HBSA is dedicated to enhancing opportunities for Latinos and building leadership and career skills. Membership is open to anyone who shares our values, vision, and mission. HBSA is under the umbrella of ALPFA, which is the largest Latino association for business professionals and students with chapters nationwide and over 19,000 members. Each year HBSA participates in The ALPFA national conference that brings together over 2,500 professional and student members. Student workshops are lead by industry leaders. Daily events offer priceless networking opportunities with student leaders and professionals throughout the country. The career fair has over 50 companies recruiting students for internships and full time positions.
2014 Student Testimonies
The Orlando ALPFA conference was my first conference, which was only possible through the help of Fisher and HBSA… It shattered all my expectations… Among the individuals that I met was the chief branding of ALPFA, Lori Ruff, who advised me, guided me, and opened up a world of opportunities… I was able to gain knowledge about the organization, create a relationship that has the potential to land an internship…Preparing to land an internship for summer of 2015, I had a huge head start participating at the convention, networking with famously recognized firms such as Johnson & Johnson, Mercedes Benz, Disney and others. I was luckily redirected into the marketing team for Microsoft and Wall-Mart which provide internships for the summer… I was always busy, either going to workshops or having a coffee with a recruiter. Overall it was an opportunity once in a life time that pulls together the Hispanic business community for the better of all.
2013 Student Testimonies
"This was my first time attending National ALPFA conference. I thought it was a wonderful experience because you got the chance to meet a lot of other greatly dedicated and talented students from around the country. More importantly, I thought that ALPFA national conference was an excellent place to make connections with recruiters and professionals from some of the most influential companies in the world; all of which are looking to bring you into their organization amongst their best and brightest."
“This year was my first time attending the ALPFA Conference and I learned a lot from the professional workshops that were held by top companies and the panels with top professionals. You can also make long lasting friendships whether it's students from schools all over the country or with recruiters. I also really enjoyed getting a glimpse of what the professional world will be like and the ALPFA Conference helped me prepare for it. I can definitely say it was one of the greatest trips I have ever experienced in college..”
"My ALFPA Conference experience was one of the best experiences of my life. It gave me the knowledge on how to behave ion a professional setting. I met many people from different companies and also networked with other students. Even though I wasn’t able to secure any interviews for internships, I was able to gain the experience that not every student has available to them."
"I was introduced to what an ALPFA convention is by members of the ALPFA professional chapter in Columbus. They said it was one of the greatest events they’ve ever attended and that I needed to go. Their words could never describe the absolutely fantastic event this is. Here you are in a World Class Hotel with thousands of students that have your mindset, with thousands of professionals from some of the best companies in the U.S. that want to meet you, guide you, and give you an opportunity in their companies.
But it doesn’t end there; ALPFA convention brings over 70 workshops that provide valuable information for your career development, conferences with top presenters, leadership summits, and to top it off an impressive career fair.
Personally, I made many connections from all over the country, students and professionals who offered me their help whenever needed. I also gained a lot of experience in a professional context and the best part is that I had fun; I enjoyed to the fullest every one of the 5 days we stayed. I firmly believe that the Latino leaders in our generation are being part of magnificent events like this, and I love being part of it. Without a doubt the ALPFA convention is one of the best events I’ve had the privilege of going and I am looking forward to the next one taking place in Orlando."