The National Association of Black Accountants held its annual Pre-Conference Workshop at Grambling State University on Saturday in the Jacob T. Stewart Building. NABA partnered with corporate sponsor Deloitte to provide workshops designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge to ensure their success at the regional conference.
Attendees of the pre-conference had the opportunity to have their resume reviewed and participated in mock interviews. In addition, attendees listened to the following presentations and presenters:
Networking and recruiting, by consultant Safiya Paul, Resume building by senior consultant Dede D’almeida, Professional Dress by audit assistant Mary Franklin and Business Etiquette and Interview Skills by audit senior assistant Liselle Griffith.
Alumni of Grambling and professional members of NABA, who are all Deloitte employes, spearheaded the pre-conference in collaboration with the NABA GSU Chapter. Keeping with the vision of NABA “lifting as we climb,” the professionals returned to assist in preparing GSU students for the South Southwest Western Student Conference in Houston on Oct. 18 through Oct. 20.
The conference will include students from colleges and universities from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Students attending the conference will have an opportunity to interact with other students, attend seminars, interview with corporate sponsors and apply for scholarships.
“The conference was informative and interesting,” said Maura Lennie, “a great way to prepare for the upcoming conference in Texas.”
Deouna Baron agreed. “The workshop was a needed one. I feel more confident heading to Texas in hopes of receiving an internship or even better a full-time position,” said Baron.
Peter Adeyemi thought the pre-conference was informative. “It helped me think and prepare for the conference. The pre-conference is something that everyone attending the conference should attend,” he said.
The organization extended thanks to the College of Business and dean, Dr. Carl Wright, for their support, Andrea Dixon and Dr. Aaron Witherspoon for assisting with the mock interviews and Nonso Okpala, advisor, for work behind the scenes.