ALPFA hosts a banquet

The Baruch College chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals for America held its 11th “Annual Business Banquet" as its final event of the year. A former president shared her journey, new e-board members were announced and JPMorgan Chase was awarded the Outstanding Corporate Partner of the Year.

ALPFA Baruch, one of the oldest and well-established organizations of the school, hosted 25 events this past year and celebrated one of its most successful years.  It brought Amazon on campus for the very first time, hosted an internal audit session with the team of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and diversified their community at a “Brand Yourself” marketing and networking event.

The banquet celebrated the club’s recent success with guest speaker Janet Rodriguez, who shared her journey from president of ALPFA Baruch in 2008 to a talent acquisition manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

In her speech, she encouraged everyone to bring their most authentic selves to the table, take more risks, be adaptable and most importantly, enjoy each moment. The advice was much needed as finals approach and internship season is just beginning to bloom.

When asked about the biggest change she has witnessed at ALPFA Baruch since serving as president, Rodriguez mentioned an increase in student engagement, membership and diversity within the organization.

Rodriguez’s energy served as one of the banquet’s highlights. Trying to inspire audience members, she said, “Be thankful for what you have; you will end up finding more. If you focus on the things you don’t have, you will never have enough.”

After the Baruch alumna shared her insightful experience and wisdom, the new e-board members announced their objectives for the upcoming year and seemed ecstatic to fulfill their new responsibilities.

Eric Jiang, a junior who will remain in his position as the club’s director of membership, revealed that ALPFA Baruch’s first website is now in development and the team is working on a more stable membership system.

Kristopher Collado, who served as director of marketing this past year and will now be the co-vice president, wants to increase social engagement not only with Latino students at Baruch, but also students of all backgrounds.

Collado, who is pursuing a major in a statistics and quantitative modeling, also plans to host networking events that target majors beyond finance and accounting.

Benjamin Hartford, who will continue his position on the e-board, said the most valuable lesson he learned from his role as the director of professional development was the importance of giving back.

“As I progress professionally, I want to ensure my fellow students do as well and I am not hesitant to help them when needed,” he said.

The new president of ALPFA Baruch, Dewin Vasquez, greeted the audience virtually from Madrid, Spain, where he is currently studying abroad.

Vasquez, a finance major and a rising senior, spoke about the impact ALPFA Baruch has had on his college experience and how it even helped him secure an internship at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.