Success is Intentional

about us

what is backpack to briefcase?

Deemed an essential catalyst, the Backpack to Briefcase Mentoring and Scholarship Program, is a proven Experiential Learning Model that provides participants with the professional exposure and development that is a critical component associated with the classroom to corporate mind-shift:

    • Building Strong Networks
    • Navigating the Career Search Process
    • Surviving the New Hire Phase
    • Shortening Learning Curves
    • Sustaining Career Pathways

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keys to BPBC success

BPBC, participants are afforded the comprehensive support and guidance of diverse mentoring team comprised of experienced Professional Development Coaches, to include:

  • Executive Level Sales Professionals
  • District Sales Managers
  • Regional/Area Level Sales Directors
  • Corporate Vice Presidents
  • Successful Entrepreneurs

Training & Mentoring

Professional Development Coaches (PDC) assure successful completion of the rigorous program that encompass:

  • Workshops/ Seminars
  • Networking Experiences
  • One on One Mentoring Sessions
  • Resume / Interviewing Boot Camps

These initiatives collectively contribute to the jumpstarting of careers, while narrowing the gaps associated with diversity, inclusion and Talent Acquisition efforts of major corporations.

*Scholarships are awarded upon completion of program.

Mission Statement

To Cultivate the classroom to corporate mind-shift of college students and by creating a platform for young professional to develop leadership skills and a strong business acumen, while addressing the unmeet equity, diversity and inclusion gaps for major corporations through Talent Acquisition.



Since 2009 the Backpack to Briefcase Program has been instrumental in the professional development and enhanced business acumen of students across the St. Louis Metropolitan Area with the following results:

  • $100,000 in Scholarship & Services
  • 30 National Sales Network Conference Sponsorships
  • 5 National Sales Network Student Conference Packages
  • Talent Acquisitions

Jumpstarting Careers

Narrowing Gaps

building a better community through networking and mentorship

Five Part Workshop Series:

  • Networking – How to Effectively Network
  • Dress for Success & Corporate Etiquette Workshop
    Resume Writing/Corporate Communication
  • Interviewing Skills 101 – STAR Model
  • Corporate Simulation

Community / Corporate Sponsors

  • The Cordish Companies (Ball Park Village)
  • State Farm
  • Aerotek
  • Nestle Purina

Backpack to Briefcase Mentoring & Scholarship program does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

  • “The Backpack to Briefcase Program was imperative when transitioning from a college student into a young business professional.”

    Dino A.
    Dino A. Sr Talent & Acquisition Specialist
  • “The meetings and coaching sessions sharpened my skills in sales strategy, interviewing, public speaking, and professional presence.  It gave me a maturity that many of my soon to be young professional colleagues lacked.  ”

    Jessica D.
    Jessica D. Clinical Education Specialist
  • “To this day I draw on their lessons on timeliness, under promising and over delivering and the understanding of how doing a little more than expected can give you a competitive edge.”

    Dometi P.
    Dometi P. Television Anchor
  • “Backpack to Briefcase was an important stepping stone in my career that provided with a professional competitive edge that the rest of my peers didn’t possess.”

    Debbie N.
    Debbie N. Director of Operations
  • “BPBC has been invaluable to my development as a professional. In fact, my current position is a result of the Backpack Network”

    Kayla C.
    Kayla C. Sr. Talent Scout