Hispanic leader to speak on social entrepreneurship
A co-founder and former executive director of Conexion Americas will be the featured speaker for the Williamson Chamber's Young Professionals luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Healthways, 701 Cool Springs Blvd., Franklin.
Belmont University Instructor of Entrepreneurship and Management Jose Gonzalez will speak on "The Mainstreaming of Social Entrepreneurship."
More than half of the available spots for this session already have been reserved, and capacity is limited.
Gonzalez joined the Belmont faculty from Conexion Americas, which has been lauded as a positive Hispanic force in Tennessee and the nation. The Nashville organization's mission is to assist Latino families in realizing their aspirations for social and economic advancement by promoting their integration into all aspects of Middle Tennessee life.
While at Conexion Americas, Gonzalez was instrumental in conceptualizing and implementing programs that generated over $25 million of mortgage loans for Latino homeowners and trained over 500 Latino entrepreneurs. Under his leadership, Conexion Americas received several notable recognitions, including Entrepreneurial Venture of the Year, an Innovation in Action Award, and a Strengthening Families Best Practices Award.
In addition to his professional activities, Gonzalez has been active in the community through his involvement with the Hispanic Achievers Youth Program, the Nashville Alliance for Public Education Board of Directors, the Bellevue YMCA Board of Directors and the Board of Commissioners of Nashville's Metro Social Services Agency. A graduate of the Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business at Belmont University, he has served on the boards of The Massey School Alumni Association and The Center for Business Ethics.
Before moving to Nashville, Gonzalez worked in financial management roles for Organization BAMA and Procter and Gamble in Mexico City. Locally he has been a business manager for Total Management Services, working primarily in the music industry, and founder of CIMA Financial Management, LLC, consulting for a diverse range of entrepreneurial ventures.
Meeting attendees must present a government-issued photo ID due to security procedures at Healthways. Get more information and register at williamsonchamber.com to reserve one of the limited spots for this event, which begins at 11:30 a.m. and is presented by BancorpSouth. The cost is $16 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members, who may register as guests. A $5 late fee will be added for registration after noon on Friday, Feb. 7.
Posted on: 2/4/2014