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NBMBAA® Board of Directors

Board Chairman

Vice President, Decision Science & Analytics

Donald Comer is a seasoned Fortune 100 business professional with successful experience across a broad portfolio of business disciplines and industries.

Donald has been a member of the FedEx family since 1989.  His 31-year career has been marked by progressive levels of responsibility and leadership in a number of business disciplines including data analytics, marketing, finance, strategic planning, software design/delivery, and project management.  He currently serves as Vice President, Decision Science & Analytics.  In this role, he leverages data analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning techniques to solve complex business problems, exploit credible options for innovation, drive operational change, and create incremental business value.  Three patents are pending for solutions developed using advanced analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

He was previously responsible for product development and program management of a portfolio of technology solutions designed to provide global customer access to FedEx transportation services impacting nearly $29B in revenue.  He is a recipient of the FedEx Five Star, awarded to the top 2% of employees annually.

Prior to FedEx, Donald was with International Paper, Holiday Corporation, and Brandon, Smith & Jones CPA in accounting, finance, and audit roles.

His belief in seizing opportunity and passion for advancement through education has led him to dedicate significant personal time to serving on the boards of institutions committed to and supportive of this passion, including two historic black colleges and the National Black MBA Association®.

He joined the 20,000+ member National Black MBA Association® (NBMBAA®) board in 2012.  He is currently Board Chairman and member of the Executive Committee.  Prior roles included Chair of the Real Estate Committee and Treasurer.  He has shaped both the organization and FedEx by leveraging NBMBAA® to supplement FedEx growth and learning initiatives, and in sponsoring a program to help small businesses grow.

Since 2018, Donald has also been a member of the Executive Committee of LeMoyne-Owen College, a private liberal arts college in Memphis. He serves as Second Vice-President.  As Chair of the Technology Committee, he led the effort to establish distance learning technology infrastructure during COVID-19 and contributed to the college earning the designation as Cyber Security Center of Excellence.

Donald also serves at Stillman College as a member of the Advancement & Development Committee and the Athletic Committee.  He joined the board of this private liberal arts college in 2017; he has partnered with the administration to reposition the school from unranked to a Top 50 HBCU.  He secured contributions and collaborated in the formation of the data security curriculum.

He earned an MBA from the University of Memphis and BS in Accounting from the University of Tennessee.

Beyond his professional and board commitments, he enjoys music, traveling, and photography.


Board Vice Chair, Policy & Programs

Corporate Vice President, Financial Services Industry
Microsoft World Wide Commercial Business

As Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Financial Services at Microsoft, Borden is responsible for leading the development and execution of Microsoft’s global financial services strategy, including the prioritization of banking, capital markets and insurance industry solutions and their alignment to Microsoft’s worldwide digital platform and partner ecosystem, to support our financial services customers in their digital transformation journeys.

Prior to this role, Borden spent 7 years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he served as a Managing Director.  During his time at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Borden held various leadership positions across Global Transaction Services (GTS), Equity Asset Management Services and Enterprise Payments.  Most recently, he was Head of GTS Commerce Solutions where he was responsible for strategy development, product commercialization and go-to market execution.

Prior to joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Borden spent 13 years at Citigroup where he held several senior positions including managing director and head of the North America Public Sector State and Local Government team in the company’s Treasury & Trade Solutions organization.  He also held senior strategic positions within Citi’s Chairman and Chief Executive Office, and in Citi Cards.

During his four years at R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, Borden worked in sales, becoming vice president in the General Sales Atlantic & Government Region where he was responsible for managing, organizing, and developing sales for the region.

At International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), Borden performed a number of roles in systems engineering and sales and rose to become a sales manager in the company’s Consulting Group, leading a team that sold business transformation, application development, and systems integration consulting services.

Borden holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University, where he was a varsity football letterman.  He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from Northwestern Kellogg School of Management.

