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NBMBAA® Conference

NBMBAA’s rich Conference history began in Detroit, Michigan in 1979. Since then the Conference has only grown in stature and attendance. Our members, sponsors and prospective employers come together once a year to support diversity in the American workplace and elevate the Black professional. Browse the timeline of Conferences to see how we’ve grown over the years, all the while staying true to our heritage.

  • 2019
  • 41st Annual – Transcend The Power of You: Empowered to Lead, Equipped to Succeed

      September 24-28, 2019

  • 2018
  • 40th Annual – One Voice – One Mission: Determined… Empowered… Tenacious… Respected… Objective… Inspirational… Trusted

      September 25-29, 2018 Detroit, Michigan

  • 2017
  • 39th Annual – Power of Performance: Leadership at the next level

      September 26-30, 2017 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • 2016
  • 38th Annual – The Q Factor: The Quality Paradigm

    logo_2016_conference   October 11-15, 2016 New Orleans, Louisiana (Click logo for more information)

  • 2015
  • 37th – The Art of Leadership: Relevance. Drive. Effect

    September 22-26, 2015
    Orlando, Florida

  • 2014
  • 36th – The Building Blocks of Leadership: Inspiration. Innovation. Collaboration.

    September 16-20, 2014
    Atlanta, Georgia

  • 2013
  • 35th – Courageous Leadership: Owning Your Own Success!

    September 10-14, 2013
    Houston, Texas

  • 2012
  • 34th – Impacting Time, Technology & Tomorrow…. One Member at a Time

    September 24-28, 2012
    Indianapolis, Indiana

  • 2011
  • 33rd – Power Up Your Profitability

    October 4-8, 2011
    Atlanta, Georgia

  • 2010
  • 32nd – Blink the Speed of Change

    September 21-25, 2010
    Los Angeles, California
    NBMBAA® 40th Anniversary

  • 2009
  • 31st – Connect / Reconnect

    2009
    New Orleans, Louisiana

  • 2008
  • 30th – Catalyst for Change – Then. Today. Tomorrow.

    2008 Washington, DC

  • 2007
  • 29th – Relevance: Staying Current, Creative and Credible!

    2007
    Orlando, Florida

  • 2006
  • 28th – Winning with Intention! Winning with Innovation! Winning with Integrity!

    September 26 - October 1, 2006
    Atlanta, Georgia

  • 2005
  • 27th – Leading with Passion

    October 11-16, 2005
    San Diego, California
    NBMBAA® 35th Anniversary

  • 2004
  • 26th – RE-IMAGINE Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship: Creating Possibilities for the Future

    September 14-19, 2004
    Houston, Texas

  • 2003
  • 25th – Changing the Course of Your Future

    September 23-28, 2003
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • 2002
  • 24th – Bridging the Gap to the Untapped Frontier

    September 17-22, 2002
    Nashville, Tennessee

  • 2001
  • 23rd – The Power of Partnerships

    September 25-30, 2001
    Orlando, Florida

  • 2000
  • 22nd – Harvesting the Fruits of our Roots in the Diaspora

    October 3-8, 2000
    Chicago, Illinois
    NBMBAA® 30th Anniversary

  • 1999
  • 21st – New Millennium: The Power of Technology

    September 14-19, 1999
    Anaheim, California

  • 1998
  • 20th – Accentuate Performance to Drive Economic Power

    September 16-20, 1998
    Detroit, Michigan

  • 1997
  • 19th – Strategic Alliances: Change and the Road Ahead

    September 17-21, 1997
    Dallas, Texas

  • 1996
  • 18th – Living the Vision: Achieving Economic Independence

    September 25-29, 1996
    New Orleans, Louisiana

  • 1995
  • 17th – The Silver Lining: Winning in the Global Marketplace

    September 27 - October 1, 1995
    Boston, Massachusetts
    NBMBAA® 25th Anniversary

  • 1994
  • 16th – The Dynamics of Leadership: Moving Principles to Action

    September 14-18, 1994
    San Francisco, California

  • 1993
  • 15th – Retooling Human Capital for Economic Leadership

    September 22-26, 1993
    Atlanta, Georgia

  • 1992
  • 14th – Leadership: The Catalyst for Success

    October 7-11, 1992
    St. Louis, Missouri

  • 1991
  • 13th – Empowerment through Unity, Education, and Equity

    September 18-22, 1991
    New York, New York

  • 1990
  • 12th – Competitive Strategies for a Changing Global Economy

    October 3-7, 1990
    Los Angeles, California

  • 1989
  • 11th – The 1990’s: Fulfillment of Vision

    October 4-8, 1989
    Chicago, Illinois

  • 1988
  • 10th – Exploring Opportunities: Master Possibilities

    October 26-30, 1988
    Houston, Texas

  • 1987
  • 9th – Changing Horizons: The Challenge of Leadership

    October 14-18, 1987
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • 1986
  • 8th – Winning Strategies: The Competitive Edge

    October 15-19, 1986
    Detroit, Michigan

  • 1985
  • 7th – Business and Government: The New Equation

    October 30 - November 3, 1985
    Washington, D.C.

