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DATE FUNCTION
Sunday, Sept. 22nd
8:00am - 5:00pm CertifiNOWTM PMP®/CAPM® Prep Course
8:00am - 5:00pm Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Certificate Course: Recognizing and Disrupting Unconscious Bias - Presented by the National Diversity Council
Monday, Sept. 23rd
8:00am - 5:00pm CertifiNOWTM PMP®/CAPM® Prep Course
8:00am - 5:00pm Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Certificate Course: Cultural Competence in a Global Workplace - Presented by the National Diversity Council
9:00am - 5:00pm Chapter Leadership Retreat (Invitation Only) - Sponsored by Key Bank and Nationwide
Tuesday, Sept. 24th
8:00am - 5:00pm CertifiNOWTM PMP®/CAPM® Prep Course
8:00am - 5:00pm Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Certificate Course: Engaging White Males in D&I Efforts - Presented by the National Diversity Council
9:00am - 5:00pm Chapter Leadership Retreat (Invitation Only) - Sponsored by Key Bank and Nationwide
2:00pm - 7:00pm Main Registration Opens
6:00pm - 8:00pm CEO Reception (Invitation Only) - Sponsored by Courvoisier and Walmart
Wednesday, Sept. 25th
7:00am - 6:00pm Main Registration Opens
8:00am - 9:30am NBMBAA Entrepreneurial & Leadership Institutes® Kick-Off Breakfast - Sponsored by Marriott International
8:00am - 6:00pm National Black MBA Case Competition® - Graduate - Sponsored by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
9:45am - 11:00am NBMBAA Entrepreneurial Institute®: How to Go From An Idea to MVP to Customers to Real Business
9:45am - 11:00am NBMBAA Leadership Institute® Emerging Leader Track: Emotional Intelligence: Doing the Hard Work of “Soft” Skills Sponsored by Deloitte
9:45am - 11:00am NBMBAA Leadership Institute® Emerging Executives Track: Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Understanding Nonverbal Communication - Sponsored by Marriott International
10:00am - 2:00pm Higher Ed Expo & College Fair
11:15am - 12:30pm NBMBAA Entrepreneurial Institute®: More than Social Media: Using Content Marketing to Grow Your Business
11:15am - 12:30pm NBMBAA Leadership Institute® Emerging Leaders Track: Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Understanding Nonverbal Communication Sponsored by Marriott International
11:15am - 12:30pm NBMBAA Leadership Institute® Emerging Executives Track: Leader as Coach - Sponsored by Coca-Cola and Deloitte
12:45pm - 2:00pm NBMBAA Entrepreneurial & Leadership Institutes® Luncheon
2:00pm - 5:00pm Scale-Up Pitch Challenge Semi-Finals Sponsored by FedEx Corporation
2:15pm - 3:30pm NBMBAA Entrepreneurial Institute®: Keeping it 100: What No One Tells You About Entrepreneurship
2:15pm - 3:30pm NBMBAA Leadership Institute® Emerging Leaders Track: Great Leaders Know How to Follow: The Art of Managing Up - Sponsored by Marriott International
2:15pm - 3:30pm NBMBAA Leadership Institute® Emerging Executives Track: Leading and Inspiring Change - Sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance
3:30pm - 5:00pm Academic Advisory Council Meeting (Invitation Only)
3:45pm - 5:00pm NBMBAA Entrepreneurial & Leadership Institutes® Reception
5:00pm - 7:30pm NBMBAA Gold Key Access® Networking (Invitation Only) - Sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Walmart
5:05pm – 6:00pm NBMBAA Gold Key Access® What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How to Break Through to Senior Leadership (Invitation Only) - Sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Walmart
6:00pm - 8:00pm NBMBAA® Collegiate Reception (Invitation Only)
6:00pm - 8:00pm Consortium Reception (Invitation Only)
8:00pm - 11:00pm Welcome Reception: School Daze - Sponsored by Maker’s Mark
Thursday, Sept. 26th
7:00am - 6:00pm Main Registration Opens
7:00am - 7:45am Fitting In Fitness: Anytime Anywhere Total Body Workout - Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson
8:00am - 6:00pm National Black MBA Case Competition® - Undergraduate - Sponsored by Walmart
8:00am - 6:00pm Career Success Network® Center
8:45am - 9:00am Career Expo Ribbon Cutting
9:00am - 11:00am Career Expo Opening (Members Only)
9:00am - 10:00am Breakout Session: Business Chemistry: Using Science to Improve the Art of Relationships - Sponsored by Deloitte
9:00am - 10:00am Breakout Session: Proactively Elevating and Retaining Women Leaders - Sponsored by Accenture, BlackRock, Inc., Comcast NBCUniversal and SunRun
9:00am - 10:30am Leadership Studio: Unbox Yourself! Discover the Power Tools To Help You Explode Through the Glass Ceiling - Sponsored by FedEx Corporation
9:00am - 1:00pm Membership Engagement
10:00am - 5:00pm National Black MBA Case Competition® - Graduate - Sponsored by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
10:15am - 11:30am Meet the Experts: Work in the World of Luxury Retail- Sponsored by LVMH
10:15am - 11:30am Meet the Experts: The State of Black Wealth/African Americans in Finance: A Panel Discussion - Sponsored by Bank of America
11:00am - 5:00pm Career Expo Opening (All Registrants)
12:00pm - 2:00pm Thursday Luncheon: Transcend: The Power of You! - Sponsored by Nationwide
2:15pm - 3:30pm Meet The Experts: Living On and In Purpose - Sponsored by Nationwide
2:15pm - 3:15pm Breakout Session: The Crossroads Intersection of Diversity Sponsored by Albemarle, Capco, HP, Microsoft and Walmart
2:15pm - 3:30pm Breakout Session: Identifying and Addressing Blindspots: The Value of Assessment and Coaching - Sponsored by Danaher
3:30pm - 5:00pm Scale-Up Pitch Challenge Finals Sponsored by FedEx Corporation
4:30pm - 6:00pm Marriott Ownership Session: Opportunities in the Hotel Industry (Invitation Only) - Sponsored by Marriott International
6:00pm - 9:00pm Corporate Hospitality Receptions
9:00pm - 12:00am MBA Live® - Sponsored by Ciroc and Crown Royal
Friday, Sept. 27th
7:00am - 2:00pm Main Registration Opens
7:00am - 7:45am Fitting In Fitness: Yoga for Everyone
9:00am - 10:00am Breakout Session: Being Black in the Tech Industry - Sponsored by FCA, Lockheed Martin and Microsoft
9:00am - 10:00am Breakout Session: Authentically Showing Up for Black Consumers Sponsored by NFL (Pre-Registration Required)
10:15am - 11:45am Membership Meeting (Members Only)
9:00am - 1:00pm Membership Engagement
9:00am - 3:00pm Career Expo
9:00am - 4:00pm Career Success Network® Center
10:15am - 11:30am Meet The Experts: Culture of Consulting - Sponsored by Deloitte
10:15am - 11:30am Meet The Experts: How to Transform Your Brand, Network, and Expand Your Influence via LinkedIn - Sponsored by LinkedIn
12:00pm - 2:00pm Luncheon: Succeeding While Black: The Dangers of Truth & Perceptions in Corporate America
2:15pm - 3:15pm Breakout Session: Intrapreneurship: The Art of Behaving Like an Entrepreneur While Working for a Large Corporation - Sponsored by CBRE
2:15pm - 3:15pm Breakout Session: Wellness in the Workplace - Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson
3:30pm - 5:00pm Leadership Studio: Empowering Leadership: Scaling Your Leadership Through Transformation and Digital Disruption- Sponsored by Microsoft
6:00pm – 7:00pm NBMBAA® Impact Awards Cocktail Reception Sponsored by Courvoisier
7:00pm - 9:00pm NBMBAA® Impact Awards - Sponsored by Courvoisier
8:30pm - 9:30pm NBMBAA® Impact Awards Cocktail/Dessert Reception Sponsored by Courvoisier
10:00pm - 2:00am MBA Live® - Sponsored by Ciroc and Crown Royal
Saturday, Sept. 28th
2:00pm to 7:00pm Houston Chapter Day Party
Time Description
8:00am to 5:00pm

