ALPFA Seattle 2013 Annual Gala Another Success!

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Posted by Lily Carrasco, Manager, SSG Business Tools, The Boeing Company

This was my first ALPFA Gala and it was impressive. From the “Student of the Year” to the Keynote speaker to the Hyatt’s chefs, it was all about people — how we help each other and how we help ourselves to become leaders; how we are a community; and, in truth a big family.

Laura Sotelo, the “Student of the Year” was composed beyond her years.  Laura helps herself by devoting time and energy to the causes that give meaning to her life. Laura’s values resonate in all leaders and can be summed up in one word: passion. Be passionate about what you do as a student,  career professional and in your personal life.

Daniel Da Silva, Keynote Speaker at the 2013 ALPFA Seattle Annaul Gala

Daniel Da Silva, Keynote Speaker at the 2013 ALPFA Seattle Annaul Gala

Our keynote, Daniel Da Silva of Boeing, illustrated how innovation in aviation turned the tide in two world wars, got us to the moon, and is starting to lighten our carbon footprint.  To advance our innovation trajectory our business partners need to reach out to our next generation of nascent leaders.  We must partner together to create and sustain multicultural organizations to cultivate global thinking and perspectives that drive innovation. Whether incremental or game-changing, innovation is the key to maintaining relevancy and delivering products and services that add value to our lives. The business partnership with ALPFA can propel the innovation trajectory by developing, hiring, and retaining top talent.

Diversity and inclusion in our institutions of higher learning and in the workplace are keys to success. I witness that every day at Boeing. The Gala made it evident that all the sponsor partners live the same values. Even the Hyatt leveraged diversity and inclusion by adapting their kitchen to prepare the unique “Sabor de Venezuela.”

In closing, the willingness to assure that we move forward and cement our regional ALPFA and Business Partnership truly came to life in the auction of the APLFA Lifetime membership.  The match by Boeing, Microsoft, PWC, Deloitte, Ernst & Young and KPMG to raise funds for students to attend the ALPFA convention was dazzling!

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