The Source – 04/01/2022

The Source - April 1, 2022

Photo of Steve Darnell, Interim Executive Director

  • BPA Cares Awards submitted – Check!
  • Ambassador Torch Award resumes uploaded – Check!
  • Executive Council candidate materials processed – Check!
  • Competitive events pre-submissions done – Check!
  • NLC registration, housing, and tours reserved – Check!

What’s left? Get ready for some boot-scootin’ fun at the Texas-style hoedown called the 2022 National Leadership Conference! Texas BPA’s famous mascot, Lil’ Hank, is ready to welcome us to his stockyard! Did you know the 7-Eleven Slurpee machine, Doritos, and German chocolate cake have Dallas in common as their birthplace? That is in addition to the delicious, local, and fresh Tex-Mex, fried okra, and pecan pie that help make Dallas famous. You probably know what I’ll be doing when I’m not in sessions or helping proctor or judge a competition. See you soon in Dallas!

Photograph of Lil' Hank, Texas Longhorn plush toy

Have you met Lil’ Hank?

Texas BPA's mascot, Lil' Hank, says “Home is where your herd is.” Dallas will be our home May 4–8 for the 2022 National Leadership Conference.

Graphic: Important Dates & Schedules

Registration for the 2022 National Leadership Conference, presented by Certiport, a Pearson VUE business, is open, and the Preview Guide contains an overview of the schedule and all the conference events. Attendees should remember these key registration deadlines:

  • February 28–April 1: Registration open
  • April 1: Competitive event online pre-submissions due
  • April 2–8: Late registration (higher fees apply)
  • April 14: Conference registration fees due to BPA
  • April 21: Last day for refund requests
  • April 9–22: Deposit or full payment to hotel

The NLC Competition Guide, participant schedules, and official conference app will be released in mid-April. Watch for details in the next issue of The Source.

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BPA is pleased to welcome as a Gold Sponsor. is one of the nation’s premiere college advising companies and offers affordable and effective college admissions support to students from all backgrounds.

“National Leadership Conference participants are gathering in person for the first time in two years,” said Steve Darnell, BPA’s Interim Executive Director. “We are grateful to for supporting this event and our work with students and educators throughout the year.”

“As a graduate of University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce, I remember how complicated the college admissions process can be,” said Brian Mitchell, founder and EVP of “BPA is a great resource for students, and is honored to partner with them to help its members on their college admissions journey to business school or elsewhere.”

During the National Leadership Conference in Dallas, will present a session as part of the Leadership Passport Program. Conference attendees will be able to learn more about by visiting their booth in the Exhibitor Showcase, May 5–6 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

As one of the nation’s premiere college advising companies, offers affordable and effective college admissions support to students from all backgrounds. leverages digital to provide affordable admissions counseling and offer students access to online tools and personalized support to help organize, track, and strengthen their college applications. is part of Next College Student Athlete (NCSA)’s collection of path-to-college solutions, which offer virtual recruiting and admissions services to high school student-athletes, non-athletes, and high school, club, and college coaches. NCSA and are subsidiaries of IMG Academy, one of the world’s largest and most advanced multi-sport training and educational institutions.

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The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans is accepting applications for its Career & Technical Scholarship Program, which will award up to $2,500. Applicants must

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