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Westchester Greater Connecticut Chapter

Spring Fling Membership Meeting

The WGC had a “Spring Fling Membership Meeting” at Bar Taco in Port Chester, NY on April 24th. Riding on the heels of a successful gala in March, the organization wanted to give its members an opportunity to re-connect with old friends and meet new ones.

While guests enjoyed tacos, salsa and tasty Margaritas, the Leadership Committee briefly  discussed the benefits of joining the WGC. This was also a chance for members to meet former LOT Student, Jerome Dallas, and learn about his achievements since leaving the LOT program and acknowledging how the WGC was influential in helping him accomplish his goals.

Career Expo and White Board Challenge

On Thursday, June 14th, the National Black MBA Westchester Greater Connecticut chapter held the 6th Annual Career Expo and White Board Challenge at University of Connecticut’s Stamford campus. Five companies sent recruiting representatives hoping to identify potential job seekers with open positions. The exhibiting companies of the event included: Boehringer
Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Neopost, Pitney Bowes, State Farm Insurance, and UCONN. It was a great opportunity to connect our Corporate Partners with talent from the local community. The recruiters were delighted with the talent pool and were enthusiastic about filling open positions. As part of the Career Expo, two Certified Career Coaches were on hand for advice and consultation.

The day included a workshop on Continuous Lifelong Learning: MBA and Beyond moderated by Joseph L. Samuel - Principal at Roberts Webber, LLC, who led a lively discussion. The workshop was designed to help individuals gain insight about the pros and cons of pursuing graduate degree(s) and/or professional certification(s). Facilitators from the University of Connecticut, University of Phoenix and the Project Management Institute served on the panel.

In addition, there was an exciting White Board Challenge sponsored by The Community Bank of Bridgeport. Participants were given five (5) minutes to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. The competition was fierce and Adam Boyajian won the $1000 prize with an idea that involved bridging the gap between bus companies and college campuses with little to no public
transportation options.

For more information about the event, go to http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Black-MBAmembers-connect-with-region-s-businesses-3635679.php#photo-3070749

Salsa and Soul

On May 17th at Don Coqui in New Rochelle, NY, The WGC discovered a taste of Puerto Rico when the organization celebrated its second annual Salsa & Soul event. While listening to R&B  and Salsa music, guests dined on Empanadas, Arroz Con Pollo, plantains and other delicious delicacies from this tropical isle.

This was a night where WGC members, corporate and community partners had a chance to network and socialize in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. The evening wasn’t just about enjoying delicious food, attendees enjoyed free Salsa lessons in between sipping on their Mojitos and  Sangrias. The fun didn’t stop there, after the event, guests headed upstairs to continue the festivities and hear a live Salsa band and dance the night away. Salsa & Soul is definitely a signature event the WGC is proud to host.

If we missed seeing you this year, we hope to see you next year. So get your dancing shoes and be ready to be transported to Puerto Rico in your own backyard. Que Viva Puerto Rico!!!

Monroe College Membership Drive

On May 14th the WGC had its annual MBA Membership Drive at Monroe College in New Rochelle, NY. Graduate-level students from the King School of Business were treated with an interactive and valuable presentation about professional and career development by Obi Okere, a professional life and career coach. All the while, Monroe graduate students had the distinct pleasure of networking with the NBMBAA WGC Leadership Committee members in an effort to enhance their knowledge of the extremely wonderful benefits of being a member of the NBMBAA WGC Chapter: networking opportunities, professional development, community and volunteerism (to name a few). This clearly was a classic case of being in the right place at the right time if you were someone who is looking to re-energize your career and employment search strategy! Over 20 students became a member, and to that we say, WELCOME WELCOME WELCOME to the WGC Family. Don’t miss out on our next visit on Sept 1st to Monroe College’s King School of Business for new student orientation … the WGC will be there ready to share our knowledge, passion and career tips!

To Whom Much is Given, Much is Expected

Winston Strategic Partners’ Principal, Diane Winston navigates life using one guiding principal.
For a teen, a three-hour, bi-weekly commitment may be all it takes to impact their lives forever. Since 2006, the WGC Chapter of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) has placed positive adult role models, mentors, in the lives of high school students with the hope of providing them with a vision for a bigger and brighter future. The NBMBAA Leaders of Tomorrow® (LOT) youth mentoring program is changing how these students, or Leaders as they are referred, view their capability for academic excellence and their responsibility to their community. The program is also proving that college beyond high school is a goal well within their reach with 98% of LOT graduates going on to college (2% entered the military).

