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WELCOME                                                                                 fb_logo_25x25.jpg    linkedin_logo_25x25.jpg    twitter_logo_25x25.jpg
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30 Years of Impact in Every Career Stage

thomas_savino_border.jpgThis month we officially begin our milestone 30th anniversary as an organization. Now more than ever, we are determined to continue our legacy of service and advocacy to students, professionals and entrepreneurs who are ready to lead and be a major influence in the future of our community and our country.  The impact and integrity of the work we have done all these years have been part of a lifelong relationship with thousands of Prospanica members, who we have impacted in every stage of their lives and careers.  

For Hispanic students, we award a select number of Prospanica Foundation scholarships to students pursuing their Master’s degrees and undergraduate studies. Among our member benefits are CPA Exam Prep Discounts, PMP and CAPM Certification Course Discounts, Tuition Benefits Programs for degrees with top business schools, full and half Scholarship Programs with our University Partner Program (UPP), and assistance with student loans and refinancing programs.  Prospanica’s support through university chapter engagement and internships are also proven initiatives that lead to future employment.  

For Hispanic professionals who are entering the workforce and career executives, Prospanica has broadened its reach through 46 Professional and University Chapters that span the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Prospanica Professional Chapters execute more than 250 events a year providing members with great environments to network, gain professional development, and better engage university, organizational and corporate partners seeking the nation’s most coveted talent: Hispanic professionals. Our Job Board provides a pathway to tangible employment offerings by Fortune 500 companies, as well as a variety of resources for everything from networking to best practices in the workplace.

For Hispanic entrepreneurs, Prospanica offers a fertile environment to exercise their leadership in the local business sector and connect with decision makers across many industries, which is integral to growing your own business.  We continue to develop programs to meet the evolving needs of our members, and entrepreneurs are front and center among our areas of focus.

In essence, Prospanica cultivates leaders in a way that covers the entire career spectrum. We indeed have a lot to celebrate, however, we still have a lot of work to do. Corporate America’s quest for diverse partners has become more critical than ever, and Prospanica wants to be the first organization companies rely on for direct engagement to Hispanic talent. As a Prospanica member, you are part of the next generation of diverse change agents who can chart a bold, new future by getting more involved. Here’s how:

1. Share your Prospanica experience with colleagues, employers and learning institutions. Help us get the word out on the programs and impact we make by encouraging everyone in your circle to go to www.prospanica.org for more information.

2. Help our youth achieve their goals by investing in our scholarships. Donations to Prospanica Foundation’s Scholarships help us cultivate a pipeline of extraordinary Hispanic leaders. Go to www.prospanica.org/donations/ to invest in our future. 

3. Confirm your attendance to the Leadership Summit from February 8-10th in Dallas, where chapter leaders, members and friends from across the country convene for cutting-edge leadership training and to connect with the Prospanica inner circle.  Register today at www.Prospanica.org/event/2018LeadershipSummit.

With your continued support, we look forward to another high-impact 30 years, and beyond.

Sincerely,

Thomas Savino
CEO Prospanica

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PROSPANICA NEWS
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Get Out Your Calendar and Register Today to Attend Prospanica's 2018 Leadership Summit
From Personal Influence to Collective Impact
 

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The Prospanica Leadership Summit convenes Latinos who drive change in their professions and communities. Over the course of three days, Prospanica’s chapter leadership and members will dive into topics and hands-on experiences designed for immediate application across their spheres of influence.

The summit features keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and customized events that offer resources, tools, and time for peer engagement and learning. With sessions for both Prospanica chapter leadership and other business professionals, the Summit will highlight how to transform personal effectiveness into community-wide change.

Registration: Full Summit - $115          Day Pass (FRIDAY ONLY) - $60

Register at: www.Prospanica.org/event/2018LeadershipSummit

Amplify your impact. Spaces are very limited.

