Monday, July 24, 2017

HSCC Testimonial: Suntheng Taing (Atlanta, 2013)

Suntheng Taing
One of our most active and successful chapters in the High School Computer Competition (HSCC) is from Atlanta. BDPA Atlanta students earned 3rd-place in National BDPA High School Computer Competition (HSCC) championship held in August 2013. The HSCC competition comprises three components: oral testing, written testing and a programming project. Suntheng Taing was a member of the Atlanta team. He earned a $500 college scholarship that he would like us to apply towards Georgia State University. Suntheng was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and he currently lives in Lilburn, Georgia.
Suntheng wrote, "Growing up, my fascination with technology and art allowed me to create magnificent projects which resulted in my efforts to major in Computer Science. With my studious mindset, I chose Georgia State University as an opportunity to grow my intellectualism in the future."
When asked to share his thoughts on the HSCC competition, Suntheng wrote,
"It was an honor to be a part of the BDPA HSCC Atlanta Chapter. I enjoyed the marvelous teachers and coordinators that work hands-on with students who have an immense passion in the field of technology. The most memorable aspect of participating in the HSCC is knowing the determination in my peers and in myself. What struck me the most about my experience was the growth that I encountered in the Chapter because of the drive that I did not know I had."

We encourage our readers to make a secure online donation to the Dr. Jesse Bemley Scholarship Fund so that we can continue to recognize young scholars like Suntheng in the future!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

BDPA Confers Lifetime Achievement Award to Linda Clement-Holmes (Procter & Gamble)

BDPA will honor Linda Clement-Holmes, Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) first female African American President and Special Advisor to the P&G Chairman and Chief Information Officer, with their Lifetime Achievement Award during BDPA’s 39th Annual National Technology Conference Awards gala on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

BDPA is the largest African American information technology association in the U.S., and the largest national non-profit organization continually involved in training students underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Linda Clement-Holmes
Linda joined P&G in 1983 as a systems analyst, going on to become a global “executive of firsts” across several disciplines. She was the first African American senior vice president in the IT function, and the first female African American senior vice president, and now president, within P&G. Linda remains active in community, business, and service organizations, holding many Board of Director and Officer positions. As a role model for IT leaders, African Americans, and Women, Linda exemplifies Career Achievement.

Before serving as Special Advisor to the P&G Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, Clement-Holmes served as the company’s Chief Information Officer. As CIO, Linda was responsible for building the capability of the Company’s Information Technology (IT) function as well as providing IT governance oversight. She also designed and maintained a best-in-class employee and workplace experience aimed to help P&G people work simpler, faster, and with greater agility.

Pamela Mathews
We are privileged beyond words to present Linda Clement-Holmes with the Lifetime Achievement Award -- BDPA’s highest honor. Ms. Clement-Homes represents all that BDPA stands for in her illustration of supreme commitment and dedication to the Information Technology industry,” said Pamela Mathews, National BDPA Vice President and Conference Director.

For more details about the BDPA Lifetime Achievement Award or the BDPA corporate sponsorship program, contact the corporate sales support team at (301) 584-3135 ext.108 or corpsales@bdpa.org. Additionally, please visit www.bdpa.org.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Grant Declination * Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation (Milwaukee)

BDPA Milwaukee chapter and BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) received a declination letter from the Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation. They declined our grant proposal seeking $5,000 for the Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program.


The declination letter read:
Dear Mr. Hicks,

The Directors of the Foundation have reviewed your request for financial support for the SITES program and regret we will be unable to contribute to your organization. Our decision was not based on any deficiency in either the information you provided us or the worthiness of the request, but rather our determination was based upon the funds available for grants this year.

We wish you success in your endeavors.

Sincerely,
Margaret T. Lund, President


BETF will continue to seek out funding for BDPA Milwaukee chapter. If you wish to help the chapter then we encourage you to make a donation to the BDPA Milwaukee chapter fund!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

National BDPA Honors 2017 PACESetter Award Winners

National BDPA will honor three of America’s top and talented individuals from international banking and financial services corporation Wells Fargo with PACESetter Awards at their 39th Annual National Technology Conference at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 26-29th. The award will be presented for distinction in Career Achievement, Community Service and Technology Excellence. Each year, National BDPA solicits nominations from the information technology industry for individuals who personify and “set the pace” for results achieved, impact, and recognition in the aforementioned categories.

