2015 Convention & Expo

Thank you for making the Convention
 huge success!
 
Thanks to all who attended and helped make the 2015 National Convention & Expo a huge success!  We thank our distinguished keynote speakers and presenters for their inspiring and timely insights and our sponsors for supporting our mission.  Most of all we wish to thank all of the participants without whom, the success of the convention would not have been possible.  

More than 2,000 members, partners and guests gathered at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, June 9 – 13, 2015 for the organization’s 44th Annual Convention under the theme “Connect. Collaborate. Cultivate. Bridging the Generational Divide”.  Las Vegas was the perfect backdrop for a week of high-energy networking, relationship building, learning and recognizing individuals who have contributed to our success and history.  Some of those individuals were as follows:

2015 NATIONAL AWARD RECIPIENTS

NATIONAL AWARD RECIPIENTS

OUTSTANDING MEMBER AWARD – Uso Sayers, MBA, CISA
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD – Odell Brown, CIA, CPA, PHR
PUBLIC ACCOUNTING AWARD – Milford W. McGuirt, CPA
GOVERNMENT AWARD – Angel Johnson
RISING STAR AWARD – Michael E. Giles, CIA
CORPORATE DIVERSITY AWARD – Mitchell & Titus, LLP

CHAPTER PRESIDENT OF THE YEAR AWARD RECIPIENTS
SOUTHERN – Jamila Abston, CPA, CFF, CFE (Atlanta Chapter)
EASTERN – Tysheba Morgan, CPA, CIA, MBA (Baltimore Chapter)
CENTRAL – Kenesha Crafton (Milwaukee Chapter)
WESTERN – Sheri A. Marshall, MBA (Austin/Cen-Tex Chapter)
REGIONAL AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE
SOUTHERN – LaToya Flint (Birmingham Chapter)
EASTERN – Samantha N. Hawkins, MST, CPA (Metro DC Chapter)
CENTRAL – April Royster, CPA (Detroit Chapter)
WESTERN – Stephen Ejide (Seattle Chapter)

STUDENT CHAPTER AWARD WINNERS
Brandon Williams, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Wayne Wint, Monroe College
Kearia McCants, Louisiana State University

Program and Event Highlights:
 
  • NABA Leadership Development Institute 
    • Aspiring Leaders Track (ALDI) sponsored by McGladrey and presented by Howard University School of Business Center for Accounting Education in conjunction with Lee Hecht Harrison
    • Management Track (MLDI) sponsored and presented by GE
  • Executive Track (ELDI) sponsored by PwC
  • Opening General Session and keynote presentation on “Talent Management – Bridging the Generational Gap” by Tom Hood, CPA, president and CEO, Maryland Society of CPAs and the Business Learning Institute
  • Opening Reception sponsored by The NABA Regions
  • C-Suite Power Breakfast Forum and Panel Discussion on “Game Changer: The New Multicultural Recruit” sponsored by Marriott, Mitchell & Titus, Walmart, and State Street Corporation
  • A Night to Network: Corporate Hospitality Suites sponsored by Bank of America, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft and Synchrony Financial
  • Women of NABA Network Luncheon and Panel Discussion on “Breaking Glass – A Generational Look at Black Women’s Ascent to the Top”
  • CPA Examination Review led by Becker Education
  • Over 18 hours of CPE Technical Sessions sponsored and presented by Bank of America, Becker Education, The Boeing Company, The Business Learning Institute (BLI), Cargill, Deloitte, Dixon Hughes Goodman, EY, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, State Street Corporation, McGladrey, Microsoft, Prudential, and PwC
  • National Scholarship Luncheon sponsored by Synchrony Financial and EY featuring keynote speaker Dr. Randy Bradley and highlighting over 60 Award recipients
  • Student Program 
  • New and Improved Expo featuring:
    • Activity Zones – Relaxation, Wellness, Personal Care, Gaming
    • Expo Cocktail Reception
    • Informational 15-minute speed sessions
  • NABA Day of Service
  • Annual Awards Gala