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BPN Heads to the Mid-West

Chicago, Illinois — April 2, 2022 — Founded in 2014 by Kenasha Paul, J.D., as an annual conference titled ‘Black Professionals Summit’ in Miami, Florida, and later into a year-round social learning organization by 2016, Black Professionals Network (BPN) quickly became recognized as a preeminent organization for ambitious Black professionals.

Over the years, BPN has serviced nearly 10,000 black professionals with their weekly opportunity newsletters, monthly networking mixers, workshops, special events, and an annual conference, all with the mission to advance careers, power up businesses, and build up social capital for Black professionals.

Just last year, BPN launched its mobile app to connect more Black professionals, giving them access points, opportunities, and community with member database and private community space features. This has garnered grassroots attention with numerous cities across the U.S. requesting a BPN chapter and Kenasha Paul says it’s time to grow.   

“I always knew BPN chapters were going to be a part of the plan, I just didn’t realize how quickly. The organization needs regional leaders to provide the ongoing community and member-only programming to further its mission and serve as a central resource. I am happy to announce we are doing this in 2022 with Miami, Los Angeles, and Chicago.” Kenasha Paul states.

Chicago kicks off the expansion tour with its first networking mixer to be held on Wednesday, April 13th at Mr. Brown’s Lounge. Leading the Chicago launch is Erica Devieux, serving as the region’s founding chapter president.

I am thrilled to lead the launch of BPN Chicago, this organization will provide the City the opportunity to bring like-minded members together within its thriving community of professionals across industries and professions.

Erica Devieux, BPN Chicago President

Erica has lived in the Chicago area for most of her career and calls it home, hailing originally from Miami, Florida. Erica has nearly 10 years of professional experience, most recently having roles within brand management. She has a strong passion to build brands that resonate with its consumers in an authentic way. She holds a bachelors from Florida International University and a Masters’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Supply Chain Management from Clark Atlanta University.

What can members expect from a Chicago-based BPN?

Initially, the Chicago leadership team will host monthly networking mixers throughout the year, recruiting members to be a part of the founding chapter while being notified of career opportunities and industry trends. Members of the region will then enjoy member-exclusive events and regional & national content. Culminating in the professional community and BPN members alike meeting individuals from over at the annual Black Professionals Summit.

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