Theresa Wilson
Theresa Wilson, Chief Technology Operating Officer at Wells Fargo, received top recognition in Career Achievement as an experienced professional who achieved significant professional accomplishments and made contributions throughout her career.  

Gary Simms
Gary Simms, Strategy Consultant at Wells Fargo, received the Community Service award for significant demonstration by meaningful results, strong partnership, and collaboration with entities in the community in which he resides.

Tiffany Jenkins, Business Initiatives Consultant at Wells Fargo, received the Technology Excellence award for pioneering new or leveraging existing technology to solve critical industry, business or technical problem.

Tiffany Jenkins
Individual PACESetter award winners received a commemorative plaque, a complimentary one-year BDPA membership, and featured recognition among their peers as a BDPA Individual PACESetter Award winner on the bdpa.org website.

For more details on the BDPA corporate sponsorship program or the National Technology Conference, contact the corporate sales support team at (301) 584-3135 ext. 108 or corpsales@bdpa.org. Additionally, please visit www.bdpa.org

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

BDPA Announces Business Visionary André Taylor as 2017 Keynote Speaker

André Taylor
BDPA, the leading member organization promoting diverse participation in information technology, computer science, and related STEM fields, announced today that author, entrepreneur, and media personality André Taylor will keynote its 39th Annual National Technology Conference and Career Fair, themed “BDPA DISRUPT 2017,” taking place July 26-29, at the Duke Energy Center, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

National BDPA President, Mike Williams stated, “We want every BDPA member to know there are many ways to have an exciting career in technology. Andre’s career in fields disrupted by new technologies as an entrepreneur, former corporate executive, management consultant, and advisor to leading organizations illustrates that there are many ways to leverage your love of technology into a productive career.

André Taylor, chief executive of the management consulting firm Taylor Insight Worldwide, is the author of a half-dozen books including the bestselling, You Can Still Win! Break Through, Bounce Back, Come from Behind and Flourish. André is well-known for his writing on business and entrepreneurial leadership, corporate speaking, and frequent appearances in the media. However, his pioneering role as an entrepreneur in media and technology is not as well known. In the 1990s, his sports media and technology company, Interactive Sports, was the first to stream video online for professional sports teams to use strategically. The company later created online brands for sports fans which dominated in their categories. During his keynote, he’ll describe “How to Win Right Now” in today’s complex business environment, and will also lead a panel discussion on winning at entrepreneurship in the technology sector.

I’ve long admired the outstanding work of BDPA and its focus on bringing new, diverse, talent into technology and expanding the role of existing talent,” said Taylor. “I’m thrilled to keynote this year’s BDPA conference.

For 40 years, BDPA has enabled the upward mobility of minorities in technology from the classroom to the boardroom. The organization was founded in 1975 by Earl Pace and David Wimberly to close the digital divide for underrepresented minorities in STEM fields. BDPA has over 40 chapters nationwide with more than 2,500 STEM professional and student members. BDPA offers more than $100,000 in scholarships annually to hundreds of high school and college students who wish to pursue STEM careers. To attend, contribute, or sponsor “BDPA DISRUPT 2017,” visit www.bdpa.org.

Monday, July 10, 2017

BDPA Lands Bronze Level Sponsorship from Procter & Gamble

BDPA lands a Bronze level sponsorship from Procter & Gamble (P&G) during BDPA’s 39th Annual National Technology Conference and Career Fair to be held July 26-29, 2017 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Procter & Gamble is a leading multinational manufacturer of product ranges including family, personal and household care products.

Shawnda Peterson, BDPA Cincinnati chapter President said, "P&G has been a great champion of BDPA for a number of years, contributing to the chapter financially was well as through the gift of people resources. We look forward to an ongoing relationship in which, through this partnership, we continue to develop and retain IT talent for the greater Cincinnati area."

