September 9, 2010
Washington Convention Center
900 10th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Plenary Session Room Partner
September 9, 2010
Welcome to the Pre-Conference Career Expo!
On behalf of the Executive Board and members of the National Black MBA Association, Inc.,
Washington, D.C. Chapter, I welcome you to our Pre-Conference Expo.
This event serves as a precursor to our national association’s Career Fair that will take place later
this month from September 23-24, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. While many nonprofit
associations and other membership-based groups struggle to develop a strategy on how to keep
their members engaged in activities that will lead to new career opportunities, our chapter has
taken the lead in being proactive to assist our members who are transitioning during these hard
economic times. We have turned to corporations, such as the ones featured here today who seek
a pool of talented individuals, such as yourself, who possesses the intellectual capital that will
meet their needs. Therefore, I encourage you to meet as many of the corporate representatives
that you can, attend the plenary sessions, ask plenty of questions, and take advantage of the
services offered here today to enhance your marketability.
Thanks to all of our participating organizations: Arabella Advisors, Capitol One, the Central
Intelligence Agency, Choice Hotels International, Cox Communications, Deloitte, , Freddie Mac,
Prudential, Sodexo, Inc., State Farm, SunTrust, and the U.S. Department of State who truly
believe in the talent our membership possesses. A special thanks to our co-sponsors, the Central
Intelligence Agency and Sodexo, Inc for whose support ensured that this event was made
possible. Additionally, I would like to thank the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc.,
Metro D.C. Chapter and the National Society of Hispanic MBAs for collaborating with us on this
event. And, since this association is run strictly by volunteers, we must all thank John James II,
who leads our Career Development/Network efforts for the chapter. For without John’s diligence
in managing such a large event for the chapter, we would not be here today.
Enjoy the Expo!
Oscar W. Mardis
Career Network Welcome
September 9, 2010
On behalf of the National Black MBA Association, Inc., Washington, D.C. Chapter, I would like
to welcome you to the 2010 Pre-Conference Career Expo! We are excited about today's event
and we hope to make your Career Expo experience an enjoyable and rewarding one.
The objective of the NBMBAA-DC Career Network is to connect the area’s most talented
business professionals with the region’s most progressive companies and organizations. Today,
we connect you with local employers in advance of the National Conference and Exposition in
Los Angeles later this month. We have also put together a series of workshops to provide you
with additional resources and strategies to give you a competitive advantage in the marketplace
and bring you closer to your next career opportunity.
I would like to thank all of our collaborative partners, participating employers and speakers for
making the Career Expo possible, and a special thanks to the Career Network Planning
Committee for their efforts over the past several months.
As we look forward to planning for the remainder of this year and next year, if you have any
ideas for future career development programs or events, please feel free to contact me at
Enjoy the event!
John L. James II
Career Network Chair
National Black MBA Association, Inc.
Washington D.C. Chapter
President………………………………………………….………………………Oscar W. Mardis
Vice President of Development………………………………………………………Keisha Kelly
Vice President of Membership…………………………………………...Angela Thornton-Young
Treasurer …………………………………………..………………………………Arnold King III
Deputy Treasurer…………………………………………………………………...Harry Richards
Recording Secretary……………..………………………………………………..Candice Charles
Corresponding Secretary………………………………………………………..Shunita Seacrease
COMMITTEE CHAIRS AND LEADS
Business & Economic Development Chair…….………………………………….Natalie Johnson
Corporate Development/Grants Co-Chairs..………………………John James II & Lamart White
Government Affairs Chair…………………………………………………………..Marvin Turner
Leaders of Tomorrow Chair…………………………...………………..….………Cedric Mobley
Membership Chair………………………………..………………………………..Lauren Stewart
Newsletter Lead………………………………………………….……………………Nathan Hall
Career Network Lead………………………………………………………….……..John James II
Public Relations Chair…..……………………………………………………………Nina Murphy
Student Outreach Chair.……………………………………...........................Shomari McCrimons
CAREER EXPO PLANNING COMMITTEE
Angela Thornton-Young, John James II, Joann Charles,
Robert Jolley, Goitom Telahun, Kimberly Wise
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is the premier agency responsible for providing global intelligence on the
ever-changing political, social, economic, technological and military environment. Here, your paramount goal and
mission will be to protect the national security of the United States. Virtually any job you can imagine is available at
the CIA — plus, some you can’t even imagine.
