December 1, 2006

Empowering the business leaders of tomorrow

By Pablo Jaime Sainz

A local organization of Latino business leaders will host an event where they will recognize businesses that support Hispanics as well as award scholarships to future leaders in the community.

The San Diego Chapter of the National Sociey of Hispanic MBAs will have its Second Annual Gala and Sponsor Recognition Dinner on Saturday, December 2nd., at the Wynd-ham Hotel Emerald Plaza, in San Diego.

Related to the this year’s gala theme, “Empowering the Leaders of Tomorrow,” the local chapter will award $25,000 in scholarships to six local students who are working towards their MBAs, said William Greenwald, vice-president of finance of the group in San Diego.

“It’s important to encourage a new generation of Hispanic business leaders to continue their education and obtain their MBA,” he said. “We need leaders who understand our culture.”

The scholarship program helps current Hispanic MBA students to pay for their education, Greenwald said. This year six students will receive a scholarship at the gala.

“Furthering your education opens opportunities,” said Jimmy Toro, San Diego NSHMBAs vice-president of corporate relations.

The gala event, which was established last year to give more visibility to the chapter, also serves as a way of recognizing those companies that support Latinos in their struggles and in their education, said Greenwald.

“These companies help us fund our organization and at the same time they help us locally to coordinate events that give professional experience to our members,” he said.

Chapter President Flavio Kaplan said that “the gala celebrates what we have accomplished.”

Kaplan added that the Latino community needs more role models in education and in the professions.

Founded in 1998, the San Diego Chapter of the National Society of MBA’s fosters leadership through graduate management education and professional development in order to improve society.

It has grown from a small chapter to a mid-size chapter with more than 100 members locally. At the national level, the organization has more than 7,000 members.

Some of the events organized by the local chapter include mixers, networking events, and MBA’s education fairs, where local universities come together to provide information about their MBA programs to Latinos.

NSHMBA local San Diego chapter benefits include professional development and networking opportunities. The chapter conducts meetings, workshops and seminars that allow members to interface with leading corporations, universities and business innovators.

“We’re really role models for our community,” Greenwald said.


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