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Last Updated on February 20, 2024 by Robert C. Hoopes

The National Black MBA Association: Empowering Minority Graduate Business Students Since 1970

Founded in April 1970, the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) has been a prominent supporter of minority graduate business students for over five decades. The organization was formed during a tumultuous time in race relations in downtown Chicago, with the goal of investigating the positions and problems of black MBA candidates, exploring aspirations and future roles of black MBAs, and establishing a national professional association for black MBAs.

One of the founding members of NBMBAA, Alexander Gabbin, served as the treasurer for the inaugural 1970 conference. Gabbin has since had a distinguished career in accounting, highlighting the success and impact of NBMBAA in supporting black professionals in the business world.

Since its inception, NBMBAA has made significant strides in creating opportunities in education and wealth-building for historically underrepresented individuals. The organization was officially incorporated in New York in 1972 after a regional meeting.

Some key accomplishments of NBMBAA include creating the annual conference and exposition in 1979, launching the Leaders of Tomorrow scholarship program in 1992, and sponsoring the National Business Case Competition. These initiatives have helped to further the organization’s mission of supporting and empowering black MBAs.

The first conference in 1970 brought together faculty from 29 graduate business schools, corporate executives, VIPs, MBA alumni, and students. This event laid the foundation for NBMBAA to become a leading advocate for minority business students and professionals.

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As NBMBAA continues to grow and expand its reach, it remains dedicated to providing resources and opportunities for black MBAs to succeed in the business world. The organization’s commitment to diversity and inclusion has made it a valuable asset for minority graduate business students looking to advance their careers.

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