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DATE FUNCTION
Sunday, Sept. 22nd
8:00am - 5:00pm Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Certification Course - Presented by the National Diversity Council
8:00am - 5:00pm CertifiNOWTM PMP®/CAPM® Prep Course
Monday, Sept. 23rd
8:00am - 5:00pm Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Certification Course - Presented by the National Diversity Council
8:00am - 5:00pm CertifiNOWTM PMP®/CAPM® Prep Course
9:00am - 5:00pm Chapter Leadership Retreat (Invitation Only) - Sponsored by Nationwide
Tuesday, Sept. 24th
8:00am - 5:00pm Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Certification Course - Presented by the National Diversity Council
8:00am - 5:00pm CertifiNOWTM PMP®/CAPM® Prep Course
9:00am - 5:00pm Chapter Leadership Retreat (Invitation Only) - Sponsored by Nationwide
5:30pm - 7:30pm CEO Reception (Invitation Only)
8:00pm - 9:30pm Political Town Hall Forum
Wednesday, Sept. 25th
7:00am - 12:00pm NBMBAA Entrepreneurial & Leadership Institutes® Registration Opens
8:00am - 9:30am NBMBAA Entrepreneurial & Leadership Institutes® Kick-Off Breakfast - Sponsored by Marriott International
8:00am - 6:00pm Main Registration Opens
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
9:45am - 11:00am NBMBAA Leadership Institute® Emerging Executives Track: Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Understanding Nonverbal Communication
9:45am - 12:30pm NBMBAA Leadership Institute® Executives Track: Boardroom Bootcamp
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
11:15am - 12:30pm NBMBAA Leadership Institute® Emerging Executives Track: Leader as Coach
12:45pm - 2:00pm NBMBAA Entrepreneurial & Leadership Institutes® Luncheon
2:00pm - 5:00pm Scale-Up Pitch Challenge Semi-Finals
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 Liberty Mutual Insurance
2:15pm - 3:30pm NBMBAA Leadership Institute® Emerging Executives Track: Leading and Inspiring Change
2:15pm - 3:30pm NBMBAA Leadership Institute® Leadership Institute Executives Track: Boardroom Bootcamp (Continued)
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
6:00pm - 8:00pm Collegiate Reception (Invitation Only)
6:00pm - 8:00pm Consortium Reception (Invitation Only)
6:00pm - 8:00pm HBCU Reception (Invitation Only)
8:00pm - 11:00pm Welcome Reception
Thursday, Sept. 26th
7:00am - 6:00pm Main Registration Opens
7:00am - 7:45am Fitting In Fitness
8:00am - 6:00pm National Black MBA Case Competition® - Undergraduate
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: How Value Driven Are Gen Y and Gen Z: Shaping Workplace Collaboration
9:00am - 10:00am Breakout Session: Proactively Elevating and Retaining Women Leaders - Sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal and SunRun
9:00am - 10:30am Leadership Studio
10:00am - 5:00pm National Black MBA Case Competition® - Graduate - Sponsored by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
10:15am - 11:30am Meet the Experts
10:15am - 11:30am Meet the Experts - 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 - Sponsored by Nationwide
2:15pm - 3:15pm Breakout Session: The Crossroads Intersection of Diversity
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
4:30pm - 6:00pm Marriott Ownership Session: Opportunities in Hotel Industry (Invitation Only) - Sponsored by Marriott International
6:00pm - 9:00pm Corporate Hospitality Receptions
9:00pm - 12:00am MBA Live®
Friday, Sept. 27th
7:00am - 2:00pm Main Registration Opens
7:00am - 7:45am Fitting In Fitness
9:00am - 10:00am Breakout Session: Being Black in the Tech Industry - Sponsored by Lockheed Martin
9:00am - 10:00am Breakout Session: The Business of Sports
9:00am - 10:30am Membership Meeting (Members Only)
9:00am - 3:00pm Career Expo
9:00am - 4:00pm Career Success Network® Center
10:15am - 11:30am Meet The Experts
10:15am - 11:30am Meet The Experts
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
2:15pm - 3:15pm Breakout Session: Wellness in the Workplace
3:30pm - 5:00pm Leadership Studio - Sponsored by Microsoft
4:15pm – 5:30pm Meet The Experts
7:00pm - 9:00pm NBMBAA® Impact Awards
10:00pm - 2:00am MBA Live®
Saturday, Sept. 28th
12:00pm to 6:00pm 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) Certification Course Presented by the National Diversity Council (Day 1)

Professional Training, Pre-registration required
Gain in-depth knowledge of contemporary and emerging trends regarding Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) such as Unconscious Bias. Develop skills to link D&I to organizational effectiveness and business performance.
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) Certification Course Presented by the National Diversity Council (Day 2)

Professional Training, Pre-registration required
Gain in-depth knowledge of contemporary and emerging trends regarding Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) such as Unconscious Bias. Develop skills to link D&I to organizational effectiveness and business performance.
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) Certification Course Presented by the National Diversity Council (Day 3)

Professional Training, Pre-registration required
Gain in-depth knowledge of contemporary and emerging trends regarding Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) such as Unconscious Bias. Develop skills to link D&I to organizational effectiveness and business performance.
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: Black Tie
Friday Evening: MBA Live: Casual
Saturday: Casual
6:00pm to 8:00pm

CEO Reception

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

8:00pm to 9:30pm

Political Town Hall Forum

The Political Town Hall Meeting will serve as a forum to educate our members on candidate platforms and engage officials to address political decisions such as tax policy, interest rates, tariffs, budget deficits, access to capital, etc., and how those decisions affect our communities and Black businesses.
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: Black Tie
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.

