Chapter President, Mozella Jenkins (Dyer)
The Kansas City Chapter began as an interim chapter in 1988. In 1995, at the National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts, founding members Lawrence Lee, Sylvia Patillo, and others successfully petitioned for the chapter to receive full chapter status, with all associated voting rights.
Mozella Jenkins (Dyer) was elected the first formal chapter President for the 1996 - 1997 term. Under her leadership the chapter flourished by creating a series of firsts; the first edition of the monthly newsletter, MBA Accounts; the first chapter to establish a 800 listing; the first Institutional Sponsorship Program with Dean William Eddy and Dr. Nolen Ellison at the University of Missouri - Kansas City Bloch School of Business; the first Mentor Development Program was created; the first Emmanuel Cleaver, II, Leadership Award for Economic and Community Development was given to Mayor Emmanuel Cleaver at our Corporate Reception held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City; the first After Work Powerplay social networking event which was held at the newly opened and renovated Omni Hotel - Penthouse Ballroom; first chapter voter registration drive; and the Year End Celebration culminating a year of hard work by the members and partners of the chapter.
The Kansas City Chapter of the National Black MBA Association was recognized as Chapter of the Year in 1996. It is the only chapter that has been recognized in its first year as a full status chapter. The Chapter was recognized with this prestigious Award again in 2003 under the leadership of Fred Phillips. Under his guidance the chapter, awarded over $20,000 in scholarships to local high school and undergraduate students.
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