The Mihaylo chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) assists members in developing themselves as leaders in the global economy. While focusing on the college’s Hispanic and Latino community, the club welcomes members of all majors and ethnic backgrounds.
On-campus club leadership involvement is one of the best ways for students to develop the skills and abilities necessary for success in the business world. The Cal State Fullerton chapter of ALPFA, a growing and developing club, is offering a number of leadership opportunities for students, while providing networking, career exploration and engaging speakers for all members.
“Our mission is to provide leadership roles to whoever is willing to put the work into it,” says Club President Ana Luisa Orosco ’17 (accounting and finance). “Companies don’t want to just see that you are a club member, they want to see leadership experience. We are all students and this is a level in which we can make mistakes while developing our skills.”
Building the Network
A key part of ALPFA’s activities are weekly guest speakers, held this semester on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in SGMH 2207. Representatives from KPMG, Fidelity Investments, Moss Adams LLP, Johnson & Johnson and Bank of America are some of the professionals scheduled for spring 2017.
“We start with speakers from the big four accounting firms at the beginning of the semester and then shift to government agencies and private companies as the term progresses,” says Orosco. “In the future, we are hoping to have speakers from nonprofits to provide a well-rounded look at all of the industries in today’s economy.”
Land a Job or Internship at the National Convention
The highlight of ALPFA’s year is the Annual Convention and Career Fair each summer, which attracts members of the organization’s chapters from throughout the United States. This year’s event will be held in Las Vegas from Aug. 6 to 10. Including representatives from leading companies across diverse industries, Orosco says attending this event can be a game changer.
“You can land an internship or job so that when you return to Mihaylo in the fall, you will already have a job offer and won’t have to be concerned with recruiting while you concentrate on your classes,” she says.
To the Future
Looking ahead, Orosco hopes for more university funding to provide free membership and more resources to help students succeed. “Our vision is that, with the university’s support, we can send as many students as possible to the annual ALPFA convention.”
ALPFA is also a leader in collaboration between the various clubs recognized by the Business Inter-Club Council (BICC). For example, ALPFA events are promoted to the representatives of all BICC clubs through email blasts, and many board members are also part of other clubs, including Beta Alpha Psi and the Accounting Society. “We hope to continue collaborating for fundraising opportunities, community service and joint meetings,” says Orosco.
She also hopes to expand club engagement across all concentrations of business. “Currently, the majority of our members are accounting and finance, but we are trying to infuse our club with all majors,” she says.
“Students should join ALPFA to help build an infrastructure from the bottom up as you network with other students in different fields of study and backgrounds,” says Orosco. “This can be difficult at first, but it is well worth the effort. We also encourage students who are already a part of other clubs to join us. Have a dual club citizenship to challenge yourself and get the most out of your college experience.”
The club will hold an information session as part of their March 22 meeting, which is a great way to explore the opportunities ALPFA offers. The OC Leadership Summit, highlighting the state of Latinos in Orange County and the benefits of diversity, will be held on Saturday, March 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach. Registration is available online.