CertifiNOWTM PMP®/CAPM® Prep (Day 1)

Professional Training, Pre-registration required
This project management program provides the best learning experience in a condensed amount of time, while also satisfying most 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.

Presenter:

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

8:00am to 5:00pm

Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Certificate Course: Recognizing and Disrupting Unconscious Bias - Presented by the National Diversity Council

This workshop will help participants make the connection between neuroscience and diversity while exploring how unconscious bias impacts individuals, teams, and organizations. It will include key concepts, tools, models, and experiential exercises to help participants reflect and apply information in their personal and professional lives. At the completion of the 3-day training, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion of the Training, presented by the National Diversity Council.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand key concepts and terms in relation to diversity and neuroscience
  • Leverage individual, small-group, and large-group learning methods
  • Facilitate real life-scenario responses and reflection through small-group case examples
  • Increase awareness of the impact of unconscious bias on individuals, teams, and organizations
  • Explore and identify various types of biases, i.e. affinity, confirmation, social comparison, and attributions

Facilitator:

Al Sullivan, MSOD, CPC, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Inspirus Consulting Inc.

Time Description
8:00am to 5:00pm

CertifiNOWTM PMP®/CAPM® Prep (Day 2)

Professional Training, Pre-registration required
This project management program provides the best learning experience in a condensed amount of time, while also satisfying most 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.

Presenter:

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

8:00am to 5:00pm

Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Certificate Course: Cultural Competence in a Global Workplace - Presented by the National Diversity Council

This workshop will equip participants to better understand and navigate a global organization and society. It will explore relevant data, concepts, and tools to enhance self-awareness and understanding of others in a global context. Current day realities will be included in the discussion. Practical models, templates and activities will allow participants to consider their own personal and professional situations and prepare for next-step action. At the completion of the 3-day training, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion of the Training, presented by the National Diversity Council.

