Saturday, April 18, 2015

How Technology Has Changed the Way We Recruit IT Professionals - Bridgett Baggett (Career Innovations)

There are a number of world-class workshops planned for delivery at the 37th Annual National BDPA Technology Conference. On Wednesday, August 19, we anticipate excellent attendance for workshop entitled, 'How Technology Has Changed the Way We Recruit & Retain IT Professionals'. If your organization is waiting for the next IT guru to upload their resume to your career page or Applicant Tracking System (ATS), you have a better chance posting your job opening on MySpace and rushing to the nearest pay phone to place the follow-up call. HR and Recruiting Technology have evolved and so has the ideal candidate.

What we can expect?
  • Millennials will dictate the evolution in HR Technology and the Recruiting Process
  • Technology Has/Will Forced Transparency
  • High Turnover
The pool of recruitment data is growing and the technology companies should focus on harnessing that data and focusing on unconventional ways to help leverage digital connections and real-life relationships to attract and retain IT professionals.

There are three objectives for this workshop:
  1. How to Leverage Technology in the Recruiting Process
  2. How to Create a Competitive Advantage within Your Recruiting Process
  3. How to Create a Employee Retention Strategy
Bridgett Baggett
The workshop will be presented by Bridgett Baggett (Career Innovations). Bridgett assists organization as they seek to grow their leadership talent and develop a stronger workplace culture. She works primarily with start-ups and small to mid-size companies. She assists with recruiting and retaining top talent. She is an also an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management, Human Capital Institute, National Association of African Americans in Human Resources and the Institute for Human Resources. She is also the VP-Professional Development with BDPA Charlotte chapter.

You can see the rest of the 2015 conference schedule here.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Oracle Continues to Deliver on College Scholarship Commitment to BDPA

Globally listed by Forbes as one of the world's most valuable brands as well as one of America's best employers, Oracle is continuing its tradition of Silver level sponsorship of BDPA at this year’s 37th Annual BDPA Technology Conference, August 18-22 in Washington, D.C.

Headquartered in Redwood City, California and founded in 1977, Oracle offers software for mobile computing; database and middle-ware software that runs and manages business applications for midsize businesses and large enterprises; and Java, a software development language. Oracle also provides applications software such as human capital and talent management, customer experience, customer relationship management, financial management and governance.
Traci Wade
Traci Wade, Oracle Senior Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, gladly reported that, "Oracle is honored to have had a long standing relationship with BDPA to provide scholarships to deserving students focusing on degrees in Computer Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Our scholarships assist with providing the financial support to continue education for what we hope will be future employees and leaders at Oracle."
Founded in 1975, BDPA is the premier organization for African American professionals in the information technology industry. BDPA has 46 chapters across the United States and is the largest African American information technology association in the country. BDPA continues to fulfill its mission and work to bridge the digital divide by providing career growth opportunities for its members.
We are honored to secure Oracle’s endorsement of our STEM program,” said National BDPA president Pamela Mathews. “We look forward to working closely with Oracle again this year in advancing careers from the classroom to the boardroom.”
To become a BDPA partner or sponsor like Oracle or to learn more about the National BDPA Technology Conference in Washington, D.C. as well as sponsorship opportunities, please contact BDPA Corporate Sales Team by email at or 301-584-3135 x108.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