Borden is a member of The Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the preeminent membership organization for the development of global black leaders. He is committed to helping the communities in which he lives and works through board membership, volunteering and mentoring. His board memberships include: Chicago Cares (1992-1995); The Robert Toigo Foundation (2006-2008); The Beyond Diversity Resource Center (2005-2015); New Jersey Advocates for Education Advisory Board (2006-2010); Bank of America Black Executive Leadership Council Advisory Board (2012-present); and National Black MBA Association® (2018-present).

Louise Perrin


Board Vice Chair, Advancement & Development

Senior Vice President, State Farm Insurance Companies, Retired and Board of Advisors, MedBlop

A highly accomplished and seasoned senior executive with over 30 years of success, Louise Perrin retired as Senior Vice President of State Farm Insurance Companies after holding numerous positions in executive leadership, sales, marketing, product and agency distribution, executive development and succession planning, and community development.

As Senior Vice President, State Farm Insurance Companies- North Central Market Area, Louise held P&L and strategic visioning responsibilities for State Farm’s insurance and financial services sales operations spanning four states with over 4 million State Farm households generating over $11 billion dollars in annual revenue.

An inspirational and motivational leader with a record of delivering and executing best-in-class strategies for large-scale, enterprise change, Louise is known for driving increased sales and profitability in challenging or underperforming markets by consistently producing outstanding organizational effectiveness. She leverages her extensive background in leadership, business and transition management, strategic planning, and regulatory and compliance management to turnaround underperforming areas, develop individuals, build high performing teams, and champion change.

Louise believes strongly in giving back to the community, as demonstrated by her board service with the following organizations: Vice Chair-Advancement and Development, Board of Directors, National Black MBA Association®; Board of Trustees, National Louis University; and Board of Overseers, Rutgers University Foundation. She previously served on the following boards: Board of Advisors, LISC, Chicago; Vice Chair-Board of Directors, American Red Cross of Southeast Wisconsin; Board of Directors, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music; Board of Directors, Milwaukee Ballet, and Board of Directors, Friends of the Milwaukee Art Museum. Additionally, she is a founding member of P.R.I.D.E. (People Responsible for Improving the Development of Education) in Evansville, Indiana; B.E.S.T. (a State Farm adopt-a-school program) in Chicago, Illinois; and the Tri-Taylor Community Association.

In 2007, Louise was selected as a Woman of Influence/Inspirational Leader by the Business Journal of Greater Milwaukee and featured in the Cornell University Alumni publication that same year.

Perrin currently serves on the Board of Advisors of MedBlob, a medical technology start-up, and is a former board member of State Farm Indemnity Company.

Louise earned her MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson School of Business and received a BA in Business Administration at Rutgers University. She continued her professional development by obtaining FINRA: Series 6 and 63 as well as becoming a Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow at the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

Oris Stuart


Board Treasurer

Chief People and Inclusion Officer
National Basketball Association

As Chief People and Inclusion Officer at the National Basketball Association, Oris Stuart is responsible for leading the combined Human Resources and Diversity and Inclusion groups.  He oversees diversity and inclusion strategies for the NBA, WNBA, NBA G League and NBA 2K League and its teams, supports the growth and development of the NBA’s global workforce, and strengthens commitments to attract, retain, develop and engage diverse talent.

With a focus on people, culture, inclusion and innovation, Stuart aims to establish policies and expand programs to increase the representation of people of color and women in leadership roles and positions across the league.  He leads the NBA’s Global Inclusion Council and efforts to grow the league’s network of Black-, women- and diverse-owned suppliers.  Stuart also works closely with senior leadership to enable, empower and develop employees in 13 U.S. and international offices.

Stuart joined the NBA in June 2015 and was named the league’s first Chief People and Inclusion Officer in 2020,

Stuart has 20 years of experience as a business executive in diversity and inclusion and talent management fields.  Prior to the NBA, Stuart spent two years as a Senior Partner with Korn Ferry, an executive search and talent management firm, where he led its Inclusion and Diversity practice.  Previously, Stuart served as the Chief Executive Officer for Global Novations, the world’s leading provider of diversity and inclusion consulting and training solutions.  During his tenure with Global Novations, Stuart supported clients across Asia, Australia, Europe and North America, guided the expansion of the firm’s technology and consulting platforms, and led its ultimate acquisition by Korn Ferry in 2012.

