NSHMBA Seattle and Microsoft Diversity in 2010

On November 11, 2010, the Seattle Chapter of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA), in partnership with nine other community organizations, held the Biannual Microsoft Diversity Recruiting and Networking event at the Commons in Microsoft Studios West.  This event continues to increase in popularity and we had to close the registration list when we hit 600 attendees.  The final count was north of 400 and turned out to be one of our best events to date.  We changed the format from previous events DSC_7987to have a larger focus on recruiting.  So we did away with Keynote Speakers and instead had a Career Fair room where job seekers had the opportunity to speak directly to Microsoft recruiters without interruption.  We also invited, for the first time, six local MBA programs to have a booth at the career fair to talk to attendees about the benefits of getting an MBA.  Thanks to the six schools that participated:

  • University of Washington – Foster School of Business
  • University of Washington – Bothell
  • University of Phoenix
  • Bainbridge Graduate Institute
  • Argosy University
  • Seattle Pacific University

DSC_8000 We also included a résumé review area so that attendees could schedule time with a professional career couch to have their résumés critiqued.  I’d like to thank all of the reviewers who volunteered their time to help the attendees.  Also new for this event was a separate room devoted to a Job Hunting 2.0 Panel – a panel of Microsoft recruiters that talked about leveraging social media in a career search.  Special thanks to the panel:

  • Christine Chen, Chen Communications, Panel Moderator
  • Jason Pankow (Blog expert)
  • Kay Kelison (Twitter expert)
  • Heather McGough (Facebook expert)
  • Marvin Smith (LinkedIn expert)

I would finally like to thank all of the partner organizations that helped make this event such a great success for Microsoft, the schools, and all of the participants.  They include:

  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Puget Sound Chapter (SHPE – PSC)
  • National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP)
  • Ascend Seattle
  • Association of Washington State Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (AWSHCC)
  • King County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (KCHCC)
  • El Centro de la Raza
  • Professional Women of Color Network (PWOCN)
  • Executive Development Institute (EDI)
  • Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs

We plan to continue holding two events per year in 2011 and beyond, generally in April and November.  Details will be posted as they become available on www.nshmba.org/seattle .

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