MillerCoors Sustains Gold Level Sponsorship of BDPA

Standing on its 300-year history of strong leadership, innovation, sustainability, and supporting people and communities, MillerCoors renewed its Gold Level sponsorship of BDPA in 2015. MillerCoors has thousands of employees working together as a single team rising to meet and exceed the expectations of its customers. That people at MillerCoors are its most valuable asset, and their impact on the MillerCoors business is visible in each statistic and accomplishment.
Steve Canal
Steve Canal of MillerCoors Community Affairs said, "We are proud that MillerCoors was selected as the exclusive adult beverage sponsor for National BDPA corporate receptions and events. One of the key value propositions of attending the National BDPA Technology Conference is the opportunity to network with all levels of professionals, from entry-level to C-Level executives."
Founded in 1975, BDPA is the premier organization for African American professionals in the information technology industry. BDPA has 40 chapters across the United States and is the largest African American Information Technology Association in the country. BDPA continues to fulfill its mission and work to bridge the digital divide by providing career growth opportunities for its members.
"BDPA is honored to continue our partnership with MillerCoors. We recognize and appreciate support of MillerCoors over the years financially and otherwise,” said National BDPA President Pamela Mathews. “As we celebrate our 40th year in existence at this year’s 37th Annual BDPA Technology Conference, August 18-22nd in Washington, D.C., we are excited that MillerCoors is there with us to assist in advancing careers from the classroom to the boardroom."
To become a BDPA partner or sponsor like MillerCoors or to learn more about the BDPA Technology Conference in Washington, D.C. as well as sponsorship opportunities, please contact BDPA Corporate Sales Team by email at or 301-584-3135 x108.

Monday, April 13, 2015

GoldTech Renews Its Support of BDPA for Third Straight Year

BDPA is proud of the major corporations that have invested tens of thousands of dollars into our programs, scholarships and services. However, our heart pounds even harder for those smaller Black-owned businesses who find a way to support BDPA. GoldTech has found a way in each of the past three years to support BDPA.

Kelvin Gholston
GoldTech is owned by Ohio entrepreneur Kelvin Gholston. His company offers a diverse group of clients a cost effective, single-source provider of high-value Engineering, Information Technology and Professional Staffing solutions. The company was founded in 1999 ... and restructured in February 2005. GoldTech has the proven expertise, speed, and scale to help clients achieve a higher level of service delivery with service offerings specific to their core competencies.

Kelvin has found a way to make a difference for his clients and he has the social consciousness to make a difference in the community with his consistent sponsorship of BDPA.  This year the company agreed to underwrite the memberships for 16 college students around the country. The sponsored students came from the following colleges:
  • Brown Mackie College
  • Carleton College
  • Haverford College
  • ITT Technical Institute
  • Peirce College
  • Robert Morris University
  • Saint Louis University
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Wisconsin
Our hope is that other Black-owned businesses will look to make a difference by becoming a BDPA corporate sponsor. Please reach out to us by email ( or phone (301.584-3135, ext. 108) if you want to learn more about BDPA and it's sponsorship program!

In the meantime, share some love with Kelvin and the folks at GoldTech!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Johnson & Johnson Scholarship (Deadline: 7/12/2015)

Johnson & Johnson is a Platinum Sponsor of BDPA. We are proud to offer the Johnson & Johnson Scholarship to any eligible college student!

The Johnson & Johnson Scholarship seeks to provide financial assistance to any rising sophomore or higher student at a 4-year college or university. The criteria and eligibility for the award are detailed in the application.

The Johnson & Johnson Scholarship provides up to four (4) $2,500 one-time only scholarships for a college student with a STEM major, strong community involvement and a minimum GPA of 3.0.

The next step is yours! Do you know anyone in your chapter who might be interested in this $2,500 college scholarship? The completed application, typed essay, two letters of recommendation, official transcript and resume must be received on or before Sunday, July 12, 2015.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Message from the BDPA Cincinnati Chapter President

Dalric Webb
Spring is in the air and the BDPA team of volunteers are busy as bees!

I represented Cincinnati Chapter at the 2015 BDPA Midwest Region chapter president's meeting held in Chicago on March 21-22. The meeting allowed us to leverage best practices, lessons learned and networking with other key leaders including National BDPA president Pamela Mathews and vice president Mike Williams. As the second largest chapter in the nation (out of 46 chapters) Cincinnati was tapped to host the 2017 Midwest Region president's meeting! We look forward to hosting all the leaders here in the 'Queen City'!

