Diversity Conferences

Are you ready to meet with the nation’s top MBA employers?

Because they are ready to meet you! The two premier career events are happening in September -- the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) conference and career fair, and the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) conference and career fair.   Corporate representatives from more than 300 of the Fortune 500 companies will be ready to meet and interview you.  Attending one of these diversity conference career fairs should be a major initiative in your job search. We recommend as many MBA students as possible attend.

Next steps you should take

  1. Register and make travel arrangements now to attend one or both of these career fairs. Bev Porter and John Hutchings will be at the NBMBA career fair September 17-20 in Atlanta.  For your convenience, we have reserved booth #247.  We will on site at the NBMBA career fair to support you during this amazing experience.  If you are unable to attend the NBMBA career fair, please attend NSHMBA in Philadelphia a week later, September 25-27.
  2. Review job postings and upload your resume on the diversity conference website (employers will be looking for you).  Work with your career coach before submitting.
  3. Get trained and coached.  We have a series of programs to get you ready (see below) -- job search basics in orientation/bootcamp, how to work a diversity conference career fair workshop, mock interviews, and a mock career fair.  Note dates and times.  Not all locations are finalized yet.

Conference Details

National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA)

Website: http://www.nbmbaaconference.org/

  • Career fair dates: Thursday, September 18, & Friday, September 19, 2014
  • Conference dates:  Wednesday, September 17, to Saturday, September 20, 2014
  • Location:  Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA
  • Hotels: Website has recommendations, but you may find your own as well

Please visit Bev Porter and John Hutching in booth # 247 for encouragement and just-in-time coaching.  We will provide a résumé book to each employer, so it is imperative that you submit an approved résumé in Joblink by 5pm, Wednesday, September 10, 2014 (work with your career coach to finalize your résumé before this date).

National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA)

Website: https://www.nshmba.org/page/2014conferencedesign

  • Career fair dates: Thursday, September 25, to Saturday, September 27, 2014
  • Conference dates:  Wednesday, September 24, to Saturday, September 27, 2014
  • Location:  Philadelphia Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • Hotels: Website has recommendations, but you may find your own as well

Preparation and Coaching

The Career Management Center (CMC) has  a series of programming  for ALL MBAs to prepare and polish you for these events.  Preparation is early in the school year, and intense.  We want you to be ready to successfully engage early with employers at the diversity conferences and on campus.  Employers are demanding that you be ready to meet them before the start of September.

Full-Time MBAs (1st year)

Orientation – August 4-19, 2014

The learning objectives in the Career portions of orientation are to prepare you for your internship and full-time job searches – INCLUDING diversity conference career fairs.  You will learn how to brand yourself, craft a résumé to capture the attention of recruiters, network, and interview.

Full-time MBAs (2nd year)

Re-orientation –  August 26, 2014

Location: Nelson 1130

Join us in Nelson 1130, 4:30 – 5:45, to recap lessons learned from your summer internship for your diversity conference career fair participation.  In addition, get up-to-date on the new CMC, CMC staff coaching hours,  and job search success from the May 2014 FTMBA graduating class.

Professional MBAs

Job Search Bootcamp - Saturday, August 23, 2014, 9am – 5pm

Location: RTP

This is a day-long seminar for Working Professionals ready to participate in the Jenkins MBA on-campus recruiting process in the 2014-2015 academic year PLUS a primer on how to work a diversity conference career fair.  Students will learn the on-campus recruiting process (including employer recruiting strategy and timelines), to create STAR accomplishment stories which demonstrate their worth, to fashion MBA-focused résumés and cover letter, and how to conduct informational interviews.  

All MBAs

How to work a diversity conference career fair - Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 8 – 9:30am, location TBD

Mock interviews – save the date (locations TBD)

We have created a group coaching process to drill and polish you on interviewing (especially with behavioral-based interviewing) techniques. Locations and final logistics are TBD.  All sessions will be group coaching sessions.  We encourage you to attend all practice interview sessions.  Practice = improvement.


Full-time – 1st yr

Full-time – 2nd yr

Working Professional

Introduction to MBA interviewing concepts

Friday, August 8 (Orientation)


Saturday, August 23

(Job Search Bootcamp)

Practice interviewing with peers (participants will buddy-up and practice)

To be completed Friday, August 29

To be completed Friday, August 29

To be completed Friday, August 29

Practice interviewing with peer coaches

(Full-time – 1st yr only)

Tuesday, August 19 – Friday, August 29




Practice interviewing with industry representatives

Wednesday, September 3, 9am – 12:15pm

Tuesday, September 2

Thursday, September 4

9am – 12pm

Tuesday, September 2

Thursday, September 4

4:30pm – 6pm

Practice interviewing with your career coach

Monday, September 8

Wednesday, September 10,

Friday, September 12

Monday, September 8

Wednesday, September 10,

Friday, September 12

Monday, September 8

Wednesday, September 10,

Friday, September 12


Mock career fair – Monday, September 11, 2014, Port City Java and Nelson 1130

CMC staff and select Jenkins MBA employers will run your through the career fair process.  Practice delivering your pitch, engaging with employers, and asking for an interview.   Get comfortable to the process in order to present  yourself in the best light.