NSBE Boston is now in Partnership with Systems & Technology Research


The NSBE Boston Professionals chapter is pleased to announce Systems & Technology Research as our Digital Development Partner!


Systems & Technology Research is an organization missioned to provide this technological intelligence advantages through the development and delivery of innovative sensors and information processing capabilities. Systems & Technology Research is a company looking to increase diversity on all fronts through recruiting, hiring, and retaining professionals of varying backgrounds committed to delivering powerful capabilities to their customers.


The primary objective of this partnership is to increase ethnic and gender diversity through deliberate networking and recruitment initiatives. Specifically, Systems & Technology Software will utilize access to NSBE Boston’s collegiate network to expand professional opportunities for undergraduate talents in, electrical, mechanical, Comp. Sci, Math, and Physics majors, as well as non-technical skills.


As an NSBE Boston Digital Development Partner, Systems & Technology Research has pledged to support NSBE Boston’s 2017/2018 programs including Professional Development, the Discover Series, the NSBE Boston Torch Awards.

NSBE Boston is glad to welcome Systems & Technology Research and we hope this partnership strengthens all efforts to create career opportunities for our members and maintain a diverse workforce at Systems & Technology Research.


In addition to a handful of events in 2017, Systems & Technology Research served as participating sponsor the Discover Series in early March 2018 and will be attending the NSBE Boston Torch Awards in June 2018.

For more information on the Systems & Technology Research  System and NSBE Boston partnership, please contact Hosanna Unom – partnership@nsbeboston.org



Meet the new additions to the NSBE Boston leadership team!

Dear NSBE Boston Community,


We are pleased to announce two new leaders to the NSBE Boston team to round out the 2017-18 year. While they are assuming these roles mid-year these two individuals are not strangers to NSBE and have been contributors to the mission in varying capacities over the last several years.


Programs Chair

Programs Chair: O’dane White

O’Dane White rejoins the board after serving as NSBE Boston Programs Chair in the 2016-17 year and leading Community Engagement Initiatives for the 2016 NSBE Boston Convention that brought record attendance 11,000+ to our national program.


O’Dane received his B.S in Facilities Planning and Management from Wentworth Institute of Technology and his currently pursuing his M.S in Construction Management from Northeastern University. O’Dane is Project Manager at GenIPM. He looks forward to improving the pipeline between collegiate members to professional members.



Collegiate Initiative Chair: Courtney Utsey

Courtney Utsey will be joining our board as NSBE Boston Collegiate Initiative Chair. Courtney was formerly a leader with Northeastern’s Black Engineering Student Society (BESS) and served as Communications Chair (2015-2016) and Chief of Staff/Internal VP (2016-2017). Today she remains an active alumni member of the chapter.


Courtney graduated from Northeastern University’s College of Art, Media & Design in 2017  with a Communication Studies and concentration in organizational communication. She works as a People + Culture Coordinator at MedTouch. As Collegiate Initiatives Chair, Courtney hopes to improve communication and engagement between the NSBE Boston Professionals and Collegiate chapters through direct outreach and thoughtful and engaging programming prepare the collegians for their transition to professionals.


Corporate Relations Chair: Hosanna Unom

Hosanna graduated from Gordon College with a degree in Economics and Pre-law. She currently works as a commercial lines assistant at Salem Five Insurance Services. As Corporate Relations Chair, her goal is to generate and expand financial support towards the NSBE Boston chapter and its mission through deliberate sponsorship and partnership with various organizations within the STEM field and otherwise.




Telecommunication Chair: Ambruce Carter

Ambruce will be joining our board as the NSBE Boston Telecommunications Chair. Ambruce received his B.S in Business and Information Technology from Framingham State University. He has a background in information security and currently works as a Solutions Consultant at the tech startup JazzHR. He’s interested in promoting cultural discovery, furthering the NSBE message, and developing strategic alliances.



Please join us in welcoming our new board members!

2017 NSBE Membership Reception & Scholarship Award Ceremony

NSBE Boston’s 3rd Annual Membership Reception & Scholarship Awards was held on Friday, December 15th, 2017 at the Sheraton Boston hotel. The event was a lead-in for the Ebony Winter Gala, which occurred later the same evening. In attendance were our members, corporate partners, as well as NSBE regional and national leaders, who were present to celebrate the accomplishments of the closing year and recognize our incredible scholarship recipients and community leaders. In conclusion of a successful annual NSBE

NSBE Boston 2017-18 Executive Board along with Executive Director, Karl Reid; Professional Executive Board Chair, Maurice Patterson; and National Chair, Matt Nelson

Boston Toy Drive, the Boston Boys & Girls club was presented with STEM related gifts donated by our membership.

This year’s Membership Reception was sponsored by Partners HealthCare. Marcela Aldaz-Matos, Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Partners Healthcare, presented the Community Achievement award on behalf of the Chief Diversity Officer, Dani Monroe. During the event, Aldaz-Matos spoke about the importance of NSBE Boston’s role in the community and how Partners HealthCare continues to support building a more equitable Boston.


