Black, Hispanic MBA Organizations Team Up for 2017 Empowerment Conference in Philly

Collaboration creates nation's largest conference and career event for professionals of color and Hispanics.

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The National Black MBA Association and Prospanica (formerly the National Society of Hispanic MBAs) have created a new strategic partnership to co-present the 39th Annual NBMBAA Conference and Career Exposition. The conference will occur in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sept. 26–30, 2017, and will include the Career Expo, as well as programming and workshops designed to address topics important to graduate students and executives of color.

National Black MBA Association, Empowering Visionaries. (PRNewsFoto/National Black MBA Association)
National Black MBA Association, Empowering Visionaries. (PRNewsFoto/National Black MBA Association)

The expertise of both organizations will enhance the conference with increased access to global corporations interested in recruiting diverse talent for management and executive-level positions, while fusing best practices from two industries to deliver value to corporate and educational partners.

The National Black MBA Association has nearly 10,000 members,” said Jesse Tyson, president & CEO of NBMBAA. “Identifying strategies to expand our reach and connect them to resources that spark career and economic growth is one of our main priorities.

“We are confident this collaboration will create new or renewed interest in our conference among current and potential partners, allowing us to increase our offerings and provide additional value.”

Founded in 1988 as the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA), Prospanica, is dedicated to empowering Hispanics to reach their full educational, economic and social potential.

Prospanica, the Association of Hispanic Professionals (PRNewsFoto/National Black MBA Association)
Prospanica, the Association of Hispanic Professionals (PRNewsFoto/National Black MBA Association)

“We need to make diversity work to our advantage and emphasize the power of our communities,” said Thomas Savino, CEO of Prospanica. “We are thrilled about this co-venture with NBMBAA’s conference to mainstream the power of our organizations next year.”

The conference theme, POWER of Performance: Leadership at The Next Level, will offer 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 conference averages over 10,000 attendees annually.

Dr. Dionne Mahaffey is an Atlanta-based writer, business psychologist and founder of The WhereU app. Follow her on Twitter @ATLcelebrity @WhereUCameFrom

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