Saturday, June 28, 2008

Scholarship: Society for Technical Communication ($2,500 * Deadline: 7/15/2008)

The Society for Technical Communication is a professional organization for people developing technical information through such occupations as technical writing, editing, graphical design, interface design, and Web design.

STC sponsors the Marian Norby Scholarship. This scholarship is for those who are interested in studying for a degree or attending a continuing education or training course in one of these areas.

Applicants must be female, must be working full- or part-time for the federal government as a secretary or administrative assistant, and should be interested in enrolling in a training or academic class related to technical communication. [SOURCE]

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Grant Award: Best Buy Children's Foundation ($2,000)

Best Buy Children's Foundation approved a $2,000 Tag Team Award for programs and services in our BDPA Dayton chapter. The funds are direct result of volunteer efforts by BDPA member Robert Blair.

The funds will allow participation by Dayton-area students in the Student Information Technology & Scholarships (SITES) program. The program includes the Midwest Regional High School Computer Competition (HSCC), Youth Technology Camp and the national BDPA HSCC in Atlanta, GA on August 8-9, 2008.

It is worth noting that Charles Crawford IV (HSCC Alumni, Class of 1999-2001) led this funding effort based on discussions he had with executives at Best Buy. I had pleasure of sitting next to Charles at the 20th annual BDPA Dayton chapter SITES Banquet earlier this month. He is truly a special brother and a marvelous example for all of our HSCC alumni around the country.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Message from New York Chapter President

BDPA New York is the 3rd largest chapter in the nation. One reason for their success is the focus placed on providing programs and services for their members and community. BDPA New York chapter president Judaea Lane reflects on this and more in her message to NY-area members, sponsors and supporters:

BDPA Washington DC chapter and Bowie State University hosted this year's Northeast Regional BDPA High School Computer Competition (HSCC) and IT Showcase on Saturday June 21, 2008. It featured two (2) marquee events for area youth, chapter program development, and STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics] participation.
Our BDPA chapters in Washington DC and Northern Virginia fielded four teams. Additional HSCC teams arrived from Hartford, CT; New York, NY; and Philadelphia, PA. Congratulations to our New York HSCC team for bringing home the 3rd Place prize.

Of course the excitement doesn't stop there! We are now getting ready to compete at the 30th annual national BDPA technology conference in Atlanta, GA. Yes, the competition among our sister chapters are phenomental but New York will be ready.

If you are excited as we are, please consider devoting a Saturday to mentor or coach our students. For more information, please contact Denise Hamilton on (212) 802-5341. Remember our goal is to ensure New York students have the technical and business tools to compete. So if you can, come out and show some love for our New York chapter students.

Remember, BDPA has a wealth of resources that will put your career on the fast track to advancement and satisfaction. Our goal is to bring you more services to connect you to a wide network of professionals in order to move your career forward and upward. Please give us an opportunity to show you how.

Judaea Yarde Lane, President
BDPA New York Chapter
'Advancing Careers from Classroom to Boardroom'
(212) 802-5341

Monday, June 23, 2008

This Week in BDPA (June 23-29)

Our foundation seeks to support BDPA programs and services. As such, it is important that our blog readers know about the plethora of BDPA activity all around the country. Here is a weekly preview of upcoming events gathered from the BDPA CollectiveX Calendar and elsewhere: We encourage all BDPA leaders to take advantage of the BDPA CollectiveX Groupsite Calendar to post your upcoming events! Please let us know of other BDPA events that we may have missed. Most importantly, let us know if you plan to attend any BDPA events this week.

If you like what you are seeing on this blog ... please consider making an online donation to the BDPA Foundation so that we can continue to fund these events in the future.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Grant Award: Fifth Third Foundation ($2,500)

We learned today that the Fifth Third Foundation donation committee approved $2,500 grant funding for BDPA Columbus chapter.

The funds will allow participation by Columbus-area students in the Student Information Technology & Scholarships (SITES) program. The program includes the Midwest Regional High School Computer Competition (HSCC), Youth Technology Camp and the national BDPA HSCC in Atlanta, GA on August 8-9, 2008.

A joint press release between the BDPA Foundation and Fifth Third Foundation will be issued in the next few days to announce this funding, however, we wanted our blog readers to know about it right away.

BDPA Columbus chapter president Cecil Jones led this funding effort based on discussions he had with a prominent Fifth Third executive. However, our BDPA Columbus chapter still needs financial support to get their students to the national competition.

I encourage all BDPA Foundation blog readers to consider making a small donation right now to support them. What say u?

