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2020 Conference

CELEBRATING VISIONARIES

In 1970, a group of University of Chicago MBA students met to create an organization that for the next 50 years would help forge generations of pioneering African American business professionals and entrepreneurs. This group was visionary in their thinking and this year, 2020, we celebrate their vision and the vision now being created for the NBMBAA's next 50 years. Here's to the visionaries! A celebration of Black excellence!

HONORARY CO-CHAIRS

Alexander Triantis is the third dean of Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and a tenured professor. As an expert in the areas of corporate financial strategy and valuation, Triantis has built a reputation throughout his career as a strong, personable, and pragmatic leader skilled at building consensus around a strategic vision. Triantis received his PhD in industrial engineering (with a specialization in finance) from Stanford University and his BASc and MEng degrees from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the University of Maryland's faculty in 1995, he was a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, and an assistant and associate professor at the University of Wisconsin.

Alexander J. Triantis

Dean, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

Dr. Anthony Wilbon's expertise is in strategic technology management in small to medium sized enterprises. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). A respected academician, Dr. Wilbon completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at Michigan State University, a Master of Business Administration degree at Howard University School of Business, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree at George Washington University in Management of Science, Technology and Innovation. He is also the recipient of a Fulbright International Education Administrators Award (France).

Anthony D. Wilbon. Ph.D., PMP

Dean, Howard University School of Business

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Emmanuel Acho is a Fox Sports Analyst (Co-Host, FS1 “Speak for Yourself”) and Host/Producer of “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man”, a web series about racism to drive open and uncomfortable dialogue. After earning his undergraduate degree in sports management in 2012, Emmanuel was drafted by the Cleveland Browns. He was then traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013, where he spent most of his career.more...

Emmanuel Acho

Sports Analyst & Host
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

James E. Clyburn is the Majority Whip, the third-ranking Democrat in the United States House of Representatives, and currently serves as the Chairman of the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis. He is also the Chairman of the Rural Broadband Task Force and Democratic Faith Working Group. When he came to Congress in 1993 to represent South Carolina’s sixth congressional district, Congressman Clyburn was elected co-president of his freshman class and quickly rose through leadership ranks. He was subsequently elected Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Vice Chairman, and later Chairman, of the House Democratic Caucus. He previously served as Majority Whip from 2007 to 2011 and served as Assistant Democratic Leader from 2011 to 2019.more...

Congressman James E. Clyburn

House Majority Whip, U.S. House of Representatives

Arlan Hamilton built a venture capital fund from the ground up, while homeless. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a fund that is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT. Started from scratch in 2015, Backstage has now raised more than $10 million and invested in more than 130 startup companies led by underestimated founders.more...

Arlan Hamilton

Founder and Managing Partner Backstage Capital

Emmy Award winning journalist, Jemele Hill is the Co-founder of Lodge Freeway Media and a staff writer for The Atlantic. Hill was previously the chief correspondent and senior columnist for The Undefeated, ESPN’s content initiative exploring the intersections of sports, race and culture. Prior to joining The Undefeated, Hill co-anchored SportsCenter for a year with her longtime friend and colleague Michael Smith.more...

Jemele Hill

Emmy Award winning journalist

Valerie B. Jarrett is a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, and a senior advisor to the Obama Foundation and Attn. She serves as chairman of the board of When We All Vote and co-chair of The United State of Women. She also serves on the boards of Ariel Investments, 2U, Lyft, the Innocence Project, the Economic Club of Chicago and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Her New York Times bestselling memoir, Finding My Voice: When the Perfect Plan Crumbles, the Adventure Begins, was published in 2019 and updated in 2020.more...

Valerie Jarrett

Senior Advisor to President Obama

Van Jones is the CEO of REFORM Alliance, and CNN host and political commentator. Jones has been a leader in the fight for criminal justice reform for more than 25 years. He has founded and led many thriving social enterprises, including the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, and the Dream Corps – a social justice accelerator that houses #YesWeCode, #GreenForAll, and #cut50, which recently led the charge to pass the FIRST STEP Act (a bipartisan Federal bill that the New York Times calls the most substantial breakthrough in criminal justice in a generation).more...

Van Jones

CEO, REFORM Alliance

Few individuals impact the day-to-day management of organizations and institutions as Dennis Kimbro. A tireless educator, author, and Business school professor, Dr. Kimbro is universally characterized as one of the most insightful and scholarly writers in the field today. As a lecturer and researcher in the field of management, entrepreneurship and human potential, he encourages his readers to look within to extract the keys that underlie all accomplishment.more...

