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Two Companies, a Corporate Hispanic Role Model to be Honored at the Three Kings Banquet

HISPA Presents Awards at Annual Dinner in Iselin, New Jersey

Princeton, NJ, January 8, 2013 – Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement (HISPA) will honor AT&T, Educational Testing Service and a Verizon employee for their support of its Role Model Program in 2012. HISPA will present these and other awards at its annual Three Kings Banquet on January 10 at the Hilton Woodbridge in Iselin, NJ.


HISPA’s Role Model of the Year Award will go to Verizon Hispanic Employee Resource Group leader René Herrera in recognition of his outstanding service. Princeton-based Educational Testing Service (ETS) will receive HISPA’s Champion of the Year award. AT&T will receive the Sponsor of the Year award.
Coinciding with the traditional gift-giving period of the Nativity in Spanish-speaking and other lands, the “Three Kings” dinner gathers some 250 corporate and non profits leaders, government officials, educators and others. They celebrate with the 800 Latino professionals who tell their stories to middle school students in New Jersey and beyond, inspiring them to remain in school, excel, graduate and go on to higher education.
Verizon is the Diamond Sponsor, AT&T is the Platinum Sponsor, and Educational Testing Service and Investors Bank are Gold Sponsors. Other sponsors are Bristol-Myers Squibb, PSE&G, Accenture, Chubb, Merck, Camera Mundi, Inc, and the PRIMER Network. Magda Yrizarry, Vice President of Workplace Culture, Diversity & Compliance at Verizon, a much respected Latina leader, will deliver the keynote address.

“We are so grateful to the role models who give of their time, and to our sponsors who enable our messages to youth at a critical point in their personal and academic development,” says Dr. Ivonne Díaz-Claisse, founder and president of HISPA. “Our nation’s future depends on a productive workforce, and Latino youth represent the largest portion of our future workforce. As we succeed we help our nation succeed.”
Based in New Jersey, HISPA has taken its Latino role model example to Chicago, Miami, New York City and San Antonio, Texas. “The HISPA model works,” says ETS Senior Vice President and HISPA board member Yvette Donado. “Its focus on those critical middle schools years – according to our research data – spells the difference between high or marginal productivity.”
Now in its 5th year, HISPA has Role Model Programs in 18 schools in New Jersey and supports programs in other states and localities that align with its mission. “Our supporters who believe in us and see the results want to see us move to the next level,” says Yvonne Shepard, Chair of the Board. “Our success speaks for itself. We continue to serve and grow and hope others will join us.”
For more information:

Please contact Mildred Medina
at 732-826-0415 or
mmedina@hispa.org