ROLAND MARTIN IS HEADED TO HOUSTON FOR THE NATIONAL BLACK MBA!

YOU’RE INVITED TO THE AWARDS BANQUET IN HOUSTON!

The Houston Chapter of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) will host its 12th Annual Leadership Empowerment Scholarship and Awards Banquet on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at the Power Center at 12401 S. Post Oak@ South Main, Houston, TX 77045.

This year’s event begins at 6 p.m. with a silent auction to raise funds in support of educational initiatives for students. The theme is Creating Opportunity in the New Era of Change.

The annual event is part of the Houston Chapter’s work as a champion of leadership and involvement with the community from which its membership is drawn. It is also a way to strengthen the ties among the Association’s members, corporate partners and the local community. “We are excited about the banquet and honored that Roland Martin will be the keynote. “As a chapter we assist in the development of our future Leaders of Tomorrow.

We are proud as the Houston Chapter has awarded in excess of $200,000 in scholarships to more than 200 deserving graduate and undergraduate business students,” states Dr. Wendy Johnson, Houston Chapter President.

The keynote speaker, Roland S. Martin, is a nationally award-winning journalist and is the author of Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith, and Speak, Brother! A Black Man’s View of America . Mr. Martin is a commentator for TV One Cable Network and host of The Roland S. Martin Showon WVON-AM/1690 in Chicago . He is also a CNN Contributor, appearing on a variety of shows, including Paula Zahn Now, Anderson Cooper 360, Lou Dobbs Tonight, and many others.

Leadership Empowerment Awards will be presented to the following individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and service to the community: Tony Wyllie (Journalism/Sports), Yolanda Green (Arts/Media), Senator Rodney Ellis (Law/Government), Jerome Love (Entrepreneurship), Dr. Thomas Freeman (Education), Dr. Farrell Johnson (Science/Medicine), Michelle Barnes (Community), and Sharon Owens (Corporate).

The Houston Chapter of the National Black MBA Association was formed in 1983. The organization has empowered African Americans who aspire to pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field of business.