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Disney MinnieGrants * Deadline: 8/30/2008

Youth Service America and Disney are pleased to launch a second round of Disney MinnieGrants to engage children and youth, ages 5-14 as community volunteers.

The selected applications will receive $500 to support their youth-led service projects. The deadline is August 30 and projects must take place October 15-November 15, 2008. Grantees from the first round of Disney awards of 2008 are eligible to apply.

Friday, June 20, 2008

BDPA IT Corps Unveiled at Leon Sullivan Summit in Tanzania

The BDPA Education & Technology Foundation (BETF) provided grant funding to empower BDPA's efforts to establish itself on the on the global landscape. BDPA will unveil its Information Technology (IT) Corps at the Leon H. Sullivan Economic Summit, an annual economic development conference being held in Arusha, Tanzania.

“This is our response to a rapidly globalizing world, and we are taking our place in it”, remarked Norman Mays as he prepared for the trip this week. Mays, an entrepreneur and past national president of BDPA serves as the first Executive Director of the IT Corps initiative. Similar to the Peace Corps, BDPA's IT Corps will send teams of young adults on technology-based community service missions in the United States and to targeted locations abroad, particularly Africa. Mays added that “….this is an exciting new journey and we hope to engage many of the (30) African countries that have already showed interest and will be represented at the conference.”

In the near future, IT Corps members will assist students in African countries to review existing civic priorities and jointly devise technology based solutions that are locally effective and globally relevant. Dr. Demo Solaru, the IT Corps's Director of International Relations from BDPA Cleveland chapter, will participate on this trip also. An African immigrant, he maintains that “……Africa is ripe for this initiative - capacity building, knowledge sharing and transfer - our youth have the most fertile minds. In the United States, they have already showed us what's possible. In an interconnected world, this is the logical next level.”

The premise of the Leon H. Sullivan Summit is socio-economic development in Africa through foreign direct investment. A specific area of interest to BDPA is the summit's stated objective to advance information technology through regional economic community discussions. BDPA's IT Corps student teams will be doing just that - sharing the many skills learned in BDPA's mentoring, competition and technology education initiatives in the United States with colleagues in Africa and around the world, and applying these skills to real world problems.

The first student teams should deploy as early as summer 2009. What are your thought of the BDPA IT Corps concept?

Thursday, June 19, 2008

BDPA Northeast Regional Conference (Washington DC)

BDPA Regional
Technology Conference
@ Bowie State University
Open to the Public--Free Admission
Pre-Registration is requested
Saturday June 21, 2008
8 AM to 3:30 PM

Click here to Register!

Regional High School Computer Competition (HSCC) Teams
Tune-Up for Nationals!

Regional HSCC IT Showcase INDUSTRY DAY (Part-II)
This year's Regional Technology Conference features two (2) marquee events for area youth, chapter program development, and STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics] participation. Bowie State University will host this year's BDPA Regional High School Computer Competition (HSCC) and BDPA's Regional IT Showcase. INDUSTRY DAY (Part-II) features a Q&A forum outlining emerging [IT] technologies and career opportunities for professionals in any industry.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Pragmatic Software Architecture and the Architect (Cincinnati)

If you’re working in software architecture, interested in being a software architect, want to think about software development in a new way or just want to learn something about the topic, you should plan to attend this month’s program meeting hosted by BDPA Cincinnati chapter.

The presenter, Joe Wirtley, provides an exploration into the topic of 'Pragmatic Software Architecture and the Architect'. Mr. Wirtley is a dot NET Architect and Developer with over 20 years of software development experience. His presentation will address your basic questions such as “What is software architecture?” and “What is the role of the architect?” as well as delve into some of the processes and techniques he uses for success.

Logistics for the event are as follows:

Date: Thursday June 19, 2008
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Where: Fifth Third Bank
Madisonville Office Bldg * 5001 Kingsley Drive

Those in technology as well as friends and supporters of these organizations should plan to attend this event. This event is free, however you should RSVP in advance of the meeting. You can call (513.956-0636) or email the chapter.

Monday, June 16, 2008

BETF YouTube Channel Goes LIVE!

The BDPA Education & Technology Foundation seized the opportunity to launch our YouTube Channel earlier this month.

YouTube is a powerful medium used to broadcast the BDPA Foundation Cause to a large and growing online video community. Here is an example of the information we can share through our BETF YouTube Channel.

Marketing the BDPA Foundation Brand through this video channel will drive traffic to BDPA and raise the visibility of our fundraising campaigns to attract and connect with supporters, volunteers, donors and students.