Congratulations to all the students who completed the 12-week computer camp held at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College (CinState)! Your commitment, dedication, determination, and positive attitudes made helping you learn the 'code' of technology that will change the world, an awesome experience for all the instructors! Please visit our computer camp website to see some of the fine work these up and coming technologists have developed. We move on to the second phase of the training program with a smaller team invited to compete in both the regional and national High School Computer Competitions. Our team should be prepared to compete for trophies and college scholarships at the 37th annual BDPA Technology Conference in Washington DC.

We had a FANTASTIC 'meet and greet' last month at Margaritaville. The event was well attended and everyone in attendance had a great time. We appreciate BDPA member Malik Spencer for sharing his Salsa line-dancing expertise with our attendees.

Babacar Guisse
BDPA Cincinnati chapter successfully celebrated its 10th Annual Awards Luncheon this weekend! All of the chapter's corporate sponsors from 2014 were recognized. CinState earned the award as '2014 Corporate Sponsor of the Year' -- the highest award given to any corporation. Babacar Guissé was named '2014 Member of the Year' -- the highest award given to any member.

Other winners announced during the event included:
- Michael Pulliam (Quest Diagnostics) was named '2014 Director of the Year'
- Wayne Hicks (Hicks Enterprises) was named '2014 Executive Officer of the Year'
- Frank Hill (Cincinnati State) won the '2014 Community Service Award'
- Deborah Prince (xpedx) won the '2014 Spirit Award'

I encourage you to attend our next monthly program meeting on 4/15/15 to join our discussion on '3D Printing: The Promise of Tomorrow'. We will have a 3D printer on hand to provide examples of this new technology. Light refreshments will be available.

Shelton Graves
Our board of volunteers continues to grow as we welcomed Shelton Graves (North American Properties) on as our chapter's Marketing Department director. Shelton seeks to enhance the marketing presence of the BDPA chapter – making BDPA a household name in Cincinnati. There are still a few more volunteering opportunities that can use your support. Send me an email or  give me a call on (513) 549-6991 and let’s chat about it.

2015 is off to a FANTASTIC start! Membership continues to grow with the chapter growing over 200 members during the first quarter of the year. We hope to continue that trend with the active engagement of our members. Remember, this is YOUR organization. What are you looking to get out of it? What are you putting into it to obtain those results? Are you engaged? Did you attend the last program meeting? The last social? The last computer camp session? Have you chatted with President-Elect Shawnda Peterson about her thoughts and plans for her upcoming presidency in 2016-2017? The chapter is ACTIVE in our communities – we’d love to have you be active with us.

Looking forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events!

Dalric Webb, President
BDPA Cincinnati Chapter

Monday, April 6, 2015

10 Reasons to Join BDPA

I joined BDPA in 1989. I was promoted to a mid-level management leadership position for a large mainframe computer room. It was my first job in the information technology (IT) industry and I figured that membership in BDPA would be helpful.

Technology professionals compete in a global economy and must never stop learning. BDPA membership provides access to resources that advance the careers of African American IT professionals from the classroom to the boardroom.

Here are 10 reasons to join BDPA:
  1. Acquire professional and leadership skills
  2. Connect to network of IT professionals and executives in the academic, commercial, government and non-profit sectors.
  3. Enhance and develop additional technical skill sets.
  4. Obtain exposure to technical and professional topics through program meetings, seminars and workshops
  5. Obtain free advertising through website and entrepreneur directory.
  6. Opportunity to participate in the regional and national high school computer competition, internships, lifelong mentors, scholarships and student empowerment activities.
  7. Participate actively in an organization that is setting trends in emerging technology.
  8. Participate in certification support groups.
  9. Serve as a role model within the African American community.
  10. Support and influence the goals and directions of this leading edge technical organization through the contribution of your own professional expertise.
I joined BDPA in 1989 ... when did you join? And, if you are not a member yet ... what are you waiting on? Join BDPA today!

Out of curiosity ... if you are currently a BDPA member -- what was your primary reason for joining?