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Message from BDPA Cincinnati Chapter President (Jan 2017)

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 19, 2017

Shawnda Peterson
Good morning all!

We had a good state of the union session last night.  We were able to sign up three new individuals and hopefully have three move willing to join the organization.  We discussed the national conference taking place in Cincinnati, Ohio during the week of July 26 - July 29.  This is the first time in the 39 years the national conference has been taking place that it has been held in Cincinnati.  This is a great accomplishment not only for our city but for our local chapter.


We have several interests with the media to do stories on several of the initiatives taking place inside of our organization.  I hope everyone on the board will be willing if need to help speak and discuss some of the great things were are doing in the organization and how we are preparing for the conference.  I hope everyone would be able to attend this year.  The cost is $350/members and $450/non-members. and it is a strong possibility that your company will pay for your conference fees.  I put in the request in this morning for me and I hope you do the same. Dr. Dalric Webb will be the local representative for the conference.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to him.

Debbie Sanders on January 11, 2017 stepped up to fill the board position as the VP of Finance.  I would like everyone to please congratulate her on her new position when you have a chance.  Thank you so much Debbie for stepping up in 2017 and we truly appreciate all your work.

We had an open forum with the group and here are some topics the members would like to see this year.  If you know anyone who could possible speak on any of the topics please reach out to Aissatou Guisse.

Potential Topics included:



BDPA Cincinnati Program Meeting


  • Alexa app development 

  • AWS (Amazon Web Services)

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Cybersecurity

  • Datalake

  • DevOps - Mike Lively has volunteer to speak to the group again

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Internet of Things (including security)

  • Linux

  • Mobile application development and deployment

  • Network Security

  • Protecting websites from web scrapers

  • Recruitment Panel - This will be our February monthly meeting

  • Security

I would like a take a moment to thank all board members and members who make an effort to join the monthly meetings.  I truly appreciate it.  I look forward to a good 2017 and hope that we can continue some good work.

Sincerely,
Shawnda Peterson, president
BDPA Cincinnati Chapter
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Twitter: @BDPACincinnati

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Message from the Chapter President (December 2015)

Posted By Dalric L. Webb, Friday, December 4, 2015
Dr. Dalric Webb
Greetings!

As we head into the final month of the year, your BDPA Cincinnati chapter is still going strong and making a positive difference in the communities in which we live and work. From getting more students interested and excited in Information Technology and STEAM related careers, to expanding the networking of STEAM related professionals and improving job opportunities, BDPA Cincinnati Chapter continues to outperform against our goals and objectives. We are on track to end the year holding onto our LARGEST CHAPTER IN THE NATION status with a stretch goal of reaching 300 members by the end of the year! Our membership growth and retention is a direct testament and compliment to the value our members see and receive from being a part of the BDPA Cincinnati Chapter. Thank you to each of our members for your support and participation!

Program Meeting audience
If you missed last month’s program meeting on'Big Data - Friend or Foe?' with our honored guest speaker, Barb Kruetzkamp (GE Aviation), you missed a VERY informative session with EXCELLENT networking engagement and potential job opportunities. There were several organizational leaders in attendance as well as several recruiters actively seeking candidates for open jobs. Our program meetings are rapidly becoming known as THE place for IT/STEM connections to happen! Be sure to RSVP to attend this month’s program meeting on 'The Challenges of IT in Sub-Saharan Africawith our special guest speaker, Russell McMahon (University of Cincinnati). 


Na'Shawnda Peterson
As this is my final message as the BDPA Cincinnati Chapter President, let me take a moment to thank ALL the volunteer leaders of the chapter, the sponsors and supporters, corporate executives, and organizational recruiters who have put forth their time, talent, and treasure to make the BDPA Cincinnati Chapter such a well-run, effective, and impact organization! It has been a humble honor to be a part of this wonderful team of volunteers! To the incoming President,Na'Shawnda Peterson, we have put together a strong structure of documented processes for the chapter operations and have begun engaging several promising community and organizational partnerships for an even greater positive community impact in 2016 and beyond!

Lastly, how are you feeling about your membership? 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 National BDPA website?  We need your engagement! Everyone has something they can contribute to making our chapter even better!  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!

Sincerely,
Dr. Dalric WebbPresident
BDPA Cincinnati Chapter

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Message from the Chapter President (November 2015)

Posted By Dalric L. Webb, Friday, November 13, 2015

FALL IS IN THE AIR….

