City of Philadelphia Welcomes National Black MBA Association® and Prospanica® for the 2017 Annual Conference and Exposition in Joint Press Conference

PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#NBMBAA–The National Black MBA Association® (NBMBAA®) and
Prospanica® were joined yesterday by the Mayor of
Philadelphia Jim Kenney, Philadelphia Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
CEO & President Julie Coker Graham, and other distinguished elected
officials, and corporate leaders to welcome the 2017 Annual Conference &
Exposition to the City. The joint conference will take place in
Philadelphia, PA, September 26 – 30, 2017 at the Pennsylvania Convention

Mayor Kenney offered a warm welcome from the City while sharing his
excitement about the thousands of attendees from NBMBAA® and
Prospanica® who will convene for the largest diversity career
expo in the country. NBMBAA® President and CEO Jesse Tyson
touched on the rich history of the Philadelphia area while reflecting on
the last conference held in the city in 2003 and his vision for the
future. “In projecting a legacy of excellence, we strive to leave an
impact on our youth, as well as seasoned professionals, promoting
powerful performance through leadership to keep them engaged in forward
momentum,” said Tyson.

Thomas Savino, President and CEO, Prospanica® spoke about the
need for inclusivity in the corporate landscape and the important role
organizations like Prospanica® and NBMBAA® play to
keep the message in the forefront of business leaders. “Diverse
employees bring to the table diverse insights that are an asset to
companies across all industry categories,” said Savino. “I encourage our
Corporate partners to continue to have an intentional approach to
address Diversity and Inclusion in these three key fundamental areas:
Human Resources, Consumer Outreach and Supplier Diversity – to ensure a
promising future for everyone

Julie Coker Graham, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention and
Visitor’s Bureau stated the city’s hospitality industry is ready to
welcome attendees with a projected $10.3 million economic impact of the
conference to the region.

Final remarks were from the host city Chapter Presidents, Sharana
Worsley (Philadelphia NBMBAA®) and Natily Santos
(Philadelphia Prospanica®) who shared individual chapter
achievements, corporate chapter sponsor acknowledgements and
anticipation for the upcoming conference.

Guests in attendance at the press conference included Greg DeShields,
Executive Director at PHL Diversity Multicultural Affairs; Harold Epps,
Director of Commerce; Dominique Casimir, Philadelphia Department of
Public Property; JoAnne Epps, Temple University Provost and 2017
Conference Honorary Co-Chair; Anh Trieu, Comcast; Yocasta Lora, AARP;
Leslie Wood, Campbell Soup Company; Louis Rodriguez, Greater
Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Monica Burch, Citizens

The press conference was emceed by Philadelphia veteran radio
personality and host of Soulful Sunday on 100.3 WRNB-FM, Dyana Williams,
who highlighted new and featured conference programs, events and
speakers which include:

  • A Career Expo that will feature over 300 corporations searching for
    qualified diverse talent for a broad range of opportunities for all
    career levels
  • The inaugural Higher Education Expo for high school students that will
    connect them to various collegiate and resource partners to assist
    with college preparation
  • The Scale-Up Pitch Challenge sponsored by FedEx which is a business
    pitch competition with a top prize of $50,000
  • Various fundraisers like the Leaders of Tomorrow® 5K
    Charity Walk in partnership with Black Girls Run®, Leaders
    of Tomorrow® Charity Poker Tournament, the Impact
    Awards hosted by award-winning broadcast journalist, Tamron Hall, and
    the Prospanica® Annual Brillante Gala.

This year’s Conference theme “The 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 career opportunities. Confirmed speakers include author,
world-renowned speaker Dr. Eric Thomas; Dan Pallotta, popular TED
Speaker and author of Uncharitable, Arne Sorenson, President and CEO,
Marriott International, Inc., and many others.

For a full list of sessions, speakers, events and registration
information visit:

Conference media credentials can be requested at:

About National Black MBA Association®

NBMBAA® is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) professional member-based
organization which leads in the creation of educational and career
opportunities for black professionals. Representing more than 9,800
members within 45 professional chapters, 33 Leaders of Tomorrow®
(LOT®) chapters, and 300+ corporate and university partners,
the organization is dedicated to developing partnerships that create
intellectual and economic wealth in the Black community through its five
channels of engagement: career, education, entrepreneurship, leadership
and lifestyle. For more information, visit

About Prospanica®

Prospanica®, is the non-profit organization dedicated to
empowering Hispanics to reach their full educational, economic, and
social potential. Founded in 1988 as the National Society of Hispanic
MBAs (NSHMBA), Prospanica® is The Association of Hispanic
Professionals with more than 46 Professional and University Chapters
across the U.S. and Puerto Rico dedicated to help professionals,
graduate and undergraduate business students, entrepreneurs and Fortune
500 partners build on connections and career development to fortify the
Hispanic workforce. For more information, visit


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