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Meet Enna Jimenez of Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) Boston Chapter

Today we’d like to introduce you to Enna Jimenez.

Enna, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I became part of ALPFA Boston while working at Wellington Management. I was one of the co-chairs for the Latino employee resource group, Conexiones, and we were looking to partner with a Latino organization. I attended several events they hosted, learned about their mission and instantly felt a connection. Over the years, ALPFA has been the organization corporations reach out to and partner with when looking for Latino talent. Our members also join looking for to ways to connect with other similar professionals who share the same values, curiosity and passion for our culture. After being a member of ALPFA for several years, I wanted to get more involved and joined their board as part of their Project Management team. I then moved to be the SVP, Project Management Office, and in December, 2016 was named President of the ALPFA Boston Chapter. This is a role I take very seriously and I strive to be the best conduit between corporations and Latino talent, exposure to our culture, professional development to train Latinos and help them succeed in their careers. I think of the mentors I had along my path, and I work hard towards ensuring that others have the same experience. Mentoring is an important part of what we do ALPFA. We need to be mentors to each other, to our college students and to our youth who are our future. ALPFA has close partnerships with colleges to help bring Latino professionals on campuses. It has been a true blessing to be involved with an organization that values every person, that prides itself on the helping others succeed and takes mentoring and leadership to the next level. I feel like every day I make an impact in someone’s life. And that to me is pure joy. Knowing that by making an introduction, connecting people or sometimes having a quick conversation can truly help and inspire others that makes me feel like I’m accomplishing so much. For me it’s all about giving back. I want to see my fellow Latinos and our allies succeed in life and more.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
As an organization, there are always many things you struggle with to keep it going. We struggle with ensuring we have an interesting program for our membership. We are always challenging ourselves to do more and to continue to educate and be seen as innovators to our membership. In addition, working closely with our corporate partners to ensure we are providing content that their employees need. Board development is something I’m always working on. I have a fairly young board, with members where this is their first board involvement. As President, it is imperative that I provide professional development training to strengthen their skills both personally and professionally.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) Boston Chapter – what should we know?
ALPFA’s mission is to help empower and develop Latino men and women as leaders of characters for the nation, in every sector of the global economy. In Boston, my mission is to find ways of connecting our Latino professionals and to help move the needle forward by closing the gap on Latino leaders in companies, especially in middle management. My goals is to strengthen our membership by providing training and education to prepare them for their next career move or promotion. To continue to foster a sense of unity in the community by collaborating with like-minded groups. ALPFA is an organization where people come together like a family. We call each other, ALPFamilia, where everyone supports and cares for each other and helps bring us all forward.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
ALPFA Boston counts on many individuals to help us succeed. Yvonne Garcia, Chairwoman of ALPFA National. Migdalia Diaz, COO of ALPFA National. Pavel Payano, Director of Chapter Operations. In addition to these folks, I’ve had numerous mentors in my journey as ALPFA President. The Corporate Advisory Board which is chaired by Roxanne Martinez, John Sims and Bob Rivers from the Corporate Advisory board. The executive board: Maria Caro Ruiz, Chief Administration Officer; Natalia Hilton, Chief Relationship Officer; Marcela Merino, Chief Communications Officer, Seth Buks, Adviser and Jessyca Feliciano, Immediate Past President. Radhames Nova, who was Executive Director and the reason why I became a member of ALPFA. The Board of Directors and Committee members who do all the hard work to keep the ALPFA Boston chapter running.


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