 

BDPA Cincinnati Chapter

 

Greetings BDPA!

 

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.cincy@bdpa.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,

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Dr. Dalric Webb, President

BDPA Cincinnati Chapter

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Message from the Chapter President (October 2015)

Posted By Dalric L. Webb, Monday, October 5, 2015
Greetings BDPA!

As we begin the 4th quarter of 2015, your BDPA Cincinnati Chapter is still GOING STRONG! The leadership team has held several key strategic meetings with sponsors and supporters in the last month to build and sustain chapter operations, improve the way the chapter operates and return value to our members, sponsors and supporters. Most important, our chapter seeks to drive improvements into the programs we deliver that improve the diversity numbers in STEM “from the classroom to the boardroom”.

BDPA Cincinnati continues to sit atop of the National BDPA list as the LARGEST BDPA Chapter in the nation for its 6th 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, I hope you are planning to show your support by either attending our upcoming Education Banquet on October 24, 2015 at Receptions Conference Center.  Our keynote speaker for the evening will be LISNR chief executive officer Rodney Williams. You can purchase a ticket or buy an ad in our program booklet. Brenda Hogan (Duke Energy) is again leading our annual recognition ceremony highlighting the students who committed themselves to over 28 weeks of hands-on training EVERY SATURDAY and went on to compete in the National BDPA National High School Computer Competition championship held a few weeks ago in Washington DC. Also, we take some time at this education banquet to recognize the hard working volunteers who make this chapter so successful! Please be a part of this celebration. It is a great night of networking and appreciation for our efforts at making a difference in the lives of many in our communities. I hope to see you there.

As we turn towards the fall, the BDPA leadership team is planning ahead for 2016! Under the direction of Vice President, Strategy and Planning, Norman Phillips (Procter & Gamble), the team has scheduled the 2016 Strategy and Planning meeting for October 25, 2015. At this planning session, the team will put together the short and long-term planning that will take the BDPA Cincinnati Chapter to the next level of impact in our community! Under the careful leadership of our President-Elect Na'Shawnda Peterson (GE Aviation), our chapter is poised to increase the impact of our operations in 2016. All are welcomed to attend, however your RSVP is required to properly account for food. If interested in attending, pleasesend me an email to confirm your attendance.

 

Another engagement opportunity is the program meeting which happens the 3rd Wednesday of every month at Brown Mackie College in Woodlawn. This month, we have the honor and pleasure of hosting Vince Kilian  (Marxent) to discuss 'The Future of Augmented and Virtual Reality' on October 21, 2015. Marxent is the leader in virtual reality and augmented reality product visualization for sales and marketing. 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!

 

Finally, how are you feeling about your membership? Did I mention that YOUR local chapter is the largest in the nation out of 47 chapters? Did you receive your most recent issue of Diversity Comm 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 our VP-Membership Management to make sure we have your correct mailing address in the database. Do you know the Vice Presidents for your Chapter?Do you know how to reach any of the board members? When was the last time you visited the National BDPA website atwww.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 (less than 5 hours per month) on your hands? 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 available leadership positions. You will find we are a fun group of professionals committed to making a difference in our local communities.

Looking forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events!

Sincerely,
Dalric WebbPresident
BDPA Cincinnati Chapter

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Message from the Chapter President (September 2015)

Posted By Dalric L. Webb, Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Greetings BDPA!

Our HSCC Team, Team CHAOS (Cincinnati Holds All Opposition Speechless), went toe-to-toe with 16 other chapter HSCC teams at the 37th Annual National BDPA Conference in Washington DC last month. Under the leadership of Frank Hill, Deborah Prince, and Jared Torrence, the team was well positioned to place and bring home winnings again this year. Regrettably, we didn’t place, however, the team learned a ton along the way and each of the student members are already committed to returning to compete at the38th annual National BDPA Technology Conference which will be held in Atlanta, GA on August 10-13, 2016. I suspect the team will not settle for anything less than a top place in 2016!

Additional technology professionals are welcomed to lend a hand in preparing the students for greater success next year. Please reach out to our VP Member Services,Karen Lipscomb, to see how you can participate and get engaged with helping local Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky students achieve their dreams of being WINNERS IN STEM!


