ALPFA—one of the largest organizations building Latino business leaders—concluded its 39th annual convention in Anaheim to a record attendance of 2,640 professionals, more than 90 corporate partners and $100,000 in scholarships awarded to deserving students. During the 5-day event, the organization reached a new membership milestone of 16,000 members that span its 39 professional chapters and 82 student chapters across the nation.

Under the theme of Inclusion, Innovation, Inspiration, ALPFA convention attendees participated in more than 60 professional and student development sessions, a career fair and the first-ever product pavilion.

“Our economic reality demands a robust talent pipeline that can only be achieved through an unwavering commitment to diversity. Judging from the exceptional talent and leadership we saw in Anaheim, corporations and professionals are continuing to work together to get more Latinos ready for executive roles,” said Manny Espinoza, CEO of ALPFA.

The annual convention is ALPFA’s largest event and serves as a forum to recognize outstanding service to the organization and the Latino community. Six Latino leaders were recognized during this year’s annual gala including John Zamora, chief diversity office of Deloitte, who was awarded the Executive of the Year distinction.

ALPFA also sponsors the top student scholarship recipients to attend the convention. This year, in partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and supported by multiple corporations, ALPFA awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships.

To celebrate its 40th anniversary next year, ALPFA will hold the 2012 Annual Convention — Shining the Light on 40 Years of Latino Leadership– in Las Vegas from August 5-9, 2012. Sponsorship opportunities will soon be available.

For more information, visit or call (213) 243-0004. To follow ALPFA on Twitter, use @ALPFANational, #ALPFA2011, or friend the organization on Facebook at ALPFA National.

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