Shawnda Peterson
BDPA is the largest African American information technology association in the U.S., and the largest national non-profit organization continually involved in training students underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). BDPA was founded in 1975 by Earl Pace and David Wimberly to close the digital divide for underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.

National BDPA President Mike Williams proudly exclaimed, "We thank Procter & Gamble for their support and continued focus on diversity. We look forward to working with them in the coming months."

For more information about the Annual National BDPA Technology Conference & Career Fair or the corporate sponsorship program, contact the corporate sales support team at (301) 584-3135 ext.108 or corpsales@bdpa.org. Additionally, please visit www.bdpa.org.

Monday, July 3, 2017

BDPA Honors General Motors Sponsorship

Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) honors General Motors, one of the world’s greatest automobile manufacturers, for their sponsorship of BDPA’s 39th Annual National Technology Conference and Career Fair to be held July 26-29, 2017 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, General Motors serves six continents, has 225,000 employees, and delivers ten million vehicles globally.

Mark Jackson, General Motors IT Director said, "Your dreams must be bigger than your fears! Living your dreams requires courage, a solid foundation, and the willingness to make the sacrifices necessary to succeed. As a proud sponsor of BDPA and this event, GM encourages each of you to pursue your dreams and continue to find new roads of success."

BDPA is the largest African American information technology association in the U.S., and the largest national non-profit organization continually involved in training students underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). BDPA was founded in 1975 by Earl Pace and David Wimberly to close the digital divide for underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.
National BDPA President Mike A. Williams stated, "We thank General Motors for their generous donation and for their continued commitment to diversity and BDPA's mission."

For more details about the BDPA Annual National Technology Conference & Career Fair or the corporate sponsorship program, contact the corporate sales support team at (301) 584-3135 ext.108 or corpsales@bdpa.org. Additionally, please visit www.bdpa.org.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Accenture Supports BDPA's Diversity and STEM Mission

BDPA secures diversity and STEM support from highly respected global professional services company Accenture for their 39th Annual National Technology Conference and Career Fair to be held July 26-29, 2017 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.   Diversity is part of what makes Accenture exceptional and inclusion and diversity are fundamental to their culture and core values. Accenture recognizes that each person has unique strengths and by embracing those strengths, Accenture delivers high performance. Accenture serves more than 120 countries, works with more than 40 industries, and of their top 100 clients, 98 have worked with Accenture at least 10 years.

Rupal Thanawala
Rupal Thanawala, Accenture Account Manager reported, "One of Accenture’s key strategic priorities is to promote STEM education among youth, empower minority students to pursue technology careers, and ultimately recruit them with Accenture at all levels. In fact, we have an internal process to help diverse candidates be successful and get promoted at senior leadership levels. Thus, a BDPA partnership fits naturally with our vision and my personal passion for inclusion and diversity."

BDPA is the largest African American information technology association in the U.S., and the largest national non-profit organization continually involved in training students underrepresented in STEM. BDPA was founded in 1975 by Earl Pace and David Wimberly to close the digital divide for under-represented minorities in STEM fields.

National BDPA President Mike Williams stated, "We thank Accenture for their generous donation and for their continued commitment to diversity and BDPA's mission."

For more details about the National BDPA Technology Conference & Career Fair or the corporate sponsorship program, contact the corporate sales support team at (301) 584-3135 ext.108 or corpsales@bdpa.org. Additionally, please visit www.bdpa.org.

Monday, June 19, 2017

BDPA Sustains Support from World Leader Strategic Staffing Solutions

BDPA sustains support from Strategic Staffing Solutions, a world leader in staffing, for their 39th Annual National Technology Conference and Career Fair to be held July 26-29, 2017 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. BDPA and its members are proud to continue their relationship with Strategic Staffing Solutions.