As part of our preparation for another run at the top positions in 2016, we will take an evening on October 24, 2015 to recognize ALL the students and parents who committed themselves to 16 weeks of every Saturday training sessions teaching students about STEM-related topics, professional development, and life skills. Please show your support in not only your attendance, but your financial support in buying tickets for yourself and others to attend and give our hard working students some well-deserved recognition and support. We often TALK about what we want of this younger generation – I’m asking that you DO SOMETHING about these young folks who are living up to our high expectations. I look forward to seeing you there!

And let’s not forget about our upcoming monthly program meeting on September 15th, at our usual location on the beautiful campus of Brown Mackie University! This month we will have the pleasure of having Russell McMahon, Associate Professor of IT at the University of Cincinnati, sharing with us deep knowledge on The Challenges of IT in Sub-Saharan Africa. This will be another engaging and informative session you do not want to miss! Register today as these events are expected to sell out.

Lastly, how are you feeling about your membership? Did you know the Cincinnati Chapter is the largest chapter in the Nation out of 47 chapters? Do you know why the Cincinnati Chapter is the largest chapter? Have you been to a program meeting this year? Have you attended any of the social functions the chapter has put on for your engagement? Do you know 3 or more members of the board who are working to bring value to you for your membership? If most of the answers to these questions is “no”, I’d recommend getting more engaged with your Cincinnati Chapter!

The chapter team is doing great things to make a difference and YOU are a part of that effort. Come out to a program meeting. Meet the students who represent YOU at the National conference on October 24th. You will be pleasantly surprised by what YOUR chapter is doing and the difference the team is making in the lives of not only students, but adult professionals as well. 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!

As always, I solicit your support of YOUR BDPA Cincinnati Chapter. We are a strong team of volunteers, but we can always use more hands to make lighter the load. There are a few more openings on the board, won’t you consider filling one? The time commitment is ~5 hours a month to help improve the number of minorities in the STEM fields “from the classroom to the boardroom”. Will you consider applying your skills, professionalism, and sense of community to the task of strengthening the digital thought Process Leaders of tomorrow through the BDPA organization? Visit our chapter website atwww.bdpa.org/group/ci. and let me know which opportunity best fits your passion.

Looking forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events,

Sincerely,
Dalric Webb, President
BDPA Cincinnati Chapter

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Message from the Chapter President (August 2015)

Posted By Dalric L. Webb, Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Greetings!

As we turn our attention towards the STRONG team of students we are taking to the 37th Annual National BDPA Conference in Washington DC in two weeks, let me take just a moment to offer another acknowledgement to the 2015 Future Leader Award recipients, two of whom are our very ownYaw Asante and Mouhamadou Guisse! Photos from the event are viewable on our chapter website in the photo gallery section. You can also view the event program guide.

Speaking of the BDPA Technology Conference, have you registered? Are you going? Are you planning to attend the career fair? How about theprofessional development workshops? Are you excited about the sponsors and vendors that are supporting this event? Did you know Retired General Colin Powell is the featured speaker this year? Think your personal and professional networking could get a boost out of attendance at this annual premier technology conference? Did you know the focus of this year’s conference is YOU! Specifically “The upcoming technology conference will be focused on how you as an individual in the technology field can be a part of this evolution and embrace the current and upcoming digital landscape”. I do hope to see you there. This is THE place to be the week of August 17th.

As I was reading through my FREE copy of Diversity-in-Action last night, it came to my mind that perhaps all the chapter members of the LARGEST BDPA chapter in the nation were not aware that this free subscription was one of MANY member benefits? Did you receive your complimentary copy of this publication at the mailing address you provided or that you have in your online profile? If not, please contact our VP Membership Management atvpmm.cincy@bdpa.org to make sure we have your proper contact information. This benefit is just one of MANY benefits of your BDPA membership. Take a look at the BDPA membership benefits on the national website.

I do hope to you can join us at this month’s program meeting on August 12th, where Tim Oliver of GE Corporate will lead an interactive and dynamic conversation on “The Cloud”.  Hope to see you there!

We have a few more openings on our board of volunteers. Won’t you consider joining this dynamic team? We can use your support in helping others (and yourself) advance their careers “from the classroom to the boardroom”. Will you consider applying your skills, professionalism, and sense of community to the task of strengthening the digital thought leaders of tomorrow through the BDPA organization? Visit our chapter website at www.bdpa.org/group/ci and let me know which opportunity best fits your passion.

