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2016 NBMBAA® Conference

The Q Factor: The Quality Paradigm – What’s the one word synonymous with IT factor in leadership? Undoubtedly, it’s Quality. There is no substitute for this key performance indicator. All things equal, quality is often the determinant for competitive advantage. As a building block of leadership, quality leadership is contagious leadership. It Inspires. It Disrupts. It Transforms. Through the value chain of governance, business solutions, talent management, processes and transformation; leaders that drive, embody and account with quality, win. Do you have the IT factor?

Honorary Co-chairs

  • Dr. Roslyn C. Artis, President, Florida Memorial University
  • Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, President, Dillard University
  • Marc H. Morial, President & CEO, National Urban League
  • Charles L. Rice, Jr., President & CEO, Entergy New Orleans
  • Jimmie M. Woods, Sr., Co-Founder & CEO, Metro Service Group, Inc.


  • Gina F. Adams, Senior Vice President for Government Affairs, FedEx
  • Jocelyn Delk Adams, Founder, Grandbaby Cakes
  • Laila Ali, Boxing Champion, TV Host, Cooking Enthusiast, Actress, Author, Speaker
  • Tim Atwell, Senior Vice President, Data Operations Executive, Bank of America
  • Michelle A. Avan, Director, Southwest Division Administrative Manager Global Wealth Investment Management (GWIM), Merrill Lynch
  • Jerome Bettis, NFL Hall of Famer
  • Cheryl L. Bevelle-Orange Director, Information Technology, FedEx Services
  • Michelle A. Avan, Director, Southwest Division Administrative Manager Global Wealth Investment Management (GWIM), Merrill Lynch
  • Jerome Bettis, NFL Hall of Famer
  • Cheryl L. Bevelle-Orange Director, Information Technology, FedEx Services
  • Walter Bond, CEO, Walter Bond Worldwide Inc.
  • John Brown, Managing Director – External Investments, MassMutual
  • James Burnette, Director, Global Sales Development
  • Cassius Butts, Regional Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Chris Carr, Executive Vice President, Starbucks
  • Troy Carter, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Atom Factory
  • Maurice Coleman, Commercial Real Estate Banking – CDB, Senior Vice President/Sr. Relationship Manager, Bank of America
  • Donald Comer, Director, Digital Access Marketing, FedEx
  • Wayne Davis, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Technology + Product, Comcast
  • Marie Denee, The Curvy Fashionista
  • Charles Divins, Anchorperson, WDSU News
  • Tracy Dumas, Associate Professor, Management & Human Resources, The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business
  • Ron Edwards, Assistant Vice President of Early and Mid-Career Strategy, MassMutual
  • Jide Ehimika, Co-Founder, Strategy and Operations, Noirbnb
  • Sonja Fields, R&D Manager – Specialty Products, Georgia-Pacific
  • Brian Files, Director, Inventory Management, CVS Health
  • Apoorva N. Gandhi, Vice President, Multi-Cultural Affairs, Marriott International, Inc.
  • Stefan Grant, Founder & CEO, Noirbnb
  • Mary Grate-Pyos, MBA, Author & President, Financially Focused, Inc.
  • Dawn-Marie Gray, Director, Director, Strategic Diversity Management, CVS Health
  • Jeffery B. Greer, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, FedEx
  • Erik Hawkins, Director of Global Product Marketing, Facebook
  • Dr. Corey Hebert, Physician and Television/Radio Talk Show Host
  • Desmond Howard, Commentator, College Football Analyst, ESPN
  • Tiffany Hunt, Vice President, Operational Excellence, Business Transformation Office, Nationwide
  • Matt Idema VP, Monetization Product Marketing, Facebook
  • Lara James, Vice President, Marketing and Brand Strategy, MassMutual
  • Terrence “J” Jenkins, Actor, Philanthropist and Author
  • Keith Jernigan, Strategic Sourcing Director, Georgia-Pacific
  • Shonda Johnson, Area General Manager, Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance
  • Ramon Jones, Senior Vice President P&C Business and Personal Solutions Marketing, Property & Casualty (P&C)
  • Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, President of Incite Unlimited, Career Reinvention Strategist, Author, International Speaker, and Diversity Consultant
  • Jason King, Owner, Frencheeze Food Truck
  • Sena Kwawu, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain and Shared Services, Starbucks
  • Stephanie Lampkin, CEO, Blendoor
  • Tamica Lee, Traffic Reporter, WWL-TV
  • Mickell Lowery, District Sales Manager, FedEx
  • Winston Maharaj, Managing Director and Deputy General Auditor, DTCC
  • Andréa McBride, Co-Creator, McBride Sisters Premium Wine
  • Robin McBride, Co-Creator, McBride Sisters Premium Wine
  • Lauren McCadney, Director, Marketing Delivery
  • Dr. Frederick McKinney, Managing Director of Minority Business Programs, Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth
  • Michael McNeil, Global Product Security & Services Officer, Royal Philips
  • Shane Meeker, Corporate Storyteller, storyMYTHOS LLC
  • Candace Mitchell, Cofounder and CEO, Techturized Inc.
  • Kaplan Mobray, Author, Motivation Speaker, Career Consultant, Founder of the Kaplan Mobray Leadership Institute
  • Everett Moore, Area Vice President, CVS Pharmacy
  • Gerard E. Morisseau Internal Audit Director, Microsoft Cybersecurity, Microsoft IT, Retail Stores, and Application Services Group (ASG)
  • Tom Onken, Senior Vice President Select Service and Extended Stay Lodging, Marriott International, Inc.
  • Hitendra Patel, Ph.D. Managing Director, IXL Center Innovation Thought Leader, Global Speaker & Professor of Innovation
  • Christie L. Patterson, Director, Lodging Development – Select Service & Extended Stay Brands, Marriott International, Inc.
  • Sean Penn, Vice President of Sales, Diageo North America
  • Council Powell, District Manager & Emerging Leader, CVS Pharmacy
  • Michael Quigley, Senior Vice President of Brand Distribution, Turner Network Sales
  • Kathryne Gambrell Reeves, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Marketing, Cardinal Health
  • Bakari Sellers, Former Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives & Attorney, Strom Law Firm, LLC
  • Terrilynn Million Short, Vice President and General Manager, Marley Engineered Products
  • John Shumate, Director, WATER + Strategy & Innovation, PepsiCo
  • Selin Song, Managing Director, Global GMS (Google Marketing Solutions) Revenue Strategy & Operations
  • Linda Spearman-Scott, SVP Bank of America Human Resources Executive, Global Human Resources Enterprise
  • Chris Spencer, Entertainer
  • Ayanna Stephens, Senior Vice President, Talent Acquisition Strategic Initiatives and Specialized Sourcing Executive, Bank of America
  • Scott Steward, Founder, Project Tech Teens
  • Brooke Story, Vice President, MDT Restorative Therapies Group Marketing Medtronic PLC
  • Claire Sulmers, Entrepreneur & Founder, The Fashion Bomb Daily
  • Sherice Torres, Marketing Director, Google Express
  • Floyd Trotman III, Founder and Managing Partner of CertifiNOW™, MBA, MS/MoIS, PMP
  • Emmett T. Vaughn Director, Office of Diverse Business Empowerment, Exelon
  • Aaron Walker, CEO, Camelback Ventures
  • Charmaine Ward, Senior Director of Community Affairs, Georgia-Pacific
  • Tina Wells, CEO & Founder, Buzz Marketing Group
  • Alexandra Wheeler, Vice President, Global Digital Marketing, Starbucks
  • Charece Williams, Senior Marketing Manager, National Portfolio Promotions, PepsiCo
  • Cherilyn Williams, Director, Portfolio Marketing Strategy and Planning, Marriott International
  • Courtney Williams, Chief Executive Officer,Torsh Inc.
  • Terrance Williams, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, Nationwide
  • Rob Wilson, RobWilsonTV
  • Tai Wingfield, Senior Vice President of Communications, Hewlett Consulting Partners
  • Robert Woolridge, General Manager, Marriott International, Incorporated
  • Lu Yarbrough III, Associate Vice President, Enterprise Diverse Marketing, Nationwide
  • Benjamin Young, CEO, Sworkit by Nexercise, Inc.
  • Jenny Yum, Vice President – Service Delivery Consultant Global Human Resources Employee Relations and Life Events Services Integrated Operations, Bank of America

