Friday, August 17, 2012

Message from Atlanta Chapter President

Felicia Jones
We are halfway through the year and it all seems like a blur. The Atlanta team kept the energy high and going for another quarter!

For our Tech Talk Webinar Series, the topics presented were Crash Course on SharePoint Technology, Obtaining a Scrum Master Certification, and Social Media and You: Are you too "Linked In?". Each webinar is available to everyone on our Education & Professional Development page of our website.

Our leadership team, committee members, and even a board member's son came out to volunteer at the Norcross Community Co-op Food Bank. Everyone received a tour of the facility while receiving the history and mission of the organization. Once we were educated, it was off to stocking shelves and racks with donated food, clothing and household supplies. It was a lot of hard work, sweat, and tears, but the tears were from the goodness that was felt in our hearts from helping and giving back to the community.

We continued to bring our members and the IT professionals the latest topics and information in IT at our monthly program meetings on BYOD - Bring Your Own Device, Business Intelligence & Analytics and The Turning Point. They learned to understand and address the impact of the current trend of BYOD into the corporate network, how Business Intelligence & Analytics is on the rise and how to use the latest release of PowerPivot for Excel to easily analyze data along with determining the turning point in YOUR career. At our BYOD meeting, World Wide Technology not only provided the speaker for the topic, but also provided the iPad2 in our membership drive give away. Karen Surgeon was the lucky winner!

Members and other IT professionals came out to network during our Spring Fling at Buckhead Bottle Bar and Bistro. We continued to spread the word about our organization, programs, and upcoming events on the Sensation Radio Station with Davin Harris, the host of Evening Seduction. We partnered and attended several local events to include the National Emerging Technology Leadership Summit & Achiever Award Gala with LISTA and Atlanta CIO Forum & Executive IT Summit with SIM.

To round out a wonderful 2nd Qtr, our HSCC Regional Team brought home 1st place in the Southeast Regional Competition in Charlotte, NC; they did a repeat of last year! The team members were Jimmy Nguyen, Justin Henderson, Alex Price, Jonecia Trice, and Marquise Fleming. They push forward with learning as the instructors continued to challenge them with assignments and projects and it all paid off. As always, we strive for the best and brought home 1st. After all, it’s Y.O.A. (Year of Atlanta)!

Felicia Jones, president
BDPA Atlanta Chapter

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