Hi, Prospanica Family!
I’m very excited to give you a heartfelt saludo, and invite you to explore this issue of Prospanica News. This is your platform to interact with fellow members and the business sector at large by sharing your success stories, sound advice, opinion pieces and expertise. Use this newsletter as a tool to engage with others who are not yet part of the Prospanica inner circle, and to find out the latest and greatest news from our chapters.
As you know, Prospanica is expanding its reach to include not only MBAs, but also professionals, entrepreneurs, business owners and undergraduate students. We are also partnering with National Black MBAs for this year’s Conference, bringing together la crème de la crème of the growing pool of Black and Brown professionals and business people in the USA that are having a direct and positive impact on our nation’s future.
This joint effort with NBMBAA is unprecedented, powerful, gutsy, and needed. Together, we can harness the interest and commitment of many corporations who are new to the idea of integrating Diversity & Inclusion into their business models. From supplier diversity and HR to consumer engagement, Black and Brown professionals are a coveted segment for all industry categories, and the Corporate sector is increasingly realizing our true value. With this year’s Conference, NBMBAA and Prospanica are creating the necessary critical mass that will help elevate the Diversity & Inclusion conversation from theory into real investment in our people.
Our ultimate goal is to be the talk of the town at a local and national level and drive thousands of students, professionals, MBAs, and business people of color to the 2017 Power of Performance Conference: Leadership at the Next Level. It promises to be the ‘must attend event of the year’ if you want to connect, advance and thrive in your career. Early bird registration ends July 10, 2017, so make sure to secure your attendance. It’s time for you to thrive!
Time is Running Out – Early Bird Registration Discounts End July 10!
2017 Annual Conference and Expo, presented by NBMBAA and Prospanica
Together, in a new strategic partnership Prospanica and National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) co-present the 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition in keeping with our commitment to create opportunities for diverse business professionals and deliver maximum value to corporate partners, in these changing economic times.
Power of Performance: Leadership at the Next Level
Effective leadership requires continuous self-evaluation and professional development to remain a peak performer who can harvest creativity in ways that positively impact the bottom line. Do you have what it takes to be a great leader? Be at the helm of business leadership by attending our 2017 Conference & Career Exposition presented by NBMBAA and Prospanica.
2017 National Black MBA Case Competition® in Collaboration with Prospanica® provides Undergraduate and Graduate minority business students from the nation’s leading colleges and universities to compete for top ranking scholarships and employment opportunities!
Teams of up to three (3) undergraduate or graduate business students and an alternate are given one (1) month to analyze a complex business case, demonstrate their problem-solving skills; and present their findings before a panel of senior-level executives from leading corporations and academic institutions from across the country. Registration Deadline is August 1, but space is limited and filling quickly, so don't delay!
Meet Natily Santos, Prospanica Philadelphia Chapter President and Director Regional Sourcing & Supplier Diversity, Aramark Global Supply Chain & Procurement.
Raised in New York, Natily is one of five siblings, the daughter of parents who emigrated from the Dominican Republic. Always a high achiever, she received her BS in International Management from Johnson & Wales University, aided by a Junior Achievement Scholarship. She went on to receive her MBA from Temple University’s Fox School of Business.
In 10 years at Aramark, Natily has risen through the ranks from Senior Analyst in the Business Affairs and Compliance Group, to her current role and six years working at Aramark Global Headquarters in Philadelphia. Named one of Philadelphia Business Journal's 40 Under 40, this spring Natily was also named to the board of directors for the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
“I wanted my MBA to be a truly transformational experience,” says Sara Lopez Castro, who snubbed other top-ranked European business schools to pursue a two-year, full-time MBA at ESADE Business School in Barcelona.
Sara, who worked in operations for Dutch healthcare technology company Philips before business school, had always wanted to try her hand at management consulting. At ESADE, she landed a summer MBA internship at McKinsey & Company.
She’d always wanted to start her own venture and be an entrepreneur. At ESADE, she co-founded an online tea business with a classmate in her second year. (Business Because)
Metrus Institute, Towers Watson, PwC among others report increasing difficulty attracting and retaining the best talent. In some markets, such as the San Francisco Bay area of California with 3% or less unemployment, there is an adrenaline pumped competition for good talent. Many firms are increasingly looking to their employer brand to help them land talent. But, are the employer brands real? Are your leaders living the brand? Is the culture disparate from the advertising?
But, are the employer brands real? Are your leaders living the brand? Is the culture disparate from the advertising?
Facebook’s global director of diversity Maxine Williams recounted at the Wharton People Analytics Conference how in a previous position with a global law firm, she spent two years living in Geneva. She submitted the necessary paperwork to rent an apartment there. After she had moved in, the cleaning person for the previous tenant knocked on the door to see if the new renter wanted to continue the service.
“Oh, I didn’t expect to see you here,” said the cleaning person, sounding surprised. (Knowledge@Wharton)
At Offshoot, we love to bring about changes. We love to change our titles (we are forced to! Who buys old titles?), our seating arrangement, our work processes, our coffee mugs, our mason jars and also our hairstyle and the like (for better or for worse, that's quite immaterial!). Talking about changes, changing a few things at our workplace can make it a fun place. Dull and boring is passé. Fun and exciting is what we say!
Each month Prospanica News poses a question regarding an area of concern or challenge we face as Hispanic professionals. This month's Panel question: What Are the Current Challenges for Developing the Next Generation of Latino Business Leaders? Thank you to Amalia Moreno-Damgaard for this month's answer.
The current challenges for developing the next generation of Latino business leaders are the same as in the past: as our demographic numbers continue to rise, we are still underrepresented in the national scene in just about every industry. As we progress to a minority-majority nation and more diverse environment, business strategy and leadership education and individual key differentiators are crucial to succeed.
Via his work in Mexico, Spain and now West Michigan, Guillermo Cisneros has come to understand a key truth: People need help to grow and succeed.
As the new executive director of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, hired in March, Cisneros is uniting his trio of passions — accounting, business administration and human resources — to help Latino students and businesses tap into often out-of-reach community resources. (Grand Rapids Business Journal)
Improving pathways to the professoriate for Hispanics in environmental sciences and engineering (ESE) and related fields is the goal of a new $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation that The University of Texas at El Paso will share with the City College of New York (CUNY-CCNY).
The five-year project will develop, implement and study a model for training and transitioning Hispanic-American doctoral students majoring in ESE fields to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) instructional faculty at community colleges and other associate degree-granting institutions. The team will research the effectiveness of planned interventions, and the barriers that affect student selection of an academic career and the mitigation of those barriers. (New Mexico NPR)
A seven-month workshop designed to introduce middle- and high-school girls to the principles of business, innovation and entrepreneurship wrapped up with a real-world approach, as the participants pitched their ideas for the next great restaurant
Twenty-six young women, ages 12-17, spent twelve Saturdays at The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business as part of the Girls Heart Reading Ohio – Cycle 7 program exploring leadership and teamwork in an entrepreneurial setting. The program, which, in past years, has explored literature, body image, college planning, service learning and health and wellness, tapped into Fisher’s faculty and staff to explore entrepreneurship.
The new "On a Lighter Note" section interviews Hispanic leaders with questions that reveal their personalities in a less formal way. For our inaugural section, we delve into five questions with Prospanica President Thomas Savino.
Question 1: Most people’s careers are basically a series of opportunities or paths you need to choose from. And sometimes, you may be left wondering what if I took the other path. Looking back is there a point in your career you’d like to go back to and see where that path would have taken you just out of curiosity?
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