Cynthia Pasky
Founded in 1990 by President and CEO Cynthia J. Pasky, Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3) is an international, woman-owned, $350 million IT and business services corporation based in Detroit. With a composite average annual growth rate of 21%, S3 is fiscally sound and debt free. S3 has had $2.4 Billion in sales since its inception with $1.2 billion of those sales occurring in the last 5 years. It is ranked 17th among the largest staffing firms in the US by Staffing Industry Report and is one of three companies nationally certified as a Charter Partner with Staffing Industry Analysts. S3 is also ranked as the sixth largest diversity staffing firm in the US by Staffing Industry Analysts and one of the top 25 among woman-owned businesses in the nation by Women’s Enterprise USA Magazine.

S3 provides staff augmentation, direct hire recruiting, workforce programs, and outsourced solutions with global industry expertise in energy/utility, healthcare services, insurance, communications, and financial services. It has more than 3,000 direct consultants in 49 out of 50 states in the U.S. and 11 countries including Europe and the Americas.


Mike Williams
BDPA is the largest African American information technology association in the U.S., and the largest national non-profit organization continually involved in training students underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). BDPA was founded in 1975 by Earl Pace and David Wimberly to close the digital divide for underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.

National BDPA President Mike A. Williams stated, "It is great to have Strategic Staffing Solutions as a partner and we look forward to continuing and growing this relationship."

For more details about the BDPA Annual National Technology Conference & Career Fair or the corporate sponsorship program, contact the corporate sales support team at (301) 584-3135 ext.108 or corpsales@bdpa.org. Additionally, please visit www.bdpa.org.

Monday, June 12, 2017

BDPA Fortifies MillerCoors Silver Level Sponsorship

BDPA recently announced a Silver Level sponsorship from MillerCoors for their 39th Annual National Technology Conference and Career Fair to be held July 26-29, 2017 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. MillerCoors has a long tradition of supporting community-based initiatives. MillerCoors’ community investments with charitable organizations are focused on the CREW model: civic leadership, responsibility, economic empowerment and water stewardship.

Melodi Warren Anderson
Melodi Warren Anderson, MillerCoors IT Business Advisor stated, "MillerCoors is delighted to continue as a Silver Sponsor of BDPA. We at MillerCoors look forward to speaking with highly talented individuals at the 2017 National BDPA Conference and Career fair.

BDPA is the largest African American information technology association in the U.S., and the largest national non-profit organization continually involved in training students underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). BDPA was founded in 1975 by Earl Pace and David Wimberly to close the digital divide for underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.

Allen Baylor
BDPA Milwaukee president Allen Baylor said, “On behalf of the BDPA Milwaukee Chapter and as President, we are proud that MillerCoors, a local corporate company in the Milwaukee area, has been and will continue to be a proud supporter of BDPA. This is a huge win, not only for National BDPA, but also for the local support we receive for the BDPA Chapter.

For more details about the BDPA Annual National Technology Conference & Career Fair or the corporate sponsorship program, contact the corporate sales support team at (301) 584-3135 ext.108 or corpsales@bdpa.org. Additionally, please visit www.bdpa.org.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Newsletter: BDPA Memphis (June 2017)

Did you know that BDPA Memphis Chapter won the National HSCC Championships in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 - becoming the FIRST chapter to ever win four (4) national HSCC championships in a row. BDPA Memphis Chapter is back and ready to build on the legacy of their past. BDPA Memphis Chapter president Kareem DaSilva uses the newsletter to describe the 2017 chapter accomplishments.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

BDPA Gains Continued Support from TEKsystems

BDPA gains increasing support from TEKsystems, a leading diverse and engaged provider of IT staffing, talent management, and IT services during BDPA’s 39th Annual National Technology Conference and Career Fair to be held July 26-29, 2017 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Every year, TEKsystems deploy over 80,000 IT professionals at 6,000 client sites across North America, Europe and Asia.

Franklin Reed
Franklin Reed, TEKsystems Regional Diversity Recruiter said, “We believe a diverse and engaged workforce is vital for corporations to remain competitive and innovative. BDPA has been at the forefront of developing diverse talent and preparing them to be successful in corporate America for many years. Partnering with BDPA reinforces our commitment to provide our clients with diverse and qualified talent. The chapter programs and events that support the members are always applicable and relevant. We’re excited to continue our partnership.

