Two years ago, the National Society of Black Engineers set a bold, ambitious goal for itself: to lead the United States to graduate 10,000 new Black engineers annually by 2025, up from 3,501 African-American engineering graduates in 2014. NSBE’s plan to achieve this goal requires development of a stronger base for the organization and its members: a foundation composed of academic excellence, professional success and commitment to advancement of African-American culture and community.

From March 29 thru April 2, at the Kansas City Convention Center, KCMO, NSBE will demonstrate and discuss the underpinnings of its plan to reach its “10K goal,” during the organization’s 43rd Annual Convention.  The convention is expected to attract 10,000 aspiring and practicing engineers; educators; members of the Greater Kansas City community and representatives of more than 200 academic institutions, government agencies, corporations and nonprofit organizations. The theme of the event is “Engineering Your Foundation.”

Among the many highlights of the convention’s four-day agenda are high-profile speakers, panel discussions, 120 workshops, networking sessions, company tours, community engagement events, technical and scientific competitions, hands-on engineering and science activities and the premier career fair geared toward African Americans in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The Convention also includes three “mini-conferences” designed for the Society’s other membership demographics: the Pre-College Initiative (PCI) Conference, for elementary, middle and high school students; the Graduate School Conference (GSC) for current and prospective graduate students; and the Technical Professionals Conference (TPC) for practicing professionals. The TPC is coordinated by NSBE Professionals, the organization for technical professional members of the National Society of Black Engineers.

Career Fair

Thursday, March 30 and Friday, March 31

Kansas City Convention Center

Participants: All 

With more than 200 major employers and academic institutions exhibiting, the NSBE Annual Convention Career Fair offers unmatched opportunities for professional and educational development of attendees.

Executive Roundtables

Thursday, March 30 and Friday, March 31

Kansas City Marriott Downtown

Participants: Professional

The Executive Roundtables, a signature program of the Technical Professionals Conference, provide premiere speaking opportunities for executive leaders to engage experienced technical and business professionals. This event features a facilitated discussion among vice president and higher senior-level executives covering select topics and critical issues. This year’s Executive Roundtable topics are as follows:

Diversity and Inclusion: Navigating a Multigenerational Workforce

Women in Leadership: Paths to the C-Suite – Insights from the Top

Technology and Innovation: Artificial Intelligence – Can It Go Too Far?

Career Advancement: Advancing Your Career with Social Networking

Global and Community Impact: Collective Impact – Making 10K by 2025 a Reality

Mr. and Miss #NSBE43 Pageant

Thursday, March 30, 8–10 p.m.

Kansas City Convention Center

Participants: All

#NSBE43 Pageant is an event to empower young, aspiring STEM professionals of NSBE. Participants will benefit from the opportunity to improve their public speaking, boost their self-confidence and promote academic excellence. Mr. and Miss. NSBE for 2017 will be crowned during the convention.

Innovations Lab

Friday, March 31, 7 a.m.–11 p.m.

Kansas City Convention Center

Participants: Pre-College

The Innovations Lab is an event with a show-and-tell format for people of all ages that will bring out the kid in all of us. This unique learning activity will inspire participants to become innovators and gain interest in a STEM field. The lab will showcase incredible projects and provide opportunities for hands-on learning.

Inside the Executive Suite Breakfast

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Friday, March 31, 9–10:30 a.m.

Kansas City Marriott Downtown

Participants: Professional, Corporate

This event features a one-on-one interview with a high-profile corporate executive, government official, nonprofit leader or celebrity figure with relevance to STEM.

CEO Spotlight

Friday, March 31, 2–3 p.m.

Kansas City Marriott Downtown

Participants: All

Twitter Cofounder and CEO Jack Dorsey leads “The Evolution of Twitter: Tweets for Change,”  a conversation on the history and future of the social media powerhouse. Joining the conversation will be key Twitter influencers Angela Rye, Jamilah Lemieux, April Reign, Johnetta (“Netta”) Elzie and Brittany Packnett to discuss how they use Tweets to drive change for communities and amplify their causes.

‘Dream Big: Engineering Our World’ Screening and Outreach Event

Friday, March 31, 6:15–11:15 p.m.

Cinetopia Theatre and Prairie Fire Museum

Overland Park, Kansas

Participants: All

“Dream Big,” directed by MacGillivray Freeman, is the first giant-screen film that seeks to inspire kids of diverse backgrounds to get involved in STEM, to become the innovators who will improve the lives of people across our entire planet as we move into the heart of the 21st century and beyond. NSBE, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Bechtel Corporation will team up to screen the movie at two locations.

NSBE Hackathon

Powered by Google, Inc.; Supported by Cox Automotive, Rockwell Collins and Two Sigma

Friday, March 31, 8 p.m.–Saturday, April 1, 2 p.m.

Kansas City Convention Center

Participants: All

The Hackathon showcases the technical and design skills of NSBE members. This event gives participants the opportunity to bring new and innovative ideas to life by building a working prototype alongside industry professionals. This overnight, 18-hour event includes food, snacks and caffeine to keep the hackers energized, as well as great prizes for the winners.

A Walk For Education

Saturday, April 1, 9–11 a.m.

Benjamin Banneker Charter Academy of Technology

Participants: Collegiate

A Walk for Education (AWFE) is a grassroots program in which NSBE members go door to door in underserved black communities and hand out information on college application and enrollment, scholarships, SAT/ACT preparation tools, NSBE membership and the benefits of majoring in STEM fields. The goal of AWFE is to increase awareness of the opportunities available through education, particularly in STEM, and to shatter myths about African Americans studying and working in these fields

NSBE Golden Torch Awards

Saturday, April 1, 7 p.m.

Municipal Auditorium,

Kansas City Convention Center

Participants: All

Now celebrating their 20th year, the NSBE Golden Torch Awards are the highest honors given by the National Society of Black Engineers. These awards recognize individuals and organizations that exemplify NSBE’s ideals of academic excellence, professional success and dedication to the advancement of the black community. Since their inception, the NSBE Golden Torch Awards have provided millions of dollars in scholarships for talented high school seniors.

SAMPLE WORKSHOPS

From Impostor to Influencer: Strategies to Get Your Seat at the Table 

Thursday, March 30, 1–2 p.m.

Kansas City Marriott Downtown

Participants: Professional

This workshop, presented by NSBE’s Women in Science and Engineering Special Interest Group, will help reinforce the skills and techniques that women need to battle “the impostor syndrome” and consistently position themselves to be among the decision makers. 

Hidden Figures No More: Women Leaders in STEM

Friday, March 31, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Kansas City Marriott Downtown

Participants: Collegiate, Graduate, Professional

This special presentation and panel discussion, led by NSBE’s Public Policy Special Interest Group, explores the impact women have made on STEM, and the policies that support the advancement of women to leadership positions in industry, academia and government.

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