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Networking Event

We are excited to see you at the eight annual forum on October 16, 2021 in Seattle, WA! We are carefully monitoring COVID data and at this time will be moving forward with a hybrid forum. Most of our events will be in-person with the exception of the keynote speaker, which will be via Zoom. If you are not able to join us in person, we hope you can attend the virtual portion of the forum.


Governor Inslee announced he is reinstating the statewide indoor mask requirement, regardless of vaccination status, effective August 23. Unless there is a change, masks will be required at the forum. We are monitoring the situation carefully and will post updates here.

Proof of vaccination will be required to attend the forum. You may present the vaccination card or a photo of the card at the entrance. We will also accept a negative COVID-19 test, no older than 72 hours, if you are not vaccinated. As mentioned above, masks are required, regardless of vaccination status, to comply with local mask mandates. Please note that many places in King County require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. For more information, check out the article from The Seattle Times. 

Friday, October 15

Optional Pre-Forum Networking:

8:00 pm PT


240 2nd Ave S

Seattle, WA 98104

Saturday, October 16

2:00 - 2:15 pm PT     Welcome

2:15 - 2:45 pm PT      Scholarship Student Presentations | Zerina Mulaosmanovic Said & Merima Tricic

2:45 - 3:00 pm PT     Break

3:00 - 3:30 pm PT     Local Speaker | Vedad Mahmulyin

3:30 - 4:00 pm PT     Networking Session 1

4:00 - 4:15 pm PT      Break

4:15 - 5:00 pm PT      Keynote Speaker via Zoom | Dr. Amra Sabic-El-Rayess

5:00 - 5:30 pm PT     Networking Session 2

5:30 - 6:00 pm PT     Conclusion

Forum Location:

Surf Incubator

999 3rd Ave #700

Seattle, WA 98104

Optional Informal Networking:

6:30 pm PT

Ben Paris

130 Pike Street

Seattle, WA 98101


Sunday, October 17


Optional Informal Networking Brunch:

10:30 am PT

Local Public Eatery

404 Terry Ave N

Seattle, WA 98109

Note Regarding Informal Networking: Please be prepared to bring a mask to all informal networking events per local mandate. Also, please note that some restaurants are requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. It was difficult to make a reservation for a large group due to restrictions. Please bring cash or have Venmo downloaded as the restaurants may accept payment only from a single card and we will have to be flexible. 

Hotel Information

You are welcome to book lodging at a location that works best for you.  BAPA has arranged a group rate at the following hotel: 

Courtyard by Marriott Seattle Downtown / Pioneer Square

612 Second Avenue

Seattle Washington 98104

Booking information:

Start Date: Friday, October 15, 2021

End Date: Sunday, October 17, 2021

Last Day to Book: Thursdday, September 30, 2021

Hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

  • Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Pioneer Square for 129 USD per night

Book your group rate for BAPA

*There have been some issues with the hotel website. If you run into any issues, please call the hotel directly at 206-625-1111.

Registration for the forum is closed. 



Vedad Mahmulyin

Vedad Mahmulyin was born in Kozarac, Bosnia. After immigrating to Seattle he graduated from the University of Washington in 2000. He has worked at Boeing since then, where he has marked a name for himself. He works on the development of new aircraft in the groups: Stability and Flight Control (stability and control) and Loads and Dynamics (external aircraft loads).   In a company with over 60,000 engineers, Vedad was named Boeing's Engineer of the Year for 2014, and more recently was awarded for the 5 most valuable inventions.

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Dr. Amra Sabic-El-Rayess

Amra Sabic-El-Rayess is a professor, author and activist who grew up in Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina. After surviving genocide and more than 1,150 days under the Serbs’ military siege, she emigrated to the US in 1996. By December 1999, she earned a BA in Economics from Brown University. Later, she obtained two Masters degrees and a PhD from Columbia University. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Practice at Columbia’s Graduate School of Education. Her scholarship focuses on mechanisms that drive societies towards social disintegration and the role of education in rebuilding decimated countries.


Dr. Sabic-El-Rayess has worked as the expert on behalf of the US State Department, foreign governments, and other global organizations. She is an interdisciplinary scholar who has taught, researched, published and lectured around the world on education’s links to social transformationsradicalizationcorruptionelite formation  and violence. In 2019, she delivered the inaugural Charo Uceda Lecture at Columbia University on “How to Empower and ‘Un-Other’ Yourself?” Her recent Al Jazeera and EdWeek op-eds examine the stark parallels between the white supremacy movement in the US and Islamophobia that ignited the genocide in Bosnia.


Her critically acclaimed memoir, The Cat I Never Named: A True Story of Love, War, and Survival (Bloomsbury 2020), has received seven starred reviews, and is a timely warning against othering, radicalization and hate. Amra’s story is a remarkable journey of humanity, resilience and determination to gain education and counter hate even in the face of the unimaginable. Her memoir has been described as Anne Frank’s story if Frank hadn’t perished during the Holocaust. In 2021, The Cat I Never Named won a finalist medal by the American Library Association for Excellence in Nonfiction. It is a finalist for Cybils Award for best nonfiction. The Cat I Never Named has been named a Best Book of 2020 by Kirkus, Mighty Girl, Malala Fund, and is nominated for the Amazing Audio Book of 2022 by the American Library Association. The President of the United States, Joseph Biden, has personally recognized The Cat I Never Named as inspirational. It was selected as one of the most remarkable books for teens for 2020 by Capitol Choices and has won the Outstanding Merit and Best Book of 2021 award by Bank Street College of Education.


In her students’ feedback, Professor Sabic-El-Rayess is consistently praised as one of the most inspiring professors they have encountered. Amra was recently featured by BBCCBS-NY , PIX11, and ABC Action News.  

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