Metro New York Chapter of the National Black MBA Association Hosts Dec. 18thGala

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    For Immediate Release

    Metro New York Chapter of the National Black MBA Association Inc.
    Hosts The
    19th Annual Scholarship & Awards Gala
    ?This Moment in Time: Honoring Our Legacy and Leaders in Business and Education?
    Trailblazers in finance, entrepreneurship, and community service to be honored

    New York, NY, November 16 , 2009 ?The Metro New York Chapter of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) will hold its 19th Annual Scholarship & Awards Gala on Friday, December 18th, 2009 from 6 p.m. ? 10 p.m. at the elegant W New York Hotel, located at 541 Lexington Avenue (at the corner of 49th Street ). The festive evening of dining and networking will also include a cocktail reception, a silent auction, and musical entertainment from flutist and Grammy nominee Sherry Winston. Carla Harris, Managing Director of Global Capital Markets at Morgan Stanley and author of Expect to Win: Proven Strategies for Success from a Wall Street Vet, will deliver the keynote address.

    The Metro New York Chapter of the National Black MBA Association?s Scholarship and Awards Gala is an annual event that recognizes outstanding community service, volunteerism, corporate leadership, entrepreneurship and scholarship in the African American community. Scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate and graduate school students including Ph.D. candidates. The theme for this year?s gala, which will be hosted by WNBC-TV anchor DeMarco Morgan, is ?This Moment in Time: Honoring Our Legacy in Business and Education.?

    Honorees include American Express (Corporate Partner of the Year); Derek Jones, Managing Partner at Credit Suisse (Corporate Executive of the Year); Harlem Children?s Zone founder Geoffrey Canada and activist Danita Branam (Community Service Award); Nathaniel Christian, Managing Director and General Counsel at CastleOak Securities (Community Partner of the Year); Andrew Morrison (Entrepreneur of the Year) and international jazz musician Michael Phillips (Cultural Achievement Award).
    ?This year we look forward to celebrating the many talents and contributions of our leadership team, volunteers, business leaders and partnering organizations,? said Frances W. Ferguson, President of the NBMBAA?s Metro New York Chapter. ?We applaud their commitment to excellence as both business professionals and as volunteers benefiting the African-American community-at-large.? Ferguson also added that despite the challenging economic environment, the Metro New York Chapter of the NBMBAA was ?committed to raising funds for scholarships that will support the next generation of business leaders.?

    25+ corporate attendees will be present at the event, including American Express, Goldman Sachs, Estee Lauder, BNY Mellon, State Farm Insurance, Prudential Financial, Inc., Microsoft Corporation, New York Life Insurance Company, Church Pension Group, Merrill Lynch and the New York Times Company. Tickets are $175 for members and $200 for non-members. Corporate tables of ten can also be purchased for $6,000. Tickets must be purchased online no later than December 17th, 2009.

    For further information about the gala and the Metro New York Chapter of the National Black MBA Association, please visit the Metro New York Chapter online at www.nyblackmba.org. You can also find additional information about the event on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. For gala-related inquiries please email the Metro New York Chapter of the NBMBAA at scholarship@nyblackmba.org.

    About the Metro New York Chapter of the National Black MBA Association
    More than 500 black business professionals, entrepreneurs, and students comprise the Metro New York NBMBAA?s membership. The group has been consistently recognized as an outstanding chapter for its progressive strategic direction and leadership by the National Black MBA Association, which is the country?s largest black professional organization representing some 95,000 African American MBA degree holders. For more information, please visit www.nyblackmba.org.