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Networking group for Latino professionals

By Marivel Aguirre-Aranda,
La Prensa Reporter
[email protected]

Last Thursday, the Columbus Hispanic Professionals (CHP) held their monthly meeting at Cozymel’s Mexican Grill in Dublin, Ohio.

L-R: La Prensa Reporter Marivel Aguirre-Aranda, Edward Sánchez, Jeffrey Agudelo, Xanath Van Frayen, and Lucy Jaramillo at Cozymel’s Mexican Grill in Columbus.

CHP is a networking group organized through Meetup.com by Edward Sánchez, realtor with HER Real Living & president of Mundo Latino Media Group.

The stated mission of CHP is: “to empower Latinos of all ages and/or backgrounds” by “participating, supporting, and/or developing programs, services, and activities that promote the growth of our members as effective professionals and strong leaders,” said Sánchez.

According to the Meetup.com website, “Meetup.com helps people find others who share their interest or cause, and form lasting, influential, local community groups that regularly meet face-to-face.”

According to the Columbus Hispanic Professionals’ website, the group is the second largest Latino Meetup group in the country.

To date, the group lists 134 members on its website. Of those, about 97 are active members, meaning that they attend the group’s meetings and visit the group’s website regularly.

Some of the most prominent members of the Metro Columbus Latino community are members of this group as well as Latino members of the community interested in building a strong and professional Latino presence in Columbus.

Ezra C. Escudero

CHP members include: Elizabeth Martínez, program director, Hispanic Mentoring Initiative for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio; Ezra C. Escudero, executive director of Ohio’s Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs (OCHLA); William Meléndez, president of the Columbus Chapter of the League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC); and attorney Rubén Castilla Herrera, Learning Organization and Human Potential Consultant/Speaker.

The group holds monthly meetings at different locations throughout Metro Columbus, usually during the last week of the month. 

For more information, visit the Columbus Hispanic Professionals’ website at www.Columbus-HispanicProfessionals.com or to join the group, visit: http://hispanic-pros.meetup.com/1/





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