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Sunday 9/24

8:00 am - 5:00 pm
CertifiNOW™ PMP/CAPM Prep (Day 1)
Pre-registration required.
Project management training course for the PMP® and CAPM® exams for professionals and consultants in virtually every major industry.
Speaker: Floyd Trotman III

Monday 9/25

8:00 am - 5:00 pm
CertifiNOW™ PMP/CAPMPrep (Day 2)
Project management training course for the PMP® and CAPM® exams for professionals and consultants in virtually every major industry.
Speaker: Floyd Trotman III

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Continuing Education Session: Kickstart Your Business
Pre-registration required.
This course explores the fundamentals of creating a small business – from scratch – the right way, in order to set a course for long-term success and sustainability. Experience a one-day intensive with practical, hands-on instruction for converting an idea, an invention or a concept into an actual, fully incorporated legal entity that is positioned to do business and generate revenue immediately.
Instructors: Vic Bolton and Karen Swain

Tuesday 9/26

8:00 am - 5:00 pm
CertifiNOW™ PMP/CAPM Prep (Day 3)
Project Management training course for the PMP® and CAPM® exams for professionals and consultants in virtually every major industry.
Speaker: Floyd Trotman III

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Continuing Education Session: Kickstart Your Business
Pre-registration required.
This course explores the fundamentals of creating a small business – from scratch – the right way, in order to set a course for long-term success and sustainability. Experience a one-day intensive with practical, hands-on instruction for converting an idea, an invention or a concept into an actual, fully incorporated legal entity that is positioned to do business and generate revenue immediately.
Instructors: Vic Bolton and Karen Swain

9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Continuing Education Session: Creating Presentations That Deliver Results
Pre-registration required.
This interactive workshop focuses on helping participants learn the building blocks of creating effective presentations that get results. At some point in our lives, we all have to deliver a presentation - whether it's to a crowd of a 1,000 or just to our boss. We often have a lot weighing on the outcome of these presentations - from startup funding to career advancement - yet most of us don't know how to create presentations that really deliver. It can take years of trial and error to get it right, or simply learning a few best practices that even non-designers can use to create powerful, impactful decks.
Speaker: Marcie Braden

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
CEO Reception (Invitation-only reception.)

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Welcome Reception - Rep Your School!
Join us for a Welcome Reception to network with your fellow attendees before the Conference begins on Wednesday.

Wednesday 9/27

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
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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

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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.

Thursday 9/28

6:30 am - 7:30 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 - 6:00 pm
Employment Network

  • Employment Network
  • All Access
  • TBD

8:45 am - 9:00 am
Ribbon Cutting
The official opening of the 2017 Career Expo floor

9:00 am - 4:00 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 – 8:00PMSponsored by Delta Air Lines
  • Graduate Case Competition 8:00 am – 6:30PMSponsored by Fiat Chrysler Automotive, LLC

9:00 am - 11:00 am
Career Expo: Members Only
Approximately 300 corporations will have representatives on the Career Expo floor. Gather information, book interviews and network with exhibitors. **To take full advantage of the Career Expo, please upload your resume to the Prospanica website as soon as possible. Employers begin reviewing resumes over the summer to book interviews.**

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Opening Keynote: Uncharitable
Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities.
Emcee: Valerie Love
Keynote Speaker: Dan Pallotta - Author, Uncharitable
Remarks: Marvin Washington, Director & Head of Body, Exterior & Raw Materials Purchasing, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, LLC

11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Meet the Experts in Sessions

  • Meet the Experts: Navigating the New Way of Working
  • Meet the Experts: Work Full of Life – Where Innovation and Service Intersect
  • Meet the Experts: The Elephant in the Room – The Courageous Yet Uncomfortable Conversation
  • Meet the Experts: Leading with Heart: Delivering Innovation that Improves Lives
  • Meet the Experts: A C-Suite Master Class: Lessons in Leadership
  • Meet the Experts: Passion, Pivot, Perform: Break Out and Break In

11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Career Expo - All Access
Approximately 300 corporations will have representatives on the Career Expo floor. Gather information, schedule interviews and network with exhibitors. **To take full advantage of the Career Expo, please upload your resume to the Prospanica Job Board as soon as possible. Employers begin reviewing resumes over the summer to book interviews.**

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12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Luncheon – The CEOs
“The CEO’s” Luncheon Panel of Fortune 500 business leaders is a dynamic discussion on the Power of Performance and the necessity of Next-Level Leadership to enable significant results. This session is designed to encourage and guide our conference attendees into taking steps to increase their performance to move to the next level.
Emcee: Anthony Lopez | Remarks: Verdun Perry, Ramon Jones, SVP
Presenters: Catherine LeBlanc, Mel Parker | Moderator: Carla Harris
Panelists: Bill Lacey, Arne Sorenson, Lisa Wardell
Sponsored by Nationwide

