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Call for Proposed Bylaw Amendments

Posted By Judaea Y. Lane, Monday, February 3, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, February 5, 2014

CALL FOR PROPOSED BYLAW AMENDMENTS

 

Happy February and Happy Black History Month!     First, we want to thank you for your continued support of NBDPA.  The Board Development/Governance and Bylaw Committee (BDGBC) needs your feedback.   We need you to submit suggestion(s) for Proposed Bylaw Amendment(s).  

The process is as follows:

•         Review NBDPA Bylaws - please click this  link -

http://www.bdpa.org/?page=Bylaws

•         Upload proposed Bylaw Amendments, please click this link - 

https://bdpa.site-ym.com/?CallProposedBylaw

If there are any questions or problems uploading amendment(s), you are welcome to contact us via email ebc@bdpa.org or phone 301-584-3135..    Between March and April, the BDGBC will attend monthly meeting with your Chapter President and Regional Representative.   If you would like to attend, please reach out to him/her to confirm the schedule date.

We look forward to your feedback and seeing you in August at NBDPA Conference.

 

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The BDPA Insider - September 25, 2011

Posted By Milt Haynes, Sunday, September 25, 2011

The BDPA Insider - September 25, 2011

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

In this issue:

Job Seekers Forum

BDPA iRadio Show - September 27, 2011

Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, 9/21/2011 (BDPA Twin Cities)

President Profile: Allison Aheart (BDPA Hampton Roads)

Take Five: Barbara Allen (BDPA Cleveland)

Obama's Weekly Address: Strengthening the American Education System

bdpatoday - September 2011 Issue

Open Source Tools in a Web 2.0 World (BDPA Atlanta)

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

http://blacksgonegeek.blogspot.com/2011/09/bdpa-insider-september-25-2011.html

Click here for "The BDPA Insider" Archives:

http://www.bdpa.org/?page=BDPA_Insider_Archive


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 iRadio Show - September 27, 2011

The BDPA iRadio Show creates a vibrant communications platform that speaks to all BDPA stakeholders. We have an exciting line-up for our show on September 27.

Todd Q. Adams, Co-owner, Visibility Marketing

Paulette Johnson-Davis, VP-Member Services, National BDPA

Wanda Gray, Chapter President, BDPA Cincinnati

Lahesha Williams, Founder, Career Help for Christians

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/09/bdpa-iradio-show-september-27-2011.html


Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, 9/21/2011 (BDPA Twin Cities)

BDPA Twin Cities Place 5th at National Computer Competition. The Twin Cities Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) Minnesota teams won first and fifth place at the 2011 National BDPA High School Computer Competition, which was part of the 2011 33rd Annual BDPA Technology Conference held August 3-6 in Chicago.

The members of the High School Computer (HSCC) team were Cedric Cyrus (Como HS), Samantha Spears (Woodbury HS), Jorian Wulf (St. Paul Central HS) and Douglas Callahan (St. Paul Central HS). The Twin Cities Chapter High School Competition Team took fifth place out of 45 teams. The Rochester team won first place, Detroit team placed second, Columbus, Ohio team placed third, and the Atlanta team placed fourth.

Click here for more:

http://www.spokesman-recorder.com/?p=6269


President Profile: Allison Aheart (BDPA Hampton Roads)

BDPA Hampton Roads chapter was founded in February 2009. It is one of the youngest chapters in BDPA with only two chapter presidents in its history. The current chapter president is Allison Aheart.

Allison Aheart has over 14 years of leadership and management experience in corporate and non-profit business environments with special focus on budgeting and resource management, business process improvement, technology implementation, business & research analysis, software application management & administration, and project management across multiple disciplines. She is diplomatic, an effective communicator, a problem solver, a relationship builder, and brings value to any leadership team.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/09/president-profile-allison-aheart-bdpa.html


Take Five: Barbara Allen (BDPA Cleveland)

BDPA is transitioning its governance to include regional representatives. Barbara Allen became the first-ever BDPA Midwest Regional Vice President when she won the election held last month at the national conference in Chicago.

Barbara moved to Cleveland in January 2007 after spending the previous 27 years in northern California. She served as an officer in the past for both BDPA Bay Area and BDPA Cleveland chapter. We asked Barbara to share her insights as part of our 'Take Five' interview series.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/09/take-five-barbara-allen-bdpa-cleveland.html


Obama's Weekly Address: Strengthening the American Education System

President Obama explains that states will have greater flexibility to find innovative ways of improving the education system, so that we can raise standards in our classrooms and prepare the next generation to succeed in the global economy.

I think that President Obama is absolutely correct when he talks about the need for us to significantly improve our educational system if America ever hopes to 'win the future'. It is disappointing to hear the Republican presidential candidates talking about abolishing the Department of Education. Don't they understand that our nation's future is tied to the improved competitiveness and education of our young people?

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/09/obamas-weekly-address-strengthening.html


bdpatoday - September 2011 Issue

bdpatoday, BDPA Washington DC
bdpatoday

(September 2011 Issue)
http://www.bdpatoday.org/11/SEP11-Newsletter_Final.pdf

Open Source Tools in a Web 2.0 World (BDPA Atlanta)

PHP! MySQL! Joomla! Drupal! Wordpress! What are these Open Source tools that have taken the online world by storm? How do they relate to the Blogosphere? What is their role in Web 2.0? How can adopting an open source strategy affect your company's IT road map? How can an IT professional personally migrate from novice to experienced practitioner?

