Business Professionals of America 2020

SKT Education Group

North China Chapter

100 Word Statement

Hello, dear members of Business Professionals of America! I am (Grace) Siyue Tang, Vice President of Academics from the BPA China Founding Team. I have been in charge of international academic communications, working tirelessly across time zones. Now chief planning youth welfare program jointly with United Nations Women, I endeavor to increase awareness on work-related gender inequalities among youth leaders across the nation. I strive for equal rights in workplaces and a business environment with international landscape. By serving as a National Officer, I believe that my unique perspectives can contribute to uncovering the potential of more hidden youth leaders.

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How would you describe your leadership style?

I believe that cooperative negotiation is essential in the business world, especially when it consists of people from drastically different backgrounds, cultures and interests. Over my year in office, I have always been a democratic leader who encourages negotiation of interests, but also pushes the team towards a unified goal.

What are the most important values that you demonstrate as a leader?

The ability to make sound judgments have been my most important tool as a leader. Being the initiator of multiple projects, ability to discern paths and seize opportunities has benefited my team in numerous occasions. I believe that the ability to discern unique paths ensures my team with increased opportunities.

What is your biggest accomplishment as a member of BPA?

Establishing the BPA Bridge Program, a program that integrates academic resources between BPA China Founding Team and BPA Chapters in the United States has been my core project. This project is my endeavor to benefit the first-year BPA China participants and uncover the potential of more promising youths.

What is the most important goal you wish to achieve in service as a National Officer?

Empowering women in workplaces is a personal passion of mine. To serve as National Officer, I believe that my primary goal would be to increase awareness of work-related inequalities towards social or gender groups. I believe that fighting against work-related inequalities is the responsibility youth leaders have towards the society.

How can you create a culture of collaboration in a virtual environment to ensure a successful team?

Being in charge of international communication since the outbreak of COVID-19, I have been accustomed to collaborating in a virtual environment. Constant communication, be it through emails or social media, is essential for a thriving work environment. I also have abundant experience in using scheduled online conferences to ensure communication.

How do you approach conflict resolution?

Over the projects I initiated, I have managed conflicts with business managers and student organizations alike. I have always actively negotiated to reach a consensus ensuring the benefit of both parties. The competency to respect differing interests and negotiate with diverse groups has been my valued tool in resolving conflicts.

Burley High School

100 Word Statement

My name is Keegan Ward, I have grown up on my family’s dairy farm in a small town in Idaho. I am a farmer, mediocre golfer, and major Star Wars fan. I have a passion for Business Professionals of America and hope to serve all of you this upcoming year. Building on the success of so many before me, as a national officer I will expand the presence of the national officer team, develop resources for chapters and states, and increase the visibility of Business Professionals of America. Simply, I will continue moving BPA forWARD.

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Kathryn Cox

Burley High School

Social Media Questions & Responses

How would you describe your leadership style?

I would describe myself as a visionary. I love focusing on the bigger picture, developing and executing a plan, and seeing results. Imagining where BPA can be 50 years from now, and working with others to get us there, is how I lead.

What are the most important values that you demonstrate as a leader?

I believe in determination, resilience, and honesty. When I set a goal I will make sure that it is accomplished. I won’t give up on what I believe in and I promise to always be honest. Especially when representing the members of our organization.

What is your biggest accomplishment as a member of BPA?

Serving the great members of Idaho BPA has definitely been my biggest accomplishment! The pandemic mode it hard to connect as a state association, but we created innovative ways to keep everyone involved, and seeing the amazing turn out at our state leadership conference was so rewarding.

What is the most important goal you wish to achieve in service as a National Officer?

I want nothing more than to connect members with the national officer team and with each other. This year we have all adapted to new methods of communication. While I hope for more in person interaction I want to build on the digital connections we have established.

How can you create a culture of collaboration in a virtual environment to ensure a successful team?

I think the most important way to develop a culture of collaboration is to create fun moments. Take time to have meaningful conversations. Everyone is so busy, and it’s easy to just hop on a call and talk about what needs to be done instead of taking time to connect.

How do you approach conflict resolution?

Most conflicts result from simple miscommunication. I think it’s important to get together and understand everyone’s perspectives. When we focus on shared goals and values we become more compassionate and conflicts can be resolved.

Blaine High School

100 Word Statement

Hi National BPA! My name is Elijah Johnson, and over the past three years I’ve had the honor of sharing this great organization with all of you. Now, with my diverse background and experiences as my local chapter Treasurer and Minnesota Region 4 President, I’d love to serve you and represent your interests! Together, we can build net- working and project opportunities with our new international chapters from China and Peru, and bridge the skill gap between new and experienced members. I ask that you vote for me, Elijah Johnson, because together, everyone achieves more.

