Learn more about the feature guests of The 2013 Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-Off Networking Celebration

Andrew Sund, President, St. Augustine College

Andrew Sund is the President of St. Augustine College (Chicago), which for over 30 years has been serving the higher education needs of the Hispanic community. He assumed office on July 1, 2008.

During his five years as president, St. Augustine College’s enrollment has increased by 39%. Additionally, under his leadership the college opened a new site in Southeast Chicago, developed new programs, strengthened accreditation and has guided St. Augustine from a period of turbulence into one of stability and success. President Sund has raised the level of recognition and prestige of St. Augustine, making it a respected advocate and player in the Hispanic and general community in the Chicagoland area.

He was born in Venezuela and lived in Chile, Mexico, Mozambique, Swaziland and Tanzania before settling in the United States. In addition to English and Spanish, Sund is fluent in three other languages.

President Sund began his career at St. Augustine College where he served in various functions, including faculty, Director of Institutional Research, Associate Dean for Curriculum and Assessment, Associate Dean for Student Services, and Interim Dean of Academic Affairs. He also worked at Olive-Harvey College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, as Assistant Dean for Research and Planning and Dean of Workforce and Community Education.

President Sund received his Bachelor’s Degree in History and Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s Degree in History from Northwestern University. He is preparing to defend his doctoral dissertation in higher education policy and administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

David Gomez, CE0 & President - David Gomez & Associates Inc., Convention Chair, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) National Conference

David Gomez — the award-winning founder, C.E.O, and President of David Gomez & Associates, Inc — demands excellence across the areas of executive search and corporate board placement. His expertise in diversity consulting also has earned him a consistent and prominent presence in the pages of national and trade publications including the Wall Street Journal as well as Latino Leaders and Dinero magazines.

Under Gomez's leadership, DG&A has established strategic relationships with the nation’s leading companies, providing them with the talent critical to continued business success. Gomez and his team have assisted organizations -- spanning the Fortune 1000 -- with tough-to-fill assignments in Healthcare, Government, Consumer Goods, and Non-Profit organizations. Recently, with the Healthcare System reform, Gomez has been instrumental in helping billion-dollar healthcare organizations take advantage of our Inclusive Methodology platform to deliver diversity at the most senior level to represent the patient population they serve.
David was appointed as the Chair of Board Nominations on the Board of the Directors for the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce after identifying its new CEO, Javier Palomarez. David also helped the formation of the New America Alliance (NAA), an organization of Latino business leaders, and co-founded the United Community Bank of Lisle, which, since its inception in 2002, had grown into a $400-million organization.
David Gomez received his Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Arts at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois in 1974. Gomez has also completed University of Chicago’s Corporate Responsibility Program and Harvard Business School’s Best Practices in Corporate Governance curriculum. Also, as the Corporate Board Chairman of the New American Alliance, Gomez was instrumental in the joint venture between HACR and NAA to create the first Board of Directors Program at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.

Edna Shmidt, Journalist & Co - Anchor, Noticiero Telemundo Chicago

Edna Schmidt has been recognized for her versatility, professionalism, and dedication as a news correspondent and anchor throughout a professional career that spans more than 20 years. During this time, she has covered several historic events, including the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York, the anthrax attacks, and the execution of Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber. Schmidt has also covered two World Cups, as well as the 5th Summit of the Americas, where leaders of the region had their first encounter with the President of the United States, Barack Obama.

Telemundo Chicago announced on July 29 that Edna Schmidt has been named co-anchor for “Noticiero Telemundo Chicago” 5pm and 10 pm editions, effective immediately. Edna brings more than 20 years of journalistic experience, in-depth reporting and professionalism to the award winning news team.

Simon Lopez, President, Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE)

With over 20 years of serving the Latino community through organizing, capacity-building, and economic mobility program and policy work, Simon has advocated for equal opportunities for Latinos to contribute to and benefit from our nation’s economy. He has helped establish innovative programs and partnerships across the country that prepare current and future Latino workers for high-demand career opportunities, designed national initiatives that promote education achievement and skills attainment, and worked with policy-makers, elected officials, and other key stakeholders to improve public workforce and education systems.

Simon has served on numerous local and national advisory groups that strive to ensure that Latino workers have access to meaningful education and training leading to economic stability. He continues to be actively engaged in dialogue and collaboration efforts with the White House, federal agencies, corporations, and nonprofits to shape national strategies around education and workforce development.

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