Chapter President, Dana Townsend
Dana Townsend has a passion for driving results, creating innovative strategies, and exceeding revenue goals. She has over 13 years of sales, leadership, account management, marketing and business development experience with organizations such as Enterprise Holdings, Apollo Education Group and Equifax. As a Regional Sales Manager within Equifax Workforce Solutions Dana works directly with clients to consult and manage human capital intelligence, proven compliance expertise and world class data analytics to HR, Payroll and Tax departments within emerging markets in a variety of industries. She is excited to empower her clients with a suite of services to enhance the ever-evolving needs of a productive workforce while measurably impacting bottom lines.
Dana holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Webster University. In addition, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Lincoln University.
Dana is active in a number of professional and community organizations and is currently a member of the Regional Business Council Leaders 100, 2016-2017 St. Louis Business Diversity Fellows Program, Cabinet Board Member for the United Way of Greater St. Louis Charmaine Chapman Society and member of the Greater St. Louis Lincoln University Alumni Association. She currently holds the title of President for the National Black MBA Association- St. Louis Chapter. She is a member and past Co-Chair for City Academy Friends Board were she has served for the past nine years. In 2016, Dana received the St. Louis American/Wells Fargo Salute to Young Leader Award which recognized the top 20 young African American leaders in the region under the age of 40.
We are the premier organization dedicated to leadership, community and professional development.
The National Black MBA Association, Inc. (NBMBAA) St. Louis Chapter is one of 46 professional chapters throughout the United States and Canada. The NBMBAA-St. Louis Chapter has more than 130 members with diverse professional backgrounds in the field of accounting, communications, finance, general management, human resources, information technology, marketing and telecommunications acquired from both public and private sector organizations.
Maria Flores, Jesse Swanigan and Ruth Teague-Rice formed the chapter along with charter members John Bass, Alfred A. Brown Jr., Rose Neyland, Ken Rowey and Mark Sanford in 1984, and the chapter incorporated in the State of Missouri in 1988. The chapter is a recognized 501©3 business organization with a mission to assist in the professional, entrepreneurial, economic and intellectual development of its members, corporate partners and community-at-large.
For the last 33 years, the NBMBAA-St. Louis Chapter has been a part of the fabric in the St. Louis community and has played a pivotal role in the growth and development of business professionals through offered professional development programs, community outreach programs and signature events—hosting 20 Professional Career Fairs, 14 Golf Tournaments and two Entrepreneur Think Tanks. Over the years, these and other fundraising events have enabled the chapter to provide more than $320,000 in scholarships to local high school seniors bound for college as well as area undergraduate and graduate students. Additionally, the chapter has, for more than 15-years, impacted the lives of students participating in its Leaders of Tomorrow program.
The NBMBAA-St. Louis Chapter has a long standing history of chapter presidents who [with the aid of each leadership team] have worked tirelessly to empower visionaries through a commitment to education, career, leadership, entrepreneurship and lifestyle.