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The Hispanic Professionals Networking Groups seeks to increase the visibility of Hispanic business professionals by fostering a great unity through networking opportunities. NEW YORK * MIAMI

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Thanks Leslie!

All's well that ends well. With such a great crowd showing up to the February HPNG event, how can it not? Laura Martinez facilitated the lowdown from Leslie Sanchez on women Repulicans (what the ?) , stats on Hispanics in the U.S., the latest talk from D.C. on the immigration reform issue and of course, being an Apprentice.

A good time was had by all and the new faces in the group made it more engaging than ever. Thank you all.

SEEN AT THE SCENE: Longtime HPNG supporter, David Wolff, Maya & Miguel's Mindy Figueroa, the Tony Robbins boys, Oscar Arias and Milton Olave, Marketing y Medios' Mariana Lehmann, Estaban Quinones and his brother Ruben, newcomer Charles Jijon from USB, Bill Machado of City National Bank, Lourdes Lopez, PR maven Sheila Ilundain, Elsie Sanchez, Leslie Ramos, Canada's U.S. PR representative, Mary Ann Jones (yes, Canada the country), Merrill Lynch's Jean Jules and Arisleyda Maldonado, super accessories designer Geovana Flores, Carol Watson of Tangerine-Watson, Capital Leasing Solutions' front man Carlos Capellan, Max Gacitua of Latin Athletic sportwear (in a very futuristic jumpsuit), Maria Mejias of AXA, Stefanie Lauria, Marisol Medina and many others.

See you next month.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

HPNG Feb. Networking Event - Tonight

Independent Women: Leslie Sanchez and Laura Martinez tonight at the HPNG February Networking event, cool stuff.

When the media found out Leslie Sanchez was in town, they immediately asked her to appear on CNN with Paula Zahn. However, the live program conflicted with her appearance at tonight's HPNG event.

Thanks Leslie for choosing us over CNN.

Sorry Paula, maybe you should come to tonight's event.


Monday, February 19, 2007

HPNG Workshop Review by Carl Reid of LISTA

Carl Reid of the Savvy Intrapreneur reviews the HPNG February Workshop, Building Relationship Skills. The workshop was led by the oustanding Mariela Dabbah.

CLICK HERE to read the review on the LISTA blog.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Latina Style Awards Liz Claiborne

Liz Claiborne received the Latina Style award for the top 50 companies for Latinas to work in. The award was received by Zuzel Prieto, Liz Claiborne's highest ranking Hispanic corporate officer (and HPNG supporter).

Zuzel accepted the award live on Univision's Despierta America. Also, the same day Claiborne launched the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline.

Congratulations Liz Claiborne and Zuzel Prieto!

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Insider’s Guide to Resume Writing

Linked from the ever-so-informed, David Teten of the The Virtual Handshake blog:

Insider’s Guide to Resume Writing - free ebook, free download.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Razzle Dazzle Them

Dynamic? Check. Informative? Check. Outstanding? Most definitely!

For those who braved the weather and horrible commutes for the HPNG Building Relationship Skills Workshop, thank you.

Mariela Dabbah dazzled, but above all, informed an eager group on how to go beyond the typical way building relationships by, that's right, using your Latino heritage as a foundation.

The reviews were so outstanding in fact, we are considering an encore. Gracias Mariela!

Kudos to Robert Skelly from Neuman & Bogdanoff for an outstanding breakfast. Highly recommend their catering. Tell Robert I sent ya.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Wed, Feb. 14th - Final Registration Day - HPNG Workshop

Valentine's Day...chocolates, roses, wine...or registering for a workshop that sharpens your relationship building skills.

Why? Well, if you're an entrepreneur whose business depends on the quality of your relationships with your clients or in a coroporate job managing projects, it's all about the people. Doing something for yourself will make your Valentine's Day feel warm and fuzzy and will make you more productive.
(Although getting chocolates is also pretty cool.)

Who's going? You'll be attending a workshop with like-minded people from companies such as:
  • Greater New York Hospital Association
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Torrenegra Internet Solutions
  • Light Speed
  • State Farm Insurance
  • The Cooper Union
  • Expartus
  • McDonald's Corporation
  • Executive and Career Coaches among others
Our workshop leader Mariela Dabbah will make sure this isn't your, "sit and listen" type workshop.

What you will learn:
• You'll master the basic rules of developing long-lasting relationships that can be tapped for business.
• You'll be provided hands-on strategies and techniques for developing and maintaining those relationships.

Registration ends at 6 p.m. on Wed. Don't miss it!

I'll see you there.


Sunday, February 11, 2007

Major League Baseball, Marketing Manager, Latin America


Manager, Latin American Marketing
Department: Int'l Business Operations
Reports to: Vice President, International Broadcast Sales & Latin American / US Hispanic Sales & Marketing

Generate sponsorship revenue and incremental business growth from the Latin American Market. Assist in developing a strategic sales plan to increase the number of sponsors, consumer marketing promotions, broadcast viewership and programs in the region. Develop and execute programs via sponsors to enhance and increase brand equity and awareness of the Major League Baseball brand in Latin America and the US Hispanic Market.

