St. Louis 2016

3RD ANNUAL BAPA FORUM SEPTEMBER 17-18, 2016 | ST. LOUIS, MO

3-5 PM SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2016
The Value of Networking
WORKSHOP
Building awareness, relationships and value
Fontbonne University

7-9 PM SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2016
The Power of Mentoring
RECEPTION Hosted by BAPN
Connecting emerging professionals to industry leaders
Grbic Restaurant

8-9 AM SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2016
The Significance of Education
Cardinals Care 6K Run/Walk
Busch Stadium

11-12pm SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2016
Brunch @ Cafe Madeleine
NO HOST
Tower Grove Park

Dear BAPA network:

Now that we all had some time to process BAPA’s third annual forum, we wanted to reach out to you and thank you again for your time, presence and invaluable contributions to the forum.

We hope that you agree with us that the forum was a success and we hope that you were able to network and make new professional connections (and maybe even friends), but also rekindle and strengthen old connections.

Saturday afternoon, 30 of you joined us for the “Value of Networking” workshop at Fontbonne University. At the workshop, Nidzara walked us through an exercise, to not only think about the contributions we want to make to our communities, but also set tangible benchmarks to achieving our goals. As a reminder, in an effort to assist you with the goals you set during the workshop, Nidzara will be reaching out to you a month from the workshop to check on your progress! After the workshop, we heard from Jusuf Sarancic about the Mostar Summer Youth Program , as well as Professor Ben Moore about the Bosnia Memory Project. If you would like to learn more about these programs or get involved, we encourage you to visit their web pages and contact them directly.

In the evening, Bosnian-American Professional Network (BAPN) hosted a reception, appropriately titled “The Power of Mentoring” at the Grbic Restaurant. BAPN was a fantastic host and the reception a great success. We had students, BAPA officers, and industry professionals from a number of different states (and Canada!) who attended the reception that evening. A few of us slipped out of our private space to enjoy a delicious dinner at the Grbic Restaurant.

The following day, a few brave souls among you joined us in the “Cardinals Care 6K” at 8:00am, where we “ran” six kilometers to raise funds for the team’s “community foundation that supports area youth through funding health, educational, recreational, mentoring, and arts programs.” The race finished in the Busch Stadium, which was a special treat for the runners. We do feel sympathetic to the person, who was announcing each runner individually as we were passing the finish line. About half of our team crossed the line back-to-back, and the announcer had no time to ponder the correct pronunciation of our last names.

After the fun and excitement of the run, we gathered at Café Madeleine for a delicious Sunday brunch. This was a great opportunity to get to know each other in a more subdued setting, process the events of the day before, and contrive ideas for future forums and networking opportunities.

On behalf of BAPA, thank you all who attended the forum, often flying or driving for hours to join us in St. Louis. We sincerely hope that you found your time at the forum as valuable as we did and we hope that you will join us for our next forum. Until then, we encourage you to follow BAPA, as well as any local BAPA chapter on Facebook in order to stay informed about upcoming events and opportunities. If you would like to get involved with BAPA immediately, we would love to hear from you. Currently, we have the following opportunities for involvement: local chapters, scholarship program, mentoring program, forum planning committee, financial/legal committee, and board member positions. Please contact us at BAPAnetwork@gmail.com for more information and to get involved.

Warmest regards,

BAPA Board of Directors