Wednesday, October 28, 2015

BDPA iRadio Show: October 27, 2015 (Gene Waddy, Kyle Rivers, Sharlene Roberson)

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The guest on the October 27th show:

Gene Waddy
Gene Waddy - chief executive officer, Diversant - Gene Waddy was a presenter at the 2015 BDPA Technology Conference. His presentation was thoughtful and it encouraged many BDPA members who were in attendance to prepare to succeed in their career choices. Gene is a visionary entrepreneur and the owner of Diversant. Diversant is the nation's largest Black-owned IT staffing and solutions firm. The company has enjoyed dramatic growth, even during the economic downturn. The company does over $150 million in annual sales. We've asked Gene to share his thoughts on how minority youth can get involved with technology and how they can use it to advance their careers and lives. Gene is very active in a number of organizations, including his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha. He was named a winner of the 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in New Jersey. BDPA iRadio Show listeners enjoyed hearing the insights and observations of Mr. Waddy! You can follow Gene on Twitter -- @Gene_Diversant.

Kyle Rivers
Kyle Rivers - Marketing Webmaster, Bloomfield College - Kyle Rivers is a volunteer instructor at Bloomfield College. The weekly program welcomes students from 24 New Jersey schools and provides instruction in areas such as web development, application development, and database design and development. Kyle trained the high school students who represented BDPA New Jersey in the national High School Computer Competition (HSCC) championship held at the 2015 National Technology Conference. The team came in 5th place winning a Dr. Jesse Bemley Scholarship for their high performance ... the second-highest ranking in the history of BDPA New Jersey chapter! The relationship between BDPA New Jersey and Bloomfield College is unique. Our audience learned more about this strategic alliance. We also learned about Kyle's experience in the training as well as his actual experience in Washington DC during the week of the conference.

Dr. Shar Roberson
Dr. Sharlene Roberson - Program Director, Towson University - Dr. Sharlene Roberson is a long-time member of BDPA. For many years she served as the HSCC coordinator for our BDPA Philadelphia chapter. While working in private industry she continued her education ... eventually receiving her Doctor of Education (Ed.D) degree in Educational Leadership and Organizational Management from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2014 she went to work for Towson University as a STEM Program Director. In that role, she coordinates student success strategies and interventions, such as STEM Programming, expanded tutoring services, one-on-one advising and cohort meetings. She works closely with the STEM Scholars and Towson Opportunities in STEM (TOPS) students. Shar has maintained her membership in BDPA for decades and our BDPA iRadio Show audience would love to hear her story and any advice from her experience working with STEM students at the college level.

We hope you enjoy the insights and commentary on the show from each of these guests. Please take a moment to post a comment to let us know that you care!

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