Atlanta — The National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) announced a partnership with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) to provide science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals with enhanced leadership development and access to the country’s top corporations with interest in recruiting management level professionals with experience in science and technology disciplines.

“The number of African Americans graduating with Master’s degrees in science and technology has increased in recent years, but still pales in comparison to the graduation rates of other ethnicities,” said Jesse Tyson, president & CEO, NBMBAA. “We are optimistic that this partnership will increase STEM engagement among African Americans in graduate programs and will help more students and professionals in science, technology engineering, and math achieve advanced degrees and management careers.”

The three-year partnership will provide members of both organizations with exclusive offers that will include membership discounts, continuing education programs, professional development, and other joint local chapter engagement initiatives.

“Today’s job market has shifted and many executives in science and technology fields need advanced degrees in business to secure leadership roles at top companies,” said Karl W. Reid, Ed.D, executive director, NSBE. “Our partnership with the National Black MBA Association will reinforce our commitment to developing and grooming our members to be able to compete globally.”

This announcement comes only weeks before the kickoff of the NBMBAA 38TH Annual Conference and Exposition being held in New Orleans, Oct. 11-15. The conference theme, “The Q Factor: Quality, a Leadership Paradigm,” highlights the importance of quality leadership and how it can be used to inspire, disrupt and transform the business landscape. Attendees can expect to learn more about marketing, business and leadership from the various workshops and events offered, including the Leadership Institute, an executive development program that offers cutting edge seminars facilitated by highly credentialed faculty, and the Entrepreneurial Institute®, a day long series of business development workshops.

Conference participants can also expect to connect with onsite recruiters from industry giants like Nationwide, Marriott International, PepsiCo, Facebook and many others. To learn more about the conference, visit