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Black Think


The National Black MBA Association® launched the “Black Think” Symposium at the 2017 Annual Conference and Exposition as an executive roundtable. The Black Think symposium addresses issues that are pertinent to professionals and entrepreneurs.  The symposium assembles key influencers and stakeholders from across sectors to inspire collaboration, inform the development of public-private partnerships. The primary goal of each conversation is to utilize insights gathered to develop a set of national recommendations in five impact areas: Education, Corporate, Policy/Legislation, Community Organizations and Mentorship.


The Black community continues to face a host of challenges even with the progress that has been made throughout the years. There are many economic, social and political obstacles that must be addressed through gathering the most relevant leaders to not only provide key insight but also to identify viable, actionable solutions. The Black Think symposium brings the right people together to create dynamic and inspiring thought leadership around key topics that continue to afflict the Black community.


For each symposium, a group of diverse thought leaders who represent organizations in the academic, government, nonprofit, corporate and private sectors are assembled who have expertise on the topic(s) of discussion. The National Black MBA Association® engages this impressive group of leaders as we embark on determining what models, systems, and practices are important to amplify our collective impact across sectors to maximize effort.


The Black Think is a series of ongoing discussions designed to bridge the gap between the issues that plague the Black community and the solutions needed to solve them. Recommendations presented by Black Think participants are put into practice through the development of an executive summary developed by the National Black MBA Association®.  The NBMBAA® will also deliver other actionable documents as outlined below:

   Black Think White Paper

   State of Black Professionals Report

2018 Black Think Calendar

Spring 2018: EDUCATION

Topic:  The Education Pipeline: From Classroom to Career

Morgan State University – Student Center, Baltimore, MD

Topic: The Education Pipeline: From the Classroom to a Career

Identified in our inaugural Black Think were the problems within the education pipeline and the fact that a student’s pathway into and through academia often has speed bumps, twists, and turns. As students develop and make the transition from the classroom to a career, they often face personal, financial and other challenges that can interfere with their progress and long-term success. Therefore, the topic of this Black Think is titled, “The Education Pipeline: From Classroom to Career”.

During this symposium, the discussion was centered toward critical leverage points and recommendations. These recommendations were informed by keynote address, intentional conversation, and interviews with selected participants.