Silberman College students attend Latino business convention in New York City

ALPFA 2015

Silberman College students attend the Association of Latino Professionals For America’s annual convention this August. Attendees include (L to R), top row: Mary Sakin, Sabrina Sanflippo, Oma Nand-Gri, Laura Hernandez, Darwyn Nolasco, Michele Jorge and Sidney Salvodon. Bottom row, (L to R): Ziquing Yu, Carissa Anderson, Nidia Rodriquez, Omar Hamzan and Yusef Hamzan. (Photo courtesy of Sakin)

Students in the Fairleigh Dickinson University chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA) recently attended the organization’s 43rd annual convention.

From August 6-10, 2015, the Silberman College of Business students joined more than 3,000 Latino leaders, professionals and students from other universities at the New York Hilton Midtown to network and learn.

“The organization has not only opened many doors for me, but has also empowered me to achieve greatness as a first generation Latina student,” says Nidia Rodriguez, a senior studying management and human resources.  “The annual convention allows professionals and students to experience a variety of workshops and network with corporate executives. It has given me the opportunity to showcase my knowledge and professionalism.”

“ALPFA inspires and motivates students to become better business leaders,” says Mary Sakin, director of placement and outreach in Silberman College, who led the trip. The conference provided opportunities for companies to recruit talent and expand their presence in the Latino market. The conference was comprised of approximately 70% professionals and 30% college students.

“Andrew Rosman, dean of Silberman College, was kind enough to sponsor the event for the students on the ALPFA Board. These students have had multiple interviews with companies such as JPMorgan Chase, Deloitte, Johnson & Johnson, Prudential, Wal-Mart, PNC Bank and many more,” says Sakin. “This was an amazing opportunity for our students.”

The students who attended include: Ziquing Yu, Carissa Anderson, Omar Hamzan, Yusef Hamzan, Sabrina Sanflippo, Oma Nand-Gri, Laura Hernandez, Darwyn Nolasco, Michele Jorge, Sidney Salvodon and Nidia Rodriguez.

Founded in 1972, ALPFA empowers and develops Latino men and women as business leaders with character.