Wednesday, September 14, 2016

National Society Of Black Engineers Holds Conference In Charlotte, Presents Awards To Former Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt and Former Astronaut Joan Higginbotham

Harvey B. Gantt.

Joan Higginbotham

Roland S. Martin

Journalist Roland S. Martin Will Address the Event’s

Keynote Luncheon

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) will hold its annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) on Sept. 29–Oct. 2, 2016 at The Westin Charlotte, in Charlotte, N.C. The PDC is the premier event dedicated to the NSBE Professionals, an organization that seeks to empower its 6,600 members to grow technically, access influential leadership, advance careers and inspire the next generation of black technical professionals. More than 500 engineers, graduate and senior undergraduate engineering students, and business professionals from across the country will convene at the event. Award-winning journalist and author Roland S. Martin, host and managing editor of NewsOne Now, will be the keynote speaker for the conference. Architect and civil rights activist Harvey B. Gantt, former mayor of Charlotte, and Joan Higginbotham, corporate executive and former astronaut, will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards during the conference’s Evening of Excellence Gala awards event, where Stephanie Maxwell, news anchor for WSOC-TV in Charlotte, will serve as emcee.

“The NSBE Professional Development Conference is a cornerstone event where our Professionals can receive training to supplement their careers, have meaningful technical dialog, engage employers and show a strong STEM presence in our community,” says Crystal  M. Smith, PMP, professional development conference chair for NSBE’s 2016 Professional Development Conference. “Our 2016 theme is ‘Elevating Our Culture, Community and Careers,’ and our power-packed agenda will do just that!”
This year’s PDC will include workshops moderated by corporate executives in business, engineering, technology and science professions. The workshops will focus on leadership development, professional development, personal development, early career advancement and technical growth. Participants will also connect with other professionals, corporate representatives and executives to exchange success stories and discuss career challenges and specific technical subjects of interest to conference attendees and the community.
In conjunction with the 2016 PDC, in the same venue, the NSBE Energy Special Interest Group (SIG) and American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) will host an Energy Summit, which will address trends and technologies in the power generation, power delivery, energy efficiency, and oil and natural gas industries.
“We view the NSBE Professionals as the global brain trust of black engineers,” says National NSBE Professionals Chair Richard Z. White. “Our vision statement for the Professionals is to develop and impact our active members to succeed as future corporate leaders, technical experts in industry and strong stewards of their communities. Each year, NSBE Professionals members from our six regions across the U.S. gather at the PDC to reconnect with our vision and move the Society forward.”
White and NSBE Executive Director Karl W. Reid, Ed.D. will be on hand at the conference for interviews. Roland Martin will speak during the PDC Keynote Luncheon, on Saturday, Oct. 1, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. The Evening of Excellence Gala will take place on Oct. 1, 7:30–9:15 p.m.
Media interested in attending the conference should request credentials in advance with Yvette Watson at
To learn more about the conference, workshops and speakers, visit

With more than 31,000 members and more than 300 chapters in the U.S. and abroad, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States. NSBE, founded in 1975, supports and promotes the aspirations of collegiate and pre-collegiate students and technical professionals in engineering and technology. NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.” For more information, visit

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Thank you Mr. Zick! I will have additional releases to send this week. Kind regards,  Yvette Watson

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