Our BETF YouTube Channel provides a centralized “video space” to help differentiate our brand, capture and tell our compelling stories -- pictures are worth a thousand words -- and highlight our accomplishments.

We seek support from BDPA members, chapters and national officers.

  • Do you have a story to tell?
  • Do you have a donor to acknowledge?
  • Do you have a testimonial to share?
  • Do you have a scholarship recipient?

If so, please share with us today so that we might add to the brand-new BETF YouTube Channel!

Kudos to Ura Puranda (BETF YouTube Channel Coordinator) and her team for making a reality of this marketing idea! Ura and her team would be interested in your thoughts on the new YouTube Channel. What say u?

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Healthcare IT and Integrated Solutions (No. Delaware)

BDPA Northern Delaware is less than a year old as a BDPA chapter. As such, it is remarkable to note that they are the 20th largest BDPA chapter in the nation. One reason for their success is an aggressive effort to market the chapter through monthly program meetings. The chapter presents 'Healthcare IT and Integrated Solutions' as topic for their upcoming program meeting.

The presenter is Timothy Brown, staffing manager with Siemens Medical Solutions. He has been a featured speaker on the development of strategic staffing metrics and serves on the Board of Directors for the Direct Employers Association, the Chester County Workforce Investment Board and the SHRM Staffing Management Panel. Mr. Brown is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt, with strength in developing and implementing sustainable talent acquisition processes. He completed his HR Certificate at Cornell University and is beginning his Masters in Human Resource Development at Villanova University.

Logistics for the meeting are as follows:

Date: June 19, 2008
Time: 6:00 PM

Where: JPMorgan Chase
301 North Walnut Street
8th Floor Conference Room
Wilmington DE 19801

All BDPA Foundation blog readers in Delaware or Philadelphia are encouraged to RSVP for this intriguing program meeting.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Cincinnati Team Wins Midwest Regional Computer Competition!

Congratulations to Team CHAOS (Cincinnati Holds All Opposition Speechless)! The five youngsters from Cincinnati took home the gold medal from the 2008 Midwest Regional High School Computer Competition (HSCC) on Saturday, June 7, 2008 at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.

Left to right - DeRicco Swan, senior at Withrow International. Brandon Bowen, senior at Clark Montessori High School, Simeon Ellis, sophomore at Cincinnati’s Creative and Performing Arts, Brook Hines, sophomore at Lakota High School, Raynisha Greene, sophomore at Cincinnati’s Creative and Performing Arts.

The event drew representation from the following BDPA chapters: Atlanta (silver medal), Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton (bronze medal), Detroit, Indianapolis and Middle Tennessee.

The next step for Team CHAOS is the national HSCC in Atlanta, GA on August 6-8, 2008 competing against 23 other chapter teams. Meantime, BDPA Cincinnati chapter president Janice Lee wants to express appreciation to the BDPA Midwest Regional Committee:

  • Cincinnati State Technical and Community College – Midwest Regional Host Site
  • The Kroger Co – Competition Laptop Donation
  • Computer Science Corporation – Programming Problem/Judges
  • Deborah Prince, Consultant - Outreach Director
  • Steve Gutter, Kroger - Past Midwest Regional Coordinator
  • Ashley Ogletree, Fifth Third Bank - Midwest Regional Coordinator (Chapters)
  • Ann Mawicke, Mawicke Creations - Corporate Leadership
  • Marsha Steed, CSC CAC Member - Enquirer Newspaper
  • Shanese Lee, Children’s Hospital, Midwest Regional (Corporate)
  • Frank Hill, Hiltronics - Midwest Technical Coordinator
  • Sharon White, Cincinnati State - Midwest Regional Liaison

Were any of our blog readers in attendance at the Midwest Regional Competition this year? If so, please share your thoughts on what you observed! What say u?

Friday, June 13, 2008

Identity Theft: How Secure is Your Credit Using Today's Technology (Dallas)

BDPA Dallas is the 11th largest chapter in the nation. One reason for their success is an aggressive program meeting schedule. The June 2008 program meeting is being hosted by Louis Carr, chief information officer of the City of Arlington.

The meeting topic is "Identity Theft: How Secure is Your Credit Using Today's Technology". The meeting presenter is Maurice Green. Mr. Green is a native Texan, and has over 15 years experience in the financial industry. He is the founder and President of GATT Financial Services. After being victimized by identity-theft himself he vowed to dedicate his time, efforts and experience to assist others victimized by identity thieves as well as those who have made bad financial decisions.

