The Source – 11/2/2021

Mark Your Calendar and Join Us!

November 5-6, 2021: Back by popular demand, BPA is proud to announce our 2nd Annual National BPA Advisor PD Conference as part of our continued education enrichment and year-round development offerings. The BPA Advisor Professional Development Conference will also offer advisor attendees the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

  • Friday, November 5, 2021: Access 1.5-hour hands-on workshops from Certiport, Stukent, Adobe, and Dobyns Patterson Learning throughout the day. View the full description of workshops by clicking the registration link below.
  • Saturday, November 6, 2021: Engage in 45-minute sessions that are dynamic and informational across three learning tracks: Leadership Cultivation, For Student Leaders by Student Leaders, and Professional Growth.

Registration fee: $75 – (fee includes choice of one of two BPA swag bag choices {$30 value}) and free lifetime access to Coursenvy’s modMBA online course collection {valued at over $5,000 retail}. Register here:


National BPA Student Leadership Summit

November 6, 2021: The National BPA Student Leadership Summit will be an engaging experience focused on networking with fellow student members, career pathway awareness opportunities, best practices for competition preparation, and awareness of resources. National BPA will host this virtual summit with a focus on multiple facets of BPA 365 (year-round) opportunities and best practices for leadership development. 

The National Center is thrilled to announce that the Keynote speaker for this event will be Sam Demma! At 22 years old, entrepreneur, youth coach, and keynote speaker Sam Demma doesn’t let his age define his drive or credibility. His goal is to provide people of all ages with the tools and strategies they need to become the change-makers in their schools, businesses, communities, and in the lives of those around them.  In a few short years, his inspiring and entertaining presentations have reached thousands of students across Canada and his High Performing Student program has made a difference for young people in 6 countries around the world. He’s delivered two TEDx talks, he is the youngest Board Director of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, and there’s no limit to where small actions will take this big thinker.

Registration Fee: $10/student (BPA “Leader” Conference T-shirts can be purchased for an additional $15). Register here:

National Officers Adopt “Executive Council” Name

The student leaders of Business Professionals of America, officially referred to as the “Executive Council” in our organization’s governing documents, but informally referred to as the “National Officers” for countless years, are asking BPA stakeholders to shift our organizational terminology. Given that we now have an international student officer, the term “National Officer” no longer aligns appropriately with every member of the team.

“In an effort to be more inclusive and reflect that members of our team can come from any BPA chapter, we will be referred to as the Executive Council, collectively, and as Executive Officers, individually,” said John Lucas Guimaraes, Post-secondary National President.

The Secondary Division Executive Council is composed of up to six officers and the Post-secondary Division Executive Council is composed of up to four officers. Grace (Siyue) Tang, elected the 2021-2022 Secondary Division Secretary, is from an international independent chapter in China.

The National BPA website and other resources will be updated to reflect this new terminology.

Meet the Secondary and Post-secondary members of the Executive Council.

Upcoming Post-secondary Division Webinar

Sponsored by AICPA

As a member of BPA, Post-secondary students and advisors have access to the AICPA webinars.  Please note, these webinars are an exclusive benefit of AICPA Student Affiliate Membership, which is free for college students. We are so appreciative to our partners at AICPA for making this available to our members and hope you take advantage of this amazing opportunity! 
Tuesday, November 9, 1:00–2:00 pm ET
CPA Evolution – What Aspiring CPAs Need to Know
It’s never been a more exciting time to pursue the CPA license. The role of today’s CPA has evolved, and newly licensed CPAs are taking on new responsibilities that were traditionally assigned to more experienced staff. Becoming a CPA means you’ll need deeper skill sets, more competencies and a greater knowledge of emerging technologies. That’s why the CPA licensure model is changing. A restructured version of the CPA Exam, aligned with the CPA Evolution initiative, will launch in 2024. This exclusive AICPA Student Member webcast is meant for anyone who plans to test during that time, even if you start the Exam process before the updated Exam launches.

National Virtual Events

Registration Deadline: November 15th!

The deadline for the National Virtual Events is fast approaching. Students that wish to compete in the National Virtual Events must register by no later than Monday, November 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

The National Virtual Events offer the chance to compete in over ten (10) direct-to-National Leadership Conference competitions. If you have students interested in competing in one of the ten National Virtual Events, be sure to get them registered soon.
Registering is easy: just click on the Conference tab in the Member Registration System (, add the entry fees for each one of the teams or contestants interested in competing and submit an invoice.

If you need more information about the Virtual Competitive Events, visit the WSAP Download Center and download the contest guidelines. Questions about registration can be directed to Director of Technology Integration, Patrick Schultz, at

Need Help with BPA Resources and Information?The BPA Member Gateway Has What You Need!

One of the questions we receive at the National Center throughout the membership year is “Where can I find information and resources?”

The BPA Member Gateway has been established as your resource portal and offers everything from Membership Theme artwork and the Local Chapter Handbook to numerous video tutorials on how to use the Member Registration System (, PowerPoint Presentation Templates, and more. 
Visit the Advisor Resources section within the BPA Member Gateway to find the resources and information you’re looking for.