Jacklyn (Jackie) Schiller has spent more than 25 years working towards providing exemplary activities for career and technical students and their educators through providing the leadership as Executive Director the Minnesota Secondary Associations of Business Professionals of America. Annually, she works with more than 75 teachers and for almost 2,000 CTE business students in numerous schools throughout Minnesota – impacting nearly 50,000 members during her tenure. From serving on the State Association Advisory Council for BPA. as well as the National Board of Trustees, she takes great pride in MN BPA and making sure to be on the cutting edge of CTSO’s in Minnesota, Schiller continues to be on the forefront of technology in CTSO association management and just recently developed the delivery of the 2020-2021 Workplace Skills Assessment Program on virtual platforms.
In 2015 she received the Business Professionals Hall of Fame award as well as being recognized by MnACTE as their Outstanding Administrator in 2018.
Residing in Detroit Lakes, MN, she has two grown daughters who participated in DECA and BPA student organizations and have continued as volunteers for conferences.
BPA has had challenges before – but never a year like this. From the start, MN BPA’s focus under her leadership has been putting our students first, and that commitment has not wavered and never will.
From our National Executive Director Dr. LouAnn Ross:
This year’s theme was selected after receipt and review of, as well as comprehensive dialogue around, submissions from state qualifiers in the Graphic Design Promotion competitive event. There were many this year that projected encouraging messages of energy, aspiration and motivation and made for lively conversation by our National Officer Team. The team felt that the chosen theme embraced what BPA is as a student organization and conveys a message of inspiration, achievement and hope for our members.
We will begin sharing the news on our National BPA social media platforms to help generate excitement among the BPA membership. Also, as the National Officer Team begins development of their Program of Work, they will explore how they would like to reveal the Membership Theme’s artwork design for this year. More information regarding this announcement and reveal will come later this summer.
The mission of Business Professionals of America is to develop and empower student leaders to discover their passion and change the world by creating unmatched opportunities in learning, professional growth and service.
Our vision for Business Professionals of America is: To be an innovator in Career and Technical Education, providing our members with opportunities for growth through education, competition, community service and personal development.
Business Professionals of America is the leading CTSO (Career and Technical Student Organization) for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields. Our Minnesota State Representative to the Foundation for Student Organizations is Steve Weber.
Nationally, BPA has 43,000 members in over 2,300 chapters in 23 states. In Minnesota we have over 1,100 members in eight regions. BPA is a co-curricular organization that supports business and information technology educators by offering co-curricular exercises based on national standards. For Minnesota information about joining or starting a new chapter contact our State Executive Director, Jackie Schiller.
The Workplace Skills Assessment Program (WSAP) prepares students to succeed and assesses real-world business skills and problem solving abilities in finance, management, IT and computer applications. It is BPA's showcase program and facilitates students demonstrating their career skills at regional, state and national conferences in 72 competitive events, including virtual opportunities.
For more info about our program, please contact Minnesota's CEAC (Classroom Educator's Advisory Council) representative, Lynn O'Driscoll.