REBUILD, RECONNECT, REENGAGE
The Kansas City Chapter of the National Black MBA Association is an integral part of the Kansas City Community. With over 20 years of creating educational programs, building relationships, connecting people and businesses in the community, the organization looks toward its future with relentless optimism and commitment. Considering the humble beginnings from which this organization emanated, it stands as an exemplar of excellence. There have been several changes, occasions for professional growth, and its members have received multiple opportunities to experience success. The chapter continually seeks mutual collaboration from other like-minded professionals and strives to increase membership. As their moniker states, their desire is to “empower visionaries” and anyone who is a member of this organization will obtain access to a realm that will cause them to perform better in the workplace, be more civically aware, culturally conscious and socially active.
About the National Black MBA Association®
The founders of the organization envisioned that African Americans were not only were essential to diversity in the business world, but were the key to changing the landscape of their communities economic and intellectual wealth.
Established in 1970, the National Black MBA Association® (NBMBAA®) is dedicated to developing partnerships that result in the creation of intellectual and economic wealth in the black community through its five channels of engagement; education, career, leadership, entrepreneurship, and lifestyle. The growth of NBMBAA® is evident with 46 chapters, 28 collegiate chapters, a membership base of more than 9,500 and more than 450 corporate partners.
We are a self-selected affinity group dedicated to empowering visionaries through five channels of engagement:
- Education: Building a Solid Pipeline
- Career: Commitment to Measurable Success
- Leadership: Building Core Competencies
- Entrepreneurship: Creating Wealth and Value
- Lifestyle: Meaning, Balance, and Sustainability
Chapter History and Vision
The Kansas City Chapter of the National Black MBA Association® (NBMBAA®) started as an interim chapter in 1988. In 1995, at the National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts, founding members Lawrence Lee, Sylvia Patillo, and others successfully petitioned for the chapter to receive full chapter status, with all associated voting rights. The chapter received its 501(c) 3 designation in 1996 and was also incorporated in the State of Missouri at that time. The chapter’s mission is to assist in the professional, entrepreneurial, economic, and intellectual development of its members, corporate partners, and community-at-large.
Mozella Jenkins was elected the first formal chapter President for the 1996 -1997 term. Under her leadership the chapter flourished by creating a series of firsts; one of the most notable being awarded Chapter of the Year at the national convention. The Kansas City organization is the only chapter that has been recognized in its first year of full status chapter. The Chapter was recognized with this prestigious Award again in 2003 under the leadership of Fred Phillips. Under his guidance the chapter, awarded over $20,000 in scholarships to local high school and undergraduate students. To date, the chapter has awarded over $50,000 in scholarships. At our annual, “Honors Reception” hosted this year by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, the chapter will again provide assistance to students seeking to further their educational aspirations. The Kansas City Chapter will also recognize our corporate partners, local business and civic leaders that demonstrate the core values of the organization.
There have been several presidents at the helm of the organization that contributed to the solid foundation of the Kansas City Chapter; Fred Shadding, Kristi Gaylord Lacy, Toni Johnson, Shinta Hinshaw, LaChondra Nevins, Mario Mayberry, Catrice McNeeley. Mozella Jenkins has been re-elected and sits as the current president. Each leader has added a different dynamic to this organization, along with their highly dedicated Executive Boards and Committee Chairs. Their leadership and commitment have made them a significant part of the Kansas City community’s landscape. These men and women have produced a collegial organization that nurtures positive professional relationships. The chapter has developed ties with several Kansas City based institutions and regional businesses, such as: Sprint and the Sprint Foundation, the University of Missouri- Kansas City, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Hallmark Cards, the Kauffman Foundation, Yellow Freight, Carter Broadcast Group, the University of Kansas-Edwardsville Campus, the United Missouri Bank, the Walmart Foundation, Park University, New York Life, Target, the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, the Kansas City Power and Light District and PNC Bank.