Dr. Dennis Kimbro, PhD

P. Kimbro Group

A powerhouse speaker and moderator, Egypt hosted the stage at Oprah’s “The Life You Want Tour”, and countless business conferences. As a 20 year award winning radio personality, Egypt has been syndicated in more than 60 cities throughout the USA, landing critically acclaimed interviews with Prince, James Brown, Leonardo Di Caprio, Martin Scorsese, Oprah & Tyler Perry to name a few. With her diverse background and hearty sense of wittiness, Egypt has been invited as a recurring ‘Hot Topics’ guest and lifestyle pundit on Dish Nation, Steve Harvey, Showbiz Tonight, Larry Wilmore Show and a variety of others. more...

Egypt Sherrod

CEO, Egypt Sherrod Real Estate Group

Touré is the host of the podcast Touré Show and the political podcast Democracyish. He was the co-host of MSNBC’s The Cycle and also a host at MTV, BET, and Fuse as well as a Correspondent at CNN. He’s the author of six books including I Would Die 4U: Why Prince Became An Icon and Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? He lives in Brooklyn, with his wife and two children.more...

Touré

Host, Touré Show

From welfare mother to six-time New York Times’ best-selling author, from the Brooklyn projects to three-time NAACP Image Award, winner from broken pieces to peace, Iyanla Vanzant is one of the country’s most prolific writers, public speakers and among the most influential, socially engaged and acclaimed spiritual life coaches of our time. Executive Producer and Host of the breakout hit Iyanla: Fix My Life on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Iyanla Vanzant’s focus on faith, empowerment and loving relationships has inspired millions around the world.more...

Iyanla Vanzant

New York Times Best-Selling Author

Twice nominated for an Image Award for "outstanding actress in a drama series”, Malinda Williams made a name for herself, grabbing lead roles in films such as The Wood, High School High, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, and the hit television series Soul Food. Malinda’s most recent entrepreneurial venture is She’s Got A Habit, and online lifestyle hub and retail marketplace meant to inspire women to connect and support each other.more...

Malinda Williams

Actress & Entrepreneur, She's Got A Habit

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Annual prepaid membership contract, with automatic renewal Service begins as soon as your payment is processed. You will be charged, immediately in full, the annual membership fee at the time of purchase. Your contract will renew automatically, on your annual renewal date, unless you cancel your membership in writing by no later than 30 days prior to your annual renewal date by contacting membership support. Renewal rates are subject to change, but you will be notified at least 30 days prior to your annual renewal date if your renewal rate will change. Should you cancel before your one-year term has expired, your payment is non-refundable, and your service will continue until the end of your contracted term. Cancellations can be made any time by contacting membership support in writing. Activation of Membership Memberships will become active upon processing of all materials at National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) headquarters. Existing Lifetime and Associate Lifetime Members The Lifetime or Associate Lifetime membership is no longer offered. Existing Lifetime or Associate Lifetime members who have paid in full are active for the duration of his or her lifetime, from their membership activation (see activation of membership). Lifetime or Associate Lifetime members are no longer eligible for any other membership type. Student Members Student memberships are active for 12 consecutive months, beginning at activation (see activation of membership). You will be considered a student member as long as you are actively enrolled in a recognized undergraduate or graduate degree program. Your membership should be upgraded to a Professional or Associate membership upon the expiration of your current membership, subsequent to graduation. You are required to submit proof of your current enrollment. The following items will be accepted as proof of current enrollment: • Letter from the registrar acknowledging your current enrollment status • Copy of your tuition bill • Class schedule reflecting your current enrollment. Should you fail to submit proof of current enrollment within 60 days, your membership may be terminated, and your payment will not be refunded. You will then need to reapply for membership. Refund Policy The NBMBAA will only provide refunds for the following reasons: • Verified duplication of billing • Verified overcharges • Submission of incorrect member type resulting in one of the above Refunds will be provided as follows: • Credit card payments will be credited to that same credit card. • Cash and check payments will be credited by NBMBAA check after 30 days, and only after initial payment has cleared our financial institution. * Refunds will be issued only upon request of the individual. The NBMBAA will vigorously defend itself against credit card charge backs. In the event that your credit card company requests a credit for charges, we will comply only to the extent that the request meets the requirements of the refund policy. (See above). Recurring Payments If you choose a recurring payments option to automatically renew your membership, you are responsible for canceling it prior to annual recurrence to avoid charges. Once charged, your membership will not be refunded. Notice of Photography and/or Videography As a condition of membership, individuals grant the National Black MBA Association an irrevocable nonexclusive license to use their name, image, voice and likeness for the purpose of advertising and promoting NBMBAA events, activities and products without any further approval from you or payment to you. It is the NBMBAA’s right to make visual and audio recordings, and still images of its members (collectively “Photography”) and to use the Photography and member’s name. However, none of the above shall be deemed as an endorsement for any NBMBAA product or service. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, members agree that the rights granted hereunder shall include the perpetual, worldwide right of NBMBAA to edit, telecast, rerun, record, publish, reproduce, use, license, print, distribute or otherwise exploit, in any manner and in any medium or forum, whether now known or hereafter devised. Terms and Conditions are subject to change without prior notification. Revised: April 5, 2017. NBMBAA®