Speaker: Dr. Carl Mack

Topic: Servant Leadership

Date: July 15, 2014, 12:00 p.m. CST

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Dr. Carl B. Mack is a graduate and Distinguished Engineering Fellow of Mississippi State University (Bachelor of Science, Mechanical engineering) and was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by Clarkson University in 2010.  He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Clarkson University, the Society of Automotive Engineers and the advisor board for the College of Engineering at Mississippi State University.

On March 1, 2005, Mack became the fourth executive director of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), one of the nation’s largest student-governed organizations.

His presence at NSBE was immediately felt. In each of his first five years, the organization set records for membership, reaching 35,493 members in 2010, up from its previous high of 12,842 before his arrival. He has also been instrumental in increasing NSBE’s financial resources to record highs: helping expand the organization’s cash reserves from $3.5 million to $11.0 million; securing a largest-ever grant of $1 million from a NSBE sponsor; helping build NSBE’s top-level sponsorship to record levels; bringing in hundreds of thousands of dollars to strengthen NSBE’s IT infrastructure; pushing attendance at NSBE’s Annual Convention to nearly 10,000 attendees and working with NSBE’s National Executive Board to pay off the mortgage on NSBE’s new World Headquarters building, among other highlights.

To help fill the pipeline to engineering careers with greater numbers of minorities, in the Summer of 2007, Mack founded NSBE’s free three week Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) Academy.

Before joining NSBE, Mack worked as an engineer with METRO – King County in Seattle, Wash.

Mack resides in Fort Washington, Md., with his sons, Joshua and Jonathan, and his wife, Jamiyo (Jamie-Yo), a chemical engineer whom he met at NSBE’s 2000 Annual National Convention.  His daughter, LaShaundra Johnson resides in Jackson, MS.

   Speaker: James P. Crick
Vice President of Enrollment Management

Topic: Dale Carnegie - Strengthen Chapter by Increasing Member Involvement

Date: July 29, 2014, 12:00 p.m. CST

Jim began his career with The Sullivan University System in the Fall of 1982 and has served as Regional Admissions Officer, Associate Director of Admissions, Dean of Students, Director of Admissions, Corporate Director of Training and Marketing and currently serves as Vice President of Enrollment Management.  Jim oversees all of The Sullivan University System (Sullivan University, Spencerian College and The Sullivan College of Technology and Design) admissions and marketing efforts including Winston’s Restaurant, Juleps Catering and The Bakery at Sullivan University.  His responsibilities also include oversight of the Dale Carnegie Training Franchise and The International Center for Corporate Learning (ICCL) which works directly with business to business training.

Jim is a three course trainer for Dale Carnegie and Associates and serves as an advisor to the Dale Carnegie International Franchise Association Board of Directors.  He has done extensive research on Generational Diversity and the Millennial Generation.  He earned a Bachelor of Science in Commerce Degree (B.S.C.) from the University of Louisville, a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Sullivan University and a Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership from The University of Central Missouri.

He is an avid runner (completed 6 marathons including Boston, Chicago and New York twice).  He has been married for 30 years with 3 children and 4 grandchildren.


Speaker: Wyatt L. Davis
Principal & Chief Executive Officer

Topic: Strategic Planning

Date: August 12, 2014, 12:00 p.m. CST

Wyatt’s expertise is in business strategy, operations, and technology. An outstanding facilitator, he focuses on partnering with clients in envisioning, planning, and  implementing innovative services and service models. An early career placement with  Arthur Andersen Business Consulting launched Wyatt’s love for the consulting profession and provided him the opportunity to work in the nonprofit industry with a for-profit perspective. He acquired a Master of Business Administration degree in Management from the University of Texas, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas A&M University. Wyatt is a certified private pilot who also enjoys cycling, astronomy, and playing guitar.

About Clarkson Davis

Based in Dallas, Texas, Clarkson Davis marries leading-edge business thinking with deep nonprofit expertise. With decades of collective consulting and nonprofit experience, we are the management consulting team chosen by nonprofit leaders who are future- focused and who seek to take their organizations to the next level.

Powering Change That Matters.
  Speaker: Gabriel Najera

Topic: Negotiations and Leadership Principles

Date: August 29, 2014, 12:00 p.m. CST

Gabriel is an internationally recognized expert in negotiations, management consulting and business training. He has consulted, designed, lectured and presented management-training topics to over 5,000 upper level executives. Over his 40-year career, Gabriel has held senior management positions in engineering, project management, operations, strategic planning, sales, negotiations, management training, business consulting and international business development.

Currently, Gabriel is President of the Najera Consulting Group, Inc., a firm that provides research, planning, business consulting and overall management training program design for its clients, and can address specific problems and challenges experienced by an industry, organization or their employees.  

Prior to forming the Najera Consulting Group, Gabriel worked for 20 years with various divisions of Amoco Corporation (now BP) in progressively more responsible positions. While serving as Amoco’s International Lubricants Business Unit Manager, he developed and implemented business strategies for Mexico, Russia, Poland and China markets.

Gabriel was born in Saginaw, MI and has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University. He has written numerous articles and is a highly sought after speaker, facilitator, consultant and trainer for corporate and non-profit organizations, trade associations, colleges and universities.

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