School of Business Forges Partnership with Raleigh-Durham Chapter of National Black MBA Association

Posted March 18, 2024, 7:35PM

DURHAM, N.C. - North Carolina Central University's (NCCU) School of Business is proud to announce a partnership with the Raleigh-Durham chapter of the National Black MBA Association. This collaboration aims to provide students with access to active professionals for networking and mentoring purposes.

This partnership is set to provide resources for student development - offering guidance and preparation before, during, and after their time in graduate school. Through a series of events, mentorship programs, workshops, and more, students will benefit from a wealth of support and expertise, paving the way for their future success. "We are thrilled to join forces with NCCU's School of Business to provide students with the guidance and support they need to thrive in their academic and professional pursuits," said Rosa Williams Oyeneye, president of the Raleigh-Durham chapter of the National Black MBA Association.

Led by Anthony Nelson, Ph.D., dean of the School of Business, and Oyeneye, this partnership builds upon the deep-rooted connections between NCCU and the National Black MBA Association. "Through this partnership, we're creating remarkable opportunities for our students, connecting them with influential professionals and resources that will empower their journey toward success," said Nelson. 

Notably, esteemed faculty members such as Yvette Bonaparte, Ph.D., the founding president of the RDU Chapter of National Black MBA Association, and Angela Miles, Ph.D., a founding member, share their expertise at the NCCU School of Business. Miles also serves as the faculty chair for the Business Administration Department. Further reinforcing this bond, prominent members like Brett Chambers, former Raleigh-Durham chapter president and distinguished mass communications lecturer, now contribute to the legacy of excellence at NCCU. “As a faculty member in the business school at NCCU and as the founding president of the Raleigh-Durham chapter of the National Black MBA Association, I am doubly excited about the positive impact this partnership will have for our students and on the business community,” Bonaparte said.

The Raleigh-Durham Chapter was chartered in 1988 when the closest chapters were in Washington D.C. and Atlanta. Bonaparte started the chapter to raise awareness around the pool of diverse Black MBA talent in the Raleigh-Durham area, especially given the presence of numerous corporations headquartered in Research Triangle Park.  A key success factor for the chapter was to quickly move conversations with these corporations from “sponsorship” to “partnership” and emphasize common goals related to ensuring the availability of a highly qualified, diverse, and inclusive workforce.   Having earned an MBA from Duke University, it was apparent to Bonaparte there was also an opportunity for a chapter to serve as a resource for students pursuing their MBA through networking and mentoring opportunities.

In the past year, the Raleigh-Durham Chapter of the National Black MBA Association has reached over 1,100 business professionals and aspiring business professionals with programming geared towards successfully helping MBA students and graduates enter rotational programs that can help propel their business careers. Last year, they distributed free tickets to the national conference so students could visit one of the greatest career expos in the country. Each month the organization holds educational seminars that are open to members or aspiring members of the organization.

About the Raleigh-Durham Chapter of National Black MBA Association:
The mission of the Raleigh-Durham Chapter of National Black MBA Association is to lead in the creation of educational opportunities and economic growth for Black professionals. We are committed to making an impactful and sustainable difference in the communities in which we work and serve.

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