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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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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:  Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson

You'll have access to this fun, heart-elevating workout facilitated by the dynamic Put Up Resultz training duo throughout the Conference. As you enter this training portal daily, manually scrub the time forward for day 2's and day 3's workout.  

Instructors: Re-Shaun Jones, Certified Fitness Trainer, Put Up Resulz

Kasheef Wyzard, Certified Fitness Trainer, Put Up Resultz

Mentor Conversations:  Sponsored by Accenture, BlackRock and Danaher

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

Speaker: Nicole Wormley, Senior Director, D+I Attraction and University Recruitment, Danaher Corporation



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: Building Your Leadership Brand in a Virtual World - Sponsored by LinkedIn

Sure, you may have a LinkedIn profile. But, are you fully utilizing it? In this session, you’ll learn how to establish your voice and craft your narrative on this leading professional platform. From optimizing your profile to actively engaging with other members, you’ll discover ways to strategically build a more powerful network.

Speakers:  Chantel George, Global Program Manager - Black Inclusion Group, LinkedIn

Jacqueline Jones, Head of Strategic Partnerships - Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, LinkedIn

Deserrie Perez, Group Marketing Manager, LinkedIn

12:30pm – 1:30pm EDT

Meet the Experts: Charting your Career Journey - Sponsored by Bank of America

What would you like the power to do? At Bank of America, we ask this question every day of all those we serve. Your career is a personal and professional journey that develops over the course of many years. In this panel discussion, Bank of America will have representatives from Consumer, Investment Banking, Human Resources, and Global Technology & Operations discuss their careers journeys and where they plan to go in the future. The panel will highlight sponsorship, mentorship, and skills needed to succeed in their line of business.

Moderator:  Felicia Lewis, Director, Consumer Banking & ME Region Exec, Bank of America

Panelists:  Kecia Atkins, Vice President, Human Resources Manager, Bank of America

Terrelle Carswell, Senior Vice President, Sr. Manager, Info Security Officer, Bank of America

Sekou Muhammad, Assistant Vice President, Platform Consultant, Bank of America

Shannon Irish, Associate, Global Investment Banking, Bank of America

1:45pm – 2:30pm EDT

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

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

Panelists:  Jodi Brockington, Director, Diversity & Inclusion Sourcing-Diverse Talent Management & Advancement, DTCC

Michael Canady, Vice President, Global Operations & Client Services, Discover

Carson Edwards Jr. MBA, CASE CDMP, Global Account Executive, Marriott International

Richard Orbe-Austin, PhD, Executive Coach/Psychologist, Dynamic Transitions Psychological Consulting, LLP

2:30pm – 3:30pm EDT

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

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, CEO, 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.

5:00pm – 7:00pm EDT

Cocktails, Cooking & Conversations: Sponsored by Danaher

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.

Host:  Lemar White, President, NBMBAA® DC Chapter

Sommelier: Jahde Marley, Certified Sommelier & Wine Consultant, Indie Wineries

Mixologist: Andra Johnson, Managing Partner & Beverage Director, Serenata & Zumo

Chef: Chef Jojo Thomas, CEO, Chef Jojo, Inc.



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: Empowered to Lead, Equipped to Succeed: The Art of the Pivot - Sponsored by Nationwide

This year may have disrupted some things however, the vision still stands. Whether it's changing careers, revamping your business strategy, or simply starting over, here we're talking how to elevate your business and professional roadmap, and meet and exceed the times.

Speakers:  Pinky Cole, CEO & Founder, Slutty Vegan ATL

Crystal Files, Vice President, Personal Lines Marketing, Nationwide

Chris Igodan, Jr., Vice President, Investments Controller, Nationwide

Dr. Lynn Richardson, Financial Expert/Radio & TV Personality

12:30pm – 1:30pm EDT

Meet the Experts - The Changing Face of Venture Capital: Sponsored by Wells Fargo

A panel discussion moderated by Osei Van Horne, founding member and Managing Director of the technology growth equity practice at Wells Fargo Strategic Capital. The panel will include Richard Kerby, Partner of Equal Ventures and Founder of Stealth Mode; Brian Hollins, Founding Board Member of BLCK VC; and Hadiyah Mujhid, Founder and CEO of HBCUvc to discuss the importance of representation, pipeline building, investing in a pandemic, practical career strategies and what you can do launch your career in venture capital.

Moderator:  Osei A. Van Horne, Managing Director, Wells Fargo

Panelists:  Brian Hollins, Founder & CEO, The Takeoff Institute

Richard Kerby, General Partner, Equal Ventures

Hadiyah Mujhid, Founder and CEO, HBCUvc

1:45pm – 2:30pm EDT

Breakout Session – “Can We Still Do Good While Doing Well? How Social Responsibility Survives a Crisis”: Sponsored by American Family Insurance and Liberty Mutual Insurance

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

Panelists:  Everett Harper, CEO, Co-Founder, Truss

Francis Hyatt, EVP and Chief Sustainability Officer, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Nyra Jordan, Social Impact Investment Director, American Family Insurance Institute

Tricia Sitemere, Career Consultant and Fulfillment Coach, CTRL Alt Delete

1:45pm – 2:30pm EDT

Breakout Session – “Is It Time for a Pivot?: Reinventing Your Business in Challenging Times”: Sponsored by Cisco and Marriott International

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.

