Exciting Year to Date and Much More to Come: HISPA Three Kings Banquet, Youth Conference in San Antonio. Upcoming events: 9th Leadership Conference on April 19th at ETS and HISPA Youth Conference June 7, 2013. HISPA in Univision and Telemundo.  HISPA Role Model Program.
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Exciting Year to Date and Much More to Come!

HISPA San Antonio 2013 Youth Conference "Take Action, Achieve your Dreams" - March 1, 2013

2013 HISPA San Antonio Youth Conference

Latino professionals joined forces to provide both inspirational and practical advice about educational and career prospects to 250 students at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Hands-on activities included presentations that ranged from the physics behind rocketry to archeology. This year’s keynote speaker was Shayla Rivera, the Funny Rocket Scientist. Rivera showcased her career in engineering and her past work experience with NASA. For the second year, the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives was the co-host of the program. The office works to increase the college-going rate of Texans by assisting students who are traditionally undeserved and underrepresented in higher education. HISPA is honored to have had the support of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI). Dr. Juan Andrade, President of USHLI, provided an outstanding inspirational address as part of USHLI’s Student Leadership Series. Conference sponsors included Educational Testing Service (ETS), Southwest Airlines and Staybridge Suites. HISPA partnered with the University of Phoenix, St. Mary’s University, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the National Hispanic University, CoolSpeak, Shayla Rivera and the Civil Engineering Consultants. Other supporting organizations included the Texas Chapter 13 173rd Airborne Brigade Association (which provided scholarships for the students), College Board, NACME, Adelante, MAES, The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and Café College.

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HISPA Three Kings Banquet 2013 - Thank you HISPA partners!

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Coinciding with the traditional gift-giving period of the Nativity in Spanish-speaking and other lands, the “Three Kings” dinner gathered over 250 corporate and non profits leaders, government officials, educators and others. Equally, we applauded our Mistress of Ceremony Merijoel Durán, news ancher of "Al Despertar" Univision 41 who brought her warm smile and impeccable presence to our celebration.
HISPA’s Role Model of the Year award went to Verizon Hispanic Employee Resource Group leader René Herrera in recognition of his outstanding service. Princeton-based Educational Testing Service (ETS) received HISPA’s Champion of the Year award and AT&T received the Sponsor of the Year award.  Thank you to our Diamond Sponsor Verizon, Platinum Sponsor AT&T and Gold Sponsors Educational Testing Service and Investors Bank. Other sponsors were Bristol-Myers Squibb, PSE&G, Accenture, Chubb, Merck, Camera Mundi, Inc, and the PRIMER Network.  Mariano Legaz, Vice President of Supply Chain Services, delivered the keynote address.

Thank you to all the supporters who pledged during the evening and Camera Mundi Inc for matching those pledges. See Photos

Mark your calendars: Our exciting year continues!

  • April 1st: HISPA is supporting Novartis Mentoring Week by hosting the College Fair on April 1st. HISPA has confirmed the following schools will be in attendance: Fairleigh Dickinson University, Kean University  Montclair State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology and New Jersey State College - Rutgers University.  Approximately 200 high school students will be joining Novartis for a week filled with exciting opportunities.
  • April 19th: The United Way of Greater Mercer County Latino Vision Council and HISPA 9th Leadership Conference "Reconfiguring Yourself to be a SMART Leader 4ALL"  Register today!
United Way Latino Vision Council and HISPA 9th Leadership Conference

2013 June 7th, HISPA New Jersey Youth Conference

AT&T High Technology Day: HISPA says "presente" in New Jersey, New York City and San Antonio 

On February 28th, AT&T HACEMOS hosted their national High Technology Day where students from middle and high schools visited AT&T facilities to learn how technology can offer them a successful future. HISPA partnered with HACEMOS by bringing students from the HISPA Role Model Program to their Middletown facility in New Jersey and to the AdWorks Midtown facility in New York City. HISPA staff also joined High Technology as volunteers in San Antonio, TX!

HISPA participates at the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute Conference

HISPA Role Model Program

See the photos from the latest HISPA Role Model visits

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Role Models Needed

Summit Middle School in Summit
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Don Bosco in Paterson
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Abraham Lincoln in Elizabeth
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Role Models that inspire us!

Francisco Rivera
Francisco Rivera, who works for USAA, is an active HISPA Role Model in San Antonio. Francisco moved to San Antonio from New Jersey two years ago. He has been a strong supporter of our initiatives in Texas.  His commitment to HISPA has grown stronger helping the organization in a variety of ways.  He participated as an active volunteer during the 2012 Youth Conference and as a HISPA Role Model speaking at a school.  He also presented a workshop focused on Math and Science during the Youth Conference this year.  Francisco's commitment to HISPA is truly inspiring and the students truly love him - Thank you Paco!

Once again, HISPA was highlighted January 17th, "National Mentorship Day" on Univision 41

HISPA was invited for the second time to speak about the importance of role models in the lives of our youth. Merijoel Durán from Univision 41 "Al Despertar" interviewed Mayra Cáceres, who has been part of the HISPA family since its inception, a devoted HISPA supporter and exemplary role model. During the interview, Mayra emphasized the importance of role models in the lives of middle school students and how their thought process and perspective of college is altered. Video

HISPA on Telemundo San Antonio, Texas

HISPA was also on Telemundo in San Antonio during one of our HISPA Role Model Program sessions.  This is the first year HISPA  started the program in San Antonio; the two schools that are running the program are Anson Jones Middle School and Cable Elementary School. Video


HISPA support of ERGs

A note from Bristol-Myers Squibb:
The Unidad Hispana Leadership Team wants to express our heartfelt gratitude for your participation and for the insightful observations that you generously offered in our meeting at the Hopewell Mansion, on February 13, 2013. Your experience in working with Hispanic Resource Groups, and your leadership with HISPA shared with the group delivered new perspectives and energized the team provoking in them great new ideas. We appreciate how valuable your support was.
We look forward to work with you in the future.

HISPA Board Members Support

The first three months of 2013 have been busy for our HISPA Board Members. Kathleen Larkin represented HISPA at the NJ SIMS Foundation Breakfast. Yvette Donado was recognized as one of the nation's top five Latina executives of the year by LATINA Style magazine. Cesar Bocanegra participated at the Hispanic Professional Networking Group (HPNG) event in New York City in which Yvette Donado was the special guest speaker for the evening. Yvonne Shepard held meetings with NCLR, DirectTV Latin America, and attended the CHCF Gala in NYC. Mildred Medina was the co-chair of the Three Kings Banquet and completed the annual financial review. Jorge Escobar joined the HISPA team in San Antonio to support the HISPA San Antonio 2013 Youth Conference. Carlos Ojeda and his company CoolSpeak supported the HISPA San Antonio 2013 Youth Conference by providing a speaker for the conference. Steve Estrada provided support in completing grant applications and will be representing HISPA in DC at the "Key Women's Public Policy Issues focus of Dialogue on Diversity".
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