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SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT
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If You Pay Them, They Will Come ... Maybe 
Submitted by Nationwide Insurance Company, a proud partner of Prospanica

screen shot 2018-01-19 at 10.44.25 pm.pngLong gone are the days of offering the best employees the highest salaries and expecting them to stay loyal to your organization.  Attracting, training and retaining top talent isn’t easy. It’s never been more important for organizations to treat employees well and fairly — but it has also never been more complicated with so many different generations in the workforce, each expecting different things from an employer. Think of some of the “newer” successful businesses – what are they doing differently to attract and retain the best employees? It’s not all about the dollar signs anymore – employees demand more than just a competitive salary. Consider these examples:

· Amazon recently announced they're testing a 30-hour workweek

· Airbnb gives employees a $2,000 stipend annually to go on trips

· Netflix recently began offering one year of parental leave to both salaried and hourly employees

· Bark & Co., a pet-driven organization, provides their associates and their pets coverage

These companies understand that employees are as important as the paying customers who consume the products and services they sell. Organizations know that the transparency of online media platforms means the company’s reputation is highly dependent on what its employees say. Leaders need to recognize that an organization's staff is its most critical asset. Employees are investments that will, if effectively managed and developed, provide long-term rewards to the organization in the form of greater productivity. What matters most to employees when it comes to attracting new talent and retaining good employees? Here are factors that employees say make or break their decision to take or leave a company.

Show them the money! Organizations need to ensure that the salary is attractive. This means paying the market rate. Employers that can afford to pay should do just that to keep the best and brightest on their staff, whether it’s in the form of a pay raise or periodic performance-based bonuses.

An attractive benefits/health insurance package. Consider offering variable benefits to help employees balance the details of their professional and personal lives. Benefits include life and medical coverage, paid leaves, short-and long-term disability and 401(k) plans and even meal plans! Offering solid benefits also demonstrates that the employer cares about its employees’ health and wellbeing, a good way to boost morale.

A work-life balance. Offering a flexible work schedule is one of the best ways to ensure employees are able to sustain good work-life balance, and it typically doesn’t cost an employer much to make such adjustments, like offering flex-time or telework options.

Advancement and professional development. An employee who feels stagnant in their role is much more likely to get restless and look elsewhere for new employement. Employers should offer an array of programs to assist employees with improving and development their skill sets. Next time you find yourself searching for a new employee, remember this: employees are not only looking for salaries commensurate with their responsibilities but they are also seeking a sense of purpose, and a feeling that they’re a part of something bigger than themselves.
 

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IN THE NEWS
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forbes_border.jpgOur very own Thomas Savino was interviewed by Kenneth L. Johnson, a distinguished Diversity Recruiter and Executive Search professional with 20 years of experience delivering talent recruitment solutions who in 2017 was named to the prestigious Forbes Coaches Council. Here we share Forbes article with our Prospanica familia.

Diversity: In Red, White And Black With Thomas Savino, CEO Of Prospanica 

In my last article of this series, I discussed workplace diversity with Jesse Tyson of The National Black MBA Association. In this article, we continue the theme, asking another leader in the space to join the conversation.

Thomas Savino is CEO of Prospanica, formerly known as NSHMBA (National Society of Hispanic MBAs). According to Prospanica's website, it's "a nationally recognized and premier nonprofit dedicated to developing Hispanic talent and growing the number of Hispanic professionals represented in industries of America to perpetuate economic growth and corporate competitiveness."

With leadership skills from major consulting and finance firms in New York City, Savino has created a sound platform for Prospanica's 300-plus chapter leaders and officers by providing extensive training and strategic direction. Prospanica is experiencing a steady increase in membership as it engages Hispanic leaders to serve as organizational mentors.

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PICTURE PERFECT
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Prospanica Chapters in Action: Exercising Service Leadership

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In 2017, our chapters and members worked to send students to the Annual Conference and volunteered countless hours to make it a success! Chapters also coordinated events to help Puerto Rico and Houston hurricane victims, created programs to promote the pursuit of business degrees among Hispanic students, and came out to improve their communities. Small or big, putting an effort to #makeadifference is what leaders do, and we could not be prouder of our members!

