Hispanics in STEM to Host National Convention in Salt Lake City
SHPE, The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, a national organization representing Hispanic professionals and students in STEM, will host its 47th National Convention in Salt Lake City, at the Salt Palace Convention Center, November 1 through 5, 2023.
The largest gathering of Hispanic STEM talent in the nation, the event is expected to be attended by 10,000 students, professionals, academia, and industry leaders. Early bird registration is available now through October 6: 2023 SHPE National Convention. The 2022 SHPE National Convention in Charlotte, NC attracted over 8,800 attendees and nearly 300 exhibitors.
According to the Pew Research Center, 81% of U.S. Hispanics believe having role models in STEM can encourage young Hispanics to pursue careers in these fields, while only 8% of STEM jobs are filled by Hispanic professionals, and only 2% hold jobs in tech. SHPE exists to narrow and eventually close this gap by raising awareness and increasing access. In addition to connecting members with many of the top organizations in STEM, the Convention is also one of the most powerful tools to prepare Hispanic students and professionals to be top talent and leaders in their field.
“SHPE has been making dreams come true for decades, by connecting people with jobs in STEM, while also helping them secure and advance their careers," says Miguel Alemañy, CEO of SHPE. "We are supporting STEM's future leaders who will make a positive impact on the world."
The four-day gathering will offer attendees professional and leadership development through sessions and workshops, speakers, networking, competitions, and award ceremonies. The event will include training, leadership, and professional development for participants as well as interaction with nearly 300 exhibitors actively recruiting new talent.
"We are very excited to bring our convention to Salt Lake City as it provides a diverse and exciting environment along with a convention center that can host our growing numbers," shared Nicole Knoderer, Senior Director of Conferences and Events, SHPE, with TechBuzz. "Since the city also is host to Silicon Slopes, which is part of the STEM community, it was an easy choice to make Salt Lake City our National Convention host city for 2023, 2027, and 2030, to show our members all that Salt Lake City and Utah has to offer them."
Additionally, there will be a two-day Career Fair & Graduate School Expo where thousands of jobs will be offered by companies like Cummins, Google, Apple, Northrop Grumman, Bank of America, 3M, Lockheed Martin, and over 250 other leading companies in STEM.
The SHPE National Convention will also include the presentation of the STAR Awards, which recognizes key individuals, corporations, government agencies, and academic institutions that have contributed significantly to support Hispanics in STEM.