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Heba Hussein

Blaine High School

Social Media Questions & Responses

How would you describe your leadership style?

I am a very laid-back individual who values the input of others more than my self- opinions. Because of this, I tend to be more of a team-player than a dictatorial micro- manager. However, when necessary, I have no difficulty stepping in and directly managing as needed.

What are the most important values that you demonstrate as a leader?

Intelligence, capability, passion, and dedication. But most importantly, personability. I love meeting new people and learning what’s important to them, because I know that being a leader is about being the voice that best represents the interests of those who place their trust in you.

What is your biggest accomplishment as a member of BPA?

Working with members of the BPA National China Founding Team to develop several international projects which were focused on developing relationships and showing new chapters what BPA is all about. We are currently planning another very special project, which we hope to announce in the coming weeks.

What is the most important goal you wish to achieve in service as a National Officer?

Lowering costs, increasing membership, and providing support to students are all critical, important, and necessary goals. However, they are goals that almost every National team throughout the decades have cited. As a National Officer, I would work towards the realistic goal of increasing international networking and event opportunities for members.

How can you create a culture of collaboration in a virtual environment to ensure a successful team?

Connection is key. Whether it’s texting, zoom, or a phone call, constant connection is what keeps a successful team going. This is even more true in a virtual setting. As an officer, I would constantly and consistently utilize every mode of communication to create an effective culture of virtual collaboration.

How do you approach conflict resolution?

Mainly by preventing it. I’m a fun person who thrives in and therefore promotes upbeat work environments. Many conflicts are caused by communication issues. In the environments I love to work in, since everyone is comfortable sharing and interacting, communication is always incredibly strong, thus eliminating most conflicts.

Carlsbad High School

100 Word Statement

This pandemic has created dark ripples reflecting on the lives of everyone today. I wish to join the effort to ease hearts and minds, along with guiding others to positive opportunities, so that we may overcome this shadowed time, seeking a bright future. To provide opportunities to students across the nation, we must extend a guiding hand into the business world, acting as shining beacons of light into possibilities unbound. Let’s further expand on what we can do to strike a match and create a spark of hope for our future Business Professionals. Light Up the Dark with Kandle Kitchens!

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Kamili Burnett

Carlsbad High School

Social Media Questions & Responses

How would you describe your leadership style?

Personally, being a leader means being an example. Leaders cannot be hypocritical in their line of work. Whatever I do, I do so accurately and completely, strive to go beyond the goals I already have, and never give up in the face of adversity.

What are the most important values that you demonstrate as a leader?

As a leader, I try to strive to exemplify the values of respect, maturity, kindness, compassion, sensibility, and independence through my daily life. I also wish to guide others into becoming the confident, honest, visionary innovators of the future.

What is your biggest accomplishment as a member of BPA?

Through BPA, I’ve learned to be comfortable pushing past my comfort zone and expanding my boundaries, becoming someone I can respect for my actions and achievements. With these improvements on myself, I can feel confident in my ability to encourage others, empowering them to reflect their best versions of themselves.

What is the most important goal you wish to achieve in service as a National Officer?

This past year, members chose to shine through a pandemic, even as it divided and fractured the interconnectivity between chapters, regions, and states. In response, we went through the year creating virtual interactivity. I would like to improve these virtual member connections and make them a regular event for members.

How can you create a culture of collaboration in a virtual environment to ensure a successful team?

There are thousands of intuitive applications and technologies that can be applied to a virtual environment that keep tasks and schedules organized, and make the distance between team members seem less distant. Applying these programs to a team, and building up those friendships early-on will create a setting for success.

How do you approach conflict resolution?

In a conflict situation, it’s important to start by easing tensions and then take a step back to view the situation as a team. Analyze what steps should be taken to resolve the issue in an effective manner. Afterwards, follow up with all parties to ensure there is proper closure.

Riverside High School

Ohio Hi-Point Career Center

100 Word Statement

Hello, my name is Chase Davidson and I want to be a National Officer for Business Professionals of America (BPA) because BPA has had a major impact on my life. BPA has completely changed the course of my life in a multitude of ways. Through BPA, I have met countless incredible people, gained valuable experience, developed and refined important leadership skills, and gained self-confidence. I want to serve BPA as one of the next National Officers so that I can help facilitate that same amazing experience for all BPA members across the nation.

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Courtney Roach

Riverside High School

Ohio Hi-Point Career Center

Social Media Questions & Responses

How would you describe your leadership style?