BDPA is the largest African American information technology association in the U.S., and the largest national non-profit organization continually involved in training students underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. BDPA was founded in 1975 by Earl Pace and David Wimberly to close the digital divide for underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.

BDPA National President Mike Williams stated, "We thank TEKsystems for their generous donation and their continued commitment to diversity and BDPA's mission."

For more information about the BDPA Annual National Technology Conference & Career Fair or the corporate sponsorship program, contact the corporate sales support team at (301) 584-3135 ext.108 or corpsales@bdpa.org. Additionally, please visit www.bdpa.org.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Accenture Supports BDPA Diversity and STEM Mission

BDPA secures diversity and STEM support from highly respected global professional services company Accenture for their 39th Annual National Technology Conference and Career Fair to be held July 26-29, 2017 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Accenture serves more than 120 countries, works with more than 40 industries, and of their top 100 clients, 98 have worked with Accenture at least 10 years. Diversity is part of what makes Accenture exceptional and inclusion and diversity are fundamental to their culture and core values. Accenture recognizes that each person has unique strengths and by embracing those strengths, Accenture delivers high performance.

Rupal Thanawala, Accenture Account Manager reported, "One of Accenture’s key strategic priorities is to promote STEM education among youth, empower minority students to pursue technology careers, and ultimately recruit them with Accenture at all levels. In fact, we have an internal process to help diverse candidates be successful and get promoted at senior leadership levels. Thus, a BDPA partnership fits naturally with our vision and my personal passion for inclusion and diversity."

BDPA is the largest African American information technology association in the U.S., and the largest national non-profit organization continually involved in training students underrepresented in STEM. BDPA was founded in 1975 by Earl Pace and David Wimberly to close the digital divide for underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.

National BDPA President Mike Williams stated, "We thank Accenture for their generous donation and for their continued commitment to diversity and BDPA's mission."

For more details about the BDPA Annual National Technology Conference & Career Fair or the corporate sponsorship program, contact the corporate sales support team at (301) 584-3135 ext.108 or corpsales@bdpa.org. Additionally, please visit www.bdpa.org.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Newsletter: BDPA Washington DC (May 2017)

We are very proud that our monthly publication of bdpatoday has been issued for May 2017. There are a number of great articles and updates in this issue. Check it out!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

BDPA Confers Lifetime Achievement Award to Melvin Greer (Intel Corporation)

Melvin Greer
BDPA will honor Cornell University graduate, Melvin Greer, Director of Data Science and Analytics at Intel, with their Lifetime Achievement Award during BDPA’s 39th Annual National Technology Conference and Career Fair to be held July 26-29, 2017 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In addition to his professional and investment roles, Melvin is responsible for building Intel’s data science platform through artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cognitive computing. His systems and software engineering expertise has resulted in patented inventions in Cloud Computing and Synthetic Biology. Greer functions as a principal investigator in advanced research studies and is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and U.S. National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

Mr. Greer has been awarded the BEYA Technologist of the Year Award, which recognizes his outstanding technical contribution and products that have a broad impact and high value to society. Melvin Greer is Managing Director of the Greer Institute for Leadership and Innovation where he leads science, technology, mathematical and engineering (STEM) research initiatives, directly contributing to a more diverse generation of leaders and technical talent.

Pamela Mathews
It is an honor and pleasure to present Melvin Greer with the Lifetime Achievement Award -- BDPA’s highest honor. Mr. Greer exemplifies all that BDPA stands for in his supreme commitment and dedication to the Information Technology industry,” said Pamela Mathews, National BDPA Vice President.

BDPA is the largest African-American information technology association in the U.S., and the largest national non-profit organization continually involved in training students underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). BDPA was founded in 1975 by Earl Pace and David Wimberly to close the digital divide for underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.

