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, MBA 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.’” Find Chanda on LinkedIn.
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. Find Roshae on LinkedIn.
Taenje Matthews is the VP of Operations (pending election). 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. Find Taenje on LinkedIn.
Camille White, MBA is the VP of Administration (pending election). Camille is a Branch Analyst for Hilliard Lyons Wealth Firm since Oct 2017. In this role, Camille responds to branch needs in financial investment products, trading support, re-organizations, research, confirming the accuracy of actions taken by the advisors and problem solving. Camille has been with the firm for over 17 years and has held previous positions within the firm.
In January 2017, Camille became the Business Operations Officer and head of Finance Committee for her church, New Life SDA Church, after resigning her position as Treasurer at the end of 2016, a position she held for 12yrs. Camille was an active member of the Louisville Urban League Young Professionals for over 12 years and served on different committees and held the board position of Treasurer for one term before moving on from the organization.
Camille had been a competitive Figure Skater for 30 years until an recent injury took her out of the competitive arena. She has since received her Coaches Credentials from the Professional Skating Association in order to coach skating under the United States Figure Skating Association and Ice Skating Institute. She is currently the Head Coach and Choreographer for The Belles Synchronized Skating Team that has been established over 40 years ago. Camille’s other interest include travel, outdoor activities, nature, living a healthy/holistic lifestyle, brunch and dinner with friends, the performing arts, and anything adventurous she can get herself into.
Camille has been with the Kentucky Chapter of the National Black MBA Association for over 12 years. She is a graduate of Indiana University where she received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and a graduate degree from Webster University where she received her MBA.
Camille credits God with all her gifts, talents and her youthful and adventurous spirit. One of her favorite verses come from Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Find Camille on LinkedIn.
Jermetria Robey is the VP of Record (pending election). Jermetria began her professional career with Volunteers of America Mid-States, in Human Resources, six years ago, as an Administrative Assistant. With just a high school diploma and very little experience in the field, she was able to prove to her colleagues that she was capable of playing a vital role in the department. Two short years later, she was promoted to Human Resources Coordinator I, with many more responsibilities, including processing background checks, assisting with payroll, and orientation for new hires – just to name a few. A couple of years later, she was promoted, once again, to become Human Resources Coordinator II. Although Jermetria was extremely grateful and excited for these new opportunities, she realized the need for more education. The quick acceleration would soon end without a college degree, so in 2014, she enrolled to become a Business student at Indiana Wesleyan University. Currently, she is in the Business Management Bachelor’s program and expected to graduate December 2018, and also employed with long-time employer – Volunteers of America Mid-States –as a Human Resources Recruiting Specialist. Jermetria’s motto, “I am constantly looking for growth within myself, so if the opportunity comes, I am taking it!” Find Jermetria on LinkedIn.
Aisha Neal, PMP is the Leaders of Tomorrow® Chairperson. 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. Find Aisha on LinkedIn.
Adrian Shipley is the Director of Marketing (pending election). He was born and raised in Louisville Kentucky, oldest of 4 siblings, father of 1 daughter, London Ali Shipley. Formal education attained from Kentucky State University and the Art Institute of New York City. Having an eye and passion for details and design, most of his career has been spent in High-end Fashion Retail, Personal Image Consulting, Fashion Boutique Owner, Leasing and currently serving as Property Manager of 93 Luxury unit apartments. Recently came aboard as, Director of Marketing and Communications for the National Black MBA Association Kentucky Chapter with hopes of helping to impact the community through economical and intellectual mind-shifts. Find Adrian on LinkedIn.