National Black MBA Association
Cleveland Northeast Ohio Chapter

2015 Year in Rewind

Let's Rewind and Playback 2015

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.


Shaquira Johnson

President, NBMBAA Cleveland NEO Chapter

Meet the Chapter Executive Board
"How to Build Financial Freedom"

Keynote Speaker:

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)

"The Wiz" at the
Karamu House

The NBMBAA Cleveland
NEO Chapter and the
Consortium of African
American Organizations

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.

"NBMBAA Cleveland NEO Chapter Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) Program

Chair: Past President, Jeanette Gordon Haynes
Co-Chair: Frank Edmonds III

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.

At the Top of the Fed

Keynote Speaker:
Mark Schweitzer, SVP,
External Outreach and
Regional Analytics, Federal
Reserve Bank of Cleveland

The NBMBAA Cleveland NEO
Chapter and the National

Society of Hispanic MBAs

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

NBMBAA Cleveland

NEO Chapte

NBMBAA National Conference and


Orlando, Florida

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

CEO McDonald's


So You Think You Want to be an

Keynote Speaker:

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 M. Ware, Principal Inclusion of Jumpstart, Inc.

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.

Career Coaching & Resume

Keynote Speaker:

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.

2015 Corporate Scholarships and
Awards Reception

Keynote Speaker:

Rebecca Talley, SVP, Director,

Investment Operations & Wealth

Management Technology, KeyCorp

This event continually allows our chapter to demonstrate our commitment to inspiring students in their educational journey and recognize our members and volunteers who are committed to carrying the chapter's vision forward. Here are the highlights:

  • Recognized Cleveland Clinic as 2015 NBMBAA Cleveland NEO Chapter Corporate Sponsor of the Year
  • Announced recently established partnership with Cleveland State University Monte Ahuja College of Business
  • Over $5,000 in scholarship dollars awarded on behalf of our sponsors and chapter
  • Honored Cleveland NEO Chapter's members who received 2015 Outstanding Member and the 2015 Volunteer of the Year awards

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.