Wednesday, June 9, 2010

2010 BDPA Technology Conference Honorary Co-Chairs

National BDPA announced Marc Di Francisco (president and CEO, Premier Event Management), Michael Heim (CIO, Eli Lilly and Company) and Garth Marcial (vice president of DePuy and Ortho Clinical Diagnostics) as Honorary Chairs for the 2010 National BDPA Technology Conference. These honorary chairs take a leadership role in promoting the conference and provide resources to assist with the execution of a successful conference.

BDPA is excited to recognize this year’s honorary chairs for the 2010 National Conference”, said National BDPA President, Yvette Graham. The theme, "Access for All", is both timely and appropriate given President Obama's challenge to all Americans: "We need to invest in the skill and education of our people." BDPA is a catalyst for professional growth and technical development.

All three conference co-chairs shared their insights on BDPA and the upcoming national conference:

"Through the CIO Forum’s regional conferences, we work to bring together the local BDPA chapters and CIO’s from the area to network socially and professionally," said honorary co-chair Marc Di Francisco. "We strive to enhance membership for the BDPA by promoting it and we also allow BDPA members to attend our Forums complimentary."

"Lilly's corporate vision is to improve health outcomes for individual patients. As patient populations across disease states are very diverse, a focus on diversity is simply good business”, said conference co-chair Michael Heim. "Our partnership with BDPA has been very beneficial for employee growth and development through opportunities provided at both local and national levels. The professional workshops, leadership development, and access to community outreach activities all expand our employee's breadth. Importantly, BDPA provides direct exposure to African Americans in technology leadership roles across industry -- this type of role modeling and mentoring is invaluable."
"The annual BDPA Conference serves as an integral opportunity for Johnson & Johnson to recruit high-potential candidates into our family of companies," said conference co-chair Garth Marcial. "The conference networking events allow us to network and collaborate with sponsor companies across the nation to continue to improve the bright and vibrant future of the BDPA organization. Johnson & Johnson partners with local BDPA chapters throughout the year, hosting various events, forums, and information sessions to demonstrate our dedication to the advancement of BDPA and its members."
The 32nd annual National BDPA Technology Conference to be held in Philadelphia, PA on July 28-31, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel, provides a total information technology experience for high school and college students, information technology professionals, entrepreneurs, IT senior managers, corporations, academia, government agencies and the research community. The value-packed slate of offerings given by field experts exemplifies the BDPA commitment to provide state of the art training, professional growth and technical development, entrepreneurial opportunity, technical resource offerings, and access to leading edge technology to its members, corporate supporters, and the community.

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