The logistics of the meeting are as follows:

Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Time: 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Location: Municipal Office Tower
101 S. Mesquite, 6th Floor Conference Room
Arlington, Texas 76010
I hope that our readers located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area will make plans to attend this seminar!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Message from Columbus Chapter President

Cecil Jones is the president of the BDPA Columbus chapter. I first met Cecil at a program meeting hosted by the BDPA Cincinnati chapter back in 1999. He has been an active and vocal supporter of BDPA ever since I've known him. He moved to Columbus and got married in the intervening years. In 2007, he took on the challenge to serve as president of the 11th largest chapter in the nation.

He recently shared this message with his chapter members and supporters:

"A HUGE Thanks! goes out to Jim Locke, Kym Miller, Lance Livingstonston, our Columbus HSCC students and parents. The 2008 Midwest Regional High School Computer Competition held last weekend in Cincinnati was a success!!

Additionally, we need a volunteer to call and work with the following people (one person per bullet). Just one easy task.
  • Associate Dean, Engineering College, Dr. Minnie McGee at OSU - call her and ask how we can get her Engineering students involved in the our chapter and in HSCC. Dr. McGee is the mother of our one our JPMorgan Chase sponsors. I worked on an OSU Scholarship committee with her. Anyone volunteering for this assignment would be blessed to work with this dedicated sister.

  • Technology Education College on Winchester Pike - I met with them last night. They have students that should be BDPA members. I will give you the Director's name and number. They are ready for us.

  • BDPA member who was the past president of a LARGE Devry Black student organization - work with with to tell Devry about BDPA and our meetings.

One of our challenges is the same as many organizations. We have 10% of the members doing 90% of the work. If you are one of the 90% that are not engaged, please volunteer for ONE task - just one - and our organization will more effectively fulfill its mission. Please email me or call me to get engaged.

Here is my personal testimony on the power of being a BDPA volunteer:

  1. BDPA helped me fulfill one of my spiritual obligations ('help others').

  2. The relationships obtained working with BDPA has helped me financially (contracts and services - ask me how,!).

  3. It has helped in preparing for various IT certifications.

  4. Call me and ask me how it helped me move from one organization to another within 3 weeks including the 2 week notice via BDPA members and sponsors (three different times; build your well before you need to use it).

  5. After speaking on a panel during one of our BDPA meetings, I was offered (a) an adjunct professorship and (b) a contract. Neither required an interview.

  6. By volunteering to interact with sponsors and others, I have obtained board memberships that allow me to learn, serve and financially benefit.

Please volunteer and let BDPA help you.

Cecil Jones, president
BDPA Columbus Chapter
Phone: (614) 736-1100

Are there any Columbus-area blog readers out there? If so, now is the time for you to step up and support the efforts of BDPA Columbus chapter to advance the careers of African Americans in the IT industry from the classroom to the boardroom!

Election Results: Wanda McCaster (Cincinnati)

Congratulations to Wanda McCaster on her recent election as the 2008-2009 president-elect for BDPA Cincinnati chapter. Wanda currently works as a project manager for Kelly Services. I've known the sister for many moons. In fact, I'm pretty sure that I appointed her to her first BDPA leadership position back in 2000 when she became the chapter's VP-Membership Management.

Many BDPA members around the country may recall Wanda from her workshop presentations on 'Six Sigma Black Belt' and 'project management'. The lucky ones have had opportunity to taste Wanda's soul food!

When asked how she plans to make a difference as the president-elect from Cincinnati chapter, Wanda replied,
"Our board will work together as a cohesive team with the same commitment, drive, and focus on making the BDPA the best organization we can. As a board we will focus our efforts on adding value to being a member of the BDPA. Value will be seen and felt by the CAC, Board Members, Members, and Volunteers. This will allow us to drive up membership by having BDPA meet and greet at corporations, increase corporate sponsorship, increase corporate memberships; Increase student memberships by visiting schools; increase BDPA monthly and special events, and more importantly by word of mouth from our members!"
Take a moment to welcome Wanda into her new leadership role within BDPA!

BDPA Conference Workshops: Leadership Track

BDPA strives to advance the careers of African Americans in the IT industry. It is important for all BDPA members and supporters to grow their leadership skills. The upcoming 30th annual BDPA Technology Conference in Atlanta GA provides some excellent workshops designed to improve your leadership skills.