My leadership style is service-based. When you’re a leader it’s your job to selflessly and tirelessly serve others. I love serving others and have had countless opportunities to serve others through BPA. I believe that I will excel as a National Officer due to my devotion to serving others.

What are the most important values that you demonstrate as a leader?

A leader should always lead by example because in most cases leaders set the tone of the team, whether that be intentionally or unintentionally. The most important values that leaders should exhibit that are crucial to a team’s success are honesty, empathy, motivation, communication, and ambition.

What is your biggest accomplishment as a member of BPA?

My biggest accomplishment as a BPA member is being elected as a State Officer for the Ohio Association of BPA. It has been an incredibly rewarding and enjoyable experience to serve all Ohio BPA members over this past year. I am honored and humbled to have been elected.

What is the most important goal you wish to achieve in service as a National Officer?

One of my top priorities as a National Officer would be implementing a mentor program for BPA members. I want to implement a mentor program that gives BPA members the chance to interact with and listen to an esteemed panel of professionals from a variety of career fields.

How can you create a culture of collaboration in a virtual environment to ensure a successful team?

In order for a team to successfully collaborate, you have to know each other. You have to know your teammates’ strengths, weaknesses, and personalities. A virtual environment can limit communication The best solution is to take the time to learn about each other in order to efficiently and effectively collaborate.

How do you approach conflict resolution?

I look at all sides of a situation, exercising both empathy and respect with no preconceived notions. I then try to facilitate an acceptable resolution between both parties. Most of the time conflict is due to insufficient communication, so I try to get both parties to understand each other’s side.

Butler Tech

Colerain High School

100 Word Statement

I am Isabella Lambrinides and being a national officer for Business Professionals of America is more than just having the title of a leader, or adding it to an application; it is a chance to learn and grow as a leader beyond my community. Being a national officer means being a part of something bigger than myself. It means being part of a group that strives every day to give its members a voice. I am excited for the opportunity to grow among some of the brightest minds in my generation, which is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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Grace Gehner

Butler Tech

Colerain High School

Social Media Questions & Responses

How would you describe your leadership style?

As a leader, I am patient, passionate, and I persevere to achieve all of the goals that I have set. I strive to put the needs of others before me and I demonstrate excellent communication and listening skills.

What are the most important values that you demonstrate as a leader?

The most important value that I aspire to demonstrate when I am in a leadership position is having a service mindset and really focusing on the needs of others and listening to the ideas that they bring to the table.

What is your biggest accomplishment as a member of BPA?

My biggest accomplishment as a member of BPA is taking the time to connect and reach out to chapter members at my school in this virtual setting and focus on creating long lasting bonds and friendships. I have also made it a priority to recruit new members for my chapter.

What is the most important goal you wish to achieve in service as a National Officer?

If I had the opportunity to serve as a national officer for Business Professionals of America, my most important goal would be to communicate with members all across the country on a monthly basis to make sure that our members feel valued and so they know they have a voice.

How can you create a culture of collaboration in a virtual environment to ensure a successful team?

Creating a culture of collaboration in a virtual environment is vital to ensuring a successful team. Utilizing resources like email, text, zoom calls, and social media will allow the national officer team to collaborate with one another. It is important that all officers make it a priority to stay connected.

How do you approach conflict resolution?

To handle conflict resolution, I assess the situation and determine where intervention is needed. It is important to listen to all parties and use compromise to assess the points of both sides. Finally take into count both parties and come to a peaceful and fair resolution.

Francis Tuttle Technology Center – Deer Creek

100 Word Statement

Business Professionals of America needs dynamic, creative leaders to continue to be successful in this fast-paced, technology driven world. My name is Nathan Slater and I want to create opportunities for real world business experience for all students. We need to develop tools to ignite our future in business today. My vision for BPA is to perfect a virtual experience for students worldwide, implement tangible business opportunities, and use my talents to help develop new ideas. As a BPA National Secondary Officer, I will work to inspire my peers to exceed the limits of leadership.

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Social Media Questions & Responses

How would you describe your leadership style?

My leadership style focuses on the aspects of helping others succeed. Leadership Is most effective by listening. This is especially important as many meetings and conferences are still held virtually. I will listen to ideas, suggestions and even complaints of the people I represent, then help to find solutions.

What are the most important values that you demonstrate as a leader?

My leadership values shine brightest through my creativity. I am distinguished as a leader by my willingness to help others. I think it is important to recognize each person’s talents and make sure they also shine for the group.

What is your biggest accomplishment as a member of BPA?

My biggest accomplishment as a member of Oklahoma BPA is adapting to a virtual environment and perfecting a virtual State Leadership Conference for students all across Oklahoma. Learning to build graphics and create leadership workshops to benefit students was a real challenge that I had to overcome.

