Please join us for our virtual convention being held June 23rd-25th!

Register today to attend BEMA’s General Membership & Committee Meetings, the Industry Insight panel discussion, and The Women’s Bakery telethon.

The business of BEMA is virtual this year and we cordially invite our members, baker friends and industry partners to attend. Not a BEMA member, no problem! Be our guest at these virtual sessions to learn what BEMA has to offer you and your company.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020


The business of BEMA will be conducted Tuesday morning, June 23rd during our virtual General Membership meeting, followed by three concurrent Committee meetings. ‘

During the General Membership meeting reports will be provided regarding the work of the Board of Directors, Finance Committee, and IBIE. New and old business will be discussed, and the 2020-2021 slate of officers will be up for vote. Committee meetings will begin immediately following adjournment of the General Membership meeting.


    • Purpose: To develop the program of speakers for BEMA meetings and events based on direction provided by the chairman of the board.
    • Purpose: Be the voice of our members to the Board of Directors; Develop strategies for membership recruitment and retention; Engage non-active members to participate; Grow value and resources for membership.
    • Purpose: Build strong collaborations with associations; Grow opportunities to give exposure to BEMA members; Investigate most effective means to increase association access, influence and reach.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020


Are Bakeries Thriving…or Surviving?

Food manufacturing as an essential function, and as a secure career pathway, has rocketed into the spotlight over the last few months.

As many grain-based categories have seen significant spikes in demand, and employee safety has transformed into an even more important aspect of everyone’s job description, plant operations are evolving.

Which changes are short term? Which changes are becoming the new normal?

Tune in to hear from bakery operations leaders and learn how they are thriving and surviving these challenging times.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

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Operating under The Women’s Bakery (TWB) mantra, “Together, we rise,” BEMA will host a one-hour virtual fundraising event to raise money and awareness for The Women’s Bakery (TWB) on Thursday, June 25.

Join us for a live telethon-style event that will both educate and entertain!


The Women’s Bakery is a social enterprise that empowers women and builds nutrition-centric bakeries in East Africa. Founded in 2014, the heart of TWB’s mission is to create access to social and economic opportunities for women and nutritious, affordable bread to the East African communities.

“As The Women’s Bakery grows and our bakeries move closer toward profitability, I am most proud of the steps we take to further empower the lives of our women bakers,” said TWB founder and CEO Markey Culver, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.

“TWB’s Whole Women Programming is a key ingredient to our mission of empowering women and providing nutritious bread to the people of Rwanda. Thanks to the support of our champions, such as BEMA, TWB is poised to really grow.”

TWB Fundraising Needs

  • $500 provides health insurance for TWB bakers and their families for one month
  • $1,000 funds a nanny for the on-site daycare for one year
  • $5,000 buys a hardbody delivery vehicle (need 2)
  • $10,000 funds two gender equity trainings
  • $25,000 funds 3 months of social impact programming
  • $50,000 launches a training program for a new group of bakers (2021)
  • $75,000 buys 3 new industrial ovens (one oven for each bakery, shipping and importation taxes)
  • $100,000 supports bakery operations for 2020 in Kigali (includes staff, bread distribution, increased inventory costs due to C-19)
  • $150,000 purchases the Gicumbi bakery (space is currently leased)

Awareness of the ongoing mission of TWB through the “Turikumwe” (We Are Together) campaign is in direct support of BEMA’s ongoing mission to connect; educate and provide resources for its members and the industries they serve.

Help BEMA share the positive impact of TWB and its champions by sharing photos and videos of pledges on social media using #TWB and #Turikumwe.

Register for BEMA’s Virtual Convention 2020!

Have questions about our Virtual Convention? Contact BEMA.