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
- Greater Louisville, Inc.
- Humana, Inc.
- Louisville Community Development Bank
- Louisville Defender
- Louisville/Jefferson County Office of Economic Development
- Metro United Way
- PNC Bank
- 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.
- Louis Bates: 1995 – 1999
- Crawford Owens: 2000 – 2004
- Gerald Joiner: 2004 – 2006
- Crawford Owens: 2006 – 2008
- Alan Benson: 2008 – 2012
- Domonique Churchill: 2012 – 2014
- Chanda Glover: 2014 – Present
Current Chapter Leaders
Chanda Glover is the Kentucky Chapter president. Chanda Glover’s career path includes being an engineer in manufacturing, a marketer in nonprofit, and an analyst in health care. She earned her undergraduate degree in engineering from Georgia Tech, her MBA from University of Iowa, and her graduate certification in business data mining from Oklahoma State University. She is currently an analytics consultant for Humana Inc. Of all these things, Chanda feels her greatest accomplishment has been to be the first person in her family to earn a master’s degree. With this in mind, she has been a member of the National Black MBA Association since 2008. As a member of the Black MBA, Chanda has served as a board member of the Cincinnati Chapter and now serves as the president of the Kentucky Chapter. Chanda’s eclectic background is a testament to her passion for serving the marginalized and living to her fullest potential. One of her favorite quotes is from Erma Bombeck who said, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’”
Her work experience includes customer service, operations management and hospitality management for Centerplate Corp. In 2013 she spent her first year with Humana on the Service Operations and IT Finance department on the SMA team where she was directly involved building and designing data analytics platforms that help decision makers in operational, managerial and strategic level. As an aspiring business owner with commitment to lifelong learning she hopes to broaden her knowledge respectively.
Her primary interests include: customer experience, process improvement, and social entrepreneurship, event planning and volunteering in her spear time.
Jesse Dunbar is the VP of Administration. Jesse is a Consultant within Enterprise Solutions Consulting at Humana Inc., where he gains alignment on strategy and develops solutions for various business leaders across the Enterprise.
Prior to joining Humana, Jesse worked with Premier HomeCare Inc. as a Project Manager, developing and driving segment strategy, leading profit growth projects, and managing special projects. Jesse has significant years in the Healthcare industry and has experience in Consulting, Enterprise Strategy, Relationship Selling, Project Management, Venture Capital Strategy, Leadership Development, Non-profit leadership, Innovation, Facilitation and Coaching. Jesse has his BA in Marketing and Communications from the University of Louisville, and is working on his MBA at Webster University!
When Jesse prioritizes his downtime he spends it reading informal & educational books, claiming the remote control for all things Netflix, consignment shopping, being a novice at cycling, and claiming the role as “Cool Uncle” with his niece and nephew.
Aisha Neal is the VP of Operations. Aisha is a Louisville native and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Phoenix. She works for Humana, Inc. as a Consultant managing clinical projects and volunteers as a Well Being Champion whose objective is to engage associates as well as help them become more knowledgeable about the programs and resources available so they can achieve their well-being goals. Aisha also works as a hairstylist part-time, and owner of Tangles & Curls Beauty Salon. She is a member of the Children Youth Ministry at Green Street Baptist Church and holds the role as Director of Student Promotions. Clark Atlanta University’s motto “I’ll find a way or make one” is a personal motto and inspiration for me. I love helping, motivating, and inspiring others to step out of their comfort zone and participate in new initiatives that leads to personal and professional achievements.
Taenje Matthews is the VP of Records. She has dynamic experience as a program/project manager that include managing large-scale initiatives as part of healthcare reform, experience transformation, and developing mentoring program (Making the Connection). Taenje delivers high return on investment with high integrity. Her passionate corporate vision has been inspired through her 25+ years of combined corporate and entrepreneurial experience, which includes Proctor & Gamble, IT consulting, healthcare management, and owning an E-commerce and consulting company. Being a leader affords her the chance to give back and open the door of opportunity so that others can reach their full potential. Her vision is to cultivate “inside out”; develop strong bonds and partnerships; build rapport, build incredible talent, and build achievement on an individual level.
Eboni Edwards is the Leaders of Tomorrow® C0-Chairperson. Eboni Edwards has a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida A&M University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas. Her work experience includes working as an Assistant Buyer at the May Company/Macy’s Midwest and the Department of Defense as a Contract Specialist. In 2012, Eboni started as a procurement analysts and currently works as a Supply Market and Inventory Analyst at LG&E-KU Services. In her free time, Eboni extends her time and expertise to volunteer with such organizations as the Consortium for Graduate Management Studies, FAMU Alumni Chapter and Urban League Young Professionals. In the past, Eboni worked with the Austin Chapter of NBMBAA in their LOT program and participated with the St. Louis Chapter community service event passing out books in an underprivileged neighborhood. Eboni has a passion for working with NBMBAA because she believes in the mission of professional development. “I have been blessed to attend the conference multiple years; I have also been extremely blessed to be a National MBA scholarship recipient in 2007.”
Bethel Kidane is the Leaders of Tomorrow® C0-Chairperson. Bethel is a naive of Cincinnati, OH. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BA in Journalism and a minor in Psychology. After graduation she began her career at Macy’s going through their Executive Development Program; rotating within different departments and ultimately finishing her three year tenure there as a Customer Experience Process Improvement Manager. While working full time, she returned to her alma mater part time to obtain her MBA with a focus in Marketing. Recently thereafter, she moved to Louisville, for a job with GE Appliances as a Social Media Team Leader. Bethel looks forward learning about the city and the people in it; and welcomes all networking activities to do so!