Cesar A. Lostaunau is a strategy and operations manager for Allstate Insurance in Northbrook, Ilinois. He earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management and certifications in project management and business analysis from DePaul University in Chicago.
Before taking on his current role, he was an IT project manager in Allstate's Project Management Office, where he managed complex IT system implementations with diverse cross-functional and technical global teams. Lostaunau is also vice president of the Professional Latino Allstate Network (PLAN) employee resource group. He has been an active member of ALPFA since joining in 2000.
"I joined ALPFA primarily because I was seeking professional development," he said. "Shortly after graduating with an undergraduate business degree, I felt an itch to continuing growing and learning."
Looking for a way to continue that growth, Lostaunau sought out and found ALPFA. In 2007, as the Chicago chapter president of ALPFA, he led his team to generate $130,000 in financial corporate support. He also doubled his chapter's membership.
"I sought a group that would help me continuously grow through activities such as development workshops," he explained. "Little did I know at the time that ALPFA would provide me with not only transformational professional development, but also countless friends, inspirational mentors, and multiple career growth opportunities."
In 2010, Lostaunau mentored and motivated volunteer chapter leaders in multiple states as one of ALPFA's National Midwest Regional Directors. He was rewarded for all his service in 2012 when he was presented with the ALPFA National Lifetime Achievement Award. He recently spoke about his success and involvement with ALPFA with Latino Leaders.
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