Story published on the NSHMBA website on September 30, 2009
This past September 23rd, the NJ chapter held its 2nd Annual Fostering Hispanic Leadership Employee Resource Summit. In attendance was Steve Ramos, NSHMBA Interim CEO who visited NJ and met with sponsors.
Opening remarks were made by Fred Jenkins, Verizon’s Director of Diversity Management Group. The Keynote speech was made by Steve Ramos – CEO of NSHMBA. Following Mr. Ramos was a multi-sponsor panel discussion facilitated by Moises Modesto – Verizon’s Manager of the Diversity Management Group. The panel consisted of; Eli Diaz – Director of Verizon’s Business Operations, Ivonne Diaz-Claisse – President of the Hispanics Improving Student Performance and Achievements (HISPA), and Diana Real – Director of Claims for State Farm and representative for Statefarm’s Hispanic Employee Group. The panel presented ideas on how to collaborate with leaders outside the business unit, and how ERGs benefits employees as much as employers. Discussion pursued on gaining exposure to decision makers, developing strong peer relationships and learning new skills on raising an individual’s profile in the organization. Lastly, how ERGs provide talented people who might otherwise go unnoticed an opportunity to shine.
The event included representatives from other Hispanic ERG’s in assistance such as Princeton University, PSE&G, Verizon, Statefarm, Johnson & Johnson, Medco and more.