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WELCOME TO THE NEW ERA! IN THIS ISSUE:

A Message From Our President Member Spotlight: Two Success Stories Who is ALPFA Seattle? Our Annual Gala - An Ongoing Celebration of Latino Leadership in the Northwest The First Annual Student Summit: A Success! 2007 Kick Off: A Perfect Start! Calendar of Events Current Sponsors

ALPFA Seattle is pleased to announce the beginning of a new era with its first newsletter in 2007. It will be a quarterly publication and its members will be able to find a wide variety of topics such as: past and upcoming events; accounting and finance articles that will allow you to enhance your expertise in the field; members’ success stories; and opportunities related to professional growth, relationship building, as well as potential employment with a variety of companies and accounting firms in the Northwest.

the support and guidance of our national office. The Chapter’s mission aligns with ALPFA National’s, which is to create opportunities, add value, build relationships for its members, the community and its business partners while expanding Latino Leadership in the global workforce. In the last two years, the Chapter has efficiently and successfully grown into one of the most respected and well established Professional Minority Organization in the Northwest.

The Seattle Chapter (the Chapter) was initiated at the beginning of 2005 by young, talented professionals in Finance and Accounting with

You will be hearing all about the Seattle Chapter’s professional achievements and community involvement throughout the year in forthcoming publications. It is our hope that you will make this forum a place where you can find information that you are interested in, and that will keep you up to date with your Chapter. In order for this to be a success, we need you to provide us with your feedback. We look forward to hearing from you, and meeting your expectations. Stay connected in 2007 by reading and contributing to this newsletter!

A Message From Our President As we begin an exciting new year for the ALPFA Seattle chapter, I'd like to take a moment and highlight several of our accomplishments from 2006. Throughout the past year, we not only increased our membership to over 120 members, but we also hosted numerous successful events, including our first Annual Awards Gala, "Promoting Professional Latino Leadership in Business," at the W Hotel in April 2006.

Over 180 guests attended an evening filled with dynamic keynote speakers from top local companies, including Microsoft, Starbucks, and Weyerhaeuser, among others. Our student members also had the opportunity to attend our first Student Summit at the University of Washington in November 2006, with workshops ranging from, 'Selling Yourself in Today's Marketplace,' to 'Negotiations Skills,' as well as a career fair in the afternoon for fulltime and internship opportunities.


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Our chapter was also actively involved in the Seattle-area community. We lead a financial literacy workshop for high school students in partnership with the Washington State Society of CPAs (WSCPA) and Accounting Career Awareness Program in August; participated in the Hispanic SeaFair, and assisted in the translation of financial literacy materials into Spanish for the WSCPA community service program.

A Message From Our

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As we move into a new year, I encourage each of you to get involved as we have an exciting program of events this year built to enable you to broaden your professional network, strengthen your leadership skills, and enhance opportunities for your career! I look forward to seeing you soon! Nerelys Cordero President

President Member Spotlight: Two Success Stories Who is ALPFA Seattle?

Member Spotlight: Two Success Stories The Importance Of Networking

Our Annual Gala - An Ongoing Celebration of Latino Leadership in the

By Tatiana Deras

Northwest

We always hear about the importance and the benefits of being part of an organization. It was not until my start at the University of Washington (UW) that I realized what those benefits really were.

The First Annual Student Summit: A Success! 2007 Kick Off: A Perfect Start! Calendar of Events Current Sponsors

I joined the UW Hispanic Business Student Association as a way to share experiences with other Latino students and expand my network in the Business School. It was through this network of individuals that I was introduced to ALPFA. Being only a freshman in college with an entrepreneurial spirit, my reasons for joining the organization were different than most. At the time, the Seattle Chapter was just being established. My passion and commitment to diversity, instead of wanting to build up my resume, drove me to join the group and make a contribution to their efforts of establishing the organization in the Northwest, as well as to learn from some of the brightest Latino professionals in the Seattle area.

I quickly realized that I had met an excellent group of professionals with premier leadership skills that were driven by their goals and had the enthusiasm to help those that were still in the pipeline, pursuing a professional degree. I learned that ALPFA does not only provide a structure for networking and mentoring but also offers unique career opportunities. It was at one of these events that I was able to stand out from a pool of applicants and be selected for an interview with Morgan Stanley. From the inception of the Seattle Chapter, I used my leadership skills and my passion to increase opportunities for Latino students to work and was nominated to be the Director and Chair of the Student Outreach Committee. My dedication to ALPFA and my academic achievements made me eligible to be considered as Student of the Year of the West Region in 2006. Having been presented with this award allowed me to gain more exposure among recruiters during the 2006 Annual Convention. At the convention, I did not only attend the educational sessions for students, but also a couple of the ones that were geared to


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professionals. I was, of course, intimidated to be one of the few students at these events but that did not stop me from networking with the professionals that were present. It was like this that I started a conversation with someone from Morgan Stanley who directed me in the appropriate path through the recruiting process and put me in contact with the right people. This ultimately resulted in a job offer that I had long desired with one of the most well-known banks globally.

