Monday, December 15, 2014

Kraft Foods Seeks to Recruit Diverse IT Talent via BDPA Job Board

National BDPA is pleased to announce that Kraft Foods agreed to become a sponsor of BDPA again! The company seeks to recruit BDPA members and other diverse IT professionals via our powerful Job Board, web banner and web links. In addition, the company seeks to improve upon the relationship between Kraft Foods and BDPA by purchasing ten (10) corporate memberships.

Kraft makes brands that are known and loved the world over – and they’ve been doing it for generations. Today they’re one of the largest, most renowned food and beverage businesses in North America, with 2011 combined net revenues of $18.7 billion. The company completed a major reorganization a few years ago and the rejuvenated company is a powerhouse in the food & beverage industry.

For more information about BDPA or its sponsorship program, please contact us by email (corpsales@bdpa.org) or phone (301.584-3135 x108).

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Walgreens Renews Its Silver Sponsorship of BDPA


The long-term investment into BDPA by Walgreens has been ongoing for well over a decade. It continues as Walgreens renewed its Silver Level corporate sponsorship of National BDPA. Walgreens agreed to underwrite a variety of activities that include the renewal of corporate memberships, BDPA Job Board participation and an investment in the BDPA Chicago chapter annual awards banquet. Walgreens believes in the BDPA mission of advancing the careers of African Americans in the information technology industry ‘from the classroom to the boardroom’.
Pam Mathews
National BDPA president Pamela Mathews said, "I'm very excited that Walgreens has renewed our partnership. They have been a supportive and committed partner to our vision and mission. I look forward to celebrating 40 years of BDPA with Walgreens in 2015."
Diversity and inclusion at Walgreens are more than business initiatives; they are a way of life, embedded deep in its culture. As a retailer in diverse communities across the country and Puerto Rico, they want to reflect that diversity in many ways - in the products and services they offer, in their choice of the vendors and other entities with which they do business and in their everyday interactions with customers, patients and each other. BDPA has watched careers being launched at Walgreens. Walgreens recruits, retains and develops strong talent. The company offers development classes, goal setting training and mentoring to help drive success in the workplace.
Millie Liggins
At Walgreens, we are dedicated to the well-being of our customers, employees, and communities we all call home. In addition, we are committed to sustaining a strong, technologically trained work force where innovation thrives and growth opportunities exist for varied skills, experience and backgrounds who reflect the people and communities we serve globally”, said Millie Liggins, Walgreens Strategic Implementations Team Lead. “That is why we continue to invest in organizations like BDPA … organizations that promote diversity and inclusion and help us meet our corporate objectives for talent acquisition, employee development, and philanthropic endeavors. We look forward to a successful partnership as we work together to help people get well, stay well and live well.
Founded in 1975, BDPA is the premier organization for African American professionals in the information technology industry. BDPA has fulfilled its mission and worked to bridge the digital divide by providing career growth opportunities for its members.
Reggie Rush
BDPA Chicago wants to thank Walgreens for their dedication, support and commitment to help BDPA impact our members and students through their contributions,” noted BDPA Chicago chapter president Reggie Rush. “It takes sponsors like Walgreens to provide the necessary resources that make it possible for BDPA to continue forward with its mission to ensure a diverse talent pipeline for the future and to encourage young people to explore careers in science and technology."
For more information about BDPA or its sponsorship program, please contact us by email (corpsales@bdpa.org) or phone (301.584-3135 x108).

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Grant Proposal: Southern California Gas Company (BDPA Los Angeles)


The Sempra Energy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation based in San Diego, California, USA. The foundation was founded by Sempra Energy, a Fortune 250 energy services company that serves the largest customer base of any energy utility in the United States. With 13,800 employees worldwide, the Sempra Energy companies develop energy infrastructure, operate utilities, and provide related products and services to more than 29 million consumers worldwide.

