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SHPE Regional Leadership Development Conference

Allstate Attends 2018 SHPE Regional Leadership Development Conference

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) held their 2018 Region 6 Leadership Development Conference (RLDC) at Chicago’s Sheraton Grand Hotel April 5-7. SHPE stages regional leadership development conferences on a yearly basis for the leadership of the SHPE chapters to improve their organizational, managerial, and technical skills.

This RLDC presented opportunities to network and gain new skills. The professional track workshops offered a plethora of events from networking to career advancement. 

One of the workshops, Climbing the Corporate Ladder: Perspectives from C-Suite Latino Leaders and Women in STEM, featured Marisela, Divisional CIO, Encompass, and Professional Latino Allstate Network (PLAN) Member, as one of the panelists. The workshop was an interactive open discussion of life experiences and challenges faced climbing the corporate ladder and an overall view of what Latinos face in today’s ever changing workplace. Marisela provided valuable advice, such as pursuing opportunities you are passionate about even if you don’t have all the preferred skills at the time the opportunity is presented to you. She also shared her experiences being the only Latina in the room at leadership meetings. 

David, Technology Senior Consultant, Law & Regulation, PLAN Member and SHPE Chicago board member, was also in attendance. David met with undergraduate students during the conference’s Resume Café to coach students on how to improve their resumes.

Allstate’s participation stems from recently becoming an Industrial PartnerSHPE Council (IPC) member. The Industry Partnership Council (IPC) is an integral part of Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) achieving the organizational mission of changing lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development.

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NSBE44 Recap

Meet our NSBE44 attendees!

Allstate recently attended the 44th annual National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Convention. We caught up with JoAnne, one of our attendees from Product Technology, to get her recap from the event. Read her thoughts below.

“The National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE) has existed for 44 years and has evolved into an organization that has programs and membership extending from high school and college students to professionals in all disciplines of engineering. The goal and commitment of NSBE is to widen the pool of engineering talent from Black communities. NSBE is expanding its pipeline from third grade to graduate school by designing tools and programs that will support and nurture budding engineers. Through its 350 pre-collegiate, collegiate and professional chapters NSBE trains its 31,000 members for leadership within the organization and in business.

Some of the programs that NSBE has designed to prepare future engineers are: Competitions, Scholarships, Strategic Partnerships (e.g. GEM, ASCE, Society of Women Engineers, etc.) and Summer Engineering (SEEK – Summer Engineering for Kids). NSBE events include camps, competitions, conferences, webinars and conventions.

At this year’s convention 250 companies participated in the Career Fair with over 12,000 engineering students seeking internships and permanent positions. NSBE also sponsored sessions for mock interviews, resume review, dress for success and provided free headshots to all interviewees. There were several seminars and workshops designed for engineering students. There was also a small marketplace of vendors where attendees could purchase items such as jewelry, t-shirts and art.

The Allstate team included recruiters, hiring managers and individual contributors that represented different technology areas within the company. The highlight of the convention was the Career Fair where the Allstate booth was positioned in an excellent location. This gave us the opportunity to interface with a large amount of students. They discovered there is more to Allstate than expected. They discovered that there are opportunities in technology for engineers. We collected several hundred resumes of engineers interested in both internships and permanent employment.

What I found most rewarding was volunteering for Resume review. This gave me the opportunity to interact first-hand with students and young professionals. I found them to be intelligent, determined individuals with the desire to succeed. There was representation from schools across the country with even sophomores and freshmen preparing for internships. After working on resumes, I encountered some of them at the Career Fair and they reported success at obtaining interviews with their updated resumes. We also hosted a very successful Hospitality event where students could relax, eat and socialize while asking more questions about the company. Partnering with NSBE provides access to an untapped pool of resources that are potential, future innovators in technology. This was my first opportunity to represent the company at a career event and if asked to attend future conventions, my answer would be a definite Yes.”