ALFPA (Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting) celebrated their 37th Annual National Convention with five days of workshops, training sessions, networking events, social receptions and galas. More than 2,000 Latino professionals from around the country came to Boston and took part in the activities that took place at the Marriott Copley Hotel and the Hynes Convention Center.
The convention attendees began to arrive Saturday August 8th during morning to participate in the program. That afternoon, ALPFA welcomed their members and guests to the convention and the city. Major Thomas Menino himself made an appearance to invite the participants to enjoy Boston and make the best of their National Convention experience. After the official reception, El Planeta Newspaper and TuBoston.com together with ALPFA and the popular club Caprice threw an after party with complimentary Corona and Modelo beer and Nuvó, a new sparkling beverage. ALPFA members took to the dance floor until 2AM.
Sunday was dedicated to the Women of ALPFA, with several events focused on professional Latino women. After a long day of conferences and dedicated sessions, ALPFA members showcased their talent for salsa dancing in a competition. The style of the competition was a mix of «So you think you can Dance», «Dancing with the Stars» and «American Idol». Twenty one contestants dressed up in great tropical inspired costumes representing chapters such as Boston, Florida and New York in the dancefloor. The winner took home a $1,500 prize.
Salsa dancing competition – Click on the image to see the picture gallery
On Monday the sessions continued and networking was at its peak with excellent opportunities for new as well as seasoned professionals trying to connect with some of the country’s top companies. Jhonson & Jhonson and JP Morgan Chase were among the companies that offered smaller private receptions scheduled before the party, called «Club Deloitte«, organized by Deloitte.
The «Club Deloitte» soiree took place at the Skywalk, on the 50th floor of the Prudential building. With astonishing views of Boston, dance, cocktails and a succulent buffet, this event brought together the who’s who of the Latino professional community, not only from Boston but from all the different cities represented at the event.
As all the good things do, the Convention had to end. Tuesday was the final day of the official schedule and definitely a busy one. Early in the morning, representatives and recruiters from dozens of high profile companies began to unload their material and put together their booths at the Hynes Convention Center where the Career Fair