Learning Objectives

  • Map your cultural orientation
  • Understand cultural influence and its impact on individuals and organizations
  • Demonstrate the connection between emotional intelligence and cultural competence
  • Explore cultural attitudes, beliefs, and range of preferences
  • Increase intercultural literacy

Facilitator:

Al Sullivan, MSOD, CPC, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Inspirus Consulting Inc.

Time Description
8:00am to 5:00pm

CertifiNOWTM PMP®/CAPM® Prep (Day 3)

Professional Training, Pre-registration required
This project management program provides the best learning experience in a condensed amount of time, while also satisfying most 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.

Presenter:

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

8:00am to 5:00pm

Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Certificate Course: Engaging White Males in D&I Efforts - Presented by the National Diversity Council

This workshop will enhance participants’ capability to increase awareness and to engage people of difference, especially white males, in conversations and efforts related to diversity and inclusion. We will explore opportunities and methods to grow beyond potential limiting beliefs about groups that may be different than your own. We will also engage a panel of diverse leaders, including white men, in a real conversation about diversity and inclusion and their role as leaders in this work. At the completion of the 3-day training, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion of the Training, presented by the National Diversity Council.

Learning Objectives

  • Engage in collaborative dialogue with people of difference
  • Provide feedback to people of difference
  • Address fear, resistance, or passivity in diversity
  • Navigate tough conversations with people of difference
  • Create win-win outcomes in diversity and inclusion

Facilitator:

Al Sullivan, MSOD, CPC, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Inspirus Consulting Inc.

2:00pm to 7:00pm

NBMBAA Entrepreneurial & Leadership Institutes® Registration Opens

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

CEO Reception

Invitation Only event

Sponsored by

  

NBMBAA® President & CEO Jesse Tyson welcomes guests to Houston for the NBMBAA’s 41st Annual Conference & Exposition.

Time Description
7:00am to 12:00pm

NBMBAA Entrepreneurial & Leadership Institutes® Registration Opens

CONFERENCE ATTIRE
Daytime: Business
Wednesday and Thursday Evenings: Business Casual
Friday Evening: NBMBAA® Impact Awards: Red Carpet Chic
Friday Evening: MBA Live: Casual
Saturday: Casual
8:00am to 9:30am

NBMBAA Entrepreneurial & Leadership Institutes® Kick-Off Breakfast

Sponsored by

Participants of the NBMBAA Entrepreneurial & Leadership Institutes® will take part in this keynote breakfast to level set the day and prepare for the sessions immediately following.

NBMBAA Entrepreneurial Institute®—offering professional development and networking opportunities to aspiring and current business owners, though a series of workshops, panel discussions, and networking forums.

NBMBAA Leadership Institute®—an executive development program with courses for experienced managers and high potential employees taught by credentialed and experienced professionals.

Keynote Speaker:

Shawn A. Taylor, Private Investor and Philanthropist

8:00am to 6:00pm

Main Registration Opens

CONFERENCE ATTIRE
Daytime: Business
Wednesday and Thursday Evenings: Business Casual
Friday Evening: NBMBAA® Impact Awards: Red Carpet Chic
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.

9:45am to 11:00am

NBMBAA Entrepreneurial Institute®: How to Go From an Idea to MVP to Customers to Real Business

This session provides new entrepreneurs with a step-by-step process to navigate the complex journey of starting a new company from an idea. Get action steps and a game plan.

Attendees will learn:

  • Identify and/or assess the problem or opportunity to be solved
  • How to apply design thinking to building the right solution for your product/service
  • How to start selling and the keys to landing your initial customer base
  • How to build an organization focused on purpose and customer loyalty

Presenter:

Heath Butler, CEO, Gestalt Theory Venture Partners, LLC

9:45am to 11:00am

NBMBAA Leadership Institute® Emerging Leaders Track: Emotional Intelligence: Doing the Hard Work of “Soft” Skills

Sponsored by

There is no such thing as an individual contributor anymore. Regardless of our job descriptions, very few of us have the luxury of working alone. We usually need to consult, collaborate, and negotiate with people both inside and outside of our organizations to deliver results. This is why leaders with high emotional intelligence are consistently identified to be top performers – they understand how to manage their own emotions, read signals, and respond appropriately. It’s no wonder that The World Economic Forum listed emotional intelligence as one of the top 10 skills to help you thrive in the future. This session will give you the tools to raise your emotional intelligence to stand out from the crowd.

