Sunday, August 16, 2009

Message from Philadelphia Chapter President

BDPA Philadelphia chapter earned 'Chapter of the Year' honors at the 2009 National BDPA Technology Conference. It was the third year in a row that the chapter earned this high honor. Monique Berry has been president-elect and president of Philadelphia chapter for the past four years. Her skills and leadership abilities were recognized by the BDPA delegates as she was elected to serve as National BDPA President-Elect for 2010-2011 ... and Monique will ascend to the National BDPA President in 2012-2013. Monique shared her thoughts about BDPA in her message to chapter stakeholders earlier this week:

The 2009 National BDPA Technology Conference has been unanimously voted a great success. We all forged new friends and new business connections to our ever growing network in the IT community. Whilst many of us get to catch up at a variety of regional events during the year, our conference still proves to be the one place where we can guarantee to see so many of our old friends.

This was a year of firsts.
  • The conference was held in a convention center for the first time.

  • This was the first time the Navy was a conference sponsor.

  • We received a $50,000 donation to our endowment fund.

  • Our first Robotics and Technology Expo was a resounding success according to the children that attended.
For those of you who missed our career fair, you missed an opportunity to be interviewed by companies looking to fill positions now. Johnson & Johnson, WellPoint, Merck, and HP were a few of the companies represented. If you did not attend the conference it's not too late to add your resume to the BDPA resume database.

This was my most rewarding conference and I can't name one single defining moment without trivializing others so I'll just hit on a few.

I was extremely proud when many students told me personally, that I facilitated the "BEST workshop of their conference."

I advised the participants in my workshop to introduce themselves to all of the men and women wearing white uniforms, because they were Officers in the U.S. Navy that wanted to see the caliber of students participating in BDPA programs. Raven Stevenson, from the Columbia, South Carolina chapter, left Raleigh with an $180,000 scholarship which she will use next month at Duke University!

Our chapter received the Chapter of the Year Award for the third consecutive year and the Community Service Award for outstanding achievements and contributions to the mission and objectives of BDPA.

I received the Outstanding President Award for demonstrating a commitment of time, talent, effort and exceptional leadership skills to the National and Local Association. The selection criterion for this award is by vote of all the Chapter Presidents in BDPA.

The Philadelphia students spoke with the Honorable B. J. Penn, Assistant Secretary, United States Navy.

The Philadelphia students met Vice Admiral Harry Harris, USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Communications Networks, and all Naval IT related programs and resources.

I have been nominated and elected as the Vice President of Business Management and President Elect. This means that in 2012 and 2013, I will be the President of the National BDPA organization.

Our sincere thanks go to our hosts Rick Leggett and the Triangle team for providing a chapter sponsored event like no other in BDPA history. The comedians had us laughing out loud and the performance by Jennifer Holliday was spectacular.

If you missed this year's conference you have no excuse to miss it next year. We'll be right here in the City of Brotherly Love and pre-registration for the 2010 conference will open this week. BDPA members may pre-register for $200 until October 31, 2009.

Warm Wishes,
Monique Berry, president
BDPA Philadelphia Chapter

I am very confident that Monique Berry has the vision and passion to move BDPA in a mission-centric direction over the next six years. I encourage all BDPA members and leaders to support her efforts to change the current organizational culture, metrics and results.

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