ATLANTA — It was very apropos to hold the welcome reception for the 36th Annual National Black MBA Association Conference and Exposition at the newly erected College Football Hall of Fame. Much like the gridiron greats immortalized inside this impressive edifice, the conventioneers attending the NBMBAA Conference have taken their collective (academic) games to the highest levels.
Hundreds of the conventioneers adhered to the NBMBAA organizers’ request to “rep your school” at the welcoming reception while they enjoyed scrumptious delicacies, imbibed adult libations and danced to Juke Box who performed outstanding renditions of old school R&B and New Jack music that kept the dance floor packed.
The reception kicked off arguably the most prestigious of the major black conventions in the country, which officially began on Wednesday, Sept. 17 and runs through Saturday, Sept. 20.
Highlights of this year’s convention, spearheaded by the theme “The Art of Leadership,” include the Career Expo ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m.; the Town Hall Luncheon featuring basketball and business great Earvin “Magic” Johnson; a keynote address from the venerated “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts; and a plethora of leadership and career-advancing workshops for the upwardly mobile and CEO aspirants.
Partners powering the 2014 NBMBAA Conference and Exposition read like the Who’s Who of Fortune 500 corporations (and also included the creme de la creme of the greater Atlanta business community) including: Coca-Cola (which sponsored the Welcoming Reception), McDonalds, Exxon Mobile, Delta Airlines, Google, Chrysler, Ford/Lincoln, FedEx, Bank of America, Nationwide, Georgia Power, Georgia Pacific, SunTrust Bank, Cox Communication, Accenture, Starbucks, Harley Davidson, Marriott, and a cornucopia of other esteemed businesses.
Take a look at the photographic highlights from opening night of the 2014 NBMBAA Conference in Atlanta.