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Chicago – Over 2,000 Hispanic high school students representing 45 high schools in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee, Oregon, and Nebraska have pre-registered to attend the launch of USHLI’s 2023 Student Leadership Series (SLS). The series will continue throughout the year nationwide.

The goal of the SLS is to motivate public school students to make education their personal priority, take responsibility, improve their academic performance, graduate and prepare themselves to meet the challenges that lie ahead, take advantage of the opportunities that await them and enjoy the benefits that an education will bring in their life and career.

The SLS launch will begin with a press conference at 8:45-9:15am, Thursday, February 16, in the Gold Coast room, lobby level, at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk. Present will be USHLI President Dr. Juan Andrade, launch speakers, and sponsors.

Three nationally prominent speakers will address the SLS Rally at 9:50-11am. They are Claudia Romo Edelman, Founder and CEO of the We Are All Human Foundation in New York, Mateo Magdaleno, CEO of IDQ (I Don’t Quit) in Dallas, and Melody Gonzales, executive director of White House Initiatives for Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics in Washington, DC.

Students will also attend workshops on how to finance their post-secondary education or training and meet with recruiters representing 61 colleges and universities. 

The SLS Chair is FedEx. Co-Chairs include the Coca-Cola Company, National Education Association, Rumba Meats, United Parcel Service, and Wells Fargo. Sponsors are Denny’s and the U.S. Department of Defense.

For more information contact David Cordova at or Dr. Juan Andrade at

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For all businesses, but particularly smaller teams and start-ups, networking is essential to building relationships and gaining opportunities to grow the business. These opportunities are more than just referrals for new customers. Networking is a popular way to share ideas and collaborate with fellow business owners. But, networking is a true art form and there are definitely some ‘do’s and don’ts’ to consider for it to be successful. Here are some tips to help you on your way to becoming a networking pro. READ MORE AT FINANCE MONTHLY

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Why Networking Matters… Still


Networking. A word that can summon fear into even the most resilient of entrepreneurial hearts. However, little else can grow your business as powerfully as networking can.  At its core, networking is the process of building relationships. Over time, these relationships will reveal interesting and worthwhile opportunities for you. READ MORE AT BUSINESS2COMMUNITY

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How to network: eight simple tips

8602391464?profile=originalNetworking… many people see it as a necessary evil in the business world, and for some it can be difficult to master. Networking connects people with one another, sparking new ideas, forging new partnerships, and making an event worth attending. Sounds great, however, the problem with networking is that it can be, well, awkward. If you’ve ever turned up to a gathering as a “newbie” or first timer, you’ll know the feeling of hovering by the doorway, not knowing who to approach or where to begin. READ MORE AT SUNDAY BUSINESS POST

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How to Impress a Really Busy Executive

8602422871?profile=originalImagine you are presenting to 1,000 people. The lights come up, and as you leave the stage you are confronted with a dozen or so people from the audience.

Hands thrust out, many asking direct questions about your content. Others are more subtle, and just pass you their cards or say they loved your speech.

You’ve likely attended a speech like this, eager to get a word in with the presenter. But it’s easy to forget that people are busy, especially those who are more high profile (and giving speeches to thousands of people) or have been in the business for some time. They’re constantly bombarded with requests to meet or give advice, but occasionally someone cuts through. How?

To help you work a room and achieve more than just a handful of business cards, follow these pointers: READ MORE AT FORTUNE

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7 networking mistakes to avoid at all costs

8602424274?profile=originalIf you desire to move forward in your career, you’ll need to brush up on your networking skills. The thought of interacting with people you may not know very well and selling what you have to offer may be nerve-wracking, but it’s a necessary evil if you want to make meaningful career moves. How do you network without making a bad impression? The Cheat Sheet consulted Vicki Salemi, a careers expert at Monster, and Chelsea Krost, brand consultant and host of The Chelsea Krost Show, for advice on how to put your best foot forward. Here are the top networking mistakes you need to avoid at all costs. READ MORE AT CHEAT SHEET

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Networking Icebreakers That Don't Totally Suck

8602418886?profile=originalNetworking can feel a bit like going to the dentist: You know it's important to your overall career health, but it can be so painful. So it’s understandable that you might want to take a no-nonsense approach to these events. Your time is in short supply, and really, we’d all rather spend whatever’s leftover from a 4060-plus hour workweek at happy hour with friends, not chatting it up with random strangers. Yet, as tempting as it might be to get straight to the point with your laser-focused career questions, that tactic might not be serving you well in the long run. READ MORE AT REFINERY 29

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4 Smarter Ways to Work Your Connections


Getting a personal introduction to a strategic investor or business partner means everything to an entrepreneur. Likewise, executives depend on being able to pick up the phone to get insights into a new market or find the world's greatest marketing guy.

Business life has always been about connections. Business leaders spend decades building and cultivating those relationships. They cherish their networks because they know it's their most valuable asset. And they're not about to do anything stupid to jeopardize them.

Unfortunately, you may be doing just that. If your networking strategy is simply to grow it, then you're likely doing more harm than good. Contrary to popular wisdom, bigger networks are not necessarily better networks. There are pitfalls I see too many of you falling into, these days.

Here are four ways to building and maintaining a network made up of strong, quality relationships that will last forever. READ MORE

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Networking To Land A Job


Need a job? You need to network. Have a job and want to keep it? You need to network. Networking should be a career-long endeavor that is just as important as performing your job in an excellent manner. Here's why. First, if we have learned anything over the past four years, it's that job security does not exist - if it ever did. One big economic downturn - or any number of other variables you cannot control - and you could find yourself sending out resumes and hoping for a call.

Once you get that job, if you are not moving forward, you are moving backward. Career success is often found by moving up, and if you've been in the business world long enough, you know that the person most deserving of the promotion does not always get it. Sometimes, it's the "schmoozer." READ MORE

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Latinos Top Everyone In Social Media Activity


There is no one more hashtag happy or "Like" giddy than the average Hispanic online.
Hispanics are the most active group on social media networking sites, according to a new Pew Report, reinforcing the importance of this young demographic to the future of mobile advertisers, web-sites, and apps.

According to the survey, 80 percent of Hispanic adults in the U.S. use social media, that's more than whites (70 percent) and African Americans (75 percent).

The survey shows an increase from 72 percent of Hispanics in 2012 to 80 percent now, an increase of 8 percent. READ MORE

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Have you ever watched a small child enter a new social situation?

Perhaps it’s a playgroup or a local park. Depending on the child, she will likely take a while to play on the perimeter and observe the others, before picking someone to play beside.

Eventually, the child will interact with the strangers, finding some point of common interest -- the same yellow shovel, a cute flower on both their dresses. She doesn’t mind if they’re boys or girls, black or white. She doesn’t ask about religion or politics. She just finds something in common and makes a new friend.

It’s remarkable, really. And according to research on the science of networking, it’s something that adults should be emulating.

The sad truth is that people instinctively gravitate toward people like themselves. This is the easiest way to form associations -- we know that people like us will share the same norms. And if they broadly share our opinions about the world, we won’t have to deal with too much conflict. Sounds great, right? READ MORE

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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.

Time is running out to secure your ticket for the Hispanic Heritage
Month Kick-Off Networking Celebration this Friday. Don't miss out!


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