Johnson Office of Diversity and Inclusion Supported Students Attending National Recruiting Conferences

In 1988, a group of Hispanic MBAs sought to remedy the lack of visibility of Hispanics in the executive suites and boardrooms of corporate America and public sector and to reverse their under representation and declining enrollment in graduate business schools. This initiative launched the present day organization called the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) in January of 1989 with the mission of “fostering Hispanic leadership through graduate management education and professional development in order to improve society.”

Hispanic MBARecently, a new chapter has been added. NSHMBA has recently formed a chapter for the Rochester area, even though Rochester had been part of the New York state chapter for many years.  This is due to fantastic growth of the organization in this area, with over 90 paid members. On Saturday, September 10th, 2011, the NSHMBA Rochester chapter organized a pre-conference workshop for current MBA students attending the 2011 NSHMBA conference in Anaheim, CA. For many, this was the first time they were attending this conference but Iveth Reynolds, the current president, and the rest of the Board helped set the tone with their optimism and professionalism. The day began with introductions and industry panel discussions. This led to ways to navigate our way through the NSHMBA conference and career expo. We then went through tactical ways to make our elevator pitches stand out and Herb Escher, who is part of the Board, went through a detailed Dale Carnegie “personal branding” training session. Lastly, the NSHBMA Rochester chapter board took the time to review everyone’s resume and conduct mock interviews so that each student can have a feel for what is to come.

By staying true to its mission, the annual NSHMBA conference was formed, which gathers over 200 Fortune 500 companies and graduate business schools throughout the country looking for Hispanic talent. Today, the conference has grown to meet different needs.

As a current MBA student, I have been able to meet hiring managers from companies in different industries. Most of these blue chip companies offer an opportunity to attend company information sessions or corporate network receptions. I have also been able to use the Career Management Center, which provided a comprehensive menu of services including but not limited to resume critique, mock interviews, elevator pitch stations and career and entrepreneurial coaching. And for those impromptu situations, there are printing stations for your resume, all free of charge for conference attendees. Besides providing the resources to enhance my career, the NSHMBA Rochester chapter has provided current Johnson students the resources to make professional connections with Fortune 500 companies at the NSHMBA conference.

Overall, the annual NSHMBA conference has been the perfect environment to prepare me for future success.

– Luisa Velasquez Aminsharifi, NSHMBA Scholar, MBA ‘12

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion supported the students attending the annual NSHMBA conference, which gathered over 200 Fortune 500 companies and graduate business schools throughout the country looking for Hispanic talent.
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