Establish marketing and promotional initiatives for sponsor programs. Develop and manage relationships with sponsors and broadcasters in the Latin American market to promote the Major League Baseball brand in key product categories. Responsible for the management and sales of Special Event sponsorships in the region.

•Generate new and incremental revenue via new business opportunities. Develop and implement specific sales goals and objectives, both qualitative and quantitative, to support a fully integrated approach to building the business.

•Develop and implement strategic business plans for sponsorship featuring all product categories on an annual basis. Manage strategic objectives to meet specific financial goals for the business.

•Establish revenue/expense targets and manage the P/L for the business.

•Provide day-to day service of existing and new corporate accounts.

•Negotiate contract renewals and amendments, and manage contract execution for account base to establish the best possible business arrangements for MLBI.

•Integrate all components of the International business to maximize brand exposure, retail sales, market development, broadcast and sponsorship partners.

•Identify, research and analyze potential business partners and new trends in specific categories/markets and prepare and present proposals as well as evaluate new business proposals. Develop and help create new assets and programs to promote to sponsors.

•Manage the budget, expenses and the collection of all revenues for the business portfolio.

•Work with MLB International licensing to develop customized consumer and trade promotions, merchandising programs, and special retail initiatives to support tailored sponsor platforms.

•Manage and develop sponsorship opportunities for special events in the region (i.e. Opening Day, Spring Training, All-Star Tours, Baseball Festivals, etc.).

•Manage the All-Star Balloting program for the region.

•Assist the VP in the coordination and execution of special projects.

•Strong knowledge of Major League Baseball, sponsorship/sales industry, retail distribution, consumer marketing promotions and consumer/trade promotions across various product categories preferred.

•Strong organization, negotiation, project management, communication and interpersonal skills.

•Experience in selling corporate sponsorships and advertising packages in Latin America and/or the US Hispanic market preferred.

•Ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently and work with many different areas throughout the MLB organization.

•Strong Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) expertise.

•Strong analysis and presentation skills.

•Must be fluent in English and Spanish both verbal and written.

•Position requires extensive international travel (40%+)

•College Degree required.

To apply, send your resume to: jobs@mlb.com

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Laura La Fabulosa

Last month HPNG was very fortunate to have the extraordinary talents of Juan Manuel Benitez Co-hosting our event. This month, luck has struck twice.

Laura Martinez was an HPNG speaker in 2005 and we learned much about her and the great magazine she founded for VNU Business Media, Marketing y Medios. As its Editor in Chief, Laura took the magazine to new heights that the U.S. Hispanic market badly needed in a business publication.

Laura now returns to this month's HPNG event as Co-host to interview our guest speaker, former Apprentice and one of America's 100 Most Influential Hispanics, Leslie Sanchez.

Don't miss it, I'll see you there!


Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Our Community As a Resource

HPNG is having its Building Relations Skills Workshop on February 15th.

Yup, that's exciting.


When we set out to build HPNG as resource to the Hispanic community, it was about building a network that allowed us use each other as resource. Mariela's book, The Latino Advantage in the Workplace, expands on this idea.

We've all heard the stats and rethoric on the booming Latino market in the U.S., the billions of dollars in purchasing power, etc.

We get marketed to, reached out to and even "focused grouped" on, but when do we bring the experience back to each other? When do we make the time to teach our community from of our experiences and knowledge? Mariela Dabbah as our workshop leader, is doing just that.

Kudos to the national organizations that do bring the learning experience back to our community, such as NSHMBA and LISTA. However, for the rest of us, we count on each other; our contacts, our networking and our community-based organizations such as...well, HPNG.

Join us on Thursday, February 15th and you can learn from one of your own.


Thursday, February 01, 2007

Demand for Workplace Diversity Has Hispanic Executives Building Their Networks

ExecuNet interview with Ali Curi in 2006

These are busy times for Hispanic executives across the United States as employers increasingly target the fast-growing Hispanic consumer markets and recruit the kind of diverse senior-executive talent to lead and capitalize on those considerable investments. "I see an upswing in the hiring of Hispanics at the higher levels," Ali Curi, president of the Hispanic Professionals Networking Group (HPNG), tells the RecruitSmart Insider in an exclusive interview.

"I think there's also a big push to develop Hispanic candidates and get them out there…organizations are grooming their Hispanic executives to be candidates at the most senior levels," he adds. Curi, whose organization has offices in New York and hosts Hispanic executive networking events in both Manhattan and Miami, says that an increasing number of Hispanic business leaders are making a conscious effort to define, build and maximize their personal and professional networks.

"Part of it," he says, is: "So, you know a lot of people. Now what?" Hispanic executives are now more concerned about how their network is going to help their career, their development. They're certainly taking more control of their networks. "Further down the organizational chart, Curi adds, younger, emerging Hispanic leaders are now more aware of how their network can help their career and professional development. "They're taking a more active role in leveraging their networks. I also see more people reaching out for mentorship and leadership development opportunities," Curi says.

hmmmm....HPNG anyone?