For more details about the BDPA Annual National Technology Conference & Career Fair or the corporate sponsorship program, contact the corporate sales support team at (301) 584-3135 ext.108 or corpsales@bdpa.org. Additionally, please visit www.bdpa.org.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

BDPA Adds Valeisha Butterfield Jones to Their Prestigious Honorary Chairs' Group

Valeisha Butterfield Jones
BDPA recently added Valeisha Butterfield Jones to their prominent list of Honorary Chairs. Butterfield-Jones is Google’s head of Black Community Engagement. She joins BDPA Honorary Chairs’ General Colin Powell, the former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as well as TV Journalist Roland Martin in supporting BDPA’s 39th Annual National Technology Conference and Career Fair to be held July 26-29, 2017 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

BDPA is pleased to have such dynamic and pioneering Honorary Chairs,” said Mike A. Williams, BDPA National President. “They represent our continued support and advocacy of diversity inclusion, leadership, and entrepreneurship. We are excited about working with them during the next couple of months leading up to our 2017 National Technology Conference and Career Fair,” he added.

Jones’ long list of community engagement includes serving as the Co-Founder and CEO of Women in Entertainment Empowerment (WEEN), a nonprofit organization that is committed to ensuring an equitable and positive portrayal of women in entertainment and society. She’s also the author of “The Girlprint,” the ultimate blueprint for girls to propel their dreams into action.

Jones volunteered for President Barack Obama during his first presidential election and later served in his administration as the Deputy Director of Public Affairs for the International Trade Administration and as the National Youth Vote Director for the 2012 “Obama for America” campaign. Additionally, she worked in the entertainment industry for music mogul Russell Simmons.

Recognized as a trailblazer by Forbes Magazine, Fast Company, Elle Magazine, Essence Magazine Top 40 under 40, Ebony Magazine Top 100, Black Enterprise, Marie Claire, Glamour and others, Jones continues to earn a reputation as someone who works hard. She has appeared on Centric TV’s “The Round,” Aspire TV’s “Exhale”, BET News, BET’s 106 and Park, Oprah Winfrey’s OWN “Light Girls,” and others. In 2016, Valeisha Butterfield Jones was a featured speaker and shared her work as Google’s first head of Black Community Engagement during BDPA’s Annual National Technology Conference.




BDPA is the largest African-American information technology association in the U.S., and the largest national non-profit organization continually involved in training students underrepresented in STEM across the country. BDPA was founded in 1975 by Earl Pace and David Wimberly to close the digital divide for underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.


For more details about the BDPA corporate sponsorship program or the Annual National Technology Conference & Career Fair, contact the corporate sales support team at (301) 584-3135 ext.108 or corpsales@bdpa.org. Additionally, please visit www.bdpa.org.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

President Profile: Ebenezer Kyei-Baffour (BDPA Southern Minnesota)

Rochester, Minnesota
BDPA Southern Minnesota chapter was chartered in May 1999. The chapter has been financially supported by Mayo Clinic over the past decade.  This chapter has one of the smallest population bases with the BDPA family, however, the chapter has managed to win seven (7) High School Computer Competition (HSCC) national championships.


Ebenezer became the president of BDPA Southern Minnesota in 2016 when the former president, Will Smith, became the Midwest Regional Director. The BDPA Southern Minnesota chapter not only has a track record and a powerful legacy in the HSCC program at the National level, but it’s also respected by the Rochester Minnesota Community as an organization making huge impact in the lives of middle and high school students. My goal is to attract new volunteers, aggressively look for new grants funding, and increase our membership by attracting the college communities and also IT professionals in Southern Minnesota.

Ebenezer Kyei-Baffour, President
BDPA Southern Minnesota Chapter

Address:
PO Box 6981
Rochester, MN 55903


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Favorite quote? “As long as poverty, injustice, and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest” – Nelson Mandela.
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Ebenezer Kyei-Baffour

Ebenezer Kyei-Baffour is a supervisor in Research Finance at Mayo Clinic responsible for the management of research grant funds from the federal government, foundations, industry, benefactors, and internal Mayo funding. He has over twenty five years of experience in financial management particularly in the areas of commercial credit analysis, financial analysis, financial reporting, financial forecasting, budgeting and variance analysis, capital expenditure analysis, project management, grants and contracts management, and strategic financial management.