Join us as noted IT entrepreneur Andre' Barnes defines these topics and more during an informative and interactive session on Wednesday, September 21, 2011.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/09/open-source-tools-in-web-20-world-bdpa.html


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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:

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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


bdpatoday - September 2011 Issue


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Geeks Gone Great Chats with National BDPA President Yvette Graham

Posted By Milt Haynes, Saturday, September 17, 2011

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...

BGG: Madame President, what would you like to share regarding how your experiences as a young person helped to shape the woman and leader you are today?

YG: Well I’ve been fortunate every step of my journey to have the help of special people who are close to me. Right out of school I was fortunate enough to land a position with Allstate, which would prove to be a career defining move. It was actually at Allstate where I received my first exposure to BDPA. I found out about the corporate chapter there, and was asked to be a guest speaker to present on "DB2 Relational Databases”. I had no idea then that I would dare to achieve the many successes I’ve enjoyed with BDPA. BDPA helped me to be a stronger professional and leader at Allstate. But I must also credit my strong church background as an early influence that shaped who I am. And I would be remised if I did not speak of the support that I have received from my husband. For 25 years, he has supported me throughout my journey of who I am today. So you see I’ve had strong support systems along the way that have helped me to learn and grow.

BGG: A strong support system is everything….and you have given us an idea of how you were able to embrace your success. Who would you say has been your greatest inspiration from a mentor perspective?

YG: In terms of a mentor role, as far as corporate America goes, I have to say there is a gentleman from my church who provided many years of guidance and mentoring. In fact I admire this person so, because he is one of the first African American officers at
Comm Ed. He worked very hard to come up through the ranks to become an executive. He is the type of person who believes in giving back and therefore helped to mentor me professionally. He has given me a great deal of advice, for example something so simple like learning from the good habits of people. I have learned how to observe others as well. To this day I can refer to the "toolkit” created in my mind that holds those handy tips that I can use when I need to.

I also can thank my personal mentor, my mother, who really instilled in me the value of being a lady. No matter the situation, she instructed me to always be a lady – from dressing like a lady, to behavior. It’s been something that I’ve carried out, and it works for me. I don’t try to be someone other than who I am in any circle I travel in. Although I interact with a largely male population, I conduct myself in a manner that people can respect.

BGG: For anyone who does not know, let’s talk about the many roles you’ve held with BDPA over the years. Tell us about your evolution and also the work that launched you to another level?

YG: I had chaired the AllState Corporate Chapter, which I have to say was a wonderful introduction to the senior officers at my company. My management was committed to invest in my development and has been extremely supportive through the years.

The number 1 thing I was so passionate to accomplish was the work to help our young people. In fact, BDPA created a position just for me, which was centered on college students. This presented my first really big introduction to corporate America, having to create a national internship process. All of these resumes started rolling in, from all over the United States, mind you, and I had to articulate to corporate CIO’s and the like, the value of our program and help to place these students. I stayed actively involved with all stakeholders to create a strong model for this program. Eventually National BDPA asked to take over the program which was the SIP (Student Internship Program).

The work I was able to accomplish there, paved the way for my leadership role with Chicago. I continued to learn and develop, with the support and backing of my company to evolve into a stronger leader, both where BDPA was concerned and also as a director at Allstate. As president of Chicago chapter, I started attending national board meetings and began to identify where I could help and a new level within the National organization, and the rest as they say is history.

BGG: As a wife, mother of a college senior, church leader, and leader in corporate America, you are responsible for so much, on top of being president of a national organization, which requires a rigorous travel schedule, countless appearances, chairing untold board meetings, etc. What advice would you impart for such success for others with high ambition?

YG: I learned very early to balance, but I also have the help of many great people who do wonderful work. Who you have on your team is very important for your success. I would say building relationships is so important, I can’t say enough about the value of good relationships I continue learning many things from observation. And whenever I am faced with major decisions, I don’t make a move without weighing all the circumstances and without prayer.

Towards the end of my presidency with National BDPA, I can say that I’ve grown mentally and spiritually. My time in office was met with many challenges and opportunities that have stretched me. I’ve learned so much and I’m not even the same person I used to be. And it’s funny, but I really never thought that I would be national president; I had no ambitions towards being national president of BDPA.

BGG: Really??! It seems with the various roles you’ve held at the local Chicago level, and then moving on to hold offices at the national level, that it would be a logical transition to position to run for higher office?

YG: No, never did I think of it. I’ll tell you. I had worked with so many people along the way - I knew so many people across the organization (nationally) that 6 different chapters nominated me for national president, including Chicago. I looked at the situation from the point of the opportunity was presenting itself to me. But before I made one move, I weighed it. I had conversations with my husband, I discussed with my Chicago Chapter leaders, and I discussed with my All State organization. I had the backing and support of all three. If I had not had the encouragement of any one of them, I would not have run!

BGG: Every president has a legacy. BDPA has existed since 1975, now for the first time, starting in 2012 the regionalization of chapters, will be attributed to your administration, correct? What challenges were overcome to deliver this major organizational change effort?

