Photo Left: Gary Morton
1992 Leader of Tomorrow Student Member
Now the Managing Director of the Boston Chapter Leaders of Tomorrow
Student members of the Boston Chapter Leaders of Tomorrow Program (LOT) of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) recently participated in a nationwide case competition in Connecticut, sponsored by the NBMBAA. Although the young team did not win, they made an impressive showing, and are fired up to compete again in next year’s competition.
Below is a commentary written by the LOT’s Director, Gary Morton. Morton is one of a growing number of young professionals who joined LOT as a high school student in 1992 and remained connected to the program. After graduating from high school in Boston, he continued on to finish Bentley University and is currently enrolled in graduate school. Married and the father of two, Morton works for Liberty Mutual in Boston.
I am very proud of Gary and have watched his leadership role grow through the years. I co-founded the Boston LOT program in 1991 when I served as the Chapter President. It has been so fulfilling to see the group expand through the years, and exciting to see Gary and others take an active leadership role as LOT alum.
Congratulations to the team. May you continue to excel in the years ahead.
-Carole Copeland Thomas, MBA
The Boston Chapter Leaders of Tomorrow Program
by Gary Morton
We were very proud to rigorously train, educate, mentor and advise a group of 12 committed student Leaders in graduate level Business Analysis fundamentals, ultimately taking 5 them to the 2011 LOT National Business Case Competition on June 24th - June 26th to compete for $30,000 in scholarships at the University of Connecticut’s School of Business.
This was our first year participating in this nationwide competition and the students competed against 24 other teams. They trained with us for several months, learning fundamental business concepts including SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats), Porter’s Five Forces, and financial analysis techniques. Also, they studied other factors that impact business decisions such as economic indicators and environmental conditions. Further, the practice sessions were full of exercises that enabled the students to practice public speaking and work on presentation skills.
The students arrived at U Conn on Friday where they were warmly greeted by the Senior Administrators for the U Conn School of Business as well as the newly appointed President of the National Black MBA Association, Kimberly Corbin. Orientation was followed by a college tour and pizza party, which allowed students from various chapters to socialize and network before the next day’s competition. Saturday, we competed in the first round and presented on the Harvard Business Case for Natura, a Brazilian beauty company.
While our team did not advance to the final round, they performed very well. They exhibited poise, confidence, professionalism, expertise during the MBA-level presentation they gave before a panel of judges.
The final round that afternoon was followed by an awards gala in the evening where the National Black MBA Association’s LOT National Case Competition Committee spoke on the history of the program and its immense value to high school students across the nation. During the ceremony, the finalists were announced.
The results were the following: 1st place – Dallas, 2nd place – Chicago, 3rd place – New Jersey, 4th place – Westchester, 5th place – Toronto. Following the ceremony, students danced the night away at post-gala party.
Much applause to the students for their enthusiasm and dedication and to the LOT leadership team that worked tirelessly on a weekly basis for several months to teach MBA-level material. This was a great experience for both the chaperones and student alike! We’ve already started planning for 2012!
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Carole Copeland Thomas is a 27 year speaker, trainer and consultant specializing in global diversity, empowerment, multiculturalism and leadership issues.