Wednesday, July 3, 2013

President Profile: Carmen Giles (BDPA Milwaukee)

BDPA Milwaukee was founded in 2006. It is a chapter that has struggled to get traction for most of its existence. However, all of that may be changing in 2013 under the leadership of its current president -- Carmen Giles.

Carmen Giles, President
BDPA Milwaukee Chapter

6631 W. Glenbrook Road
Milwaukee, WI 43223
(414) 460-2542

Carmen Giles is the 'corporate champion' for BDPA with MillerCoors. During sponsorship discussions Carmen realized that BDPA Milwaukee chapter was dormant. Carmen believes that technology should be accessible to a broad number of people in our community. She recognized that BDPA could be a vehicle to advance provide greater opportunities in the information technology industry for the greater Milwaukee area. As such, she agreed to take the lead in reviving the local chapter.

Carmen volunteered to be the chapter president until the chapter can conduct proper elections and install a full body of officers. Carmen’s leadership will be instrumental in taking the BDPA through a business transformation that will elevate and sustain the local chapter in Milwaukee. A major challenge facing BDPA Milwaukee chapter will be in attracting and retaining members. That challenge is being met head-on by the business and community leaders recruited by Carmen to grow the chapter.

Carmen’s vision and mission for the BDPA Milwaukee Chapter is simple:

Carmen's Favorite Quote: "Nothing great is every accomplished alone." ~ Nina Crawford (1906-1975)

Carmen has over 20 year of managing diverse engagements, program management, and technical initiatives for enterprise level Information Technology. She has qualifications which include: portfolio and environment management, teaching and training of ERP software applications, business analysis and design, and software programming. She has held leadership positions such as Release, Integration, Application, and Information, and Program Manager.

Currently, Carmen is the SAP Center of Excellence (COE) Manager for America’s Best Beer Company, MillerCoors. In this role, she is responsible for overall SAP functional and technical design, environment management, and integration within the SAP COE along with identifying and developing process and solution improvement opportunities, and most importantly, attracting, developing, and retaining the best diverse employee talent. Carmen also oversees the tutoring program at MillerCoors.

Carmen graduated with honors and earned a Master of Business Administration in Global Management and she earned her Bachelor in Science in Mathematics. She has numerous certifications in SAP, DB2, Sarbanes-Oxley, leadership development, and project management. Carmen is a certified Project Manager and has experience in managing various projects across multiple platforms using a number of tools and methodologies.

Carmen is an active member of many organizations, including: National BDPA, National Black MBA Association, Project Management Institute (PMI), PMI Milwaukee Chapter, Dallas Texas Chamber of Commerce, SAP America User Group, American Management Association, National Association for Professional Women and MillerCoors Employee Affinity groups.

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