HBSA Trip to LA Filled with Corporate Tours

Published on December 7, 2010

Hispanic Business Student Association Members
Visit West Coast Operations of Top Companies

Members of the Hispanic Business Student Association (HBSA) at UH Bauer showed their Cougar pride while in L.A. last month for a four-day corporate retreat with Insperity, Deloitte and Target.

A student organization at the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business took a power-packed trip to Los Angeles, Calif., recently to connect with the stars of the business world.

The college’s Hispanic Business Student Association (HBSA) traveled to the West Coast for a four-day corporate retreat that included site visits to Insperity, Deloitte and Target.

“The trip gave students a chance to expand their networks and discover the possibilities available outside of Houston, and even Texas,” said Melissa Hernandez, an accounting student who is vice president of the organization.

The trip began with a visit to Insperity, where HBSA members attended a lunch with UH Bauer alumni and employees from the company. Students also toured Insperity offices and learned more about the services provided by the nation’s leading professional employer organization.

The meeting was especially beneficial for underclassmen in the organization, Hernandez said, because it showed them that there are many opportunities for all types of business majors within the same company.

HBSA Corporate Relations Director Liliana Cruz added, “Our members knew that Insperity is a big supporter of Bauer, but they were really impressed that Insperity took the time to meet with HBSA and teach us more about the company.”

The L.A. visit continued with a trip to Deloitte, where students were able to network with a wide range of professionals in the organization, from newly hired staff members to high ranking partners. Students learned about the different tracks available within the company, including audit, tax and enterprise risk services.

The trip wrapped up with a stop at the Target Distribution Center, where HBSA members had the chance to tour the company’s 1 million square foot facility. The students not only had a first-hand look at the supply chain management of the company, but also discovered the different strategies the company’s California location puts in place to ensure smooth operations in the wake of natural disasters like earthquakes.

“We want to enhance our members’ entire college experience, and this trip definitely did that,” Hernandez said. “It gave our members a chance to explore a new city together, build their professional networks and discover that the opportunities available to them are limitless.”

By Sarayu Sundar