Since its inception in 1991, the NBMBAA® Leaders of Tomorrow® Program has mentored more than 8,000 talented youth aspiring to leadership roles in professional fields. The LOT® Program is a comprehensive programmatic approach for providing leadership development to high school students. The program is driven by mentoring across five developmental areas: Leadership, Financial Literacy, College Preparation, Career Preparation and Life Skills. The program offers participants resources, knowledge and opportunities in the way of mentoring relationships, scholarships, and internships.
Nelson Mandela once said, “The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow.” The Dayton Chapter of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), under the leadership of Dayton Chapter NBMBAA President, Mrs. Barbara Stewart Bostick, help to ensure this concept becomes a reality through its Leaders of Tomorrow Program (LOT)®. The Dayton Chapter is proud to continue the rich tradition of the NBMBAA of mentoring talented young people through its Leaders of Tomorrow program (LOT)®.
The program is driven by mentoring across the NBMBAA’s five pillars of leadership: Leadership, Financial Literacy, College Preparation, Career Preparation and Life Skills. The Dayton Chapter is honored to have as their partners, Sinclair Community College team members and positive role models, Ms. Jessica Turpin – Upward Bound, Ms. Michelle Littlejohn – Fast Forward Re-engagement Center, Ms. Shola Odumade – Educational Talent Search and Ms. Diana Peterson – Young Scholars Program.
The LOT® themes listed below encompasses the necessary life and soft skills needed to guide young people to become successful in their future vocational, financial, and academic interests. Problem solving, time management, self-confidence, positive attitude, and communication in individuals are essential skills that attribute to life-long success.
The 2020 Dayton Chapter NBMBAA LOT® program year included community service activities, opportunity to attend virtual National Leadership Summits, and monthly class sessions which provided educational content that focused on the five pillars of leadership. According to the students, some of their most enjoyable class sessions included defining leadership, personal branding, financial literacy activities, public speaking/essay writing, college preparation, life skills, importance of mentoring, entrepreneurship, and networking.
Students in grades 9-12 are invited to participate in the program. For more information contact our Dayton Chapter NBMBAA LOT® advisors, Ms. Carol Prewitt and Mrs. Zerni Buxton at DaytonLOT1@gmail.com.
LOT® strives to teach each participants fundamental leadership skills and provide you with opportunities to practice and refine these abilities. Themes include:
LOT® strives to instill financial responsibility with real-world examples. Themes include:
Financial Off-site Discussions
Credit vs. Debt
LOT® helps prepare for higher education with tips, test prep and on-campus experiences. Themes include:
College Selection Process
LOT® exposes you to potential career paths, provides expert mentors and enables real-world experiences. Themes include:
Strengths, Interests and Values
I am pleased to have the opportunity to express my gratitude for the support and encouragement I received from the Dayton Chapter of the National Black MBA Association® at the beginning of my career and the impact of that support ever since. I arrived in Dayton 25 years ago, fresh off out of a JD/MBA program, funded in significant part by the NBMBAA. It was at a NBMBAA® conference that I first met Barbara Bostick and other leaders of what would become the founding members of the Dayton Chapter. As a multiyear scholarship recipient, I was delighted to have the opportunity to work directly with Barbara at a General Motors facility in Kettering, Ohio.
While in Dayton I experienced, through the NBMBAA® , a number of opportunities to hone leadership and communication skills that have served me well during my career. In addition to invitations to attend and present at NBMBAA and other conferences, I was also able to observe and network with leaders and other members of the local chapter. It was extremely beneficial to be able to observe the professionalism of Dayton NBMBAA® members and to model those behaviors in subsequent roles I have held in other Fortune 50 companies.
Dayton NBMBAA® members stressed to me the importance of not only modeling the behaviors of a consummate professional but also the obligation to give back both to the community and to the generation to follow. It was this ethos which led to my association with the NBMBAA Leaders of Tomorrow® program and service on the NBMBAA® scholarship committee. For several years I spoke to students in the Leaders of Tomorrow® program and volunteered to review scholarship essay submissions always hearing in the back of my mind the mantra I was constantly reminded of in Dayton, “to whom much is given, much is required”. I have carried this understanding with me in service to several other organizations throughout my career.
After 25 years in the workforce, one of the most enduring lessons I’ve learned is that you never know who will be the person, where will be the place, which will be the organization or what will be the experience that becomes the foundation for everything else you build. For me, Barbara Bostick was one of those truly impactful people. The Dayton Chapter of the National Black MBA Association® was one of those cornerstone organizations that influenced my success. I am profoundly grateful and indebted to both for their impact on my life and career.
Barry L. Ray, JD/MBA
The Leaders of Tomorrow® program and mentors who served in the program have been a trajectory-changer in the lives of so many inner city young men and women. Dr. Gary Morton is one shining example.
Having to transition from a tiny island to what was one of the toughest neighborhoods in Boston, life was not easy. He faced many challenges and almost had his life taken in a violent robbery and stabbing. With the introduction of Leaders of Tomorrow®, Gary got the exposure, guidance and opportunities that he views as game-changer. For the first time in his life, Gary notes that he got the opportunity to see, meet and engage seemingly limitless Black professionals. This was something he would never experience in his neighborhood.
As result of the door opening opportunities brought about by the Leaders of Tomorrow®, Gary was the first in his family to attend college and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Bentley University; one of the top business schools in the country. He subsequently completed his Master’s of Science Degree in Global Management. Gary also completed a MBA with a triple concentration in Operations, Technology and Real Estate Management and earned a Doctorate degree in 2019.
Gary also returned to Leaders of Tomorrow® and volunteered as Managing Director, which continued to positively impact the lives of other inner city youth, resulting in 100% of the graduating LOT® students attending colleges and Universities of their choice. Gary then went on to become the first LOT® graduate to become President of the Boston Chapter, helping countless professionals of color achieve continued success.
Today, Gary Morton is a Senior Director within the Corporate Philanthropy division of Liberty Mutual; an insurance company that generates over $35 Billion in revenue annually. He currently oversees one of the best in class employee charitable giving programs – Give with Liberty; which provided over $175 Million to over 10,000 charities impacting countless lives around the world over the past 12 years. Gary is also the owner and Managing Broker of the firm “”Real Estate Professionals” which largely assists people of color achieve wealth goals through real estate ownership. He is also a husband and father of two beautiful children. Gary attributes his continued success to the Leaders of Tomorrow® and mentors who continue to play a critical role in his life.