What is the most important goal you wish to achieve in service as a National Officer?

The most important goal I wish to achieve in service as a National Officer is to build tangible business and leadership opportunities for all students in Business Professionals of America.

How can you create a culture of collaboration in a virtual environment to ensure a successful team?

Effective preparation will ensure a successful team during a virtual environment. I will promote preparation before meetings, giving the group brainstorming and research assignments. Preparation paired with effective communication will make certain that a culture of collaboration is in place and everyone’s ideas are considered.

How do you approach conflict resolution?

I will approach a conflict with willingness to listen. The key to resolving conflict is through respectful communication. I am committed to listening to all sides of a conflict then using mediation to make a plan for resolution.

Reedy High School

100 Word Statement

From being a kid who would only speak when called on to a leader developing 2000 entrepreneurs today, as a national officer for Business Professionals of America, I want to inspire growth and help lift the pen for members to write their own stories. I have proven metrics in time-management, delegation, and taking initiative alongside adapting during these trying times and being able to effectively manage my personal and professional commitments. These qualities make me an ideal candidate for the Executive Council. As a team, we would foster unbreakable bonds and develop as business leaders, virtually or in-person.

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Shubam Khetarpal

Reedy High School

Social Media Questions & Responses

How would you describe your leadership style?

I am a servant leader; I pitch my ideas and listen to peers to create a group plan. I am very vocal, if I notice something that needs attention, I will speak out loud, give reasoning and bring a group discussion so everyone is on the same page.

What are the most important values that you demonstrate as a leader?

The most important values that I demonstrate as a leader are taking initiative and integrity. I always look to finish tasks ahead of time, taking ownership of my mistakes, and asking for constructive criticism from my peers to obtain excellent results.

What is your biggest accomplishment as a member of BPA?

I am a two-time Ambassador Torch Award recipient. I have volunteered in different efforts throughout my community and sparked active membership throughout my chapter. Business Professionals of America has allowed me to inspire members around me to develop and strengthen their confidence in themselves and their work.

What is the most important goal you wish to achieve in service as a National Officer?

I plan to implement the Big-Little System into Business Professionals of America, where members can undergo mentorship programs in their chapters. This will not only develop their character but their professionalism as well. This system is popular and proven effective in MBA programs.

How can you create a culture of collaboration in a virtual environment to ensure a successful team?

I can create a culture of collaboration during this virtual environment by utilizing a unilateral discussion platform such as Slack to organize and plan weekly events by holding a calendar and setting meeting dates with the entire team to ensure no confusion and that everyone is optimally performing.

How do you approach conflict resolution?

Find the source of the conflict then discuss short and long term benefits of the discourse. My primary goal is making sure everyone stays as a team and to remove resentment towards one another. Maintaining and building relationships on a common ground is the only way people and organizations grow.

Heritage High School

100 Word Statement

As a Secondary National Officer, I will actively lead and assist other officers at all times in the preparation and execution of the National Conference. I’ll advocate for further interaction between national and local levels by conducting more activities with the help of advisors. I’ll immediately bring innovative ideas to boost efficiency and adopt organization tools to promote inclusivity that members will experience from the national level to the local level. I’ll use my collaborative planning, time management, leadership, and communication skills to deliver on these visions and drive BPA’s success at the highest stage.

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Jaclynn Schwander

Dayton High School

Social Media Questions & Responses

How would you describe your leadership style?

I have a pretty laid-back leadership style. I’m very relaxed but I give full effort and focus on action items. I also think in the grand scheme of things and am always seeking forward progress. This relaxed visionary style represents me perfectly as it’s who I am at my core.

What are the most important values that you demonstrate as a leader?

I have a great ability to connect with people on a personal level. This is a value that I hold myself to at an extremely high standard. I always look to listen to what people have to say and give my undivided attention to make a positive impact on them.

What is your biggest accomplishment as a member of BPA?

Qualifying for Nationals (1st time) with my team! The pure joy felt that day and the smile on their faces is something that’ll stick with me past high school. I’m going to try my hardest for each and every single one of you to experience a similar or better feeling!

What is the most important goal you wish to achieve in service as a National Officer?

My one and only goal is to fulfill my word/promise to you. Whether I say that we’ll hold the best NLC ever or that we’ll bring industry trailblazers as speakers/mentors, I’m looking to make my words true and have you recognize the efforts we make to provide you quality opportunities.

How can you create a culture of collaboration in a virtual environment to ensure a successful team?

I believe in FUN! Yes, we’re a professional organization, but we need to engage in fun activities to strengthen our bond and become comfortable with one another. Through this, the collaboration aspect will take care of itself as we’ll feel comfortable sharing our true feelings. This promises a successful team.