YG: This is correct, although the research and initial analysis on moving the organization to a regional model took place under the prior administration (which I was a part of), it was this administration that moved it forward by including it within our 2010-2011 Strategy where a team was pulled together to: 1) design the bylaws to support Regionalization; 2) define the breakout of chapters aligned to the four regions; and 3) finalize the stage of electing the Regional Vice Presidents and Regional Directors during this past delegates meeting held in Chicago.

As far as challenges, I would have to say it centered on communication. Change is very difficult for everyone, but to overcome that change we had to ensure that we were communicating the right message to the right people at the right time. As a leadership team, we had to be sure that we provided a message for the local chapter presidents, for the local chapter "incoming presidents”, as well as being available to discuss this with all members of the organization.

Finally, because this new model was starting under our incoming president, Monique Berry, we decided that she should be the voice of this change since it will be led by her. This gave BDPA the opportunity to begin hearing from Monique, instead of me. I believe all of this helped with the implementation of Regionalization.

BGG: What are the greatest advantages to regionalization and what are the important nextstepsmembers can look forward to?

YG: The greatest advantage of regionalization is that more focus can be placed on the needs of chapters. Under the current structure of BDPA, it is expected that the National Executive Committee would be able to design programs that would support our 40+ chapters. This was a great model in the 70s and 80s, because we were a growing organization without as many chapters. Now that we have grown, to better serve our chapters, we needed to put leaders in place that support the needs of the chapters within a region (for example the programs needed on the east coast could be completely different that the programs needed for the Midwest).

BGG: So, what’s next for Yvette Graham?

YG: I really don’t know!! There’s a lot of talk and speculation around my next move, to be honest, I really haven’t fully processed that yet. I’ve had a very full term as national president with so much activity going on, and I even served as Chair of my church’s 90th Anniversary Program last year, in addition to everything else going on in my life! There wasn’t any time to think about what will come next for me. I do know that at some point I would like to hold a corporate board seat, but as for right now, I’m just enjoying my time! I will just say I’m having fun considering the possibilities!

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The BDPA Insider - September 11, 2011

Posted By Milt Haynes, Sunday, September 11, 2011

The BDPA Insider - September 11, 2011

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

In this issue:

Job Seekers Forum - September 12, 7:30 pm Central

Top Three (3) Ways to Build Your IT Community

BDPA iRadio Show - Youth Technology Camp Students (August 25, 2011)

BDPA Philadelphia HSCC Team (2011)

How Many Mobile Apps are Produced by African-Americans?

Congressional Black Caucus: 'African Americans Joining the Leading Edge of the High Tech Boom'

6 Tips to Make a Great Impression in an Interview

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http://blacksgonegeek.blogspot.com/2011/09/bdpa-insider-september-11-2011.html

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Job Seekers Forum - September 12, 7:30 pm Central

Agenda:

Introductions

--Come prepared with your elevator pitch!

Discussion Topics:

--The Pierson Method--Job Search Work Teams (http://www.highlyeffectivejobsearch.com/teams-orgs/jobsearchworkteam.htm)

--Q&A

Bring your tough job search questions to the meeting.

Roundtable:

--Good News

--Upcoming events

--Volunteer Opportunities

Date: Monday, September 12, 2011

Start Time: 07:30 PM Central Daylight Time, 8:30 PM Eastern

End Time: 08:25 PM Central Daylight Time, 9:25 PM Eastern

Dial-in Number: 1-213-289-0500 (Los Angeles)

Participant Access Code: 671366

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http://blacksgonegeek.org/JobSeekerFocusGroup.aspx


Top Three (3) Ways to Build Your IT Community

September 6th, 2011

By Ricardo Wilkins

As IT Professionals, we spend many years developing our crafts and investing in our careers. Along the way, we have all been fortunate enough to get help from many sources, including colleagues and mentors who decided to take the time to share their knowledge and experience with us.

As a result, we grow in our profession. Most of us inevitably ask the question – what can I do to give back and make the same investment in others someone made in me? Fortunately, there are many ways in which we can ‘return the favor’ in the IT Community while making a positive impact on our industry.

Click here for more:

http://www.itmartini.com/columbus/stories/ways-of-giving-back-to-the-it-community/


BDPA iRadio Show - Youth Technology Camp Students (August 25, 2011)

BDPA iRadio Show host Franne McNeal hosted a Special Edition of the Internet radio show that featured student participants in the 2011 BDPA Youth Technology Camp (YTC) held last month in Chicago. This annual event provides interactive, hands-on workshops, seminars, and activities for students seeking to gain valuable exposure in leading edge technology topics. This event gives students the opportunity to network with young entrepreneurs and other youth from around the country who are pursuing academic and professional futures in the computer technology industry.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/09/bdpa-iradio-show-youth-technology-camp.html


BDPA Philadelphia HSCC Team (2011)

L-R: William Morgan, Samuel Gonzalez, Brian Stempin (trainer), Norman Morrison, Hayward West (chapter president) and Pedro Soto

The Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program hosted by our BDPA Philadelphia chapter covers a variety of topics in the world of information technology. Instruction is provided in creating databases using MySQL, programming, Java, Linux and web development. The training not only prepares students to compete in regional and national competitions, but also provides them with skills in team building that can be valuable as they enter into the workforce.

Click here for more:

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


How Many Mobile Apps are Produced by African-Americans?