Moderator:  John W. Fraser III, MBA, BA Practice Lead (U.S.), North Highland

Panelists:  Carson Edwards Jr. MBA, CASE CDMP, Global Account Executive, Marriott International

Kristin Harper, CEO, Driven to Succeed, LLC

Michelle Witherspoon, Security and Trust Organization, Cisco Systems

1:45pm – 2:15pm EDT

Ask Me - FinTech: Sponsored by DTCC

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

Speaker:  Brandon Brookins, Business Transformation Specialist, DTCC

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.

Speakers: Congressman and House Majority Whip James Clyburn, U.S. House of Representatives

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

3:45pm – 5:00pm EDT

Leadership Studio - Leadership Choices: Tips From Inspiring Leaders on How to Make the Most of Your Professional Journey: Sponsored by Accenture 

Simon Sinek, a best-selling author, said, “leadership is not a position….leadership is a decision…it is a choice.” We make about 35,000 decisions in a day. How many of those can be a leadership moment?

Join Marty Rodgers, Market Unit Lead, US-South, Accenture, for this insightful and interactive session that will focus on intentional leadership. In this session, Marty will highlight some of the important traits of inspiring leaders, and explain how they were the best of the best each day, by intentionally aligning their life moments with leadership choices.

Speaker: Marty Rodgers, Market Unit Lead - US South, Accenture

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. 

DJs: DJ Apollo, Apollo Entertainment

Kendrick "dj5Starr" Tilghman, 5Starr Enterprise



10:00am – 11:00am EDT 

Empowerment Stage: “A Woman's Place is in the C-Suite”: Empowered by LVMH and Wells Fargo

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: Abiola Bankole-Hameed, CFO, National Black MBA Association®

Arlan Hamilton, Founder and Managing Partner, Backstage Capital

Regina O. Heyward, Senior Vice President and Head of Supplier Diversity, Wells Fargo & Company

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: Technology and the Future of Work: The Impact On You and Your Career: 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.

Moderator: Cheryl Baxter, Global Head of Compliance, S&P Dow Jones Indices, S&P Global

Alain Biem, Head of Data Science, S&P Global Market Intelligence, S&P Global
Latisha Kimber, Head of Digital Engagement, S&P Global Ratings Technology, S&P Global
Shankar Krishnamurthy, Vice President, Chief Operating Officer - Digital Technology Services, S&P Global
John van Moyland, Global Head of S&P Kensho Indices, S&P Dow Jones Indices

12:30pm – 1:30pm EDT

Meet the Experts: Owning Your Career Journey and Cultivating a Compelling Personal Brand by Embracing Change - 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.

Speakers:  Bob Hau, CFO, Fiserv

Dot Persampire, SVP, Finance, Fiserv

1:30pm – 2:45pm EDT

Leadership Studio : Tips on How to Find Your Passion Along Your Career Journey - Sponsored by BlackRock

Dr. Tiffany Perkins-Munn, Managing Director, Head of Research, Analytics & Data at BlackRock will lead an insightful session that will focus on her career journey to eventually become a leader at BlackRock. In this session, Dr. Perkins-Munn will talk about the decisions made along her career, her innovative work using data to drive decision-making within finance as well the advice she has for those interested in a similar career path.

Speaker:  Tiffany Perkins-Munn, PhD, Managing Director, Head of Research, Analytics & Data, BlackRock

3:00pm – 3:30pm EDT

Ask Me: Technology - Sponsored by Cisco

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

Speaker:  Wayne White, Sr. Technical Program Manager, Cisco

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

Panelists:  Darrin Cook, Founder & CEO, My Mogul Media

Kevin Curry, Founder, FitMenCook

Dr. Jennifer Turner, Founder, MAD COOL FITNESS

3:00pm – 4:00pm EDT 

Meet the Experts: The Inside Scoop – All Paths Lead to Amazon - Sponsored by Amazon

There is no cookie cutter approach to building a rewarding career. We’ve brought together executives from across our businesses to give you the inside scoop on the diverse paths that led them to becoming Amazonians.

Moderator:  Cornelia Robinson, Sr. Manager, AWS Community Engagement, Amazon Web Services

Panelists:  J. Ofori Agboka, Vice President HR - Global Customer Fulfilment, Amazon

Jeanine Banks, General Manager, AWS Insights & Enterprise Tools, Amazon Web Services

Rovina Broomfield, Principal Product Manager, Amazon

Stephanie Collett, Director, Strategic Sourcing, Amazon

Lookman Olusanya, Director, Insights, Planning & Analytics (IPAT), Amazon

Mike Saunders, General Manager, Consumer Payment, Amazon

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, She's Got A Habit

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