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Time Description
8:00am to 5:00pm

CertifiNOWTM PMP®/CAPM® Prep (Day 1)

Professional Training, Pre-registration required
A recent study indicated that certified employees tend to earn 10-25% more in annual salary than their non-certified peers… and 1.2 million new project management jobs will be created, on a yearly basis, for the next 10 years… If you need to pass the PMP® (Project Management Professional) or CAPM® (Certified Associate in Project Management) certification exam and you want to get the best project management learning experience in just 3 days, then CertifiNOWTM is the right choice for you. This project management learning program provides the best learning experience in a condensed amount of time, while also satisfying most, if not all, of your professional certification, education, and training needs. The CertifiNOWTM certification course reduces exam preparation time from an average of nine to twelve months, down to 3 days of classroom instruction. In the last year, 90% of CertifiNOWTM students passed their certification exam on the 1st attempt. For senior executives contemplating organizational transformation, but not seeking certification, this course is beneficial because it provides a solid theoretical framework and the proper paradigm for thinking about Projectized organizational structures and the project management profession.

Presenter:

Floyd Trotman III, MBA, MS/MoIS, PMP, CertifiNOWTM

Time Description
8:00am to 5:00pm

CertifiNOWTM PMP®/CAPM® Prep (Day 2)

Professional Training, Pre-registration required
A recent study indicated that certified employees tend to earn 10-25% more in annual salary than their non-certified peers… and 1.2 million new project management jobs will be created, on a yearly basis, for the next 10 years… If you need to pass the PMP® (Project Management Professional) or CAPM® (Certified Associate in Project Management) certification exam and you want to get the best project management learning experience in just 3 days, then CertifiNOWTM is the right choice for you. This project management learning program provides the best learning experience in a condensed amount of time, while also satisfying most, if not all, of your professional certification, education, and training needs. The CertifiNOWTM certification course reduces exam preparation time from an average of nine to twelve months, down to 3 days of classroom instruction. In the last year, 90% of CertifiNOWTM students passed their certification exam on the 1st attempt. For senior executives contemplating organizational transformation, but not seeking certification, this course is beneficial because it provides a solid theoretical framework and the proper paradigm for thinking about Projectized organizational structures and the project management profession.

Presenter:

Floyd Trotman III, MBA, MS/MoIS, PMP, CertifiNOWTM

Time Description
8:00am to 5:00pm

CertifiNOWTM PMP®/CAPM® Prep (Day 3)

Professional Training, Pre-registration required
A recent study indicated that certified employees tend to earn 10-25% more in annual salary than their non-certified peers… and 1.2 million new project management jobs will be created, on a yearly basis, for the next 10 years… If you need to pass the PMP® (Project Management Professional) or CAPM® (Certified Associate in Project Management) certification exam and you want to get the best project management learning experience in just 3 days, then CertifiNOWTM is the right choice for you. This project management learning program provides the best learning experience in a condensed amount of time, while also satisfying most, if not all, of your professional certification, education, and training needs. The CertifiNOWTM certification course reduces exam preparation time from an average of nine to twelve months, down to 3 days of classroom instruction. In the last year, 90% of CertifiNOWTM students passed their certification exam on the 1st attempt. For senior executives contemplating organizational transformation, but not seeking certification, this course is beneficial because it provides a solid theoretical framework and the proper paradigm for thinking about Projectized organizational structures and the project management profession.

Presenter:

Floyd Trotman III, MBA, MS/MoIS, PMP, CertifiNOWTM

4:00pm to 7:00pm

Main Registration Opens

CONFERENCE ATTIRE
Daytime: Business
Wednesday and Thursday Evenings: Business Casual
Friday Evening: NBMBAA® Impact Awards: Black Tie
Friday Evening: MBA Live: Casual
Saturday: Casual
6:00pm to 8:00pm

CEO Reception

Sponsored by

Invitation Only event

NBMBAA® CEO Jesse Tyson welcomes guests to Detroit for the NBMBAA® 40th Annual Conference & Exposition.

