Beginning on a virtual note, 2021 boasted many celebrations, connections, and opportunities for the BPN community to come together in the spirit of advancement. New faces and familiar ones are to thank for the successful year filled with networking and knowledge.
The year kicked off virtually, with the January Networking Mixer connecting the crowd in a series of fun games quipped with prizes and ice breakers. BPN’s first mixer of 2021 set the tone for the year, bringing the Black professional community together despite the throws of Covid.
February’s Black Men in Excellence highlighted pillars in the community who lead in ranging fields such as medicine and politics. The virtual event provoked interactive conversation in what it means to invest Black. The “Growing Your Following and Professional Network” webinar broke down the importance of having a social presence and influence and how to build it to shape your career goals. Lead by experts in their fields, the program emphasized the value of relationship building, branding, and business strategy to maximize your standing in any field
As spring approached, BPN’s Women in Excellence amplified a breadth of Black female talent taking over in spaces ranging from law to fashion. BPN’s honorees demonstrated the Black female excellence at the backbone of Women’s month. The Pathway to the C Suite webinar held by Russell Reynolds Associates lead the way to planning a career path to the top.
In April, members were finally able to gather in person, for the Golf and Brunch Social where an instructor lead the group in learning the valuable sport of golf. Brushing up on golfing technique coupled with brunch, music, and networking made for an impactful first-in-person event of the year.
Emmy award-winning news anchor Jazmin Bailey shared insight and expertise in broadcast journalism during an Industry Talk session.
In celebration of Haitian Heritage Month, Chef Claudy Pierre along with Rachelle’s gourmet cooking came together for a demonstration of epis at Demesmin and Dover law firm.
The highly anticipated Shades of Melanin held at the Soho House brought in the annual celebration on a chic note. Attendees mingled in mocha hues with rooftop views basking in the Black excellence at the heart of the Juneteenth holiday. The following day, BPN partnered with the City of North Miami Beach for a fun and educational day of celebration and learning with community leaders.
July’s networking mixer at the R House centered in art-infused Wynwood made for a scintillating scene to meet new people and reconnect with familiar ones. The Diversity Hire conversation led by BPN’s CEO Kenasha and Head of recruiting company Audeliss, Felicity Hassan, shared the keys to leveraging both experience and minority status to get ahead career-wise. During July’s Industry Talk, architect Germane Barnes provided the ins and outs of his journey in the architecture field.
August’s Black Business Month was brought in at Circle House, a Black-owned coffee shop fit for the occasion. BPN is full of entrepreneurs in an array of fields coming together in support and unity.
September’s Industry Talk with recording artist Prince Damons shed light on the artist’s journey to success in the competitive world of music coming from a humble Mississippi background. Members congregated in the Red Rooster rooftop lounge, taking in the soul food and vintage ambiance.
The ocean breeze met with sunset views set the scene at the October mixer at the Wharf Fort Lauderdale. Whether members come for the social element, business connections, or a mix of both, there is space for all within BPN.
November 13th’s highly esteemed and anticipated Black Professional Summit held at the Seminole Hardrock Hotel and Casino consisted of a full day of panels, workshops, and keynote speakers. Attendees of the summit were able to take away valuable tools and resources to elevate any professional path.
We closed out the 2021 year with our last mixer on Thursday, December 16th at the Den Kitchen and Bar. We thank all of our members and supports – this year we were able to serve over 1200 black professionals.
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See you all next year as we kick off a new membership experience with member-only activations and a year of more professional networking and experiences. Upcoming highlights:
- New Regional Chapters
- Member Exclusive Opportunities
- Masterclasses held by Expert Thought Leaders