Here are some details on the workshops:

Aligning Technology with Business Objectives - Workshop Presenter: Valerie Hayes & Noreen Cohen-White - Technology Leaders Wednesday, August 06, 2008 at 1:30 PM EST - Room: Techwood

  • This lecture is designed to share best practices and experiences for gaining an understanding of your organization's business and aligning technology with business objectives.
Business Intelligence - Implementing a BI Competency Center - Workshop Presenter: Krishna Sinanan, U.S. Commercial BI Team Lead - Monsanto Thursday, August 07, 2008 at 8:30 AM EST - Room: Spring

  • Seminar will present an overview of Business Intelligence and provide guidelines for setting up a BICC.
Chapter Building Workshop: Selling BDPA - Workshop Presenter: Wayne Hicks, Executive Director - BDPA Education & Technology Foundation Friday, August 08, 2008 at 8:30 AM EST - Room: Spring

  • 'Selling BDPA' will give tips and techniques that can be put to use immediately in areas such as marketing, corporate sales, membership growth and fundraising.
Chapter Building Workshop: Finance - Workshop Presenter: Abe Joseph, Jr., BDPA Vice President of Finance - BDPA National Wednesday, August 06, 2008 at 10:15 AM EST - Room: Spring

  • This workshop is designed to inform new and experienced chapter financial leaders the importance of their fiduciary responsibilities to ensure that the chapter financial operations are in compliance with BDPA by-laws, IRS regulations and GAAP.
Effectively Partnering with Corporate Supplier Diversity - Workshop Presenter: Shelderick E. Bailey, Vice President - JP Morgan Chase Friday, August 08, 2008 at 10:15 AM EST - Room: Spring

  • Understand the integration of technology tools to support the Supplier Diversity process.
Globalization, Capacity Building and BDPA - The IT Corp Response - Workshop Presenters: Dr. Demo Solaru, Principal - ProviderGateway, Inc & Norman Mays, Founder Cleveland Chapter Thursday, August 07, 2008 at 10:15 AM EST - Room: Spring

  • An interactive discussion will take place around, globalization, capacity building and the proposed BDPA IT Corp
Introduction to Leadership Excellence - Workshop Presenter: Curvie L Burton, founding member of the Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) Wednesday, August 06, 2008 at 1:30 PM EST - Room: Spring

  • Workshop participants will be introduced to the Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF), its vision, mission and commitment to developing 21st Century leaders.
Leading through Organizational Change - Workshop Presenter: Roderick L. King, Regional Vice President, Medicare Provider Outreach & Education - WellPoint Wednesday, August 06, 2008 at 8:30 AM EST - Room: Spring

  • Participants will have the opportunity to learn about issues and challenges at the forefront of the healthcare debate, a discussion of Leadership vs. Management and how to lead successfully.
Leveraging the IT-Business Partnership - Workshop Presenter: Phillip Earl, Project Manager - Allstate Friday, August 08, 2008 at 1:30 PM EST - Room: Spring

  • This presentation explores the areas in which the IT-Business partnership is most critical to the success of the business and the IT area supporting the business.
Significant Business Results - Workshop Presenter: Franne McNeal, Significant Business Results Coach - HR Energy Friday, August 08, 2008 at 3:15 PM EST - Room: Techwood

  • This interactive session will help you set, communicate, implement and track goals.
    Participants receive (a) profitability assessment; 5 questions to gain results; 5 ways to improve decision making; and significant business results action plan.
Technology Transfer in the Global Economy - Workshop Presenter: Kimberly Green, Entrepreneur and Owner - ADKG Worldwide, Inc. Thursday, August 07, 2008 at 1:30 PM EST - Room: Spring

  • The audience will be able to actively participate in a case study to discuss why some companies will succeed and some will fail in the current global environment.
I am curious to learn two things from those of you that have read this far. First, do you have any comments on the Leadership track of workshops? Second, do you plan to attend the 2008 national BDPA conference this year? What say u?

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Grant Recipient: BDPA New York ($2,500)

The BDPA Foundation approved $ 2,500 grant funding to BDPA New York chapter. The funds will be used to support chapter participation in the Northeast Regional HSCC (Newark NJ) and Mid-Atlantic Regional HSCC (Washington DC). Remaining funds will support participation for chapter HSCC students, chaperones and coordinator at the national competition in Atlanta, GA on August 8-9, 2008.

BETF provided full funding for this $2,500 request submitted by the chapter last month.

This funding request was supported by a recent MetLife volunteer grant. We need others to step-up and make tax-deductible donation to the BDPA Foundation so that we might continue to fund these programs in the future. It is important for us to have funds necessary to advance the careers of African Americans in the IT industry from the 'classroom to the boardroom'.

What are you waiting for? Please make a small donation right now!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence (Los Angeles)

BDPA Los Angeles is the 15th largest chapter in the nation. One reason for their success is their ability to retain the time, energy and talents of their chapter leaders over the course of many years. Nowhere is this more evident than this month's program meeting when we have past chapter president Narvin Yarbrough (2005-2006) and Angela White-Parker (2001-2004) teaming up to present, 'Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence'.

