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Midwest Regional Student Symposium - University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
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Midwest Regional Student Symposium - University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

When: Saturday, Oct 1
8AM - 4PM
Where: College of Business, University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign
515 E Gregory Dr
Champaign, Illinois  61820
United States
Contact: Mona Asra
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2016 Annual Midwest Regional Symposium for Students

Latino Millennials: Developing Your Strategy to Succeed in Your Career


Walk-ins Welcome FOR career fair



***To guarantee that a luncheon seat will be available, you must register on or before, Thursday, September 22, 2016 

STUDENTS: to enhance your job-seeking success, UPLOAD YOUR RESUME NOW ON ALPFA CAREER CENTER at 


Program Highlights:

  • Networking Breakfast
  • Opening Keynote: Senator Sandoval 
  • To Tell the Truth: Real CPAs Edition – Sponsored by AICPA
  • Leadership Panel - Sponsored by KPMG & EY
  • Luncheon Keynote: Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti  ***
  • Workshops - choose 2 of 6 workshops!
  • Career Fair

See Full Agenda Below 


Student Benefits:

  • Networking face to face with recruiters to learn about career opportunities  
  • Engaging professional workshops designed to prepare you to become successful Latino business leaders in corporate America
  • Strengthening effective communication and interviewing skills
  • Connecting with other top ALPFA students from universities within the region



  • Freshman-Seniors from 4-year universities/colleges
  • Community College students (with intent to transfer to a 4-year university)
  • Full-time first-year Graduate Students
  • ALPFA Chapter Student Affairs Mentors
  • University Faculty Advisers (Current or Prospective)




  • Building a Foundation for Success – ALLSTATE – 2005 BIF
  • Tú! --Leveraging your Latino values to build your personal brand – ALTRIA – 2011 BIF
  • Effective Listening – CIA – 2057 BIF
  • Brand Yourself! Develop your own marketing plan and learn how to land a great first job – DELL – 2063 BIF
  • Solo Cup Challenge – RSM US LLP – 3057 BIF
  • Lead without a Title: You don’t need a title to be a leader – how anyone, anywhere can make a positive difference! – CARGILL INC – 3063 BIF


Agenda (click to download as PDF)

8:00 am                Registration/Networking Breakfast (BIF Commons)

8:30 am                Welcoming Remarks (Deloitte Auditorium)

§  Rebecca Monarrez, President, ALPFA Illinois

§  Dr. Michael Campo, Chief Operating Officer, ALPFA Chicago

§  Michael Ames, Section Sales Director, Altria

§  Yesenia Mendez, Allstate Internal Auditor, Allstate Insurance Company

§  Mauricio Gonzalez, Associate Dean of Advancement, College of Business at Illinois


§  Mona Asra & Michael Rodriguez, ALPFA Chicago

8:45 am                To Tell the Truth: Real CPAs Edition – Sponsored by AICPA

§  Anthony Newkirk, PhD, Senior Manager of Diversity and Inclusion, AICPA

§  Dwan Jones, Communications Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, AICPA


§  Erica Beck, AICPA

§  Andrew Coombs, AICPA

§  Patrick Lee, AICPA

9:45 am                Keynote Speaker (Deloitte Auditorium)

§  Illinois State Senator Martin Sandoval

10:00 am             Leadership Panel - Sponsored by KPMG & EY (Deloitte Auditorium)


§  Laura Guzman, Tax Managing Director, KPMG

§  Juan Hernandez Trigueros, Audit Associate, KPMG

§  Norma Scagnoli, Director of eLearning, College of Business at Illinois


§  Mauricio Gonzalez, Associate Dean of Advancement, College of Business at Illinois

10:45 am             Break

11:00 am             Workshop Session 1 (same line-up for both workshop sessions)


    Building a Foundation for Success – Sponsored by Allstate (2005 BIF)

§  Jaime Morales, Allstate Agency Owner/VP of Strategic Partnerships ALPFA Chicago


Tú! --Leveraging your Latino values to build your personal brand – Sponsored by Altria (2011 BIF)

§  Kim Knight, Broker Account Manager, Altria

§  Lauren Jones, Senior Recruiter, Altria

§  Kristina Mendoza, Unit Manager, Altria

§  Juan Olivares-Gomez, Sales Development Associate, Altria

§  Julia Whittet, Territory Sales Manager, Altria


    Effective Listening – Sponsored by CIA (2057 BIF)

§  Cristina Temboury, Program Manager, Central Intelligence Agency


Brand Yourself!; Develop your own marketing plan and learn how to land a great first job – Sponsored by Dell (2063 BIF)

§  Kim Gamez, Finance Integration Senior Manager, Dell

§  Diego Hernandez, Senior Financial Analyst, Dell

§  Kim Webel, Audit Senior Manager, Dell

Solo Cup Challenge – Sponsored by RSM US LLP (3057 BIF)

§  Diana Angulo, Tax Manager, Private Client Services, RSM US LLP

§  Michael Gerlach, Assurance Senior Manager, RSM US LLP


Lead without a Title:  You don’t need a title to be a leader – how anyone, anywhere, can make a positive difference! – Sponsored by Cargill, Inc. (3063 BIF)

§  Ivan Nuñez, Application Support Analyst and Hispanic Business Resource Group – Vice Chair, Cargill, Inc.

§  Andrea Roca, Central America Manager – Trade & Structured Finance, Cargill, Inc.

