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October Highlights from our President Enna Jimenez

Posted By Caro Ruiz, Tufts Health Plan, Monday, October 16, 2017

Welcome to the October Newsletter! We’ve had a busy few months preparing for all the amazing programming coming up in the Fall and Winter months. We kicked off our Hispanic Heritage Month with a volunteer activity in partnership with Junior Achievement of New England’s CEO and ALPFA lifetime member, Radhames Nova. This was an enriching and rewarding experience where 37 ALPFA members, pictured above, participated in teaching Junior Achievement programs in entrepreneurship, financial literacy and workforce readiness to 410 K-5 Boston Public School students at the James Otis Elementary School in East Boston, where 72% of the students are Latino. I was very excited to team up on this event where we are bringing Latino role models to our youth, who need it the most. One of my goals this year was to expand ALPFA’s reach beyond college students, and start working closely with Elementary, Middle and High school students. We hope to make this an annual event, so join us next time!

 

We are very excited to be hosting our Student Summit and Healthcare Summit. Please look at the video (add link to Video) that Caro Ruiz and I had the pleasure of recording on Urban Update with our great friends on Channel 7, Alberto Vasallo. If you are a High School or College student you can’t miss this amazing event, filled with excellent keynote speakers and Latino Professionals from various industries in a TED Talk style conversation. This will be followed by a career fair – so students bring your Resumes.

 

As we begin to wrap up the year and start planning for 2018, I continue to ask you to provide us with your feedback of what you like ALPFA Boston to focus on. Take the survey if you haven’t completed it yet. Your input help us create a more vibrant and enriching program calendar for all of our members to enjoy.

 

I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events and to celebrate the end of year with us at our Holiday Mixer to be celebrated on December 7 at La Fabrica.

 

Thanks

Enna

 

Enna Jimenez

President

ALPFA Boston

 

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Urban Update: Enna Jimenez and Caro Ruiz interview

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 5, 2017
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Check out Enna Jimenez, ALPFA Boston Chapter President, and Caro Ruiz, Chief Administrative Officer of the ALPFA Boston Chapter, interview at Urban Update!

Video - 5mins

https://youtu.be/VwwaoPQToA8

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September Highlights from our President Enna Jmenez

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 12, 2017

 

Welcome to the September Newsletter edition for ALPFA Boston. Nine months ago, when I started my term as President of ALPFA Boston chapter, I along with the Executive Team, created a list of objectives we would be working towards to. As I reflect on the past nine months and all the hard work done by an extraordinary team of board and committee members, I want to say Thank you to them. Thank you to this team of dedicated volunteers who believe in ALPFA's mission. Who as part of this community want to make a difference, an impact in how Latinos progress in the future.

As we begin Hispanic Heritage Month, it is sad that we are also having the conversation around DACA. The National Board of Directors of ALPFA has issued a statement saying that we stand together with advocates and dozens of business leaders in asking the President to abandon the strategy set forth. The full press release can be found here: ALPFA DACA Press Release

Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to reflect and celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which isOctober 12, falls within this 30 day period.

ALPFA Boston has an exciting program for the next few months and I hope to see you at one or a few events!

Thanks
Enna Jimenez 

 


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How to Organize Your Desk for Maximum Efficiency

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 22, 2017

How to Organize Your Desk for Maximum Efficiency

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Tidy way to organize your desk

Your desk is often a reflection of your personality and habits. Some workspaces of finance and accounting professionals are sparse and orderly. Others are colorful and personalized. Then there are those cubicles that are so cluttered, you wonder how any work can get done there. Organize your desk? Bring in a forklift!

Regardless of your preferences or inclinations, your workstation should be set up for maximum efficiency, productivity and, yes, comfort. After all, whether you’re a payroll clerk or a finance manager, you may spend more time at your desk than you do in your own bed.

If you’re frequently overwhelmed by disorderly files, stacks of paperwork and general disarray, the slower summer months offer the ideal time to do something about it. Here are eight suggestions for how to organize your desk:

1. Triage your stuff

Your physical desktop is prime real estate, and you probably don’t need half the stuff that’s taking up valuable space. Here’s a method for culling your things: On Monday morning, remove nonessential items from your desktop and put them on the floor. As you get busy working, put back on your desk only what you need for completing each task. At the end of the week, find a new home for anything still on the floor — a drawer, supply closet or even the recycling bin.

2. Go with your workflow

Many people have a left-to-right tendency. This means incoming items — telephone, inbox, computer, other devices — on the left, a clear workspace in the middle, and outgoing items such as staplers and completed paperwork on the right. The best way to organize your desk depends on how you operate. Experiment with various arrangements until you find one that feels natural and streamlined for you.

