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NSHMBA Cleveland marks one year achievement


By Arooj Ashraf, La Prensa Cleveland Correspondent


National Society of Hispanic MBAs is celebrating 20 years of excellence in developing leaders and the Cleveland Chapter marked its own success on April 22, 2008 at the Intercontinental Hotel.


The Chapter Achievement ceremony was sponsored by the Cleveland Clinic with distinguished guest speaker, Deborah Plummer, PhD, Chief Diversity Officer and Executive Director Office of Diversity.

Photographed, L-R (Top): Andres González, Maru Tapia, Artemio San Martin, Terri Hamilton-Brown, Dr. James Divoky, & Dr. Benoy Joseph; bottom: Alexander Zalesky, Karen White, Ron Bower, Director of Talent Sourcing, Dr. Julia Grant, & Dr. Raj Aggarwal.


In May 2007, the Chapter had announced intentions to complete its eligibility requirements and remove “chapter in formation” status within 18 months and to join the 32 existing chapters in U.S.A. and Puerto Rico, and a family of 7000 active members nationwide.  


“I am here to tell you we are ahead of schedule and it is all due to your continuous support,” said Artemio San Martin, President of NSHMBA Cleveland.


San Martin thanked guests, corporate sponsors and partners for their continued support in, “successfully bringing one of the nation’s most prestigious Hispanic organizations to Northeastern Ohio.”


He said the chapter is committed to establishing relationships with organizations in both corporate and nonprofit sectors and providing a networking platform that will increase recruitment Latino professional, and provide leadership training and research development. A prime example of strong relationship is with the Cleveland Clinic.


Dr. Plummer emphasized the need for more Latino and minority representation in Executive and Management positions at the Clinic. “NSHMBA exists to make an immediate impact on the visibility of Hispanic professionals, MBQA and students in North East Ohio by fostering Hispanic leadership,” she said.


The Cleveland Clinic currently has a 2 percent representation of Latinos in its workforce. Dr. Plummer said the Clinic is committed to developing its workforce to represent the regions diverse demographics and that begins with increasing minority representation in management and executive leadership. “We are looking for talent, and planning not just for today but for tomorrow’s healthcare needs,” she said.


Education development is another key tenant of the organization and in 2007 NSHMBA provided over $1million in financial assistance to outstanding Latinos pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA).


“Its great to have the chapter here now because it makes the Hispanic talent in the region visible and its great to meet other accomplished Hispanics and be inspired by them,” said Stephanie Morales.


Maru Tapia, Regional Vice President came from Dallas, Texas to celebrate the chapter’s achievement and said the group has much to be proud of and many more exciting things to look forward to. She said the chapter will be a wonderful platform for professionals to network and step up representations in Fortune 500 companies that actively recruit from NSHMBA members.


Tapia said while most companies and organizations are feeling the effects of a slumping economy NSHMBA’s national revenue has grown by 18 percent.


NSHMBA Cleveland’s membership is open to everyone interested and has grown to 130 in the last year. “I invite you to discover all that NSHMBA Cleveland has to offer to each of you and join us as we continue building this legacy for our community,” said San Martin.


Representatives of local partnering organizations and leading sponsors were presented with awards from NSHMBA Cleveland.


For more information, please contact Artemio San Martin at 216-456-2234 or [email protected]  and visit www.cleveland.nshmba.org






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