Looking forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events!

Sincerely,
Dalric Webb, President
BDPA Cincinnati Chapter

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Message from the Chapter President (July 2015)

Posted By Dalric L. Webb, Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Hello fellow BDPA Cincinnati members!

We want to welcome those of you who took advantage of the opportunity to renew your BDPA membership for FREE last month! National BDPA president Pamela Sexton allowed any lapsed member a chance to renew their membership for a full year at no cost. Over 60 people took her up on the offer and our chapter retains its title as the LARGEST BDPA CHAPTER IN THE NATION for the third month in a row! Please make a special effort to come out and engage with your fellow chapter members at upcoming program meetings or social events.

We are ROLLING through the summer months and your BDPA chapter volunteers are sweating profusely with the efforts at delivering value to you, our members. How you ask? I’m glad you asked! Let me articulate the ways your volunteers are demonstrating a nice return on investment (ROI).

2015 Computer Camp Students

 

Did you show your support to the two High School Computer Camp teams (one from Cincinnati and one from Indianapolis) that met on June 20th to compete in a Midwest Regional Computer Competition in preparation for the final showdown in DC next month at the 37th Annual BDPA Technology Conference? Certainly you felt obliged to show these bright and rising future technologist some support as they have invested up to 30 Saturdays learning the computing technology skills that not only will make them winners at the National competition, but also make them successful in life – perhaps even providing employment opportunities for another crew of young technologist as they lead companies of their own? The ROI in investing in our youth is priceless.

But perhaps that doesn’t do it for you?

Kevin Murray and Dalric

 

How about attending last month’s program meeting where Cincinnati Bell Chief Information Officer, Kevin Murrayshared his insights on 'The Internet of Things'? Any value in that type of face time and interaction? Does the fact that there are a number of technology recruiters attending each of our program meetings LOOKING TO HIRE, add any more value? How about networking with a room full of your peers, entrepreneurs, movers and shakers in the community? Are your value proposition chords singing yet? No?

Well how about giving back? There are over 25 volunteer board positions within our chapter structure. Each board position plays a critical role in delivering value to our members, our youth and our local community. There are a few vacancies on the board and several volunteering opportunities that do not fill a board seat. Would investing about four (4) hours a month into such a worthwhile cause seem a good investment of your time and energy? Being a part of a powerful and growing team of digital technology professionals that have a strategic plan to improve the number of diverse individuals in the digital technology fields, how is that for a cause you can get behind and run with?

Dr. Tyra Oldham

 

The next opportunity to engage with the chapter and the community is Wednesday, July 15, at the Woodlawn campus of Brown Mackie College. Click here to register for this DYNAMIC session where Dr. Tyra Oldham leads us in a discussion on 'Smart Grid Technology'. As always, our program meetings are open to the public, free of charge AND we provide food and beverages! I hope to see you there. As always, BRING YOUR RESUMEHiring recruiters are ALWAYS in attendance.

Check out our entire calendar of events.  Register to attend any of our events. Keep an eye out for the announcement of our Annual Education Banquet in a few months! We need you there in support! Also, please share your input and feedback on these events and any others you would like to see or participate in. We value your opinion and recommendations.

That’s all I have for now. I’m excited about how well the chapter is doing in executing to our strategic plan laid out by the board last year. We have a strong team that can only get stronger with your active participation. Thank you to all the volunteers who have stepped forward and continue to give just a little bit of time that adds up to the chapter making big things happen! You are all AWESOME and I am proud to be a part of this team.

 

Looking forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events!

Sincerely,
Dalric WebbPresident
BDPA Cincinnati Chapter

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Message from the Chapter President (June 2015)

Posted By Dalric L. Webb, Monday, June 29, 2015

Wait for it…….

 

BDPA Cincinnati Chapter

 

Greetings!

 

Yes, June have been a bit HOT and a little cooler than one would expect, but have no fear, SUMMER is hear and the days ahead are going to heat up!  Likewise, your BDPA chapter is in full swing with activities planned in the weeks and months ahead.

 

Firstly, in case you missed this month’s program meeting, we had the pleasure of having Kevin Murray, CIO of Cincinnati Bell, chat with us about the FAST MOVING and highly discussed topic of "The Internet of Things"!  It was a well-attended session and the presentation is available for your review at this link.