Article by Kai Dupé, Cross-posted from Atlanta Post

There are over 425,000 mobile apps available on Apple’s App Store for the iPhone. The Android Marketplace now has well over 30,000 apps for their devices. According to the website TechCrunch, there has been more than 1 Billion downloads from the App Store as of April 2009. Here is a question? How many of these apps are produced by African Americans?

I would venture to guess we are producing very little. Mobile phones are the most ubiquitous way people communicate and interact with information. With more than 5 billions users communicating and interacting on these devices, the lack of African Americans producing mobile apps has to change.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/09/how-many-mobile-apps-are-produced-by.html


Congressional Black Caucus: 'African Americans Joining the Leading Edge of the High Tech Boom'

Soulclap to the folks at Black Web 2.0 for letting us know that the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation will dedicate some time in their annual conference to talk about a topic that is increasingly popular by the day, technology. Technology entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, along with members of the African American tech community will take part in the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

During the Annual Legislative Conference, held on September 23rd from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) will host an issue forum, entitled 'African Americans Joining the Leading Edge of the High Tech Boom'.

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http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/09/congressional-black-caucus-african.html


6 Tips to Make a Great Impression in an Interview

Interviews can be daunting, but you can rock them with a little preparation and practice! Not sure how to make a great impression in an interview? Impress your future employer with these interview tips:

  1. Prepare for the interview
  2. Dress well
  3. Arrive on time
  4. Act confident
  5. Ask intelligent questions
  6. Say "Thanks”

Read more on the Simply Hired Blog:

http://blog.simplyhired.com/2011/08/6-tips-to-make-a-great-impression-in-an-interview.html


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The BDPA Insider - September 4, 2011

Posted By Milt Haynes, Sunday, September 4, 2011

The BDPA Insider - September 4, 2011

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

In this issue:

Happy Birthday: Curtis Jenkins

Chronicles of an IT Job Seeker-Job Search is a Team Sport!

Job Seekers Forum - September 12, 7:30 pm Central

Take Five: Jamesetta James (BDPA Greater Columbia)

BDPA Philadelphia Supports Pennsylvania MESA Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

"Should-hood”

Cloud Brokerage is Gaining Ground

Gates Millennium Scholarship Program

Hundreds of U.S. Data Centers Closing

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Happy Birthday: Curtis Jenkins

One of the most accomplished BDPA leaders in our history is Curtis Jenkins. He celebrates his birthday today!

Curtis has been an active member and leader of the BDPA Philadelphia Chapter since 2002. Curtis Jenkins served as the Immediate Past President for 2008 and 2009 and also the Corporate Advisory Council Chairperson for BDPA Philadelphia. In his duties as Immediate Past President, he served as an ambassador, mentor, and voting member of the BDPA Philadelphia Executive Committee sharing his experiences as a President and member of the National Board of Directors for BDPA. As Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) Chairperson, Curtis is primarily responsible for the solicitation of CAC membership, scheduling and facilitating the quarterly meetings, maintaining the CAC Charter and serving as the focal point for information between the CAC and the BDPA Executive Board.

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http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/08/happy-birthday-curtis-jenkins.html


Chronicles of an IT Job Seeker-Job Search is a Team Sport!

by Milt Haynes

This has been an exciting week! I joined a Job Search Work Team where I learned about thePierson Method. Now I'm convinced that finding a job is a team sport. It's like basketball, football and soccer, it takes a group of people working together toward common goals to win on the field.

What is a Job Search Work Team?

A job search work team is:

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http://blacksgonegeek.blogspot.com/2011/09/chronicles-of-it-job-seeker-job-search.html


Job Seekers Forum - September 12, 7:30 pm Central

Agenda:

Introductions

--Come prepared with your elevator pitch!

Discussion Topics:

--The Pierson Method--Job Search Work Teams (http://www.highlyeffectivejobsearch.com/teams-orgs/jobsearchworkteam.htm)

--Q&A

Bring your tough job search questions to the meeting.

Roundtable:

--Good News

--Upcoming events

--Volunteer Opportunities

Date: Monday, September 12, 2011

Start Time: 07:30 PM Central Daylight Time, 8:30 PM Eastern

End Time: 08:25 PM Central Daylight Time, 9:25 PM Eastern

Dial-in Number: 1-213-289-0500 (Los Angeles)

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Take Five: Jamesetta James (BDPA Greater Columbia)

Jamesetta James has worked the past few years as the national coordinator of the BDPA Youth Technology Camp (YTC). Earlier this year she provided her review of the 2011 YTC experience in Chicago. She has had a positive impact on hundreds of young people over the years and we thought it would be good to hear from Jamesetta as part of our Take Five interview series:

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http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/09/take-five-jamesetta-james-bdpa-greater.html


BDPA Philadelphia Supports Pennsylvania MESA Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

BDPA seeks to advance the careers of African Americans in the Information Technology (IT) industry from the classroom to the boardroom. An important element of that process is ensuring that our young people have exposure and experience to as many STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs as possible.

As such, it was a no-brainer for our BDPA Philadelphia chapter leadership to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the nationally-recognized Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) initiative in Pennsylvania. MESA is an academic preparation program for K-12, community college and university-level students that was originally created in 1970. The program provides academic support to students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds throughout the education pathway so they will excel in math and science and ultimately attain four-year degrees in STEM fields. The program has successfully been replicated in over a dozen other states.

