The National Black MBA Conference (NBMBAA), or as it’s better known “National Black,” is a yearly conference and expo, held every September in a different city, that targets past, current, and future black MBAs. This September, the conference will take place in Orlando, FL. It is the preeminent national event for black MBAs, but in recent years the attendance at the event has become even more diverse with students from all backgrounds attending the event to take advantage of all the offerings.
National Black presents an array of learning and development opportunities for attendees, but the most popular aspects fall in the below four categories:
The primary reason why National Black has become a more diverse event is because of the fantastic recruiting opportunities. The conference boasts a massive job fair where many of the world’s top companies like General Mills, Microsoft, and Deloitte connect with MBA students. This job fair represents an excellent opportunity for students to meet influential recruiters and target companies. Each company utilizes the conference a little bit differently but relationships forged at National Black can lead to placement on the interview “closed list” back on campus. But why wait to get back to campus? Some companies will actually even interview candidates right on-site at the conference. The event has allocated space for companies to interview attendees they have vetted in advance or those met during the job fair. Opportunities to interview exist for both 1st year and 2nd year students so it is possible for any MBA student to walk away with a job.
The conference boasts tons of speakers and events geared towards developing the future business leaders of tomorrow, which provides a great learning experience for attendees. Scholarship events, workshop seminars and case competitions round out the enrichment opportunities at National Black. With a full schedule of events, National Black represents the perfect opportunity for an attendee to immerse themselves in the business conversations of the day.
With so many MBAs in one location the networking opportunities are unparalleled. The event has begun to represent a yearly gathering of the nation’s best and brightest minority business professionals. Schools and companies typically host events for current students to connect with alums to foster continued generational relationships. The networking opportunities for attendees with recruiters were covered above and represent an overwhelming draw to the conference.
National Black would not be a true business school event if there was not a social component right? National Black is littered with a bevy of parties, mixers, and dinners thrown by companies. Some are recruiting focused but most are oriented around pure and unadulterated fun! Companies like Diageo and Target throw yearly parties, which have become some of the hardest tickets to secure at National Black, including major headlining musical acts.
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Dozie A. is a Veritas Prep Head Consultant for the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. His specialties include consulting, marketing, and low GPA/GMAT applicants. You can read more of his articles here.