3. Save the space

When you need to sign or spread out paperwork but don’t have empty space, your stress level can increase. Designate a section of your desk as a no-parking zone, and get into the habit of not letting things sit there while you aren’t working on them. This clean-up tip may require you to think vertically, such as getting a wall shelf and using it to house non-essential files and other items.

4. Reduce visual clutter

Even if the desktop itself is orderly, you may not be as efficient as you want to be if there are too many things competing for your attention. For example, some payroll professionals love sticky notes, putting them on their desks and around their computer monitors. One or two are fine. But when you have too many, they become a distraction and make it hard to concentrate on what’s truly important.

5. Add a personal touch

Though clean, your workspace need not be sterile. Marie Kondo, author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” is a fan of items that give people joy. Put a few meaningful objects — photos, cartoons, inspirational quotes or a favorite action figurine — on your wall, bulletin board or desktop. But keep them to a minimum, or else your desk will look too messy and possibly unprofessional.

6. Go digital

Paper is still the biggest culprit of cluttered workspaces. If you haven’t done so already, migrate your calendar, to-do list and memo pad to your computer — and sync them with your smartphone for greater accessibility and utility. The beauty of digital productivity tools is that they come with notification options, so you can set up alerts for meetings, appointments and tasks.

7. Check under your desk

Don’t underestimate the importance of leg room. All those cords and cables under your desk don’t just contribute to the mayhem — they’re also a safety hazard. Use Velcro wraps and cord tamers to prevent tangles and give your feet more wiggle room. And if you’re using the floor to store boxes of timecards or W-4 forms, move them to a filing cabinet or, better yet, digitize them and shred the papers.

8. Wipe it down

Keep a few supplies handy and get into the habit of giving your desk, keyboard, monitor and phone regular cleanings. Sitting down to a fresh-smelling, dust-free work area improves your mood and boosts your productivity.

An organized workspace is not a magical time saver, but it helps you get more done because you know where everything is, aren’t overwhelmed by visual distraction and can focus on the task at hand. Plus, an organized desk helps create positive mental energy that can spread to your enthusiasm for your daily duties.

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August Highlights from our President Enna Jimenez

Posted By Caro Ruiz, Tufts Health Plan, Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Welcome to the August edition of the ALPFA Monthly Newsletter. During the last month we witnessed a group of talented individuals be sworn in by Governor Charlie Baker as he appointed them to the Latino Advisory Commission. I, along with 26 other professionals will work hard towards ensuring that Latinos are represented across greater MA as decisions are made that impact this great community. Congratulations to all members and especially to our ALPFA representatives.

 

About 100 professionals and students from Boston attended the 45th ALPFA National Convention. It was an amazing experience where old and new friends came together to learn and grow personally and professionally. There were almost 3K attendees at this years' convention ready to develop and strengthen their leadership and networking skills. Thank you to all those involved as speakers, attendees, volunteers, and all the national staff who worked extremely hard to make this happen. I hope you join us next year for the 46th National convention in Las Vegas the first week in August!!

 

Our Board of Directors has been very focused on the upcoming events in the Fall. Please read through our calendar of events and stay tuned to all of the amazing professional development programming being planned.

 

As always, if you're interested in being part of the ALPFAmilia, reach out to us for the many ways in which you can participate.

 

 

Thanks so much,

 

Enna Jimenez
President
ALPFA Boston Chapter

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July Highlights from our President Enna Jimenez

Posted By Claudia Madrid, Thursday, July 13, 2017

Hello ALPFAmilia,

I hope everyone has had a great start of the summer and is enjoying the wonderful weather and many activities in Greater Boston. ALPFA Boston has had a busy month during the month of June and early part of July. On Monday, July 10, we all witnessed a historic moment in the City of Boston where Governor Charlie Baker signed an Executive Order establishing the Latino Advisory Commission. The commission’s focus will be on addressing the concerns of the Massachusetts Latino community and promoting economic prosperity and well-being. Big Congratulations to all the appointees and especially to our ALPFAmilia: Yvonne Garcia, Marcela Aldaz-Matos, Carolina Avellaneda, Renee Jarquin, Juan Lopera, Juan Carlos Morales and yours truly Enna Jimenez.

 

ALPFA joined Sean Driscoll from BBsquared in a wonderful celebration of Pride Lights in early June. In an effort to forge around the connectivity of Latino and LGBTQ diversity across communities, we gathered on a rainy evening to participate in one of the Boston Pride celebrations. Thanks to Jessyca Feliciano and Sean Driscoll who partnered and collaborated in the collaboration of such an exciting event. We look forward to future events.

