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Message from BDPA Cincinnati Chapter President (Jan 2017)

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 19, 2017

Shawnda Peterson
Good morning all!

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

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

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

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

Potential Topics included:

BDPA Cincinnati Program Meeting

  • Alexa app development 

  • AWS (Amazon Web Services)

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Cybersecurity

  • Datalake

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

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Internet of Things (including security)

  • Linux

  • Mobile application development and deployment

  • Network Security

  • Protecting websites from web scrapers

  • Recruitment Panel - This will be our February monthly meeting

  • Security

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

Shawnda Peterson, president
BDPA Cincinnati Chapter
(513) 549-6991
Twitter: @BDPACincinnati

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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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