We are the nation’s first line of defense. We accomplish what others cannot accomplish and go where others cannot
go. We carry out our mission by:
Collecting information that reveals the plans, intentions and capabilities of our adversaries and provides the
basis for decision and action.
Producing timely analysis that provides insight, warning and opportunity to the President and decision-
makers charged with protecting and advancing America’s interests.
Conducting covert action at the direction of the President to preempt threats or achieve US policy
Service. We put Country first and Agency before self. Quiet patriotism is our hallmark. We are dedicated
to the mission, and we pride ourselves on our extraordinary responsiveness to the needs of our customers.
Integrity. We uphold the highest standards of conduct. We seek and speak the truth—to our colleagues and
to our customers. We honor those Agency officers who have come before us and we honor the colleagues
with whom we work today.
Excellence. We hold ourselves—and each other—to the highest standards. We embrace personal
accountability. We reflect on our performance and learn from that reflection.
Make a difference in your career. Consider the global employment opportunities at the CIA. We're looking for a
diversity of people for the important job of keeping America safe. This includes Clandestine Service Officers to be
on the front line of human intelligence, and individuals skilled in science, engineering, technology, analysis, foreign
languages and administration for positions in the United States and overseas.
Sodexo, Inc. is the leading provider of integrated food and facilities management
services in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, serving 10 million customers in 6,000
locations every day. Our dedication to excellent service, corporate citizenship, and
fighting hunger all come from one goal - to make every day a better day.
Sodexo, Inc. at a glance.
As the leading provider of integrated food and facilities management
services in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, we set out each morning to
treat every person we encounter with the highest level of respect and
service. And when you put that effort, expertise, and enthusiasm
together, it adds up to “a better day” for our clients, their customers,
and our people.
The numbers behind a better day.
6,000 clients served in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico
10 million customers served every day
700 facilities management sites
9.3 million meals served every day
120,000 employees in North America
7.7 billion (USD) in annual revenue (Fiscal Year 2008)
Rankings and awards.
Named a "Best Company for Hourly Workers" by Working Mother Magazine
Named a "Best Company for Multicultural Women" by Working Mother Magazine
Named one of "The World's Most Admired Companies" by FORTUNE
Named One of World's Top 50 Green Outsourcing Suppliers
Ranked number three in the world among outsourcing services companies
Top 50 Companies for Diversity (#6) - DiversityInc
Named One of the 2009 DiversityInc Top Ten Employers for LGBT Workers
Ranks Second on the 2009 DiversityInc Top Ten Companies for Latinos
Named as One of "World's Most Ethical Companies"
Schedule of Events
5:30PM - 8:30PM Registration
6:00PM - 9:00PM Career Fair Capital Rooms C & D
Central Intelligence Agency
U.S. Department of State
6:00PM – 7:00PM Career Information Session
"How an MBA Fits Into a Career at CIA" Capital Room A
"Interview-Winning Resumes and Targeted
Search Strategies for Today's Job Market" Capital Room B
7:00PM – 8:00PM Plenary Session
"Successfully Use Keywords in
Federal Applications" Capital Room B
8:00PM – 9:00PM Career Information Session
"Careers at Sodexo" Capital Room A
"How to Use a Vision Board to Create
Personal and Career Success" Capital Room B
Exhibit Room Partner
Cox Communications Inc. is a multi-service broadband communications company located in
Herndon, VA with approximately 6.6 million total customers. Cox Business is seeking an
experienced Enterprise Outside Sales Representative and Small Business Sales
Representatives. The Enterprise Outside Sales Representative will be responsible for selling
complex Cox telephony and other telecommunications services to mid and large-sized
business clients and will be accountable for meeting and exceeding sales goals. The Small
Business Representative is responsible for selling to small to mid-sized businesses. Cox was
recently voted “Best Place to Work in Cable” by CableWorld magazine. We offer
competitive salaries and outstanding benefits including work/life balance,
medical/dental/vision benefits on your first day of employment, employer matched 401K,
pension plan, tuition reimbursement on-site fitness center and free cable. We are looking for
an Enterprise Outside Sales Representative and Small Business Sales Representative who
wants a rewarding career with a company that recognizes performance, appreciates
innovation and focuses on its employees and its customers. For more information about
other positions we may be actively recruiting for, please stop by our booth.