Stuart graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in electrical engineering and holds an MBA from Duke University.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Black MBA Association® and is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, a national organization that empowers African-American corporate leaders to make significant and impactful contributions in the global marketplace and their communities.


Board Secretary

Director, Corporate Relations
Georgia Power

Charmaine Ward-Millner is Corporate Relations Director for Georgia Power. She is responsible for building and maintaining key state and national relationships with diverse organizations and opinion leaders. Her efforts focus on forming strategic alliances with diverse segments of the company’s 2.5 million customers, corporate partners and civic organizations to garner support and promote advocacy for important industry and company issues. She also works closely with internal executives and community leaders to develop sustainable initiatives aligned with the company’s business goals and philanthropic strategies supporting its mission to be “a citizen wherever we serve.”

Charmaine has held senior-level positions with Georgia-Pacific, John H. Harland, Bank of America, Showtime Networks and IBM. She has created tremendous value as a corporate leader in the areas of corporate philanthropy, foundation, corporate affairs, diversity, marketing, and sales.

She is a noted speaker, serial entrepreneur, adjunct professor at Georgia State, certified John Maxwell Leadership Coach, and an Associate Certified Coach with ICF (International Coaching Federation).

Charmaine’s service to the community is widespread and she is humbled by the numerous awards she has received recognizing her civic contributions. She serves as Secretary for the National Black MBA national board. She also serves on the boards of the NBMBAA® Atlanta Chapter, Urban League of Greater Atlanta, Atlanta Technical College Foundation Board, Atlanta Business League Foundation Board, NBAF Advisory Board and Alliance Theatre Advisory Committee. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Links, Inc., and Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. She is also an alumna of United Way VIP, Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP), Leadership Georgia, and Leadership Atlanta.

Charmaine graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics from Clark Atlanta University and earned an MBA with honors from Kennesaw State University.

A native of Chicago, she is an avid reader, loves the theatre, and enjoys international travel. She is married to Keith Millner.

Charmaine’s personal mission is to be a CATALYST, creating positive change in individuals, organizations and communities through coaching and servant leadership.


2011-2015 Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida

Alvin Brown served from 2011-2015 as Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida, the largest city by land area and the 12th largest city by population in the continental United States. The first Democratic mayor in 20 years, and the first-ever African American elected Mayor of Jacksonville, Mayor Brown governed with a vision of bringing Jacksonville together as one community and taking the city to the next level as a place of opportunity for all.

Not long after starting his career, Alvin served as a senior member of the White House leadership team under President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore. As Vice President Al Gore’s Senior Advisor for Urban Policy, and Vice-Chair of the White House Community Empowerment Board, he advised the President and Vice President on a wide range of domestic issues, including community revitalization, job creation, new business development and affordable housing.

Alvin also served as Senior Advisor to the late Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, and Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Andrew Cuomo, where he oversaw the Department’s $100 million disaster recovery initiatives, and led an overhaul of the Department’s disaster response effort.

Alvin recently completed a fellowship at the Georgetown University Institute of Politics and Public Service. Brown earned a Bachelor of Science Degree and an MBA from Jacksonville University and completed postgraduate work at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He received an honorary doctorate from Edward Waters College and Jacksonville University.


Senior Partner & Chief Strategy Officer
Global Leader Group
Capital Fortitude Business Advisors