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Breakout Sessions
•    Risk vs. Reward: High Stakes Decision Making
•    The Business Implications of Artificial Intelligence
•    Doing Business in Africa: Entrepreneurship Meets Social Investment
•    Private Equity 101
•    Coalition Building: The Power of Partnership
•    Taking the Franchise Route

4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Scale Up Pitch Challenge Finals
Finalists in this entrepreneurship contest will pitch their "big idea" to a panel of qualified judges. Judges are looking for scalable, disruptive ideas that are supported with product-market fit and a solid business foundation. The winner will receive $50,000 to help make their idea a reality.
Sponsored by FedEx
Remarks: Jason Campbell, Donald Comer
Emcee: Cassius F. Butts
Keynote speaker: Rep. Chris Rabb

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Marriott Ownership Session: Investment and Ownership Opportunities in the Hotel Industry
Join Marriott leaders for a brief presentation on the hotel industry and discuss the opportunity to build long term wealth through hotel ownership.  Overview of the business, ownership structure, and financial commitment, as well as how to get started and what’s important to succeed.
Presenters: Julius Robinson, Christie Patterson

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hospitality Receptions (Networking Events)

8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Ritmo & Sabor Reception presented by Prospanica Philadelphia
Come experience Latino inspired art, music & dance performances at Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.  Tickets are $10, click here to register

Friday 9/29

6:30 am - 7:30 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 - 4:00 pm
Employment Network

  • Employment Network
  • All Access
  • TBD

9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Career Expo
Approximately 300 corporations will have representatives on the Career Expo floor. Gather information, book interviews and network with exhibitors. **To take full advantage of the Career Expo, please upload your resume to the Prospanica Job Board as soon as possible. Employers begin reviewing resumes over the summer to book interviews.**

9:00 am - 10:30 am
Membership Meetings
NBMBAA® Membership Meeting

  • Members-only Annual Meeting
  • Please join the National Black MBA Association® as we host our Annual Membership Meeting.
  • Our President & CEO Jesse Tyson, Board Chair Bruce Thompson and National Headquarters executives would like to share with you a recap of our year, discuss some exciting things to come, and present the Chapter of the Year, [...]

Prospanica® Membership Meeting

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  • Prospanica® will host their own members-only annual meeting.

10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Breakout Sessions
•    Keep the Torch Lit: Leading with Relevance and Cultural Authenticity
•    Success in a Sharing Economy
•    So You Want to Be an Ex-Pat?
•    How to Retire by 40
•    Getting a Job Offer through Non-Traditional Means
•    How to Make Your Side Hustle Your Main Hustle

12:10 pm – 1:45 pm
Special Session: Business of Sports
The panelists composed of sports business executives will reflect on their success as well as their failures, lessons learned and moments of triumph. Navigating the twists and turns of their careers, they will discuss the next-level adjustments needed to succeed in the business of sports.
Moderator: Kevin Blackistone - ESPN Commentator
Panelists: Mark O’Brien, Keisha Taylor, Dr. Kenneth Shropshire, Lara Price

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Breakout Sessions
•    Leadership in a Difficult Climate
•    How Your Start-Up Can Close the Wealth Gap
•    BRIC: Capitalizing on Burgeoning Markets
•    The Art of Negotiation
•    Mastering the Career Pivot
•    Embracing Intraprenuership

2:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Case Competition Showcase & Reception
Graduate Competition finalists will present their case solutions. Graduate & Undergraduate Case Competition winners will be announced.

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm
Am I My Sister’s Keeper?
Diversity has taken center stage around Women, but women of color aren’t being elevated at the same rates. Is there enough discussion around the challenges experienced by women of color or enough focus on building the right sponsorship and pathways for women of color to succeed in today’s climate?  Am I my sister’s keeper?
Sponsored by Bank of America

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
2017 Impact Awards
The NBMBAA® Impact Awards recognize the members, Chapters, Partners and others who have demonstrated exceptional service of the organization's mission and goals.
MC: Tamron Hall

10:00 pm - 2:00 am
MBA Live ®
Tickets required. MBA Live ® includes a Friday night concert and Saturday day party. This lifestyle event allows attendees to unwind and balance their focused and aligned week of exploration and innovation with fun and excitement.

Saturday 9/30

7:30 am - 10:00 am
Leaders of Tomorrow® 5k Charity Walk
Pre-registration required
Join your fellow attendees in this 5k Charity Walk through downtown Philadelphia to raise fitness awareness and donations for the organization.

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Leaders of Tomorrow® Charity Poker Tournament
Put your risk vs. reward skills to the test in this charity poker tournament to support the organization.