Time Description
7:00am to 7:45am

Fitting In Fitness

Sponsored by

Johnson & Johnson's Human Performance Institute presents Session 1, where the attendee will learn holistic, purpose-driven process which will help the attendee be physically ENERGIZED, mentally FOCUSED, and fully ENGAGED in the life moments that matter!

7:00am to 6:00pm

Main Registration Opens

CONFERENCE ATTIRE
Daytime: Business
Wednesday and Thursday Evenings: Business Casual
Friday Evening: NBMBAA® Impact Awards: Black Tie
Friday Evening: MBA Live: Casual
Saturday: Casual
8:00am to 6:00pm

National Black MBA Case Competition® - Graduate

Sponsored by

Pre-registration required. Graduate students from the nation’s leading business schools strive to develop the best solution to a business-related case study for top ranking cash prizes and employment opportunities.

9:00am to 10:15am

Opening Session: Parker Principles - 10 Leadership Force Multipliers

Sponsored by

Attendees will learn practical and actionable leadership lessons and best practices as direct multipliers for leadership success.

Keynote Speaker:

Mel Parker, President & CEO, Take The Limits Off, LLC

10:00am to 2:00pm

Higher Ed Expo & College Fair

The 2nd annual NBMBAA® Higher Education Expo will bring together colleges, universities, and post-secondary organizations from across the country to provide attendees with the opportunity to gain valuable exposure to resources that will place them on the path to post-secondary success.

10:30am to 11:45am

Breakout Session: Dynamic Leadership - Failing Big Before 30

Sponsored by

  

If you are going to fail, fail big and fail before 30. A high-risk, high-reward approach to your career early will set you up for success later in life. Learn how to turn missteps into advantages.

Moderator:

Michael D. Fleming, New Jersey Chapter President, National Black MBA Association®

Panelists:

Oray Boston, Jr., President, Biosurgery Ethicon USA, Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies

Belinda Cook, Head of Human Resources, Consumer Healthcare, Sanofi

10:30am to 11:45am

Breakout Session: Tech & Innovation - Big Data: Algorithms vs. Human Analysis

Sponsored by Lockheed Martin and Microsoft

Business professionals make countless decisions everyday based on observation, experience and intuition. But what do you do when faced with a new or bigger challenge? Learn how to use data to drive decision making and take the guess work out of next steps.

Moderator:

Gregory Gibson Jr., Austin Chapter President, National Black MBA Association®

Panelists:

LaRon Johnson, Head of LinkedIn Detroit, LinkedIn

10:30am to 11:45am

Breakout Session: Professional Development: What they Say When You’re Not in the Room

Sponsored by

Let's face it, annual reviews and HR surveys don't exactly illuminate how employees view you as a leader. And it's unlikely that if asked they would answer honestly. But there are ways to know what your employees are saying when you're not around.

Moderator:

Cherice J. Williams, Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter President, National Black MBA Association®

Panelists:

DeShaun N. Wise Porter, PHR, Sr. Director, HR Consulting, Hilton

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Target Corporation Leadership Lab: Who You Are is Non-Negotiable

Sponsored by

The business case for Diversity & Inclusion is about being able to find employees that reflect the perspectives of consumers. During our time together, you will walk away with tools and examples of things you can do to activate who you are within your organization and in service of your organizations purpose. The goal is for you to learn to be one in a group and one group.

2:00pm to 5:00pm

NBMBAA Gold Key Access® Program

Invitation Only event

Sponsored by

        

Experienced professionals will access Fortune 500 companies who are seeking director level and above talent. This “invitation only" event will offer crossfunctional access with three hours of superior programming to advance your career. You do not want miss this opportunity. To qualify, you must be a NBMBAA® member with 15+ years of work experience. Setup your member profile today on the NBMBAA Career Success Network®, to be selected for this great opportunity. NOTE: You must meet the criteria for consideration.

Interested in attending? Please sign up to be a member of the organization to receive more information about the program.