Cassius F. Butts has worked alongside domestic and international heads of state, presidents, and CEOs. Cassius understands the importance of creating pipeline opportunities for professionals and organizations in addition to having a genuine interest in mentoring and advising mid-career and senior professionals. These Atlanta based initiatives are accomplished while also overseeing, Capital Fortitude Business Advisors as principal owner, creating “talk to Cassius” a multimedia program focused on business, sports and entertainment, and serving as a senior partner/chief strategy officer with Global Leader Group based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Cassius previously led 1st Choice Credit Union as president & CEO. He increased their financial assets by 33% during his tenure while managing the COVID-19 financial crisis. The former regional administrator for the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2011. During his tenure with SBA, Cassius managed five record-breaking years for SBA lending within the eight southern states comprising its region IV. Cassius developed a strategy that helped achieve over $30 billion dollars to small businesses during his appointment. Cassius also served as a Presidential Management Fellow under the George W. Bush Administration within the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). He assisted in the establishment of HUD’s multi-million marketing procurement process and was named Branch Chief of the Real Estate Owned division during his tenure. After the 2020 presidential election, Cassius was appointed to serve on the Biden-Harris Transition Team.

Cassius currently serves on the WellStar Health System Institutional Review Board, the National Black MBA Association, and chairman of the Fort McPherson Local Redevelopment Authority (Fort Mac LRA). In the summer of 2021, Fort Mac LRA voted to approve the agreements of Tyler Perry Studios and

T.D. Jakes Redevelopment company. During his time as a trustee, he helped to land a $30 million Hilton Hotel transaction with Morris Brown College. He also serves on the Morehouse College Department of Business & Economic Advisory Board and recently helped forge a relationship with Four Seasons Hotel for internships and job recruitment with his alma mater.

In 2020, he was a gubernatorial appointee to serve on the Georgia Economic Development Board. Cassius is a proud descendant of an entrepreneurial, higher education, and faith-driven family. Following his family’s values and personal career aspirations, Cassius previously served as an Executive-In-Residence at the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University at a time when the college receive the national ranking of the “Second Most Innovative University” by, U.S. News & World Reports in 2018.

Cassius is a proud graduate of Morehouse College (BA), Clark Atlanta University (MPA), and recipient of a Grant Writing certificate from Emory University’s – Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Cassius thrives on sharing his experience and knowledge to help others succeed based on the notion of self-actualization, determination, and integrity. As always, Cassius continues to follow the motto; “continue to follow your passion, you’ll be certain never to become lost”.


Director of Global Analytics

Ashton Clark leads the efforts to transform and improve analytics business capabilities within the scope of Business Transformation at McCormick. Ashton works with Executive Stakeholders, Process Design teams, Subject Matter Experts, Information Technology Business Solutions teams, and other internal and external partners to establish the vision and design for how the designated end-to-end processes will enable business analytics, predictive insights and reporting in McCormick’s future state.

Ashton brings over 10 years of experience in advanced analytics and insights, IT, and strategy consulting with extensive experience in data governance, mergers and acquisitions and entrepreneurship. Prior to McCormick, Ashton was the Director of Advanced Analytics and Insights at Starcom (a Publicis Group Media Company). At Starcom he provided executive business consulting to high-priority clients by advancing, maximizing, and accelerating their Big Data into actionable analytics, data-driven insights and real-time reporting via industry-leading solutions. Before Starcom, Ashton led Digital IT for MillerCoors (Molson Coors Beverage Company). Preceding MillerCoors, he worked as an IT Strategy and Transformation Consultant at Accenture.

Ashton earned his Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy with an Accelerated Minor in Engineering from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Vice President, Equity Diversity and Inclusion

Leslie Coleman, Vice President, Equity Diversity and Inclusion, joined Nutrien in March 2021.

Leslie brings extensive experience in driving a diverse and inclusive workforce for global organizations in a variety of sectors. Most recently, Leslie was the Global Director of Diversity & Inclusion at International Paper (IP) in Memphis, Tennessee. Prior to joining IP, she served as the Global HR Leader at Cargill. Leslie is currently a National Board Member for the National Black MBA Association and former President for the Memphis Chapter. She is also a Board Member for the Memphis Orpheum, TAG and YWCA amongst other prestigious organizations.

Leslie earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources with a minor in Psychology at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Graduating with honors from the University of Memphis, she secured a Masters in Psychology and Research and has a published article titled “Self Theories.” She also holds executive certifications with from both Harvard and Emory. Leslie has two son’s, Lane and Luke of which Luke is privileged to play football for the US Naval Academy. Leslie and Lane reside in Memphis, TN.

