JCSU’s Metropolitan College of Professional Studies was present at the 2018 Leadership Symposium by the National Black MBA Association in Charlotte


On Saturday, February 10, 2018, Tracy Sullivan and Angela Silver, seniors at Johnson C. Smith University’s Metropolitan College of Professional Studies, attended the 2018 Leadership Symposium by the National Black MBA Association in Charlotte (NBMBAA).

The NBMBAA Leadership Symposium is a one-day conference focused on advancing the careers of business professionals and graduate students, as well as exposing undergraduate students to corporate opportunities in the Charlotte area. This was an opportunity for attendants to jump-start, reset or excel in their career and learn from the best in class.

Angela and Tracy at Conference 02 10 2018

Tracy Sullivan and Angela Silver. Business Administration – Management and Business Administration – Accounting Majors, respectively, at JCSU’s Metropolitan College of Professional Studies.

The main speakers provided the audience with specific tools to set their lives for success. Pamela Lue-Hing Author of Pink Slip to POWERHOUSE: 12 Steps to Next, inspired everyone and gave tools and resources to utilize gifts, talents, and ideas to reinvent oneself. Mr. Joachim (Joe) Rogers, Sr. Director, Customer Care Center at Coca Cola Bottling Co., conducted an interactive workshop to teach essential networking skills from planning, meeting people, and building relationships to providing career information necessary for different occupations and industries.

“Mr. Rogers from Coca-Cola was very energetic and taught us about networking. He had us do a group exercise which involved us moving around in the room and meeting and learning about our peers”, said Mrs. Sullivan. “The presenters delivered their messages while allotting time for us to interact with each other during each session.  As a visual, hands on learner, this exercise helped me immediately put what I learned into action. I learned that every encounter I have is a potential networking opportunity so my listening skills have to be on point”, added Mrs. Silver.

Tracy and Angela both confirmed that as adult students, these learning opportunities are valuable to continue making the most of their college experience and ensuring that they will be ready to succeed in the workplace. Tracy said that she will use a lot of what she learned in order to feel more comfortable when talking to her classmates, professors and coworkers. For Angela,  her “aha moment” came when she was able to realize that all the relationships that she is currently creating with her classmates, instructors and faculty are a key component in building her network.

The event took place at Queens University and included panelists from different industries including Sun Trust Robinson Humphrey, Ortho Carolina, ESPN and Novant Health. These professionals encouraged the audience to continue pursuing further opportunities for growth, leadership and networking. They also recommended everyone in the room to be individuals who come across as confident, upbeat and hardworking, because, according to their experience in their respective workplaces, this is what can make one stand out from the crowd and become a more successful professional.

Tracy and Angela are looking forward to share all their newly acquired insights with their classmates, professors and colleagues. Soon, it will be their chance to practice all of this exclusively in the work landscape, as Angela is getting ready to graduate in May of 2018 in Business Administration – Management and Mrs. Sullivan will graduate in May of 2019 as a Business Administration – Accounting major. Congratulations in advance to these two hardworking leaders!

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