2019 ALPFA Atlanta Professional & Student Leadership Summit
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2019 ALPFA Atlanta Professional & Student Leadership Summit

Join us for a day of Leadership and Career Development workshops for Professionals & Students, Career Fair and a Leadership panel from Corporate America. This important and impactful event for our ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals for America) Atlanta members.

 Export to Your Calendar 9/21/2019
When: Sat, September 21, 2019
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
Where: Home Depot Support Center
2455 Paces Ferry Road Southeast
Atlanta, Georgia  30339
United States
Contact: Atlanta Chapter

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Atlanta Chapter

We are excited to host our 2019 ALPFA Atlanta Professional & Student Leadership Summit on Saturday, September 21st at The Home Depot HQ.


About this Event

Join us for a day of Leadership and Career Development workshops for Professionals & Students, Career Fair and a Leadership panel from Corporate America. This important and impactful event for our ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals for America) Atlanta members.

Enjoy a day of Networking with Atlanta Professionals & Students. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided. (Professional attire)



Professional Workshop Sponsored by COX

Storytelling by Aaron Cacali, Group Creative Director for T3.


The workshop will start off with a multimedia presentation about the “art and science” of storytelling. The second half will consist of an interactive workshop where attendees participate in individual and group activities to practice the principles of storytelling themselves. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the importance of storytelling. Come ready to participate, be creative, and have fun.


Student Workshop Sponsored by UPS

Setup Career Goals and Resume Review By Veronica Vargas Region Talent Development Manager UPS and Jackie Costello Cox Talent Acquisition


Setting a career goal is about deciding where you want to head in your career, and noting the steps needed to reach that point. Applying the skills you learn in the workshop will help you to find a job, pursue your goals and increased confidence in your ability to be successful in your career goals. The workshop will also provide resume review.



  • 09:30am to 10:30am – Networking Breakfast and Registration
  • • 10:30am to 12:00pm – Professional & Student Workshops
  • • 12:00pm to 2:00pm – Networking Lunch and Career Fair
  • • 2:00pm to 2:30pm – ALPFA Welcome and Keynote Speaker
  • • 2:30pm to 4:00pm – Leadership & Career Panel Discussion

Keynote and Leadership Panel:

Our Keynote and Latino Leadership Panel is an exciting opportunity for all ALPFA Atlanta Professionals and Students Members to learn from experienced Latino professionals through a candid conversation about some of the challenges and opportunities faced by professionals from a diverse background.

Keynote Speaker - Jenny Phillips

Senior Director, Financial Reporting - The Home Depot

Keynote Speaker - Jenny Phillips

Senior Director, Financial Reporting - The Home Depot

Jenny is the Senior Director for the financial reporting team at The Home Depot. Daughter to a Cuban father and American mom, she graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas in 1996 where immediately was recruited by Arthur Andersen to work as an audit manager for the next 6 years. During her time in public accounting she managed audit and consulting services for an international, dual -listed client, including work on a joint merger. She latter joined Pepsico – Frito Lay in 2002 as corporate auditor and grew within this company for the next 10 years where she became the Assistant Controller for Frito Lay North America. She relocated to Atlanta, GA where she worked in Carter’s Inc as Assistant Controller and First Data Corporation as VP, Corporate Accounting & Accounting Shared Services for 2 years. Finally Jenny came to The Home Depot in 2016, where she serves as Senior Director for Financial Reporting team.

Panelist - Veronica Bogi

Consolidations Sr. Manager -The Home Depot

Veronica is a senior manager for the corporate accounting team at The Home Depot, she studied accounting at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. Short after graduating she started her career with Deloitte as an Auditor and within a year got promoted to a Sr. Auditor where she gained a lot of knowledge on the different industries that drive the economy of Venezuela. Veronica moved to the United States in 2005 and studied English once relocated to Atlanta, GA. She immediately took on an opportunity to become a Sr. Accountant in Consolidations at The Home Depot in August 2005 and ever since she has demonstrated her expertise to solve problems, taken the lead on several projects and through her leadership the accounting team has implemented new technologies such as Workiva and BPC in Consolidations, she has also participated with the success on implementing Workday for the US and Canada.

Panelist - Martha Bucaram

Corporate Counsel at Cox Automotive Inc

Martha Bucaram is Corporate Counsel at Cox Automotive Inc. where she supports the Supply Chain Management Team. She focuses on risk mitigation, strategic alliances, and the negotiation of technology, licensing, professional services, SaaS, Hosting, and distribution agreements.

Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, but local to Georgia since 2009, she is the VP of Marketing and Branding of the Professional Chapter of SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) in Atlanta and is active with several other professional organizations and non-profits including the Hispanic National Bar Association, American Bar Association Section of International Law, and the Georgia Latino Law Foundation. Martha obtained her Master of Laws in International Legal Studies (LLM) at New York University, and studied Communication in Business at Harvard University Extension School.

During her tenure as a corporate attorney, Martha has co-chaired global compliance programs, specialized in cross-border transactions, established offices overseas, and provided advice on commercial agreements facing both customers and suppliers. Before becoming an in-house lawyer, Martha worked for a full-service global law firm in Midtown, Atlanta, where she focused on white collar crime investigations (FCPA), construction litigation, and complex business transactions.