This presentation will focus on ways that Corporate America is using technology to deal with business problems. Program meeting attendees will discover how companies analyze and solve these business problems with data warehouses. Also, the presenters will share how company executives use business intelligence monitoring tools and techniques to identify trends as part of effort to make quality business decisions.

The logistics for the meeting are as follows:

Date: Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall
3650 West Martin Luther King Blvd
Community Meeting Room
Please contact Sam Scully on (818) 266-9147 if you have questions, need directions or simply want to RSVP for this event.

Grant Recipient: BDPA Philadelphia ($568)

The BDPA Foundation approved $ 568 grant funding to BDPA Philadelphia chapter. The funds will be used to assist procurement of lodging for chapter HSCC students and chaperones during the national competition in Atlanta, GA in August 5-10, 2008.

BETF provided partial funding. The initial request from the chapter was for $3,375. The chapter will look towards its 'virtual cash account', corporate sales and coupon book fundraiser to make up the difference.

Please consider making tax-deductible donation to the BDPA Foundation so that we might continue to fund these programs in the future. We need the funds in order to advance the careers of African Americans in the IT industry from the 'classroom to the boardroom'. What are you waiting for? Please make a small donation right now!

Monday, June 9, 2008

'Yes We Can' Says Linnie Bailey

Linnie Bailey was chapter president of BDPA Washington DC chapter in the mid-1980s. She moved to California and became the founder of BDPA Inland Empire chapter in the early-1990s. Our chapter in the Inland Empire wasn't able to sustain itself into the 21st century.

Linnie moved her energy and passion in other directions. Eventually, she became part of the movement and the moment that helped Barack Obama win the Democratic nomination.

The Washington Post sat down with Linnie and wrote a remarkable profile about her journey. Take a moment to learn more about Sis. Bailey!

Are there any BDPA members from back in the day that have stories to tell about Linnie Frank Bailey? What say u?

Sunday, June 8, 2008

BDPA Conference Workshops: Entrepreneur Track

Entrepreneurs and business owners are one of the five BDPA stakeholder groups. As such it is wonderful to see such a powerful IT Entrepreneurship Track being offered at the 30th annual National BDPA Technology Conference in Atlanta GA on August 7-8, 2008. Here is what entrepreneurs can expect:

10 Seeds Of Success To Grow Your Business - Workshop Presenter: Franne McNeal, Significant Business Results Coach - HR Energy Thursday, August 07, 2008 at 8:30 AM EST - Room: Techwood

  • Learn how to answer critical questions to help you focus your energy for action so you achieve significant business results.

Brand New, Brand Not, Brand Known - Workshop Presenter: Everaldo Gallimore, Jr., Branding Coach & Graphic Designer - Gallimore Design Friday, August 08, 2008 at 1:30 PM EST - Room: University

  • Learn how branding is more than just a logo and a great website. This workshop will highlight trends and best practices and provide information on how to enhance traditional methods of marketing.

Building a Successful Business From the Ground Up - Workshop Presenter: Darrell Freeman, Chairman and CEO - Zycron, Inc. Wednesday, August 06, 2008 at 10:15 PM EST - Room: Piedmont

  • The objective of this presentation is to outline the process for transition from an executive to an entrepreneur. Methods for conquering common road blocks will be shared.

How To Dig Deeper Into Your Client Relationships - Workshop Presenter: Darrell S. Freeman, Chairman and CEO - Zycron, Inc. Thursday, August 07, 2008 at 8:30 AM EST - Room: University

  • Discussion about understanding your clients' culture, history, their specific needs, getting to know the C-level executives in the organization, conflict resolution and much more.

Speed Networking for Entrepreneurs: Fast Pitching for Your Success - Workshop Presenters: Boyd Stephens, BDPA IT Entrepreneur Advisory Group, Director & Milt Haynes, Chair of the BDPA Chicago Corporate Advisory Council Friday, August 08, 2008 at 3:15 PM CST - Room: Baker

  • Networking Seminar for BDPA IT Entrepreneurs, Diversity Supplier Managers, Vendors, and Corporate IT Procurement Officers.

Teaming Strategies - Workshop Presenter: Adonica Randall, CEO/President - Connection Strategies Enterprises, Inc. Thursday, August 07, 2008 at 1:30 PM EST - Room: University

  • The session will cover how appropriate Teaming Strategies drive business performance.