Programming Highlights

  • Backyard Veaux – Served Up By Lipton
  • Career Expo: All Access
  • Career Expo: Members Only
  • CertifiNOW PMP®/CAPM® Prep Course
  • Entrepreneurial Institute Afternoon Sessions: Can You Swim with the Sharks? Do You Really Want To? Learn How to Navigate the Waters of Investment Funding
  • Entrepreneurial Institute Afternoon Sessions: Is There an App for That? How to Monetize Your Idea for a Mobile App
  • Entrepreneurial Institute Morning Sessions: Putting your Business on Blast! #share #build #grow. How to Use Social Media to grow your brand and Business
  • Entrepreneurial Institute Morning Sessions: Show Me the Money: Learn How to Fund Your Business or Non-profit with Other People’s Money
  • Entrepreneurial Institutes Closing Ceremony Powered by Ford
  • Hackathon Competition (Sponsored by State Farm )
  • Hospitality Receptions
  • Innovation Whiteboard Challenge
  • Leadership Institute Keynote Breakfast
  • Leadership Institute Keynote Luncheon
  • Leadership Institute Morning Sessions: Negotiating Deals, Identity and Respect
  • Leadership Institute Morning Sessions: Sparking My Innovation
  • Leadership Institute Morning Sessions: storyMYTHOS – Storytelling for Brands, Business and You
  • Leadership Institute Reception
  • Like a Boss: Are You the Leader You Want to Work For? (Presented by Bank of America & DTCC)
  • Marketing Summit – Meet the Innovators (Presented by Marriott International, Georgia-Pacific, Pepsico and Royal Philips)
  • Marketing Summit – A Crash Course in Analytics
  • Marketing Summit – Putting It All Together: 5 Ways to Use Yor Millennial Knowledge
  • Marketing Summit – The ROI Conundrum
  • Marriott Ownership Session: Investment and Ownership Opportunities in the Hotel Industry
  • MBA Live®!
  • Meet the Experts Session: Sustainability: Building a Career through Transformation (Presented by Northwestern Mutual)
  • Meet the Experts Sessions: Black Professionals: Your Heritage as a Career Asset (Presented by MassMutual)
  • Meet the Experts Sessions: Imagine. Innovate. IGNITE! Take Your Brand to NEXT (Presented by Nationwide)
  • Meet the Experts Sessions: Master the Art of Career Ascension with Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever (Presented by CVS Health)
  • Meet the Experts Sessions: The Elephant in the Room: Courageous Yet Uncomfortable Conversations (Presented by Bank of America)
  • NBMBAA Career Success Network® Center
  • NBMBAA® Impact Awards (Sponsored by FedEx and FCA)
  • NBMBAA® Membership Meeting
  • NBMBAA® Takes On…Diversity in the Tech Industry (Presented by Comcast NBCUniversal, LinkedIn, and Microsoft)
  • NBMBAA® Welcome Reception: Rep Your School (Co-Sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal)
  • Setting Up Your Business for Success
  • The Courage to Lead: Executive Lessons for Living and Leading with Integrity
  • Thursday Keynote Luncheon (Presented by Nationwide)
  • Why MBAs Should Consider Project Management Certification

Thanks to Our Corporate Partners

American Airlines
Bank of America
Cardinal Health
Comcast Universal
CVS Health
Direct Energy

The Home Depot
International Paper
Madam CJ Walker Beauty Culture
Northwestern Mutual
State Farm
University of Florida MBA Warrington College of Business

2016 Awards

H. Naylor Fitzhugh Award

coleman_kennethKenneth Coleman

Silver Torch Award

Delta Air Lines
Delta Airlines

Innovation Whiteboard Winner

Camille Newman

Camille Newman of PopUpPlus

Academic Partner of the Year

University of Florida

Chapters of the Year

2016 Chapters of the Year

Detroit, Atlanta, Washington, D.C.

Chapter LOT® Program of the Year


Raleigh-Durham Chapter

MBA of the Year

2016 MBA of the Year
Oscar Lewis

Helping Hands Award

Dee Williams, FCA US LLC

Channel Awards

Education – Houston

Career – Atlanta

Entrepreneurship – Philadelphia

Lifestyle – Detroit

Leadership – Los Angeles

NBMBAA® Hackathon

1st place – North Carolina A&T State University

2nd place – Southern University at New Orleans

3rd place – Claflin University

NBMBAA® Case Competition

1st Place: University of Michigan – $25,000

2nd Place: North Carolina State University – $15,000

3rd Place: Georgia State University – $10,000

Best Presenter from the Preliminary Rounds

Evan Shield (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill)

