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BDPA Cincinnati Announces New Board Leadership – Patrick Nelson

Posted By BDPA Cincinnati, Tuesday, June 10, 2014

BDPA Cincinnati Announces New Board Leadership – Patrick Nelson

BDPA Cincinnati chapter, a nonprofit organization made up of racially diverse information technology professionals, today announced a new member of its board of directors. Patrick Nelson appointed to serve as the director of the chapter’s Benefits Department.

BDPA Cincinnati is the 2nd-largest (out of 46) chapters in the nation. The Benefits Department procures discounts and other benefits for BDPA Cincinnati chapter members. These benefits fall into the following categories: hardware, magazine subscriptions, software and training. The department will contact various corporations in the local area to secure discounted pricing for BDPA members. The department will create a written document that shares the specific and tangible benefits that accrue to our chapter members. Finally, the department will provide relevant content on membership benefits for chapter website ( and other online platforms.

We want to welcome back Patrick Nelson, who has volunteered to serve as the Benefits Department director. Patrick brings not only years of experience with the BDPA organization, having previously served as its chapter president and corporate advisory council chairperson, but also a wealth of technical experience and organizational leadership from his 27 year career with Procter & Gamble,” said BDPA Cincinnati chapter president Dalric Webb. “Patrick is the right person for the job at the right time as we continue to build and expand on the tangible membership benefits for our BDPA members.”
Patrick is co-owner of Unique Expressions Management Services. During his P&G career, he successfully identified game-changing technology trends, aligned senior business leaders and implemented global solutions that delivered exceptional business results across 150+ manufacturing plants around the globe. Patrick has a passion for applying innovative IT solutions and services in a way that transforms business models and drives bottom line results across the enterprise. He is a natural collaborator who works effectively to untangle ambiguous situations and resolve wicked problems. Patrick graduated with a degree in computer science from Jackson State University.

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BDPA Cincinnati Appoints Michael Pulliam to Board of Directors

Posted By BDPA Cincinnati, Monday, February 17, 2014

BDPA Cincinnati chapter, a nonprofit organization made up of racially diverse information technology (IT) professionals who advance the careers of African Americans from the classroom to the boardroom, today announced the newest member of its board of directors.

Michael Pulliam

Michael Pulliam, a software quality assurance engineer at Quest Diagnostics Healthcare Technology Solutions, in Mason OH, has been appointed to serve as the Contact Management Department director for BDPA Cincinnati chapter. BDPA Cincinnati chapter is the 5th largest (out of 46) chapters in the nation. Michael is responsible for providing the necessary services to maintain and facilitate communication to chapter members and its supporter base. It is worth noting that Michael joined BDPA as a result of his son’s participation in the chapter’s STEM-based training programs … that included twoyears competing in the national High School Computer Competition championship.

Michael has a wide and diverse background in Information Technology and electronics spanning more than 2 decades covering multiple IT related areas including test automation, test planning, test tool administration, user training, and teaching electronics and programming as an Instructor at Owens Technical College where he also served as the Faculty Advisor of Tau Alpha Pi, National Engineering Honor Society. Michael is also active in Toastmasters, recently earning the Distinguished Toastmasters award, and received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Boston University.

"I am delighted to join the BDPA board and I look forward to bringing my experience and energy to the BDPA team to help communicate our message to the Cincinnati IT community in networking, best practice sharing, employment opportunities, giving back to the community, and building the future,” said newly-appointed board member Michael Pulliam.
Pulliam Family

The new board will set the direction for BDPA Cincinnati as it provides programs and services necessary to advance the careers of African Americans and others in the information technology industry from the classroom to the boardroom. The chapter meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is scheduled for February 19, 2014 at the Brown Mackie College in Norwood.

Michael takes on this new leadership position at a time when unemployment is growing to painfully high levels for African American IT professionals and dwindling numbers of African American students in college computer science programs. BDPA Cincinnati uses its programs, scholarships and other services to impact on these dismal industry statistics.

BDPA Cincinnati chapter president Dalric Webb said, "We are excited to have Michael join the board of directors. Michael has been part of our chapter in supporting role for his son (Brian) over the past few years. We are delighted that the father now brings his technical and leadership talents to our outstanding leadership team as we continue to demonstrate the value of BDPA membership and engagement. We welcome Michael’s expertise and experience to the board and look forward to a long working relationship.”