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I joined ALPFA with the desire and the passion to help the group in their efforts to pave the way for other Latino students to accomplish their career goals and open opportunities; in return, ALPFA opened endless opportunities for me. I truly thank the ALPFA family because it had me “Looking Beyond the Horizon” and provided me with the opportunity to secure my first job after graduation with the company that I desired.

A Message From Our President Member Spotlight: Two Success Stories Who is ALPFA Seattle? Our Annual Gala - An Ongoing Celebration of Latino Leadership in the Northwest The First Annual Student Summit: A Success! 2007 Kick Off: A Perfect Start! Calendar of Events Current Sponsors

The Power of Building Your ALPFA Network skills to stand out in the prospective candidate crowd By Luis Pedro Martinez ALPFA, through its partnerships with LATPRO Many of us join ALPFA for and Microsoft’s diversity initiatives, enabled different reasons. Some of me to get my foot in the door of the interview these reasons include process. professional development, career advice, training, and Everything started with a phone call from the social identification with Latino local LATPRO recruiter informing me of an Professionals who share the same exclusive finance networking event hosted by background. Microsoft in order to recruit local, Regardless if you are student, a young, fresh professional talent. This networking out of college, professional, or an invitation was only extended to a very select experienced one, there is a common group of individuals, either directly through motivation and benefit in joining such a great Microsoft or through recruiting agencies that organization: a window of networking and the software giant trusts. My selection career opportunities. occurred with the latter, as LATPRO is currently one of the recruiting agencies that As an active member and Public Relations Chair for the Seattle Chapter, I was able to Microsoft trusts to find local Latino leverage on such networking and professional candidates. The phone call later became a opportunities to secure a job as a financial formal invitation to attend the event. As I analyst for Microsoft, the company I dreamed expected, the networking event was more a working for. informal session of interviews, in order to pick the most promising candidates for a formal Securing a job with this software giant is a second round of interviews. It was during cumbersome, stressful, and a highly competitive task. It not only requires you to this initial process that the ALPFA network have the proper education, the proper empowered me to stand out in the candidate professional experience, but also the perfect crowd. My leadership role with the Seattle mix of professional and social networking


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Chapter, as well my awareness of Microsoft’s commitment to diversity at the work place, and more specifically, its partnership with professional Latino Organization such as ALPFA, allowed me to present my professional profile as the right fit for Microsoft’s vision of a diverse, talent and leadership-driven, financial organization. This was the key difference that other candidates, minority ones included, could not bring to the table. The result: a phone call from two of Microsoft’s recruiting teams interested in pursuing the interview process. ALPFA’s help didn’t end on that informal networking event. During the interviews I had, I ensured to let the recruiters, potential co-workers, and potential-managers, know about my commitment to diversity and

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leadership, which is ALPFA, as well as I did not forget to mention that there were ALPFA members working for Microsoft, whom I have worked with through the Seattle Chapter. The fact that my commitments aligned with the ones of Microsoft, and that I had internal references, gave me the competitive edge that, added to my professional experience and education, enabled me to achieve the ultimate goal: get the offer and land the job. I am proud to say that ALPFA helped me achieve my professional goals. Moreover, I am more committed than ever to this organization, as I have experienced the rewards of being an active member and being involved in promoting Latino leadership in the Northwest.

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Who is ALPFA Seattle? ALPFA Seattle is a well-established chapter with a strong presence in the community and the professional world. 2006 was an excellent year for the ALPFA-Seattle chapter, as numerous events throughout the year were successfully completed. Events for 2006 included professional seminars on investing,

a Student Summit for career advancement, and a financial literacy efforts for Latino communities in the area. None of them would have been possible without the hard work of the board members and the guidance of the Advisory Board.


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The only way we can continue last year’s success is by keeping members informed and involved in the different events the Chapter hosts. Make a difference by approaching the Board Members, staying connected, participating, and expressing your ideas.

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For more information about leadership opportunities within our committees email us at membership@seattle.alpfa.org. New members are always welcome.

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A Message From Our President Member Spotlight: Two Success Stories Who is ALPFA Seattle? Our Annual Gala - An Ongoing Celebration of Latino Leadership in the Northwest The First Annual Student Summit: A Success! 2007 Kick Off: A Perfect Start! Calendar of Events Current Sponsors

Our Annual Gala - An Ongoing Celebration of Latino Leadership in the Northwest ALPFA Seattle would like to cordially invite you to participate in the 2007 Award Gala. This event will give you the opportunity to meet many talented professionals and students, interact with established individuals and leaders within the business community while enjoying our speakers and our entertainment for the evening.