(L to R) NSBE Executive Director, Karl Reid; Student Honoree, Chrystal Haase; NSBE Boston President, Chiderah Okoye Nordee, NSBE National Chair, Matt Nelson



Notable attendees included Setti Warren, Mayor of Newton and 2018 Massachusetts Gubernatorial candidate, who addressed attendees; Dr. Karl Reid, NSBE Executive Director; Matt Nelson, NSBE

National Chair; and Maurice Patterson, NSBE Professionals Chair.








The evening’s honorees included:

  • Crystal Haase (9th Grade)- 2017 Outstanding Student Leader
  • Handel Ulysse (12th Grate) – 2017 Outstanding Student Leader
  • Marvia Wagnac (University of Hartford ‘22) – Pre-College Initiative (PCI) Legacy Award
  • Handy Dorceus (Tufts University ‘20) – 2017 Scholarship Recipient
  • Soporuchukwu Ezenwa (Tufts University ‘18) – 2017 Scholarship Recipient
  • Salimah Hussein (University of New Hampshire ‘18) – 2017 Scholarship Recipient
  • Suzeth Dunn Dyer – 2017 Community Achievement Leader
  • MassPEP – 2017-18 NSBE Boston Grant

What is [G]Code House?

Bridgette Wallace and [G]Code House designer, Carolle Nau,

Bridgette Wallace launches [G]Code House.

Bridgette Wallace, a longtime friend of NSBE Boston, and her team are kicking off an initiative to support homeless women of color and training them to code. After encountering young women in Boston area homeless shelters and seeing how energized they were to learn new skills including coding it spurred the idea to create the [G]Code House.

After purchasing an old Victorian house in Roxbury she and the team began a project to incubate and house 14 young women for two years while the training on programming and financial best practices while they are guided to internships and full-time opportunities. To read more about this incredible project check out the article on Fast Company.

Bridgette will be reaching out to members of our community to for support (future board members, fundraisers, etc).

NSBE National Convention & Housing Subsidy for Boston members

We would like to invite you to attend the 2018 NSBE National Convention taking place in Pittsburgh, PA from March 21st to March 25th. The NSBE National Conference features tech sessions, professional development sessions, industry round tables, access to certifications, networking opportunities, and more. We encourage all of our membership to look into attending the national convention and take advantage of the benefits of the society.

Technical Professional Conference (TPC) Agenda can be found here: https://guidebook.com/guide/109443/schedule/#date/03-21-2018/track/314788

Seeking support from your Employer

The NSBE National conference presents a full lifecycle of professional development opportunities. For this reason we encourage members to not only have their employers count their days at convention as training days, but to also consider covering the costs or travel, food, and lodging (or some subset of that).

Strategies include using the agenda to map out exactly which sessions you will be attending and how they help meet your organization’s development goals (Pro tip: Do not include the career fai in any write-ups to employers lol) and coming up with a justification of how the conference will make you a stronger member of your team. Here is an article that outlines steps for How to Convince Your Manager to Send You to a Conference . We ask that you explore all options with your employer as a first stop before you look to use the NSBE Boston housing subsidy.

NSBE Boston Housing Subsidy

For those that are not able to have their employers subsidize the full cost of the National Convention, NSBE Boston will be offering a housing subsidy to help lessen the cost. We will cover the full duration of your stay with the exception of a $75 down payment from you to ensure that you will be putting the room to use. You must be a paid member to be eligible for the chapter subsidy. NOTE: In instances where we are able we will pair you with a same gender roommate from our chapter.

The deadline for reserving your space (i.e., completing the form and putting in your $75 contribution) is February 12, 2018.

If you are interested in using the Boston members subsidy for National Convention complete the following form: NSBE Boston Housing Subsidy.


NSBE ‘ A Walk for Education’ in the Roxbury Neighborhood of Boston

Volunteers at the 2017 NSBE Boston ‘A Walk For Education’

On Saturday, October 28th, more than thirty volunteers including professionals from NSBE Boston, Southern New England NSBE (SNEATP) and students from U. Conn, Wentworth Institute of Tech., & U. Mass Lowell NSBE chapters, canvassed the Orchard Gardens community in the Roxbury Neighborhood, telling students and parents of the opportunities available to them in STEM Education & Careers.

Volunteers led by Loren Murphy, NSBE Boston’s Pre-Collegiate Initiative (PCI) Chair, walked the Orchard Gardens and Dudley area, handing out information on higher education, scholarship information, SAT/ACT preparation tools, NSBE and shared information on the benefits of majoring in STEM fields. NSBE Boston also provided halloween treats to residents.



Murphy believes the walk for education was important in the visited areas of the Roxbury neighborhood, “because oftentimes women and minorities feel they have no place in STEM fields, and hoped the walk set an example for most”.