2:00pm to 5:00pm

NBMBAA Gold Key Access® Breakout: The Art of Change Management

2:00pm to 5:00pm

NBMBAA Gold Key Access® Gold Key Access Breakout: The Power of Mentorship

3:30pm to 5:00pm

Academic Advisory Council Meeting

Invitation Only event

The Academic Advisory Council was established to provide academic program guidance and recommendations to help NBMBAA® deliver more valuable products to serve our members. This meeting of the minds will consist of a roundtable discussion with the intent to provide invaluable guidance and feedback on academic program accountability while serving as partners in research and collaboration.

3:45pm to 5:00pm

How to Transform Your Brand, Network and Expand Your Influence via LinkedIn

Join us for discussion featuring experts from LinkedIn on how to optimize your brand and actively engage with others on the world’s largest professional network.

Panelists:

Jacqueline Johnson, Head of Strategic Partnerships for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, LinkedIn

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Collegiate Reception

Invitation Only event

invitation only event will allow NBMBAA® Collegiate Partners and HBCU Alumni the opportunity to network with their peers. All faculty, staff and students from the partner institutions and HBCU Alumni are invited to attend.

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Consortium Reception

Invitation Only event

This invitation only event will allow NBMBAA® members and Consortium alumni the opportunity to network with their peers. All members and alumni are invited to attend.

8:00pm to 11:00pm

Welcome Reception: Rep Your School

Kick off the NBMBAA® 40th Annual Conference & Exposition in the Motor City, where the harmonies of "Motown," music's greatest legacy was born. Come meet your fellow conference attendees and enjoy the hottest sounds of Detroit with DJ Gary Chandler. Don't forget to "Rep your School" by wearing merchandise from your alma mater. Must have conference badge for entry.

Time Description
7:00am to 6:00pm

Main Registration Opens

CONFERENCE ATTIRE
Daytime: Business
Wednesday and Thursday Evenings: Business Casual
Friday Evening: NBMBAA® Impact Awards: Black Tie
Friday Evening: MBA Live: Casual
Saturday: Casual

7:00am to 7:45am

Fitting In Fitness: Silent Fitness

Sponsored by

Johnson & Johnson's Human Performance Institute Presents "Silent Fitness" Facilitated by Put Up Resultz

Get ready for a workout experience unlike any you've had before! Kick off your morning with high energy, music, and workout fun. All pumped through your ears via wireless headphones! For the best glow in the dark experience, participants are highly encouraged to wear white! There are only 100 slots available, so register fast!

8:00am to 5:00pm

National Black MBA Case Competition® - Undergraduate

Pre-registration required.

Undergraduate students from the nation’s leading business schools strive to develop the best solution to a business-related case study for top ranking cash prizes and employment opportunities.

8:00am to 6:00pm

Employment Network Interviews

8:45am to 9:00am

Career Expo Ribbon Cutting

Exposition Hall C Atrium

The National Black MBA Association® Annual Conference and Career Exposition is one of the largest career recruitment and professional development events in the United States. This conference attracts more than 10,000 attendees who have an interest in career, education, entrepreneurship, lifestyle and leadership.

9:00am to 11:00am

Career Expo Opening (Members Only)

Exposition Halls C & D

Approximately 300 corporations will have representatives on the Career Expo floor. Gather information, book interviews and network with exhibitors.

**To take full advantage of the Career Expo, please upload your resume to the NBMBAA Career Success Network® website as soon as possible. Employers begin reviewing resumes over the summer to book interviews.**

9:00am to 12:00pm

Scale-Up Pitch Challenge Semi-Finals

Sponsored by

A national competition with entrepreneurs pitching business ideas to judges for cash prizes. Regional competition will ladder up into a national competition, to be hosted at the Annual Conference & Exposition.

10:00am to 11:15am

Meet the Experts

Sponsored by Microsoft

A 75-minute workshop led by prominent company leaders who are experts in their field. The sessions will cover a range of topics and may include other thought leaders, interactive experiences, and industry networking.

10:00am to 5:00pm

National Black MBA Case Competition® - Graduate

Sponsored by

Pre-registration required.

Teams of students analyze a complex business case to demonstrate their problem-solving skills. Teams present their findings before a panel of executives from leading corporations and academic institutions from across the country.