Attendees will learn:

  • Recognize the importance of emotional intelligence in the workplace
  • Learn the core skills to practice emotional intelligence
  • Develop self-awareness and learn how to self-manage your personal emotions

Presenter:

Darryl A. Spivey Ph.D. (Candidate), M.B.A., The Center for Creative Leadership

9:45am to 11:00am

NBMBAA Leadership Institute® Emerging Executives Track: Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Understanding Nonverbal Communication

Sponsored by

Ever wondered why you seem to hit it off right away with some people, while with others it takes more time? Explore the secrets you need to understand why you respond intuitively to the natural chemistry, or lack thereof in addition to various personality/temperament styles. Clear, practical and fun, this topic teaches you how to immediately decipher your communication style and that of others.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to monitor and manage your nonverbal cues in ways that achieve your goals
  • Develop and effectively integrate nonverbal intelligence in daily activities
  • Unlock the secrets of nonverbal behavior associated with certain personality styles that help lead to successful negotiations
  • Understand gender and cultural nonverbal communication differences
  • Achieve an awareness of how we are influenced by the nonverbal communication of others

Presenter:

Jan Hargrave, Body Language Expert, Jan Hargrave & Associates

10:00am to 2:00pm

Higher Ed Expo & College Fair

The 3rd 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.

11:15am to 12:30pm

NBMBAA Entrepreneurial Institute®: More than Social Media: Using Content Marketing to Grow Your Business

Traditional marketing is becoming less effective as savvy customers tune out and turn away from overt product and service pitches. If you are looking to build brand awareness and drive sales, you must start creating relevant and useful content that catches the attention of your target audience. With a little planning and the right tools, content marketing will help you launch your business without breaking the bank.

Attendees will learn:

  • Learn how to develop a strategy to create content that your audience craves
  • Understand how to use social media effectively without wasting precious time
  • Discover some of the latest tools and tactics to break through the noise online

Presenter:

Ramon Ray, Founder, Smart Hustle Media

11:15am to 12:30pm

NBMBAA Leadership Institute® Emerging Leaders Track: Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Understanding Nonverbal Communication

Sponsored by

Ever wondered why you seem to hit it off right away with some people, while with others it takes more time? Explore the secrets you need to understand why you respond intuitively to the natural chemistry, or lack thereof in addition to various personality/temperament styles. Clear, practical and fun, this topic teaches you how to immediately decipher your communication style and that of others.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to monitor and manage your nonverbal cues in ways that achieve your goals
  • Develop and effectively integrate nonverbal intelligence in daily activities
  • How to unlock the secrets of nonverbal behavior associated with certain personality styles that help lead to successful negotiations
  • Understand gender and cultural nonverbal communication differences
  • Achieve an awareness of how we are influenced by the nonverbal communication of others

Presenter:

Jan Hargrave, Body Language Expert, Jan Hargrave & Associates

11:15am to 12:30pm

NBMBAA Leadership Institute® Emerging Executives Track: Leader as Coach

Sponsored by

  

“Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them learn rather than teaching them.” - John Whitmore, Coaching for Performance

Coaching is one of the most powerful tools you have to develop and grow your team. As a leader, you can use coaching for career development conversations, providing feedback and improving performance, along with driving innovation. Level up your coaching skills and watch your team thrive.

Attendees will learn:

  • Determine when to choose a coaching conversation instead of a mentoring approach
  • Experience the power of open-ended questions
  • Gain a framework for improving employee performance through coaching

Presenter:

Fredrick Russell, Principal, True North Leadership Group

12:45pm to 2:00pm

NBMBAA Entrepreneurial & Leadership Institutes® Luncheon

Participants of the NBMBAA Entrepreneurial & Leadership Institutes® will take part in this keynote lunch to refresh and motivate participants for the remaining sessions, immediately following.

Keynote Speaker:

Darrin DeWitt Henson, D&E Workshop, Inc.

2:00pm to 5:00pm

Scale-Up Pitch Challenge Semi-Finals

Sponsored by

The three regional competitions will ladder up into a national pitch competition at Conference with entrepreneurs pitching business ideas to judges for cash prizes.

2:15pm to 3:30pm

NBMBAA Entrepreneurial Institute®: Keeping it 100: What No One Tells You About Entrepreneurship

Join a power packed, no-holds barred panel discussion that explores the highs and lows of being an entrepreneur. Our panel of distinguished entrepreneurs will share with you their personal journeys while providing you with strategies and tactics to help you overcome unexpected challenges, avoid common pitfalls, and take advantage of wisdom that can only be learned through years of experience.

Moderator:

Maggie Anderson, Author, OUR BLACK YEAR

Panelists:

Crystal Love, Founder & CEO, Dutch Uncle

Marc Davenport, CEO, RMI Capital LLC

Nathan Hale Williams, Esq., President, iN-Hale Entertainment LLC

2:15pm to 3:30pm

NBMBAA Leadership Institute® Emerging Leaders Track: Great Leaders Know How to Follow: The Art of Managing Up

Sponsored by

Your relationship with your manager can make or break your career. Do you know what it takes to be considered indispensable? Learn how to set expectations, anticipate your manager’s needs, and advocate for yourself.

