National Hispanic MBA Society Starts Paso Del Norte Chapter

August 23, 2010

Hispanic MBAs El Paso's new chapter of the National Society of Hispanic M.B.A.s will be led by, from left, Cesar Ayala, executive vice president; Jean-Paul Stanley, secretary of compliance; Leila Melendez, president; Marcos Delgado, treasurer; and Melissa Garcia, membership marketing coordinator.

El Paso native and 1978 UTEP alumnus Victor Arias was among the founders of NSHMBA in the late 1980s, said Carlos Careaga, the society’s west regional development executive.

“[The founders] got together and realized there were some issues they were seeing in the business world,” Careaga said. The NSHMBA founders noted a declining number of Hispanics in graduate school and found very few Hispanic colleagues at their places of business.

They started NSHMBA with six chapters in 1989. Today, they have more than 30 chapters and about 8,000 members.

The goal of the organization is to increase the number of Hispanics attending graduate business programs. To accomplish this, it provides scholarships to graduate students, offers professional development opportunities, trains chapter volunteers to be better leaders and publishes The Business Journal of Hispanic Research.

Once a year, the organization holds a national conference and expo—this year it will be Oct. 21-23 in Chicago—where more than 300 companies and universities will participate.

The Paso del Norte chapter of NSHMBA will become a full chapter in 2011, Careaga said. To become a full chapter, the group must have 40 members, hold two events, have the support of three universities and present to the national board in October. A leadership team has been established and is working to prepare its application, said Laura Uribarri, director of M.B.A. programs at UTEP.

NSHMBA members do not have to be Hispanic or have an M.B.A. to join the organization.

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