A native Spanish speaker with knowledge of not only the legal aspects of international ventures but also the cultural and business backgrounds of multiple jurisdictions, she is trained in civil and common law, and has a vast understanding of the legal markets in the United States and Latin America. Martha is passionate about the empowerment of women, as well as developing the pipeline for Latin youth in both the legal profession and STEM.

Panelist - Solandre Rypin

Principal Team Leader of Supplier Quality and Safety - Chick-fil-A

Solandre Rypin is Principal Team Leader of Supplier Quality and Safety for Non-chicken categories. In her role, she leads the team that ensures that Chick-fil-A products meet safety and quality standards consistently. She joined Chick-fil-A in June of 2012 and has held safety and quality roles since then. Prior to Chick-fil-A, she was the Quality Assurance Manager at Flanders Provisions, a frozen beef manufacturer in South Georgia. She also worked as a Research Assistant with Schramm, Williams and Associates, a consulting firm in Washington, DC that represents the Fruit and Vegetable industry.

Solandre holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Simon Bolivar, in Caracas, Venezuela and a Master’s of Science Degree in Food Science and Technology from The University of Georgia.

Solandre is married to Federico and they have two children, Isabella (2 years old) and Luke (10 months old.) In their free time, they enjoy spending time outside with their children and going to the beach in the summer time.

Panelist - Henry Ventura

Valuation Senior Manager – Ernst & Young Transaction Advisory Services

MBA professional with 15 years of experience in consulting, financial analysis, corporate finance, and valuation related services. Work experience in a global environment. Proven leadership abilities, strong analytical skills, results oriented, and exprienced at developing people and working with C-level executives. Fluent in English and Spanish.

Responsible for engagement management and review, staff training and development, business development and client relationship management. Performed a wide variety of services including financial modeling, strategic analyses, divestitures, tax reporting, IP valuation, joint ventures, deal structuring analysis, and valuations for financial reporting. Completed numerous intangible asset and business enterprise valuations for tax, financial reporting and M&A purposes. Understanding of GAAP, tax, and regulatory rules.

Met and exceeded revenue managed and utilization goals while delivering projects within budgets. Consistently ranked within top decile in the number of projects and utilization when compared to peers at same level.

Panelist - Dr. Mirkeya Capellan

IT Training, Resource Management, and Strategic Projects at the Mercedes-Benz USA

Dr. Mirkeya Capellán is responsible for IT Training, Resource Management, and Strategic Projects at the Mercedes-Benz US. Corporate office in Atlanta, GA. She oversees vendor and resource management activities within IT and leads special projects and initiatives by IT management. Dr. Capellán also manages a quality assurance team responsible for conducting performance, load, stress, and integration testing. Prior to Mercedes-Benz, she worked as a Senior Manager at Sogeti USA, an Information Technology consulting firm. In her twenty plus years in the industry, Dr. Capellán has held several positions and worked within different sectors including, Internet development, graphic design, project management, and quality assurance testing. In her past job she led the New York Testing Practice regional office, aside from serving other roles as the Delivery Manager and Corporate Social Responsibility lead. Dr. Capellán is also an adjunct professor at Pace University where she teaches undergraduate courses in computing.

Dr. Capellán is a frequent guest speaker at professional conferences fostering leadership and professional development among minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers. Currently, she serves on the committee for Under-represented Women in Computing group and as the Co-Chair for Software Engineering track at Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference. She also serves as a mentor at Mercedes-Benz Mentoring Program and has conducted various workshops encouraging young women to pursue careers in technology. Dr. Capellán is an active member of professional groups including: Latinas in Computing (LIC), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), Black Girls Code (BGC), Software Test and Performance, and Systers ABI.Atlanta. She uses her blog and social networking websites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, to share technology, educational, and career information. Dr. Capellán has appeared on local and international (CNN en Español) television programs as well as radio (WADO 1280AM). She was featured in Diversity in Action magazine, Latinas in Style magazine, and also in a New York Times article about Dominican immigrants and higher education in New York City. In 2018, Dr. Capellan received Hostos Alumni Excellence Award from her alma mater, Hostos Community College (CUNY).

Dr. Capellán holds a Doctorate of Professional Studies in Computing from Pace University, a Master’s degree in Information Systems, a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, and an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts. She and her husband live in Atlanta with their children.

Panel Moderator - Claudia Mendez Arriaza

ConCriterio News, Guatemala

Claudia Méndez Arriaza is founder and partner co-owner of “ConCriterio”, news programs in Guatemala of current events, analysis and debate in radio and television. Prior to this, she created and directed the magazine “Contrapoder”, in addition to this she presented the news in the program “A las 8:45” in Canal Antigua since it’s inception. She worked for 14 years in the newspaper “elPeriodico” as editor and journalist. In 2012 she was awarded a scholarship at Nieman Foundation in Harvard University, where she created an interactive homicide map of the City of Guatemala, the basis to publish the paper “Los siete mitos de la violencia homicida en Guatemala”.

Claudia’s news are focused on human rights, drug trafficking, and corruption. In 2001 she received the 1st Prize on National Journalism in Guatemala, and in 2013, with her editorial team and reporters, she received the National Journalism Award in news coverage. Claudia also teaches at the Universidad del Istmo. She translated the books to Spanish “Who killed the Bishop: the art of a political assassination” by Francisco Goldman and “Guatemala: Eterna Primavera, Eterna Tirania” from Jean Marie Simon (2010)

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