Attendees will learn:

  • Understand how to build trust and credibility with a manager
  • Gain strategies for working with difficult leaders
  • Identify opportunities to improve an existing managerial relationship

Presenter:

Fredrick Russell, Principal, True North Leadership Group

2:15pm to 3:30pm

NBMBAA Leadership Institute® Emerging Executives Track: Leading and Inspiring Change

Sponsored by

  

Organizations in every industry are facing an unprecedented amount of internal and external change. Now, more than ever, the most successful leaders are the ones who can embrace uncertainty, create buy-in, and push through resistance to deliver on change initiatives. This session will give you practical tools to prepare yourself and your team to harness the power of change.

Attendees will learn:

  • Explore how to lead in uncertain times
  • Understand resistance to change and how to overcome it
  • Learn how to set a vision for change that inspires action

Presenter:

Dr. Tiffany Dotson, Vice President, Global Talent, Leadership and Learning, Liberty Mutual Insurance

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

NBMBAA Entrepreneurial & Leadership Institutes® Reception

You've spent the day working hard, now it's time to play hard. Finish a great day of learning by networking with your fellow NBMBAA® Entrepreneurial & Leadership Institutes attendees.

5:00pm to 7:30pm

NBMBAA Gold Key Access® Networking

Invitation Only event

Sponsored by

  

Experienced professionals will access Fortune 500 companies who are seeking talent, director level and above. This invitation only event will offer cross-functional access with two hours of superior programming to advance your career. You do not want to 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. After uploading your resume to the NBMBAA Career Success Network®, please email GoldKey@nbmbaa.org. 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.

5:05pm to 6:00pm

NBMBAA Gold Key Access® What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How to Break Through to Senior Leadership

Invitation Only

Sponsored by

  

During this session, panelists will discuss the challenges of breaking into senior leadership and offer advice for anyone interested in joining the executive ranks. At the conclusion of this discussion, attendees will better understand how to position themselves to be considered for larger opportunities and be successful once they achieve the roles.

Moderator:

Valerie Love, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, North America, The Coca-Cola Company

Panelists:

Brett Biggs, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Walmart

Timothy M. Sweeney Executive Vice President, President, Global Retail Markets, Liberty Mutual Group

6:00pm to 8:00pm

NBMBAA® Collegiate Reception

Invitation Only

Invitation only event will allow NBMBAA® Collegiate Partners and HBCU Alumni the opportunity to network with their peers. We will also recognize our 2019 NBMBAA® Scholarship recipients and newest Collegiate Partners. 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: School Daze

Sponsored by

Kick off the NBMBAA® 41st Annual Conference & Exposition. Come meet your fellow conference attendees in your favorite school or Greek gear. Enjoy the hottest sounds by DJ E-Clazz. Must have conference badge for entry.

Performer:

DJ E-Clazz, E-Clazz Entertainment

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: Red Carpet Chic
Friday Evening: MBA Live: Casual
Saturday: Casual

7:00am to 7:45am

Fitting In Fitness: Anytime Anywhere Total Body Workout

Sponsored by

Start your day with an energetic 40 minute total body workout session with one of Hollywood’s most sought after trainers Jeanette Jenkins. This workout is designed for all levels of fitness from beginner to advanced. She has designed a workout that is safe, fun and effective for all levels! Her mission is to make you smile and to help you all tap into the athlete that lives inside of you!

Instructor:

Jeanette Jenkins, President, The Hollywood Trainer, LLC

8:00am to 6:00pm

National Black MBA Case Competition® - Undergraduate

Sponsored by

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

Career Success Network® Center

NBMBAA’s year-round online career resource is now made available for an one-one-one experience. Attendees have the opportunity to access career development resources such as resume reviews with onsite printing for guided resume revision, coaching sessions for interview technique tips and best practices. Sessions are by appointment only.

8:45am to 9:00am

Career Expo Ribbon Cutting

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. The President & CEO along with the NBMBAA® Board of Directors open the Career Exposition with the ribbon cutting ceremony.

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 10:00am

Breakout Session: Business Chemistry: Using Science to Improve the Art of Relationships

Sponsored by

Expressly designed for use in a business context, business chemistry draws upon the latest analytics technologies to reveal four scientifically based patterns of behavior. The system is designed to provide insights about individuals and teams based on observable traits and preferences. It helps you understand your own styles and how those compare to the business population.

Presenters:

Brandon Artis, Manager, Government and Public Sector (GPS) Human Capital Workforce Transformation, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Laurin Wallace, Specialist Leader, Government and Public Sector (GPS) Human Capital, Organization Transformation, Deloitte Consulting LLP

9:00am to 10:00am

Breakout Session: Proactively Elevating and Retaining Women Leaders

Sponsored by

        

As we continue to see the rise of women in forward-facing and previously male-dominated roles, the fight for promotion and retention of women leaders at the same or comparable rate of their male counterparts is still a shortfall. During this session, explore how to cultivate talent, promote into high levels of leadership, and retain the positioning of women leaders.