The Next Level: Is Your Business Ready? - Workshop Presenter: Rashia Y. Mason, Supplier Diversity Specialist - PSEG Services Corporation Wednesday, August 06, 2008 at 8:30 PM EST - Room: Techwood

  • From certifications, to niche identification, to preparation, this workshop will help small business owners be ready when opportunity knocks.

The Transition to Entrepreneurship - Workshop Presenter: Dr. Craig Brown, Chief Information Officer - Quad C Consulting, Inc. Thursday, August 07, 2008 at 3:15 PM EST - Room: Techwood

  • This presentation will interest those participants that would like to find a way to leverage current experience or newly acquired skill sets to transition into more of an entrepreneurial role within their current employer or branch out into their own private practice.

What are your thoughts about this track of workshops for IT entrepreneurs and business owners?

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Grant Declination: Turner Broadcasting System

We learned today that our $15,000 grant proposal to Turner Broadcasting Systems on behalf of our BDPA Atlanta chapter has been turned down.

TBS wrote, "Although the purpose of your organization and the services it provides is extremely valuable, they do not line up with Turner's corporate contribution targets ... We wish you much success as you move forward and hope you are able to obtain the funds you require from other sources."

We are working with the chapter on other possible funding sources. However, we could use your support. Please consider making a donation to BDPA Foundation today!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Matching Funds * Microsoft

We are pleased to report that the Microsoft Employee Giving Campaign matched a $500 donation made earlier in the year by one of their associates, Kevin Robinson. Kevin is a longtime corporate member of BDPA Charlotte chapter. Microsoft matches employee donations on a 1:to:1 basis. This matching fund supports the BDPA Foundation Endowment Fund.

Does your employer have a matching funds program?

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Midwest Regional High School Computer Competition (Cincinnati)

The Midwest High School Computer Competition will be held this Saturday, June 7th at Cincinnati State from 8 :00am - 5:30pm. BDPA Cincinnati chapter is the host of this year's regional event. It is anticipated that 57 students will be participating in this event.

The following BDPA Chapters are participating: Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Detroit, Indianapolis and Nashville TN.

This is an all day event held at Cincinnati State located off on Central Parkway. The opening, oral competition and award presentation are open to the public. The written and programming sessions are closed.

Here is the open session's itinerary if you wish to attend:

  • 8:00 - 8:10 Greetings: ATLC Auditorium (Deborah, Cincinnati State Rep., Janice) - New Bldg, 2nd Floor

  • 8:10 - 9:30 Oral competition: ATLC Auditorium -New Bldg 2nd Floor

  • 4:45 - 5:30 Award presentations: ATLC Auditorium - New Bldg, 2nd Floor

  • 5:30 - Closing remarks / adjourn: ATLC Auditorium

Now is the time to sell those wolf-tickets! Who do you think will win the regional competition this year?

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Smart Card Technology (New Jersey)

BDPA New Jersey is the 12th largest chapter in the nation. One reason for their success is a consistent willingness to share the talents of their membership with the national organization. For example, one BDPA New Jersey Chapter leader, Coram Rimes, will be making a presentation at this year's National BDPA Conference in Atlanta, GA on the topic of Smart Card Technology. Coram is the National Building Security Director for Prudential. He agreed to give a sneak peek of what he will be presenting to his chapter colleagues this month.

A smart card is defined as any pocket-sized card with embedded integrated circuits which can process information. These tiny devices can receive input which is then processed and delivered as output.

During the presentation Coram will discuss the following topic points:

  1. How to determine the potential for use of smart card technology for your business needs
  2. Cryptography - what is it?
  3. Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)
  4. Key and Certificate life cycles
  5. Potential solutions to solve company related issues
  6. Implementation strategies for smart card technology

Here are the logistics for the meeting:

Date: Thursday, June 26, 2008
Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Prudential
213 Washington St; Newark, NJ 07102
Refreshments will be served! All are welcome so feel free to bring a friend. Please RSVP to Goldie Bonney by email ( in order to setup free parking for this meeting.

BDPA Conference Workshops: Technical Track

Conference Worshops * Technical Track

Case Study Smart Card Technology - Workshop Presenter: Coram J. Rimes, Jr., Director - Prudential Thursday, August 07, 2008 at 10:15 AM EST - Room: University

  • Interactive discussion and case study: Review Best of Breed Products

Defining An Enterprise Architecture - Workshop Presenter: Arturo D. Hill, PMP, Director, Solution Delivery / Enterprise Architecture - Perficient, Inc. Thursday, August 07, 2008 at 3:15 PM EST - Room: University; The workshop objectives are:

  1. Provide a high-level overview to the practice of Enterprise Architecture (EA).
  2. Focus on some of the possible disconnects between the theory and current practice of EA.
  3. Explore emerging disciplines such as Structural, Agile, and Actionable Enterprise

Free Software: Economical Tools for Secure Network - Workshop Presenter: Boyd Stephens, Network Systems Admin - UGMO Research Friday, August 08, 2008 at 8:30 AM EST - Room: University

  • This presentation will outline various free software based technologies which can be utilized in the creation and deployment of the internetworking infrastructure for any business/governmental organization, educational institution, and community based facility. The content of the presentation will deal heavily with leveraging free software.

