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PROGRAM

We are making history this year with the first NBMBAA® Conference & Career Fair: A Virtual Experience and you don’t want to miss it! September 23-25 we will be “Celebrating Visionaries” all online – live and on-demand. We’re bringing you Black business visionaries who will provide tips and advice you need to navigate through the “new normal” and much more. Sign-on to our virtual Career Fair to connect with top companies with real jobs, where there will be opportunities for individual chat, small group video interactions, and one-on-one interviews. This year’s events are all about hearing, seeing and being Black Excellence!


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DESCRIPTION

ON-DEMAND



Seize the Day: Sponsored by Danaher  

Here’s your daily reminder of how to make the most of all that the Conference has to offer.


Fitting in Fitness 

Attendees start the day off right with fitness or fit it in as their schedule permits.  


Mentor Conversations 

Learn from the best!  Our community of mentors share their best advice, insights, and lessons learned.

WEDNESDAY 

SEPT. 23RD 

10:00am – 11:00am EDT

Opening Kickoff: “Leading with Heart and Soul”

The past few months have reminded us that the best businesses take care of their people – employees, customers, shareholders, and the communities around them. The old stereotype of the heartless, business-only leaders doesn’t serve us anymore.  These speakers will share their journey with becoming comfortable leading with heart and soul.

Speakers:  Emmanuel Acho, Sports Analyst & Host, Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

Jemele Hill, Emmy Award winning journalist; Co-founder of Lodge Freeway Media; Staff Writer for The Atlantic; Host of the “Jemele Hill is Unbothered” podcast for Spotify

11:15am – 12:15pm EDT

Meet the Experts: Sponsored by Nike

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

12:30pm – 1:30pm EDT

Meet the Experts: Sponsored by Bank of America

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

1:45pm – 2:30pm EDT

Breakout Session – “Do You Have the Skills to Advance in the Next Normal?”: Sponsored by DTCC and Discover

What knowledge, skills, and certifications will be most in demand as we all get back to work? How do you continue to grow and develop yourself so that you can get noticed when new opportunities open up? Our panel of experts will discuss how you can keep yourself ready and relevant.

Moderator:  Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, CEO & Founder, Therapy For Black Girls LLC

1:45pm – 2:15pm EDT

Ask Me

Join us on NBMBAA’s Instagram where an expert speaker will answer your pressing questions about careers in Management Consulting LIVE.

2:30pm – 3:30pm EDT

Empowerment Stage: “Money Talk: Success Secrets of Black Billionaires”

Renowned thought leader AND visionary, Dr. Dennis Kimbro discusses money, millions and momentum. How to build and maintain wealth should not be a secret. Kimbro has interviewed over a thousand Black millionaires. What were the things that shaped their success? How do they define wealth? What were their most valuable lessons learned on the way, and finally, what were the critical steps they took to keep moving forward in their journey?  Kimbro will not give “textbook answers” but instead will share candid examples of inspiration, innovation and collaboration.

Speaker:  Dr. Dennis Kimbro, P. Kimbro Group

3:45pm – 4:45pm EDT

Membership Meeting

Please join the National Black MBA Association® as we host our Annual Membership Meeting. Our Interim President & CEO Bruce Thompson, Board Chair Donald Comer and National Headquarters executives will share a recap of 2019, discuss current initiatives and priorities as well as exciting things to come, and present the Chapter of the Year, Leaders of Tomorrow® Chapter of the Year, Chapter President of the Year, and Channel Awards.

8:00pm – 10:00pm EDT

Cocktails, Cooking & Conversations

After soaking up the amazing sessions and information at the virtual conference, kick back and enjoy the official after-conference experience: Cocktails, Cooking & Conversations. We open the evening with an expert mixologist creating the signature Conference cocktail for you to enjoy during the remainder of the evening's presentations. Not a cocktail person? Then we have a master sommelier who will help you choose the perfect wine. Up next will be an interactive chef demonstration tantalizing your taste buds with exquisite cuisine. We'll end the evening with a special guest speaker to engage us in meaningful dialogue about issues affecting African Americans in 2020. The perfect evening to end Day 1 of Conference.

