Wednesday 9/27

[Full] [Tues] [Wed] [Thurs] [Fri]

6:00 am - 7:45 am
Fitting in Fitness: Yoga Class (1st Session) 6:00 am - 6:45 am
Fitting in Fitness: Yogo Class (2nd Session) 7:00 am - 7:45 am

Join us in this interactive session that will help you learn how to make time for fitness in the busy world of professionals.

8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Case Competitions
Pre-registration required. Teams of students analyze a complex business case to demonstrate their problem-solving skills. Teams present their findings before a panel of executives from leading corporations and academic institutions from across the country.

  • Undergraduate Case Competition 6:30 am – 8:00PM Sponsored by Delta Air Lines
  • Graduate Case Competition 8:00 am – 6:30PM Sponsored by Fiat Chrysler Automotive, LLC

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Opening Session - The Power of Leadership
Join us for a kick-off keynote to start the 2017 Conference.

This opening session will set the scene for understanding the conference tagline, “Power of Performance: Leadership at the Next Level.” Dr. Eric Thomas will share his blueprint to success, how he empowers and pushes others to their highest point and instills success driven attitudes.
Presenters: Jesse Tyson, Thomas Savino
Remarks: Raymond Bennett, Harold Epps, Apoorva Gandhi, Francisco Sanchez
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Eric Thomas
Presented by Marriott International

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Black Think: Increasing Number of Black Professionals in the Executive Suite
The 2017 NBMBAA® Black Think will explore why Blacks continue to be underrepresented in the C-Suite, given the proven economic benefits of diversity. We will clarify the underlying issues while creating a space for understanding and implementing the most effective solutions. In collaboration with key thought partners representing business, government, academic and non-profit leaders, NBMBAA® will generate momentum to diversify America’s executive workforce.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Damon Williams
Lead Facilitator: Sulaiman Rahman

10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Breakout Sessions
•    Presenting Data Effectively
•    Female Leadership & Breaking the Glass Ceiling
•    Tapping into Your 401k for your Next Business Venture
•    Community Impact: Leveraging Foundations
•    Government Money Isn't What it Used to Be
•    The Key to Building a Real Estate Empire

11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Higher Ed Expo
Representatives from colleges, universities and graduate schools will join us to answer your questions, provide insight into their unique offering, and share scholarship opportunities. Visit the Higher Ed Expo booths to explore your education opportunities.

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Crisis Management Session
Participants will be presented with a crisis scenario and will have a limited amount of time to develop a management strategy. This interactive session is designed to challenge participants to think quickly, prioritize and weigh risks vs. rewards to reach desirable outcomes. Participants will present their solution to a panel of judges who will critique the handling of the case and provide feedback.
Facilitator: Vanessa S. Vaughn

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Luncheon - Racial Equity by Design
Racial inequality has been embedded within our nation since its beginning, and it survives within our complex social structures.  This luncheon talk will investigate these contemporary realities and how to effect change within the systems that govern our businesses, institutions, and communities.
Emcee:  Cid Wilson | Speakers: Michelle Otero, Michael R. Wenger, Julie Pierce Williams
Sponsored by W.K. Kellogg Foundation

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Breakout Sessions

  • Leading with Purpose
  • How to Boost Your Social Media Followers
  • Bitcoin & the Blockchain: The Future of Money
  • Beyond Out: Corporate Leadership and LGBTQ+
  • Multicultural Marketing: Refining the Message
  • Overcoming Your Fear of Entrepreneurship

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Build a Better LinkedIn Profile
Whether you are a rising executive or an entrepreneur looking to expand your business, creating a professional brand that stands out to the right audience is your key to success. What do your customers, associates, employees or peers say about you? Your answer to that question defines your professional brand.
Presenters: Tyrona (Ty) Heath, Jacqueline Jones

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Collegiate Partnership Receptions
Collegiate Partners are invited to attend a welcoming reception and celebrate with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.

6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Prospanica Brillante Gala
Ticketed event.
Prospanica’s annual Brillante Gala celebrates the year’s achievements and highlights the path ahead. During the Gala, Prospanica recognizes the recipients of the Brillante Awards, which honor the individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the educational, economic and social well-being of the Hispanic community.