Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Johnson-Johnson Renews Its Platinum Level Sponsorship of BDPA

National BDPA (NBDPA), the premier organization for African Americans in the Information Technology industry recently announced that Johnson & Johnson will once again be a sponsor of its 2012 BDPA Technology Conference & Career Fair.

A fully diverse event, the BDPA Technology Conference and Career Fair will bring together experts and innovators in technology from around North America for a unique conference experience. The four-day technology conference will be held at Baltimore’s Hilton from August 1-4, 2012. With nationally renowned speakers and the involvement of top-notch corporations, the conference will highlight what’s working best and what’s coming next at the intersection of technology, business leadership, professional development, youth education and community involvement.

The Career Fair takes place on August 3-4 and is open to the public.
"We are enthusiastic about our partnership with Johnson & Johnson," said Monique Berry, NBDPA’s President. "With over 38 chapters and 21,000 professionals online, NBDPA has been an advocate for fostering Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, and Johnson & Johnson will be invaluable to our success as we bring technology executives, professionals and college students to one of the most anticipated STEM events in the technology industry."
LaVerne Council
BDPA has seen remarkable positive actions from Johnson & Johnson over the past five years or so. Last year the Johnson & Johnson chief information officer Laverne Council was a remarkable keynote speaker at the national awards gala. A number of chapters, especially BDPA New Jersey chapter, have been supported in a very aggressive manner by Johnson & Johnson. Even the BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) fondly recalls the matching grant challenge of $25,000 that J&J issued at the opening ceremony of a recent national conference. BETF leveraged that challenge to bring in almost $42,000 in donations to support our college scholarship fundraising.

I hope that other corporations in America step up to join Johnson & Johnson as a BDPA sponsor in 2012!

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