Who’s In Your Story??? – A BNI Foundation National Video Contest

Who’s In Your Story? – A USA Video Contest!

 WHO: When you were growing up, did you have an adult who significantly influenced your life?

(A teacher, coach, mentor or friend is acceptable, just NOT an immediate family member.)

Then, we at the BNI Foundation want to hear from YOU!

WHY: We want you to share your story with us so we can share it with the world so people will see and hear the huge impact that adults can have on kids!

WHAT: So, tell us in a 1 minute or less video, about the person who inspired you, possibly even changed the trajectory of your life when you were between Kindergarten and High School Graduation.                 We especially welcome stories in which a small gesture or action made a big difference, showing how easy it can be to help our youth, without always spending a ton of time over many years. It can be raw footage, shot with a phone, and does NOT need to be professionally filmed or edited.

 WHEN: May 18 – June 15, 2017

 WHERE: U.S., Email your video contest submissions to: Marketing@bnifoundation.org

 – Subject Line should read: Who’s In Your Story? Video Contest

– Email should include:

-Name

-Location

-Video (1 minute or less) embedded or attached or a public link

to a video that can be downloaded from another place.

Examples: Hightail, Google Drive or Dropbox

 HOW: (RULES)

All submissions must

– Be NO more than 1 minute long

– At start of video, state your name & location (city & state)

– Be received by 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) on June 15, 2017

– Be a spoken testimonial of how this special person positively influenced your life

– Include a signed photo release consent form (downloadable here)

BONUS: (PRIZES) 3 Overall Winners

– 1st prize – 2 days in Austin, TX for winner + 1 guest

(1 day to be spent with Ivan & Beth Misner and includes airfare and hotel!)

– 2nd prize – $75 Amazon Gift Card

– 3rd prize – $50 Amazon Gift Card

Have fun making your videos and telling us your stories!!!

BNI Foundation at the BNI U.S. National Conference (Schedule of Events)

Every year, the BNI Foundation is lucky enough to be a guest at BNI U.S. National Conference. BNI and the BNI Foundation have a unique relationship – we are two separate entities, but exist simultaneously, sharing resources and embodying the concept of Givers Gain®. This year, from May 17-20, Stephanie Starr, the BNI Foundation Executive Director, will be joined by her “Dream Team” of Volunteers from around the US to help to educate and inform BNI leaders how the BNI Foundation can help Members Make More Money while cause networking. The BNI Staff and volunteers, including some BNI Executive Directors, will be on hand to help BNI Executive Directors and Director Consultants learn how to implement service projects in their area to increase their bottom line, improve member retention and growth, and spread the word about BNI in their area.

Wednesday

Community Service Event – 4:30pm

Please join us as we work as a team to positively impact children in high poverty schools.

Thursday- Saturday

The BNI Foundation Booth Opens at 8 AM on May 18th and closes at 4pm on May 20th.

When you choose to participate in these fundraisers for the BNI Foundation, you could easily win big!

Pick up your 50/50 Raffle Ticket while at the BNI Foundation Table

1 Ticket- $50

2 Tickets- $75

3 Tickets – $100

You can also Bid on the following Silent Auction Items:

Have you always wanted to become a Sonoma Wine Maker?

Attend a baseball game at Wrigley Field on the Rooftop?

Go on a Cruise?

Vacation on Galveston Beach?

If so, come bid at our silent auction on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the BNI Foundation Table.

Find out more about each Silent Auction Item Here

You can also learn more about the BNI Foundation and its programs!

     Friday

Chairman’s Reception – by invitation only

Saturday

Walk and Talk (or Run) bright & early at 6:15!

*The first 50 registrants are guaranteed a free t-shirt*

Register here to secure your t-shirt or Register In Person at the BNI Foundation Table

Learn more about the Walk and Talk Here

Registration Fees: 

$25 until 5/17

$30 after 5/17

 

Round Table during Conference

Our Round Tables – The BNI Foundation is hosting an information round table on Saturday, May 20th. Stop by our table to sit down with Stephanie Starr and other Executive Directors, Director Consultants and Regional Administrators who are working with the BNI Foundation to see how to implement it in your region. We will be sharing how many regions are using Business Voices initiatives to grow their regions.

We Look forward to seeing everyone at The BNI U.S. National Conference

For Volunteer Opportunities Please Email: volunteer@bnifoundation.org

For Sponsorship Opportunities Please Email: Marketing@bnifoundation.org

The BNI Foundation supports children’s educational programs.

With your help we can improve tomorrow’s business through education today!

BNI Foundation US Conference Walk and Talk May 2017

IMG_9699 3A few years back, Beth Misner, Co-Foundation of the BNI Foundation, initiated a fun event. Beth decided to start walking on Saturday morning of the BNI Convention. In the beginning, she invited a few special people to walk with her and to conduct 1:1 conversations. This idea grew into a larger event, with many BNI leaders, members, and GST staff participating. It has not just become a BNI Foundation tradition, but a fun event at BNI Conventions, both locally and globally. Some walk, some run. This is your perfect opportunity for a casual dance card or 1:1 with Graham Weihmiller, Beth Misner or Stephanie Starr.

 

The Walk and Talk (or Run) will take place on Saturday, May 20th at 6:15AM. Please register online here.  We are happy to take registrations on-site, but this year, we are adding a fun t-shirt to our first 50 registered walkers and runners as a THANK YOU!

 

Register Today, as t-shirts are going fast.  Show your BNI Foundation support and pride!
We cannot wait to see you there!

