Kent State and the National Black MBA Association Cleveland Northeast Ohio Chapter Are “Getting Down to Business” in Support of Student Success

Transitioning from college life to the work world can be a harrowing experience for just about anyone: figuring out what to wear, how to effectively network, interview protocol – it is difficult to know where to start. Fortunately, help is on the way.

On Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Kent State University, along with the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) Cleveland Northeast Ohio Chapter, will host an event titled “Your Career: Getting Down to Business – Setting Goals, Growing Your Network and Grooming Success” in the recently opened Integrated Sciences Building at Kent State. This event will serve as the chapter’s launch of an initiative designed to deepen relationships with undergraduate and graduate students throughout Northeast Ohio, and to help students and soon to-be-graduates navigate the sometimes difficult path into that first job and career. 

“The value of being a part of a trusted organization that provides black professionals with the platform for professional development, leadership, networking and scholarship opportunities is important and can be a big contributor to our members’ success – first as a student, and throughout one’s professional career journey,” said Shaquira Johnson, president of the National Black MBA Association Cleveland Northeast Ohio Chapter. “He or she has to take the time to invest in the future. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with Kent State University in creating a model we can potentially replicate with other colleges and universities in the area. As a chapter, we want to open doors of opportunity for more students and business professionals, and for them to experience success when they step through those doors.”

Kent State students will have an opportunity to network with seasoned professionals from the Northeast Ohio business community, including representatives from KeyBank, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, PNC and others. Scheduled activities include a brief discussion on how to effectively network, leverage alumni connections to meet career goals, the importance of lifelong learning as a career strategy and preparing for success. Additionally, 2017 National Black MBA Association scholarship recipients from Kent State will be recognized.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for African-American students at Kent State, and we are excited to deepen our relationship with the National Black MBA Association Cleveland Northeast Ohio Chapter,” said James Blank, dean of Kent State’s College of Arts and Sciences. “I know that our students will benefit from this collaboration and the chance to see and speak to African-American business leaders, some of whom are also Kent State alumni from throughout Northeast Ohio. It is fantastic for all majors and disciplines since more than half of MBA graduates have an undergraduate degree outside of business and one-third of all Fortune 500 CEOs have a liberal arts degree. This underscores the fact that business relies on individuals with varying perspectives and skill sets – the humanities, communications, science and technology. It runs the gamut.”

To learn more about “Your Career: Getting Down to Business” and to register, please visit under featured events. 

About National Black MBA Association Cleveland Northeast Ohio Chapter
National Black MBA Association Cleveland Chapter, established in 1985, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) professional member-based organization which leads in the creation of educational and career opportunities for black professionals, and is one of 45 professional chapters represented nationally. The National Black MBA Association Cleveland Northeast Ohio Chapter provides professional development, networking and scholarship opportunities to its members through the development of strategic relationships with corporate and community partners. Through its five channels of engagement – career, education, entrepreneurship, leadership and lifestyle – intellectual and economic wealth is stimulated in the black community.

For more information about the National Black MBA Association Cleveland Northeast Ohio Chapter, visit

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Media Contacts:
Sandra Morgan,, 330-672-8986
Shaquira Johnson,, 216-285-0338
​Emily Vincent,, 330-672-8595

POSTED: Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 10:45am
UPDATED: Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 10:46am
Sandra Morgan