Sunday, May 24, 2009

Message from Philadelphia Chapter President

BDPA Philadelphia is the 2nd largest chapter in the nation. Monique Berry is the Philadelphia chapter president. She is part of the team that earned 'Chapter of the Year' honors for the past two years.

She shared the following message with her chapter stakeholders this month:

Happy New Year! And I mean it!

Yes, I know it's May but we've been focused on the never-ending doom and gloom of the economy for the past several months. Doom, gloom become negative thoughts producing negative energy and the beginning of self-fulfilling prophecy. Don't buy into it! Yes, this has been a tough year, but we can and will get through it.

And, while BDPA (or any association, be it NBMBAA, NSBE, PMI) may not be uppermost in your mind during troubled times, it is precisely where you want to be. We need our friends and colleagues around us. We need to laugh, to socialize, to commiserate a little, to network. And, we need BDPA for new ideas, new tools, and new skills to survive the months ahead.

Today, my New Year's resolution is Resilience through Relationships. Now, more than ever, our partnerships, friendships and relationships are key to our sustained success. We must increase and actively cultivate our networks. Reach out to help others and they will reach out and help you. It's not always instant gratification, but you'd be surprised at how powerful these connections can be - especially when you need them the most.

Although vast in scope, the information technology family in Philadelphia is quite small. Who do you know? Who would you like to know? How are you going to make it happen? BDPA provides you with great opportunities to meet people, who may know people who know people - see? It's all a game of numbers...for business leads, new employment opportunities or answers to life's burning questions.

So, this year, MY last year as chapter president - it's about YOU, the member. How might we help you? What do you need? Email your thoughts and ideas to me. I promise to respond.

Happy New Year or New Career!

Monique Berry, President
BDPA Philadelphia Chapter

I understand that Monique may be a candidate to serve as National BDPA president in 2012-2013. We would be lucky to have her unique talents and skills in that office. I hope that she follows through to 'make it so'.

What say u?

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