National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)
The Chapter strives to fulfill the mission of NABA through programs that, among other things,
1) promote and develop the technical skills of its members, 2) provide networking opportunities,
3) encourage and assist minority students pursuing careers in the fields of accounting and finance
and 4) provide opportunities for members to utilize their accounting and finance knowledge in
community service activities.
Through the sponsorship of our Corporate Partners, the Chapter provides informational, relevant
programs to its members covering the latest FASB pronouncements, personal financial planning
issues, CPA exam review forums, changes in tax legislations impacting individuals and
corporations and other topics valued by our members.
National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA)
The National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) was created in 1988 as a 501(C)(3) non-
profit organization. Our mission is to foster Hispanic leadership through graduate management
education and professional development. Our organization currently has over 6,000 members in
32 chapters throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.
Throughout the year, the Washington DC Chapter hosts a number of events with the purpose of
providing professional development and networking opportunities to NSHMBA chapter
members from the Washington DC Metropolitan area. Please refer to our marketing collateral for
a current schedule of our events and a listing of sponsorship types.
Arabella Advisors is a leading philanthropy services firm. We support the efforts of individual, family, institutional
and corporate donors worldwide. Our deep knowledge on issues and causes philanthropists care deeply about
enables us to apply rigorous business principles when implementing grant-making strategies, effective portfolio
management, and nonprofit evaluations. Our comprehensive approach to philanthropy delivers results that make a
Arabella’s work helps to make the world a better place to live, and we are committed to also making it an
outstanding place to work. Our goal is to attract, develop and retain exceptional people, and to create a work
environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. As a fast-growing company,
we look for employees with an entrepreneurial spirit to help drive us forward. We encourage participatory decision
making and collaboration, while always keeping a sense of humor and good will. We encourage people to pursue
their passions both inside and outside of work, respecting work-life balance. We offer exceptional and unique
benefits. We are committed to developing a diverse workforce and a diverse project portfolio. Arabella Advisors is
a great place to do great work, and we encourage you to stop by our booth for more information.
Capital One Financial Corporation (http://www.capitalone.com/) is a financial holding company whose subsidiaries,
which include Capital One, N.A. and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., had $117.3 billion in deposits and $197.5
billion in total assets outstanding as of June 30, 2010. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a
broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. Capital
One, N.A. has approximately 1,000 branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana,
Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York
Stock Exchange under the symbol "COF" and is included in the S&P 100 index.
Choice Hotels International has become one of the largest and most successful lodging companies in the world. Our
company operates through a very successful franchise system, which means each of our hotels is independently
owned and operated by a franchisee/owner. We're devoted not only to providing travelers with high—quality,
affordable accommodations, but also providing outstanding return on investment for our hotel owners and our
Our franchisees currently operate more than 6,000 hotels in more than 30 countries and territories around the world.
They represent brands you know well — Comfort Inn®, Comfort Suites®, Quality®, Sleep Inn®, Clarion®,
Cambria Suites®, Suburban®, MainStay Suites®, Rodeway Inn®, and Econo Lodge® are among them, as is
Ascend Collection®, a network of historic and boutique hotels. Choice Hotels’ team of associates serve our
franchisees and guests in a variety of ways each day.
In the United States, Deloitte has 45,000 professionals with a single focus: serving our clients and helping them
solve their toughest problems. We work in four key business areas — audit, financial advisory, tax and consulting
— but our real strength comes from combining the talents of those groups to address clients’ needs. Fortune and
BusinessWeek consistently rank Deloitte among the best places to work, which is good news for our talent and our
clients alike. When the best people tackle the most compelling challenges, everyone wins.
Join the Deloitte Greater Washington Black Employee Network (BEN) and Hispanic/Latino (a) Employee Network
(HNET) for the 2010 Pre-Conference Career Expo. Sponsored by the National Black MBA Association
(NBMBAA) DC Chapter, the expo seeks to connect top talent with hundreds of technology opportunities throughout
the United States.
Attendees will have an opportunity to:
Learn about current career opportunities in Deloitte Consulting
Meet and network with Deloitte Business Resource Group leaders from the Deloitte DC office
At Deloitte, you can have a rewarding career on every level. In addition to challenging and meaningful work, you
will have the chance to give back to your community, make a positive impact on the environment, participate in a
range of diversity and inclusion initiatives, and get the support, coaching, and training necessary to advance your
career. Deloitte’s commitment to individual choice lets you customize everything from your career path to your
educational opportunities to your benefits.
