2019 Newsletter
Group HomeGroup HomeGroup PagesDirectory & Features Join Group
View this email in your browser
A note from our President

Dear Members,

Three months have passed since we welcomed the new year, 2019. Since then Prospanica DC had many successes, and we wanted to share them below.

First, we participated in the national Leadership Summit in Hartford, Connecticut with more than 167 attendees who shared knowledge and expertise around the theme, Advancing Toward Opportunity. And here at home in DC, we produced our annual kickoff,  Connecting with a Purpose: How to achieve your next professional success. At this remarkable event, we had the participation of approximate 95 community members who where challenged by the keynote speaker, Mónica Cortés, to step outside their comfort zone, network and follow up to nurture your new contact. 

As we enter Spring, we invite you to nominate your favorite Hispanic professional to the Prospanica DC 40 Under 40 Awards program. Plus, there are many more activities in the works. Be sure to stay informed by following us on all of our social media platforms (TwitterFacebookInstagram & LinkedIn) or by reaching out to one of our many dedicated board members working daily to make this a truly valuable and unique professional development organization.

As always we invite you to share in the #ProspanicaPride of our Premier DC Chapter as an official member and to take advantage of our excellent benefits that await you once you do. I look forward to meeting you at our next event.


Jimmy Ortiz, Ph.D.
Get Member Benefits

Prospanica DC Seeks 2019 Nominees for “40 Under 40 Awards”
Prospanica DC will recognize 40 of the top emerging Hispanic leaders in the DC region.
Prospanica DC begins its search today to find the 2019 cohort of Hispanic leaders under the age 40 in the DC metropolitan area. Committed to celebrating, connecting, and empowering Hispanic professionals, Prospanica DC is proud to organize its budding leadership development program: the 40 Under 40 Awards. This program recognizes Hispanic professionals across all sectors of the DC metro area, who have demonstrated exemplary leadership, service, and commitment to the advancement of the Latino community. Candidates may be nominated at www.prospanica.org/WDC40Under40 through May 10, 2019.
Once nominations are complete, the Prospanica DC 40 Under 40 board of directors and selection panel will review all entries to identify the 40 honorees to be recognized. The awardees with then be notified individually with the formal announcement to follow on the Prospanica DC website. In celebration, Prospanica DC will also host a formal awards recognition celebration in July.  
The 2018 Awards ceremony brought together more than 150 leading Hispanic professionals, their colleagues and families for an evening of festivities and celebration in DC’s Wharf district.
To learn more and nominate a candidate, the nomination form is available here.

Board & Member Spotlight

Board Spotlight | Lucy Carone Elliot, Director of Project Management, Digital Workplace, Fannie Mae

How did you first become interested in Prospanica? My interest in Prospanica actually goes back to its previous iteration as NSHMBA (The National Society of Hispanic MBAs.) When I completed my MBA I thought it would be a great organization to join. I attended a few scattered events over the years. Most recently, I decided to get more involved with the Prospanica DC chapter and was impressed with the breadth of activities and really enjoyed meeting the members. I love the focus on professional development and networking.

What was your best experience in around the Hispanic professional community in the USA? As a member of the Hispanic community, I think it is important for us to support one another. Some people are very open about their heritage and others don’t feel as comfortable sharing it. I think it is important to be a role model to young Hispanics and help them see the opportunities available to them while gaining confidence in themselves. The more we work together the more we can help each one of us achieve his or her goals and challenge us to do our best. I feel very blessed to be part of such a supportive network.

What is the best piece of career advice you've ever gotten? The best piece of career advice I’ve gotten is to not be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. It has been something I have tried to do in my own career. My first job out of college was as an insurance salesperson. People were surprised at my choice, but those core sales skills helped me build resilience, learn how to communicate effectively and manage multiple demands in a timely manner. Business school, working on a trading desk, joining a start up and managing a team of technology project managers were never on my “career plan” but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I love the challenges and the new skills I have picked up along the way. I encourage everyone to be open to the possibilities – if someone else thinks you can do it, give it a chance!

How your company is getting involve in the community? My company, Fannie Mae, has a strong commitment to helping the community. Our products help create liquidity in the mortgage market and we provide a great deal of education on the housing industry to the public. The company internally is also committed to diversity and inclusion. As the President of our Hispanic Employee Resource Group (HERG), we find ways to give back both to employees and the community. We offer opportunities for cultural awareness, for professional development and for community service. One of our signature events is our annual Career Day where we bring in over 50 high school students to educate them on our industry and provide opportunities for them to learn how to network and practice with almost equal numbers of volunteers! Additionally, our HERG provides a network to support Latinos and create a sense of community – our tagline is Somos Familia!

As one of the newest members of the Prospanica DC board I am excited to share the successes of these groups and bring back new ideas. 

Member Spotlight | Charles Martin Hernández Hermann 

Charles, a.k.a Charlie, is a First Lieutenant, Platoon Leader at The Old Guard - Official Escort to the President of the United States. Most of Charlie's childhood was spent in rural Guanajuato, México where he grew up until the age of 15. Charlie studied at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and commissioned as a US Army Officer in May 2015. His military career has taken him from the rural areas of Guatemala to the rolling hills of the Georgian Republic. Charlie is honored to complete his final assignment in the Military District of Washington. 

How did you first become interested in Prospanica? I became aware of Prospanica while researching programs centered on business mentorship and scholastic opportunities for an MBA education.

What was your best experience in around the Hispanic professional community in the USA? In college, I was fortunate to have been taught by two Hispanic Jesuit professors who provided me with a truly exemplary education and moral framework in preparation for military service. 
As an Infantry Officer in the Armed Forces, I have led soldiers of diverse backgrounds hailing from all socio-economic walks of life. It has been a great privilege to mentor and shape Hispanic service members into cohesive leaders not only in the military, but also their local communities. 

Who do you most admire/who is your favorite the DC, MA, VA area?  I enjoy all three regions! I was born in MD, attended college in DC, and now work in VA. Each area within the DMV has its own character and I am still discovering new spots! 

What's the best piece of career advice you've ever gotten? “Fortune favors the prepared mind.” A quote from my professor, Dr Phillip Karber, at a European-American conference on Nuclear Weapons & Negotiated Constraint in Florence, Italy. This quote has become my own mantra as I always stride to shape circumstances into favorable outcomes. 
Charlie Hernández Hermann
What do you want to get from this community? One of my goals is to transition into business following military service. I would like to meet local members and potential mentors at sponsored events and ultimately better serve the DC community.
Prospanica Foundation Scholarship Program
See What Scholarships We Offer. Are you ready to join the next generation of movers and shakers? Let us help you. Take advantage of our Foundation’s scholarships for graduate students and undergraduate juniors and seniors, all pursuing degrees within the school of business. Offering a select number of scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $5,000, Prospanica is here to propel you forward. We’re looking for students who strive to make meaningful contributions to society. Entrepreneurial thinkers who know that true accomplishment is much more than individual success — it’s uplifting the entire Hispanic community.

We will accept 2019 applications March 25 through May 27. For more information or to see if you qualify, visit www.prospanica.org/scholarships.
Join us for our brand-new Prospanica Board Leadership Program, designed to prepare participants—through a series of in-person and virtual touchpoints—to serve on boards with greater influence. In partnership with the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver, this program will empower you to be a more effective professional, leader, and future corporate board member.

Members: $2,500/person
Prospanica Chapter Officers: $2,250/person
Cost covers program materials. For more details or to start your application, visit www.prospanica.org/boardleadership
2019 Prospanica Conference

This conference looks to the next 30 years  and the leaders and innovations that will drive growth and opportunity for our companies and communities.