DALLAS, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The economic downturn did not dissuade over 300+ corporations and organizations from participating in the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) Annual Conference and Career Expo. NSHMBA opened its 2008 Conference & Career Expo October 10th in Atlanta, GA, with over 8400 registered Hispanic professionals, MBAs & MBA candidates and academics. Local officials, Deloitte executives, Emory University Goizueta Business School, and NSHMBA leadership welcomed participants at the ribbon cutting ceremony, making history in Atlanta as the largest Hispanic conference.
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NSHMBA’s sponsors’ continued partnership and support demonstrates their commitment and understanding that the Hispanic community will play a dominant role in the recovery and improved corporate performance. Corporate leaders repeatedly stated that “top Hispanic talent” is what corporations seek at the NSHMBA Conference and Career Expo. Given the education power of Hispanic MBAs, and the current and forecasted population size and buying power, the Hispanic community is top-of-mind for corporations seeking to successfully navigate through the current economic crisis.
“Our current economy has affected everyone and NSHMBA is no exception. In fact, we have benefited from the turmoil as we see corporations stand firm in their commitment to our mission to ensure the diversity pipeline continues to flourish,” states NSHMBA CEO, Lourdes Hassler. “We stand together with our sponsors in our pursuit of diverse, global leaders. We are committed to positively affecting our economy, community and developing future leaders.”
NSHMBA’s conference featured a Professional Development Day, an exclusive Executive Forum, and the nation’s largest career expo for Hispanic MBAs. In addition, the inaugural Hispanic Research Forum was held, as top academic researchers presented and discussed topics and papers that combine academic research with managerial implications for recruiters, executives and academics seeking insight into the Hispanic workforce.
During the conference, NSHMBA recognized Hispanic scholars from across the country that were recently awarded over $1 million in NSHMBA scholarships and financial aid. The organization also presented the prestigious Brillante Awards for Excellence during the final evening gala on Saturday night. For an overview of the conference schedule and activities, please visit http://www.nshmba.org .
The National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) was created in 1988 as a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. Widely known as the “Premier Hispanic Organization,” NSHMBA serves 32 chapters and 8,000 members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. It exists to foster Hispanic leadership through graduate management education and professional development. NSHMBA works to prepare Hispanics for leadership positions throughout the U.S., so that they can provide the cultural awareness and sensitivity vital in the management of the nation’s diverse workforce.
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Donna Maria Blancero, PhD
Lourdes M. Hassler, MBA