One of its subsidiaries is the Southern California Gas Company. We were invited to apply for a grant proposal with Southern California Gas Company in the amount of $2500. They focus their charitable giving in a number of areas, including K-12 Programs. This program seeks to improve grades and skills in Science/Technology/Engineering/Math and increased graduation rates in underserved communities.

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation worked closely with BDPA Los Angeles chapter president David Malonson to create a grant proposal that was submitted earlier this week. Wish us luck!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Grant Declination: Regions Bank Community Foundation (BDPA Greater Birmingham)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) partnered with BDPA Greater Birmingham chapter (president, LaDonna Crum) to submit a $5,000 grant proposal to the Regions Bank Community Foundation. BDPA Greater Birmingham was named 2014 Developing Chapter of the Year at our 36th Annual BDPA Technology Conference held earlier this year in Indianapolis, Indiana. We learned today that our grant proposal has been denied by Regions Bank.

The declination read as follows:

Dear Mr. Hicks:

Thank you for submitting a proposal for funding to Regions Bank. However worthy we found your request to be, we must decline based upon previous charitable commitments.

We wish you all the best.

Sincerely,
Ann Forney
Corporate Contributions Director
1900 Fifth Avenue North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
(205) 326-5305 office
(205) 531-1491 cell
ann.forney@regions.com


BETF will continue to work with the leadership team of our BDPA Greater Birmingham chapter to find the funding that they will need to implement their programs, scholarships and services. You can help! Please make a secure online donation in support of the BDPA Greater Birmingham Scholarship Program.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Eli Lilly and Company Renews Its Gold Level Sponsorship

The long-term investment into BDPA by Eli Lilly and Company has been ongoing for well over a decade. It continues as Eli Lilly and Company renewed its Gold Level corporate sponsorship of the 37th Annual BDPA Technology Conference in Washington DC on August 18-22, 2015. Eli Lilly and Company agreed to underwrite a variety of activities that include the BDPA IT Showcase, college scholarships, career fair, BDPA Job Board and an investment in the BDPA Indianapolis chapter. Eli Lilly believes in the BDPA mission of advancing the careers of African Americans in the information technology industry ‘from the classroom to the boardroom’.

Eli Lilly and Company seeks to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. The company embraces diversity by understanding, respecting and valuing differences. BDPA has seen the commitment by Eli Lilly and Company to diversity in its workplace, marketplace and its relationships with suppliers. The company clearly understands that caring for people across the globe and working to make lives better starts with understanding and including everyone in its effort to discover solutions that make life better.
Tim Coleman
We are proud to again partner with and support BDPA. The organization’s work to ensure a diverse talent pipeline for the future and to encourage young people to explore careers in science and technology aligns with our beliefs at Lilly,” says Eli Lilly senior director Tim Coleman, “Education is so vital to creating the professionals who will contribute to the discovery of innovative medicines of the future.
Founded in 1975, BDPA is the premier organization for African American professionals in the information technology industry. BDPA has fulfilled its mission and worked to bridge the digital divide by providing career growth opportunities for its members.
“BDPA is excited to continue our partnership with Eli Lilly in 2015. As we approach the celebration of our 40th year in existence, we look forward to Eli Lilly helping us advance careers from the classroom to the boardroom,” said National BDPA president Pamela Mathews.
For more information about BDPA or its sponsorship program, please contact us by email (corpsales@bdpa.org) or phone (301.584-3135 x108).

Monday, December 8, 2014

Grant Proposal: Nissan Foundation (BDPA Los Angeles)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) worked closely with BDPA Los Angeles chapter to request a $2,000 grant from the Nissan Foundation. In the United States, Nissan Neighbors is a community-focused initiative dedicated to improving communities through charitable contributions and in-kind donations to nonprofit organizations working in three focus areas: education, the environment and humanitarian aid.

