I would like to take a moment to share with you a recap of our 2015 events. If you joined us, take a moment to reflect. If you missed us, we would love to see you in 2016!
A special thank you to our members, corporate and community partners/members and advocates for your support over the past year.
President, NBMBAA Cleveland NEO Chapter
LaRese Purnell, CFO and Chief
Executive Staff, THE WORD Church
The Cleveland NEO Chapter gathered for its first event of the year excited to bring together business professionals in the community! For the kick-off event it was important to the Board to have an event with complimentary parking and admission, great food, networking and an intellectual growth opportunity
Kevin Johnson,NBMBAA Cleveland NEO
Advisor, Darrell Johnson,Immediate Past
President,and Kimberley Spates, VP of
Finance (left to right)
We were excited to bring business professionals back to the Karamu House for an evening of networking and to view the performance of "The Wiz"
The Karamu House is the oldest African American theater in the United States. It was a pleasure to join them as they celebrated 100 years in the community.
What a memorable performance!
Members of the NBMBAA Cleveland
Executive Board and Interim Executive
Director of CAAO pose for a shot with some
members of the 'The Wiz" cast.
LOT students had a busy 2015 and are still going! One moment they were wrapping up their 2014-2015 final presentations. Then selected students traveled to Houston, Texas for the NBMBAA Business Case Competition where they presented ideas on how Whole Foods could grow its stores over a period of time. In September, a couple more students traveled to Orlando, Florida for a week long success boot camp.
Before they knew it a new session kicked-off in October. They even leveraged a morning of their winter vacation to hear a panel of Cleveland Clinic professionals speak about their careers, network with panelists afterwards on their own and walked away with business cards in hand! How many of us was doing this in high school? Wow!
Selected LOT members and their leaders travel to Houston, Texas for the NBMBAA Business Case Competition
Elaine Gollate, Principal of Jane Addams Business Careers Center welcomes the LOT students and shares the value of the recently established partnership of her school with the Cleveland NEO Chapter
Tammy Monroe, LOT volunteer reviews student expectations at 2015-2016 LOT kick-off.
Despite a busy evening of sports in downtown Cleveland, it was a terrific turn out for the event. Participants were given a review on the economy and monetary policy as well as an insightful discussion around the impact of minorities. Human Resources made themselves available to discuss open fed jobs and reviewed resumes on the spot. The evening ended with additional networking and hors d'oeuvres.
Diana Starks, Federal Reserve
Bank of Cleveland and NBMBAA
Cleveland NEO President
We support Corporate NEO Chapter ,
Members of the
Conference was amazing! The speakers, professional development, networking, and career fair opportunities, etc. made this an experience no one ever forgets.
Membership has it privileges! Some members of the Cleveland NEO Chapter had an opportunity to hang out with Hill Harper at his private party at Conference (pictured).
Join us in New Orleans in 2016!
NBMBAA Town Hall Luncheon featuring keynote
speaker, Don Thompson, Former President and
Ronald Jones, CEO & President of
Copious Group, LLC; President & COO
of New Horizons Baking Company
Start-up companies tend to fail, can you stay alive? Taking risks and managing tough choices. Leveraging your own skill set will cost you less in the long run. Ron Jones addressed these points and more. Many participants leveraged the break to continue the discussion.
Gloria Ware brought it all together and shared tools and resources that would be helpful to entrepreneurs and more importantly how JumpStart could be utilized and the positive impact it is having in the community.
Collette Laisure, PNC Financial Services
It was a pleasure to not only have PNC sponsor this event, but for all of our corporate sponsors to collaborate and provide insight, expertise and one on one resume and career advise to all participants.
The Cleveland Chapter Executive Board with Corporate Partners
who came out to support the event.
Rebecca Talley, SVP, Director,
Investment Operations & Wealth
Management Technology, KeyCorp
Angela Eichleberger, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Program Manager, said a few words on behalf of Cleveland Clinic
Ron Mickler, Jr. M.Ed. Interim Director, Graduate Programs, Cleveland State University
Special honor to Brenda Ewart, Michael Gaston, and Frank Edmonds III who earned the 2015 Outstanding Member of the Year Award
Tammy Monroe, winner of the 2015 Volunteer of the Year Award for her commitment to our Leaders of Tomorrow students.