How do you approach conflict resolution?

For me, it’s all about understanding and truly listening to the person. No one likes it when their ideas aren’t heard or implemented, so I believe in prioritizing others’ ideas and involvement by allowing them to work together to come to a conclusion. This is how I approach conflict resolution.

Alaska Statewide Post-secondary Chapter

100 Word Statement

In my four years as a member of BPA, I have had the privilege of serving three years as a local officer and four years as a state officer. I have participated with volunteer programs such as Special Olympics Alaska and Palmer Public Library. As a National Officer, I will endeavor to expand the post-secondary division and increase member involvement. I have found significant personal growth through BPA including leadership, networking, teamwork, and professionalism. I want to bring this progress to the organization as a whole, and all students who participate. Please cast your vote for Engen!

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Social Media Questions & Responses

How would you describe your leadership style?

My leadership style is laid back and open. I create my ideas and outcomes and present them to my team. I make decisions based on everyone’s input. I am open-minded and flexible to all options. I respect other teammates’ decisions and inputs.

What are the most important values that you demonstrate as a leader?

My passion, commitment, and open-mindedness can be reflected through my leadership position. I give my best every time and expect the same hard work from my teammates. I am always willing to look beyond the obvious solutions to find answers that are efficient, effective, and exciting.

What is your biggest accomplishment as a member of BPA?

My biggest accomplishment as a member of BPA is getting out of my comfort zone because I was able to meet with a lot of people, members, friends, and people out of the community.

What is the most important goal you wish to achieve in service as a National Officer?

My primary goal as a member of the National Officer Team will be to increase membership numbers and involvement, particularly at the post-secondary level. I know what kind of personal growth that BPA can bring, and I want to make that available to as many students as possible.

How can you create a culture of collaboration in a virtual environment to ensure a successful team?

I will make collaboration a priority. It is important to communicate/network with other members regularly in order to be successful. I am committed to expand the networking opportunities to increase our collaboration and meet with the officers, advisors, and members. Having successful collaboration is a key to our organization.

How do you approach conflict resolution?

In order to approach conflict resolution, having open communication plays a major role. I will show respect of others’ ideas by being open to all opinions and thinking creatively in order to resolve a problem. I am committed to work closely with the team to resolve the issue.

Post-secondary Virtual Chapter

100 Word Statement

Hello everyone! My name is John Lucas Guimaraes and I’m running to serve as a National Officer for one more year! I have had multiple leadership experiences in BPA that have shaped me into the leader I am today. I co-founded the Massachusetts Post-secondary Division, served as the Massachusetts Post-secondary State President, Massachusetts BPA Board Member, Post-secondary National Vice President, and was on two chapter officer teams. I have three goals:

Expand membership experience and opportunities

Improve accessibility of National Officers to members and chapters

Increase BPA’s presence to spread awareness

I look forward to connecting with you all!

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Cassandra Lindo

Post-secondary Virtual Chapter

Social Media Questions & Responses

How would you describe your leadership style?

I am a visual person, I learn and lead through seeing. I like to get examples shown to me and visualize what my choices are. When leading, I show team members exactly what the task looks like, how it needs to be completed, and walk through the process together.

What are the most important values that you demonstrate as a leader?

The most important values I demonstrate are passion, dedication, and honesty. I think passion and dedication are must haves to work effectively and build strong team moral.

Honesty is also something I make sure to demonstrate as it makes teams and people trust, rely, and respect you.

What is your biggest accomplishment as a member of BPA?

My biggest accomplishment as a member of BPA is helping establish the Massachusetts Post-secondary Division. This allowed secondary members of BPA to continue with their BPA journeys while allowing college members to join. We also created many leadership opportunities and have been very involved in the Post-secondary National Officer election.

What is the most important goal you wish to achieve in service as a National Officer?

Having previously served as a National Officer, I have noticed a big disconnect between the Executive Council and the rest of the organization. That is why I want to make the Executive Council more accessible and transparent with stakeholders. I also want to further increase opportunities available for Post-secondary members.

How can you create a culture of collaboration in a virtual environment to ensure a successful team?

One way to achieve this is by always asking individual opinions. In teams, there are often quiet members who are hesitant to add their input. However, it is important for all team members to add to the conversation, express their perspective, and feel their opinion is valued.

How do you approach conflict resolution?

If there is a conflict, I often ask a lot of questions to understand why the conflict arose. I very much believe in, “seek first to understand, then to be understood.” Then have an open conversation where everyone feels encouraged to express their feelings and have a chance to talk.