Leslie’s motto: “Forward to the possibilities,” has served her well and continues to be the ground swell for her success!


Founder and Chairman
Cooper and Company Consulting, LLC
Prime Health Services Group, LLC

William A. Cooper is the former founding Medical Director of Cardiovascular Surgery at WellStar Health Systems in Marietta, Georgia, and Associate Professor of Surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He obtained his BA/MD from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, post-graduate training in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and his MBA from Emory University, Goizueta School of Business.

He was voted the 2015 Georgia Hospital Association Physician Hero. He has also been recognized as a Men of Influence Awardee by the Atlanta Business League, Man of the Year by the Atlanta Tribune Magazine and Extraordinary physician leader by Citizens of Healthcare. He is a contributor to the Steve Harvey Show and has been recognized by Black Enterprise Modern Man magazine, Ebony magazine, and numerous media outlets.

Dr. Cooper is an experienced physician, surgeon, veteran, speaker, author, and entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in healthcare. He has a proven track record of developing a nationally recognized high-quality cardiovascular program. During his tenure as Medical Director the WellStar Cardiovascular Surgery program was ranked among the top 15% of heart programs in the United States having achieved a perennial 3 out of 3 Star rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and Consumer Reports. The program was twice awarded the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospital Organizations (JCAHO) Gold Seal for heart valve and, heart bypass surgery and heart failure treatment excellence. Most recently in 2019 the heart program was awarded Comprehensive Cardiac Care Center recognition by JCAHO.

In July 2019 Dr. Cooper moved on to start his own healthcare staffing and consulting company called Prime Health Services Group, LLC. He is also Founder and Chairman of Cooper and Company Consulting. Both firms are veteran owned and operated.

His leadership and expertise encompass a full suite of skills including human resource development, and management, strategic planning, data analysis, clinical, and fiscal oversight. In addition to his managerial and clinical expertise, Dr. Cooper is a certified LEAN Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
Dr. Cooper is a decorated Army Veteran having served over thirty-four years in the United States Army Reserve and has completed four tours of duty in support of military operations around the world, including two tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and in the continental United States.
He is a visionary, focused, accountable leader with a deep interest in healthcare transformation, quality, outcomes, and consumer education. He is also a well-rounded clinician with national and international medical experience including healthcare systems in austere forward-deployed wartime settings.

He has authored many peer-reviewed articles. In 2016 he became a published author with the release of his book: Heart Attack: Truth, Tragedy, Triumph, which was featured on the Steve Harvey show.


Senior Counsel

Aisha Gantt is Senior Counsel at Amazon where she supports Amazon’s cloud computing and infrastructure business, Amazon Web Services (AWS). Aisha is lead counsel for AWS’s data centers operations team. In that role, she is responsible for global legal strategy and operational compliance in more than forty countries. In addition to Aisha’s active legal practice, she is an entrepreneur. Aisha co-founded GBP Group, LLC, a private equity fund that makes investing more accessible to socioeconomically diverse investors.

Prior to Amazon, Aisha first practiced law at Covington & Burling LLP, and later worked forFried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. Aisha’s practice focused on technology transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Aisha also served as a federal law clerk in the Eastern District of Wisconsin for Judge Charles N. Clevert.

Prior to law school, Aisha was an engineer at Lockheed Martin Corporation where she participated in its leadership development program. During her tenure there, Aisha patented a technology that increased efficiency of liquid crystal displays.

Aisha has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics from Drexel University and Juris Doctor from the Howard University School of Law.

Bruce Thompson


Senior Director II, International Strategy

Walmart, Inc.

As Senior Director, International Strategy at Walmart, Inc., Michael develops and advises on strategic planning activities across the global markets in which the organization operates.

Previously, Michael co-founded Signature Health, LLC, a professional nurse staffing agency focused on reducing the cost of care for clients while improving overall outcomes for patients.  As Chief Executive Officer, Michael was responsible for day-to-day operations, and drove company expansion into three states.  He successfully exited this business in 2020.

