FALL IS IN THE AIR….
BDPA Cincinnati Chapter
We start the month of November having just completed the 2016 Strategy and Planning session under the direction of Vice President, Strategy and Planning, Norman Phillips, (Procter & Gamble) during the last week of October. The volunteer leaders of the chapter have a clear vision and focus on delivering programs and engaging opportunities for BDPA members and the communities in which we live for 2016! The execution plan for 2016 was thoroughly vetted by the volunteer leaders and agreed upon as a solid plan to execute towards in delivering greater value to our members and the community at large. 2016 is going to be just as exciting if not more so than 2015! Staying connected to all that the chapter will execute upon is the watchword of the day!
The BDPA Cincinnati Chapter continues to sit atop of the National BDPA list as the LARGEST BDPA Chapter in the nation for its 7th consecutive month! Congratulations to all as each of you make this chapter great. I do hope you are engaged with the chapter in not only your membership, but what you desire from the chapter. We are only as strong as each of your engagement efforts – so let us know how we can help you get more engaged!
Speaking of engagement, If you missed our annual education banquet on October 24th at Receptions, you missed a real treat as we recognized our hard working students from the computer camp and the High School Computer Camp (HSCC) program as well as the incredible volunteers who make the program happen. The hard work of Past President, Brenda Hogan produced an exceptionally well executed program that received many complements on its setup, layout, flow, and engaging opportunities. We had almost 100 registrants and the speaker, LISNR chief executive officer Rodney Williams, was phenomenal! See the photos from this fantastic event here!
As we turn head towards the end of the year, we enter into our bi-annual election cycle! All members should have received an email from the BDPA National website indicating the nomination and election timelines and cycle. I encourage members to nominate or self-nominate for one of the positions if interested and VOTE for the candidates when the election window opens. Meet the candidates at this months program meeting and then cast your vote for the next set of volunteer chapter leaders!!! Stepping forward to lead such a strong organization as the BDPA Cincinnati chapter speaks volumes to the type of leaders you have within our ranks and within the local communities. Thank you for being an active participant in the process.
Our engagement opportunity this month takes place at our program meeting which happens the 3rd Wednesday of every month at Brown Mackie College in Glendale. This month, we have the honor and pleasure of hosting Barbara (Barb) Kruetzkamp, IT Leader in Data Management at GE Aviation who will lead a VERY engaging discussion about BIG DATA on November 18th, 2015.. This promises to be a VERY exciting and engaging networking opportunity you do not want to miss! Register today as these events are expected to sell out. Oh, and when you come to the program meeting, BE SURE TO BRING YOUR RESUME! There are always two or more recruiters in the room ACTIVELY seeking candidates for employment. Attending a program meeting could be just the game changing activity you have been looking for!
Also for engaging, Dr. Tyra Oldham, LANDSds, CEO, is planning to host a special interest group discussion on SMARTGird Technologies. Are you interested in participating in the discussion and getting in on the ground floor to this dynamic shift in digital engagement? Are you looking for an entrepreneurial opportunity? Be a part of the discussion and contribute to the future direction of the group. Reply to pm-SIG.firstname.lastname@example.org to receive more information about this session.
Lastly, how are you feeling about your membership? Did I mention that YOUR Cincinnati Chapter continues to hold the TOP SPOT as the largest in the nation out of 47 chapters? Did you receive your most recent issue of Diversity at your home address? Have you had a chance to read through some of the articles? Which article struck a chord with you? Didn’t get your copy? Reach out to the Vice President, Membership Management to make sure we have your correct mailing address in the database. Do you know who the Vice Presidents are for your Chapter? Do you know how to reach any of the board members? When was the last time you visited the BDPA National website at www.bdpa.org? Do you like the changes you see? Do you have any recommendations on how to improve the site or provide more information to our members? We need your engagement! Everyone has something they can contribute to making our chapter even better! Have a little time on your hands (say, 4 – 5 hours a month)? Consider joining the board. There are still a few openings available and we can certainly use your help. Take a look around the chapter home at www.bdpa.org/group/ci and read some of the job descriptions for the positions listed. You will find we are a fun group of professionals that are committed to making a difference in our local communities.
Looking forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events,
Dr. Dalric Webb, President
BDPA Cincinnati Chapter