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MBAs Get Career Advice from Top GE Executive

September 27, 2011
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Luis Ramirez, corporate vice president and CEO of GE Energy Industrial Solutions

Luis Ramirez, corporate vice president and CEO of GE Energy Industrial Solutions at GE Energy, met with the School’s MBA students this month as part of a program hosted by the School of Business Administration’s local chapters of the National Society of Hispanic MBA (NSHMBA) Scholars, the MBA Latin American Business Club and the College of Engineering’s Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHPE). The program was held in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month and offered a discussion on multicultural thinking and its applications in a global marketplace.

A Cuban-American raised in Stuart, Fla., Ramirez was in Miami to attend the United States National Hispanic Chamber of Commerce annual conference, for which the School of Business was an academic sponsor. He believes his heritage has given him a part of what has led to his success in the corporate world.

The mixer, which was sponsored by GE and held at the University’s Sports Hall of Fame, gave Hispanic students the opportunity to discuss career choices in the areas of business and engineering. 

“We’re trying to solidify the relationship between GE and the University’s business and engineering students,” said senior vice president and recruiter for GE Capital Jose Antonio Hernandez-Solaun, who is also an adjunct professor of finance at the School of Business. “These students will go on to ultimately become the leaders of GE.”

Hispanic Business magazine recently ranked the School’s MBA program as the nation’s No. 5 such program for Hispanics. The ranking, published in the magazine’s September 2011 issue, is based on a number of factors including the percentage of Hispanic students and faculty at the School, the number of Hispanic recruitment programs the School offers, the number of campus organizations for Hispanics, and the School’s national reputation. The 2011 Hispanic Business ranking follows recognition in 2010 by the Princeton Review, which ranked the School No. 6 in the nation for providing the greatest opportunity for minority MBA students.

In a nod to the mixer’s venue, which was steeped in the tradition of the University’s athletic leadership, Ramirez concluded by encouraging students to work hard and stick to their playbooks in order to succeed in all fields of life.

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