Annual NSHMBA Gala Helps Georgia Latino Students Pursue Dreams; Last Year's Event Announced Two New Scholarships for Grad Students

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In a state where 7 percent of its population is Hispanic, 11 percent of the Hispanics are youngsters ages 12-17 and where of those students pursuing graduate degrees, only 4 percent are Latinos, the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) definitely has a role and a purpose to fulfill.

In a state where 7 percent of its population is Hispanic, 11 percent of the Hispanics are youngsters ages 12-17 and where of those students pursuing graduate degrees, only 4 percent are Latinos, the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) definitely has a role and a purpose to fulfill.

Inspired by its mission to foster Hispanic leadership through graduate management education and professional development and to prepare Hispanics for leadership positions throughout the U.S., so that they can provide the cultural awareness and sensitivity -- vital in the management of the nation's diverse workforce -- the Atlanta Chapter of NSHMBA will hold this time its 8th. Annual Fundraising and Awards Fiesta.

The event will take place on Saturday, November 10 at the Atlanta History Museum. This event has become a tradition among Atlanta's Hispanic professionals, featuring an Awards Banquet Dinner, great door prizes and live Latin music.

Last year's gala established a precedent, when the Atlanta Chapter, in partnership with Emory University, announced the establishment of a full scholarship -- valued in over $85,000 -- to a Hispanic MBA student planning to attend the Goizueta School of Business at Emory. Also, the creation of the NSHMBA-Norma López Foundation Scholarship was also presented for the very first time -- a one time scholarship of one year's tuition of $4,000 at Kennesaw State University's (KSU) Coles College of Business to a Hispanic undergraduate business school senior or first year MBA student.

"We see this event as a valuable alternative to network and raise funds towards the mission of NSHMBA," said Rodolfo Vaupel, Atlanta Chapter president. "This gala is also an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of successful Hispanic students and professionals in the state of Georgia."

Recognized by many as the best Latin American Gala in Atlanta by last year's attendees, this year it will feature the Macuba Orchestra, who will entertain the audience to an exciting and fun night of dancing. Each year, more than 500 professionals and MBA students attend the event.

In 2007, NSHMBA (national) awarded over $1,000,000 in scholarships to deserving students nationwide -- 12 of them from the Atlanta Chapter -- to continue their education in graduate schools. This year's goal is to double the amount of funds and the number of scholarships awarded directly to Georgia's high-achieving students.

The Atlanta chapter was just recently recognized as "2007 Chapter of the Year" among 32 chapters nationwide, during the 18th annual NSHMBA national conference, held in Houston, TX, with more than 9,000 participants. This extraordinary leadership achievement is the result of exemplary teamwork built on a solid foundation of commitment and passion for the organization we serve.

Current Atlanta Chapter Board members are: Rodolfo Vaupel, President; Francisco Rocca, Executive Vice President and 2008 President-elect; Camilo Escandon, Treasurer; Mike Pons, VP of Professional Development; Diana Orrego-Moore, VP of Membership; Gabriela Gonzalez, VP of Marketing; Gerard Borda, VP of Education; Caroline Pineres, Community Outreach Chair; and Armando Ruiz, IT Chair, certainly shares this award with all our Atlanta Chapter Past-Presidents Carlos Mata, Zaida Pericas-Fuenzalida, Grace Lopez-Williams, Alejandro Figueiras, and Vanessa Wellborn.

Corporate gala tables for 10 people can be reserved for a $1,750 donation; non-profit tables will be $1,200 and individual tickets, $175 each. For ticket sales and table reservations, please contact: marketing@atlanta.nshmba.org

The mission of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs is to "… foster Hispanic leadership through graduate management education and professional development in order to improve society." Scholarships are just one of the ways the organization strives to fulfill its mission.

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