THURSDAY 

SEPT. 24TH 

10:00am – 11:00am EDT

Empowerment Stage: “Celebrating Visionaries” - Empowered by Nationwide

The incomparable Iyanla Vanzant takes the stage headlining the National Black MBA Association’s Empowerment Stage. Using her trademark no-nonsense approach, this power session will teach you to tap into your inner power and live up to your highest potential. Delivering insight with humor and straight talk, Ms. Vanzant will demonstrate how to do the work to boldly envision your future and take command of your existence.

Speaker:  Iyanla Vanzant, NY Times Best-Selling Author

11:00am – 4:00pm EDT 

Career Fair

Approximately 200 corporate, academic and not-for-profit exhibitors will have representatives on the virtual Career Fair floor. Gather information, book interviews and network with exhibitors.

11:15am – 12:15pm EDT

Meet the Experts: Sponsored by Nationwide

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

12:30pm – 1:30pm EDT

Meet the Experts: Sponsored by Wells Fargo

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

1:45pm – 2:30pm EDT

Breakout Session – “Can We Still Do Good While Doing Well? How Social Responsibility Survives a Crisis”

Social responsibility and social enterprises were hot topics before the global pandemic hit. What does it mean now that many organizations are facing their own internal crises? Ironically, this is the perfect time to learn from those companies that are truly committed to their values. Our panel will share the state of social responsibility and how it is likely to change in the future

Moderator:  Touré, Host - Touré Show

1:45pm – 2:30pm EDT

Breakout Session – “Is It Time for a Pivot: Reinventing Your Business in Challenging Times”

Every business has to be flexible to meet the changing needs of its customers and the broader economic environment. However, there are times when we must move beyond flexibility and reimagine what we do and how we work. Join our panel for a candid conversation about how companies successfully transform and what leaders must do to thrive in these moments.

1:45pm – 2:15pm EDT

Ask Me

Join us on NBMBAA’s Instagram where an expert speaker will answer your pressing questions about careers in Technology LIVE.

2:45pm – 3:30pm EDT

Empowerment Stage: “How Does Black America Recover?”  

Where do we go from here? There’s lots of talk about getting our country back to normal, but for Black America, status quo was never good enough.  Now is the time to address the systemic changes that are needed to fix the vast inequities that we always knew were lurking beneath the surface.

Speaker:  Van Jones, CEO of REFORM Alliance, CNN host, and NY Times Best-Selling Author

3:45pm – 5:00pm EDT

Leadership Studio: Sponsored by Accenture 

This insightful and interactive 90-minute session gives our partners the opportunity to send a team of subject matter experts to present business insights on a topic of the partner’s choosing, to inspire and enlighten NBMBAA® members. Corporate partners are front and center for these sessions to give conference attendees unique views into cutting-edge topics and business trends.

8:00pm – 10:00pm EDT

MBA Live® on Instagram Live: Sponsored by Danaher

Whether you’re an old head or a newbie, we’ve got you covered.  Find your MBA graduation year and join the hottest Instagram club to hang out with people you miss seeing at Conference. 

FRIDAY 

SEPT. 25TH 

10:00am – 11:00am EDT 

Empowerment Stage: “A Woman's Place is in the C-Suite”: Sponsored by AARP & LVMH

Women are the change-agents of the workforce. The unique perspective and talent they bring to the table has widespread impact on Corporate America and beyond. As corporations reckon with gender disparities, women are leveraging their skill sets to take advantage of hard-won opportunities to fill vital roles. This conversation invites C-Suite executive women to share insights on their rise to the top and the obstacles they still face. Learn from these leaders as you chart your own course to career success.

Moderator:  Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama, Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement; and Chair of the White House Council for Women and Girls (2009-2017)

Panelists:  Arlan Hamilton, Founder and Managing Partner, Backstage Capital

Jill Pemberton, CFO North America, LVMH

11:00am – 4:00pm EDT

Career Fair

Approximately 200 corporate, academic and not-for-profit exhibitors will have representatives on the virtual Career Fair floor. Gather information, book interviews and network with exhibitors.