Moderator:

Michele Thornton Ghee, EVP, Business Development, Endeavor Global Marketing

Panelists:

Kelly Apple, Director, BlackRock

Chris Dawson, Chief Operating Officer, Sunrun Inc.

Kelli Hill, Regional Vice President Customer Care, Comcast

Kara Kelly, Managing Director, Accenture

9:00am to 10:30am

Leadership Studio: Unbox Yourself! Discover the Power Tools To Help You Explode Through the Glass Ceiling

Sponsored by

Why is it that you can’t secure the job or promotion you’ve been going after for months or even years? You have the degree(s), network of contacts, intelligence and experience, yet doors continue to close with no sign of a ‘yes’ in sight. During this session, uncover what may be holding you back from your desired job or promotion. Learn four strategies that are key to putting you on the fast track to a promotion.

Presenter:

Chris L. Winton, Vice President of Human Resources, FedEx Services

9:00am to 1:00pm

Membership Engagement

Visit the NBMBAA® Member Engagement Area where you can take advantage of an exclusive conference membership enrollment discount. Also, buy a limited supply of NBMBAA® merchandise.

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.

10:15am to 11:30am

Meet the Experts: Work in the World of Luxury Retail

Sponsored by

From Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Fresh, Sephora and Moet Hennessy, learn what it’s like to work in the world of Luxury retail. Learn from senior leaders within LVMH about their career paths, how diversity shapes their business and what trends they are seeing.

Panelists:

Jack T. Gaffaney, Vice President Men's, Christian Dior Couture Americas

Tressan Garcia, Senior Manager, Global Brand Marketing, Fresh

Christina Jefferson, Manager Inclusion and Diversity, SEPHORA

Carmen Mayali, Senior Director, Talent & Organizational Development, SEPHORA

Christopher Venegas, Boutique Director, Houston River Oaks Christian Dior Couture

Deon Harris, Sr. Brand Director, Hennessy VS, Moet Hennessy

10:15am to 11:30am

Meet the Experts: The State of Black Wealth/African Americans in Finance: A Panel Discussion

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Explore current facts and statistics on the state of wealth in the Black/African American community, while delving into the various roles within finance both from a career opportunity standpoint as well as from a client/investor standpoint and sharing perspectives on being Black/African American in the finance industry.

Presenter:

Tiffany Eubanks-Saunders, Senior Vice President, Bank of America Corporation

11:00am to 5:00pm

Career Expo Opening (All Registrants)

Exposition Halls C & D

The Career Expo offers attendees access to a premier employment recruiting expo where approximately 300 Fortune 1000 corporations participate to recruit top talent for employment and internship opportunities. 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.**

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Thursday Luncheon: Transcend: The Power of You!

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The power YOU possess has the ability to change the trajectory of your career, your life, and shape the world. Discover how to unlock the power that is within YOU in order create the destiny YOU imagine.

Fireside Chat:

Doug McMillon, Chief Executive Officer, Walmart

Cynt Marshall, CEO, Dallas Mavericks

2:15pm to 3:30pm

Meet The Experts: Living On and In Purpose

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Are you living the life you are meant to live? Everyone has a purpose in life, and within that purpose is a unique talent waiting to be expressed and shared with the world. For some, the vision is clear and for others, the path may seem unclear. This powerful conversation will inspire you to maximize your potential and align in your purpose.

Panelists:

Sevetri M. Wilson, Founder and CEO, Resilia

Lu Yarbrough III, Associate Vice President, Enterprise Diverse and Cause Marketing, Nationwide

Lamar Tyler, Founder, Traffic, Sales & Profit

2:15pm to 3:15pm

Breakout Session: The Crossroads Intersection of Diversity

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Many of us exist within diverse subgroups of innumerable racial, ethnic and cultural workplaces and communities. As we continue to see a rise in diversity conversations and positions aimed at inclusion, there is still a disconnect as entities continue to lack the aptitude to execute on diversity initiatives. Although the makeup of diversity is constantly changing as association and orientation is evolving, how do we create intersectionality?

Moderator:

Pamela Culpepper, Founding Partner, Have Her Back Consulting

Panelists:

Sydney M. Brunson, Global Engagement, Multicultural Communities and Outreach Leader, Microsoft

Raphael Crawford, President, Catalysts at Albemarle Corporation

Ben-Saba Hasan, SVP and Chief Global Culture, Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Walmart

Adrienne Massie, HP Americas Employee Engagement Management, HP Inc.

Randall Sawyer, Executive Director, CAPCO

2:15pm to 3:30pm

Breakout Session: Identifying and Addressing Blindspots: The Value of Assessment and Coaching

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Are you ready to take your career to the next level? Did your dream job become available, and on paper, you were a perfect match, but the offer was not made? Perhaps there are some underdeveloped skills that need refining. Coaching and assessments are no longer just for novices in the workforce trying to discover the right job for their personality, but for serious professionals desiring growth, want to secure longevity, and looking to propel their career to the next level. The benefits of coaching and assessments are vast, but how can it benefit you?