At Freddie Mac, you’ll have a rewarding career as you play a role in helping the nation recover from the housing
and economic crisis, and implementing the President’s Making Home Affordable program. A vital component in the
secondary mortgage market, Freddie Mac has made homeownership and rental housing more accessible and more
affordable for one in six homebuyers and more than five million renters.
Prudential companies have over $600 billion in total assets under management. This includes the Prudential
Insurance Company of America, one of the largest insurance companies in the United States. We offer a variety of
products and services including life insurance, mutual funds, annuities, pension and retirement related services and
administration, asset management, securities brokerage, banking & trust services, real estate brokerage franchises
and relocation services.
State Farm Insurance
State Farm has been in business since 1922 and offers a wide variety of products and services to help customers
handle the risks of everyday life. State Farm is the world's largest automobile insurer and top 50 on the Fortune 500
list. We are looking for successful people to become State Farm agents and help us maintain our position as an
Our Agents are independent contractor agents, who are compensated and rewarded in relation to their production of
quality, multi-line business. State Farm Agents are sales professionals marketing only State Farm products and
services. Working face to face with people in your community, making connections with community groups, and
helping people plan their lives - in short, being a good neighbor. That's the life of a State Farm agent.
SunTrust Banks, Inc. headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the nation’s top 10 commercial banking
organizations. SunTrust provides a wide range of services to meet the financial needs of its growing customer base
in Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District
of Columbia, We serve more than 3.7 million customers through more than 1,647 locations and over 2,769 ATMs.
Our primary businesses include traditional deposit and credit services, as well as trust and investment services.
Through various subsidiaries SunTrust provides mortgage banking, commercial and auto leasing, credit-related
insurance, asset management, discount brokerage and capital market services.
With an enviable track record and a reputation for integrity, SunTrust recognizes and rewards the vision,
commitment and creative thinking of over 33,000 employees who are SunTrust. We are committed to hiring the very
best people. At SunTrust we seek to recruit, retain, and develop a diverse workforce as part of our business strategy.
We are committed to providing experience and development opportunities through internal job posting systems,
training through SunTrust University, and tuition reimbursement programs. At SunTrust, we encourage growth by
investing in our people.
U.S. Department of Staten.Furuya@Prudential.co
Diplomacy: The U.S. Department of State@Work
As the lead U.S. foreign affairs agency, the U.S. Department of State helps to shape a freer, more secure, and more
prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing the President's foreign policy.
Foreign Service and Civil Service
The Foreign Service and the Civil Service for the U.S. Department of State represent the American people, working
together to achieve the goals and implement the initiatives of American foreign policy.
The Foreign Service represents America and responds to the needs of American citizens in other countries. These
11,000 employees are also America's first-line of defense in a complex and often dangerous world. A Foreign
Service career is a way of life that offers unique rewards, opportunities, and sometimes hardships. Members of the
Foreign Service can be sent to any embassy, consulate, or other diplomatic mission anywhere in the world, to serve
the diplomatic needs of the United States.
There are approximately 7,000 Civil Service employees, headquartered primarily in Washington D.C. To learn more
about careers with the U.S. Department of State, visit careers.state.gov.
Interview-Winning Resumes and Targeted Search Strategies for
Today’s Job Market
Speaker: Sue Sarkesian, The Resume Group
As the job market begins to improve, competition is tougher than ever. How do you create a resume that
differentiates you in the market? What does your cover letter need to say? Be prepared for this year's National
Conference and the employers who will be in attendance. Join Sue Sarkesian, Co-founder and Partner of The
Resume Group as she guides you through the essential steps to creating a powerful resume that gets results. Even if
you are not planning to attend National Conference this fall, this session is vital for anyone who may be planning a
job search this year!
Sue will provide you with valuable information to develop a focused search strategy designed to get your resume to
the right people at the right companies. You'll learn how to work most effectively with executive recruiters, how job
boards can help (and hinder) your search, and what search strategies have the most impact. Whether you’re a new
graduate, mid-level professional, or a senior-level executive, the right resume can significantly shorten your job
search, saving you tens of thousands of dollars in lost income.
