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February Highlights 2018

Posted By Armandina Cueva, Sunday, February 11, 2018
Updated: Thursday, February 8, 2018

 

Dear ALPFAmilia,

 

Hello and welcome to the February newsletter. Last month was a great start to the year and we continue to make huge strides towards finalizing our plans for 2018. Our members joined us on January 26 for our first volunteer event in collaboration with the Citizens School. In addition, we collaborated with the Hispanic National Bar Association, Massachusetts Association for Hispanic Attorneys and the Latina Circle to Celebrate Latinas in Leadership. We honored three amazing women, Sonia Chang Diaz, Roxanne Martinez and Carmen Ortiz. We celebrated our mentors during January and want to give a shout out to all our mentors who have served on our Coaching and Mentoring Program throughout the years. This year, we bring you an updated program with rich content and amazing speakers. Read below and become a Mentor or Mentee today. 

 

We look forward to elevating our Latino men and women in all sectors of our global economy. Join ALPFA today and be part of the change. We are embarking on a big collaboration where together with our other Latino and Friends’ organizations, will honor our Latino men and women in middle management. As we continue to work towards reducing the gap in all industries and levels, it is critical that we keep abreast of what’s going on right here in our own back yard. My goal is to help raise awareness of the amazing Latinos amongst us, who work tirelessly every day. Who are they, what are they doing, how did they achieve their successes? ALPFA Boston will honor all these amazing folks during our Latino Conference during Hispanic Heritage Month in 2018. We are committed to fulfilling our mission by promoting leadership development, helping professionals and our future generation reach their full potential. More information on nominations will come out soon!

 

On January 31, the Boston Women’s Workforce Council release a report: Minority Women in Boston Earn Nearly Half on The Dollar What White Men EarnThe report's findings are based on 2017 wage data for 166,705 employees at 114 companies. That's about 16 percent of the Greater Boston workforce. The data was anonymized and came from companies that have signed the city's 100% Talent Compact to address pay inequity. Since 2015, Boston has been offering free salary negotiation workshops to women, an effort Massachusetts officials recently announced they will be replicating statewide. In 2016, state lawmakers passed a pay equity law. ALPFA Boston will be a conduit of educational opportunities like this to empower the professional development of our Latino community.

 

We are always looking for volunteers, if you’re interested in being part of this great organization and having an impact on the Latino community in Boston, join us. I can be reached at Enna.Jimenez@boston.alpfa.org. Visit our Boston chapter home page for regular updates: www.alpfa.org/group/boston

 

 

Thank you,

 

Enna Jimenez

President, ALPFA Boston Chapter

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The Latino Opportunity to Create a New Dynamic

Posted By Administration, Saturday, January 27, 2018

Thoughts on how to bring together Greater Boston's Latinos

By Aixa Beauchamp, Co-Founder, The Latino Legacy Fund at the Boston Foundation

The recent Boston Globe Spotlight series on the city's racist image and reality drives home some of the challenges facing the city's minority communities to gain a foothold in the city's power structures.

The Latino community in Boston faces many of the same issues around race and inequality as the Black community. For Latinos, one of the biggest challenges has been to find ways to unite and raise a collective voice that reflects the size and breadth of the city's Latino population. Latinos are more than 20% of the Boston population - and 12% of the population of Massachusetts. In fact, without growth in the Latino population, Boston's population would still be near 1980 levels. Additionally, the Latino community has a massive effect on the local economy, adding up to some $9 billion of economic activity in Suffolk County. Despite these numbers, an August editorial in the Globe correctly pointed out that our influence across sectors does not match our size.

So how do we change the dynamic?

 

First, we need to embrace our common interests. The Latino and Black communities are not monolithic. While a great deal of Greater Boston's Latino population is Puerto Rican, the vast majority of the growth in the Latino population is foreign-born and identifies that way. We identify as Salvadoran, Guatemalan, Dominican or Mexican. Our race runs the spectrum from African ancestry to European White. This proud diversity has challenged efforts to raise a collective voice.

 

Today, though, a few initiatives are underway to confront these challenges, including one sparked by tragedy. TheMassachusetts United for Puerto Rico Fund, housed at the Boston Foundation, has brought together a vast spectrum of Latino and non-Latino supporters in a collective effort that has continued even as Puerto Rico falls off the front pages. As of now, the Fund has received more than $3 million in gifts and pledges, including 2,000 individual credit card donations, and checks from fundraisers held across the state by small businesses, community organizations and churches. More than $1 million has already been sent to support relief efforts in Puerto Rico and help the nonprofits spearheading efforts to relocate thousands of Puerto Ricans here in Massachusetts – and it’s just the start.