BDPA Los Angeles SITES Students
BETF asked Nissan Foundation for partial funding of the Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program in Los Angeles. The objective of our SITES program in Los Angeles is to effectively use technology to stimulate and sustain the interest of young people in science and technology. This program is perfectly in synch with Nissan's focus on education. SITES works with children from disadvantaged backgrounds to provide them with science, technology, engineering and math skills development needed to be productive, engaged members of our future workforce.

We should have an answer for BDPA Los Angeles chapter president David Malonson from Nissan Foundation within the next month.   BETF continues to seek funding for any interested local BDPA chapter. In the meantime, I encourage you to support the BDPA Los Angeles chapter by making a secure online donation today!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

National BDPA Announces New VP-Membership Management - Mildred Allen

Mildred Allen
BDPA, a nonprofit organization made up of racially diverse information technology professionals, announced a new member of its executive team. Mildred Allen was named the Vice President of Membership Management (VPMM). Mildred has been working for over 16 years with SCANA Corporation, an energizing force throughout South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia - bringing electricity and natural gas to homes and businesses, supporting economic growth and innovation and enriching our local communities. She currently serves as a project manager for SCANA. Mildred is a member of our BDPA Greater Columbia chapter. She graduated from Southern Wesleyan University.
It takes passion to give back continuously, it takes passion to see the vision, and it will take passion to move BDPA’s membership to the next level," says the new vice president, Mildred Allen.
In her new role, Mildred works with a team of volunteer to grow the size and the depth of BDPA at a local, regional and national level. This group is responsible for recruitment, retention and contact management activities for all BDPA members. There is a great deal of interaction between the VPMM with the national office, Executive Director and Chief Information Officer.
Pamela Mathews
"I am very pleased that Mildred Allen has accepted the appointment as our VPMM,” says National BDPA president Pamela Mathews. “She brings a plethora of knowledge regarding our membership system and BDPA overall. She is an asset to our leadership team and the organization as a whole."
Founded in 1975, BDPA is the premier organization for African American professionals in the information technology industry. BDPA has fulfilled its mission and worked to bridge the digital divide by providing career growth opportunities for its members. Membership in BDPA can be purchased for $100 (adult IT professionals) or $25 (students). The organization is coming off 11 months of growth, increasing by 29% from this time last year.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of membership you can call us on (301) 584-3135 or by email (Mildred Allen, vpmm@bdpa.org).

Saturday, December 6, 2014

BDPA Cincinnati Announces New VP-Strategy & Planning - Norman Phillips (P&G)

BDPA Cincinnati chapter, a nonprofit organization made up of racially diverse information technology professionals, announced a new member of its executive team. Norman Phillips was named the Vice President of Strategy & Planning (VPSP). Norman is an IT architect and manager of business transformation for over 30 years at Procter & Gamble (P&G). P&G is the largest corporation in Cincinnati. Norman is a YMCA Black Achiever as well as a volunteer with the youth ministries at Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist. Norman received his computer sciences degree from Southern University.
I am honored and humbled to be appointed to the Cincinnati BDPA Board of Directors. BDPA was a strong influence in my life during my college years back in the 80’s and I am impressed with the influence it continues to have on the IT industry today,” says Norman Phillips. “Technology Innovation is more critical now than ever in determining the success of our nation and it is up to us to develop the future technology leaders, especially with our people of color. I have more than 30 years’ experience in the technology industry and feel I can help mold and inspire our next generation of leaders to get involved in Science and Technology. BDPA is one of the vehicles I plan to use to bring others into the technology industry.
In his new role, Norman works with a team of volunteers to develop and maintain the BDPA Cincinnati strategy and future planning process. His responsibilities also include managing organizational alliances, conducting assessments of BDPA and improving image of BDPA Cincinnati.
"We are delighted to have Norman join BDPA Cincinnati chapter as its VPSP. Norman brings a wealth of technical acumen and professionalism through an extensive network of contacts and personal relationships," says BDPA Cincinnati chapter president Dalric Webb. “We look forward to Norman helping set the strategic vision for the chapter for the next 3 - 5 years as we work to strengthen our partnerships within and throughout the greater Cincinnati area."
BDPA Cincinnati chapter is the second-largest chapter in the nation. BDPA is the premier organization for African American professionals in the information technology industry. For more than 25 years, BDPA Cincinnati has fulfilled its mission and worked to bridge the digital divide by providing career growth opportunities for its members. BDPA represents more than 3,000 members in 46 active chapters located across the United States.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Rest In Peace: Nelson Mandela (1918 - 2013)

