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The BDPA Insider - September 18, 2011

Posted By Milt Haynes, Sunday, September 18, 2011

The BDPA Insider - September 18, 2011

What better way to start the day than with your weekly message from BDPA!

In this issue:

Geeks Gone Great Chats with National BDPA President Yvette Graham

Job Seekers Forum

BDPA Dallas HSCC Team (2011)

Take Five: Kelly Hill (BDPA Los Angeles)

Why Technology Networks Are Important to African Americans

Job Hunters – A Resource Guide to Landing the Job

Confidence is King: One Day in a Job Search

Microsoft Tour and Demo (BDPA Los Angeles)

Two Simple Questions To Avoid Value-Free Change

Blacks In Technology Podcast #19: Kellep Charles (SecurityOrb.com)

bdpatoday - September 2011 Issue

Click here for the latest issue of "The BDPA Insider":

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Geeks Gone Great Chats with National BDPA President Yvette Graham

Yvette Graham has grown up in Black Data Processing Associates, BDPA, and is currently enjoying the crest of her term as national president of the premiere organization for African Americans in Information Technology.

A BDPA leader since the early 80’s, Yvette Graham has made an indelible impression throughout the organization since her early years of service with the Chicago chapter, up through recent years, to emerge as spokesperson and chief executive officer representing over 40+ chapters across the United States.

I had the opportunity to chat with Ms. Graham, just after the August 2011 BDPA Technology Conference in Chicago. She shares her perspective on attaining success with BDPA as well as key values she ascribes to. It was a very special space shared...

Click here for more:

http://blacksgonegeek.org/YvetteGraham.aspx


Job Seekers Forum

Why is my job search taking so long?

Date: Monday, September 26, 2011

Time: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Central Time, 8:30-9:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Dial-in Number: 1-940-287-4000 (new number)

Participant Access Code: 671366

Click here for more:

http://blacksgonegeek.org/JobSeekerFocusGroup.aspx


BDPA Dallas HSCC Team (2011)

Gilbert Mfitumukiza, Bridget Mfitumukiza, Kiera Robinson and Kayla Rhodes

These are the young people trained by BDPA Dallas chapter to compete in the 2011 national High School Computer Competition (HSCC) championship held last month in Chicago.

BDPA Dallas created their Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program to expose young people to the fields of computer science and IT. The chapter seeks to increase the understanding and accessibility of science, technology, engineering and math in historically disenfranchised communities. The SITES curriculum focused on industry standard programming languages, problem-solving techniques and conceptual design.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/09/bdpa-dallas-hscc-team-2011.html


Take Five: Kelly Hill (BDPA Los Angeles)

BDPA is proud of its efforts to advance the careers of its members from 'the classroom to the boardroom'. One of real-life examples of that effort can be seen embodied in the person of Kelly Hill. Kelly is a Clark Atlanta University graduate (Class of 2008) who currently works for Lockheed Martin.

As a youngster Kelly represented BDPA Los Angeles chapter in the national high school computer competitions held in Chicago (2001), Orlando (2002) and Philadelphia (2003). She is a positive example of the power of our student information technology education & scholarship (SITES) program. Kelly was kind enough to participate in our Take Five interview series.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/09/take-five-kelly-hill-bdpa-los-angeles.html


Why Technology Networks Are Important to African Americans

by Kai Dupé

The lack of support networks has been identified as a critical aspect to involving more African Americans in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). While I agree that this is very important, I do not agree that African Americans lack technology support groups. I assert that the problem is that the African American community at large is not aware of the networks that do exist.

There are three that I have worked with over the years. I am sure there are others and I am even more certain that most of our people, particularly our young people are not aware of these groups. I know this because I do quite a bit of public speaking around the country. When I ask students if they are familiar with The Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA), BiTWiSE, or Blacks In Technology the answer is invariably no.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/09/why-technology-networks-are-important.html


Job Hunters – A Resource Guide to Landing the Job

Samantha, a student at the Coastal Academy in California, found a really nice resource website for job seekers. It’s got links to resources and tips on resume/curriculum vitae, cover letter, interview etiquette, follow-up, career websites and staffing agencies. Thanks Samantha!

Finding a career you enjoy is a worthwhile endeavor, but it does take some legwork on your part to get the job of your dreams. Today’s employers want to get a comprehensive look at their potential employees before they make a hiring decision. As a job seeker, understanding the information that businesses are looking for can mean the difference between getting hired and just adding your resume to their files. It is essential to understand the process and know where to look for the job that will be the right fit for you.

Click here for more:

http://www.businessdegree.net/resources/job-hunters-a-resource-guide-to-landing-the-job/


Confidence is King: One Day in a Job Search

One day a call will come from a networking friend. Someone I’ve shared coffee with and someone who knows my job search objectives. Turns out that a job has opened up with one of my target companies.

One day my resume will be walked into a hiring manager whose eyes will sparkle as they read about my background.

One day I will get a call from that same company who thinks I might be a good fit for their new position. They will be right.

Click here for more:

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2011/09/09/confidence-is-king-one-day-in-a-job-search/


Microsoft Tour and Demo (BDPA Los Angeles)

We encourage all of our BETF-Blog readers in Southern California to join BDPA Los Angeles chapter on October 4, 2011 for a tour of the newly opened Microsoft Store in the Westfield Century City Mall. Join the chapter's leadership as they check out the latest technologies from Microsoft and network with others.

The tour will include a personal demonstration of the new Windows 7 phone.

Microsoft Tour and Demo:

October 4, 2011

7:00 - 8:30 pm (PST)

Westfield Century City Mall

10250 Santa Monica Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90067

You can click here to RSVP for the tour:

http://bdpala-oct2011.eventbrite.com/


Two Simple Questions To Avoid Value-Free Change

Posted on September 17, 2011 by Mark E. Calabrese

Often times we’re tempted to add new processes, new templates or tools, modify existing procedures, re-organize – you name it. Sometimes such changes are called for, but other times they’re performed for the sake of performing them. Change for its own sake is never good. It can be a drain on time, resources and on morale.

When confronted with such ideas – whether your own or from others – try asking these two simple questions:

Click here for more:

http://mecmusings.com/2011/09/17/two-simple-questions-to-avoid-value-free-change/


Blacks In Technology Podcast #19: Kellep Charles (SecurityOrb.com)

This blog seeks to support the efforts of the Blacks In Technology folks as they interview remarkable IT professionals of color.

In this podcast Greg Greenlee along with guest co-host Ronnie Hash, speak with IT Security consultant and guru Kellep Charles. Kellep operates and is also an IT Security consultant for SecurityOrb, an information security knowledge based website for security members. The flows into information security, latest data security threats and an interesting review of the log management tool Splunk.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/09/blacks-in-technology-podcast-19-kellep.html


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