Board Member Spotlight: Nina Grace Shelby

Nina Grace Shelby is a business development and program management professional. A native of Chicago, IL, she relocated to Los Angeles, CA shortly after graduating college. Nina obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, as well as a Master of Science in Management and Leadership from the Graziadio Business School at Pepperdine University. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Global Leadership and Change from Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology.


Nina was first introduced to the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), through Pepperdine University, while obtaining her graduate degree. After being awarded an academic scholarship from NBMBAA – Los Angeles Chapter, she decided to give back to the NBMBAA community by volunteering with the organization in the capacity of Director of Programs. She believes that NBMBAA provides a space for individuals to extend their talents to others and opportunities to become a mentee and mentor.

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Nina strongly believes that NBMBAA's purpose is to promote intellectual development and economic wealth within the African American Community. Moreover, one of the benefits of membership is being a part of a network that continually provides their members’ access to resources and opportunities at all levels spanning from students to executives and entrepreneurs. The business market is consistently changing. NBMBAA is focused not only on the leading edge of change but also on providing innovative pathways to corporate America for a phenomenal talent pool of advanced executives.


Nina's favorite aspect of the National Black MBA Association has been the opportunity to work with an executive team that is incredibly smart, talented and kind. What excites her most about NBMBAA is being a part of a vibrant community where individuals can share experiences in a space that promotes creativity, innovation and discovery among its members. She believes that NBMBAA – Los Angeles Chapter is heading in the direction of accelerated change. The Chapter has been successful in creating the foundation for proud, engaged, and committed members who want to walk the extra mile, get out of their comfort zone, and make innovation happen. In her role as the Director of Programs, she will contribute her efforts towards collaborating with corporate partners to develop events that increase momentum and energy when combining business innovation initiatives, and the development and empowerment of talent.


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