 

Upcoming next is our July program meeting on 7/15/15 where we have the special honor of having Dr. Tyra Oldham, CEO of LAND sds, leading the engaging discussion on SMART GRID technology.  This is another session you do not want to miss!  As always, all are welcomed and we encourage you to bring a friend.  Register to attend this session by clicking here.

 

Most recently, Karen Lipscomb, VP Member Services and her team will hosted the BDPA Cincinnati Midwest HSCC Regionals in conjunction with the National BDPA Midwest Regionals on June 20th 2015.  Students participated around the nation in this all day technology challenge in preparation for the 3-day competition in Washington DC at the 37th Annual BDPA Technology Conference.  Locally, teams from Indianapolis and Cincinnati went head-to-head with all the students coming out as smarter, better prepared future leaders heading into the national conference.  Frank Hill and Deborah Prince of the VP Member Services team executed a flawless and well run program again this year with almost 20 students competing!  Great job to all the students, parents, and supporters who believe in investing in our youth!  KICK BUTT AT NATIONALS!!!!

  

You can find our entire calendar of events at our groupsite where you can also find the links to register to attend any of our events.  Please share your input and feedback on these events and any others you would like to see or participate in.  We value your opinion and recommendations.

 

Almost all schools are out and the Summer season is slowly rolling in. Be sure to stay closely connected to your BDPA chapter for great opportunities such as the Xavier University Summer STEM Program for Girls or the 2015 Reaching for the Stars Leaders of the Future program.  BDPA in its partnerships within the local community will share information of this nature to our members as soon as it is available.  We hope you find it useful for yourself or for others.

 

NEWS FLASH!!! NEWS FLASH!!!  NEWS FLASH!!!!

CALLING ALL FORMER BDPA MEMBERS!  BDPA NATIONAL PRESIDENT, PAMELA MATTHEWS ANNOUCES FREE RENEWAL OF MEMBERSHIP TO ALL FORMER MEMBERS!  RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP FOR FREE NOW HERE!

NEWS FLASH!!! NEWS FLASH!!!  NEWS FLASH!!!!

 

Lastly, won’t you consider joining the team of volunteers who committee just a few hours each month to making a difference in the lives of minority children and professionals in our local communities?  We can use your help and support to make greater things happen for those who in many cases, just need someone to care and show them a better way.  There are still a couple of opportunities to join the BDPA Cincinnati Board of Directors and volunteer your time and energy towards making a positive difference in the lives of others.  Won’t you step forward to join the team?  Please take a look at the currently vacant positions listed on our chapter landing page at www.bdpa.org/group/ci.  Additional, we have several volunteering opportunities within each of the board committees that might be more of a match for your particular interest in giving back.  Send me an email and let’s chat about it.

 

Looking forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events,

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Dalric Webb, President

BDPA Cincinnati Chapter

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Message from the Chapter President (May 2015)

Posted By Dalric L. Webb, Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Spring has arrived! Hopefully you will be excited at the most recent news about your chapter entering into the second month of this quarter has the LARGEST chapter amongst the 46 BDPA chapters nationwide! Reaching NUMBER ONE status is no simple accomplishment and takes the coordinated efforts of all of our volunteer leaders as well as our ability to deliver programs and activities that are of interest and value to the members of our communities. Congratulations to all!

Our VP-Member Services Karen Lipscomb and her team completed the first phase of our 2015 computer camp program. Over 20 dedicated middle and high school students completed our 13-week (every Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm) program at Cincinnati State Technical College. Congratulations to all the students who participated and to the seven students who will proceed forward into phase two of the program. You can read more about the students and their projects here. We are very much looking forward to the BDPA Midwest HSCC regional being held on June 20, 2015. This event allows our students to practice the skills and techniques to WIN at the national technology conference in August 2015!

Speaking of winning, the June program meeting is one you CERTAINLY do not want to miss featuring Kevin Murray speaking on the 'Internet of Things'! This is another great informative session you do not want to miss! As always, all are welcomed and we encourage you to bring a friend. Register to attend this session by clicking here.

As we turn out attention towards the hot and lazy days of summer rapidly approaching, with school being out for most students, be sure to stay closely connected to your BDPA chapter for great opportunities such as the Xavier University Summer STEM Program for Girls or the 2015 Reaching for the Stars Leaders of the Future program. BDPA in its partnerships within the local community will share information of this nature to our members as soon as it is available. We hope you find it useful for yourself or for others.