11:00am to 5:00pm

Career Expo Opening (All Registrants)

Exposition Halls C & D

The National Black MBA Association® Annual Conference and Career Exposition is one of the largest career recruitment and professional development events in the United States. This conference attracts more than 10,000 attendees who have an interest in career, education, entrepreneurship, lifestyle and leadership.

**To take full advantage of the Career Expo, please upload your resume to the NBMBAA Career Success Network® website as soon as possible. Employers begin reviewing resumes over the summer to book interviews.**

11:30am to 12:45pm

Meet The Experts: Digital Emerging Trends Changing the Culture, Systems and Capabilities of the Financial Services Industry

Sponsored by

A McKinsey report suggests that within the next five years, digital sales could account for more than 40 percent of new inflow revenue in certain areas and customer segments.

Wells Fargo industry experts will discuss how Digitization is rewriting the rules of how banks compete and consumers are turning to digital banking in a big way. Across the value chain—from operations and IT to marketing and sales to product development and finance—the data and technology required to realize this vision is simultaneously changing the culture, systems, and capabilities required to compete effectively in banking and capture an emerging, long-term growth trajectory.

Moderator:

Sharon Murphy, Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Enterprise Information Technology, Wells Fargo Corporate Finance .

Panelists:

Brian Winn, Senior Vice President, Digital Credit Card Marketing, Wells Fargo Payments, Virtual Solutions, and Innovation

Raissa Williams, Head of Wells Fargo CEO Mobile® Product Management Digital Solutions for Business, Payments, Virtual Solutions, and Innovation Group, Wells Fargo & Company

Kam Johnson, Senior Vice President and Director of Supervision Risk and Surveillance, Digital and Automated Investing, Wells Fargo Advisors

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Thursday Luncheon: The Power Known as YOU

Sponsored by

YOU are the greatest asset you can bring to your company, your family, your life. YOU must learn who you are to harness your power, and stand confidently in it. Learn to self-validate it, and allow it to be disruptive, because it is your unique quality, which is powerful.

1:30pm to 2:45pm

Meet The Experts

Sponsored by

A 75-minute workshop led by prominent company leaders who are experts in their field. The sessions will cover a range of topics and may include other thought leaders, interactive experiences, and industry networking.

2:00pm to 4:00pm

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. - Women in Leadership Lab

Sponsored by

Sometimes it’s necessary to challenge the status quo, in your industry, your life. your career. Join us for an engaging panel discussion about how women can shatter existing barriers to professional growth, mentor and empower women in the workplace, and engage men to foster more diverse and inclusive organizations. Our dynamic panel will harness their collective knowledge to address today’s critical issues and discover innovative solutions. Attendees will leave ready to tackle their own challenges with actionable ideas to affect change within their personal lives and workplaces.

Panelists:

Jennifer B. Turner, Lumber Process Safety Manager, Building Products, Georgia -Pacific

Sheliah Williams, College Recruiter, Talent Selection, Georgia -Pacific

Kathy Walters, Executive Vice President, Consumer Products Group, Georgia -Pacific

Monty Brown, SVP – CPG Operations, Georgia -Pacific

Lori Chennault, VP-IT Consumer Products Group, Georgia -Pacific

Kim Sackey, Consumer Knowledge Leader, Georgia -Pacific

2:15pm to 3:30pm

Breakout Session: Education & Workforce Policy - Negotiating a Job Offer

Sponsored by

The ability to successfully negotiate a job offer will determine the trajectory of your career. More than just wage and benefits, negotiating a job offer sets the tone for the rest of your employment. Most employers expect you to counter their initial offer and being able to negotiate confidently reinforces the employer's decision to hire you.

Moderator:

Miss Paulina Johnson, Detroit Chapter President, National Black MBA Association®

Panelists:

Diane M. Antishin, Vice President of Human Resources Operations and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, DTE Energy

2:15pm to 3:30pm

Breakout Session: Marketing - Marketing to the Masses

Just Do It. One For One. We Are Farmers. It is possible to market to the masses and it only takes a few words. Establishing a succinct marketing vision is essential for communciating your brand. Learn how to say more with less.