11:15am – 12:15pm EDT

Meet the Experts: Sponsored by S&P Global

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

12:30pm – 1:30pm EDT

Meet the Experts: Sponsored by Fiserv

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

1:30pm – 2:45pm EDT

Leadership Studio 

This insightful and interactive 90-minute session gives our partners the opportunity to send a team of subject matter experts to present business insights on a topic of the partner’s choosing, to inspire and enlighten NBMBAA® members. Corporate partners are front and center for these sessions to give conference attendees unique views into cutting-edge topics and business trends.

3:00pm – 3:30pm EDT

Ask Me

Join us on NBMBAA’s Instagram where an expert speaker will answer your pressing questions about careers in Finance LIVE.

3:00pm – 3:45pm EDT 

Breakout Session – “Turning Your Side Hustle Into Your Main Business”

With the recent wave of company lay-offs it is easy to understand why more people have been looking at ways to scale up smaller side businesses so that they can offer more financial stability.  This session will help you examine the viability of your idea and how to build a foundation for broader success.

Moderator:  Egypt Sherrod, CEO - Egypt Sherrod Real Estate Group

3:00pm – 4:00pm EDT 

Meet the Experts: Sponsored by Amazon

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

4:00pm – 5:30pm EDT

Closing Celebration: Scale-Up Pitch Challenge Finals - Sponsored by FedEx

Entrepreneurship is a pathway to economic freedom. Watch as our three finalists take command and determine their own destiny. Business savvy meets ingenuity on the stage as the National Black MBA Association® presents the Scale-Up Pitch Challenge Finals. Hosted by Malinda Williams, top competitors showcase their unique ideas to a panel of business leaders. Viewers can participate by voting for Fan Favorite.

Host: Malinda Williams, Actress/Entrepreneur

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TIME

Eastern Time Zone

DESCRIPTION

ON-DEMAND



 

Seize the Day  

Here’s your daily reminder of how to make the most of all that the Conference has to offer.


 

Fitting in Fitness 

Attendees start the day off right with fitness or fit it in as their schedule permits.  


 

Mentor Conversations 

Learn from the best!  Our community of mentors share their best advice, insights, and lessons learned.

WEDNESDAY 

SEPT. 23RD 

10:00am – 11:00am

 

Opening Kickoff: “Leading with Heart and Soul”

The past few months have reminded us that the best businesses take care of their people – employees, customers, shareholders, and the communities around them. The old stereotype of the heartless, business-only leaders doesn’t serve us anymore.  These speakers will share their journey with becoming comfortable leading with heart and soul.

Speakers:  Emmanuel Acho, Sports Analyst & Host, Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

Jemele Hill, Emmy Award winning journalist; Co-founder of Lodge Freeway Media; Staff Writer for The Atlantic; Host of the “Jemele Hill is Unbothered” podcast for Spotify

11:15am – 12:15pm

 

Meet the Experts: Sponsored by Nike

Meet the Experts (MTE) is an intense and interactive session, which encourages mentoring and near peer-to-peer mentoring relationships to help individuals identify opportunities, interest, education and career paths. MTE highlights subject matter experts from various fields.

12:30pm – 1:30pm

 

Meet the Experts: Sponsored by Bank of America

Meet the Experts (MTE) is an intense and interactive session, which encourages mentoring and near peer-to-peer mentoring relationships to help individuals identify opportunities, interest, education and career paths. MTE highlights subject matter experts from various fields.

1:45pm – 2:30pm

 

Breakout Session – “Do You Have the Skills to Advance in the Next Normal?”

What knowledge, skills, and certifications will be most in demand as we all get back to work? How do you continue to grow and develop yourself so that you can get noticed when new opportunities open up? Our panel of experts will discuss how you can keep yourself ready and relevant.

