Monday, December 26, 2011

Message from New York Chapter President

Renetta English
Dear BDPA Members and Supporters,

I cannot believe how fast 2011 and my first year as President is zooming by.  I have enjoyed working with the Executive Board, Members and meeting so many of you at our numerous program meetings, networking events and community programs.

During 2011, the BDPA New York chapter has accomplished much with your support and our achievements were acknowledged by National BDPA who selected us 'Chapter of the Year'.   

Thank you to the Executive Board & Members, UBS & Chase, BETF, Volunteers, Donators, Speakers, Abundant Life Christian Center, B. Smith's, Microsoft, BDPA Today, Diversity/Careers in Engineering and Information Technology, Equal Opportunity Publications, Black Sci-Fi, and Bric Arts Media for helping make BDPA New York Chapter a success in 2011. 

In 2012, it's important that we maintain the same momentum.  We need your time, gifts and talents to make 2012 another successful year.  Please email the following committees to volunteer.
  1. Black Family Technology Awareness Week, - Requests: Volunteers to Assist on the Day and Moderators 
  2. Student Information Technology Education and Scholarship (SITES), - Requests: HSCC - Instructors 
  3. IT Showcase, - Requests: Mentors 
  4. Communications Team, - Requests: Writers, Videographer, Photographer, website assistant 
  5. Grants and Donations, - Requests: Grant writing assistants 
  6. Finance, - Requests: Correspondence, Reports, Fundraising 
  7. Professional Development, - Requests: Workshop presenters 
  8. Executive Board, - Requests: Coordinators for Membership, Fundraising, Nominating Committee, Recording Secretary, Corporate Advisory, By-Laws, Chapter Programs
If you have concerns regarding "How can I make a difference" or "What's in it for me", please contact me at  or (212) 802-5341 so we can discuss how you can play an active role in the success of our chapter.

In 2012 the Executive Board and I hope you participate in our Information Technology (IT) events: 
  • January: Community Martin Luther King Celebration, Retuning, Retooling and Revitalizing your IT Career in 2012 @ Microsoft, Kick off SITES Program - HSCC & IT Showcase @ Medgar Evers Preparatory School 
  • February: Digital Learning Day, Social Media Week, Meet and Greet @B. Smith's, Black Family Technology Awareness Week - Presentations / Panel Discussions 
  • March: Small Business Summit 2012 @ Metropolitan Pavilion, Mobile Health -  Health IT @ Microsoft, Running Your Business w/ Open Source technologies 
  • April: Meet and Greet  @ B. Smith's 
  • May: Presentation IT Showcase / HSCC Students or Topic: Big data analytics and business intelligence 
  • June: Mobile-Centric Applications and Interfaces crafting your strategy - User interface to User engagement,  Scholarship and Programs Fundraising Event 
  • August: National Conference - Baltimore, MD, Meet and Greet @ Bar Basque 
  • September:  Cloud Intelligence 
  • October: Cyber Security Awareness- Community and Professional Events, Executive Board Meeting, Meet and Greet @ B. Smith's, Nominations Executive Board Officers,  Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk 
  • November: Elections - Membership Meeting - Members Only 
  • December: 2012 Holiday Celebration,Computer Science Education Week
Please visit our website,, to view 2012 Calendar of Events details.  If you are interested in being a speaker for any of the meetings contact me at

Lastly, I look forward to seeing you at Microsoft on January 19 for 'Retuning, Retooling and Revitalizing your IT Career in 2012'.

Have a wonderful Holiday and All the best for 2012!

Renetta English, President
BDPA New York Chapter

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