Before Signature Health, Michael was Vice President – Corporate Strategy with Principal Financial Group® — he led corporate development for the $16 billion revenue corporation with 4 global business units and 15,000 employees operating in over 70 countries.

Prior to joining Principal®, Michael served as owner and principal of Hamilton Consulting International — advising clients on the exploration, qualification and execution of strategic planning, sales and marketing efforts in the United Kingdom, Switzerland and the United States.

Before starting his firm, Michael was Director of International Business Development for John Ryan Performance, Inc. in London, where he focused on delivering sales and marketing strategies to the global retail banking market.  Michael has also held various sales and corporate development roles at Carlson Companies, Target Corporation and Honeywell International.

Michael is a current Board Member as well as Lifetime Member of the National Black MBA Association® and a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC).  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for The University of Northern Iowa-College of Business.  He has previous Board experience with Variety-The Children’s Charity® of Iowa, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota®, the Twin Cities Chapter of the National Black MBA Association, and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.

Michael is a Sloan Fellow having received his Master of Science in Leadership and Strategy from the London Business School.  He also holds an MBA in operations management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Bachelor of Science degrees in both Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Renee Horne

Renée Horne

Chief Marketing & Customer Experience Officer

Chase Auto

Renée Horne is a highly accomplished banking senior executive with demonstrated expertise creating vision and defining comprehensive digital platform and marketing strategies that drive business transformation, build customer engagement and experiences across diverse industries and channels.

Currently, she serves as Chief Marketing & Customer Experience Officer of Chase Auto, an $85 billion+ business portfolio within JPMorgan Chase & Co – Consumer & Community Bank.

Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase in 2021, Renée previously served as Vice President & Head of Consumer Lending Products & Experiences with USAA Federal Savings Bank where she held accountability for the P&L and reporting leadership team overseeing more than $20 billion in assets. Other corporate leadership roles include serving as Managing Director and head of Digital and social media within Global Marketing & Communications for FedEx after a 16-year career spanning finance, marketing & communications and digital.

Renée holds a Master of Business Administration from Saint Louis University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Missouri – Columbia, where she attended on an NCAA track and field scholarship. She is also a graduate of the Consumer Bankers Association Executive Banking School.

Renee is a member of the Links, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and has served on a number of startup non-profits focused on education and digital competency including Digital Futures Initiative.

Michael McNeal


Senior Vice President, Global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
McKesson Corporation

Michael C. McNeil is the Senior Vice President, Global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at McKesson Corporation.

He is the former Global Product Security & Services Officer for Royal Philips. In this capacity, McNeil was responsible for leading the global product security program for the company and insuring consistent repeatable processes were deployed throughout their products and services in the Healthcare market. Prior to this assignment, McNeil was the former Global Chief Privacy & Security Officer at Medtronic responsible for the development and design of their initial product security and incident response management programs; Chief IT Security Officer at Liberty Mutual Group; Global Chief Privacy Officer at Pitney Bowes, and Vice President, Chief Privacy Officer of Data Services for Reynolds & Reynolds.

McNeil is a noted security and privacy expert, he has recently provided expert testimony before Congress on Cybersecurity; conducted in-house training and presentations for industry, customers and clients at several security and privacy conferences worldwide.

Michael is a current member of the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council (HSCC) Executive Committee; Board member of the Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (H-ISAC); the National Black MBA Association® and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI). He is an active member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Privacy and Security Committee.
He was named an inaugural 2013 Top 10 Breakaway Leader of Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), and was also awarded in 2013 as the First Minneapolis CISO Visionary Award. In addition to these accomplishments, he was awarded the 2011 Outstanding MBA of the Year by the National Black MBA Association® and is a Lifetime Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Michael holds an MBA from Northwestern University, J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Illinois.

Michael is married and has two children.

Brian Mitchell


Associate Dean, Full Time MBA Programs and Goizueta Global Strategy and Initiatives
Emory University – Goizueta Business School

Brian Mitchell is an Associate Dean at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School where he leads the Full-Time MBA Programs and Goizueta Global Strategy & Initiatives.