Moderator:

Dr. Nicole LaBeach, President & CEO, Volition Enterprises, Inc.

Panelists:

Yvette Hollingsworth Clark, Executive Vice President & Regulatory Innovation Officer, Wells Fargo & Company

Dr. Joe Johnson, Keynote Speaker & Peak Performance Coach, Joe Johnson Group

Denise M. Thomas, Founder/Owner, The Effective Communication Coach, LLC

Nicole Wormley, Director, Employment Branding and University Recruitment, Danaher Corporation

3:30pm to 5:00pm

Scale-Up Pitch Challenge Finals

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Competition across three regions (Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles) with entrepreneurs pitching business ideas to judges for cash prizes. The final three competitors will ladder up for a chance at winning a total prize pool of $50K.

Host:

Mathew Knowles, PhD, Founder & CEO, Music World Entertainment.

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Marriott Ownership Session: Opportunities in the Hotel Industry

Invitation Only event

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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.

Presenters:

Brian Bronson, Director Field Performance and New Solutions, Marriott International

Teresa Chao, Senior Director, Asset Management, Feasibility & Analysis – Americas, 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. Remember, you are always on. Do you have what it takes?

9:00pm to 12:00am

MBA Live®

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This lifestyle event allows our attendees to unwind and balance their focused and aligned week of exploration and innovation with fun and excitement during a Thursday night party.

Host:

Kenny Burns, The Lifestyle Specialist, Studio 43

Performers:

DJ D-Nice

DJ E-Clazz, E-Clazz Entertainment

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: Red Carpet Chic
Friday Evening: MBA Live: Casual
Saturday: Casual

7:00am to 7:45am

Fitting In Fitness: Yoga for Everyone

This yoga session will start with deep breathing & meditation to set the tone and then flow through various yoga poses with modifications for all levels. Throughout each flow, poses will be held with added breathing and meditations and always the option to rest in child’s pose for additional recovery. The class will then finish with seated stretches to give much needed love to the hips & lower back and finish with an optional inversion and final mediation. It doesn’t matter if this is your very first yoga class or if you have been practicing yoga for years. All levels are welcome. We can’t wait to share the light and positive energy with you!

Instructor:

Jeanette Jenkins, President, The Hollywood Trainer, LLC

9:00am to 10:00am

Breakout Session: Being Black in the Tech Industry

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Although there is a rise in the light of Blacks in tech with conferences such as Black Tech Week and Afro Tech, the number of Blacks in C-suite positions in Fortune 1000 companies are low, but the number of Blacks in tech is even more scarce. Blacks in tech positions in major companies represent less than 1% of the industry. But why? Are we being shut out or is there a lack of qualified Blacks ready to penetrate the industry?

Moderator:

Andrea Hargrave, Global Director, IT Operations, Cushman & Wakefield

Panelists:

Chauncey McIntosh, Vice President, F-35 Training Systems, Lockheed Martin

Peter Rivera, Senior Managing Director, Defense Advisory Services, Microsoft Corporation

Marvin Washington, Director and Head of Electrical and Electronic Mobility Systems Purchasing, FCA

9:00am to 10:00am

Breakout Session: Authentically Showing Up for Black Consumers

Pre-Registration Required

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In this Think Tank, NFL departments will be able to engage with Black MBA candidates, industry leaders, and higher education professionals to learn more about the consumer perception of various elements of league operations. Topics will range from how player stories are told, the effectiveness of league + partner campaigns and influencer work, and more. This discussion will allow the league to leave with a deeper understanding of how we resonate and provide opportunities for connections with a diverse group of thought leaders and students.

9:00am to 1:00pm

Membership Engagement

Visit the NBMBAA® Member Engagement Area where you can take advantage of an exclusive conference membership enrollment discount. Also, buy a limited supply of NBMBAA® merchandise.

9:00am to 3:00pm

Career Expo

Exposition Halls C & D

The Career Expo offers attendees access to a premier employment recruiting expo where approximately 300 Fortune 1000 corporations participate to recruit top talent for employment and internship opportunities. 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 3:00pm

Career Success Network® Center

NBMBAA’s year-round online career resource is now made available for a one-one-one experience. Attendees have the opportunity to access career development resources such as resume reviews with onsite printing for guided resume revision, coaching sessions for interview technique tips and best practices.

10:15am to 11:30am

Meet The Experts: Culture of Consulting

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We invite you to learn more about the Culture of Consulting at Deloitte, where we lead by building culture through commitment and mutual accountability. A culture where all our people, feel like they belong, understand inclusion is core to who we are, do important and enriching work, have opportunities to advance, feel free to live and work openly, have the flexibility to manage the integration of work and life, reflect the diversity expected and valued by our clients, are provided the opportunity to lead and thrive!