Sue Sarkesian Bio
Sue Sarkesian, co-founder of The Resume Group brings over fifteen years of experience guiding and coaching
individuals through the search process. Sue provides expertise in career and transition consultation, and provides a
holistic approach to the entire search process. She helps job seekers to leverage their unique strengths to differentiate
themselves in the job market. Working with Sue, candidates learn ways to focus their job search, develop
comprehensive search strategies, and execute a targeted plan for a successful job search.
Sue holds a Master’s degree with an added concentration in Career and Transition counseling. Prior to forming The
Resume Group, Sue served as Vice President of Sales & Marketing for one of the largest resume writing and
distribution firms in the country. Her educational background, comprehensive industry experience, and dead-on
market instincts make Sue the go-to expert on the topics of career development, career transition, search strategy,
personal branding and self-marketing.
Successfully Use Keywords in Federal Applications
Speaker: Adelle Dantzler Williams, Certified Federal Job Search Trainer
In this practical, interactive presentation, you will learn about the Federal application process and how to address
Federal vacancy announcements and job requirements.
What are keywords and why is it important to identify them?
How do I find keywords in vacancy announcements?
How do I arrange a Federal resume using keywords?
How do I approach writing assessments and narratives using keywords?
Adelle Dantzler Williams Bio
Adelle Dantzler Williams, President of Dantzler Solutions LLC, has received positive results
writing successful customized private industry resumes, federal resumes, and KSAs/assessments
for her many customers seeking jobs and can do the same for you. Her expertise is in personal
consultation with customers to identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to address
their career goals.
How to Use a Vision Board to Create Personal and Career Success
Speaker: Dr. Nicole Cutts, CEO of Cutts Consulting and Vision Quest Retreats
Join success coach, Dr. Nicole Cutts in this fun experiential exercise as she explains the principles behind Vision
Boards and leads you through the steps of creating your own Vision Board. A Vision Board is an actual physical
picture of your desired reality. It forms a clear sharp image which then acts as a blueprint, attracting and focusing
energy into your goals and Vision of Success. This tool has been used by business leaders, organizations and
individuals to clarify and achieve their Vision, Mission and Ultimate Success. Participants will leave this session
with greater clarity about how to take their careers to the next level. Please come with a written paragraph or two
about your ideal job or career and consider signing up for a complimentary success coaching session with Dr. Nicole
Dr. Nicole Cutts Bio
For over 10 years, Nicole Cutts, Ph.D., licensed Clinical Psychologist, Success Coach, and Organizational
Consultant has been inspiring and empowering people to achieve a more balanced and successful lifestyle. Dr. Cutts
has consulted with and coached executives, managers, and teams at Fortune 500 Companies, Federal Government
Agencies, and Non-Profit Organizations. As a master facilitator and Success Coach, she helps people create an
exceptional life by honoring their mind, body, and spirit so they can experience joy, passion, meaning, and ultimate
success in their work.
Dr. Cutts is a featured writer on the Walter Kaitz Foundation website and has been a contributing writer for Identity
Television, The Next Level, and The Diversity Channel, where she was also the Senior Features Editor. She sits on
the D.C. Bar Association Lawyer’s Counseling Committee and the Board of the Student Support Center. She has
appeared on BET’s The Center, the BBC, and various radio programs. She has co-authored and published several
articles in scientific and literary journals. Her writings on Corporate Wellness, Success Coaching, and Diversity
have appeared on several business-focused websites. She is a former faculty member of The University of MD-
An avid yoga student, her dedication to well-being and belief that well-being should extend to the work-place
motivated her to start Cutts Consulting, LLC in 2002. Since then, utilizing a combination of lessons drawn from her
years of study and experience as a psychologist and working professional, she has been helping organizations and
individuals clarify and achieve their Vision of Success.
Dr. Cutts received her Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology- LA, where her emphasis of
study was Multicultural Community Clinical Psychology. She also holds a B.S. in Psychology from Howard
Upcoming Chapter Events
September 14 - General Body Meeting
September 21-25 - 32nd Annual Conference and Exposition; Los Angeles, California
*October 19 - General Body Meeting - "The CEO Series" Presented by Capital One
November 16 - General Body Meeting
*Chapter Elections for the 2011-2012 Term will be conducted at this meeting
For detailed information about upcoming Chapter events, please visit www.dcbmbaa.org.
For more details about the 32nd Annual Conference & Exposition, visit the conference homepage at