Photo Caption: Bark River Lions Club Member, Gary Langtange hands a $1,000 check donation to Jerri Dementer of Bay College and Kathryn Capodilupo of LSSU Regional Center in Escanaba to help fund their experience to compete at the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA in early May. Capodilupo took first place in her event and DeMenter took fifth in the same event.
Business Professionals of America (BPA) is a national organization that focuses on the professional and leadership development of students at the middle, secondary, and post-secondary levels. Their core program, Workplace Skills Assessment Program, allows students to compete in collegiate events at the state and national level.
When asked about the value of attending the National Leadership Conference for BPA, DeMenter commented, “The real value of the experience was the renewed sense of purpose that we brought back with us. Our BPA chapter is new, it’s only one year old. The workshops we attended and the contacts we made will have a powerful impact on our local chapter.”
BPA’s motto is, “Imagine, Believe, and Become.” The BPA pledge is, “We are met in a spirit of friendship and goodwill as we prepare for careers in a world-class workforce. We work together to develop professionalism and leadership through Business Professionals of America and pledge our loyalty to our nation.”
Capodilupo added to what DeMenter stated and went on to say that, “The National Leadership Conference is where BPA Chapters from all over the country come together to share accomplishments, learn more about BPA, and compete at collegiate events at the National level. I took first place in my event, Prepared Speech, where I spoke about how to be successful coming from the Upper Peninsula. BPA is a tool to help students become successful. One of my highlights at the conference was listening to the CEO of NextStep Academy, David Mammano, as he spoke about the importance of networking. David shared three tips with us, 1) follow up quickly with the professionals we meet while networking, 2) keep a list of everyone we meet, and 3) just be brave and put ourselves out there.”
In addition to the Lions Club of Bark River, there were other organizations that helped fund the conference and the Bay College/LSSU Escanaba Regional Center local chapter. Thank you to the Community Foundation, AMX Trucking, the Upper Peninsula State Bank, Pearson Abatement, First Bank, and Bay College. If you or your organization are interested in helping to advance the Bay College/LSSU Escanaba Regional Center, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org