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BPN Miami’s New Leadership Team

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BPN Miami’s New Leadership Team

Miami, Florida — January 30th, 2022 — Founded in 2014 by Kenasha Paul, J.D., as an annual conference titled ‘Black Professionals Summit’ and later into a year-round social learning organization by 2016, Black Professionals Network (BPN) quickly became recognized in the community as a preeminent organization for ambitious Black professionals.

BPN has serviced nearly 10,000 black professionals in the Miami and Broward region 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.

Miami kicks off the new changes as the founding chapter and gets a new President (Dreema Stokes) and Vice President and President-in-Waiting (Dr. Whitney Watkins, Ed.D.) at the helm. On Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022, they will officially be sworn in into leadership at their 2022 members’ meeting.

About the New Leaders

Dreema Stokes has served within BPN for 2 years and is an experienced development & community engagement professional with more than 10+ years of experience working in the non-profit industry (nationally/locally). She has a BA in International Studies from Bethune-Cookman University and hails from Tacoma, Washington. 

Dr. Whitney Watkins, Ed.D., a longtime member and officer within BPN is originally from Miami, Florida. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida State University, her Master of Science in Education Administration from Indiana University, and her Doctoral Degree in Higher Education and Policy Studies from the University of Central Florida. She currently oversees the Dual Enrollment Program at Barry University and is the owner of Top Notch Editing Services.  

What can members expect from a chapter-based BPN? Kenasha Paul states:

“An opportunity for members to establish deeper connections with each other while allowing the organization to serve a more meaningful part of their professional journey, as members take on additional leadership roles within the chapter and really own their membership experience. I am very confident in what Dreema and Whitney have planned, not only for members but the South Florida community at large.”

Kenasha Paul, J.D. will remain as CEO of the new national organization and shift the executive’s team focus to supporting chapters and source career opportunities from public and private sector partners with a priority on talent recruitment and engagement.

To learn more about Black Professionals Network, visit https://mybpn.org

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