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Favorite motto or favorite scripture?“If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied” – 1 Corinthians 15:19.
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Part of the success formula for BDPA Southern Minnesota is the effort that they place in recruiting middle- and high-school students for their computer camp. The chapter's computer camp creates educational opportunities for a diverse range of students. Computer camp students pack the computer lab each Saturday between December and May. The teamwork and enthusiasm displayed by both students and a dozen corporate volunteers from Mayo Clinic and IBM is truly awe inspiring. Computer camp course topics include HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, My SQL and builds towards a goal of attaining high school credit to reward the students for their effort and education.

Please use the POST COMMENT link below to share some BDPA-Love with the president our BDPA Southern Minnesota chapter!

Friday, April 28, 2017

BDPA Applauds Career Communications Group Corporate Support

BDPA applauds the corporate support from Career Communications Group of BDPA’s 39th Annual National Technology Conference and Career Fair from July 26-29 at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The career fair is free and open to the public. BDPA is the largest African American Information Technology association in the U.S., and the largest national non-profit organization continually involved in training students underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education across the country.

Dr. Tyrone Taborn
Dr. Tyrone Taborn, Career Communications Group Publisher and CEO stated, “Career Communications Group is pleased to partner again with BDPA’s national conference. BDPA has been a leader for information technology professionals since 1975 and high school students since 1986. Career Communications Group is proud of its historical links to BDPA Baltimore chapter, which were established in June 1987. We have a strong relationship with BDPA that also includes our partnership as a founding organization in the Global Leadership Forum (GLF). GLF’s mission is to inspire and ignite untapped potential in the global community."

BDPA was founded in 1975 by Earl Pace and David Wimberly to close the digital divide for underrepresented minorities in STEM fields. BDPA has over 40 chapters nationwide with more than 2,500 STEM professional and student members. BDPA offers over $100,000 in scholarships annually to hundreds of high school and college students who wish to pursue STEM careers.

Mike Williams
National BDPA President Mike Williams said, "It is an honor to partner with one of the leading organizations in promoting STEM and diversity in the workforce. We looked forward to continuing this partnership."

For more details about the BDPA corporate sponsorship program or National Technology Conference, contact the corporate sales support team at (301) 584-3135 ext.108 or corpsales@bdpa.org.  Additionally, please visit www.bdpa.org.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

BDPA Announces Oracle as a Silver Level Sponsorship

BDPA announces Oracle as a proud Silver Level Sponsor of their 2017 Annual National Technology Conference and Career Fair, July 26-29 at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. With more than 420,000 customers, 115,000 employees, and operations in more than 145 countries, Oracle offers a comprehensive and integrated array of applications, databases, servers, storage, and cloud technologies to empower modern business.

David Ortiz and 2016 Scholarship Winners
David Ortiz, Oracle Senior Diversity Oracle is proud to sponsor BDPA and supports its efforts to champion the next generation of IT leaders. We believe that a talented, diverse and inclusive workforce with a broad range of experiences drives creativity, productivity, innovation and business success."
and Inclusion consultant stated, "

BDPA is the largest African American information technology association in the U.S., and the largest national non-profit organization continually involved in training students underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education across the country. BDPA was founded in 1975 by Earl Pace and David Wimberly to close the digital divide for underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.

Mike Williams
National BDPA President Mike A. Williams said, “We are again honored to have Oracle support BDPA as a Silver Level Sponsor. Oracle is one of the world's leading software companies and a consistent advocate of diversity in the workforce." Oracle's business spans the globe and the diversity of Oracle’s U.S. workforce reflects their customers, partners, suppliers, and the communities in which they live and work."