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http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/09/bdpa-philadelphia-supports-pennsylvania.html


"Should-hood”

Posted on September 2, 2011 by Mark E. Calabrese

A friend of mine out in Baltimore used to tell me, "Should-hood leads to Shit-hood”. This is particularly applicable to those of us in management roles. Whether you’re managing a project, a team or even your own life, focusing on the ‘should’ can be a good thing or a bad thing.

"Should-hood” – the mindset of focusing on what should be – isn’t bad in the right context. Focusing on what ‘should be’ is how we apply our core values to our own words and actions. ‘Should’ is a very powerful mindset…..when applied to oneself. The problem comes when we focus on what ‘should be’ when it comes to the words and actions of others.

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http://mecmusings.com/2011/09/02/should-hood/


Cloud Brokerage is Gaining Ground

by Daryl Plummer | August 31, 2011

All of a sudden, everyone is interested in cloud services brokerage. Well, by everyone, I mean end customers looking for an easier way to integrate cloud computing into their plans and vendors seeking a new set of markets to mine. But no matter the interested party, one thing is clear. The options for doing cloud brokerage are growing steadily.

When we introduced cloud services brokerage in 2009, we described a concept about intermediation between services. The value was in having a third party take on a lot of the work of aggregating, integrating, customizing, or governing (nee managing) cloud services on behalf of the end consumer. In a subsequent update last year, we did a number of reports, including a piece called "Cloud Services Brokerage: Taking Intermediation to the next Level” that described the concept in even more detail. But through all of that, the activity around cloud brokerage remained mostly at the application and platform level of cloud services. Companies like Appirio and Jamcracker were getting a lot of attention for integrating or aggregating cloud services into new application solutions. GXS, Hubspan, and Liaison were among the B2B networks starting to see interest grow – a case study on Mohawk Fine Papers that we recently published illustrates this. And this week, Dell has announced its plans to broker Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics, and other cloud SaaS solutions by aggregating and integrating using the Boomi brokerage enabling technology which they acquired. This is part of the steady growth at the applications level. But now, we are beginning to see the rise of brokerage at the infrastructure level as well.

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http://blogs.gartner.com/daryl_plummer/2011/08/31/cloud-brokerage-is-gaining-ground/


Gates Millennium Scholarship Program

The Gates Millennium Scholarship Program will select 1,000 talented students next year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. The deadline for submitting an application is January 11, 2012.

Scholars will also be provided with personal and professional development through their leadership programs, along with academic support throughout their college career.

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http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/09/gates-millennium-scholarship-program.html


Hundreds of U.S. Data Centers Closing

To save money, the U.S. government will shut down hundreds of data centers across the country and consolidate their services into its remaining data centers. The White House Office of Management and Budget recently announced that it would be shutting down 373 U.S. government data centers by 2012.

Over the last two years, the number of U.S. data centers has quadrupled, and yet they are running at only about 27 percent utilization, according to the Office of Management and Budget. The maintenance costs of these data centers, including backup power supplies, air conditioning, fire-suppression and special security devices, has been astronomical, causing them to consume 200 times more power than the typical office space. By more fully utilizing the remaining data centers, the White House hopes to maintain current service levels while drastically cutting costs

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The BDPA Insider - August 28, 2011

Posted By Milt Haynes, Sunday, August 28, 2011

The BDPA Insider - August 28, 2011

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

In this issue:

Chronicles of an IT Job Seeker - The Pierson Method

BDPA Detroit HSCC Team (2011)

National BDPA Election Results (2012-2013)

Message from Hampton Roads Chapter President

Take Five: Allison Haymore (BDPA Hampton Roads)

Pieces of Gold in Those Job Postings

Job Seekers Forum - August 29, 7:30 pm Central

Help Launch a Student’s Future. Become a Making It Count Speaker.

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Chronicles of an IT Job Seeker - The Pierson Method

by Milt Haynes

I attended a Job Search Work Team (JSWT) meeting and found it very enlightening. The JSWT team follows the Pierson Method found in the book "The Unwritten Rules of the Highly Effective Job Search” by Orville Pierson.

The Pierson Method is a job hunting system that uses a Project Plan and Progress Measurements. It guides you step-by-step through a highly effective job search in three phases:

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http://blacksgonegeek.blogspot.com/2011/08/chronicles-of-it-job-seeker-pierson.html


BDPA Detroit HSCC Team (2011)

Wayne Askew, Daniel Rothchild and Austin Little are the three young squires trained by BDPA Detroit chapter to participate in the 2011 National BDPA High School Computer Competition (HSCC) Championship held in Chicago, IL. They took home the silver medal!

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http://www.bdpa.org/group/DE


National BDPA Election Results (2012-2013)

National BDPA conducted its bi-annual elections earlier this month. Here are election results for the organization's board of directors. The two-year terms of the newly elected board members will begin January 1, 2012. Election results for the National BDPA Board of Directors are as follows.

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http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/08/national-bdpa-election-results-2012.html


Message from Hampton Roads Chapter President

Allison Haymore didn't win the election for National BDPA Vice President ... however, she demonstrated her skills, talents and aspirations in this nomination speech. I hope that she stays on board as a strong chapter president taking BDPA Hampton Roads chapter to unreached heights in 2012 and beyond...