Speakers:

Adama Fall, Sr. Manager, Government and Public Sector, Customer and Marketing, Deloitte Consulting, LLC

Tony Oguamanam, Manager, Finance and Enterprise Performance, Deloitte Consulting, LLC

Monique Plenty, Senior Manager, Government and Public Sector (GPS) Customer and Marketing, Digital Customer, Deloitte Consulting, LLC

Maria Wright, Senior Consultant, Deloitte Digital

Sharolyn Wynter, Financial Services Manager, Deloitte Consulting, LLC

10:15am to 11:30am

Meet The Experts: How to Transform Your Brand, Network, and Expand Your Influence via LinkedIn

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

Panelists:

Catherine Hurley, Director, Sales Solutions, North America, LinkedIn

Juliana Jaoud, Sr Director, LinkedIn Marketing Solutions

LaRon Johnson, Head of LinkedIn Detroit

Nicole Wallace Ardiet, Account Executive, LinkedIn Marketing Solutions

10:15am to 11:45am

Membership Meeting

Members Only

Members only annual meeting to cover the association's order of business for the current and upcoming year.

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Luncheon: Succeeding While Black: The Dangers of Truth & Perceptions in Corporate America

The rise of successful Black males and females in Corporate America is on a leisurely rise. For those who do climb the towering ladder to the Executive and C-Suite levels, the journey was anything but easy. Black representation in any hampered industry is extremely vital, but what is the cost of Black success in Corporate America?

Moderator:

Lynn Richardson, Financial Expert & Entertainment Executive, Sunni Gyrl, Inc.

Panelists:

Andrew Gillum, Chairman, Forward Florida

L.P. Green, II, CEO & Founder, Savoy Venture Partners

2:15pm to 3:15pm

Breakout Session: Intrapreneurship: The Art of Behaving Like an Entrepreneur While Working for a Large Corporation

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The term “intrapreneurship” has been popping up quite frequently and is a relatively new concept – but what is it; is it a fad and does it really benefit the company the intrapreneur is supplanted in? Join this session for a deep dive into intrapreneurialism.

Moderator:

Joi Brown, SVP, Marketing and Brand Partnerships, Atlantic Records

Panelist:

Tim Dismond, Division President, Global Workplace Solutions, CBRE

Tarra R. Jackson, DUALpreneur, LLC

Nigel Smith, Director, AARP Innovation Labs, AARP

2:15pm to 3:15pm

Breakout Session: Wellness in the Workplace

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When wellness comes to mind, one is usually thinking of physical health; however, wellness in the workplace goes beyond the basic line of health of the individual physically. HR professionals are buzzing around workplace wellness to access the satisfaction (health) of their employees in relation to workplace policies and culture.

Moderator:

Jeanette Jenkins, President, The Hollywood Trainer, LLC

Panelists:

Marion E. Brooks, MBA, Internationally Certified Executive coach, Professional Speaker and Best-selling Author, Marion E. Brooks and Associates

Craig Palmer, Global Marketing Director, Johnson & Johnson Vision

Justin Michael Williams, Author, Spiritual Activist, Meditation Teacher, Motivation for Black People

3:30pm to 5:00pm

Leadership Studio: Empowering Leadership: Scaling Your Leadership Through Transformation and Digital Disruption

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What does leadership mean when everyone is leader? How should you develop your leadership as organizations become less hierarchical and more dynamic? Come and learn about Microsoft’s Leadership Principles and the leadership approaches that scale in both classic hierarchies and emerging technology-centered, network organizations.

Presenter:

Carl B. Watson, Senior Director, Organizational Development, Microsoft

6:00pm to 7:00pm

NBMBAA® Impact Awards Cocktail Reception

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As a pre-cursor to the highly-regarded Impact Awards, join us as we offer pre-congratulatory energy to the evening’s esteemed honorees. Raise a glass and indulge in hors d’oeuvres. A celebration awaits!

7:00pm to 9:00pm

NBMBAA® Impact Awards

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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 association’s mission. This red-carpet award experience supports the fundraising efforts of our Leaders of Tomorrow® Endowment, enabling the creation of a high school to college pipeline. Attire is “Red Carpet Chic.”

Host:

MC Lyte, Actress, Entertainer & Philanthropist, Sunni Gyrl, Inc.

Performers:

MAJOR., Purple Rope Ent.

DJ E-Clazz, E-Clazz Entertainment

8:30pm to 9:30pm

NBMBAA® Impact Awards Cocktail/Dessert Reception

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And the winners are! Raise another glass, or two, and end the night on a sweet note at the post-ceremony reception. Cocktails and desserts will lead to decadent dreams!

10:00pm to 2:00am

MBA Live®

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This lifestyle event allows our attendees to unwind and balance their focused and aligned week of exploration and innovation with fun and excitement during a Friday night party.

Host & Talent:

MC Lyte, Actress, Entertainer & Philanthropist, Sunni Gyrl, Inc.

Performers:

Mumu Fresh

Trina

YoYo

DJ D-Nice

DJ Jermaine

K Rock

DJ E-Clazz, E-Clazz Entertainment

Time Description
2:00pm to 7:00pm

Houston Chapter Day Party

The conference close-out event hosted by the Houston Chapter.