Latino professionals holding sixth summit, career fair

Event is open to all students, and is free for Brandeisians

Latina professionals at a ceremony honoring the executive vice president of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting, Boston chapter.

The Boston chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) will hold its sixth annual student summit and career fair on campus, with free entry for  Brandeis students, on Saturday, Nov. 3.

The event, which will be held in and around Usdan Student Center, will feature workshops and programs focused on teaching students important career skills, including how to market themselves and expand their professional networks. It is co-sponsored by the Career Development Office at Brandeis International Business School (IBS) and the Hiatt Career Center,

The summit is expected to draw more than 400 Boston-area students and 40 professionals from 25 Fortune 500 companies and leading institutes, including Liberty Mutual, TJX Companies, PricewaterhouseCoopers and State Street Corporation. The full schedule is available on the ALPFA Boston website.

ALPFA has a long history of partnership with Brandeis, and over the years has worked closely with Brandeis’ career offices to hold workshops, networking events and recruitment fairs both on and off campus. At the 2012 ALPFA National Convention in Las Vegas, Brandeis’ ALPFA Student Chapter was recognized for its contributions and named the student chapter of the year for the Northeast Region.

“Brandeis has been and continues to be a leading ALPFA student chapter in Boston and nationally,” said Radhames Nova, executive director for ALPFA Boston. “Our strong relationship with the university spans from undergraduate students to the international school of business to Hiatt and the IBS career office top university leaders like Dean Magid. This strong partnership is mutually beneficial to Brandeis students and the ALPFA community in Greater Boston.”

Dean Bruce Magid of the International Business School, who will be making opening remarks at the event, stresses the importance of these sorts of opportunities for Latinos in the business world.

“Active participation in training, career fairs, symposiums and conferences like this help students gain access to the outside world and put them in contact with potential employers here and around the world,” said Magid, who worked extensively in Latin American during his career at Bank of America and also served as senior adviser to the Minister of Planning in Venezuela.

Joseph Du Pont, dean of the Hiatt Career Center, added, “Organizations like ALPFA have a tremendous impact on students’ professional development.  ALPFA helps students routinely travel off-campus to engage directly with professionals and employers, while also enabling student leaders to bridge the interests of students, schools, professionals, companies and communities alike.”

The Summit is an opportunity for students of all backgrounds -- not only Latinos or accounting/finance majors -- to access mentors, leaders and Fortune 500 employers. Students from Brandeis can register free of charge for the summit directly via Hiatt and IBS’ online registration page.  Interested students can also join ALPFA at a discounted rate on their website

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