The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1975. With more than 31,000 members around the world, NSBE is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States. NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.”

NSBE is dedicated to the academic and professional success of black engineering students and professionals. NSBE offers its members leadership training, professional development activities, mentoring opportunities, career placement services and more. NSBE comprises 394 active chapters — 242 collegiate, 70 professional and 82 pre-collegiate — located in six geographic regions. NSBE is governed by an executive board of college students and engineering professionals and is operated by a professional staff at its World Headquarters, located in Alexandria, Va.

The National Society of Black Engineers will be hosting its 43rd Annual Convention in Kansas City, Mo. in 2017. The Annual Convention is one of the largest gatherings of Black STEM talent across the United States. The past Convention, held in Boston, attracted over 15,000 attendees, 300+ exhibitors and hosted hundreds workshops and roundtables throughout the week.

Why Kansas City? The Huffington Post recently named Kansas City the coolest city in America. Travel + Leisure has named KC the #1 affordable getaway 5 years in a row. Yelp named the Nelson-Atkins Museum the best in the country. KC has top chefs that keep winning notoriety and our makers and doers, like Baldwin Denim and Christopher Elbow Chocolates, keep creating a nationwide buzz. And if there were an award for making visitors feel like locals, Kansas City would take the crown there, too.

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