Moderator:

Andrew A. C Hamilton M.B.A, Metro New York Chapter President, National Black MBA Association®

Breakout Session: Entrepreneurship - How To Grow Your Business When You're Diverse

Starting a business is one thing; growing a business in an entirely different challenge. Fortunately, there are resources specifically intended to grow minority-owned businesses. Learn how to find and obtain funding and support to grow your vision.

3:30pm to 4:45pm

Meet The Experts

Sponsored by

Meet the Experts (MTE) is an intense and interactive session, which encourages mentoring and near peer-to-peer mentoring relationships to help individuals identify opportunities, interest, education and career paths. MTE highlights subject matter experts from various fields.

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Scale-Up Pitch Challenge Finals

Sponsored by

A national pitch competition with entrepreneurs pitching business ideas to judges for cash prizes. Finalists from regional competitions will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges for a total prize pool of $250K.

Keynote Speaker:

Frederick W. Smith, Founder and CEO. FedEx Corporation

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Marriott Ownership Session: Opportunities in Hotel Industry

Invitation Only event

Sponsored by

Are you interested in owning a Marriott hotel? If you answered yes, attend Marriott’s hotel industry presentation, where Marriott representatives will discuss the hotel industry and strategies on how to build long-term wealth through hotel ownership. Key highlights include: an overview of the Marriott business, the Marriott hotel ownership structure, financial commitment, how to get started and what’s important to succeed in the hotel industry. Its hotel industry 101, hosted by a leading hospitality company with more than 4,300 properties and 19 brands.

Presenter:

Julius W. Robinson, Senior Vice President & Global Brand Leader, Marriott Hotels, Sheraton, and Delta Hotels, Marriott International

6:00pm to 9:00pm

Corporate Hospitality Receptions

Join NBMBAA® Corporate Partners for intimate receptions, as they explore the soft skills of the conference attendees. Rememeber, you are always on. Do you have what it takes?

6:00pm to 9:00pm

Marriott International #LoveTravels Beyond Barriers Summit and Reception

Sponsored by

Join Marriott for a thought provoking conversation and reception featuring prominent African American travelers, thought leaders, activists, and advocates to discuss how travel can be a catalyst for change. During the program, attendees will have an opportunity to enter for a chance to win one of 25 grants to accelerate their vision for how to advance inclusion, equality, peace, and human rights through travel.

No pur nec. 18+. Starts 9/25/18. Ends 9/25/19. For Official Rules, available after 9/24/18, visit: www.MarriottLoveTravelsContest.com

8:00pm to 12:00am

MBA Live: The Black Out

The all black everything party invades the Motor City during the NBMBAA® 40th Annual Conference & Exposition. No exceptions! You do not want to be left on the other side of the door. .

Time Description
7:00am to 2:00pm

Main Registration Opens

CONFERENCE ATTIRE
Daytime: Business
Wednesday and Thursday Evenings: Business Casual
Friday Evening: NBMBAA® Impact Awards: Black Tie
Friday Evening: MBA Live: Casual
Saturday: Casual

7:00am to 7:45am

Fitting In Fitness

Sponsored by

Johnson & Johnson's Human Performance Institute presents Session 3, where the attendee will learn holistic, purpose-driven process which will help the attendee be physically ENERGIZED, mentally FOCUSED, and fully ENGAGED in the life moments that matter!

8:00am to 4:00pm

Employment Network Interviews

9:00am to 10:30am

Membership Meeting

Members Only

State of the Association Address

9:00am to 3:00pm

Career Expo

Exposition Halls C & D

The Career Expo offers attendees access to a premier employment recruiting expo where hundreds of Fortune 1000 corporations participate to recruit top talent for employment and internship opportunities.

**To take full advantage of the Career Expo, please upload your resume to the NBMBAA Career Success Network® website as soon as possible. Employers begin reviewing resumes over the summer to book interviews.**

9:30am to 10:45am

Meet The Experts: State of Black Wealth

Sponsored by

Our commitment to exploring best practices in leadership and career focused programming has been the inspirational catalyst that has guided members and conference attendees to reach their full potential. Our Bank of America National Black MBA Association® Professional session will be led by Tiffany Eubanks Saunders, Senior Vice President Global Wealth Management Executive on the State of Black Wealth resonates the input from NBMBAA® members where we at Bank of America can leverage our resources and talents to achieve our main objective of educating and developing determined, empowered, tenacious, respected, objective, trusted and inspirational leaders!

