Pictures of Power: National Black MBA Assoc. Press Conference in Atlanta

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    Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is a double graduate of esteemed HBCU Howard University, including a juris doctorate degree.

    ATLANTA — On Thursday afternoon, Atlanta City Hall was a treasure trove of American educational excellence.

    Already the epicenter of power in Atlanta and Georgia — and for the Southeast for that matter — the atrium inside city hall witnessed a cavalcade of many of the most accomplished African American businessmen and women in the metro area.

    Welcome to the National Black MBA Association Inc. 2014 Conference and Exposition.

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    Jesse J. Tyson, NBMBAA CEO and President; Erika Hayes James, dean of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School; and NBMBAA Atlanta Chapter President, Eric Harrison.

    Mayor Reed himself is a proud double graduate from Howard University, including a law degree. One of his closest advisors is a double-degreed individual. Not far from them sat, Dr. Beverly Tatum,  the current president of Spelman College. Tatum received her B.A. in psychology from Wesleyan University and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan. The rest of the room was filled with similarly impressive educational resumes.

    Reed raved over the return of the Black MBA Conference to the city of Atlanta, home of the most successful chapter within the national organization.

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    Dr. Beverly Tatum, president of Spelman College, and Cedric Mobley, a consultant.

    “More than 10,000 members will come to the city with an impact of more than $15 million,” Reed said. “And in the long term, it’s great for us because it brings back bright, talented young men and women back to our city to seek career opportunities.

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    Reed rightfully boasted that he will take part in a town hall meeting with none other than Magic Johnson, the legendary NBA player who transformed himself into a renowned businessman and philanthropist.

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    “It makes perfect sense that Atlanta, once again, will host the National Black MBA Conference,” the mayor continued. “Atlanta has long been a destination for leading young African American professionals, with more than ever coming to the city of Atlanta because of what we can offer, particularly with someone with an MBA (degree), and particularly for someone who wants to be an entrepreneur.”

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    Demetrius McCray, constituent services specialist, and Andrea Boone, commissioner, both with the Office of the Mayor.

    The NBMBAA Conference and Exposition takes place on Sept. 16-20 2014. Log onto http://www.nbmbaa.org or http://www.nbmbaaconference.org for more information.

    Take a look at the best photos from the NBMBAA press conference at Atlanta City Hall.

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