ALPFA Partners with Microsoft to Launch the Microsoft Innovation Award (MIA); Two $10K Prizes to be Awarded to the Winning Ideas

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The first Microsoft Innovation Award (MIA) in partnership with ALPFA will be an essay contest open to ALPFA members. Finalists will be chosen to present their essays at the 2009 ALPFA Annual Convention in Boston, MA and one student and one professional member will receive $10,000. each.

What started as a search to address our infrastructure needs ended up as an exploratory session of how we could mutually add value to each other by creating opportunities that went beyond the typical approach.

The Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) announces the Microsoft Innovation Award (MIA) in Partnership with ALPFA. The MIA is an opportunity for Microsoft® to recognize technology innovation within the accounting and finance profession through an essay contest. Microsoft® will award $10,000 to one student and one professional ALPFA member at the 2009 ALPFA Annual Convention.

"We are very excited about this new partnership and the opportunity to showcase our dynamic members," said Manny Espinoza, ALPFA CEO. "What started as a search to address our infrastructure needs ended up as an exploratory session of how we could mutually add value to each other by creating opportunities that went beyond the typical approach."

Taylor Hawes, Microsoft CFO, Intellectual Property and Licensing added, "Microsoft is proud to launch the Microsoft Innovation Award and the ALPFA Powered by Microsoft partnership this year. These are both examples of the tremendous benefit created when innovative organizations partner together."

Starting April 20th, ALPFA professional and student members can enter the Microsoft Innovative Award Essay Competition. "This is a huge opportunity for our membership," added Manny, "They have a chance to present an idea to Microsoft, one of the most recognized companies in the world, and present their idea on a national level at our convention. Every member should enter this competition determined to win. I have heard many members say they are always looking for the opportunity to show what they can bring to the table, so I say to all ALPFA members: here is your chance-you have nothing to loose, and so much to gain."

Deadline to apply is June 1, 2009. The top two professionals and top two students will be flown to Boston to do a presentation before a panel of judges during the 2009 ALPFA Convention in Boston, Massachusetts August 8 -12. Guidelines and application to enter are available at ALPFA The contest is open to current ALPFA members only.

About ALPFA
In 1972, the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) became the first national Latino professional association in the United States. Since then ALPFA, a non-profit organization has provided unique and valuable programs, services, and benefits to its members and corporate partners. Currently we have 37 chapters and over 8800 members.

Vision: ALPFA is the premier Latino professional organization in finance, accounting, and other related professions. ALPFA has active members, committed business partners, and quality programs.

Mission: ALPFA creates opportunities, adds value, and builds relationships for its members, the community and its business partners while expanding Latino leadership in the global workforce.

For more information on ALPFA, or to become a member visit: ALPFA

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