I would like to take a moment and wish you all a Happy Holiday and a Happy New Year. During the last couple of months, the ALPFA Board has been reflecting on the year, celebrating the things that went well and looking to improve on those areas that can be better. I am so happy and feel blessed to have been able to lead this chapter during this year. The board has come a long way and we can’t wait to share with all of you what’s being planned for 2018.
This year was about revamping and trying on some new things. We had a week-long series with the amazing, encantadora, hilarious, Dr. Antonia Novello, 14th Surgeon General, where she visited many locations throughout Boston, Salem and Lawrence in collaboration with our great sponsors Simmons College and Salem State University. For those that attended those events, know we had an enjoyable time. More importantly we talked about how Latinos are impacted with numerous health issues and what do we need to do to help our students in high school and college enter the STEM field and help our corporations and healthcare partners better understand us. There was one thing that Dr. Novello mention that I just loved. She said ‘if we put a lot of sick people in the telenovelas (soap operas), and showed them going to the doctors and getting treated, you will see a lot more Latinos at the doctors. Because we know how much we love our Telenovelas.’ So true.
We collaborated with NY Life and Latin Inc on Financial Planning events. We had an extremely successful Coaching and Mentoring program where 12 pairs of mentors/mentees met during a 6-month period, created a bond and helped careers blossom, an example of how we give back and help others. We had an engaging conversation with senior leaders across greater Boston in our Executive Leadership Series titled ‘Breaking the Diversity Code: Unlocking the impact on the bottom line’.
We had many firsts this year – collaborated with Advoqt and the IT Diversity Network on hosting a Hackathon, something we hope to continue to do in the future, and we collaborated with BBSquared on supporting the LGBTQ Community during Pride week.
We had our annual Latina Summit, Healthcare Summit and Investment events which were huge successes and we heard from so many accomplished speakers. Please go to our website to see videos of some of those events.
We also had a wonderful time celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month this year. ALPFA National created a partnership with Junior Achievement and during a 2-week period, 6 ALPFA Chapter cities, held a community events where we taught Kindergarten to high school students about financial literary. It was such a moving day! I can tell you that if you want to make an impact in someone’s young life, this is one way to do it. We will continue to identify other partners to collaborate with in 2018. We are partnering with Citizens School in January 26 for another terrific opportunity.
This year was about building relationships, forging paths and opening doors. I am excited about the partnerships we’ve built and renewed, about stepping outside of our comfort zone. There were many days were the board would tell me..we can’t do that, and I said, “we can, we will and we did”.
Now as I look forward to year 2, I am excited about what’s about to come. We are continuing with some of our marquee events and adding some new initiatives. We are excited to announce that our Student Summit will be held on February 24 at Bunker Hill and for the first time ever, this is geared towards both High School and College Students. It has been a vision of mine to bring ALPFA to the younger generation. I would love to see us building an ALPFA High School program, and try to create a complete circle. Professionals mentoring college students, college students mentoring high school students and help pave the way for a bigger, brighter and successful career and growing the ALPFAmilia.
I am also looking forward to recognizing and shining the light on Latinos in middle-management. We know we have a lot of them..but when senior leaders and executives are looking, they are having a hard time realizing who they are. So ALPFA will play a key role next year on shining the light on our up and coming Latino men and women in Massachusetts, who are accomplishing many things in their careers. If you know of folks who are doing wonderful things in their industry, company, please send me an email as I will start to keep track of this information. We will share next year on how this will all come about.
On behalf of the ALPFA Boston Chapter Board of Directors, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
See you in 2018.
ALPFA Boston Chapter