Prior to joining Goizueta, Brian developed a remarkable career in the pharmaceutical industry. He began his career with Abbott Laboratories in his hometown of Chicago. Brian then joined SmithKline Beecham (now GSK) during a period in which the company experienced a ten-fold increase in value. After graduate school Brian joined Capgemini’s Life Science practice, working with clients including Eli Lilly, Pfizer and Aventis. Brian accepted a position with Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. where he held several leadership positions within US and Global Commercial Operations including all levels of brand management, US Head of Strategic and Business Analysis and Managing Director for Specialized Products. As the leader of the Specialized Products business, Brian was responsible for delivering a P&L that grew to over $600 million. He also earned distinguished awards such as Brand of the Year, the Global Marketing Award, and the Solvay Summit Award – the company’s highest individual honor. Brian is a graduate of Quest, Solvay’s global executive leadership program, where he was selected by his peers to represent them at the program’s conclusion. In 2010 Brian was among the members of the Solvay senior executive team who successfully exited when the company was sold for over $6 billion, and subsequently was honored with Emory’s Alumni Achievement Award that same year.

With Goizueta, Brian works closely with the National Black MBA Association®, including serving on the Academic Council and leading the school’s engagement as a Diamond-Level Academic Partner. In 2018, Goizueta was honored as the NBMBAA® Academic Partner of the Year.

Brian currently serves on the Board of Directors for Wesley International Academy, a K-8 International Baccalaureate (IB) World Program School in Atlanta.

Brian holds a BA degree in Business Administration with honors from Morehouse College: MBA and MPH from Emory University where he was honored with the Michael Lee Outstanding Student Award; and an Ed.M. in Higher Education from Harvard University where he attended as a Zuckerman Fellow in Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership and earned the Intellectual Contribution and Faculty Tribute Award.

Brian lives in the Historic Old Fourth Ward neighborhood of Atlanta with his wife, Leticia, and their 3 daughters Ava, Lena and Maya.


McKinsey and Company

Shelley Stewart III is a Partner with McKinsey and Company, a global management consulting firm. Shelley is a leader in the Marketing and Sales Practice and focuses primarily on serving business to business clients. In addition to client work, Shelley is an active leader as the Partner sponsor driving national initiatives in both recruiting and external relations on behalf of the McKinsey Black Network.

Prior to McKinsey, Shelley spent 5 years in the financial services industry. The first three years were spent with JPMorgan’s Investment Bank in a variety of market roles including: proprietary investing and bond and derivative trading. After leaving JPMorgan, Shelley founded Dreadnought Capital Management, an investment advisory firm focused on illiquid fixed income assets. Shelley served as head of trading and risk for the firm, and along with his partners, participated in more than $250M of investments.

Shelley is an advisor to the New Jersey Law and Education Empowerment Program, a not-for-profit serving underprivileged high school students in the greater Newark community.

Shelley has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Boston College and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University.


Full Member and Member
U.S. Council and Public Private Partnership Council

Marvin Turner is a strategy executive based in the Washington, DC area. He currently serves as area director of a federal agency which provides overall leadership of four divisions totaling an annual grant output of $1.2 billion and a $46 billion in mortgage insurance in force. Marvin works with community-based organizations and developers interested in transforming lives. Marvin developed his expertise in strategy, finance and mergers and acquisitions at Fortune 500 Companies (Ticker Symbols CI, PRU, CNA, and VZ) before being recruited to C-Suite positions in the middle market, including five years as chief executive officer and two years as chief financial officer.

Marvin is a member of the National Advisory Council for the NBMBAA and serves on the Audit Committee and Credential and Certifications Committee. He is a life member and formerly served as Vice President of Development, Treasurer and Chair of the Government Affairs Committee for the Washington, DC Chapter.

Marvin received a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, an MBA from the George Washington University and his BBA from Howard University and is a frequent lecturer on finance, entrepreneurship, and wealth. A lifelong learner, he is a graduate of executive programs at the Wharton School and the Kennedy School of Government.

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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®