There were various organizations, including Microsoft, Prudential, Weyerhaeuser, State Farm, and PricewaterhouseCoopers to name a few, as well as students from surrounding community colleges and universities!

Featured guest speakers for the evening included: Ed Morales, Chief Diversity Officer Prudential Financial; Effenus Henderson, Last year we held our 1st Annual Seattle Director Recruiting and Staffing Chapter Awards Gala, "Promoting Weyerhaeuser, our local keynote speaker, Professional Latino Leadership in Business," at Carmen Aguiar, CEO of The Aguiar Group, and the W Hotel in downtown Seattle from 6pm Manny Espinoza, ALPFA National CEO. to Midnight.


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The evening began with authentic flamenco dancing by the Ana Montes' School of Flamenco Danzarte, continued with dynamic speakers from both a national and local perspective, and ended with live salsa dancers from the Rumba Brava Dance Academy and the best salsa band in Seattle, Tumbalibre!

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This year, we expect to have 250+ guests and continue to have a successful event! Stay tuned for details! For questions or sponsorship information please contact email us at vicepresident@seattle.alpfa.org !


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The First Annual Student Summit: A Success!

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A Message From Our President

On November 18, 2006, the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA), Seattle Chapter, in partnership with the University of Washington’s Hispanic Student Business Association (HBSA), hosted its first annual Student Summit entitled, “Bridging the Gap: From the Classroom To The Office.” The Summit was held at the University of Washington’s Business School in Seattle, WA with over 120 attendees!

Brianne Belur, PricewaterhouseCoopers; • Negotiation Skills: Getting to Win‐Win ‐ presented by Dianne Brooks, Weyerhaeuser Corporation; • Business Etiquette: The Four Second Impression ‐ presented by Kimberly Scotz; Washington State Society of CPAs (WSCPA); and • You Have The Offer… Now What? ‐ presented by Arturo Campus and Wanda Ramos; Starbucks Corporation.

The Summit was an excellent opportunity for businesses and non-business students from the surrounding Seattle area, surrounding community colleges, and universities to discover, in a workshop setting, the tools to strengthen their skill-sets, extend their professional networks, and prepare themselves for the transition from the classroom to their future careers.

The day of the Summit was a full one, as in addition to the workshops, a career fair was hosted in the afternoon. The career fair included recruiters from the Big Four accounting firms, including Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, as well as other top companies, such as US Bank and Weyerhaeuser. Students were given one‐on ‐one exposure to apply for internships and full‐time job opportunities.

Member Spotlight: Two Success Stories Who is ALPFA Seattle? Our Annual Gala - An Ongoing Celebration of Latino Leadership in the Northwest The First Annual Student Summit: A Success! 2007 Kick Off: A Perfect Start! Calendar of Events Current Sponsors

The event kicked off with a dynamic keynote speaker, Mike Sotelo. Mike has a track record of leadership, diversity advocacy, and community involvement within Washington State. He is the President of the Washington State Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Co-Founder of Plaza Bank, and President of Approach Management Services. After the kick-off event, students chose from numerous key workshops led by business leaders from Local Fortune 500 Fortune Companies. The topics for the workshops included: Selling Yourself in Today’s Marketplace ‐ presented by Alejandro Cabrera, Microsoft Corporation; • Top Ten Things A Student Things Every Student Should Know ‐ presented by

Through a series of high‐quality events targeting students and professionals in the Seattle Area, ALPFA Seattle is exposing the Northwest to Latino leadership. As a young chapter, recently formed in March 2005, ALFPA Seattle is constantly building a portfolio of successful events, as well as leading membership recruitment among other professional Hispanic organizations in the area.


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2007 Kick Off: A Perfect Start! The Chapter held its 2007 Annual Kick-Off event at Amber in Belltown on Thursday, February 8, 2007.

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A Message From Our President Member Spotlight: Two Success Stories Who is ALPFA Seattle? Our Annual Gala - An Ongoing Celebration of Latino Leadership in the Northwest

Once again, Weyerhaeuser did a magnificent job sponsoring the event. The Chapter’s President, Nerelys Cordero, opened the night with a presentation of the Chapter’s accomplishments during the past year and a list of events for the upcoming year.

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The Chapter would like to thank Weyerhaeuser and all those who attended for making ALPFA- Seattle’s first event in 2007 a huge success.

For more information about ALPFA and future The evening’s program was brief but full of events please contact us at music and color. Everyone was very info@seattle.alpfa.org impressed with the turn out for the night with more than 60 attendees from different backgrounds in the finance and accounting field. The evening concluded with the raffling of an iPod, which went to Vuen Pahn, EAC accountant with Weyerhaeuser.

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Charter Funding and Advisory Board member for the Chapter, and Roberta Valentine, Recruiting Officer, with Weyerhaeuser and former Board member with the Chapter.

Seen among the audience members were Lourdes Sampera, Mortgage Advisor with


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