When it comes down to it, Erica Hernandez minees no words about the Association of Latino Professionals for America.
"Joining ALPFA was one of the most rewarding decisions I ever made," says Hernandez, an ERS Consultant of Business Risk for Deloitte & Touche LLP, of Detroit, Michigan.
"I first heard about ALPFA when I attended an undergraduate networking event, and as I learned more about it, I was disappointed that my campus did not have a student chapter or similar organization for aspiring Latino professionals.
Since her campus did not have an ALPFA chapter, Hernandez decided that she was going to start one. She searched for fellow students who were as passionate as she was, learning from chapters in other States.
To Hernandez, it was crucial that the group mirrored the ALPFA's community aspect, resources and opportunities. In less than a year, her chapter won the Midwest Student Chapter of the Year Award.
"We had bridged a gap between recruiters and Latino talent, while also developing members to showcase themselves professionally," she says.
Having ALPFA on her resume sparked conversation with many recruiters, Hernandez says. She shared her experiences recently with Latino Leaders Magazine.
What is the secret to your success at ALPFA and how has it helped you in your career or in reaching your goals?
The biggest gift since being involved with ALPFA is having been adopted into a family. I have met some of my best friends and strongest supporters through ALPFA, which have heavily influenced my life both professionally and personaliy. My secret to success is not going on this journey alone but rather joining the contagious pursuit for success, where I'm challenged by others to not only see who I am, but who I can be.
What is your management style?
My style is to lead others by providing as much as my knowledge to someone and set for them a foundation and a starting point. I enjoy seeing people develop their own style woven through...