Career and Personal Development
These initiatives focus on providing members with training, guidance and opportunities to develop their soft skills. The underlying programs seek to provide the necessary knowledge and information on how to improve career progression for members with the goal of c-suite attainment. From personal style definition, to mentoring and coaching through identification of sponsors and advocates to gender-specific needs in the workplace. These initiatives include the following programs;
- NABA Career Services: A program aimed at supporting members identify career needs, potential employers and skills necessary to achieve career goals. This program leverages NABA's vast network of professionals and relationships with local companies to facilitate the matching of members with companies. See our Job Postings
- NABA Mentoring and Coaching: This is a program aimed at increasing the number of African Americans in the C-suite in companies. It is also aimed at increasing the retention rate in companies. Program elements include formal and informal mentoring. Experience from mentoring activities in general indicates that personal style and a personal connections between mentors and protégées go a long way to achieving a successful mentoring relationship. We seek to achieve this through a combination of both formal and social mentoring events/activities. Examples include the "Mix and Mingle" sessions and industry-based gatherings.
- Mix and Mingle:These activities seek to create connections and lasting relationships through social interaction. Held periodically and in a socio-professional setting, members, friends, mentors and/or protégées all meet and interact in a relaxed atmosphere. Personal or professional development sessions also take place at these sessions.
- Women of NABA: This is a gender-based program that seeks to identify and address the matters that are specific to women members. Through specific sessions (professional and social), discussion panels or other methods, matters of guidance, inspiration, problem solving etc. are discussed and potential alternatives to achieving set goals are attained. It is open to men as well.
- Ebony Winter Gala: The premier African American event in New England, the gala is our way of bringing together members and friends of NABA to relax and unwind while taking stock of the year ending and looking forward to the coming year.
NABA Mentoring program aims to match students and professionals with "coaches" and "Sponsors" who will help develop and advocate for them respectively. By leveraging social interaction, we are able to provide a forum for a "natural matching" between those involved as against assigned mentors. The goal of this program is to attract minority students to the field of accounting through the combined efforts of NABA's professional and student chapter members, accounting faculty at designated area colleges/universities and the Massachusetts Society of CPAs, Inc. Emphasis is placed on establishing a mentoring relationship, providing academic guidance, support and other services to ensure the personal and professional development of minority accounting students.