October 5, 2015
BRIDGE Connect Newsletter 
BRIDGE 3rd Quarter Recap

July 27, 2015
Joint Board Meeting with Vision Fort Worth
 
Vision Fort Worth hosted the BRIDGE board at the Fort Worth Chamber for a collaborative board meeting between both organizations. Vision Fort Worth is the young professional arm of the Fort Worth Chamber. During this meeting information was shared about both of our organizations' direction and goals. We are looking forward to a great partnership for years to come!   
Some of our BRIDGE board members along with board members of Vision Fort Worth.
   


July 30, 2015
BRIDGE eSocial
 
BRIDGE hosted its 2nd eSocial event exclusively for our Active Professional level members at Grand Cru in Fort Worth. Our special guests were Shannon Fletcher (Tarrant County District Attorney's Chief of Staff) and Walter Taylor (Director of Housing Services, MHMR Tarrant). Both provided great insight into the challenges of emerging black professionals and guidance on how to be successful in various endeavors.  The 2015 eSocial sponsor was Jeremy Miller, CEO of Mereaux Wealth Strategies and BRIDGE founding member.
 
The eSocial provides members with an opportunity to Engage business and community leaders in an informal, intimate setting. Our goal is to Empower our members, to Evolve into leadership, and Excel within the community!   
 
    
August 13, 2015 
Collaborative Meeting with Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce (FWMBCC)
  
Members of the BRIDGE and FWMBCC board came together in an informal meeting of the minds to discuss future collaborative opportunities. It was a great starting point in developing and maintaining a strong presence in the community to address the needs of our demographic.
    

 

 
August 17, 2015
Back to School Supply Drive
  
In support of the Dunbar Pyramid Back to School Parade and Rally, BRIDGE collected school supplies for elementary, middle, and high school students. Free supplies were provided to students to prepare for the new school year. Thank you to all those who donated!
  
 
July 22, 2015
Dunbar Pyramid Back to School Parade and Rally
  

BRIDGE registered voters at the annual Dunbar Pyramid Back to School Parade and Rally. It was the best turnout to date!  

 
A few BRIDGE Board members volunteering at the Dunbar Pyramid Back to School Rally.
   
 
September 17, 2015
North Texas Giving Day and BRIDGE "Check-In" Mixer
  

As an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, BRIDGE was able to participate in the 2015 North Texas Giving Day. North Texas Giving Day is an 18-hour online giving opportunity for nonprofits across North Texas. Donations are submitted through the Donor BRIDGE.

 

BRIDGE hosted the last "Check-In" mixer for 2015 during the same day at Terra Mediterranean Grill in Fort Worth.

 

Both events were a huge success. Thank you to our NTX Giving Day donors and "Check-In" mixer attendees!

    
BRIDGE Upcoming Events
October 31, 2015
BRIDGE 2nd Annual Bowl-A-Thon: Halloween Edition   
 
Join us for our 2nd Annual Bowl-A-Thon FUNdraiser event! This year's event is on Halloween, so form your team, pick a costume theme, and connect with BRIDGE for a great time! Last year's "Rep Your Yard" bowl-a-thon was a huge success, and we're looking forward to an even greater event this year. There will be a costume contest, prize drawings, music, networking, and of course, bowling. This is a family friendly event, so kids are welcome.
 
Teams can consist of up to 5 members. Early registration is now until October 24th, $25 for adults and $12 for kids 12 and under. After October 24th the registration fees increase to $30 for adults and $17 for kids 12 and under, so register early. For more information email us at bridgefw@gmail.com or 817.330.9827. For team registration form please click the following link, Team Interest!
  
BRIDGE November Executive Board Elections 2015
BRIDGE board nominations for 2016 will begin November 1st. If you are an Active Professional BRIDGE member and able to commit for a minimum of one year, consider nominating yourself for a board position. We will send out a call for nominations to our BRIDGE membership with further details. Nominees who qualify will be submitted to the membership for a vote.

If you are interested in serving the community in a positive way and leading an emerging professionals organization dedicated to professional development, community involvement, and education, then you should consider running for one of our executive board positions!

   
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:
Kandice Boutte

BRIDGE is an organization that values the contributions of its members. As a result, each quarter we will highlight active members and their commitment to the success of BRIDGE.

This quarter, BRIDGE would like to spotlight  member, Kandice Boutte. 

Kandice is a new member of Bridge and serves on the Special Events Committee. 

In her current role as the Strategic Initiatives Manager for Tarrant County, she is responsible for implementing a newly created countywide performance management program that encourages transparency, innovation, and efficient use of government resources. Prior to working for Tarrant County, she worked for the City of San Antonio and the City of Atlanta. Kandice is a proud graduate of the University of Georgia, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Georgia State University, where she received a Masters in Public Administration.

The Atlanta native also has a passion for serving others. She is actively involved  in the Oak Hurst Elementary Pen Pal program, Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County, the Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) and Adora Daughters Mentoring program.

Kandice looks forward to continuing to make a positive impact in the Fort Worth community and being an active  member in  Bridge.

Kandice Boutee , changing the face of leadership! 

2015 BRIDGE Board members

Front Row, L to R: Airin Barnett, Rosaline Thomas, Sabrina Conner, Erica Robinson, Brittany Teal, and Cara Walker

Back Row, L to R: Javan McLin, Joshua Willis, Aaron McWhorter, and Daryl Davis II

  
2015 BRIDGE Board
Sabrina Conner, President
Joshua Willis, Vice President
Daryl Davis, II, CFO
Cara Walker, Executive Administrator
Javan McLin, Parliamentarian
Vacant, VP of Membership
Aaron McWhorter, VP of Strategic Alliance
Brittany Teal, VP of Fund Development
Airin Barnett, VP of Special Events
Erica Robinson, VP of Marketing and PR
Darryl Atwaters, VP of Professional Development