Wednesday, February 18, 2009

SHPE-NYC Tax Workshop

Curious how the Stimulus plan will affect you? First-time homeowner? Were you audited last year?

Please join us for an informative evening on filing your 2008 taxes. Have all your questions answered and be informed on what you need to know before you file!

Thursday, February 26, 2009
6:00pm – 8:30pm

Cisco Systems, Inc.
One Penn Plaza 9th Floor
New York, NY 10119
Entrance on 34th Street
(between 7th and 8th Ave)
(Official ID such as a driver license or passport needed to access the building)

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Newsletter Article (Vol. 1, Issue 2): Speaker Series Event and Hispanic Culture Event

Speaker Series Event: Carlos Dominguez

Written by: Monique Delmar

A discussion on technology trends and its impact on society was presented by Carlos Dominguez, Cisco Systems Senior Vice President, Office of the Chairman of the Board and CEO. Carlos Dominguez is one of the top 50 Hispanic executives in the United States. His close relationships with worldwide communications providers, including cable, mobile operators, and content providers, give him a unique perspective on how the Internet is changing, and how technology and trends such as TelePresence, video and social networking are impacting our lives at work and at home. SHPE CEO Enrique Gomez also spoke to the audience via WebEx about SHPE and the mission and challenged the SHPE-NYC chapter to exceed their original membership goals, and strive for 200 members this year

Hispanic Culture Event: "Noche en el Teatro" and message from Alberto Montufar

Written by: Edward Montenegro

SHPE-NYC's Hispanic Heritage Month Event featured a private Performance of "La Celestina" at Teatro Circulo along with a special presentation by guest speaker Alberto Montufar, Managing Director at Citi. A perfect combination to recognize and celebrate the achievements, history, culture and people of Hispanic heritage. Alberto Montufar opened the evening by speaking to a capacity crowd on the importance of heritage and your career. He shared examples from his life and described how embracing our Hispanic heritage, we can excel in the workplace. The performance followed and the night concluded with networking among SHPE-NYC members, guests, and the cast of the play.

Newsletter Article (Vol. 1, Issue 2): Member Spotlight: Edwin Cabrera

Written by: Raul Salinas

SHPE-NYC had the opportunity to interview a fellow SHPE member and a very talented bassoonist, Edwin Cabrera. Edwin, a technical engineer with over 20 years of experience at Northrop Grumman decided to follow his passion of music and earned two classical music degrees. What a combination Engineer/Bassoonist!

Mentors have had a very important impact in Edwin‘s life. One of his mentors helped him develop and advance his technical talents, while another provided him insight and guidance in management. They both helped show he could apply his musical talent and experience, to create a professional harmony with the passionate engineers he now manages. Edwin recommends the following book for professionals entering the workforce: Thomas L. Friedman's book The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century.

When asked what he loves about SHPE, he says "the thrill to unite people and passions, a perfect match with our mission to promote professional development, leadership and community outreach within the NYC area". If you want to see Edwin Cabrera perform live, visit for more information.

Newsletter Article (Vol. 1, Issue 2): Holiday Banquet

Written by: Monique Delmar

On December 4th 2008 SHPE-NYC held its 3rd annual Holiday Banquet and Toy Drive. Due to the exceptional growth of the chapter, the Con-Edison hosted event was the largest in the history of SHPE-NYC. In attendance were 140 professionals, executives, students, family members and friends. Guests spent the evening socializing, celebrating the holidays and the success of the chapter, as well as eating a hearty meal of pernil and roasted chicken while listening to the thought-provoking words from the evening‘s speakers.

The keynote speaker for the Banquet, Mr. Nick Donofrio, a recently retired Executive Vice President of Innovation and Technology at IBM, challenged the rapidly growing Hispanic community to make a difference in this country. He spoke about the growth of the Hispanic population being faster than any other minority population, and how National security and the competitiveness of the United States will be dependent on the expertise of the Hispanic community. Mr. Donofrio‘s message hit home, tying directly into the vision of SHPE; to enhance and achieve the potential of Hispanics in engineering, math and science. In his address to the attendees, SHPE‘s CEO, Mr. Enrique Gomez, stressed the importance of education and how we as professionals need to give back and help others to secure a path towards success.

Overall, the Holiday Banquet and Toy Drive was regarded by all to be a huge success. This year, the number of toys collected doubled to 160 toys. The toys were donated to a group of local children who are part of an afterschool program at Queens Community House, a social service provider dedicated to helping those in need improve their lives and work together to strengthen their communities. Special thanks to everyone who attended and who contributed to making a difference in these children‘s holidays!

Newsletter Article (Vol. 1, Issue 2): Technology Event: Cisco Systems Inc. & TelePresence

Written by: Alfredo Ramos

SHPE-NYC held its first Technology Series event of the fiscal year 2008-2009 on October 14th of last year. The topic was Cisco TelePresence. This was the first time in the history of SHPE-NYC where three professional chapters (Atlanta, New Jersey, and New York City) came together in a life-like experience traveling across Cisco's video network without booking a flight! Attendees were able to talk and learn about Cisco TelePresence from the engineers and developers who design and architect the technology that makes such unique experience a reality. To learn more about Cisco and Cisco TelePresence go to

Newsletter Article (Vol. 1, Issue 2): Morgan Stanley Resume Workshop

Written by: Luis Miranda

On October 28th, over 30 students from the local SHPE, SWE, and NSBE college attended the Morgan Stanley sponsored resume and interview workshop. The event was held at the Morgan Stanley headquarters building in midtown New York. The event was purposely organized prior to the SHPE Conference, in order to give our SHPE students a chance to shine in front of recruiters, with polished resumes and the necessary interview skills to help them achieve an internship or full time position.

The event consisted of two parts, and was approximately two hours in length. The first half of the event was an interactive resume writing workshop, focusing on the "do‘s and don‘ts" of resume writing. The second half of the event targeted interview skills. Students were broken into groups of two, and were given a list of common and open ended interview questions. Students also had an opportunity to interact and personally meet the Morgan Stanley Diversity Recruitment Manager, receive immediate feedback, and submit their resume as well. SHPE-NYC thanks Morgan Stanley for the support and investment in our SHPE, SWE, and NSBE students. Event photos are available for viewing at For additional information about Morgan Stanley careers in technology, please feel free to visit

Newsletter Article (Vol. 1, Issue 2): SHPE-NYC: Walks away with 3 National Awards

Written by: Danny Cardenas

At this years' SHPE National Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, SHPE-NYC received a well deserved recognition and was honored with the following awards:

  • National Large Professional Chapter of the Year
  • Region 4 Professional Chapter of the Year
  • National Most Improved Chapter of the Year

SHPE-NYC has flourished in recent years behind the strong leadership of its executive boards. This strength has lead to record numbers in chapter growth and corporate partnerships. We would like to recognize the 2007 – 2008 executive board as it is through their dedication to SHPE's mission and goals that made these awards possible. A critical component to our success is you, our members and corporate partners, without your support none of the recognition received would have been possible. It is on these grounds we share these awards with you, and we should all celebrate its achievement. The present Executive Board is committed to providing you with a series of quality events and workshops throughout the year.