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http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/08/message-from-hampton-roads-chapter.html


Take Five: Allison Haymore (BDPA Hampton Roads)

Allison Haymore is a BDPA leader with vision. She was the founder of a BDPA student chapter when she attended college in Virginia. Currently she serves as the BDPA Hampton Roads chapter president. She was a nominee for the National BDPA Vice President vacancy earlier this month. Although she didn't win the election I think it is fair to say that we will be seeing more of Allison in the coming months and years!

We asked her to become part of the Take Five interview series. Here is what Allison had to say:

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http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/08/take-five-allison-haymore-bdpa-hampton.html


Pieces of Gold in Those Job Postings

fromBDPA Detroit TACbyCliff Samuels Jr

Job Postings are "pieces of gold.” They are your customer’s wish lists.

Any sales person would tell you that in order to sell someone something you have to know what they need.

Read through job postings to find out what your customer (the employer) is looking for – what is the need?

By familiarizing yourself with the language of the job posting you will be able to not only read the words and the content, but you will be able to read between the lines.

Here’s an exercise that will help you find the "gold” and make good use of it once you discover it.

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http://bdpadet-tac.blogspot.com/2011/08/pieces-of-gold-in-those-job-postings.html


Job Seekers Forum - August 29, 7:30 pm Central

Agenda:

Introductions

--Come prepared with your elevator pitch!

Discussion Topics: --Job Seekers Success Mindset Training (part 2)

--Job Seekers Checklist

--Q&A

Bring your tough job search questions to the meeting.

Click here for more:

http://blacksgonegeek.blogspot.com/2011/08/job-seekers-forum-august-29-730-pm.html


Help Launch a Student’s Future. Become a Making It Count Speaker.

Do you enjoy public speaking? Are you interested in helping students succeed in high school, college and beyond? Do you think you have what it takes to empower and entertain? If the answer to these questions is "yes,” then becoming a speaker for Making It Count might be perfect for you!

Making It Count Programs, a division of Monster Worldwide, is the largest public speaking force in the country, and has been providing live, in-school success presentations to more than 2.5 million high school and college students each year since 1998. Their presentations provide students with valuable information on how to succeed in high school, college and career, in an "edutaining” format that includes interactive on-stage activities and audience participation.

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The BDPA Insider - August 21, 2011

Posted By Milt Haynes, Sunday, August 21, 2011

The BDPA Insider - August 21, 2011

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

In this issue:

Job Seekers Forum - August 29, 7:30 pm Central

Review: 2011 BDPA Youth Technology Camp

BDPA Southern Minnesota HSCC Team (2011)

BDPA Twin Cities HSCC Team (2011)

BDPA Cincinnati Students Shine at 2011 BDPA Conference in Chicago

BDPA Middle Tennessee HSCC Team (2011)

NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

Fundraising Tip: How To Bring More Donors To Your Cause

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Job Seekers Forum - August 29, 7:30 pm Central

Agenda:

Introductions

--Come prepared with your elevator pitch!

Discussion Topics: --Job Seekers Success Mindset Training (part 2)

--Job Seekers Checklist

--Q&A

Bring your tough job search questions to the meeting.

Click here for more:

http://blacksgonegeek.blogspot.com/2011/08/job-seekers-forum-august-29-730-pm.html


Review: 2011 BDPA Youth Technology Camp

National BDPA Youth Technology Camp (YTC) coordinator Jamesetta James and her team provided a comprehensive program of hands-on activities and workshops for about 100 middle- and high-school students during the national BDPA conference held earlier this month. Jamesetta has high expectations for BDPA youth. As she wrote,

"I fully expect young IT professionals and entrepreneurs to emerge from this conference. Let me tell you why:

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http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/08/review-2011-bdpa-youth-technology-camp.html


BDPA Southern Minnesota HSCC Team (2011)

These are the smiling faces of the 2011 National BDPA High School Computer Competition (HSCC) Champions. The team hails from Rochester, MN. The gentleman in the middle is Zack Garbow. Zack has been training the BDPA Southern Minnesota chapter HSCC teams for the past decade or so. His teams have now won 6 out of 7 national HSCC championships ... and 5 in a row! Zack shared his HSCC insights on the August 9th episode of the BDPA iRadio Show.

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http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/08/bdpa-southern-minnesota-hscc-team-2011.html


BDPA Twin Cities HSCC Team (2011)

These are members of the 2011 HSCC team trained by BDPA Twin Cities chapter. This team earned Jesse Bemley Scholarships due to their 5th place finish at the 2011 National BDPA HSCC Championship held in Chicago IL.

The members of the team are shown in the above photo (L-R): Cedric Cyrus (Como HS), Samantha Spears (Woodbury HS), Jorian Wulf (St. Paul Central HS) and Douglas Callahan (St. Paul Central HS).

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http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/08/bdpa-twin-cities-hscc-team-2011.html


BDPA Cincinnati Students Shine at 2011 BDPA Conference in Chicago

HSCC Team & Founder Earl Pace

Stock market gyrations, debt ceiling debates and the worries over the upcoming Cincinnati Bengals football season have dominated local headlines in recent weeks. Few in our city were focused on the remarkable achievements of Cincinnati-area high school students in a national computer programming competition, or appreciate the training it takes to excel in this intellectual effort.

So the 13th-place finish of Cincinnati's team (out of 45 BDPA chapters) in the National High School Computer Competition (HSCC) Championship sponsored by BDPA (Black Data Processing Associates) didn't draw a lot of attention. But the four team members went through a comprehensive training program with the local BDPA chapter before they pitted their skills against other teams at the national BDPA technology conference in Chicago.

