saw the professional development day with seminars, workshops and
networking events held by organizations including Target, Coca-Cola, Vanguard,
Pitney Bowes, Northwestern Mutual, Dell, Dale Carnegie and McDonald's.
Notable speakers during the conference included:
oEric Affeldt, CEO, ClubCorp – "The Deal" is Only the Start: Improving
Successfully Stagnant Companies;
oMartin Alvarez, Executive Director, Multi-Country Latin America and
General Manager, Dell – From Personal Journeys to Shaping Personal
oFred Diaz, President and CEO, Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group, LLC –
Latino Leadership Renaissance.
Conference and Career Expo highlights:
oHispanics accounted for 51 percent of the attendees.
o38 percent of attendees registered as MBA students, up 4 percent from last
year. With 54 percent of the students from the country's top 50
oProfessionals attending the event work within accounting/finance,
marketing and strategic management/consulting disciplines.
oMore than 1,800 interviews took place during the career expo.
oThe career management center was a hive of activity with attendees taking
full advantage of its services.
oThe successful launch of NSHMBA's Ignite Undergraduate Program, with
sessions designed to help undergraduate students find that first critical
"NSHMBA not only recognizes the importance of the Hispanic community but also
the challenges to getting on the right career path," said Manny Gonzalez,
NSHMBA CEO. "We are delighted that our sponsors and attendees continue to
support NSHMBA. They understand our conference is THE place to be because we
offer real job opportunities, world-class career and professional development
and unrivalled networking opportunities that will help shape the Hispanic
leaders of the future."
Events sponsors included Dell, UnitedHealth Group, Florida International
University and NektPro.
NSHMBA's 24^th Annual Conference and Career Expo will be held in San Antonio,
October 9-12, 2013.
Click here for more details about this year's conference.
About the National Society of Hispanic MBAs
The National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) was created in 1988 as a
nonprofit organization. Widely known as the "Premier Hispanic Organization,"
NSHMBA serves 37 chapters and more than 17,000 members in the U.S. and Puerto
Rico. NSHMBA is dedicated to building and advancing Hispanic leadership,
advocating the pursuit of higher education and providing its members with
world-class career management programs. For more information, visit
*based on U.S. News and World Report 2012 list of top 50 MBA programs.
SOURCE National Society of Hispanic MBAs - National Office
Contact: Gwynneth Dodge, AMF Media Group, +1-925-790-2694,
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