§  Fabio Suenaga, R&D Finance Lead – Functions Finance, Cargill, Inc.                                                           

12:00pm               Mentoring Luncheon & Keynote Speaker (BIF Commons)

§  Introduction of Keynote Speaker – Eduardo Tobon, President, ALPFA Chicago

§  Lieutenant Governor of the State of Illinois Evelyn Sanguinetti                               

1:15 pm                Workshop Session 2 (same as above)                               

2:15 am                Break                               

2:30 pm               Leadership Panel: What You Can Do Today, To Be a Leader Tomorrow – Sponsored by
                                Ernst & Young (Deloitte Auditorium)


§  George Martinez, Assurance Senior, Ernst & Young

§  Hermengarda Patino, Staff Accountant II, Caterpillar, Inc.

§  Louis Perez, Executive Office/ Corporate Communications Associate, Caterpillar, Inc.

§  Daniel Sanchez, Assurance Staff, Ernst & Young


§  Jessica Marquez, Illinois Student & Incoming Tax Staff, Ernst & Young

3:15 pm               Career Fair (BIF Commons)

4:30 pm                Event Concludes

Learn more about ALPFA Premium Student Membership Benefits such as free registration at Student Symposiums like this at


Look who's talking!

Illinois Lt Gov Evelyn Sanguinetti

Evelyn Sanguinetti is proud to serve the residents of the State of Illinois as their 47th Lieutenant Governor. She is a wife, working mother of three and an attorney by trade. She was formerly an adjunct professor of law and a Wheaton City Councilwoman. 

Evelyn was born to teenage parents in Hialeah, a neighborhood outside of Miami, FL.  Her mother was a Cuban refugee and her father, an Ecuadorian immigrant.  Evelyn recalls moving frequently as a child because her parents were unable to afford rent.  While they were of little means, her parents were determined to give Evelyn every opportunity to succeed. 

Growing up, Evelyn developed a love for the arts.  She learned how to play the piano at a local community center and was accepted into The New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL. Evelyn not only became an accomplished pianist, she cultivated a love for learning.  This educational opportunity allowed her to pursue a college education at Florida International University. 

Following graduation, Evelyn moved to Chicago to attend The John Marshall Law School where she developed an understanding and passion for the law and for Illinois.  Evelyn soon joined Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan’s office as an Assistant Attorney General where she fought to protect the people of the State of Illinois. 

In 2010, Evelyn suffered an accident while walking on Wheaton city property.  Subsequent medical examinations revealed that she has Multiple Sclerosis.  Evelyn vowed to never let her MS stop her.  She proceeded to run for, and win, an election to the Wheaton City Council on a platform of delivering efficient, streamlined government. 

As Lt. Governor of Illinois, Evelyn is committed to fighting for all Illinois residents. She will apply the same passion to her new role that has propelled her throughout her life, from humble beginnings in Hialeah, FL to becoming Illinois’ first Latina Lieutenant Governor.



Senator Martin A. Sandoval is a respected leader in Illinois, a prominent policymaker and is considered one of the nations leading progressive voices. He is first generation Mexican-American born of proud immigrant parents from Guanajuato and Michoacán, Mexico.

Prior to his public career he was a community leader advocating for parks and schools that would later serve the fast-growing Mexican community in Chicago. In 1997 Sandoval was the force in securing $23M to develop Chicago’s first school-park campus, namely Socorro L. Sandoval Elementary, named after his late sister Socorro Sandoval, a schoolteacher that taught at a Chicago Public School who later died in a tragic car accident.

Senator Sandoval has more than 30 years of leadership experience at the highest levels of state, county and federal government. His service includes appointments to the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington D.C. and Chicago. He is currently serving his fifth term as State Senator. Senator Sandoval is the first Latino and current Chairman of the Transportation Committee in the Senate. As a freshman senator he was the first Latino appointed Chairman of the Commerce and Economic Development Committee.

He is a major voice in transportation and school construction investment. In 2009 he crafted Illinois’ Capital Investment Program: $14.3B for roads and bridges, $7B for high-speed rail, $3.6B for elementary school construction and $1.5B for universities.
Sandoval’s core beliefs are rooted in the community. He visits schools throughout the year to motivate youth, and attends LSC and parent meetings to share education policies.

He continues to provide much needed resources to the 11th Senate District, which includes the neighborhoods of Brighton Park, Clearing, Gage Park, Little Village, West Lawn, and the West Cook municipalities of Bedford Park, Burbank, Cicero, Forest View, Lyons, McCook, Stickney, Summit and Riverside.

Senator Sandoval resides in the Chicago Southwest Side neighborhood of Gage Park with his wife Marina, their twins Martin Jr. and Angie and their daughter Jenny.

Sandoval was born in Chicago (1964) and is a graduate of Quigley Preparatory Seminary South High School (1982) and went on to continue his studies at Loyola University in Chicago (1986) where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology.

Look who's hiring!

  1. AbbVie

  2. AICPA (Lead Partner)

  3. Allstate

  4. Altria

  5. Cargill

  6. Caterpillar

  7. CFPB

  8. CIA

  9. Dell

  10. Deloitte

  11. Ernst & Young

  12. Grant Thornton

  13. HSBC

  14. KPMG

  15. PwC

  16. RSM




  • Freshman-Seniors from 4-year universities/colleges
  • Community College students (with intent to transfer to a 4-year university)