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NBMBAA® 43rd Annual Conference & Career Expo September 14 – 18, 2021 in Chicago, IL + Digital

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All Times Listed are local to Chicago (CT)
Date Time Description How To Attend/Where
Tuesday, September 14 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Chairman’s Reception (Invite Only) Chicago
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Chicago Chapter Reception Chicago
Wednesday, September 15 10:00 am –11:00 am Opening Kickoff: Renew, Refresh & Reset

After celebrating 50 years of existence last year, The National Black MBA Association convenes in its hometown Chicago – to Renew, Refresh & Reset.  As the organization hosts its first hybrid conference, this session welcomes attendees and sets the stage for an inspiring conversation.

Chicago

Digital: On Platform

11:00 am – 11:15 am Spotlight: Racial Equity – What Happens Next? Chicago

Digital: On Platform

11:15 am – 12:15 pm Technology & The Future of Work Chicago

Digital: On Platform

11:15 am – 12:15 pm Meet the Experts:

An engaging session led by prominent company leaders and subject matter experts, covering a range of topics that will help individuals identify opportunities, interests, and career paths.

Chicago

Digital: On Platform

12:15 pm –

1:00 pm

Lunch Break/Digital Networking Digital: On Platform
12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch Break Chicago
1:00 pm –

2:15 pm

Leadership Studio:

This insightful and interactive session gives our partners the opportunity to be front and center while giving conference attendees unique views into cutting-edge topics and business trends.

Chicago

Digital: On Platform

1:00 pm –

1:15 pm

Spotlight:  Funny Business – How Great Leaders Use Humor Chicago
Digital: On Platform
1:15 pm –

2:15 pm

Meet the Experts:

An engaging session led by prominent company leaders and subject matter experts, covering a range of topics that will help individuals identify opportunities, interests, and career paths.

Chicago
Digital: On Platform
2:15 pm –

2:20 pm

H. Naylor Fitzhugh Award of Relevance
PresentationAwarded to recognize exceptional contributions toward self-improvement and a demonstrated involvement in various business, educational and professional organizations within the Black community.
Chicago

Digital: On Platform

2:30 pm –

3:10 pm

Main Stage: Lift Every Voice: The Business of Podcasting

Podcasting has become a major platform to showcase our culture, express our opinions and bring representation to the media.  This ability to intimately impact and influence can translate to entrepreneurship and independence.  Lift Every Voice will feature a popular podcaster discussing how connecting through conversation has become big business.

Chicago

Digital: On Platform

3:15 pm –

3:45 pm

Lift Every Voice Meet & Greet Chicago
4:00 pm –

5:30 pm

NBMBAA Gold Key Access® Networking Event (Invite Only)

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 an NBMBAA member with 10+ years of work experience. Set up 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.

Chicago
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Welcome Reception – Taste of Chicago

The National Black MBA Association returns to its roots with its 43rd Annual Conference and Career Exposition.  Our Welcome Reception invites you back “home” to Renew, Refresh & Reset!  Featuring a Taste of Chicago, attendees will sample the city’s cuisine while reconnecting and aligning for a week of exploration and innovation.

Outside, weather permitting

Chicago
Thursday, September 16 8:00 am –

6:00 pm

NBMBAA Employment Network (Interviews) Chicago
8:00 am – 8:15 am Ribbon Cutting (Limited Attendance)

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.

Chicago
9:00 am – 5:00 pm NBMBAA Career Expo

The Career Expo offers attendees access to premier employment recruiting expo where approximately 200 corporations participate to recruit top talent for employment and internship opportunities. Gather information, book interviews, and network with exhibitors.

Chicago
9:00 am – 5:00 pm CSNC Resume Reviews

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

Chicago
10:00 am – 10:40 am Taking a Stand: How Executives Advocate for Change

True racial equality in the professional community starts when its executives lead the way.  Taking a Stand explores how organizational change management occurs when leaders advocate for it.  In this TedTalk style conversation, executive Nzinga Shaw discusses the fearless conversations and actions that can create a culture of inclusion, diversity, and equity.

Speaker: Nzinga Shaw, Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, Global Human Resources, Marsh McLennan

Chicago

Digital: On Platform

10:40 am – 10:55 am Spotlight: The Future:  What Trends Should You Prepare For? Chicago

Digital: On Platform

10:45 am – 11:15 am Taking A Stand Meet & Greet Chicago
10:55 am – 11:00 am Chairman’s Award Presentation

Selected by the Board Chair of the NBMBAA, the recipient of this award is a member of the NBMBAA and is recognized for volunteering and his/her commitment to the organization at a local, regional or national level. This individual is well respected by his/her peers in the local communities they serve and exemplifies the basic core values of the Association.

Chicago

Digital: On Platform

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Money Talk: What You Should Know When Considering A Job Offer Chicago

Digital: On Platform

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Meet the Experts:

An engaging session led by prominent company leaders and subject matter experts, covering a range of topics that will help individuals identify opportunities, interests, and career paths.

Chicago
12:00 pm – 12:05 pm Silver Torch Award Presentation

Awarded to a corporation or individual that has made great gains to promote equal opportunities which challenge minority professionals. This individual has effectively advanced in strategic positions within their organization.