Moderator:  Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, CEO & Founder, Therapy For Black Girls LLC

1:45pm – 2:15pm

 

Ask Me

Join us on NBMBAA’s Instagram where an expert speaker will answer your pressing questions about careers in Management Consulting LIVE.

2:30pm – 3:30pm

 

Empowerment Stage: “Money Talk: Success Secrets of Black Billionaires”

Renowned thought leader AND visionary, Dr. Dennis Kimbro discusses money, millions and momentum. How to build and maintain wealth should not be a secret. Kimbro has interviewed over a thousand Black millionaires. What were the things that shaped their success? How do they define wealth? What were their most valuable lessons learned on the way, and finally, what were the critical steps they took to keep moving forward in their journey?  Kimbro will not give “textbook answers” but instead will share candid examples of inspiration, innovation and collaboration.

Speaker:  Dr. Dennis Kimbro, P. Kimbro Group

3:45pm – 4:45pm

 

Membership Meeting

Members only annual meeting to cover the Association's order of business for the current and upcoming year.

8:00pm – 10:00pm

 

Family Movie Night 

There’s nothing like watching a movie with your loudest and craziest friends. Tonight, we’re watching a movie TBD on Netflix and chatting about it on Twitter.  

THURSDAY 

SEPT. 24TH 

10:00am – 11:00am

 

Empowerment Stage: “Celebrating Visionaries” Empowered by Nationwide

The incomparable Iyanla Vanzant takes the stage headlining the National Black MBA Association’s Empowerment Stage. Using her trademark no-nonsense approach, this power session will teach you to tap into your inner power and live up to your highest potential. Delivering insight with humor and straight talk, Ms. Vanzant will demonstrate how to do the work to boldly envision your future and take command of your existence.

Speaker:  Iyanla Vanzant, NY Times Best-Selling Author

11:00am – 4:00pm 

 

Career Fair

Approximately 200 corporate, academic and not-for-profit exhibitors will have representatives on the virtual Career Fair floor. Gather information, book interviews and network with exhibitors.

11:15am – 12:15pm

 

Meet the Experts: Sponsored by Nationwide

Meet the Experts (MTE) is an intense and interactive session, which encourages mentoring and near peer-to-peer mentoring relationships to help individuals identify opportunities, interest, education and career paths. MTE highlights subject matter experts from various fields.

12:30pm – 1:30pm

 

Meet the Experts: Sponsored by Wells Fargo

Meet the Experts (MTE) is an intense and interactive session, which encourages mentoring and near peer-to-peer mentoring relationships to help individuals identify opportunities, interest, education and career paths. MTE highlights subject matter experts from various fields.

1:45pm – 2:30pm

 

Breakout Session – “Can We Still Do Good While Doing Well? How Social Responsibility Survives a Crisis”

Social responsibility and social enterprises were hot topics before the global pandemic hit. What does it mean now that many organizations are facing their own internal crises? Ironically, this is the perfect time to learn from those companies that are truly committed to their values. Our panel will share the state of social responsibility and how it is likely to change in the future

Moderator:  Touré, Host - Touré Show

1:45pm – 2:30pm

 

Breakout Session – “Executive Presence for the Online and In Real Life World”

While we have all spent the last few months learning how to do business in our pajamas, the reality is that how we show up in business environments still matters. Having a strong executive presence communicates to people that you are confident and capable. This session will help you polish your executive presence in both online and in person interactions.

Speaker:  Crystal L. Bailey, The Etiquette Institute of Washington

1:45pm – 2:30pm

 

Ask Me

Join us on NBMBAA’s Instagram where an expert speaker will answer your pressing questions about careers in Technology LIVE.

2:45pm – 3:30pm

 

Empowerment Stage: “How Does Black America Recover?”  

Where do we go from here? There’s lots of talk about getting our country back to normal, but for Black America, status quo was never good enough.  Now is the time to address the systemic changes that are needed to fix the vast inequities that we always knew were lurking beneath the surface.

