The University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business has been selected as the lead academic sponsor for the 2010 National Conference and Career Expo of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA). The conference will take place in Chicago on Oct. 21-23, 2010.
“We have matching missions,” said Carolyn Woo, Martin J. Gillen Dean of the Mendoza College of Business. “Both the Mendoza College and NSHMBA seek to develop business leaders who have a concern for the greater good of society as well as their organizations. The conference is an exciting opportunity for us to support their vision.”
Past conferences have connected more than 8,000 Hispanic MBA students with 240 corporations and 70-plus academic institutions for the purposes of promoting professional development in the Hispanic community.
During the three-day conference, participants can attend presentations by world-class leaders representing nonprofits, higher education and corporate America. The conference also offers résumé and interview clinics, a case competition and the job expo, which provides attending companies with the occasion to recruit Hispanic talent.
Notre Dame has made significant strides over the past 20 years in its commitment to diversity. Since 1987, minority enrollment at the University has increased from 7.5 percent to more than 21 percent. Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies has been called “the Midwest’s most prominent institution devoted to policy-relevant research on Latinos.” Hispanic Magazine has ranked Notre Dame 13th on its 2008 list of “Top 25 Colleges for Latinos,” the sixth year the University has made the list since its debut in 1999.
Recently, Mendoza strengthened its presence in Chicago by opening the Chicago Executive Commons, a newly constructed Executive MBA classroom in the historic Santa Fe Building on Michigan Avenue.
Offering one-year and two-year MBA options, the Mendoza College of Business programs feature immersions in Asia, Latin America and Europe. Through “live case” classroom experiences, students analyze, investigate and offer solutions for real-life problems presented by executives from some of the largest global organizations, including Coca-Cola, GE, Hewlett-Packard and OfficeMax. The school also offers two executive-format MBA programs in downtown Chicago and on campus in South Bend, with an off-site classroom in Cincinnati.
Created in 1998 as a non-profit organization, the NSHMBA is widely known as the "Premier Hispanic Organization," and serves 32 chapters and 8,000 members in the United States and Puerto Rico. It exists to foster Hispanic leadership through graduate management education and professional development. NSHMBA works to prepare Hispanics for leadership positions throughout the United States, so that they can provide the cultural awareness and sensitivity vital in the management of the nation’s diverse workforce.