Chicago

Digital: On Platform

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch Break/Networking Chicago
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch Break/Digital Networking Digital: On Platform
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm Meet the Experts:

An engaging session led by prominent company leaders and subject matter experts, covering a range of topics that will help individuals identify opportunities, interests, and career paths.

Chicago
1:45 pm –

2:45 pm

The Evolution of Marketing – New Tools and New Rules Chicago

Digital: On Platform

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Fail Forward: How Successful Leaders Overcome and Grow from Mistakes Chicago

Digital: On Platform

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Meet the Experts:

An engaging session led by prominent company leaders and subject matter experts, covering a range of topics that will help individuals identify opportunities, interests, and career paths.

Chicago
4:15 pm – 5:30 pm NBMBAA Membership Meeting

Join us as we celebrate each other and highlight the accomplishments of our chapters with the annual Membership Meeting.  Despite a pandemic, NBMBAA chapters and constituents remained loyal to the mission of the organization.  This meeting honors the extraordinary accomplishments of our chapters and chapter leaders, tributes departing Board Members, and highlights the State of the Association. Members Only

TBD
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Corporate Hospitality Suites

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?

Chicago
Friday, September 17 8:00 am – 4:00 pm NBMBAA Employment Network (Interviews) Chicago
9:00 am – 3:00 pm NBMBAA Career Expo

The Career Expo offers attendees access to premier employment recruiting expo where approximately 200 corporations participate to recruit top talent for employment and internship opportunities. Gather information, book interviews, and network with exhibitors.

Chicago
9:00 am – 3:00 pm CSNC Resume Reviews

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

Chicago
10:00 am – 10:40 am Main Stage: Bet on Black: Black Culture is Great Business

Black culture has always been the heart and soul of American culture.  With the dawn of an enlightened nation, our culture is finally getting its moment on the economic stage, influencing the marketplace, and affecting business decisions.  Bet on Black invites a leading cultural icon to discuss how black culture is capital and great for American business.

Chicago

Digital: On Platform

10:45 am – 11:15 am Bet on Black Meet & Greet Chicago
10:40 am – 10:55 am Spotlight: If I Were Starting My Business Today, This is What I Would Do… Chicago

Digital: On Platform

10:55 am – 11:00 am Academic Partner of the Year Award Presentation

Introduced in 2016, this award is given to the institution of higher learning that provides exceptional support to NBMBAA and its members.

Chicago

Digital: On Platform

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Reinventing Your Career Chicago

Digital: On Platform

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Meet the Experts:

An engaging session led by prominent company leaders and subject matter experts, covering a range of topics that will help individuals identify opportunities, interests, and career paths.

Chicago
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Meet the Experts:

An engaging session led by prominent company leaders and subject matter experts, covering a range of topics that will help individuals identify opportunities, interests, and career paths.

Chicago
12:15 pm – 12:35 pm Entrepreneur of the Year Award Presentation

Founded to recognize the importance of entrepreneurism within the African American community, this award is presented to individuals who embrace, support and nurture the entrepreneurial spirit.

Spotlight: Authenticity as a Business Advantage

Chicago

Digital: On Platform

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch Break Chicago
1:30 pm –

3:00 pm

Scale-Up Pitch Challenge Finals & Keynote Speaker

The best way to control your future is to create it. The 2021 Scale-Up Pitch Challenge Finals introduces attendees to some of the best and brightest in American entrepreneurship.  With cash prizes up to $50,000 and audience input on the Fan Favorite, this is your chance to support our budding moguls and preview the future of business.

Chicago

Digital: On Platform

3:15 pm –

4:15 pm

Meet the Experts:

An engaging session led by prominent company leaders and subject matter experts, covering a range of topics that will help individuals identify opportunities, interests, and career paths.

Chicago
3:15 pm –

4:15 pm

Meet the Experts:

An engaging session led by prominent company leaders and subject matter experts, covering a range of topics that will help individuals identify opportunities, interests, and career paths.

Chicago
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Closing Celebration & Blue Blazer Ceremony

As NBMBAA closes out another successful conference, we look towards our future. Inducting our Leaders of Tomorrow with the Blue Blazer Ceremony and toasting 30 years of the program, the National Black MBA Association comes full circle, with the promise and ideals of its youth, carving the pathway for change.

Invitation Only

Chicago
Tuesday, September 21 10:00 am – 4:00 pm CSNC Resume Reviews (Digital)

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

Digital: On Platform
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Virtual Career Fair

The Career Expo offers attendees access to premier employment recruiting expo where approximately 200 corporations participate to recruit top talent for employment and internship opportunities. Gather information, book interviews, and network with exhibitors.

Digital: On Platform
Wednesday, September 22 10:00 am – 4:00 pm CSNC Resume Reviews (Digital)

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

Digital: On Platform
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Virtual Career Fair

The Career Expo offers attendees access to premier employment recruiting expo where approximately 200 corporations participate to recruit top talent for employment and internship opportunities. Gather information, book interviews, and network with exhibitors.

Digital: On Platform

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®