Friday, January 10, 2014

Message from Cincinnati Chapter President

Dalric Webb
I would like to thank Clarence Larcarte and his powerful support team for their “job well done” efforts executing the strategic plan developed by the team over the last two years. Clarence and his team have not only laid the foundation for continued success and growth of the Cincinnati chapter, but have developed and strengthened relationships with corporate sponsors and other powerful individuals in the technology communities we live in that can only further grow and support the mission of this wonderful organization.  Under Clarence’s leadership, the Cincinnati chapter moved from 10th largest chapter within the National BDPA rankings to the 5th largest chapter in the nation while re-establishing the chapter’s reputation as one of delivering exceptional ROI value for our members and supporters.

I endeavor to continue the outstanding work Clarence has started by continuing the outstanding Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship program efforts; reconnecting with the Black Family Technology Awareness Week program; enabling additional scholarship opportunities; improving our monthly program meeting offerings; implementing value added professional development workshops; and building and strengthening both our corporate and professional networks. I also look forward to input from our members as to how our chapter can better serve their needs – and how they want to get involved in our mutual success. There are several vacancies on our board for leaders to step forward and join our team.

I endeavor to increase active membership through a concentrated focus on Special Interest Groups that will build or expand existing relationships with local institutions of higher learning from the high school level to the college level. We are actively seeking interested members to participate in our programs and committees as a means of discovering the true power of networking and of being a BDPA Cincinnati member.

Working closely with both our VP-Finance and VP-Fund Raising, I will insure our chapter is fiscally sound and seek additional opportunities to expand our fundraising work and corporate sponsorship to insure the chapter has a steady flow of income to fund its programs, scholarships and services. We strongly encourage member participation in any chapter fundraising events or activities.

I will work to strengthen and grow our current partners and sponsors, working closely with our Corporate Advisory Council and will look to establish new relationships with Technology and New Media companies. BDPA Cincinnati strives to grow stronger as a premier resource for employers’ pool of talent for Technology jobs.

And of course, a short note about our members. BDPA chapter members are the lifeblood of our organization and we earnestly seek and request your active participation to help us expand and grow our organization to the next level. The sky is the limit when we put our collective mental capacity to work on our common goals. Together Everyone Achieves More! There are a still a few open positions on our board and we encourage members to consider joining the team. We have lofty goals and plenty of work to do. More hands make lighter the work load so we welcome and encourage your support. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and participation.

Finally, I want to personally thank Dr. Prince Ellis (Brown Mackie College), Ernest Gause (Luxottica Group), April Gillespie (Starseed Consulting), Steve Gutter (The Kroger Company), Wayne Hicks (Hicks Enterprises),  Frank Hill (Cincinnati State College), Clarence Larcarte (Procter & Gamble), Yolanda Lauderdale (Hewlett-Packard), Patrick Nelson (Unique Expressions Management Services), Joseph Parker (Procter& Gamble), Deborah Prince (XPEDX) and Braxton Washington (Procter & Gamble) . These are the individual who have built the strong chapter over the last two years that I now take leadership of. Thank you all and again, a JOB WELL DONE!

The New Year is off to a great start. Wishing each and every one of you a blessed New Year!

Dalric Webb, president
BDPA Cincinnati Chapter
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