NBMBAA 38th Annual National Conference & Exposition

From Oct. 11-15, 2016, the National Black MBA Association® (NBMBAA®) will take over New Orleans for its 38th Annual National Conference & Exposition.

This year’s Conference offers a myriad of opportunities designed to increase access to careers in management, educate and build entrepreneurs, sharpen and enhance leadership skills, and help attendees secure jobs.


“Although the job market is improving, some professionals with graduate-level degrees still have difficulty finding quality jobs,” says Jesse Tyson, President & CEO, National Black MBA Association®. “Our Career Expo will connect attendees with recruiters from leading companies like Facebook, Nationwide and Microsoft. Our professional development programming is designed to help attendees sharpen their leadership skills and increase their preparedness for the workforce or entrepreneurship.”

The Conference theme, “The Q Factor: Quality, a Leadership Paradigm,” highlights the importance of quality leadership and how it is used to inspire, disrupt and transform the business landscape.
This year’s Conference will incorporate more than 50 executives and innovators from across the country, as well as keynote addresses from successful celebrity speakers who include:

· Laila Ali, undefeated boxing world champion and author of “Reach!: Finding Strength, Spirit, and Personal Power”

· Jerome Bettis, NFL Hall of Famer

· Walter Bond, retired NBA player and CEO of Walter Bond Worldwide, Inc.

· Troy Carter, Chairman and CEO, Atom Factory

Other contributors will include journalist and actor Terrance “J” Jenkins, and entrepreneur and founder of “The Fashion Bomb Daily,” Claire Sulmers.


2016 NBMBAA® Conference Leadership Institute


With an expected attendance of nearly 8,000, registrants will have the opportunity to customize their Conference experience by attending some of the Meet the Expert panel sessions, registering for The Leadership Institute® or The Entrepreneurial Institute®, participating in the first-ever NBMBAA® Conference Hackathon presented by State Farm, or competing for monetary prizes in business case competitions for Graduates and Undergraduates and at the Innovation White Board Challenge. Conference attendees will also be among the first to learn about educational and financial resources available to students, like the full tuition MBA scholarship offered by NBMBAA’s academic sponsor, University of Florida, Warrington College of Business.


2016 NBMBAA® Conference Entrepreneurial Institute

The Conference will conclude on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, with MBA Live! Presented by Pepsi and Diageo, as well as a “Backdoor Vieux,” a day party on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, presented by Lipton Tea. Both events will feature celebrity performances.


In addition to providing access to career and educational resources at its Conference, NBMBAA® has also implemented new initiatives to strengthen its community ties in the Gulf Coast region and beyond. Through its Hardship Scholarship, the organization offered complimentary registrations to the Career Expo for unemployed professionals from part of Texas and Louisiana.


NBMBAA® will also host the inaugural “National Black MBA Association® Impact Awards,” a gala designed to celebrate the achievements of business and community leaders while raising funds for the organization’s award-winning youth mentoring program, Leaders of Tomorrow® (LOT®). Tickets can be purchased here. LOT® was recently the recipient of a grant from The Allstate Foundation. The grant was given in support of the NBMBAA® LOT® Success Boot Camp, specifically the Global Community Initiative.

Conference top sponsors include Bank of America, Dell, Facebook, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, FedEx, Georgia-Pacific, Google, Marriot, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Starbucks and State Farm. In addition, the organization’s academic sponsor, University of Florida, Warrington College of Business will be promoting their full tuition MBA scholarship.


This year’s co-chairs include Dr. Roslyn Artis, President, Florida Memorial University; Dr. Walter Kimbrough, President, Dillard University; Marc Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League; Charles L. Rice, Jr., President and CEO, Entergy New Orleans; and Jimmie M. Woods, Sr., co-founder and CEO, Metro Service Group, Inc.
To learn more about the conference and to register, visit www.nbmbaaconference.org.


About National Black MBA Association® (NBMBAA®)
NBMBAA® is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) professional member-based organization which leads in the creation of educational and career opportunities for black professionals. Representing more than 9,800 members within 45 professional chapters, 33 Leaders of Tomorrow® (LOT®) chapters, and 400 corporate and university partners, the organization is dedicated to developing partnerships that create intellectual and economic wealth in the Black Community through its five channels of engagement: career, education, entrepreneurship, leadership and lifestyle. For more information, go to www.nbmbaa.org.