ALPFA's 43rd Annual Convention gathers CEOs to discuss the role of Latinos in the workplace

Aug 05, 2015, 13:01 ET from ALPFA

NEW YORK, Aug. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- ALPFA, the Association of Latino Professionals For America, the largest membership-based organization serving Latino professionals, students, and entrepreneurs, kicks off its 43rd Annual Convention at the Hilton Midtown New York with an inaugural CEO Summit on Thursday, Aug. 6. The CEO Summit marks the first time a substantial number of CEOs will gather to discuss the role Latinos will play in the future of American business and discuss diversity and inclusion.

The CEO Summit will host two distinct forums. One is a moderated panel of CEOs discussing how they are positioning their companies to address the demographic trends in Latino wealth, consumption, and employment growth. The other is a closed-door session with eight CEOs and 35 chief diversity officers, discussing the greatest challenges they face, such as engaging Millennials in the workplace, and the innovative strategies to solve these challenges.

This will allow for the open and honest discussion on the potential for greater Latino participation in the workplace. The summit will be followed by a reception, for attending CEOs and local dignitaries, and concludes with a private CEO breakfast the following morning.

"Making the decision to attend the CEO Summit is a testament to these CEOs' commitment to the Latino community," said ALPFA's CEO, Charles P. Garcia, who took the helm of the 48,000 member organization this past year. "ALPFA is the bridge between American Latinos and the business community."

CEOs in attendance include:

  • Gerald Hassell, Chairman / CEO of BNY Mellon
  • Oscar Munoz, President / COO of CSX Corporation
  • Michael Bodson, President / CEO of DTCC
  • Roger Crandall, Chairman / President / CEO of MassMutual
  • Ted Mathas, Chairman / CEO of New York Life Insurance
  • Bob Moritz, Chairman / Senior Partner of PwC
  • Joseph "Jay" Hooley, Chairman / CEO of State Street
  • Sol Trujillo, former CEO of 3 global companies

"This gathering of present and future leaders provides an important platform for talented and motivated Latino women and men to connect with one another and with leaders in their industry," said Gerald Hassell, Chairman and CEO of BNY Mellon and ALPFA Host Committee member. "It empowers Latinos with the business skills, networking opportunities, and educational sessions to be game-changing leaders who make a global impact while paving the way for future generations."

Founded in 1972, ALPFA, Association of Latino Professionals For America, supports over 48,000 Latino students, professionals, and entrepreneurs through its 43 professional chapters across the country and more than 145 student chapters at major colleges and universities. ALPFA's mission is to empower and develop Latino men and women as leaders of character for the nation, in every sector of the global economy. For more information, please visit