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Message from the Chapter President (Feb 2014)

Posted By BDPA Cincinnati Chapter President, Thursday, February 13, 2014
Dalric Webb

BDPA Cincinnati chapter members,

As we begin our celebration of Black Family Technology Awareness Week, I would like to encourage each member of our chapter to get engaged with community efforts in and around your communities. Together we can accomplish miraculous works!

Your BDPA Cincinnati chapter is strong and growing, but we still need more hands on the oars of this mighty ship as we sail towards the great destinations of giving back, networking, professional development, leadership, and mentoring. Please consider taking either a role on the board or volunteering your time to assist with the many areas where we are working 'from the classroom to the boardroom'. You can view a list of the open board positions here.

We have a lot going on in the weeks ahead!

  • Feb 22, 2014 - Our youth technology computer camp kicked off on January 11th with almost 20 high school students focused on a STEM based curriculum. We are inviting the entire Cincinnati community to visit our computer camp to see our young people in action! We will be joined on this day by a leader from Procter & Gamble who is recruiting for this year's Resident Scholar Program.

I’d also like to ask for your feedback.

  • How is your BDPA membership working out for you?
  • How can we improve the value of your membership?

Send me a note or pull me to the side at the monthly program meeting. This is YOUR chapter! Are you feeling engaged?

Finally, I encourage you to take a few minutes to look around on In particular, take a look at the BDPA Cincinnati Chapter pages. Are they informative, relevant, accurate, and professional? What are your thoughts on improving the look and feel of our web presence?

Dalric Webb, President
BDPA Cincinnati Chapter
(513) 549-6991

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BDPA Student Wins National Award for Aspirations in Computing

Posted By BDPA Cincinnati, Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Hadiya Harrigan, senior at Seven Hills Upper School, has been selected as one of 35 high school students in the United States to receive the 2014 Aspirations in Computing award. The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) selected Hadiya from a diverse applicant pool of more than 2,300 students.Hadiya has been very active in the BDPA Cincinnati chapter for several years. She participated in our High School Computer Camp, national competitions, and most recently received a sponsored internship with Luxottica. She won the 2013 Oracle Scholarship for BDPA Students as well.BDPA is extremely excited about Hadiya's achievement and wait anxiously for what is next to come.
"Congratulations to our very own Hadiya Harrigan on her being awarded the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing award! Hadiya represents the all that is valuable for those volunteers and corporate sponsors who invest in BDPA programs that take our students from the classroom to the boardroom”, said BDPA Cincinnati chapter president Dalric Webb. "Hadiya’s personal drive, ambition, and talent are a perfect complement for the BDPA SITES and STEM based initiatives. As a chapter, we endeavor to continue to support Hadiya and all of our students and members in reaching their full potential and advancing their personal careers in the technology space”.
Since 2007, the Award for Aspirations in Computing has recognized more than 2,200 young women; more than 71 percent of the recipients currently in college report majoring or minoring in a traditionally male-dominated STEM field. The Award for Aspirations in Computing is a component of NCWIT Aspirations in Computing, a talent development initiative designed to increase female participation in technology by providing structured, long-term engagement and support from middle school through high school and from college into the workforce. The Aspirations in Computing Award is supported nationally by AT&T, Bank of America, Bloomberg, and Microsoft.

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Happy New Year from your new President

Posted By Dalric L. Webb, Thursday, January 9, 2014

BDPA Cincinnati Chapter,

I would like to thank Clarence Larcarte and his powerful support team for their "job well done” efforts executing the strategic plan developed by the team over the last two years. Clarence and his team have not only laid the foundation for continued success and growth of the Cincinnati chapter, but have developed and strengthened relationships with corporate sponsors and other powerful individuals in the technology communities we live in that can only further grow and support the mission of this wonderful organization. Under Clarence’s leadership, the Cincinnati chapter moved from 10th largest chapter within the National BDPA rankings to the 5th largest chapter in the nation while re-establishing the chapter’s reputation as one of delivering exceptional ROI value for our members and supporters.

