NATIONAL BLACK MBA ASSOCIATION-SF 2019 Spring Newsl
May 23, 2019
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National Black MBA - San Francisco
Spring 2019 Newsletter
Celebrating our Chapter's 40th Anniversary
(Incorporated in 1989)
Established in 1970, the National Black MBA Association is dedicated to developing partnerships that result in the creation of intellectual and economic wealth in the Black community. In partnership with over 400 of the country’s top business organizations, the Association has inroads into a wide range of industries as well as the public and private sector. Yet all of NBMBAA’s partners have one thing in common: they are all committed to the organization’s goals and values.
The National Black MBA Association will be the premier business organization serving Black professionals.
The National Black MBA Association leads in the creation of educational opportunities and economic growth for African-Americans. We serve to:
Provide innovative programs to stimulate their intellectual and economic growth
Build partnerships with key stakeholders who help facilitate this growth
Increase awareness and facilitate access to graduate management education programs and career opportunities in management field
2019 San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Goals:
Increase membership by 25% and member engagement
Increase member access to financial and entrepreneurship awareness through Bay Area partnerships and opportunities.
Continue to provide corporate partners with access to talent through our Professional and Student members.
If you are not a current member, take your career path to that next level and become a member today!
Special Note & Election of San Francisco Bay Area Officers
Dear NBMBAA® San Francisco Bay Area Members,
The NBMBAA® San Francisco Bay Area Chapter’s current President, Deborah Watson, will seek to continue as the current President, for an additional two years. Due to personal commitments, Melsha Key has decided not to accept the role of President for the next term. In addition, the NBMBAA® San Francisco Bay Area Chapter has two incumbents seeking additional terms.
Please review each biography and vote for any or all candidates, via the link below:
☐ Melsha Winchester (incumbent VP of Administration, seeking additional term)
☐ Marilyn Galiothe (incumbent Treasurer seeking additional term)
To be appointed to the Board, each candidate must be ratified by a vote of the NBMBAA® San Francisco Bay Area Chapter members. Each candidate has proven his/her adherence to the mission and objectives of the Association.
Voting will conclude on Friday, June 7 at 5:00 p.m. PST. Each individual candidate must receive a majority from the returned membership ballots to be eligible for appointment to the Board of Directors during the 2019-2020 term.
Thank you for your continued participation in the 2019-2020 NBMBAA® Board of Directors election process.
National Black MBA Association® Board of Directors
Nominating Committee Members: Cheryl Dorsey, Richard McNeal and Eugenia Wright
Recap of the Fourth Annual Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) Reception at Highlands Country Club, Oakland, CA on November 17, 2018
The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the NBMBAA has served high school youth through the Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) Program in the Bay Area since 2011. Teen members of the LOT Program will receive valuable guidance and education in the areas of leadership, career preparation, college preparation and financial literacy.
Our chapter also provides programs for nearly 300 members in the areas of Career, Entrepreneurship, Education, Leadership, and Lifestyle. Learn more at sfnbmbaa.org.
We encourage your contribution to and support of this invaluable educational/community mentorship program.
Team Members and Guests Who Were in Attendance at the LOT Reception
Myisha R. Robertson, Kaiser Permanente
Special Recognition and Sponsor of the Year Award
Master of Ceremonies: Armand Carr, KBLX 102.9
Undergraduate Scholarship Award Winner:Harrison Harvey, St. John's University
Graduate Scholarship Award Winner:Victoria Ononye, UC Berkeley
How to Work a Room for Optimal Results (When You Don’t Know What to Talk About)
Blog Post by Larisa Troche
Networking. Some people love it. Some people hate it. Some people are expert networkers. Others, not so much. How about you – where do you fit in? Even “good” networkers have an off day, right?
Several years ago, before I even considered jumping into the fray, I had dinner with a colleague (we were part of our university’s alumni board of directors) and I was fascinated to learn that he had not one, but two more meetings after our dinner! First of all, I admired his stamina, and secondly, I was in awe of his “busyness.” What a popular guy!
Here it is several years later and last week I found myself having a series of back-to-back days, with multiple networking events to attend. Luckily, for the most part traffic cooperated and I was able to make all my meetings. Some things, however, were out of my hands, such as the venue for one of the events turned out not to be available (someone walked off with the keys). We ended up meeting at a nearby restaurant.
So. Given that we must meet as many potential clients as possible, we need to get out and do a bit of the meet-and-greet. Consider flexing your “yes” muscle and taking on new opportunities to meet people. You can be really focused and drill down deep into industry-specific associations and events – expertise has value and is a really good way to grow your business. Pick a niche, learn as much as you can about a particular area so you can provide greater service to your clients.
But don’t forget you can also find clients in social settings as well. And by social, mostly I mean meeting people outside of your specific field. You never know whom you might meet. It may or may not be a direct customer acquisition; it may end up being a referral. So say yes, and learn to meet people from different arenas.
Feeling nervous? Just say “hi!” A warm smile helps, too. Extend your arm in handshake mode and say “Hi, my name is____. What’s your name?” People will automatically respond to an outstretched hand and welcoming smile. My modus operandi, in particular when I’m just not feeling it, is to act as host – even though I’m not necessarily the person holding the event. Making others comfortable takes the pressure off me. Introduce the party to others you have met at the event, if you feel it will be helpful, or even just to widen the conversation and potential opportunities. Becoming known as a “business connector” widens your sphere of influence – you become the person to know.
Networking can be considered a bit of an art, more so than an exact science. But there are certainly specific steps you can take to fill your world with many conversations had and business deals done!
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Annual Summer BBQ at Marina Park, San Leandro, CA – June 15, 2019 (More details to come)
Summer Professional Networking Mixer at alaMar Kitchen & Bar, Oakland, CA – July 25, 2019 (More details to come)
San Francisco Bay Area - NBMBAA Chapter Volunteer Opportunities
The SFNBMBAA is always looking for new and current members who are willing to lend a helping hand and support personal career growth. Volunteering is an excellent way to hone your skill set, while working with a great team of leaders who are committed to achieving the same goals.
Whether you're a student or a seasoned executive, the SFNBMBAA could use your help in the following areas:
Volunteer Community Outreach
If you are interested, please click the Volunteer Today! button below and state your area of interest in the email.