Boston hosting 1st Latino professional convention
As the nation’s first Latino Supreme Court justice is set to be sworn in today, Boston will welcome its first-ever convention of Latino professionals.
Some 2,000 members of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting are expected to gather here starting today for their national convention.
The association’s Boston chapter – which has more than 1,500 members – is the nation’s largest, said Romina Wilmot, vice president of marketing and public relations for the Hub chapter.
She attributed the Boston chapter’s success to its leadership and the region’s growing number of Latino professionals. In the past decade, Boston’s Latino population has grown 21 percent, to 103,000, according to city data.
“We have had very strong and active leaders, who are very passionate about this group,” said Wilmot, a former advertising specialist for Marshall’s who relocated from Honduras to Boston as a young girl.
The conference runs through Wednesday and association members will be gathering in three different hotels in the Copley Square area.
As attendees gather for their first day of meetings, many will be celebrating Sonia Sotomayor’s swearing in as Supreme Court associate justice.
“I’m sure everyone will be discussing that,” Wilmot said.