National Black MBA Association® Convenes In New Orleans For 38th Annual National Conference & Exposition

NEW ORLEANS – The National Black MBA Association® (NBMBAA) is convening in New Orleans this week at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (MCCNO), Halls E-H, for its 38th Annual National Conference & Exposition through Saturday, October 15, 2016, bringing in an estimated 8,000 attendees. This year’s Conference offers a myriad of opportunities designed to increase access to careers in management, educate and build entrepreneurs, sharpen and enhance leadership skills and help attendees secure jobs. The NBMBAA last hosted their conference in New Orleans in 2009. This year, the group is expected to bring in an estimated $9.4 million in economic impact for the city.

         The Conference theme, “The Q Factor: Quality, a Leadership Paradigm,” highlights the importance of quality leadership and how it is used to inspire, disrupt and transform the business landscape. This year’s Conference will incorporate more than 50 executives and innovators from across the country, as well as keynote addresses from successful celebrity speakers that includes: Laila Ali, undefeated boxing world champion and author of “Reach!: Finding Strength, Spirit, and Personal Power,” Jerome Bettis, NFL Hall of Famer, Walter Bond, retired NBA player and CEO of Walter Bond Worldwide, Inc. and Troy Carter, Chairman and CEO, Atom Factory. Other contributors will include Terrance “J” Jenkins, actor and journalist and Claire Sulmers, entrepreneur and founder of “The Fashion Bomb Daily.”

         Major events include:

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Thursday, October 13

• 24-hour Hackathon Competition: 9:00 a.m.; MCCNO, Hall E, Rooms 256-257; Teams of undergraduate students majoring in business and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) will gather together to provide technology solutions to business issues and to share ideas

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• Career Expo Ribbon Cutting: 8:40 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.; MCCNO, Hall F (RSVP in Advance)

• Ford Ride N Share: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; MCCNO, Hall E

• Keynote Luncheon: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.; MCCNO, Hall I-1; Members of the NBMBAA® are looking for that edge, that competitive advantage, that “IT factor” that will make them stand out amongst a sea of professionals. The word synonymous with “IT factor” in leadership is quality. Speakers, Laila Ali and Jerome Bettis will host a master class on leadership and its relationship to quality: how it inspires, disrupts, informs and transforms.

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Friday, October 14

• Entrepreneurial Institute (EI): 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.; 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.; Day long series of business development workshops and breakthrough training sessions that attract new entrepreneurs, current business owners and small business professionals seeking the knowledge and tools of success. EI provides professional development via workshops, panels, discussions, networking opportunities and insights from local and national entrepreneurs who have achieved success in their businesses.

• NBMBAA Impact Awards: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Sheraton New Orleans, Grand Ballroom; The NBMBAA® Impact Awards will celebrate the organization’s unwavering commitment to being a change-agent and voice for the African American community. The highlight of the evening is the Blue Blazer Ceremony that will recognize 100 new initiates into the Leaders of Tomorrow® (LOT®) student mentoring program. There will also be a silent auction with very unique auction items.

• MBA Live! 10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.; The ultimate send off for the NBMBAA® Conference returns! This year will be just as epic with DJ Mannie Fresh, DJ Traci Steele and Migos.


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