Hispanic Heritage Month lasts from 9/15-10/15. This year I had the pleasure of organizing one of the largest Hispanic events in Columbus. As the elected treasurer and co-founder of the National Latino Alliance, the Hispanic/Latino associate resource group for Nationwide Mutual, I was able to meet with Nationwide leadership to help manage this project. This position included the opportunity to speak with various executives, none more passionate about increasing the Hispanic representation at Nationwide than Matt Jauchius CMO. Through quarterly meetings about my community and Nationwide we have been able to ratify a plan to prepare Hispanic associates for future senior leadership positions and increase retention. This action combined with the increased financial focus on the Hispanic community shows that Nationwide leads the way in the Columbus area for valuing Hispanic talent. At the Hispanic Heritage Festival at Nationwide there were over 40 vendors, live music, and an address from CEO Steve Rasmussen, pictured here. The mayor had a representative issue a proclamation and a representative from the governor honored Nationwide with an award for the 9th annual Hispanic Heritage Festival. Columbus is a great city for diversity and appreciates the Hispanic/Latino community. I was happy to be a participate in this event that promotes the awareness and success of the Hispanic community in Columbus. It is nice to be a part of a community that not only embraces diversity but appreciates it. This is a feeling you will immediately feel here and especially at The Ohio State University and the Fisher College of Business. I will speak to Fisher’s passion for diversity in my next blog about NSHMBA and Fisher.