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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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:                      For more information please contact:

Pavel  Payano

Pavel.payano@national.alpfa.org

 

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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March Highlights from our President

Posted By Claudia Madrid, Monday, March 13, 2017

Enna Jimenez

President of ALPFA Boston Chapter

Earlier this month, I was asked to be a speaker addressing an audience primarily from IT (Information Technology) on "How to Manage your Boss" or what I'd like to refer to as How to manage your career. I had an opportunity to share my experiences on moving up the career ladder and providing tips on how to network within your company. It was a great experience for me personally, but I share this with you, as it also made me think of all the things we encounter daily. How are you sharing your experiences? How are you helping you peers or a colleague? I believe it is our job to help strengthen and foster a more welcoming and nurturing environment, one in which we can all learn from each other. As we celebrate Women's History Month, let's focus on developing and 'pulling up' those around us.


This month, ALPFA is kicking off 2017 in a huge way, a week-long celebration with Keynote Speaker Dr. Antonia Novello, 14th Surgeon General, the first women and first Latina to hold this position. We have an exciting week of content-filled, thought-provoking and call to action events hosted at Simmons College, Salvatore's in Lawrence, MASSDot and Eastern Bank. This was a collaboration with Salem State University, Lisa McBride, VP of Diversity and Inclusion. Conversation run from a variety of topics such as: healthcare disparities, fundraising event for a Latino student to attend Salem State University, Latino pipeline into STEM+M fields and a Women's Breakfast on leadership to end the week. I invite you to join us at one or all of the events during the week -- you won't want to miss it.


We invite you to also join our lead media partner El Mundo at their Latino Career Expo on Thursday March 30th. There are many partners who are looking to hire people like you, if you're looking to transition, then this is the event to attend.

Thank you for being a part of ALPFA.


Enna Jimenez
President
ALPFA Boston

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ALPFA Boston First Hackaton

Posted By Claudia Madrid, Friday, March 10, 2017

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El Mundo Latino Career Expo and Professional Mixer

Posted By Claudia Madrid, Friday, March 10, 2017

 

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February Highlights from our President

Posted By Claudia Madrid, Wednesday, February 15, 2017

We are on our way into building an exciting 2017 Calendar of Events! As winter gains momentum and we constantly think about going to work or working from home due to all the snow, we must ask ourselves why we get up in the morning. What motivates us to go above and beyond our daily expectations and deliver? At ALPFA Boston, we have a large Board of Directors who ‘daily’ goes above and beyond their call of duty. They work hard and late into the night to deliver content-rich programming that provides value to our membership and to our corporate partners. These groups of dedicated volunteers have stepped up and raised their hands and are working diligently to deliver and mostly exceed my expectations. The Calendar of Events for the next few months is amazing, and none of this would occur without them. I dedicate the February Newsletter to my 2017 Board of Directors and their committees. I have set forth an exciting and packed-full agenda and I know each and every one of them will help deliver.

 

To our membership and corporate partners, I hope to meet and greet each of you at the various upcoming events. Most importantly, I would highlight our March keynote speaker Dr. Antonia Novello, who accomplished two big milestones when she was appointed the 14th Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Services. She was the first Latina and the first Woman. We are excited to have her in Boston for an entire week where she will host various topics such as A Call to Action. I’m also super excited to be partnering for the first time with Salem State University and Simmons College for these events.

 

You will notice lots of new partnerships and collaboration this year. Please stay tuned and follow us on our website and looking forward to seeing you at all the events.

Sincerely yours,

Enna Jimenez

President

ALPFA Boston

 

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Welcome 2017! Remarks from our President

Posted By Claudia Madrid, Thursday, January 19, 2017

 

Enna Jimenez - President of the ALPFA Boston Chapter

 

Welcome to the 2017 January Newsletter!!

As we embark on a new year, with many hopes and desires to see a world come together towards a united future, I reflect on what 2016 has meant for me personally. It was probably the toughest year in my 25 working years. I struggled with understanding 'did I belong?', 'did I Do something wrong?', and probably the most important question 'who is Enna?'. I struggled with these questions based on the challenges I faced and it took me a lot to find the answers. I had to go deep inside and reflect on how and what I've accomplished. I needed to remind myself of my previous struggles and successes and my passion and desires to succeed. And I had to find the answer to the, why? Why was I doing what I do?

 

As I step into my first year as ALPFA Boston President, I bring with me all of my experiences and journeys, my desires to succeed and the steps taken to reach new heights. I'm excited to have an amazing board and to be working closely with Caro Ruiz and Natalia Hilton as part of the executive team. My goals and objectives as your President, is to pave the way for each of you to find that inner you. To help you gain the knowledge, experience and expertise to make you excel in your personal and professional goals. Through the collaboration of amazing mentors, family and friends, I was able to find my way and I want to help you find and strengthen your way!!

 

This year ALPFA is going to focus on increasing our membership engagement by providing content-rich programs, by engaging our corporate partners in meeting their diversity goals around recruitment and retention and by working closely with our community. I ask you to come on-board this train and take this journey with us. We have an exciting and energizing calendar of events and we are super excited to share it. Events such as: Celebrating Women's History Month for a week-long celebration with special guest speaker Dr. Antonia Novello, 14th Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service; Our first Financial Education Series; holding our Women of ALPFA Summit on May 10 at MIT; having our first-ever Hackathon; Creating a conference for high school students; and our continued lectures and summits on Healthcare, Investment and Students. These are just a highlight of what we are doing in 2017!!  If you haven't been to an ALPFA event in a while, this is definitely the year to get involved and reengage. This is the year where it all matters.

 

I look forward to meeting and seeing many of you at one of our upcoming events and feel free to reach out to me directly at Enna.jimenez@alpfaboston.com.

 

At your service, sincerely yours,

 

Enna Jimenez

President, 

ALPFA Boston Chapter

 

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