The WGC LOT Program was started with 40 students and 18 mentors by Diane Winston, an active member of the chapter. She served as LOT Chair for two years and continues to participate in the program as a mentor. Together with other mentors, she focuses her time on making a difference in the community through the lives of these students. “I believe in my heart that, most Black folks grew up either in communities with great needs or have families living in these communities. I did and I do. This is why I believe it is my obligation to give back. The LOT program affords me and the other mentors with a unique opportunity to share the wisdom we’ve learned along the way with a wonderful group of young people. After all, if we don’t do it, who do we expect will? They are our children; our future; indeed, our next generation of leaders,” says Diane.

When asked about her commitment to the chapter and the LOT program, Diane said, “Helping our children grow into their greatness is essential and important to me. Through the LOT program, the chapter gives us all the window to work with them and in turn, give back to our community. This makes the WGC one of the best chapters out there, in my opinion.” As a first generation college graduate, Diane takes pride in her mentoring duties. “Mentoring for the LOT program is more than a four-year commitment and assistance in college applications. Mentors show these young adults a different side of life. We are their possibility to dream the impossible dream. They see us like big brothers, sisters or aunts and uncles. It reminds us
that although everyone’s circumstances may be different, the work we do for them is bigger than us. We help them find the potential that already lies within them,” says Diane.

When I asked what her greatest achievement was, I was quite surprised by her response. It was not the usual reply you would receive from a person when asked about their personal accomplishments. Diane simply responded, “To whom much is given, much is expected.
I am blessed with good health, family, and friends that love me, and a God Who is Faithful (not necessarily in this order). Giving back to the community and the youth is just another one of those blessings.” Diane says she follows this principal to navigate all areas of her life, whether spiritual, personal, or professional.

Career-wise, Diane had over 25 years of corporate experience with Citibank, and AXA  Financial (now AXA Equitable) before being down-sized post-9/11. Undaunted, she leveraged her corporate experiences, leadership, and networking and communication skills to secure employment as a freelance consultant. Her earliest clients included Pitney Bowes, Scholarship America, and Picture That, LLC. She launched her strategic communications consulting firm, Winston Strategic Partners, LLC in 2005.

Located in Norwalk, the firm specializes in defining and implementing communications strategies that support change management efforts; offers training seminars on business communications and presentation skills; and helps clients revamp or introduce best-in-class diversity and inclusion programs. Since the firm’s launch, her clients have included Unilever, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Fusco Corporation, and most recently, the Connecticut Lottery  Corporation.

Diane lives in Norwalk, CT with her husband.

To learn how you can become a part of the organization or become a mentor, please contact our Program Chair at lot@nbmbaa-wgc.org.

Would you like to be featured in our next newsletter … interested in nominating someone else to be featured instead? Let us know by contacting us at President@nbmbaa-wgc.org.

How can you be a part of the WGC Team?

The WGC is looking for your skills, experience and thought leadership to drive success. Are you looking for an opportunity to belong to a dynamic professional group of intellectuals? Are you considering volunteering your time with an organization but haven’t quite decided which one yet? Well, the WGC needs you. We value our membership’s participation in the planning
and execution of our programs and would love to see you get involved. Join a committee today. Select one based on your passion, or your experience or something that you have never had a chance to try but would like to be exposed to. We have something for everyone
and we look forward to you joining the team.

Collegiate Affairs
Corporate Relations
Leaders of Tomorrow


Contact us at info@nbmbaa-wgc.org and give us some information about yourself and let us know where you would like to volunteer, or we will let you know which committee can use your support. We look forward to hearing from you!

President's Letter

Dear WGC Members and Partners,

It has truly been a pleasure leading this chapter as President for the past two years. The dedication displayed by our corporate partners and members during these difficult economic times is a testament to the work this chapter does for the Westchester and Fairfield Counties. We strive to raise the bar each year on how we impact the community. Having released over $75,000 in scholarships in 2011 and 2012, graduating a third class of high school seniors from our Leaders of Tomorrow program, all of whom have gone onto higher educational institutions or the military, sending a 3rd team of high school LOT students to the NBMBAA national business case competition, as well as continuing to host over 18 programs and events annually has contributed to the WGC Chapter’s significance and influence for the community.