 

ALPFA also participated in the overwhelming event AMPLIFY Latino Power and Impact hosted by The Latina Circle co-founders Eneida Roman and Betty Francisco. This was a pretty incredible day full of energy and power where Latinos who are interested in learning how to share our voice, how to amplify our power and influence gathered to learn from a remarkable group of speakers. I am super proud of the work Eneida and Betty are doing and know that you’re ALPFA friends are with you all the way!

 

We ended the month of June with our second Financial Education Planning event where we had a wonderful group of panelists who shared their thoughts and ideas on how to plan for retirement. Thanks to our partners Diego Portillo and Carl Nickerson from New York Life and to our host sponsor Claritza Abreu from Latin Inc for all of your support.

 

I am excited about the rest of the summer and more importantly about all the great events coming up in the Fall. Hope you’re able to join us at the ALPFA National Convention during August 6 – 10 in Las Vegas!!

 

Thanks,

Enna Jimenez

President

ALPFA Boston

 

 

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ALPFA BOSTON CELEBRATES LATINA SUMMIT 2017

Posted By Claudia Madrid, Wednesday, June 7, 2017

 

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ALPFA BOSTON CELEBRATES  LATINA SUMMIT 2017

On Wednesday May 10th, ALPFA Boston held their 11th   annual Latina Summit, Latinas in the US: Breaking Boundaries and Moving Forward and the 15thAnniversary of the Women of ALPFA program, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technologies who was our head sponsor for this impactful event. Our sponsors for this event also included State Street, KPMG, Eastern Bank, John Hancock, and Edward Jones. 

This year’s lively discussion focused on Latina women who are breaking barriers in the U.S.  ALPFA Boston's own Chief Relationship Officer, Natalia V Hilton, kicked off the event as the MC for the evening. The resilient speakers were Jennifer de Leon, Author, editor, speaker, and creative writing instructor who lives in Boston. She is the editor of Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education, published by the University of Nebraska Press. Malena Gonzalez, an entrepreneur who has 10+ years of experience working in startups and Fortune 500 companies. She is passionate about solving the healthcare challenge, which inspired her to start NutriCount in 2016. Lastly, Sonia Chang Diaz, First Latina elected to the Massachusetts State Senate. She is serving her fourth term on behalf of the Second Suffolk District. The discussion was moderated by Caro Ruiz, ALPFA Boston’s Chief Administrative Officer. 

The evening continued with our keynote speaker Lourdes Melgar, Mexico’s former deputy secretary of energy for hydrocarbons, Melgar is a Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow at the MIT Center for International Studies (CIS). Her work has transformed Mexico’s energy sector, and was a key player in the design and implementation of Mexico’s historic energy reform.During her speech, she shared her journey and spoke about balance as a mother and as a woman. The energetic ceremony concluded with the Excellence in the Community Award which went to Judith Cullinane, Director of research, Evidence Based Practice and Innovation at Tufts Medical Center.  

Watch video of the 2017 Latina Summit Highlights HERE

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Sean Driscoll, principal of BBsquared, a LGBTQ Business Enterprise, is the newest addition to our Boston ALPFAmilia

Posted By Claudia Madrid, Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Sean Driscoll is one of the newest members to become part of Boston’s ALPFAmilia.  Having been introduced to ALPFA-Boston through mutual community connections, Sean guest attended one of ALPFA’s ELS events.  In his words, he was wowed by what he experienced and by those he met, at the event.  He immediately decided to join ALPFA!  As this was all happening, a ‘conversation’ organically started between Sean and various ALPFA board, staff and members, around the intersections of diversity - most specifically, around the intersections of ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation and gender identity.  

As the principal of BBsquared, a LGBT Business Enterprise that empowers inclusion through creative collaboration - targeting work and partnerships across the Disability, LGBTQ and Re-Entry (people with criminal record background identity) communities - diversity connectivity and intersections are something that Sean is simply passionate about.  The ‘conversation’ continued and very naturally developed into wonderful early membership engagement, resulting in the idea of ALPFA-Boston fostering some kind of participation in Boston PRIDE.  

Working closely with ALPFA-Boston’s Jessyca Feliciano, Sean helped to frame and build out ALPFA Boston’s support of a group outing to Boston Pride Lights 2017.  BBsquared and ALPFA are excited to have ‘presence’ at Pride Lights, one of Boston’s oldest PRIDE traditions, which symbolizes the start of Pride each June.  For ALPFA, Pride Lights 2017 might be viewed as ALPFA’s symbolic start of a journey to grow in support of its LGBTQ members, while also strengthening the understanding and value of intersections and connectivity across the entire ALPFAmilia.  

