CHAPTER HISTORY

In 1995, a reception was held with NBMBAA® National Headquarters to formulate the National Black MBA Association® – Louisville Chapter with an interest group of 5 persons. These individuals saw the need to have an organization to help professionals achieve their educational and career goals. In May 1999, the Louisville Chapter received full chapter status and by the end of that year, there were 48 thriving members throughout the state of Kentucky. During the years that followed, the Executive Board has worked extensively to live up to the association’s mission of “Promoting intellectual and economic wealth for African Americans in the Commonwealth of Kentucky” by offering professional development and entrepreneurship opportunities through various programs sponsored by corporate partners which have included:

  • American Express
  • Brown & Williamson
  • Brown-Forman
  • EnovaPremier
  • Fastenal
  • Greater Louisville, Inc.
  • Humana, Inc.
  • KFC
  • LG&E
  • Louisville Community Development Bank
  • Louisville Defender
  • Louisville/Jefferson County Office of Economic Development
  • Metro United Way
  • Pepsico
  • PNC Bank
  • Providian
  • Republic Bank
  • University of Louisville
  • Western Kentucky University

In 2000, the Louisville Chapter hosted the Regional Conference. In 2014, the Kentucky Leaders of Tomorrow® program was re-launch. In 2015 and 2016 the chapter was a recipient of the Metro United Way Black Male Achievement Grant. The Louisville Chapter has historically served members throughout the commonwealth. As such, in 2014, chapter leaders officially decided to do business as the Kentucky Chapter. Today membership has grown and the Executive Board is working diligently to implement various initiatives to double our membership by end of year 2020.