Stacy Ann Walker (University of Southern California)

Ingrid Smith-Coston (Georgia State University)

Jessica Brooks (University of St. Thomas)

Rudhawarsh Loganathan (North Carolina State University)

Charletta “Charlie” Anderson (Southern University)

NBMBAA® Undergraduate Minority Business Case Competition

1st Place – Indiana University School of Business

2nd Place – North Carolina A&T State University

3rd Place – South Carolina State University

Media Partners

Atlanta Tribune

Black Enterprise

Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce

New Orleans Chamber of Commerce

Rolling Out

Annual membership contract, paid in monthly installments with automatic renewal Service begins as soon as your initial payment is processed. You will be charged 1/12 of the annual membership fee at the time of purchase, every month for the duration of your annual contract. Your membership contract will renew automatically, on your annual renewal date, until you cancel your membership in writing no later than 30 days prior to your annual renewal by contacting membership support. Renewal rates are subject to change, but you will be notified at least 30 days prior to your annual renewal date if your renewal rate will change. Should you cancel before your one-year term has expired, you will be charged 100% of your remaining contract obligation and your service will continue until the end of until the end of your contracted term. Cancellations can be made any time by contacting membership support in writing. Annual prepaid membership contract, with automatic renewal Service begins as soon as your payment is processed. You will be charged, immediately in full, the annual membership fee at the time of purchase. Your contract will renew automatically, on your annual renewal date, unless you cancel your membership in writing by no later than 30 days prior to your annual renewal date by contacting membership support. Renewal rates are subject to change, but you will be notified at least 30 days prior to your annual renewal date if your renewal rate will change. Should you cancel before your one-year term has expired, your payment is non-refundable, and your service will continue until the end of your contracted term. Cancellations can be made any time by contacting membership support in writing. Activation of Membership Memberships will become active upon processing of all materials at National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) headquarters. Existing Lifetime and Associate Lifetime Members The Lifetime or Associate Lifetime membership is no longer offered. Existing Lifetime or Associate Lifetime members who have paid in full are active for the duration of his or her lifetime, from their membership activation (see activation of membership). Lifetime or Associate Lifetime members are no longer eligible for any other membership type. Student Members Student memberships are active for 12 consecutive months, beginning at activation (see activation of membership). You will be considered a student member as long as you are actively enrolled in a recognized undergraduate or graduate degree program. Your membership should be upgraded to a Professional or Associate membership upon the expiration of your current membership, subsequent to graduation. You are required to submit proof of your current enrollment. The following items will be accepted as proof of current enrollment: • Letter from the registrar acknowledging your current enrollment status • Copy of your tuition bill • Class schedule reflecting your current enrollment. Should you fail to submit proof of current enrollment within 60 days, your membership may be terminated, and your payment will not be refunded. You will then need to reapply for membership. Refund Policy The NBMBAA will only provide refunds for the following reasons: • Verified duplication of billing • Verified overcharges • Submission of incorrect member type resulting in one of the above Refunds will be provided as follows: • Credit card payments will be credited to that same credit card. • Cash and check payments will be credited by NBMBAA check after 30 days, and only after initial payment has cleared our financial institution. * Refunds will be issued only upon request of the individual. The NBMBAA will vigorously defend itself against credit card charge backs. In the event that your credit card company requests a credit for charges, we will comply only to the extent that the request meets the requirements of the refund policy. (See above). Recurring Payments If you choose a recurring payments option to automatically renew your membership, you are responsible for canceling it prior to annual recurrence to avoid charges. Once charged, your membership will not be refunded. Notice of Photography and/or Videography As a condition of membership, individuals grant the National Black MBA Association an irrevocable nonexclusive license to use their name, image, voice and likeness for the purpose of advertising and promoting NBMBAA events, activities and products without any further approval from you or payment to you. It is the NBMBAA’s right to make visual and audio recordings, and still images of its members (collectively “Photography”) and to use the Photography and member’s name. However, none of the above shall be deemed as an endorsement for any NBMBAA product or service. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, members agree that the rights granted hereunder shall include the perpetual, worldwide right of NBMBAA to edit, telecast, rerun, record, publish, reproduce, use, license, print, distribute or otherwise exploit, in any manner and in any medium or forum, whether now known or hereafter devised. Terms and Conditions are subject to change without prior notification. Revised: April 5, 2017. NBMBAA®