Sean is excited about what he refers to as this new era of inclusion, in which diverse communities are more comfortably willing to cross-connect - through participation as well as in commitment of cross-ally support.  Sean admits, twenty years ago, this cross participation and connection may not have seemed as evident, or even have happened.  But it’s happening now, and is a very great thing, for all of us.

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May Highlights from our President

Posted By Claudia Madrid, Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The month of April was another successful month for the ALPFA Boston chapter and I couldn’t be any more proud of the amazing team we have. Super excited to have partnered up with Diversity IT Network to hold our first ever Hackathon. Congratulations to the winning team MindRank, who created an app that provides mental health support to veterans and won the $5,000 competition. The 2nd place app (Launch) aims to prevent recidivism among recently released ex-prisoners, and 3rd place app (Therapy Dog Network) facilitates easy access to therapy dogs for people struggling with mental health.

Our Coaching and Mentoring program is off to a great start and our mentors and mentees are having a great time connecting with each other.

Our biggest success of the month comes from the 1st Executive Leadership Series event “Breaking the Diversity Code: Unlocking the Impact on the Bottom Line”. Small and intimate conversation among senior leaders across various companies from all industries, shared their thoughts and insights into what is needed to take Diversity to the next level. We learned from speaker Bob Rivers that Diversity is everyone’s job in the company. At Eastern Bank, Bob believes that diversity is everyone’s responsibility and he is constantly sharing this with his management team and entire company. “It is the right thing to do, It is the smart thing to do”, shared Bob with the audience as he reflected on what diversity means to him. Eastern Bank has over 70% women across the bank and 25% women in executive levels. They hold quarterly meetings with their ERG leaders and have a supplier diversity program. Advocacy is ‘key’ to their success and is part of the fabric of the company.

Juan Lopera, from Tufts Health Plan shared his journey in creating their diversity framework. They thought about the community, and how they will provide support to a large and diverse population. Tufts created their Vision 2020 and clearly defined goals for the company: to increase the diversity of their membership by 50%, to improving ways of better serving their communities, diversifying their supplier business, staff development and learning from client experiences, to share a few. They created a Cultural Competence Training program that achieved 95% participation rate.

David Casey, from CVSHealth gave us six questions to go back and ask your organizations. His message was that we need to focus on similarities and manage differences from a company perspective. The biggest challenge is in the definition of the word ‘diversity’, it will mean something totally different to every person. So for starters, you should define diversity within your organization. What are you doing to ensure there is equitable access to growth and development for all employees at all levels? What are you doing in the organization to ensure you have a diverse culture that everyone can bring their 100% to work every day?

The Executive Leadership Series is one of a few we will hold this year. ALPFA’s hope is to be one of the leaders in elevating this conversation and ensuring we are having it with the right people in the room. It started out to be a conversation for a group of about 30 and we ended up with over 50 people in the room! The attendees participated in a roundtable discussion where they answered questions like: How are your organizations structured to deliver on Strategic Diversity Management? How does your organization link diversity data with business outcomes to build a business case? What is your organizations ultimate measure of how your diversity and inclusion efforts are impacting your bottom line?

ALPFA Boston is creating a whitepaper that will be shared next month with the results of the enlightening table discussions. We learned a great deal and encouraged each other to continue the conversation.  If you’d like to be included in future ELS events, please email Pavel Payano at pavel.payano@national.alpfa.org.

I hope you’re enjoying our monthly newsletters, as always feedback is welcomed. I can be reached at enna.jimenez@alpfaboston.org

 

Thanks

Enna

President

ALPFA Boston Chapter

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April Highlights from our President

Posted By Claudia Madrid, Thursday, April 13, 2017
Hello ALPFamilia,
 
This past month was filled with empowering and inspiring programming and I hope you were able to join us for some of them. Most notably, Dr. Antonia Novello visit to Boston, Salem and Lawrence was a huge success. She inspired us and provided so many lifelong nuggets and made us laugh through it all. I can't thank enough Dr. Lisa McBride, VP Diversity Inclusion at Salem State University in joining ALPFA in the creation of such a wonderful week. But none of this would have happened without the tireless, hard working and dedicated help of the board and specifically the Marketing and Project management team!! You are the true meaning of volunteers and we would not function with your dedication. We are looking for interns and board members to join our team, feel free to reach out to me if you'd like to get involved. 
 
ALPFA's purpose is to connect passionate Latino leaders for exponential impact. I exude to all of you to find your purpose and share it with others. ALPFA Boston will continue to provide gateways for our membership to be educated, inspired and to find your passion. We hope our content is of interest and you find it beneficial. 
 
I look forward to meeting many of you at the upcoming events.
 
Thanks 
 
Enna Jimenez 
President 
ALPFA Boston

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