Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Message from Philadelphia Chapter President

Monique Berry is one of the most powerful leaders on the National BDPA Board of Directors. She is a role model for many of us. She is active on efforts to improve the membership management process at a national level. I think that her greatest legacy is the continued growth of the programs and services offered by BDPA Philadelphia chapter. Here is the message that Ms. Berry shared with her chapter stakeholders this month:

This month, we will continue our leadership role in closing the Digital Divide with our sixth annual Black Family Technology Awareness Week (BFTAW) events.

BFTAW is a public awareness campaign to communicate the value of technology in the Black community and its importance in educating and preparing Black children for future careers.

BDPA has several events planned for February and in the week of February 15-20 in partnership with Mayor's Commission on Technology, the Philadelphia School District and Temple University's Upward Bound program.

February is also our chapter's college student membership month. We are sponsoring free membership for full time college students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math. Please consider sponsoring a student for $15.00 or 10 students for $150.00.

Wednesday February 18th is "BDPA on the Hill" day. BDPA chapter presidents travel to Washington, DC to formally present technology agenda items to the 111th Congress.

I am also pleased to tell you that I will be recognized, as a Modern-Day Technology Leader, during the 23rd annual National BEYA Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Global Competitiveness Conference. Please join me in Baltimore, MD on Friday, February 20th, at the Modern-Day Technology Leadership Luncheon. I would love to see you there.

Stay tuned for our upcoming newsletters for future events. In the meantime, I look forward to seeing you at our February 18th program.

Monique F. Berry, President
BDPA Philadelphia Chapter

BDPA Philadelphia is currently the 3rd largest chapter in the nation. I anticipate that they will be in the #2 slot by this time next month. What are your thoughts on our Philadelphia chapter?

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