December 19, 2015
BRIDGE Connect Newsletter 
BRIDGE 4th Quarter Recap

October 29, 2015
Collaborative Mixer at the Modern Museum of Art
 
BRIDGE joined together with the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce for their Speaker Series event. Useful information was provided by special guest Blue Zones Project Fort Worth on ways for us to live healthier lives.
 
This event was held at the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art and included a tour of the Kenhide Wiley: A New Republic exhibit. If you have not had the pleasure of witnessing this extraordinary exhibit there is still time.The exhibit will end January 13, 2016, and the Modern Museum of Art is free every Sunday in 2015.
 
   

 


October 31, 2015
2nd Annual Bowl-A-Thon: Halloween Edition
  
BRIDGE's Bowl-A-Thon raised funds for a scholarship to be awarded to a Fort Worth high school student. Thank you BRIDGE members and friends for embracing the Halloween theme and serving our community!
  


    
November 10, 2015 
Feast of Sharing
  
BRIDGE volunteered at the annual Feast of Sharing Event hosted by Central Market. It was a great event with a great turnout. This festive event allowed the community to come together and be served with great food while listening to live music. There were a number of vendors present providing useful information on community resources.

      
 

November 1-24, 2015
BRIDGE Board Nomination and Election Cycle 

Presented below are the results of our recent board elections. Meet your newly elected and re-elected board members for 2016! We are excited about the great work that lies ahead with our newly elected executive board members led by BRIDGE President, Sabrina Conner, and Vice President, Josh Willis. 

 



 

   
 
Sabrina Conner, President
(Founding Member)

 
 
 




 

Joshua Willis, Vice President 
(Founding Member)

  
Daryl Davis, II, CFO
Javan McLin, Parliamentarian

Kandice Boutte, Executive Administrator

Jeff Postell, VP of Membership

Darryl Atwater, VP of Professional Development

Aaron McWhorter, VP of Strategic Alliance

Airin Barnett, VP of Special Events

Tia Cole, VP of Fund Development

Erica Robinson, VP of Marketing and PR

 
 
December 13, 2015
Board End of Year Strategy Meeting 

  

2015 was a great year for establishing new networks and reconnecting with former partners. BRIDGE is thankful for all the support from members and community partners. We are excited to continue to work together in 2016 to establish ourselves as the premier organization for young Black professionals in Fort Worth. 

        
BRIDGE Upcoming Events
 
January 12, 2015
2016 Fort Worth YP Bash  
 
Join BRIDGE Black Professionals for its 2016 collaborative kickoff event! BRIDGE along with Vision Fort Worth, Steer Fort Worth, Texas Young Professionals (TYP), Young Professionals in Energy (YPE) and Lena Pope Young Professionals, we will bring together up to 500 young professionals in a networking atmosphere to hear about what lies in store for each organization in 2016.

This is a free event sponsored by New York Life Insurance, but you must rsvp to attend. All attendees will receive a souvenir mug, 2 free drinks, light appetizers and there will be live music! Don't miss out, rsvp today, and spread the word to other young emerging professionals in the area who may be interested.

Help us to have a great showing to demonstrate the power Fort Worth young professionals!


 
  
January 18, 2015
MLK Day Parade and Rally
 
Join us for the annual MLK Day Parade and Rally. BRIDGE will be walking in this annual celebration in Downtown Fort Worth. If you are interested please Contact Us!
 
The MLK Day Parade will be held on the MLK Day holiday, January 18th. 

   

What You Need to Know... 
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BRIDGE is participating in the AmazonSmile initiative, which is a way for you to support your favorite nonprofit organizations. If you shop on AmazonSmile, .05% of your purchase will go to the charitable organization of your choice. During this holiday season we hope that you will consider utilizing our personal AmazonSmile link to make your online purchases.

January 15-February 28, 2015
BRIDGE Membership Enrollment
 

Our first enrollment cycle for the year will begin January 15, 2016. If you are interested in membership or receiving more information about membership opportunities, email us at bridgefw@gmail.com.

 

BRIDGE is a black professional organization focused on professional development, education/awareness, and community involvement. We also provide opportunities for networking and cross-networking. We believe in pay it forward service, so if you are looking to have an impact on your community, consider BRIDGE.

   
   
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:
NEDRA ROBINSON

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

This quarter, BRIDGE would like to spotlight  member, Nedra Robinson. Nedra has been an active participant on the town hall task force offering her time and ideas. She has also been a faithful supporter of BRIDGE events and partner events, including sponsoring a Bowl-A-Thon team for our annual fundraising event. 

Nedra Robinson was recently appointed Deputy District Director for the Office of State Representative Ramon Romero. Nedra grew up in a military family where her father served twenty-four years in the United States Air Force. This military family upbringing helped Nedra to develop an interest in public service. Upon returning to Texas for college, she began her studies in Sociology and later earned a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. 

An active member of several service organizations, including American Society for Public Administrators, National Forum for Black Public Administrators, and Association of Fundraising Professionals, Nedra is passionate about community service. From 2004 to 2006, she served on the Board of Directors for a southeast Fort Worth Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) whose goal was to assist the City of Fort Worth in its efforts to revitalize the Stop Six community and surrounding neighborhoods  by constructing and renovating existing homes. In addition, she has also played an active role in several local campaigns and currently serves as the member-elected president of the Meadowcreek South Homeowners Association.

Consistent with her roots in public service, Nedra's professional career has been primarily focused on education. She has been a middle school mathematics teacher, served as mathematics department chair, and a math coach. She has successfully worked with a variety of students from at-risk to gifted and talented, and in 2010, she was named "Teacher of the Year" at her school. Nedra's teaching experience further sparked her interest in social welfare policy, civic engagement as well as community and economic development, and educational policy. As such, she plans to pursue a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership in the near future.  
Outside of academia, Nedra enjoys spinning, weightlifting, bikram yoga, reading, researching her family's history, and parenting her two lovely children. 
Nedra Robinson, changing the face of leadership! 
2016 BRIDGE Board
Sabrina Conner, President
Joshua Willis, Vice President
Daryl Davis, II, CFO
Kandice Boutte, Executive Administrator
Javan McLin, Parliamentarian
Jeff Postell, VP of Membership
Aaron McWhorter, VP of Strategic Alliance
Tia Cole, VP of Fund Development
Airin Barnett, VP of Special Events
Erica Robinson, VP of Marketing and PR
Darryl Atwaters, VP of Professional Development