UMass Lowell NSBE

“Our mission on Saturday was accomplished! This was a major effort to show the residents of Orchard Gardens and Roxbury, that Success in STEM careers is possible, achievable and can be done. We also wanted to place a NSBE Boston stamp in the community, letting residents know more about our programs and resources we provide for free.” said Sherly Denis, 2017 NSBE Boston “A Walk for Education” Co-Chair.





The annual A Walk for Education is a nationally recognized grassroots program in which NSBE members go door to door in under served minority communities, with an aim to  “to increase awareness of the opportunities available through education particularly in the STEM fields and to shatter myths about African-Americans in math, science, engineering and other technologies”.


NSBE Boston Pre-Collegiate Initiative (PCI) & BOSSquad meets monthly to promote STEM to children K-12. For more information on NSBE Boston PCI or upcoming BOSSquad events, please visit the NSBE Boston PCI page.

NSBE Boston & Partners HealthCare lead dialogue on Health Tech Innovation

On Thursday, October 26th Partners HealthCare hosted NSBE Boston and the general community on how they and event co-sponsor, DRAPER, are leading the charge on bridging the gap to affordable care and better health outcomes for the U.S.

(L to R) NSBE Boston, Chiderah Okoye; MBLA, Courtney Scrubbs; Partners HealthCare, Marcela Aldaz-Matos & Erin McKenna; DRAPER, Anthony Costin; NSBE Boston, Ladi Olaoye; DRAPER, Haleh Armian

The 2017 NSBE Boston Emerging Tech Talk Keynote Speaker, Erin McKenna, of Partners HealthCare, led a discussion on the role of innovation funds and the incubator/accelerator communities in bridging the viability gap for innovation and matching applications to where the resources are needed most.

Then DRAPER Lightning Talk presenters, Haleh Armian & Anthony Coston, showcased ways DRAPER and others are leading innovations to drive down the cost of treatment in issues ranging from advanced mental health diagnosis to detection of life-threatening respiratory conditions. They were engaged in a panel discussion led by President of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and Sanofi Legal Counsel, Courtney Scrubbs.

Special thanks to the evening’s showcase presenters and the entire NSBE Boston community that contributed to an awesome evening of conversation and idea sharing!

View photos from the event below!


Annual Membership Survey


NSBE Boston’s Annual Membership Survey is now open, and we invite members to share their feedback! The survey includes questions on programs, membership and NSBE Boston as an organization. Please complete this survey on/before Friday, July 21st.


SURVEY LINK  – click link to begin survey.


NSBE Boston conducts surveys to gauge member satisfaction with the organization and to gather information about a variety of topics that enhance our programs & initiatives.

MassDOT Professional Organizations Fair 2017

On May 18,2017 NSBE Boston had the pleasure of attending and participating in the MassDOT Professional Organizations Fair. We were seated next to our allies Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and Society of Women Engineers (SWE). We successfully networked to expand our professional connections for the chapter. We thank MassDOT for the invitation and look forward to their bright future and many more collaborations ahead.


Picture from left to right: Unknown member of SHPE, Axel Vigo (SHPE President), Chiderah Okoye (NSBE President), Saul Garcia (SHPE Co-Director of Educational Outreach), Kimberly Wynne (Communications Chair of SWE)


NSBE Boston “Torch Awards” reception returns on June 8th

2016 Touch Awards (1)


NSBE Boston’s “Torch Awards” returns for the 2nd year on June 8th!
Launched in 2016, the Torch Awards aims to celebrate our commitment to advancing the NSBE Mission and impacting the community. Awards to be presented this year include Professional Achiever of the Year, Professional Member of the Year, Community Achievement Partner, Employee Resource Group of the Year and Collegiate Scholarships presented to our 2017 finalists. This event is sponsored by our Diamond Level – Community Achievement Partners, and they are Partners Healthcare System, Bentley University & Lyft.

For more information on the Torch Awards or corporate sponsorship opportunities, please contact Dora – Partnership@nsbeboston.org


RSVP LINK – please use this link to complete the RSVP form.

AWARD NOMINATIONS – members can submit nominations using this link
[All members are encouraged to submit entries for both award categories}


Professional Achiever of the Year  – nomination link 
This award recognizes NSBE Boston Professionals that have displayed high levels of academic excellence or are making strides in their professional careers. This individual is an active NSBE Boston Professional that has demonstrated commitment to excellence in the last 12 months, with either professional or academic achievements, such as – new emploment, job promotions, degree programs, certifications, community outreach engagement & other career/ academic endeavors.

Professional Member of the Year Nominationnomination link
This is the highest honor handed to a member. This award recognizes NSBE Boston Professionals that exemplify the core of the NSBE mission. This individual is an active NSBE Boston Professional that has fulfilled the NSBE mission, by showing commitment to academic and professional success, as well as positively impacting the community through involvement in chapter initiatives.
Members should nominate themselves or fellow NSBE Boston Professionals that have made a notable impact in their community this past year, both inside of the NSBE Boston Professionals chapter and outside.

Winners will be announced at the Torch Awards ceremony on June 8th. 

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