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LOT Mission
The NBMBAA Leaders of Tomorrow Program aims to provide mentors and resources to marginally academic performing high school students who have leadership potential but need exposure and motivation in order to make good choices about college, their career and their future. Targeted students include inner-city high school youth with an average academic record and good school attendance.
Program Overview
Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) is an initiative of the NBMBAA and is the premier college readiness and career development program equipping high potential underserved students with the key ingredients-skills, coaching and door-opening relationships-that unlock their potential. By cracking the code on college access and career potential, LOT is developing the next generation of minority leaders, for the corporate, non-profit and entrepreneurial sectors, who will in turn have transformational impact on our communities
LOT is focused on improving the academic and leadership skills of minority high school students and increasing the number of students entering college, especially in business-related disciplines.
LOT delivers programming that puts students on the fast track to success in high school, college and beyond!

The program is free for local high school students. Leaders must complete an application form, an essay and a parental success contract prior to the start of the program. For more information contact us by email at

The LOT Experience
Monthly Workshops

LOT workshops are held monthly on the third Saturday of each month from September through May. Invited speakers present and conduct workshops on various education and career-related topics.

Community Service

Leaders visit local corporations as well as partner with other youth within the city for field trips, to participate in community service activities, and to gain exposure to social and cultural differences.


The pursuit of a college degree is an expensive venture. However, through the participation in LOT there are opportunities for the leaders to earn monetary rewards and scholarships such as with our annual case competition where the Leaders analyze and present a business case. The Columbus chapter placed first in the case competition in 2008 and earned a scholarship award for the team.

Business Case Competition®

Since 2002, the LOT National Business Case Competition® has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships and programming support. The Leaders of Tomorrow National Business Case Competition® is a challenge like no other competition in the world. High school students analyze an MBA-level graduate school business case study and present recommendations before panels of senior corporate executives and business school faculty. In the process, participants are required to master advanced math, critical thinking, analytical, writing, research, and public speaking skills, and then present detailed financial projections and implementation plans. Judges are instructed to evaluate the participants as if there were graduate students, or a potential professional consultant.

NBMBAA LOT® National Conference

Since 1991, LOT students from as far away as the United Kingdom and South Africa have met annually to learn from the best minds in the world to explore their career and college opportunities. The Leaders of Tomorrow® (LOT) Annual Conference is an intensive sun-up to sun-down challenge designed to help minority youth learn how to maximize their potential in both the short and long-terms. Much more than a series of inspirational speeches, the conference will give 8-12th grade students from across the country and around the globe the tools they need to develop a vision, develop action plans, and measure progress towards their goals.

What you give to LOT…
Time, corporate sponsorship dollars, and other resources are dedicated to each Leader's development. As a result, Leaders are expected to:
◆ Actively participate in all LOT activities.
◆ Attend a minimum of 6 out of 8 monthly workshops.
◆ Adhere to the rules and guidelines of the program.
◆ Provide advance notice of missed sessions.
◆ Complete assignments as requested.
What LOT gives to you…
◆ Monthly Workshop Series. Students participate in specially designed workshops focused on developing critical success skills to ensure students have the skills necessary to graduate high school and successfully enter college. Workshop topics include: public speaking, innovation, critical thinking, teamwork, etc.
◆ Leadership Development.
◆ Volunteer Opportunities.
◆ Personalized assistance with the college application process (Juniors and Seniors only).
◆ Scholarship opportunities. Students who are active in LOT during their senior year in high school have the opportunity to qualify for scholarships based on their participation in LOT throughout their high school career.
◆ Mentoring.
◆ Career Exposure.
◆ Exposure to and networking with minority business professionals; increasing the opportunity for an internship offer.
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