NABA student chapter makes meaningful connections on trip to annual convention


The student chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) had a chance to reset, reconnect and recharge during a visit to the organization’s annual convention in Hollywood, Florida.

This year represented the largest New Paltz delegation ever to the NABA conference, as students took advantage of the opportunity to make meaningful personal and professional connections, thanks in part to support from the College’s Gregg Applied Learning Fund and from accounting firm PKF O’Connor Davies.

Students interviewed with companies such as Microsoft, Wells Fargo and Deloitte, attended sessions designed to take learning to the next level, and discovered opportunities to make meaningful personal and professional connections.

Since then, some students have already received job and internship offers from firms such as Deloitte, Prudential, Wells Fargo and BNY Mellon. Additionally, others are still in the interview process for many large national firms such as Goldman Sachs, Microsoft and Twitter.

“It was an honor and pleasure to be a part of something bigger than myself,” said recent graduate and SUNY Chancellor’s Award winner Mackenzy Morris ’22 (Finance/Black Studies). “I never realized how important it is to attend events like this until I actually arrived; seeing a multitude of professionals, leaders, as well as innovators of color was monumental.”

“All the work and every penny spent were worth it,” added Lecturer Skeeter Richardson, who serves as faculty advisor for the NABA chapter on campus. “Our students will return in the fall energized and with a greater vision for NABA New Paltz.”

About NABA at SUNY New Paltz

The National Association of Black Accountants provides a community where underrepresented students interested in business can come together and enhance their future and academic aspirations. The New Paltz chapter offers students networking opportunities with bigtime companies and programs that would help all of our business students prepare for life and career development.