But now it is time to turn the keys over to a new leader. Winnie Roberts will step in as President of the WGC Chapter as I am relocating out of the area. She will not only continue the efforts of my leadership and strategic vision for the chapter, but Winnie will put her own stamp on how the chapter impacts the community. I want to send a special thank you to the WGC Leadership Team that serves today and those that have served over the last two years under my leadership. The WGC has a dynamic group of intellectuals who are dedicated and
committed to achieving the NBMBAA mission. I thank each of you for your support, diligence and perseverance.

This move is bittersweet, as I am excited for my next chapter, but saddened to leave behind a community that has embraced me and this chapter. I’ve began serving as Immediate Past President starting July 1, 2012 for the WGC Chapter, an advisory role on the WGC leadership team. Please continue to attend our events, become a mentor for Leaders of Tomorrow Mentoring Program and support the efforts that will be set forth by the WGC leadership team as we continue striving to be impactful by creating and enhancing wealth, educational and career opportunities for our members and the community at large.

Tanya Mahan

Got Knowledge ... Got Passion

By sparing a few hours twice per month – you can make a difference in the life of a child. The National Black MBA Association’s Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) high school mentorship program helps provide young people with the confidence and tools needed to excel and  become leaders. LOT provides a support system for the students and helps them flourish by developing their life skills - networking, interviewing and public speaking – providing cultural exposure, college preparation and scholarship opportunities, through a series of workshops, tutoring and group support.

As a mentor within the LOT program, you are able to influence the lives of your mentees by simply sharing your own experiences, advice and encouragement. In doing so, you are able to help build their self-esteem, enhance their academic performance and also benefit from the personal satisfaction of having helped someone else.


Students enter the LOT program as they begin their high school journey in 9th grade. The program spans four years and students that complete the program graduate at the end of  May during their final year – 12th grade. Mentors are assigned to a group of students within the same grade and resources are provided to assist with leading each group session. Students meet with their assigned mentors two Saturdays per month from 9 am – 12 pm, starting in mid-September until the end of May. Meetings are held at Norwalk Community College, 188 Richards Ave., Norwalk, CT.

To date, we’ve graduated 3 classes with an astounding 100% high school graduation rate and 100% of those students are in college and the armed forces!!! Interested in becoming a part of the success? If so, please contact our Program Chair at lot@nbmbaa-wgc.org or visit our website at http://www.nbmbaa-wgc.org/education/leadersoftomorrow.html

LOT Graduation

Saturday, June 9th 2012, marked the end of a four year journey for the NBMBAA-WGC Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) program’s senior graduating class.

Approximately sixty attendees gathered at the Doubletree Hotel in Norwalk, CT to celebrate the journey, accomplishments and future endeavors of LOT’s class of 2012. The pride and joy was evident in the speeches provided by mentors and students in attendance as well as the faces of their friends and family that were present. We are extremely proud to report that each of our 10 senior leaders have successfully graduated from their respective high schools and been accepted into college.

Isaiah Muhammed
Ulricka Joseph
Pauldine Joseph
Danyel Moxam
Zanya Fulton
Aja Piro
Brianna Coleman
Taylor Kennerly
Saige Bryan
Kaitlin Oliver
Please join us in congratulating our graduates … for we are extremely proud of our Class of 2012 students and wish them all the best in their next chapters at college!

LOT Volunteer Day

On May 19th 2012, the NBMBAA-WGC Leader’s of Tomorrow (LOT) program kicked off the chapter’s annual volunteer initiative by supporting the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9617 organization in their flag planting effort at Woodland Cemetery in Stamford, CT. A group of forty-five Leader’s of Tomorrow students, parents, mentors and the NBMBAA WGC leadership committee gathered at the cemetery and learned about the significance of the flag planting tradition and the importance of recognizing those that have served our country.

The event was a resounding success! Our LOT volunteers planted over 1,000 flags at the graves of soldiers and the students were also able to share their thoughts with local media personnel that were in attendance.

To view local media coverage of this astounding event, please click below:

News 12

Stamford Advocate


The National Black MBA Association Westchester/Greater CT Chapter (WGC) takes great pride in both cultivating the local community (including Fairfield and Westchester Counties) through professional development opportunities, high school mentoring program(s), annual robust career fairs and supporting surrounding neighborhood organizations such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9617. It was a distinct privilege to honor Fairfield County’s local veterans by participating in this flag planting ceremony. Moreover, it was greatly humbling for the students and adults who took part in this life-changing experience.