 

That uniting element is critical. A report commissioned this summer by the Latino Legacy Fundand the Boston Foundation - "Powering Greater Boston's Economy: Why the Latino Community Is Critical to Our Shared Future," highlights crucial issues that are at the heart of the lack of economic mobility facing Latinos.

 

First, there is a lack of English proficiency holding back too many. About 40 percent of Latinos in Greater Boston are foreign-born, and often arrive speaking only Spanish or Portuguese. In a knowledge-based economy, where communication is paramount, English Language programs are critical - but too many lack funding and resources, which holds people back.

 

For those who learn English, higher education is the next hurdle. Our economy richly rewards those with the education to succeed - and punishes those without it. For too many Latinos, without the financial resources or access pipelines of other groups, getting that education proves impossible. That's bad for Latinos and bad for the city. If Boston is not able to further expand the STEM talent pipeline, Boston companies will face difficulty filling these jobs. We need to advocate for policies that afford kids, no matter what their zip codes, to obtain a good education, and provide long-term, sustainable support for career building and technology training programs that help to get young people in the door.

 

And we must stand for Latino entrepreneurs, making it possible for them to grow. In high-opportunity industries like health care and social assistance, Latino-owned firms make up 23% of the market - but they only employ 4% of the workers. It's encouraging to see programs like Eastern Bank's Business Equity Initiative provide critically needed capital for businesses to expand - but we need more investment to increase representation of Latino-owned firms in high-value industries and promote their growth as critical suppliers to large corporate purchasers.

 

The Boston Globe series highlighted what we already sense - that too many groups are being left out of the era of prosperity for our region. Latinos are a sizable group, and it's time we engage more fully in the broader conversation about the common issues Blacks and Latinos face, and how we can work together to solve them and open opportunity and equity for all.  The Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico Fund shows the energy and impact generated when the larger community unites toward a common goal. Let's use similar energy to address and tackle systemic race issues and provide a more inclusive solution.

 

Aixa Beauchamp is the co-founder of the Latino Legacy Fundand co-chair of the Massachusetts United for Puerto RicoFund. She has worked in the field of philanthropy for more than 25 years in the United States, Europe, and Latin America, helping institutions to strengthen their programs and broaden their impact.

 

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December Highlights from our President Enna Jimenez

Posted By Administration, Saturday, January 27, 2018
Updated: Saturday, January 27, 2018

 

 

Hello ALPFAmilia,

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.

 

Thanks

Enna Jimenez

President

ALPFA Boston Chapter

 

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January 2018 Highlights from our President Enna Jimenez

Posted By Administation, Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Welcome to the January Newsletter edition for ALPFA Boston.

 

Now that we are well into 2018, the ALPFA Boston Board is excited to share our goals for the year. We had a great end to 2017, specifically in ensuring the board set goals that directly support the benefits ALPFA offers our members, corporate partners and our community. ALPFA’s mission is to empower and develop Latino men and women as leaders of character for the nation, in every sector of the global economy. The Boston Globe articles over the last few months has helped raised the importance of organizations like ALPFA, where we work towards ensuring Latino professionals are equipped with the right skillset to succeed, not just at a national level, but here locally. We have much work to do and with that in mind, the Boston chapter is ready to have a great year delivering on what we’ve set out to do. We hope to see you at the many activities and events throughout the year and that you raise your hand and decide to get involved. Now, more than ever, we must come together as one Latino group, recognizing and celebrating all our cultures!


In 2018, we will focus on igniting our ALPFA Boston membership via professional, leadership and skills development; nurture and grow our corporate partner relationships by better understanding their needs and be the Latino conduit for advancement both personally and professionally.


ALPFA BOSTON 2018 Programming Calendar



We have a strong Board of Directors that will work tirelessly to deliver this amazing program. Below you will find the Board of Directors for 2018.

We are always looking for volunteers, if you’re interested in being part of this great organization and having an impact on the Latino community in Boston, join us. I can be reached at Enna.Jimenez@boston.alpfa.org.  In addition, I want to remind you that we have migrated to a new email domain. Please be mindful to use the new domain: @boston.alpfa.org when contacting any of the board members. Visit our Boston chapter home page for regular updates: www.alpfa.org/group/boston


Looking forward to meeting many of you throughout the year and to welcoming new members!


Thank you


Enna Jimenez

President, ALPFA Boston Chapter

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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
https://youtu.be/VwwaoPQToA8

 

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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