NSHMBA and TCU: Partnership to foster Hispanic business leaders

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When the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) brought its 2015 NSHMBA Academy and Job Fair to Dallas, the organization called on its long-standing partner, TCU’s Neeley School of Business, to serve as lead sponsor for the event.

The NSHMBA Academy is a leadership enrichment program designed to accelerate professional development and support the advancement of Hispanic business professionals from across the country. Participants attend a variety of breakout sessions hosted by prominent experts and executives.

“We understand the vital role that quality education plays in unleashing the leadership potential of Hispanic students," says LaTanya Johns, director of Neeley’s Graduate Career Services. “We support NSHMBA in its mission today and in the future.”

During the event, NSHMBA announced details for its new strategic plan to address the changing educational and professional needs of young Hispanic business professionals. That plan includes extending its reach beyond the MBA community to undergraduate and high school students, as well as entrepreneurial audiences.

“For 26 years, our work has focused on advancing Hispanic leadership and career opportunities for Hispanic MBAs through higher education and professional development,” says Manny Gonzalez, NSHMBA CEO. “While this remains an important directive for our organization, we recognize that in order to significantly improve Hispanic educational attainment, we must reach students earlier. Today we are putting a stake in the ground to assure that Hispanics have the best chance of acquiring the opportunities available in a marketplace where no one is guaranteed a job out of college anymore.”

While higher education will remain deeply engrained in the NSHMBA’s DNA, the new strategic plan incorporates an aggressive corporate partnership component designed to accelerate the community’s professional advancement through entrepreneurship, internships and corporate placements.

“We are proud of our long-standing NSHMBA partnership and are excited to be a part of the historic unveiling of NSHMBAs new strategic vision,” says Johns. “Since 2004, the Neeley School at TCU has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to NSHMBA members and has been recognized and ranked by Hispanic Business Magazine as a Top 20 MBA program for Hispanics. 

“The Neeley promise is a commitment to unleashing human potential with leadership at the core and innovation in our spirit,” she says. “That promise is fulfilled both in and beyond the classroom in collaboration with our active alumni; our local, regional and national corporate partners; and through our affiliations with organizations like NSHMBA.”

Founded in 1988, the National Society of Hispanic MBAs is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting educational excellence and economic and social opportunities for Hispanics. With a national network of 40 local leadership chapters and close to 30,000 members, NSHMBA represents the Hispanic community in the United States and Puerto Rico.

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