8:00am 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.

9:45am 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

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

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

9:45am to 12:30pm

NBMBAA Leadership Institute® Executives Track: Boardroom Bootcamp

Landing a paid seat on a corporate board is equal parts art and science. This session gives senior leaders an overview of the role of a corporate director along with the tools to navigate the board selection process.

Attendees will learn:

  • Understand the fundamentals of corporate governance
  • Learn strategies for getting noticed and securing your seat
  • Discuss the challenges and benefits of board membership
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

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

    “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.

    2:00pm to 5:00pm

    Scale-Up Pitch Challenge Semi-Finals

    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.

    Presenter:

    Yusef Muhammad, President, SCORE Houston

    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

    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

    2:15pm to 3:30pm

    NBMBAA Leadership Institute® Leadership Institute Executives Track: Boardroom Bootcamp (Continued)

    Landing a paid seat on a corporate board is equal parts art and science. This session gives senior leaders an overview of the role of a corporate director along with the tools to navigate the board selection process.

    Attendees will learn:

  • Understand the fundamentals of corporate governance
  • Learn strategies for getting noticed and securing your seat
  • Discuss the challenges and benefits of board membership
  • 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.

    6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Collegiate Reception

    Invitation Only

    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.

    6:00pm to 8:00pm

    HBCU Reception

    Invitation Only event

    Join NBMBAA® as we welcome HBCU students and alumni to the 2019 Annual Conference. This event will be a great opportunity to connect with your peers and make new connections before you hit the career fair floor. RSVP is required as space is limited. Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar.

    8:00pm to 11:00pm

    Welcome Reception

    Kick off the NBMBAA® 41st Annual Conference & Exposition in the "Space City." Come meet your fellow conference attendees and enjoy the hottest sounds by DJ E-Clazz. Must have conference badge for entry.

    Performer:

    DJ E-Clazz

    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

    Attendees start the day right with fitness classes, building a network of like-mined enthusiasts.

    8:00am to 6:00pm

    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

    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: How Value Driven Are Gen Y and Gen Z: Shaping Workplace Collaboration

    The landscape for many corporate cultures is changing as millennials are dominating the workforce. Soon Gen Y-ers will flood the force with over 61 million people. Although both generations have some very different dominating attributes, one is shared among both: working with and for a company consistent with their values. This session aims at preparing professionals to understand the changing corporate climate accommodating the new generation of workers, and how earlier generations can collaborate with the latter for cohesion, employee retention, and productivity.

    9:00am to 10:00am

    Breakout Session: Proactively Elevating and Retaining Women Leaders

    Sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal and SunRun

    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

    9:00am to 10:30am

    Leadership Studio

    A 90 minute intense and interactive session to help individuals identify opportunities, interest, educational and career paths.

    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: TBA

    10:15am to 11:30am

    Meet the Experts: TBA

    Sponsored by

    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!

    Sponsored by

    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.

    2:15pm to 3:30pm

    Meet The Experts TBA

    Sponsored by

    2:15pm to 3:15pm

    Breakout Session: The Crossroads Intersection of Diversity

    Sponsored by Microsoft

    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:

    Tiffany Warren, Senior VP, Chief Diversity Officer/Founder & President, Omincom Group/ADCOLOR

    2:15pm to 3:30pm

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

    Sponsored by Danaher

    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.

    3:30pm to 5:00pm

    Scale-Up Pitch Challenge Finals

    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.

    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.

    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®

    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

    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

    Attendees start the day right with fitness classes, building a network of like-mined enthusiasts.

    Instructor:

    Jeanette Jenkins, President, The Hollywood Trainer, LLC

    9:00am to 10:00am

    Breakout Session: Being Black in the Tech Industry

    Sponsored by Lockheed Martin and Microsoft

    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?

    9:00am to 10:00am

    Breakout Session: The Business of Sports

    From tikes, many of us are exposed and sometimes groomed for professional careers in football, basketball, track, and other sports. However, we are rarely taught about the other side of a sports career – the business. Panelists composed of sports business executives will conduct a candid conversation on their success, as well as their failures, lessons learned, and moments of triumph while working in the side of sports rarely highlighted, the operations.

    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 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 4:00pm

    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: TBA

    10:15am to 11:30am

    Meet The Experts: TBA

    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.

    2:15pm to 3:15pm

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

    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.

    Panelists:

    2:15pm to 3:15pm

    Breakout Session: Wellness in the Workplace

    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

    3:30pm to 5:00pm

    Leadership Studio

    Sponsored by Microsoft

    A 90 minute intense and interactive session to help individuals identify opportunities, interest, educational and career paths.

    4:15pm to 5:30pm

    Meet The Experts: TBA

    7:00pm to 9:00pm

    NBMBAA® Impact Awards

    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.

    10:00pm to 2:00am

    MBA Live®

    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:

    DJ D-Nice

    Time Description
    12:00pm to 6:00pm

    Houston Chapter Day Party

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