 

Regards,

 

Erica Gifford

Volunteer Coordinator

The BNI Foundation

The Time is Here…Full Speed Ahead

Four months ago, the BNI Foundation was very happy to bring Stephanie Starr, Executive Director, onto our wonderful team. BNI Foundation Board Chair, Jeff Stay, and Co-Founder and President, Beth Misner have been closely working with Stephanie to share the culture of Givers Gain, our vision and mission (which she, in turn, helped us codify), and our future dreams for just how many kids we can impact with our initiatives.

It was Beth’s intention from the beginning to take off the foundation president’s hat within the next six months, after a time of working closely together with Stephanie to lay the best groundwork possible for our agency.

That time is here! Stephanie is now completely handling the operations of the BNI Foundation, interacting with our Board of Directors, and leading our other staff and volunteers. Beth will be stepping fully into her role as Co-Founder and will remain on the Board of Directors as board secretary. Expect to see both of them embracing their complementary roles over the next few months, and join us in congratulating them both on this milestone.

New to the BNI Foundation team are Beth Omecene Epperson, Director of Marketing & Communications with Middle Man Marketing, and Grace Sanchez Hagen, Development Consultant with the Grace Group.

We invite you to learn more about our Business Voices Teams by exploring our website, joining us at Facebook on the BNI Foundation page, or signing up for one of our Launchpad Zoom Web Calls on the 4th Monday of the month.
The young people in our world are only 20% of our total population, but they are 100% of our future! How will you join us to be a positive contributor to their story?

Business Voices – Powered by BNI

Austin, TX by Beth Misner:  Not long ago, I was incredibly fortunate to have three minutes to share the mission of Business Voices with a media and marketing expert, Joel Roberts. Joel is a former, prime-time, KABC radio talk show host in the #1 radio market in the world – Los Angeles. Today he is President of his own media and communications consulting firm based in LA and New York. His clients range from major publishers and best-selling authors to Fortune 500 corporations such as Lockheed-Martin, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Novartis, Wal-Mart and Target. He also coaches many prominent politicians, CEOs, entrepreneurs like Kinkos founder, Paul Orfalae, and celebrities, including rock star Kenny Loggins.

And for just a few minutes, I was blessed that he was MY impromptu coach while I explained what I am bringing into the world through my vision for Business Voices. As I gave Joel my 60-second presentation about Business Voices, I could see him growing more excited. I told him that I can see entrepreneurs have a unique way of viewing challenges and addressing problems, and when business owners find out more about what the needs of local schools and educational organizations are, they are able to provide creative and effective solutions that are not wrapped in a lot of red tape.

Screen Shot 2017-03-05 at 4.21.56 PMAt this point, he nearly leapt up off his chair. “BNI, BNI,” he said, “You say it stands for Business Network International, but with your Business Voices initiative, you could also say it stands for Bureaucracy Not Involved!

He nailed it . . . his perception of why this movement is catching hold so easily and quickly was insightful and exciting. That’s exactly it — We as business owners are not held back by the bureaucracy that is creating such paralyzing difficulties for educators to teach well, impeding their access to the resources they need to keep kids engaged and interested, and causing many other challenges they face.

I was first struck by this realization after having a long conversation with Richard Branson about his B Team concept. If you follow my social media, you will have no doubt seen the photo of Ivan and Richard that I pulled out of an iPhone video I made of the two of them talking about the B Team and how business could make huge, positive differences in the world. He is exactly right!

Screen Shot 2017-02-03 at 11.03.36 PMAnd where better to start unleashing this vision for creating a conduit between Business and Education than within BNI, an organization filled with entrepreneurs who live by a Givers Gain philosophy and are able to embrace a movement whose rallying cry is Bureaucracy Not Involved?

The support of the business community is like a giant pair scissors that slashes right through the red tape that keeps teachers tied up. As a global citizen, I personally am tired of watching our teachers and schools struggle to operate in such a highly dysfunctional system.

Business Voices is an idea whose time has come — Bureaucracy Not Involved — and we need you to help us get on top of this huge area of concern. Will you help us?

Learn more about our movement.

Rebuilding Hope in Ormoc City

By Brian Watkins

San Jose Elementary ClassBack in November 2013 BNI directors from around the world traveled to Long Beach for what would be a particularly memorable International Directors Conference. Somewhere off the coast of the Philippines at that same time, Typhoon Yolanda began gaining force. That oceanic storm would prove to be among the most powerful the world had ever seen.

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Aiding Schools One Robotics Class at a Time

By Brian Watkins

The robotics students at Flat Rock Elementary recently got a big boost to their equipment. On June 4, BNI Directors, Antonio McCoy and Glen Coleman, presented Principal Draugn with a $625 check for new parts that will allow kids a wider variety of robotics projects. The funds were raised by local BNI chapter members.

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Business Voices Gives Peck Elementary a Big Step Forward

PeckElementary2The dream for Business Voices began with a vision for five BNI chapters to adopt five local schools, each one doing what their members could to improve the students’ experience. The most recent story to date is that of Peck Elementary in Greensboro, NC.

Carla McCoy, the school’s education coordinator, helped to connect the school with BNI. From there the relationship began much like the schools before it − members of BNI met with the principal to discuss the five biggest challenges the school was facing. In this case, Peck Elementary’s principal polled both teachers and students for consensus to ensure everyone’s concerns were addressed.

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Helping Schools One “T” at a Time with Business Voices

get_involvedOver the years, the BNI Foundation has done amazing things to support children’s educational organizations – schools, community projects and other educational organizations. Since starting our charitable focus over 17 years ago, the BNI Foundation has contributed over $3 million to non-profit, charitable organizations like Junior Achievement (Young Enterprise), Boys and Girls Clubs, Claremont Educational Foundation, Flat Rock Elementary, Super Stars Literacy, Tareto Maa – Kenya, Little Rock Orphanage and School – Kenya, and Building Blocks – India, among many, many others.

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