Speaker:  Van Jones, CEO of REFORM Alliance, CNN host, and NY Times Best-Selling Author

3:45pm – 5:00pm

 

Leadership Studio 

These are exclusive sessions where we want to build strong and influential business leaders who attend Conference. These insightful and interactive 90-minute sessions give our partners the opportunity to send a team of subject matter experts to present business insights on a topic of the partner’s choosing, to inspire and enlighten NBMBAA® members. Corporate partners are front and center for these sessions to give conference attendees unique views into cutting-edge topics and business trends.

8:00pm – 10:00pm

 

MBA Live® on Instagram Live

Whether you’re an old head or a newbie, we’ve got you covered.  Find your MBA graduation year and join the hottest Instagram club to hang out with people you miss seeing at Conference. 

FRIDAY 

SEPT. 25TH 

10:00am – 11:00am 

 

Empowerment Stage: “A Woman's Place is in the C-Suite”

The shifting of organizational needs in the past decade have impacted the business community and created new opportunities for leadership. Areas such as privacy protection, sustainability, cyber security and diversity and inclusion are expanding opportunities for women in the C-Suite. The Empowerment Stage leads C-Suite level women in a discussion on leveraging your skill set to take advantage of emerging roles and the obstacles still faced in the climb towards success.

Moderator:  Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama, Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement; and Chair of the White House Council for Women and Girls (2009-2017)

Panelist:  Arlan Hamilton, Founder and Managing Partner, Backstage Capital

11:00am – 4:00pm

 

Career Fair

Approximately 200 corporate, academic and not-for-profit exhibitors will have representatives on the virtual Career Fair floor. Gather information, book interviews and network with exhibitors.

11:15am – 12:15pm

 

Meet the Experts: Sponsored by S&P Global

Meet the Experts (MTE) is an intense and interactive session, which encourages mentoring and near peer-to-peer mentoring relationships to help individuals identify opportunities, interest, education and career paths. MTE highlights subject matter experts from various fields.

12:30pm – 1:30pm

 

Meet the Experts: Sponsored by Fiserv

Meet the Experts (MTE) is an intense and interactive session, which encourages mentoring and near peer-to-peer mentoring relationships to help individuals identify opportunities, interest, education and career paths. MTE highlights subject matter experts from various fields.

1:30pm – 2:45pm

 

Leadership Studio 

These are exclusive sessions where we want to build strong and influential business leaders who attend Conference. These insightful and interactive 90-minute sessions give our partners the opportunity to send a team of subject matter experts to present business insights on a topic of the partner’s choosing, to inspire and enlighten NBMBAA® members. Corporate partners are front and center for these sessions to give conference attendees unique views into cutting-edge topics and business trends.

3:00pm – 3:45pm

 

Ask Me

Join us on NBMBAA’s Instagram where an expert speaker will answer your pressing questions about careers in Finance LIVE.

3:00pm – 3:45pm 

 

Breakout Session – “Turning Your Side Hustle Into Your Main Business”

With the recent wave of company lay-offs it is easy to understand why more people have been looking at ways to scale up smaller side businesses so that they can offer more financial stability.  This session will help you examine the viability of your idea and how to build a foundation for broader success.

Moderator:  Egypt Sherrod, CEO - Egypt Sherrod Real Estate Group

3:00pm – 4:00pm 

 

Meet the Experts: Sponsored by Amazon

Meet the Experts (MTE) is an intense and interactive session, which encourages mentoring and near peer-to-peer mentoring relationships to help individuals identify opportunities, interest, education and career paths. MTE highlights subject matter experts from various fields.

4:00pm – 5:30pm

 

Closing Celebration: Scale-Up Pitch Challenge Finals - Sponsored by FedEx

Entrepreneurship is a pathway to economic freedom. Watch as our three finalists take command and determine their own destiny. Business savvy meets ingenuity on the stage as the National Black MBA Association® presents the Scale-Up Pitch Challenge Finals. Hosted by Malinda Williams, top competitors showcase their unique ideas to a panel of business leaders. Viewers can participate by voting for Fan Favorite.

Host: Malinda Williams, Actress/Entrepreneur

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