10:30am to 11:45am

Breakout Session: Professional Development - Hard Work Doesn't Matter: Results Do…

Sponsored by Microsoft

        

It doesn't matter how hard you work or how many hours you dedicate to your job if you don't get results. Setting goals and defining success is the foundation of a results driven career. Learn how to change a to-do list into a list of accomplishments.

Moderator:

Erica M. Roberts, Washington D.C. Chapter President, National Black MBA Association®

Panelists:

Marisa Milton Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition & Employer Branding, Marriott International

Erika Peterman, Vice President Materials Construction North America, BASF Corporation

Ronald Tate, Jr., Director, Professional Services Procurement, Allstate Insurance Company

10:30am to 11:45am

Breakout Session: Education and Workforce Policy - Motivating & Retaining Gen Z

With the last of the millenials entering the workforce, it is time for us to start thinking of how the next generation will effect business. Technology, Media Consumption, and other factors have shaped Generation Z in a few distinct ways.

Moderator:

Shaquira Johnson, Cleveland Chapter President, National Black MBA Association®

11:30am to 12:45pm

Meet The Experts

Sponsored by

A 75-minute workshop led by prominent company leaders who are experts in their field. The sessions will cover a range of topics and may include other thought leaders, interactive experiences, and industry networking.

12:00pm to 1:45pm

Luncheon: The Executive State of Business

Sponsored by Microsoft

Across a global and technologically evolving business landscape, today’s leader requires a broad scope of strategies and insights which creates a nimble and solvent leadership culture across an organization. This discussion will explore the role these leaders play in the performance of their teams, and in their own professional development, and how it can affect business.

1:30pm to 2:45pm

Meet The Experts

Sponsored by

Meet the Experts (MTE) is an intense and interactive session, which encourages mentoring and near peer-to-peer mentoring relationships to help individuals identify opportunities, interest, education and career paths. MTE highlights subject matter experts from various fields.

2:00pm to 3:15pm

Breakout Session: Entrepreneurship - Support Your Own…Women in Business

Former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, once said "There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women," but everyone needs support to excel in his or her field -- especially when when pursuing an entrepreneurial venture. Hear advice and gain insight on how to overcome the challenges of a start-up.

2:00pm to 3:15pm

Breakout Session: Dynamic Leadership - The First 90 Days: Making Your Mark as a New Executive

Sponsored by

        

Quickly establishing positive and productive work-place culture is vital as a new executive. What you do in the first few weeks to obtain employee buy-in will make or break your tenure and define your legacy. Learn best practices for successful leadership transition.

Moderator:

LaSondra Gray, Northern Virginia Chapter President, National Black MBA Association®

Panelists:

Lisa Blackshear, Senior Vice President, Communications and Digital Media Operations, Comcast NBCUniversal

Michelle Gadsden-Williams, Managing Director - NA I&D Lead, Accenture

Elaine O'Hara, Head of North America Commercial Operations, Sanofi Pasteur, Sanofi

Edward Peña, Vice President and Director, Investor Relations, Liberty Mutual Insurance

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Leadership Studio: Culturally Relevant Decision Making

Marketing missteps have cost companies millions. Ignoring cultural sensitivities can be extremely difficult to come back as a business. Is your company or you, the employee looking at all the angles before putting out marketing campaigns?

7:00pm to 10:00pm

NBMBAA® Impact Awards: The Black Tie Experience

Sponsored by

Join the association at its culminating conference event, highlighting the achievements of those outstanding students, corporate partners, and individuals in the business and education community who best reflect the associations mission. This elegant black-tie fundraiser supports our Leaders of Tomorrow® Endowment, enabling the creation of a high school to college pipeline.

Host:

Lamman Rucker, Actor

10:00pm to 2:00am

MBA Live: 90s Block Party

The 90's Block Party is a nostalgic throwback with some of your favorite hip hop, R&B and soul music and artists. Labels, Labels, and more Labels. Dress to Impress!