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http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/08/bdpa-cincinnati-students-shine-at-2011.html


BDPA Middle Tennessee HSCC Team (2011)

These are the BDPA Middle Tennessee student members (C.J. Stewart, Marques Jackson Tabb and Xavier B. Thaxter) who participated in the national High School Computer Competition Championship during the 2011 BDPA Technology Conference in Chicago, IL. [Photo Credit: V. Charlene Christmon]

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http://www.bdpamiddletn.org/


NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

Calling all digital divas, web chix, and coder girls!

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a coalition of more than 200 corporations, academic institutions, government agencies and nonprofits working to increase women’s participation in IT.

NCWIT seeks high-school-level young women to apply for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing! The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women active and interested in computing and encourages them to pursue their passion for technology.

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http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/08/ncwit-award-for-aspirations-in.html


Fundraising Tip: How To Bring More Donors To Your Cause

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is convinced that our cause is a worthy one. After all, if our nation is to win the future then STEM-based programs like we have in 45 cities around the nation are a key component. As such, our challenge is getting IT professionals and other African Americans to see what we're all about. How can we attract more eyeballs to our online message?

I think that the following fundraising tip provides some excellent ideas for getting more donors to check out your nonprofit organization (or local BDPA chapter).

Apply for a Google Grant

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The BDPA Insider - August 14, 2011

Posted By Milt Haynes, Sunday, August 14, 2011

The BDPA Insider - August 14, 2011

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

In this issue:

Message from Columbus Chapter President

Chronicles of an IT Job Seeker

Back by popular demand! Job Seekers Forum-August 15, 2011

BDPA New Jersey HSCC Team (2011)

BDPA New York Honored as 'Chapter of the Year'

BDPA Foundation Announces 2011 Eli Lilly Scholarship Winners

Fundraising Tip: How To Secure Corporate Support

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Message from Columbus Chapter President

Everyone,

I am writing you all to thank you for your support of our High School students that went to Chicago to compete in the National Computer Competition. They placed 3rd in the nationals. This is a record for the BDPA Columbus Chapter. All things are good through God.

We want to keep this momentum going as our chapter is currently in the spotlight and shining. What a wonderful accomplishment to be third in the nation for the national competition. Our students conducted themselves professionally, did well on the written and oral competition and their technical skills impressed the judges. I remember when the students first started out in the program, they were like full of giggles, some were shy with their heads in the clouds.

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http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/08/message-from-columbus-chapter-president.html


Chronicles of an IT Job Seeker

Somebody said I should write a book about Careers in IT and how to succeed in this challenging job market. Maybe I will one day, but until then you'll just have to keep reading my blog posts to stay abreast of the latest happenings. Yeah, that's right, not only has the technology changed dramatically over the last few years, the format for resumes, interviewing styles and job search strategies have changed dramatically too.

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http://blacksgonegeek.blogspot.com/2011/08/chronicles-of-it-job-seeker.html


Back by popular demand! Job Seekers Forum-August 15, 2011

Agenda:

Introductions

--Come prepared with your elevator pitch!

Discussion Topics:

--Job Seekers Success Mindset Training

--Q&A

Bring your tough job search questions to the meeting.

Roundtable:

--Good News

--Upcoming events

--Volunteer Opportunities

Date: Monday, August 15, 2011

Start Time: 07:30 PM Central Daylight Time, 8:30 PM Eastern

End Time: 08:25 PM Central Daylight Time, 9:25 PM Eastern

Dial-in Number: 1-213-289-0500 (Los Angeles)

Participant Access Code: 671366

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BDPA New Jersey HSCC Team (2011)

by Wayne Hicks

I've looked over a number of resumes in my career. However, I must admit that I enjoyed the three resumes that I received from members of the BDPA New Jersey High School Computer Competition (HSCC) team members Matthew Clark, Andrew Hall and Dakari Jones. The three young men were sharing their qualifications with many of the corporations at the BDPA career fair last week in Chicago. I see a bright future for these young men.

BDPA New Jersey chapter's HSCC team members performed well at the BDPA Northeast Regional HSCC Championship held earlier this summer at Bowie State University. The competition consisted of an oral exam, written exam and a problem which required the students to create a web-based programming solution.

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http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/08/bdpa-new-jersey-hscc-team-2011.html


BDPA New York Honored as 'Chapter of the Year'

BDPA New York was awarded the 2011 Chapter of the Year Award at the National BDPA Conference Awards Gala, at the Hilton Chicago, on Saturday, August 6, 2011. The award was presented by BDPA co-founder Earl Pace. Accepting on behalf of the chapter was current BDPA New York chapter president Renetta English, who was both "ignited and inspired" by the win, referring to the 2011 Conference theme: Ignite, Inspire & Empower.

This award goes to the chapter with the best overall Chapter achievements for the previous year in areas such as membership, community service, professional development, and chapter management.

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http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/08/bdpa-new-york-honored-as-chapter-of.html


BDPA Foundation Announces 2011 Eli Lilly Scholarship Winners

The BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF), in coordination with Eli Lilly and Company, is pleased to announce the winner of the fifth annual Eli Lilly and Company Scholarship for BDPA Students. The two winners this year are Jala Cruz, a graduating senior at North Central High School (Indianapolis, IN) and Adwait Walimbe, a rising senior at John Marshall High School (Rochester, MN).