On this day in 2013 we lost international hero Nelson Mandela. His life personifies 'the heart of a lion'. He led the fight against apartheid with extraordinary vigor and resilience after spending nearly three decades of his life behind bars. He sacrificed his private life and his youth for his people, and remains South Africa's best known and loved hero.


Mandela was born July 18, 1918. He was jailed in November 1962 for leaving the country illegally and for incitement to strike. While serving the sentence he was charged with sabotage and sentenced to life imprisonment.

In prison Mandela demonstrated his heart by never compromising his political principles. He was always a source of strength for the other prisoners. Nelson Mandela's reputation grew steadily. He was widely accepted as the most significant Black leader in South Africa and became a potent symbol of resistance as the anti-apartheid movement gathered strength. He consistently refused to compromise his political position to obtain his freedom.


More people watched his release from prison on February 11, 1990 than any other prisoner in the history of the world. Some even analyzed the details of his speech he gave on his release! He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. He served as president of South Africa from 1994-1999.

Mandela has honorary degrees from more than 50 international universities. Nelson Mandela retired from public life in June 1999 and he currently resides in his birth place - Qunu, Transkei.

Here is my Pinterest board dedicated to Nelson Mandela

BDPAers, do you remember your participating in protests against apartheid? Do you remember how you felt when Mandela was finally released from prison? Can you deny that this quite man of peace found a way into your heart?

Rest in peace, Madiba!

JPMorgan Chase Renews Its Silver Level Sponsorship

The opportunities for success with the underserved minority community around the nation just received a boost as JPMorgan Chase agreed to work with BDPA at the 37th Annual BDPA Technology Conference in Washington DC on August 18-22, 2015. JPMorgan Chase agreed to underwrite activities for a number of local BDPA chapters in an effort to train the next generation of IT professionals.

JPMorgan Chase is a leading global financial services firm with operations in more than 60 countries. The firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers, small-business and commercial banking, financial transaction processing, asset management and private equity. JPMorgan Chase serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients.
I am honored to welcome JPMorgan Chase as a Silver Level Sponsor of BDPA. On behalf of the National Board of Directors and the National Executive Committee we thank JPMorgan Chase for their dedication, support and commitment with helping BDPA impact those members through their contributions to BDPA”, said immediate past president Dr. Craig Brown. “Sponsors like JPMorgan Chase provide the necessary resources that make it possible for BDPA to continue forward with its mission.”
Founded in 1975, BDPA is the premier organization for African American professionals in the information technology industry. BDPA has fulfilled its mission and worked to bridge the digital divide by providing career growth opportunities for its members.
BDPA New York chapter president Tyrone McKinney said, “JPMorgan Chase has been a great partner to BDPA New York chapter as a host and presenter for a number of technical development seminars. We applaud and commend JPMorgan Chase for their ongoing support and commitment to BDPA.”
JPMorgan Chase used part of its sponsorship dollars to fund community outreach programs in five local chapters: Columbus, Dallas, New Jersey, New York and Northern Delaware.
BDPA Dallas chapter president Chad White noted, “The Dallas chapter would like to thank JPMorgan Chase for it's continued support. With their outstanding contribution the students of the chapter will be attending the 2015 conference.”
For more information about BDPA or its sponsorship program, please contact us by email (corpsales@bdpa.org) or phone (301.584-3135 x108).