'Accelerating Hispanic Business Talent' Backdrop for the National Society of Hispanic MBAs' 2011 Conference & Career Expo

Sara Lee Corporation, United Technologies Corporation, the University of California MBA Programs introduced as lead corporate and academic sponsors

Dallas, TX. — February 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Though several months away until the next NSHMBA Conference & Career Expo, preparation for the 2011 Conference & Career Expo in Anaheim, California, October 13-15, 2011, began even as the last one was coming to a close.

And on February 17, this year’s theme, logo and lead sponsors: corporate co-leads, Sara Lee Corporation and United Technologies Corporation, and lead academic sponsor, the University of California MBA Programs, were revealed to conference-hopefuls, city officials and NSHMBA personages.

As in years past, the logo and theme attempt to capture the tone and spirit that is the culmination of the many great events in store for attendees of the conference, while at the same time invigorating them during the days leading up to it. “Accelerating Hispanic Business Talent,” this year’s conference theme, will once again provide the backdrop for the many Hispanic attendees making the trip to Anaheim with goals of accelerating their careers.

“We’re excited once again to be preparing for another great conference,” said Manny Gonzalez, NSHMBA CEO. “We’re also excited to be doing so under a new vision, which we believe will allow us to really tailor this year’s conference to the Hispanic business professional and make it perhaps one of the most successful events to date.”

“I think attendees will remember not only the outstanding programs and events we have in store but also the incredible sponsors who are positioned to leave a lasting impression on us all,” Gonzalez said.

The 2011 Conference & Career Expo will be the target of the organization’s many goals of increasing Hispanic awareness of the influence and relevance of an MBA, building scholarship and professional development so that it reaches all constituents, and collaborating to build and fortify connections and relationships within the Hispanic community.

With attendance that has grown into the thousands over the years, this year’s event expects to top last year’s with an expected attendance of more than 8,000 Hispanic business students, professionals and entrepreneurs participating in the largest Hispanic MBA conference in the country. Figures for last year include 7,219 total attendance; 291 sponsors; 206 corporate sponsors; and 85 academic sponsors.

With more opportunities than you can shake a career at, NSHMBA’s three-day conference offers visitors, attendees and the like an opportunity to capitalize on Professional Development Seminars, an exclusive Executive Forum, Career Management Center, Entrepreneurial Success Session, CEO Speaker Series, and the nation’s largest career expo for Hispanic MBAs.

In short, everything Hispanic business talent needs to accelerate in their career.

For more information please visit www.nshmba.org.

About The National Society of Hispanic MBAs

The National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) was created in 1988 as a non-profit organization. Widely known as the "Premier Hispanic Organization," NSHMBA serves 32 chapters and over 6,700* members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. It exists to increase the number of Hispanics graduating from MBA schools through scholarships, awareness programs and mentorship; enhance career management opportunities for Hispanic MBAs from school to leadership positions, through job placement and world class professional development; to be the partner of choice for organizations seeking to hire and develop Hispanic talent; and recruit and retain as life-long members a majority of Hispanic MBAs. For more information visit www.nshmba.org.
*based on 2010 membership data

About Sara Lee Corporation

Each and every day, Sara Lee (NYSE: SLE) delights millions of consumers and customers around the world. The company has one of the world’s best-loved and leading portfolios with its innovative and trusted food and beverage brands, including Ball Park, Douwe Egberts, Hillshire Farm, Jimmy Dean, Sara Lee and Senseo. Collectively, our brands generate nearly $9 billion in annual net sales from continuing operations. Sara Lee has approximately 20,000 employees in its continuing operations worldwide. Please visit www.saralee.com for the latest news and in-depth information about Sara Lee and its brands.

About United Technologies Corporation

United Technologies Corp. [NYSE:UTX] provides energy efficient products and services to aerospace and building industries. UTC’s products include Carrier heating, air conditioning and refrigeration, Hamilton Sundstrand aerospace systems and industrial products, Otis elevators and escalators, Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines, Sikorsky helicopters, UTC Fire & Security systems and UTC Power fuel cells. In 2011, INROADS named UTC the largest provider of corporate internships for the fourth year in a row, and DiversityBusiness.com ranked UTC 12th on the list of “Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities.” UTC has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes since the indexes began in 1999, and was named the “greenest” aerospace & defense company by Newsweek in 2010. To learn more, visit www.UTC.com.

About University of California

The University of California, recognized worldwide for its academic distinction, includes more than 235,000 students, 186,000 faculty and staff, and a $21.8 billion annual budget at its 10 campuses. The university offers programs in more than 150 disciplines, many of which are ranked among the top 10 nationally, and for the last 17 years has generated more patents than any other university in the nation. The University of California has 6 MBA Programs with campuses in Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego. Diversity is a defining feature of California’s past, present and future and is central to the mission of the University of California. The diversity of the people of California has been the source of innovative ideas and creative accomplishments throughout the state's history into the present.