Children’s culminated its 2009 Latino Heritage Month celebration with a special networking event in partnership with the Latino Professional Network (LPN), a local non-profit organization which creates career, educational and social opportunities for Latino professionals.

Children’s first-ever LPN event, which was held in the Karp Family Research Laboratories Building, attracted approximately 75 professionals representing a wide-range of industries throughout Massachusetts.

Robyn Avery, Sr. Recruiter, Children’s, Yadires Nova Salcedo, Encuentro Latino, Michelle Gordon-Seemore, Director of Staffing at Children’s

The goal of event was to raise awareness within the Latino professional community regarding Children’s important role as a pediatric hospital, research enterprise, community partner, economic engine and workplace of choice. According to Michelle Gordon-Seemore, Director of Staffing, the event also served as an excellent way to connect with talented Latino professionals who may want to pursue a career at Children’s.

Earlene Avalon, M.P.H., Ph.D., Director of Nursing Diversity Initiatives, Franco Diaz of LisNet (Americas Region) and Andres Trevino of Children’s Milagros Para Ninos, networking.

«As Children’s strives towards increasing diversity throughout the institution, we will continue to search for creative ways to connect and collaborate with our diverse communities,» Gordon-Seemore says. «We are proud to have celebrated Latino Heritage Month hand-in-hand with the Latino Professional Network.»

Elsie Taveras, MD, Children’s pediatrician, researcher and Director of the One Step Ahead Program, John Riordan, Director of Community Partnerships, Phyllis Barajas, Dick Argys, Chief Administrative Officer, Inez Stewart, V.P., Human Resources, Diego Portillo, LPN president

The event’s main speakers included Dick Argys, Chief Administrative Officer, John Riordan, Director of Community Partnerships, Elsie Taveras, MD, Director of the One Step Ahead Program, Andres Treviño, Development Specialist – Latino Markets, Children’s Hospital Trust, Eva Gomez, RN, Staff Development Specialist, and Inez Stewart, VP, Human Resources, gave the closing remarks.

Inez Stewart, V.P., Human Resources, Children’s and a founding member of Latino Professional Network Event, gives the closing remarks.

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