The National Black MBA Association® Announces the 42nd Annual Conference and Exposition to Be Held in Washington, D.C. During Its 50th Anniversary Year September 22-26, 2020 #NBMBAA

ATLANTA--()--The National Black MBA Association® is excited to announce Washington, DC as the home for their 42nd Annual Conference and Exposition, taking place September 22-26, 2020. The organization will also celebrate a major milestone as it commemorates its 50th anniversary year.

The NBMBAA® just concluded another successful conference in Houston, Texas where the organization helped 9,000 attendees explore career opportunities and interview for valuable internships with companies including FedEx Corporation, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Johnson and Johnson, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Marriott International, Microsoft, Nationwide and a number of other leading Fortune 500 companies. Attendees were exposed to an array of informative sessions and workshops around professional growth, leadership development and entrepreneurship.

The NBMBAA® provided undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to compete for academic scholarships with the execution of its annual business case competitions. The competition allows student teams to analyze a multifaceted business case and use their problem-solving skills to present their findings before a panel of the nation’s top thought-leaders. The NBMBAA® awarded over $150K combined for scholarships and funding of start-up businesses who placed in their annual Scale Up Pitch Challenge sponsored by FedEx Corporation. Javier Evelyn of Alerje, won the $50K grand prize for his innovative solution to allergies.

The winners of the Graduate and Undergraduate Business Case Competitions sponsored by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Walmart respectively are as follows:

Graduate Case Competition Winners
1st place: The Ohio State University
2nd place: Georgia State University
3rd place: Georgia Institute of Technology

Undergraduate Case Competition Winners:
1st place: Howard University
2nd place: The Ohio State University
3rd place: University of Southern California

With the theme “Transcend the Power of You: Empowered to Lead, Equipped to Succeed,” this year’s conference did just that. Attendees were treated to inspiring talks from leaders across the country, including Andrew Gillum, Chairman, Forward Florida, Mathew Knowles, PhD, Founder & CEO, Music World Entertainment, Doug McMillion, CEO of Walmart, and Cynt Marshall, CEO of Dallas Mavericks. The conference ended with its incredible Impact Awards hosted by MC Lyte. This year’s 2019 Impact Awards winners are:

Academic Partner of the Year Award
Alabama A&M University College of Business and Public Affairs

Chairman’s Award
Tandra Jackson, Managing Partner, KPMG

Entrepreneur of Year Award
L.P. Green, II, CEO & Founder, Savoy Venture Partners

H. Naylor Fitzhugh Award
Eddie Brown, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Brown Capital Management

Helping Hands Award
Kimberley Ann Hayes, MA, EdM, CEO, Social Systems Strategies

President & CEO Award
Brenda Lauderback, Board Chair, Denny's, Inc.

Silver Torch Award

“This year’s conference was an incredible experience,” said Kay Y. Wallace, NBMBAA’s new President and CEO. “As we enter into our 50th anniversary in 2020, the National Black MBA Association® will continue to curate dynamic and innovative programming throughout the year culminating with the annual conference in September in Washington, DC – an important election year. I’m inspired and focused on making 2020 a memorable and impactful year for our members, stakeholders and sponsors.”

To learn more about the National Black MBA Association® and how to get involved, please visit

About National Black MBA Association®

NBMBAA® is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) professional member-based organization which leads in the creation of educational, wealth building and growth opportunities for black professionals. Representing more than 14,000 members within 39 professional chapters, 33 Leaders of Tomorrow® chapters and over 280 corporate and university partners, the organization is dedicated to developing partnerships that create intellectual and economic wealth in the Black community through its five channels of engagement: career, education, entrepreneurship, leadership, and lifestyle.

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