Top Black Professional Organizations You Should Explore

You’ll hear us speak frequently about the importance of memberships to professional organizations. Memberships offer you the chance to connect with similar persons who share your values and professional goals.  If you identify as Black or work in an industry serving this community, you may benefit from joining a Black professional organization. And always add your membership to your LinkedIn profile and résumé. It shows to employers you’re active and informed on the issues as it relates to your industry.

 

National Alliance of Black School Educators

This exceptional professional organization is built to support a network of individuals, corporations, and organizations who believe in the importance of education, particularly, within the African American community. Your membership comes with access to special events, flight and hotel discounts, and more.

 

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

The NAACP is one of the nation’s most recognizable civil rights organizations. As a member, you’ll join a network of over 2,200 branches and over 2 million individuals who work to end economic, political, and social disparities within the Black community. Consider joining to show your support and keep informed on the issues that affect you.

 

National Associations for Black Accountants, Inc.

The National Associations for Black Accountants, Inc. is comprised of more than 200,000 members within the fields of finance, accounting, and other related business professions. When you join, you’ll gain access to this expansive network of professionals, along with special events and more.

 

American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity

Formerly known as the American Association for Affirmative Action, this professional organization provides a network of professionals who believe in the expansion and education around equal employment opportunities. If you plan or currently work in human resources, this is an excellent organization to consider.

 

National Black MBA Association, Inc.

This extremely large professional association supports the growth opportunities for Black professionals who are often underrepresented in this career field. And we particularly love how they offer discounted membership rates to young professionals!

 

About Those Membership Fees

Many professional organizations require membership dues. However, check closely and you may find they offer free memberships to students! And if you’re a working professional, consider asking your employer if they would split or pay for your membership. It may even be possible the company is an affiliate member and you can join for free.

By Thomas Guzowski, U of R Employee
Thomas Guzowski, U of R Employee Assistant Director of Marketing Thomas Guzowski, U of R Employee