2020 Advisor Professional Development Virtual Conference Registration


See below for Full Conference Schedule.

Special Conference BPA Swag Bag

  • BPA All-Day Tshirt
  • Advisor Key Tag
  • BPA Luggage Tag

Choose a complimentary course from MindEdge

All conference registrations receive one (1) free course from MindEdge, an online curriculum and professional development solution provider formed by Harvard and MIT educators in 1998.

SKU: virtual-pd-conf Category:


All Registered Conference attendees will receive a free MindEdge Course!  Please select from one (1) of the following courses during the checkout process:

  • Introduction to Critical Thinking (normal cost is $95) — This introductory-level course is designed to help learners define and identify critical thinking and reasoning skills and develop those skills. 
  • Personal Creativity (normal cost is $79) — Through tools and exercises drawn from Adrian Brown’s book, “Creativity & Innovation”, this course seeks to help unlock the creativity within individuals. 
  • Creativity in Teams and Organizations (normal cost is $79) — Spurring creativity in teams could be the difference between a successful team and an unsuccessful one. This course looks at unlocking this process in teams and organizations. 


Session Presenter(s)



Lisa Gualtieri Alford (Canon) Best Practices in Photography and Storytelling Join Lisa as she explores the creative world of storytelling through photography. This engaging session will focus on how you can turn the ordinary into extraordinary through tips and tricks from the Canon training team!
Dan Armstrong (Adobe) Taking your events to the next level with Creative Cloud In this session Dan will discuss how the Creative Cloud can be used to support several events that students already compete in. Add some professional Branding to your Entrepreneurship project, Use Fuse and Mixamo to enhance your computer animation team, or make your presentations interactive and work with Alexa to auto advance your slide deck with XD. We will also discuss the new virtual branding team event. There is something for everyone in the Creative Cloud come discover some new ideas.
Natalie Giles Best Practices in Health Administration Practices New to the world of Health Administration! Join Natalie as she explores best practices in teaching health administration concepts and get a sneak peek at the concepts in the new Health Administration competitive event area!
Emma Klauber

(JP Morgan Chase)

Jonelle Burns

(JP Morgan Chase)

Bringing Cyber Home A new session that provides a framework for staying cyber safe during these unprecedented times. Participants are provided with tips and tools they can use to protect themselves and family members of all ages:
· Identify Covid-19 Scams
· Best Practices while working from home
· Protect your personal devices
· Social Media privacy settings
· How to talk to your kids about being safe online
Cedric Bandoh (HP) Curriculum and Activities through HP Life HP LIFE is a free, skills-training program for entrepreneurs, business owners, and lifelong learners all over the world. Learn how to engage your members, learn from industry professionals, and earn certificates of completion in courses covering communication, finance, management, and more!
Anna E. Howard, CPA

Christin Hunter

Evan Wolff, PMP



The Future of Accounting: AICPA initiatives to help students level up The accounting profession, and the skills required to be successful, is changing rapidly. In this session representatives from the AICPA will discuss ways the global accounting community is staying at the forefront of change to prepare accountants of the future. In this session, you’ll learn about: the CPA Evolution Initiative, the APBP: Advanced Accounting training for business educators, and resources available to you to help your students prepare for the business world.
Armando Garza (YouScience) YouScience: Aligning Talent, Education, and Industry Talent is equal across both race and gender, but current tools have bias. By using performance measures of aptitudes to cut through gender norms, societal biases, and lack of exposure, YouScience ensures every student understands their full potential and the in-demand careers for which they have a competitive advantage. In addition to natural abilities, earned certifications are a meaningful signal to employers that students are equipped with real-world skills they need. By combining revolutionary academic and career guidance with industry-recognized certifications, YouScience empowers ALL students to uncover their natural talent, validate their skills and knowledge, and pursue their best-fit educational pathways.
Lori Monson
Sr. Director of Sales, North America K12 Sales
Certiport, a Pearson VUE Business
Teaching Techniques that Drive Certification Success This session will touch on how to get your students attention for certification and keep it. We will cover why certification is important to students and provide you with industry data to get your students committed to earning their certification. Then we will focus on curriculum options, including distance learning, and how they can make the difference in pass rates. The final portion will cover key teaching techniques from across the country for keep students engaged, informed and positive to improve pass rates and their ultimate earning potential.
Attendees will leave with several classroom challenges to keep students engaged. All attendees will be provided a voucher for certification and demos for curriculum options.
Luke Voorhies (Stukent) Using Stukent products to enhance student engagement Learn how Stukent is redefining personal finance and social media marketing curriculum in engaging ways focused on real-world scenarios!
Clydene Stangvik


Intro to Cybersecurity concepts for your classroom Engage in the exciting world of Cybersecurity and the Cisco Networking Academy. Learn how to engage your students and start discussing Cybersecurity, programming, Technopreneurship and more!
Holly Boisjolie

(BPA Champion/Local Advisor)

BPA Cares Best Practices – The Local Advisor Point of View Blaine BPA has been participating in the Business Professionals of America (BPA) Cares Program for over 25 years. We have been recognized for our work at the Region, State, and National levels every year. As the advisor, I would like to share our projects and how I have enhanced marketing promotions and partnerships throughout the time I have been the head advisor. I will also share some ideas I have created as we move into our first virtual chapter.
Heather Singmaster (Center for Global Education) Teaching Workforce Readiness Skills for Success in a Global Economy To take advantage of global market opportunities, businesses desire workers with global competence—that is, the capacity and disposition to work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Educators now face a critical imperative: to prepare all students for work and civic roles in a world where success increasingly requires the ability to compete, connect, and cooperate on an international scale. Participants will leave this session with an understanding of which employability skills are important for careers in our interconnected world and how they can be integrated into CTSO activities. An extensive suite of free online professional development modules and tools will also be shared.
Amber McNew

Patrick Schultz

BPA National Staff

BPA WSAP Deep Dive / Making BPA Co-Curricular, National Virtual Events Deep Dive Join the National Staff as they provide best practices for integrating the BPA platform into your classroom and an overview of the National Virtual Events and WSAP Competitive Events.
Mark Burch

Patrick Schultz

BPA National Staff

BPA Torch Awards System Overview, BPA Member Gateway Overview / Resources  Join the National Staff as they provide an interactive walkthrough through of multiple BPA systems that have been updated for this membership year!