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Posted By Monique F. Berry, Monday, October 7, 2013


Dear members and friends,

Have you caught BDPA "FEVER" this year? If so, it's the type of thing you DO want to share! If not, you are missing out...and missing all of the fantastic OPPORTUNITIES, NETWORKING and EDUCATION, that your BDPA chapter has to offer. This year, our chapters have offered more than 200 programs meetings, and over 600 HSCC hours, reaching more than half of our members with email communications, radio programs, fund raisers and more!

If you haven't caught the FEVER going around, visit our website for all of the upcoming chapter programs and networking events coming your way. As always, we thrive from the hard work of our members and we need your continued support. Join a Committee! Be INvolved!

The 35th Annual Conference was a great success! With attendance just under 900, attendees took in four days of well received education sessions along with many opportunities to network and exchange ideas and best practices.

During the conference members also elected the 2014-2015 Board of Directors and I would like to take this opportunity to pledge my support to the team:

  • Craig Brown - President
  • Pamela Sexton - National Vice President
  • Lorain Stewart David - Vice President of Finance
  • Teresa Williams - South, Regional Vice President
  • Felicia Jones - South, Regional Director
  • Fred Smith - East , Regional Vice President
  • Lilla Hunter-Taylor - East, Regional Director
  • Michael Wulf - Midwest Regional Vice President

A big THANK YOU to our partners and sponsors. You can see our Sponsor_Directory on the BDPA website. Our partners continue to post employment opportunities on the BDPA job board and I encourage those who are unemployed or under-employed to check out the current postings at IT Diversity Careers.

September brought us 187 new members, as we see continued growth under the leadership of Vice President of Membership Management Curtis Jenkins, with the assistance of Chad White of the Dallas chapter. I encourage all reading this letter to invest $100 in membership today. Take a look at September's top ten chapters.

  1. Chicago
  2. Philadelphia
  3. Washington
  4. DC
  5. Atlanta
  6. Cincinnati
  7. Dallas
  8. Los Angeles
  9. New Jersey
  10. New York

We plan to take BDPA FEVER to Indianapolis this month when we visit the JW Marriott Hotel, the venue for next year's conference. While in the city, we'll meet with representatives from Eli Lilly and Johnson & Johnson, long time local and national partners. We will also have meetings with the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Bureau and several area organizations in an effort to determine how BDPA can make the best community impact during the 2014 conference.

Pamela Sexton, National Vice President of Strategy and planning is calling all regional representatives, chapter presidents and vice presidents, to participate in the final two strategy review sessions scheduled for October 17 and November 7, details are located on the national calendar at

The Board of Directors and HSCC Coordinators will meet in Reno, Nevada on November 13-15. During this weekend the National Executive Committee will transition roles and responsibilities to the incoming vice presidents of Strategy and Planning, Membership, Member Services and CIO. Moreover, we will continue the transformation of the HSCC program with the introduction of new leadership and a new team. All chapter leaders are invited to join us, details can be found on the BDPA website.

The HSCC planning meeting will include discussion of the following topics:

  • Curriculum
  • Changes to the competition format
  • Changes to the oral exam format
  • Judging criteria & Scoring
  • Operations Manual
  • Retiring the written exam
  • Introducing a Mobile App competition

Registration for the 2014 Conference opens on December 1, with Early Bird discounts available until January 1, 2014. New for next year is a conference and hotel package which includes:

  • Access to educational sessions, receptions, plenary luncheons, executive panels and career fair
  • Three- or four-night hotel stay (you choose your package)

There is a lot happening over the next few months as we plan programs and service offerings for you, our members. This FEVER is contagious, so help us help you infect your community with BDPA FEVER by running for office or joining a committee in your local chapter.

Think you've done enough locally and ready to step up to the national level? You can do it, just drop me an email expressing your interest. We're fulfilling our resolution to make technology careers even more accessible to our members and the community at large!

On behalf of the Board of Directors, please catch BDPA FEVER and experience all that BDPA has to offer.

Monique Berry
President, National BDPA

2014 National BDPA Conference
August 5-9 2014
J.W. Marriott
10 S. West Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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