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Frequently Asked Questions

The Leaders of Tomorrow® Leadership Summit is a 3-day education enhancement experience that provides participants with an inside look into the day-to-day life of a college student, instructional touch points for college readiness and cultural immersion activities. Built into the framework of the Summit, is the Annual National Business Case Competition where teams of participants compete before a panel of judges for a combined total of $30K in scholarship awards. The Case Competition is designed to help participants develop real-world critical thinking and problem-solving skills by addressing a business case study. Below are a series of Frequently Asked Questions about the event and the case competition portion specifically.

REGISTRATION & PAYMENT QUESTIONS

When does registration close?

Registration closes May 3rd. All leadership and case competition participants must be registered by this date. If you do not know the names of your case competition participants, please register them as Student 1, Student 2, etc. until you have the participants selected.

What does the $100.00 per student non-refundable registration fee cover?

The fee covers the registration and meals for Wednesday night, Thursday through Saturday and Sunday morning, entrance into case competition, tickets to Keynote Speakers, and other conference programming. Chaperones will need to register but will not have a fee* associated with their attendance.  Chapters are responsible for all other expenses.

*Please see the Can additional adults (parents and guests) attend section for fee stipulations

Can we pay with a check?

Yes. Mail checks to National Black MBA Association®, Attn. LOT® Leadership Summit; 400 West Peachtree St, Suite 203, Atlanta, GA  30308. Or you may pay with credit card on the registration website.

What if we haven't selected our student competitors yet?

The final list of competing students and chaperones is due by April 26, 2019; however, the total number of case participants must be registered by May 3rd. Please register them as Student 1, Student 2, etc. until you have the participants selected.   If you do not include the member names in your initial registration you will need to submit the members directly to lotcase@nbmbaa.org.  All attendees must have a current membership to the NBMBAA® to attend the conference. Students who do not have a completed membership by registration/check-in. will not be able to be placed in a room and will be ineligible to compete on Saturday.

How many students can we bring?

There is no cap on student registrations; however, ALL participants must be registered LOT® members. Chapters will register students by a Leadership Track and a Case Competition Track. Programming will be provided to non-competing youth.

Can additional adults (parents and guests) attend?

There is a 5:1 chaperone ratio policy– (one chaperone per 5 students). However, each chapter is allowed one (1) LOT® Advisor that is not included in this ratio. If your Chapter President plans to attend and participates in the day-to-day activities, they will be included in the 5:1 ratio. There will be a $100 registration fee for each additional chaperone attending and a $250.00 lodging fee, if staying in LOT provided lodging.

Please pay online or mail checks by May 3, 2019 to:  National Black MBA Association®, Attn. LOT® Leadership Summit; 400 West Peachtree St, Suite 203, Atlanta, GA  30308.

Who is eligible to participate on Case Competition teams?

Each student participating on a case team MUST have participated in other Leaders of Tomorrow® activities within their local chapter from March 2019 – June 2019 and must have a current membership with the NBMBAA®.

Where do I send my forms?

Forms like parent consent, video/photography releases and other documents should be uploaded via Dropbox here or sent by fax to 404-946-5229.

Is my chapter allowed to only attend the Case Competition?

Only teams that attend the entire Leadership Summit will be able to compete in the Case Competition. Certain permissions will be granted to participants who have a scheduling conflict with their school schedule. School schedules and permission requests must be sent to lotcase@nbmbaa.org.

ACCOMODATIONS QUESTIONS

Where will chaperones and students stay?

Students and chaperones are required to stay on campus at the dorms on the campus of Georgetown University. Cost is $250 total per student for 4 nights.

What should additional guests do about housing?

Chapter presidents and other adults NOT serving as a main chaperone shall stay off campus but will need to make their own accommodations.

What are the room arrangements?

Each attendee will book rooms upon registration and will have a bed saved for them. Every effort will be made to ensure that chapter members are housed together; however, in some cases, students and chaperones from other chapters may be asked to room together.

Which meals are included?

The following meals are covered:

  • Wednesday: Dinner
  • Thursday: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Friday: Breakfast Lunch, Dinner
  • Saturday: Breakfast, Lunch, and Awards Dinner
  • Sunday: Grab & Go breakfast

If you have a student/chaperone with special dietary needs, please indicate this on your team registration or send an email to lot@nbmbaa.org.

What if I only want to attend the Final Round and Awards Dinner?

Guests are welcome to attend the Final Round at an additional cost. Guests may register for the Awards Dinner online. The cost is $75 and is due by May 3rd.

Special note: We are unable to accept last-minute requests for the Awards Dinner.

Is attendance to all Leadership Summit programming required?

Yes, attendance is mandatory from Wednesday evening to Sunday morning, unless permission is granted by NHQ for school scheduling conflicts.

VENUE & TRANSPORTATION QUESTIONS

Where will the competition be held?

The Leadership Summit will be held at Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.

Where is the nearest airport?

The nearest major airport is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) – approximately 6 miles from campus. Alternative airports:  Dulles International Airport (IAD) is approximately 25 miles and Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) is about 40 miles from campus.

How do I provide flight detail for the case team?

Please provide flight details to lot@nbmbaa.org or by fax to 404-946-5229.

Will shuttle service be available?

Shuttles will be available for all offsite activities during the conference programming. All other transportation will need to be arranged and paid for by the attending chapter.

Are we able to arrive after the welcome reception?

Although it is not ideal, if your chapter cannot arrive by the 6:00 p.m. requested time, please contact Dee Hatcher demetria.hatcher@nbmbaa.org

SCHOLARSHIP QUESTIONS

What are the scholarship amounts?

Scholarships amounts are as follows and will be paid directly to the students’ educational institution, split equally between members on the team, including both presenters and non-presenters:

1st $15,000

2nd $10,000

3rd $5,000

Note: Please keep in mind that the LOT® Case Competition is a scholarship competition.  Winning students will only receive funds if they are enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution, and scholarship awards will be paid directly to the educational institution.

What if a winning student will not enroll in a post-secondary educational institution the year of the competition?

The NBMBAA® will hold the winning student’s scholarship funds in escrow until the student provides proof of enrollment at a post-secondary educational institution.  Any interest earned on such funds will be deposited into the LOT® scholarship fund.

What if a winning student decides not to pursue post-secondary education?

All participants should be aware that the LOT® Case Competition is a scholarship competition, and therefore the scholarship awards are intended to be used to further the educational pursuits of participants.  If a participant decides not to pursue a post-secondary education, the portion of that student’s award will be returned to the scholarship fund to further that intended goal.

How will the winning teams claim their scholarships?

Each winning chapter must provide the names and contact information for each team member to the National Black MBA Association®.  Each team member will be responsible for providing proof of enrollment at a post-secondary educational institution (e.g., copy of course schedule, letter from school registrar or other acceptable proof of enrollment), mailing address of Financial Aid office (or Cashier’s/Bursar’s office) and date of expected graduation date or year.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

When should teams submit their materials?

All materials will be provided electronically and are due to NHQ no later than Friday, June 28th at 10pm EST.

What software should we use?

PowerPoint will be the only program supported by onsite staff.

Will my case team be required to attend the final round if they are not competing?

Yes, attendance at the Leadership Summit is mandatory from Wednesday evening to Sunday morning, unless permission is granted by NHQ for school scheduling conflicts.

Will there be Internet in the presentation rooms?

Yes, all rooms have Internet.