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Welcome to the National Black MBA Association, Chicago Chapter

The mission of this great Organization is dedicated to establishing partnerships that result in the creation of intellectual and economic wealth in the black community.

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The CCNBMBAA is a professional Organization that serves as a resource for communicating information and ideas among Black Executives, Entrepreneurs, Educators, and Students in the Chicago area who are interested in improving the effectiveness of Black businesses and Black business professionals.

Educational & Outreach Events

The Education Committee is responsible for facilitating the annual Chicago Chapter Scholarship Award process and selection of Undergraduate, Graduate and Doctoral Scholarship winners. The Committee also coordinates various educational programs throughout the year.

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If you are looking for a network of business professionals with a commitment to education, career development and promoting the economic wealth of the African-American community … the National Black MBA Association is for you!

Mr. James Hill Jr., Founding Member of NBMBAA

In Memoriam

The National Black MBA Association, Chicago Chapter mournfully announces the passing of James Hill Jr., one of the founding members, who passed on Thursday, December 23rd, 2021.

Mr. Hill was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on August 20, 1941, to Joyce and James Hill, Sr. Mr. Hill graduated from Central State University where he received his B.S. in accounting in 1964, and where he was also initiated into Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated (Delta Zeta Chapter). Mr. Hill received his M.B.A. in personnel administration and accounting in 1967 from the University of Chicago. He was CPA-licensed in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

In 1964, Mr. Hill began his career as a cost accountant for Union Carbide in New York, where he stayed for one year. After receiving his M.B.A., he began working as a Chicago staff auditor for Alexander Grant & Company. Between 1968 and 1970, Mr. Hill worked as the deputy director of the Chicago Economic Development Corporation. In February 1972, he founded his own eponymous accounting firm. In 1975 he took on a partner to become Hill, Taylor, Certified Public Accountants, where he presided as chairman and CEO.

Mr. Hill received numerous awards and honors for both his professional and community work. His professional affiliations include the American Institute of CPAs, the Illinois CPA Society, the National Black Association of Accountants, and the National Black MBA Association. Mr. Hill was a board member of various community and nonprofit organizations, including the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, the Better Government Association, Citizen Information Service, the Chicago Commons Association, the Economic Club of Chicago, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, and the Chicago Economic Advisory Committee. Mr. Hill was also a council member to the graduate business schools at both the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois.

Mr. Hill leaves to cherish his memory his devoted sons, James Hill, III (Mary), and Dr. Brian Hill, Sr. of Homewood, IL, his former wife Sheree Franklin of Chicago, Illinois, his loving stepdaughter Brittany Hogan of St. Louis, Missouri, and the mother of his children Gloria Fields, Niagara Falls, NY. He also leaves to his legacy five grandchildren, Chrisheena Hill, Albany, NY, James Hill IV, Homewood, IL, Brian Hill, Jr. (Margaret), Chicago, IL, Jacqueline Hill, Chicago, IL, Lauren Hill, Joliet, IL, as well as three great-grandchildren, McKenzie Fizer, Christian Hill and Laurence Williams, as well as a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and close friends.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 22, 2022, 3:00 PM at Rainbow PUSH, 930 E. 50th Street, Chicago, IL 60615. All guests MUST wear a mask while inside the building.

At the request of the Hill family, and in lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to The Central State University General Scholarship Fund “In Memory of James Hill, Jr. Class of 1964.

Or Mailing Address:

Central State University
Division of Institutional Advancement
1400 Brush Row Road
Wilberforce, Ohio 45384


Our Mission:

The National Black MBA Association leads in the creation of educational opportunities and economic growth for African Americans. Providing innovative programs to stimulate their intellectual and economic growth. Building partnerships with key stakeholders who help facilitate this growth. Increasing awareness and facilitating access to graduate management education programs and career opportunities in management fields.

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Stacy Crook

President’s Message

Welcome to the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA©), Chicago Chapter!  The first conference for NBMBAA was held at the University of Chicago in 1970 and will be returning to Chicago to “Renew, Refresh, Reset” in 2021.

We are “Setting the Standards Others Must Follow” where our legacy is strong and our passion for the community we serve runs deep.  We are business strategists, educators, and entrepreneurs who impact the world around us by cultivating strong relationships, encouraging innovation, and exciting the entrepreneurial spirit.  Established in 1972, the Chicago Chapter has over 500 members and offers unique networking opportunities for our members and the community at large.  NBMBAA is the premier organization for black professionals that empowers visionaries and leads in the creation of economic and intellectual wealth in the black community.

Our Brand extends beyond the Chicago Metropolitan Area and is positioned within a global marketplace. Thus, we seek to provide our members, corporate partners, and collegiate affiliates with opportunities that are not easily accessible anywhere else. We achieve this through our Five Channels of Engagement, which include Education, Career, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Lifestyle initiatives. Our Board is comprised of business leaders who are intentional on bringing about programming to position our members to enjoy a purpose driven life towards Black Excellence.  Our purposeful and thought driven team effort leads us to have a pulse on the State of the Black Professional.

“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be” – Maya Angelou.  As the President of the Chicago Chapter, I will remain steadfast to the organizations commitment to providing value that aligns with the current education and career reality of our membership to help “Aspire to Inspire” and shape tomorrow.  Throughout 2020 we have remained Resilient and learned to Pivot to continue to provide programming and services to our members as well as the community.

As we move into 2021, it is time to “Renew, Refresh, Reset!”  We welcome you to become an active member at all levels from students, business professionals, educators, corporations, and entrepreneurs to join us to continue the legacy of those that envisioned reaching back to bring up the next generation of Black Professionals and showing them how amazing they can be.  Together we will create change and shine a spotlight on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Thank you for visiting our website. I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming Signature events, State of the Organization, Graduate School of Business Reception, Business Leadership Institute and numerous other series and programs throughout the year.

Join us for the 43rd Annual Conference & Career Expo in Chicago, IL as we “Renew, Refresh, Reset” September 14-18, 2021.

Aspire to Inspire.  Shape tomorrow.  Join today. https://nbmbaa.org/joinnbmbaa/

Stacy Crook, MBA

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Established in 1970, by students at the graduate business school at University of Chicago, the National Black MBA Association is dedicated to develop partnerships that result in the creation of intellectual and economic wealth in the black community.
In partnership with over 400 of the country’s top business organizations, the association has inroads into a wide range of industries as well as the public and private sector. Yet all of NBMBAA’s partners have one thing in common: they are all committed to the organization’s goals and values.
The organization gains its strength from a strong belief in community and a commitment to its development through economic and educational development initiatives that support the global African American community.

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