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National Black MBA Association, Inc. Salutes Courageous Leadership and Owning Your Own Success at 35th Annual Conference & Exposition
7/15/2013 11:42:11 AM

CHICAGO, IL -- The National Black MBA Association, Inc. announced its 35th Annual Conference and Exposition, September 10 — 14, 2013 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX. Highly regarded as one of the nation's largest business and professional conferences and expositions, the annual event matches job seekers with opportunities for some of the country's leading talent, NBMBAA members, and Fortune 500 corporations.

With the theme "Courageous Leadership: Owning Your Own Success," this year's conference will offer attendees industry best practices to prepare, distinguish and position themselves for advancement in a global workforce. National thought leaders and presenters across business, media, not-for-profit, academia and Generation Next include Steve Arneson, Ph.D. — "Bootstrap Leadership: Developing Your Leadership Brand," Dr. Renee Booth — "Leadership is Your Fate: Using Your Authentic Leadership Style to Shape Your Environment and Maximize Your Leadership Impact," Pamela Y. Culpepper — "Global Game Changers: Energizing the Next Generation," Dimitrius Hutcherson — "Networking: Financial Services," and more.

The 2013 NBMBAA Conference & Exposition honorary co-chairs feature Earl "Butch" Graves Jr., CEO, Black Enterprise, Bernard A. Harris, Jr., CEO and Managing Partner, Vesalius, Harry Johnson, President and CEO, Friends of the Memorial Foundation, Inc., and Gale V. King, EVP, Chief Administrative Officer, Nationwide Insurance. "We are privileged to have the support from such a distinguished group of leaders as Chairs that embody and live the mission of our organization," said Jesse Tyson, Interim President and CEO, NBMBAA. "With more than forty years of service and an abiding commitment to creating opportunities for others, this year's conference represents one chapter from the rich history and legacy- past, present, and future for the NBMBAA."

This year also marks the first year of an unprecedented partnership with Rice University. For the first time ever, the conference will have an academic institution as a lead sponsor. "After over forty years as an organization, we are still proudly celebrating breakthroughs," said Audrey Hines, Board Chairperson of the NBMBAA. "We are honored to have the prestigious Rice University join the mission of the NBMBAA as lead academic sponsor during our 35th Annual Conference & Exposition," added Hines. "It's fitting that Rice University will join us as a lead academic sponsor while we commemorate 35 years of conference history in Houston."

Through innovative programming, compelling national figures and thought leaders, purposeful networking, and access to employers from across the globe, the conference will also highlight key organizational initiatives that include a Town Hall Luncheon with some of the nation's highly regarded African-American influencers, a Case Competition, Leadership & Entrepreneurial Institutes, Scholarship Presentations, Career Fair & Exposition, Professional Development Sessions, and more.

To date, this year's sponsors include Abbott, Accenture, Bank of America, Black Enterprise, Chrysler, Coca-Cola, Comcast/NBC Universal, ConAgra, Dell, Dow Chemicals, Eaton Corporation, ExxonMobil, FedEx, Ford Motor Company, GE, Genentech, Georgia-Pacific, LLC, GlaxoSmithKline, Highmark Corporation, Home Depot, Humana, Intel Corporation, John Deere, Johnson & Johnson, Kaiser Permanente, Lowe's, Macy's, Marriott, Nationwide Insurance, Northwestern Mutual Life, PNC, Rice University, State Farm, SunTrust Banks, Target, Travelers, United Health Group, and Wells Fargo.

NBMBAA has also partnered with United Airlines to offer discounted travel to this year's conference. Visit for more information.

For a complete listing of scheduled events or to register for this year's conference, please visit

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