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Preparing Future Latino Leaders

November 4, 2008

In "Leadership Training Conference," we hear from Finance Major Maribel Marin and Accounting Major George Vargas talk about their experiences at the Adelante Leadership Training Institute Conference held in San Antonio, Texas.

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ELIAS ALCANTARA:

This is Elias Alcantara of the Lehman Class of 2008.

In "Leadership Training Conference," we hear from Finance Major Maribel Marin and Accounting Major George Vargas talk about their experiences at the Adelante Leadership Training Institute Conference held in San Antonio, Texas.

Each year, Adelante invites Latino students to take part in a three-day conference aimed at promoting graduation. Students participate in workshops and informational sessions that encourage networking between the students and alumni.

00:35

GEORGE VARGAS:

Some students were required to attend a conference-- because there were scholarship recipients from Adelante. And some students, like us, were funded by our schools.

MARIBEL MARIN:

We pretty much represented Lehman College at this event. And we were both, kind of, the -- the only ones from New York--

GEORGE VARGAS:

Yeah, yeah.

MARIBEL MARIN:

--besides another student from Adelphi. When I first arrived there, I didn't have much expectation from it.

I thought it was gonna be just a usual conference. A little chatting. That was it. But, once everything was set up, everything was-- going on, so forth, I began to discover something. I saw different people from different states, different colleges. And I also got to meet different people from various companies, different positions. And together, it was kind of, very motivating.

We also got to hear from The Secretary of State of Texas, Hope Andrade. As well as the Greater Chamber of Commerce of San Antonio, Richard Perez. All-- well, and there are others, as well. But all of their stories, things that they said to get to where they are, were very touching.

01:54

GEORGE VARGAS:

Yeah. Motivational. It makes me realize that anybody could do it.

MARIBEL MARIN:

I really was kind of, very, excited about it. But, at the same time, didn't know what to-- what to expect from it.

GEORGE VARGAS:

We met in Texas--

MARIBEL MARIN:

--at the baggage claim.

02:08

GEORGE VARGAS:

Yeah. (LAUGHTER)

MARIBEL MARIN:

You were, like, "So where are you from?" You were, like, "Oh, from Lehman." You were, like, "Oh. Get out of here." (LAUGHS) It was my first time traveling outside the tri-state area. And when I got there, I was like, "Okay. You know," I was, like-- I really was a little bit nervous.

And I thought I was gonna go by myself. You know, before I knew that George was there. And I thought, "Hey." I was, like, "My God. This is a new state for me. This is something different."

GEORGE VARGAS:

The most important thing that I learned was networking skills. How to brand yourself. How to present yourself to different people, and to new people you don't know. Résumé skills. What to include in resumes. What not to include. Interviewing skills.

MARIBEL MARIN:

What George said is kind of the same thing that I learned. I have to help out just how others are helping me out. Or giving me that helping hand. I also-- I also have to give that helping hand to my community. To my peers. To other fellow students.

And that was something that came -- that I took out from. And I definitely know that I will keep with me. And that's -- one of the things that really changed me. And I know I will definitely keep it for the rest of my life.

03:24

GEORGE VARGAS:

That was one of the best things from Adelante-- knowing how to challenge yourself, be more outspoken.

MARIBEL MARIN:

It will definitely make me more-- make me-- to be more out there. And-- something that I thought-- something that I definitely knew that I didn't -- wasn't-- capable of doing. Because I was the person-- the type of person who would be really shy. Who wouldn't talk. Who wouldn't say anything. And after this, you know, the whole networking-- becoming friends. Getting more acquainted with other people.

I got to learn that, you know, it's okay to be out of that shell, out of that comfort zone, if you want to-- move on. If you want to succeed in life, you know. It's okay to -- make, you know, do something new. And-- and see what happens.

GEORGE VARGAS:

People had to come to me to introduce themselves. But now, I will challenge myself and go introduce myself to new people. There was this quote that both--

MARIBEL MARIN:

That both--

04:31

GEORGE VARGAS:

--Patricia--

MARIBEL MARIN:

--Gabe Salazar--

GEORGE VARGAS:

--and Patricia repeated.

MARIBEL MARIN:

--so-- well, Patricia Salazar said this quote at the beginning-- at the opening of her speech. And Gabriel Salazar, the closing ceremony motivational speaker--

04:45

GEORGE VARGAS:

He closed-- his presentation with that quote, too.

MARIBEL MARIN:

And it goes, "Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words. Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions. Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits. Be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character. Be careful of your character, for your character becomes your destiny."

05:11

ELIAS ALCANTARA:

To learn more about Adelante, visit www.adelante.org. Visit us at www.lehman.edu. This is a production of the Lehman College Media Relations Office.

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05:35

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