Today the chapter is an avid partner in the Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) program and works with high school students to help them focus on and acquire access to a college education. Theresa Trussell was the Kansas City Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) program’s first chairperson. The program has grown since then and is currently chaired by Tina Saulsbury. The Greater Kansas City YMCA Young Achievers Program will partner with the Kansas City Leaders of Tomorrow. This is another landmark occasion. On June 20, 2014, the Kansas City chapter’s LOT students participated in the NBMBAA Success Boot Camp at Ohio State University. The participants had an opportunity to win scholarships toward their future undergraduate education.
The Essential Five
After perusing John Maxwell’s book, The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, it can be duly noted that five of the most essential qualifications businesses are looking for today from its leaders are:
How a leader deals with the circumstances of life tells you many things about his or her character. Crisis doesn’t necessarily make character, but it certainly does reveal it. Adversity is a crossroads that makes a person choose one of two paths: character or compromise. Every time a leader chooses character, he or she becomes stronger, even if that choice brings negative consequences. The development of character is at the heart of our development not just as leaders, but as human beings.
If you want to be an effective leader, you have to be committed. True commitment inspires and attracts people. It shows them that you have conviction. They will believe in you only if you believe in your cause. As the Law of Buy-In states, people buy into the leader, then the vision.
Commitment starts in the heart. If you want to make a difference in other people’s lives as a leader, look into your heart to see if you’re really committed. The only real measure of commitment is action. And there will be times when commitment is the only thing that carries you forward.
If you desire to be an effective leader, having a positive attitude is essential. It not only determines your level of contentment as a person, but it also has an impact on how others interact with you. Your attitude is a choice. No matter what happened to you yesterday, your attitude is your choice today. Your attitude determines your actions. You can choose your attitude, you can change it.
No one achieves and sustains success without self-discipline. It positions a leader to go to the highest level and is key to leadership that lasts. If you can determine what’s really a priority and release yourself from everything else, it’s a lot easier to follow through on what’s important. And that’s the essence of self-discipline. Self-discipline can’t be a one-time event. It has to become a lifestyle. To develop a lifestyle of discipline, one of your tasks must be to challenge and eliminate any tendency to make excuses. The next time you’re facing a must-do task and you’re thinking of doing what’s convenient instead of paying the price, change your focus. Count the benefits of doing what’s right and then dive in.
Leaders face the danger of contentment with the status quo. After all, if a leader already possesses influence and has achieved a level of respect, why should he or she keep growing? The answer is –– your growth determines who you are, and who you are determines who you attract, and who you attract determines the success of your organization. If you want to grow your organization, you have to remain teachable. Some people mistakenly believe that if they can accomplish a particular goal, they no longer have to grow. It can happen with almost anything: earning a degree, reaching a desired position, receiving a particular award or achieving a financial goal. But effective leaders cannot afford to think that way. The day they stop growing is the day they forfeit their potential— and the potential of the organization.
These characteristics will benefit every professional in the corporate arena.
Our Speaker Series provides opportunities for individuals to empower and enlighten their knowledge base through a variety of avenues of interest. Participants learn how to: Build a Legacy Through Servant Leadership; Professional Development – Reinventing Yourself; Intellectual Wealth Building; Work-Life-Balance Conversations; Leadership Views of Diversity and Inclusion; Chasing Your Passion Having An Entrepreneurial Spirit; Educational Advancement; as well as, a College Fair MBA ROI (Return On Investment). Cocktails and Connections allows participants to network, connect with members, mentors, community leaders, and other business professionals.
“It is our mission to continue to lead in the creation of economic and intellectual wealth by empowering minority business professionals through a wide range of business forces, including career and educational programs, entrepreneurship, lifestyle, and leadership.”
At our core value is the empowering of minority business professionals by committing to make a sustainable and impactful difference in the communities we enrich, work, and serve in. The footprint we will strive to leave in the community is only accomplished when we have successfully eliminated impoverishment in terms of education, economic opportunities and personal improvements. The organization remains relevant today because when predominantly African American communities are successful, the community in whole benefits from that success. It is in part the needed leadership from African American professionals to continue to serve their communities and honor the legacy from which we can ill afford to allow to fade from memory.