Our next social event is the annual BDPA Cincinnati Cookout being held on June 27, 2015. We hope to see you there for this fun and engaging opportunity to meet and greet your fellow BDPA members! Our most recent social event was held at Margaritaville. A fun time was had by all. Check out the pictures and attendee comments by clicking here. You can find our entire calendar of events at ourBDPA Cincinnati Groupsite or to register to attend any of our events. Please share your input and feedback on these events and any others you would like to see or participate in. We value your opinion and recommendations.

There are still a couple of opportunities to join the BDPA Cincinnati Board of Directors and volunteer your time and energy towards making a positive difference in the lives of others. Won’t you step forward to join the team? Please take a look at the currently vacant positions listed on our chapter landing page. Also, we have several volunteering opportunities within each of the business areas that might be more of a match for your particular interest in giving back. Send me an email and lets chat about it.

Looking forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events!

Sincerely,
Dalric Webb, President
BDPA Cincinnati Chapter

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Message from the Chapter President (Apr 2015)

Posted By Dalric L. Webb, Sunday, April 12, 2015
Spring is in the air and the BDPA team of volunteers are busy as bees!

I represented Cincinnati Chapter at the 2015 BDPA Midwest Region chapter president's meeting held in Chicago on March 21-22. The meeting allowed us to leverage best practices, lessons learned and networking with other key leaders including National BDPA president Pamela Mathewsand vice president Mike Williams. As the second largest chapter in the nation (out of 46 chapters) Cincinnati was tapped to host the 2017 Midwest Region president's meeting! We look forward to hosting all the leaders here in the 'Queen City'!

Congratulations to all the students who completed the 12-week computer camp held at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College (CinState)! Your commitment, dedication, determination, and positive attitudes made helping you learn the 'code' of technology that will change the world, an awesome experience for all the instructors! Please visit our computer camp website to see some of the fine work these up and coming technologists have developed. We move on to the second phase of the training program with a smaller team invited to compete in both the regional and national High School Computer Competitions. Our team should be prepared to compete for trophies and college scholarshipsat the 37th annual BDPA Technology Conference in Washington DC.

We had a FANTASTIC 'meet and greet' last month at Margaritaville. The event was well attended and everyone in attendance had a great time. We appreciate BDPA member Malik Spencer for sharing his Salsa line-dancing expertise with our attendees.

BDPA Cincinnati chapter successfully celebrated its 10th Annual Awards Luncheon this weekend! All of the chapter's corporate sponsors from 2014 were recognized. CinState earned the award as '2014 Corporate Sponsor of the Year' -- the highest award given to any corporation. Babacar Guissé was named '2014 Member of the Year' -- the highest award given to any member.
Babacar Guisse

Other winners announced during the event included:
Michael Pulliam (Quest Diagnostics) was named '2014 Director of the Year'
Wayne Hicks (Hicks Enterprises) was named '2014 Executive Officer of the Year'
Frank Hill (Cincinnati State) won the '2014 Community Service Award'
Deborah Prince (xpedx) won the '2014 Spirit Award'

I encourage you to attend our next monthly program meeting on 4/15/15 to join our discussion on '3D Printing: The Promise of Tomorrow'. We will have a 3D printer on hand to provide examples of this new technology. Light refreshments will be available. 

Our board of volunteers continues to grow as we welcomedShelton Graves (North American Properties) on as our chapter's Marketing Department director. Shelton seeks to enhance the marketing presence of the BDPA chapter – making BDPA a household name in Cincinnati. There are still a few more volunteering opportunities that can use your support. Send me an email or  give me a call on (513) 549-6991 and let’s chat about it.

Shelton Graves
2015 is off to a FANTASTIC start! Membership continues to grow with the chapter growing over 200 members during the first quarter of the year. We hope to continue that trend with the active engagement of our members. Remember, this is YOUR organization. What are you looking to get out of it? What are you putting into it to obtain those results? Are you engaged? Did you attend the last program meeting? The last social? The last computer camp session? Have you chatted with President-Elect Shawnda Peterson about her thoughts and plans for her upcoming presidency in 2016-2017? The chapter is ACTIVE in our communities – we’d love to have you be active with us.

Looking forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events!

Sincerely,
Dalric WebbPresident
BDPA Cincinnati Chapter

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