NABA Overview The National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA) is one of the nation’s premier professional associations. NABA represents a major pipeline in furthering the educational, professional, and career aspirations of minorities in the business fields, such as accounting, finance, etc. The motto: "Lifting As We Climb" transcends throughout the organization as we continue the legacy of successful careers and pathways of diversity in the finance/accounting industry.
Our Mission The mission National Association of Black Accountants is to address the professional needs of its members and to build leaders that shape the future of the accounting and finance professions with an unfaltering commitment to inspire the same in their successors. While more specific missions of NABA incorporate:
Promotion and development of the professional skills of our members
Encouragement and assistance of minority students in entering the accounting and finance profession
Representation of the interests of current and prospective minority accounting and finance positions
Promotion of public confidence in our members
Develop cordial relationships among members and cooperative relationships with other professionals
NABA GSU: Our Strategy We promote and develop the professional skills of our members through our various meetings. We have various panel discussions, encourage our members to be actively involved in NABA student and professional meetings, and we aim to build relationships with the students, our peers, our GSU faculty and corporate firms/professionals.
NABA History In December 1969, nine African-Americans met in New York City to discuss the unique challenges and limited opportunities they faced in the accounting profession. In that year, there were only 136 African-American Certified Public Accountants (CPA's) out of a total of 100,000 in the United States.
This group wanted to establish an organization to address the concerns of minorities entering the accounting profession and to make a commitment to professional and academic excellence. The following nine individuals who met that month were determined to "make a difference" and let their voices be heard.
Ronald Benjamin Earl Biggett Bertram GibsonFrank Ross Richard McNamee Michael Winston Kenneth Drummond George Wallace Donald Bristow
The national and local programs offered are designed to support the overall goals and objectives of the Association. These programs provide support to, and create opportunities for, professionals and students seeking levels of accomplishment in the fields of accounting and finance.
Today, through the efforts of NABA and other interested groups, there are now over 200,000 African-Americans participating in the field of accounting, of which over 5,000 are CPAs. As a leader in the business community, NABA continues to create opportunities for the purpose of enlarging the pipeline of African-Americans into every level of accounting and finance.