Healthcare Technology (SOA Enabling Health Systems Interoperability) - Workshop Presenter: Donald George, Chief Executive Officer - PRISM Communication Systems Wednesday, August 06, 2008 at 8:30 AM EST - Room: University

  • This workshop introduces how a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) enables the transformation of enterprise healthcare business processes and information systems.

IT Architecture & Planning (ITAP) MOF/ITIL Operations Assessment - Workshop Presenter: Edward Clark Jr., Enterprise Strategy Consultant- Microsoft Wednesday, August 06, 2008 at 3:15 PM EST - Room: University

  • This workshop will provide an overview of Microsoft's highly acclaimed Information Technology Architecture and Planning process.

Server Virtualization for Dummies - Workshop Presenter: John R. Hoffler, Jr. Assistant VP / Sr. Systems Architect - Wachovia Bank Wednesday, August 06, 2008 at 10:15 AM EST - Room: University

  • This seminar explains why the typical distributed server is only 10% utilized and how much floor space, electricity, cooling, hardware, software, and manpower are being wasted. Learn server consolidation techniques to save millions of dollars.

Tools for Meetings of the Future / LAB - Workshop Presenter: Michael Barney, Software Developer Friday, August 08, 2008 at 1:30 PM EST - Room: Baker

  • This workshop will focus on several technologies that can delivery effective and interactive multimedia presentations.

Using the Eclipse/MyEclipse IDE for Developing Java - Workshop Presenter: Steve Gutter, Sr. Tech Specialist - Using MyEclipse for Developing Java Applications Friday, August 08, 2008 at 10:15 AM EST - Room: University

  • This presentation will show an extremely robust IDE which you can use to learn J2EE and develop applications at a very minimal expense: less than $50 per year

I am very interested to hear your comments on the technical track of conference workshops. Which of these topics interests you the most? Do you have any questions or comments on the conference (in general) or these workshops (in particular)?

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

We Need $2,500...

BDPA Foundation provides Jesse Bemley Scholarships to the top five teams at the national high school computer competition (HSCC) event held at the annual BDPA Technology Conference each year.

We want to provide the Bemley Scholarship to the 6th place team this year at the national competition in Atlanta, GA on August 6-9, 2008.

This is the challenge given to us by high school senior Monique Jones. Monique’s Charlotte HSCC team came in 6th place last year at the competition in Washington DC last year. She wrote, “In 2007, a new policy was opened. Instead of scholarship going to the top three high scoring chapters, they would be awarded to the top five. That year we came in 6th place, just 30 points short of scholarships for the whole team.”

Is it time to reward the 6th place team? That choice is yours to make. If we can raise $2,500 in this campaign … we will do so!

The next step is yours...

Sunday, June 1, 2008

BDPA on Facebook

I resisted the constant pressure to join Facebook for many years. However, last month I joined Facebook as part of effort to promote the BDPA Foundation. I have been pleasantly surprised by the usefulness of this social network.

I have made connections with high school friends, college friends, BDPA colleagues, Black bloggers, BDPA keynote speakers and BDPA High School Computer Competition alumni. However, I haven't found many relatives online yet.

Here are some BDPA-related Facebook groups:

  1. Black Data Processing Associates (Global) - 65 members
  2. BDPA Chicago - 39 members
  3. BDPA - 28 members
  4. BDPA Southern Minnesota - 25 members
  5. BDPA High School Computer Competition Alumni - 24 members
  6. BDPA Richmond - 24 members
  7. BDPA Atlanta - 5 members
  8. BDPA Philadelphia - 2 members
Here are some other Facebook groups that you might be interested in checking out:
  1. Blackonomics Million Dollar Club - BMDC overview
  2. Afrosphere Bloggers Association - ABA website
  3. Blacks Gone Geek - BGG blog
    Call on Fox News to Fire Liz Trotta - see weak apology from Liz Trotta

I invite you to connect with me on Facebook. Mostly, I would be very interested to learn about your experience with Facebook? Positive? Negative? Or are you simply refusing to check out Facebook at all?