The Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) is the largest U.S. professional association building Latino business leaders. The organization, however, is OPEN FOR ANY STUDENT to take benefit from its events and extensive network. Being a member allows you attend local and national ALPFA events and expand your opportunities through professional development programs, networking with top business leaders, scholarship programs, career fairs, social events, seminars, case competitions and more.
The Brandeis IBS Chapter of ALPFA works to promote cultural awareness of Latin culture while offering a network for students regarding professional and academic opportunities in finance. It is the largest student chapter in the northeast region. The Brandeis IBS group won the ALPFA Student Chapter of the Year Award at the 2012 National Convention. The Brandeis IBS ALPFA chapter works closely with the Career Strategies Center, which helps its members become more aware of the career activities at the school.
Events and Highlights
In the past, the Brandeis IBS ALPFA chapter has:
- Organized and hosted panels and networking receptions with Brandeis alumni and other professionals from State Street, Ernst & Young, KPMG, Wellington Management, Columbia Management, Santander, Sodexo, Sun Life Financial and Bank of America.
- Sent 60+ Brandeis students to the ALPFA Student Summit, the largest ALPFA career fair in the northeast. The summit holds seminars for professional development, runs a career fair, and provides networking opportunities.
- Partnered with Safe Passage (a non-profit that provides education to more than 500 children living in extreme poverty around the Guatemala City garbage dump) to raise money through a 5K charity race.
- Organized the annual Brandeis IBS raffle to raise money for students to attend the national ALPFA National Convention. Winners received one-on-one information interviews with professionals in their chosen field.
- Attended the ALPFA National Convention, resulting in full-time employment offers and opportunities for many Brandeis IBS attendees
In the 2016-2017 academic year, the chapter plans to continue offering networking opportunities and professional development programs for its students through events. They plan to continue promotion of Latin culture through participation in academic events.