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http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/08/bdpa-foundation-announces-2011-eli.html


Fundraising Tip: How To Secure Corporate Support

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) spends a good deal of our energy trying to ensure that we don't have conflicts with the corporate sales efforts of National BDPA or any of the 45 local BDPA chapters. However, it has become more and more apparent over the past few years that our ability to generate revenues improves exponentially if we find ways to work together.

I think that the following fundraising tip provides some excellent food-for-thought on non-traditional ways that any nonprofit can find support from Corporate America as we continue through these tough economic times.

Pursue In-Kind Donations, Contributed Media and Technical Expertise

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The BDPA Insider - August 7, 2011

Posted By Milt Haynes, Monday, August 8, 2011

The BDPA Insider - August 7, 2011

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

In this issue:

BDPA Columbus earns 3rd Place in national competition!!!

Take Five: Monique Berry (BDPA Philadelphia)

Bemley Scholar Courtney Elzy Heads to Illinois State University

Fundraising Tip: How to Raise Money on Facebook

Facebook Marketing

Reflections on BDPA Dignitaries Reception

Fundraising Tip: How To Raise More Money Online

Fundraising Tip: Map Donations to Impact

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BDPA Columbus earns 3rd Place in national competition!!!

Posted by Ricardo Wilkins on 7 Aug 2011

The results are in! As we close out the 33rd Annual BDPA National Conference and High School Computer Competition, I’m proud to announce that the BDPA Columbus high school team scored THIRD PLACE this year out of 19 participating teams!

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http://www.rixbits.com/2011/08/bdpa-columbus-earns-3rd-place-in.html


Take Five: Monique Berry (BDPA Philadelphia)

National BDPA president-elect Monique Berry has been a leader for many years. She is now only a few months away from becoming the national president of the most dynamic association of African American Information Technology professionals in the universe.

We asked Monique to share some insights with us as part of our ongoing 'Take Five' interview series.

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http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/08/take-five-monique-berry-bdpa.html


Bemley Scholar Courtney Elzy Heads to Illinois State University

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) has given out hundreds of college scholarships over the year. It never gets old! There are BETF scholarship winners attending major colleges and universities all over the nation.

Today we learn that Courtney Elzy -- a member of the 2008 BDPA High School Computer Competition (HSCC) Championship bronze-medalists trained by BDPA Chicago chapter -- plans to use her Jesse Bemley Scholarship to study graphics design at Illinois State University.

Courtney shared insights on her BDPA experience with us:

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http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/08/bemley-scholar-courtney-elzy-heads-to.html


Fundraising Tip: How to Raise Money on Facebook

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) first joined Facebook back in May 2008. We have discussed Facebook in one way or another quite often via this blog. However, we have never been able to raise any serious money on Facebook. Has your nonprofit organization or local BDPA chapter had success raising money on Facebook?

I think that the following fundraising tip may be a helpful reminder to all of us nonprofit advocates who still think that Facebook is for kids.

Create and Tap Your Social Network

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http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/08/fundraising-tip-how-to-raise-money-on.html


Facebook Marketing

by Kai Dupe

A couple of weeks ago I was having breakfast with a friend at a restaurant in San Antonio, Texas. The food was delicious. I remember thinking to myself I can’t wait to tell my friends about this place. So after we finished eating I decided to ask the proprietor if he had a Facebook page.

His answer was "Yes, but it is more trouble that it’s worth”. Translation; He does have a Facebook page but he does not do anything to manage the content. How tragic! I was so shocked by this statement that I could not stop ranting to my friend on the drive home about how we continue to miss out on opportunities in business because we are not taking advantage of important technologies like social media.

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http://whereareblacksintechnology.blogspot.com/2011/08/facebook-marketing.html


Reflections on BDPA Dignitaries Reception

I spent a few hours yesterday at the BDPA Dignitaries Reception sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. It was a remarkable gathering of IT talent. BDPA founder Earl Pace began the evening with a poignant toast to the work being done by BDPA volunteers and Corporate America in the efforts to advance the careers of African Americans in the IT industry.

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http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/08/reflections-on-bdpa-dignitaries.html


Fundraising Tip: How To Raise More Money Online

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) exists to raise money to support BDPA programs all over the nation. Our story of helping young people win the future by working with them on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs is a powerful one. Our challenge is turning the power of that story into donations to our nonprofit. We need to do a much better job in meeting our fundraising goals.

I think that the following fundraising tip may be a helpful reminder to all of us that work with nonprofits that are doing good works.

Make Your Donation Button Shine

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http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/08/fundraising-tip-how-to-raise-more-money.html


Fundraising Tip: Map Donations to Impact

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) spends so much time interacting with the students, volunteers and IT professionals that participate in our programs ... sometimes we take it for granted. One thing that we're learning is that we cannot take for granted the impact that our BDPA programs and services are having on the lives of real people around the country. In fact, we need to do a much better job of documenting the impact we are making if we want to do better in meeting our fundraising goals.

I think that the following fundraising tip may be a helpful reminder to all of us that work with nonprofits that are doing good works.

How to Build Loyal, Happy Donors

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http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/08/fundraising-tip-map-donations-to-impact.html


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