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ON A LIGHTER NOTE
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Q&A with Raquel Tamez, CEO of SHPE2016_1217 raquel tamez_border.jpg

Raquel Tamez is the CEO of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), a national organization founded in 1974 dedicated to building “a world where Hispanics are highly valued and influential as the leading innovators, scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.” SHPE is comprised of a national network of more than 300 chapters. SHPE’s mission is to change lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, support, placement and development. SHPE provides a variety of programming, services, and resources including hosting the largest annual Hispanic STEM conference in the nation. For more information, please go to www.shpe.org.

Q: Most people’s careers are basically a series of circumstances or paths you need to choose from.  And sometimes, you may be left wondering what if I took the other path.  Looking back is there a point in your career you’d like to go back to and see where that path would have taken you just out of curiosity?

Before law school: International Journalist and Reporter. My mother wanted me to pursue broadcast journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. I should have listened! I could be the Latina Oprah by now. LOL.

In law school, I thought of giving it up and becoming a professional downhill mountain biker. I was pretty good! I have the scars to prove it! My mantra: No Fear. No Regrets. But at the end of the day, I figured practicing law had more staying power.

I also LOVE heavy weight boxing and I could see myself as sports commentator. Most folks are surprised when I mention my aspiration to sit ringside as a commentator. But what’s there not to love about two highly-trained and skilled athletes going mano a mano? Boxers are some of the best performance athletes in the world. They have to dole out the punches and take them; and they have to be strategic all at the same time! Wow! I would be remiss if I didn’t remind folks that some of the very best boxers are Hispanic and Latino.  

Q: Imagine you are going into your most important business meeting ever and you can bring 3 people along as part of your crew…who would you bring and why? 

Right now my business is SHPE. And if we are being realistic. I would take my Chief Operations Officer. He knows me and my style and sees and fully supports where I want to take the organization. He’s smart, emotionally-intelligent; and a workhorse. Everything he pumps out is EXCELLENT. I would also take my Board Chair. He is a long-time member of SHPE; a brilliant engineer, shrewd business person, and a dynamic champion; and he knows SHPE and wants to take SHPE to a whole other level. He truly understands his role as Board Chair and my role as the CEO. And in this regard, he is supportive of the strategic measures and business actions I am recommending and/or taking as the CEO of SHPE. Finally, but most importantly, I would take my dad to this meeting. Why? Because he makes me feel invincible.

If we are being imaginative and could go back in time. I would take Leonardo Da Vinci. He was one of the first STEAM professionals! I’ve admired DaVinci and all of his amazing (and beautiful) contributions since elementary school. I still have my 5th grade paper on my favorite all-time historical figure. I would also take Jeff Bezos. He is multifaceted like Da Vinci. He is a technology and retail entrepreneur, an investor, electrical engineer, computer scientist, and philanthropist. He has his thumb on the pulse of the future. He is a disruptor. Inspired and moved by his step father that came from Cuba as a 16-year old immigrant with no English, Bezos, and his wife donated $33M to the DREAMERS. Wow! ¡Un beso y un abrazo fuerte para Bezos! Finally, but not least, I would take my dad to this meeting. Why? Because he makes me feel invincible.

 Q: Tell us what you immediately associate with each one of the following 5 feelings:                                                   

  • Anger – Injustice of any kind.
  • Sadness – Mistreatment of any sentient being.
  • Happiness – Puppies.
  • Fear – Failing.
  • Satisfaction – A job well done.

 Q: If you had a superpower, what it would be and why?

If I could have any superpower it would be: Precognition (or future sight). As the CEO of SHPE, SHPE is top of mind for me. Hispanics in STEM are top of mind. Hispanic professionals are top of mind. The educational advancement and empowerment of Hispanics is top of mind. I want to do my very best for SHPE and Hispanics. We have critical mass numbers and with all the current geopolitical factors at play – immigration, student enrollment, employment,  workforce, and the global economy and marketplace, to name a few – the time is now.  This is our time. And I have a sense of urgency. We should all have a sense of urgency. Hispanics can be THE solution to the global demands in STEM. Consequently, if I could easily anticipate and predict with the superpower of precognition, I’d like to think I could do more for the Hispanic Community.  

 Q: What’s on top of your bucket list?Mountain biking Machu Picchu



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