Kellogg’s Hispanic Business Student Association Attends 13th Annual National Society of Hispanic MBAs Conference
Success permeated throughout the Valley of the Sun as the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) welcomed 5,200 attendees to the 13th Annual National Conference & Career Expo from November 7-9, 2002. A record number of twenty-eight members of Kellogg’s Hispanic Business Student Association (HBSA) participated in this year’s conference.
The conference’s theme, “Strategic Positioning: Grow People & Business to Take Flight,” set the foundation for the Conference and the two-day Career Expo, which involved 230 corporate and academic sponsors convening at the Phoenix Civic Plaza Convention Center.
The HBSA organized and staffed a booth on behalf of Kellogg Admissions. HBSA attendees talked to prospective students about the school, and its programs including its strong commitment to attracting and retaining the nation’s best Hispanic candidates. Also, in conjunction with Kellogg Admissions, the HBSA hosted an alumni and corporate recruiter social event marking the first annual alumni HBSA reunion to be held herein at NSHMBA’s annual conference.
The highlight of the weekend for Kellogg was the scholarship luncheon, which honored several HBSA members. NSHMBA, in partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) presented six Kellogg students with scholarships. The students were selected for their academic excellence and extracurricular activities including their commitment to the Hispanic community. One of the top three $15,000 scholarship winners was Alfredo J. Botty ‘04, named the Coca-Cola Company Scholarship Recipient.
Alfredo was born in Dallas, Texas to Guatemalan parents. During his childhood, Alfredo returned to Guatemala each year to visit friends and family, which enhanced his bicultural heritage. He attended Vanderbilt University where he majored in economics, and worked during his summers at his family's business in agriculture in Guatemala. Upon graduation, Alfredo returned to work in the family business. He values this professional experience for the unique opportunity to direct the firm in a restructuring and expansion stage. He hopes to advance his career after Kellogg with a multinational corporation that will provide an opportunity to lead and work with teams in a challenging environment.
The other recipients were: Melinda Barr ’03, Esteban Delgado '03, Leticia Pearman '03, Bianka Ramirez '04, and Abdiel Santiago '04.
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 27 chapters and 4,800 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.