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2022 Conference


NBMBAA returns to Atlanta this September for the 44th Annual Conference and Exposition. Join us for the premier educational, networking and career event for Black professionals!


Students and Early Career Professionals: Take advantage of more than 250 Fortune 1000 companies, interviewing and hiring on site.

Mid-Career Professionals and Managers: Get the professional development you need to drive your career forward and make key connections to expand your network.

Senior Leaders: Take advantage of targeted development opportunities, connect to your next great hire and help the next generation of leaders advance.


As the eighth President of Georgia State University, Dr. M. Brian Blake oversees the State of Georgia’s largest university spanning 6 campuses and a community of nearly 55,000 students and 10,000 faculty and staff. Georgia State is the largest land owner in the center of downtown Atlanta with 5 other campuses around the city’s perimeter. Georgia State is one of the most ethnically and socioeconomically diverse Research-1 universities in the Nation. With more than 23,000 Black and African-American students, the university graduates more Black students than any other non-profit institution in the Nation. Dr. Blake introduced a strategic vision for Georgia State that emphasizes four pillars: Research and Innovation, Student Success, College to Careers, and Identity and Placemaking.

As an academic, Dr. Blake has held appointments in the Departments of Computer Science, Software Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. As a scholar, Dr. Blake is most known for his contributions to the areas of internet computing and software engineering. He has authored or co-authored over 250 journal articles, books/book chapters, and refereed conference/workshop papers. Dr. Blake has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Mercer University, and Ph.D. in Software Engineering from George Mason University. Dr. Blake lives in Atlanta with his wife, Dr. Bridget Blake, and their two sons.

M. Brian Blake, Ph.D.

President, Georgia State University

A trifecta of community, commerce and compassion, Pinky Cole is a serial entrepreneur, brand strategist and founder & visionary of Bar Vegan, Slutty Vegan ATL – a nationally acclaimed, Atlanta-based burger joint offering creative takes on plant-based burgers with racy names like Sloppy Toppy, Fussy Hussy and One Night Stand – and The Pinky Cole Foundation. Born and raised in East Baltimore, Cole started her entrepreneurial journey early through creating business plans and side-hustles with friends and family members during high school. She moved to Atlanta to attend Clark Atlanta University, and while she quickly became enamored with the city, she decided to pursue acting in Los Angeles upon graduation and later went on to become a successful television producer in New York City and Connecticut.

She eventually made her first foray into the culinary world with her popular restaurant, Pinky’s Jamaican and American Restaurant in New York, which tragically burned down. Soon after, Pinky relocated to Atlanta where she came up with the idea for Slutty Vegan during a late-night craving for mouthwatering vegan fast food. From there, she started cooking vegan burgers in a shared kitchen in August 2018, and the Slutty Vegan empire was born. Slutty Vegan has five brick-and-mortar locations in Georgia including outposts in the Edgewood, Jonesboro, Duluth, West View, and Athens neighborhoods, with additional stores that have been announced for Birmingham, Alabama, and Brooklyn, New York.

Pinky Cole

Slutty Vegan ATL

Andrew Young is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended Dillard University, Howard University – where he was a member of the varsity swimming team – and Hartford, Connecticut Theological Seminary. He was ordained as a minister in 1955, and his first pastoral assignment was deep in rural Southwest Georgia in Thomasville in Thomas County. From there, he and his young family moved to New York City where he worked on the staff of the National Council of Churches before returning to Georgia to help lead “citizenship schools” that had been established to tutor African-Americans in literacy, organizing, and leadership skills. It was that work which introduced him to the then recently-founded Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He became a member of SCLC and began working with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the rest is history!

Rev. Young ultimately became SCLC’s Executive Director and, later, Executive Vice President. However, it was as a top lieutenant and right-hand to Dr. King throughout the revolutionary American Civil Rights Movement that Andrew Young became known far and wide as “The Great Negotiator”! From his great service and sacrifices in The Civil Rights Movement, Andrew Young went on to be elected as the first African-American to represent Georgia in the U.S. Congress since Reconstruction – appointed by President Carter as the first African-American to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations – and elected as Mayor of Atlanta. Ambassador Young is married to Carolyn McClain Young. Young continues to call Atlanta home where he lives with his wife, Carolyn McClain Young. He is the father of three daughters and one son and the grandfather of eight and great grandfather of one.

Andrew Young

Chairman, Andrew J. Young Foundation


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