I endeavor to continue the outstanding work Clarence has started by continuing the outstanding Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship program efforts; reconnecting with the Black Family Technology Awareness Week program; enabling additional scholarship opportunities; improving our monthly program meeting offerings; implementing value added professional development workshops; and building and strengthening both our corporate and professional networks. I also look forward to input from our members as to how our chapter can better serve their needs – and how they want to get involved in our mutual success. There are several vacancies on our board for leaders to step forward and join our team.

I endeavor to increase active membership through a concentrated focus on Special Interest Groups that will build or expand existing relationships with local institutions of higher learning from the high school level to the college level. We are actively seeking interested members to participate in our programs and committees as a means of discovering the true power of networking and of being a BDPA Cincinnati member.

Working closely with both our VP-Finance and VP-Fund Raising, I will insure our chapter is fiscally sound and seek additional opportunities to expand our fundraising work and corporate sponsorship to insure the chapter has a steady flow of income to fund its programs, scholarships and services. We strongly encourage member participation in any chapter fundraising events or activities.

I will work to strengthen and grow our current partners and sponsors, working closely with our Corporate Advisory Council and will look to establish new relationships with Technology and New Media companies. BDPA Cincinnati strives to grow stronger as a premier resource for employers’ pool of talent for Technology jobs.

And of course, a short note about our members. BDPA chapter members are the lifeblood of our organization and we earnestly seek and request your active participation to help us expand and grow our organization to the next level. The sky is the limit when we put our collective mental capacity to work on our common goals. Together Everyone Achieves More! There are a still a few open positions on our board and we encourage members to consider joining the team. We have lofty goals and plenty of work to do. More hands make lighter the work load so we welcome and encourage your support. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and participation.

Finally, I want to personally thank Dr. Prince Ellis (Brown Mackie College), Ernest Gause (Luxottica Group), April Gillespie (Starseed Consulting), Steve Gutter (The Kroger Company), Wayne Hicks (Hicks Enterprises), Frank Hill(Cincinnati State College), Clarence Larcarte (Procter & Gamble), Yolanda Lauderdale (Hewlett-Packard), Brenda Hogan (Duke Energy), Patrick Nelson (Unique Expressions Management Services), Joseph Parker (Procter & Gamble), Deborah Prince (XPEDX) and Braxton Washington (Procter & Gamble) . These are the individual who have built the strong chapter over the last two years that I now take leadership of. Thank you all and again, a JOB WELL DONE!


The New Year is off to a great start. Wishing each and every one of you a blessed New Year!

Dalric Webb, president
BDPA Cincinnati Chapter

Tags:  April Gillespie  Braxton Washington  Brenda Hogan  Clarence Larcarte  Dalric Webb  Deborah Prince  Ernest Gause  Frank Hill  Joseph Parker  Patrick Nelson  Prince Ellis  Steve Gutter  Wayne Hicks  Yolanda Lauderdale 

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Election Results: BDPA Cincinnati (2012-2013)

Posted By Administration, Sunday, December 4, 2011
BDPA Cincinnati recently concluded its election for leadership in the next two years.  Prince Ellis (Information Technology Department Chair, Brown Mackie College) was re-elected to a second 2-year term as the chapter's vice president of finance.

The election turned on Prince's past BDPA achievements.  He helped organize the annual awards banquet, served as an instructor during the chapter's computer camp and worked closely with the BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) to generate a record-breaking amount of revenue for the Cincinnati chapter.  He attended most of the chapter events and successfully managed the chapter's funding.
Prince said, "I will continue to ensure zero-based budgeting and ensure that the chapter has funding for our events and programs."
The BDPA Cincinnati chapter leadership for 2012-2013 is:

Dalric Webb, Wanda Gray, Prince Ellis and Clarence Larcarte
BDPA Cincinnati has been around since 1989.  It is a 4-time winner of the 'Chapter of the Year' honors on a national level and remains a powerhouse on both a regional and national level. The eyes of the nation will be watching Clarence as he takes the chapter to higher levels in the coming months and years.

Tags:  Clarence Larcarte  Dalric Webb  elections  Joseph Parker  Patrick Nelson  Prince Ellis  Steve Gutter  Wanda Gray 

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BDPA Cincinnati Social Networks

Posted By Wayne Hicks, Thursday, April 21, 2011
You can find BDPA Cincinnati on a variety of social networks:

  1. Facebook -
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  3. LinkedIn Network -
  4. Twitter -
Are there other social networks that BDPA Cincinnati should target?

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