  • 1984
  • 6th – American Business in Transition

    October 3-7, 1984
    San Francisco, California

  • 1983
  • 5th – Probing Visions of the 21 Century

    October 5-9, 1983
    Atlanta, Georgia

  • 1982
  • 4th – Crossroads: New Directions

    October 6-9, 1982
    New York, New York

  • 1981
  • 3rd – Challenge to Excel

    October 7-11, 1981
    Chicago, Illinois

  • 1980
  • 2nd – Energy for the 80s

    October 23-26, 1980
    Los Angeles, California

  • 1979
  • 1st – The Black MBA: Challenges, Opportunities, Problems, Expectations

    October 1979
    Detroit, Michigan  

  • 41st Annual – Transcend The Power of You: Empowered to Lead, Equipped to Succeed

      September 24-28, 2019

  • 40th Annual – One Voice – One Mission: Determined… Empowered… Tenacious… Respected… Objective… Inspirational… Trusted

      September 25-29, 2018 Detroit, Michigan

  • 39th Annual – Power of Performance: Leadership at the next level

      September 26-30, 2017 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • 38th Annual – The Q Factor: The Quality Paradigm

    logo_2016_conference   October 11-15, 2016 New Orleans, Louisiana (Click logo for more information)

  • 37th – The Art of Leadership: Relevance. Drive. Effect

    September 22-26, 2015
    Orlando, Florida

  • 36th – The Building Blocks of Leadership: Inspiration. Innovation. Collaboration.

    September 16-20, 2014
    Atlanta, Georgia

  • 35th – Courageous Leadership: Owning Your Own Success!

    September 10-14, 2013
    Houston, Texas

  • 34th – Impacting Time, Technology & Tomorrow…. One Member at a Time

    September 24-28, 2012
    Indianapolis, Indiana

  • 33rd – Power Up Your Profitability

    October 4-8, 2011
    Atlanta, Georgia

  • 32nd – Blink the Speed of Change

    September 21-25, 2010
    Los Angeles, California
    NBMBAA® 40th Anniversary

  • 31st – Connect / Reconnect

    2009
    New Orleans, Louisiana

  • 30th – Catalyst for Change – Then. Today. Tomorrow.

    2008 Washington, DC

  • 29th – Relevance: Staying Current, Creative and Credible!

    2007
    Orlando, Florida

  • 28th – Winning with Intention! Winning with Innovation! Winning with Integrity!

    September 26 - October 1, 2006
    Atlanta, Georgia

  • 27th – Leading with Passion

    October 11-16, 2005
    San Diego, California
    NBMBAA® 35th Anniversary

  • 26th – RE-IMAGINE Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship: Creating Possibilities for the Future

    September 14-19, 2004
    Houston, Texas

  • 25th – Changing the Course of Your Future

    September 23-28, 2003
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • 24th – Bridging the Gap to the Untapped Frontier

    September 17-22, 2002
    Nashville, Tennessee

  • 23rd – The Power of Partnerships

    September 25-30, 2001
    Orlando, Florida

  • 22nd – Harvesting the Fruits of our Roots in the Diaspora

    October 3-8, 2000
    Chicago, Illinois
    NBMBAA® 30th Anniversary

  • 21st – New Millennium: The Power of Technology

    September 14-19, 1999
    Anaheim, California

  • 20th – Accentuate Performance to Drive Economic Power

    September 16-20, 1998
    Detroit, Michigan

  • 19th – Strategic Alliances: Change and the Road Ahead

    September 17-21, 1997
    Dallas, Texas

  • 18th – Living the Vision: Achieving Economic Independence

    September 25-29, 1996
    New Orleans, Louisiana

  • 17th – The Silver Lining: Winning in the Global Marketplace

    September 27 - October 1, 1995
    Boston, Massachusetts
    NBMBAA® 25th Anniversary

  • 16th – The Dynamics of Leadership: Moving Principles to Action

    September 14-18, 1994
    San Francisco, California

  • 15th – Retooling Human Capital for Economic Leadership

    September 22-26, 1993
    Atlanta, Georgia

  • 14th – Leadership: The Catalyst for Success

    October 7-11, 1992
    St. Louis, Missouri

  • 13th – Empowerment through Unity, Education, and Equity

    September 18-22, 1991
    New York, New York

  • 12th – Competitive Strategies for a Changing Global Economy

    October 3-7, 1990
    Los Angeles, California

  • 11th – The 1990’s: Fulfillment of Vision

    October 4-8, 1989
    Chicago, Illinois

  • 10th – Exploring Opportunities: Master Possibilities

    October 26-30, 1988
    Houston, Texas

  • 9th – Changing Horizons: The Challenge of Leadership

    October 14-18, 1987
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • 8th – Winning Strategies: The Competitive Edge

    October 15-19, 1986
    Detroit, Michigan

  • 7th – Business and Government: The New Equation

    October 30 - November 3, 1985
    Washington, D.C.

  • 6th – American Business in Transition

    October 3-7, 1984
    San Francisco, California

  • 5th – Probing Visions of the 21 Century

    October 5-9, 1983
    Atlanta, Georgia

  • 4th – Crossroads: New Directions

    October 6-9, 1982
    New York, New York

  • 3rd – Challenge to Excel

    October 7-11, 1981
    Chicago, Illinois

  • 2nd – Energy for the 80s

    October 23-26, 1980
    Los Angeles, California

  • 1st – The Black MBA: Challenges, Opportunities, Problems, Expectations

    October 1979
    Detroit, Michigan  

Annual membership contract, paid in monthly installments with automatic renewal Service begins as soon as your initial payment is processed. You will be charged 1/12 of the annual membership fee at the time of purchase, every month for the duration of your annual contract. Your membership contract will renew automatically, on your annual renewal date, until you cancel your membership in writing no later than 30 days prior to your annual renewal 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, you will be charged 100% of your remaining contract obligation and your service will continue until the end of until the end of your contracted term. Cancellations can be made any time by contacting membership support in writing. 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®