For more details about the BDPA corporate sponsorship program or the Annual National Technology Conference & Career Fair, contact the corporate sales support team at (301) 584-3135 ext.108 or corpsales@bdpa.org. Additionally, please visit www.bdpa.org.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

BDPA Confirms Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond as a Sponsor

BDPA recognizes the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond as a Sponsor of BDPA’s 39th Annual National Technology Conference and Career Fair from July 26-29 at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The career fair is free and open to the public. BDPA is the largest African American Information Technology association in the U.S., and the largest national non-profit organization continually involved in training students underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education across the country.

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond (FRB-Richmond) serves the public by fostering the stability, integrity and efficiency of the nation's monetary, financial and payment systems. The FRB-Richmond believes that diversity and inclusion add value to their organization and community. They work to ensure that diversity and inclusion practices are integrated into how they do business every day (www.richmondfed.org). The FRB-Richmond will have a booth at the BDPA free Career Fair during BDPA’s National Technology Conference in Cincinnati.

Marcelle Davis
Marcelle Davis, FRB-Richmond workforce diversity specialist said, "The path to the nation’s economy starts at our booth. Come meet Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond employees who will tell you about our passion to serve, lead and inspire, and commitment to being an innovative policy and services leader for America's economy. You will learn about our Information Technology Development Program, Summer Internship Program for students and technical roles for experienced professionals."

BDPA was founded in 1975 by Earl Pace and David Wimberly to close the digital divide for underrepresented minorities in STEM fields. BDPA has over 40 chapters nationwide with more than 2,500 STEM professional and student members. BDPA offers over $100,000 in scholarships annually to hundreds of high school and college students who wish to pursue STEM careers.

Mike A. Williams
National BDPA President Mike A. Williams stated, "The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond has again chosen to sponsor BDPA in our efforts of diversity and inclusion and we look forward to working with them again in 2017."

For more details about the BDPA corporate sponsorship program or National Technology Conference, contact the corporate sales support team at (301) 584-3135 ext.108 or corpsales@bdpa.org. Additionally, please visit www.bdpa.org.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Monsanto Scholarships for BDPA Students - Deadline: 6/15/2017


Monsanto Company is proud to partner with Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) to provide $10,000 in annual scholarships to students with an interest in pursuing or continuing a 4 year academic program related to Information Technology (IT). The Monsanto Scholarships for BDPA Students will provide four $2,500 scholarships to graduating high school or college students to assist with their studies.

The scholarships will be offered at both the national and local level:
  • Two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded through the National BDPA organization
  • Two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded through the St. Louis BDPA chapter with an emphasis on High School Computer Competition (HSCC) past or present team members
To be eligible, applicants must:
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Be a member of BDPA
  • Be a graduating high school senior or college student in good academic standing and must have at least 1 year of study left in their 4 year college program
  • Demonstrate academic achievement (minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale)
  • Complete the Monsanto BDPA Scholarship application packet
  • Must not be related to any employee actively working in Monsanto
Complete Monsanto BDPA Scholarship Application packet must include:
  • Complete Scholarship Application Form
  • Resume
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Current transcript
  • Essay on "How can Information Technology be used to transform Urban Agriculture?" (500 words max)
Submit your application here

All application materials must be RECEIVED on or before June 15, 2017 in order to be eligible.  Incomplete applications will not be considered!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Oracle Scholarship for BDPA Students * Deadline 7/1/2017


Oracle knows talented individuals drive success, and they are willing to encourage positive workforce development through organizations such as BDPA. As such, Oracle made decision to offer the 9th Annual Oracle Scholarship for BDPA Students again this year. The scholarship application period goes through July 1, 2017. The winning scholars will be announced at the 2017 Scholarship Breakfast July 28th, 2017 at 8:30 AM.

These scholarships are available to high school students (grade 12), community college students and undergraduate college students. The student must be studying in STEM-related curriculum. The student must be a BDPA member in good standing on or before the July 1st deadline. BDPA student membership is $25 annually.


Past Oracle scholars were helped by this funding as well as the BDPA programs and services made available to them at the local chapter level. Do you know a high school or college student (or their parents!) who could benefit from this information? If so, please share this message with them right away. Don't procrastinate ... the application is ready and available for immediate download