Following an inspirational week at the 2022 National Association of Black Accountants (NABA Inc.) Convention, accounting and finance student Eva Iwuchukwu returned to Charlotte with some exciting news.
UNC Charlotte’s NABA chapter was named the 2022 Southeast Chapter of the Year. More than 130 chapters are based in the southeast region.
Accounting student Clarence Newman, who serves as president of UNC Charlotte NABA, said the recognition follows years of work to help members build their careers in business and connect with recruiters.
"One of the biggest achievements for our chapter was getting 100% of our graduating seniors jobs at top companies, such as Deloitte, Dell, and Bank of America," Newman said.
Additionally, about 90% of UNC Charlotte NABA members are offered internships, he said. "Our biggest initiative right now is our corporate connection."
Iwuchukwu, who serves as the chapter’s secretary, represented UNC Charlotte NABA at the convention in Hollywood, Fla. earlier this summer. Iwuchukwu spent her time at the convention utilizing many of the career-building resources available to attendees, such as networking sessions, leadership workshops and on-site job interviews for internships and full-time positions.
"This convention was very emotional. Being surrounded by many Black professionals who are leaders in their prospective fields was very inspirational," Iwuchukwu said. "Attending this convention has helped me network with some of America's future leaders and gain the necessary leadership skills needed to thrive in today's world."
NABA Inc., which governs regional and student chapters in the United States, is a nonprofit organization that aims to bridge the gap between Black business leaders in accounting, finance, and entrepreneurship.
UNC Charlotte NABA, founded in 2014, is a student organization that aims to address the professional needs of its members and build leaders that shape the accounting and finance profession. UNC Charlotte faculty Cynthia Bush and Carla Boles serve as faculty advisors for the student organization.
The Belk College has more than a dozen active student organizations. The organizations help students develop their leadership skills, network and connect classroom experiences to real-world issues.