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Happy New Year

Posted By Administration, Friday, January 2, 2015



December 31, 2014

Greetings! I pray that all of you had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed your time with family and friends. 2014 has been an incredible year for BDPA. As I mentioned in my December 1st update, we experienced transition, celebration and collaboration. In addition, through the generosity of our corporate partners and sponsors, we awarded over $120,000 in scholarships to our students! Talk about making a difference in the lives of our student members. But the best is yet to come…

I am very excited about 2015 and hope you share my enthusiasm. 2015 represents the 40th year of existence for our beloved BDPA! The vision of our Founders is alive and well. We have over 30 active chapters, 99 corporate partners and sponsors, and 2,100 members who comprise the largest minority Information Technology organization in the world! This is something that we can all be proud of and celebrate. However, we are not done and have much work to do.

In 2015, we begin year two of our 2014-2018 National Strategy. As a reminder, we are focused on:

· BDPA 2.0, specifically brand rejuvenation;

· Organizational growth and efficiency; and

· Enhancement of our member value proposition.

We have a very strong national and regional leadership team in place to bring this strategy to life across the organization. The team and I look forward to working and visiting with all of you throughout the year and celebrating our accomplishments. Please know that in order to realize our National Strategy, we need your help.

We need your active participation, teamwork, input and support to achieve our strategic and growth goals. As we begin a new year, I encourage each of you to partner with your regional and local leadership on the development and execution of your respective plans. Finally, please remember to renew your membership, visit on a regular basis to stay abreast of organization activities, AND register for our 2015 Technology Conference and Career Fair (early bird registration is extended until January 31, 2015) as soon as possible.

In closing, THANK YOU again for the opportunity to serve our great organization as President and please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions, comments or concerns.


Pamela Mathews

National President, BDPA

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Message from the National President

Posted By Administration, Monday, December 1, 2014


December 1, 2014


Greetings!  I pray that everyone had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed your time with family and friends.  As the season changes from fall to winter, so too does the evolution of BDPA in terms achieving our vision and national strategy.


Thus far, 2014 has been a year of transition, celebration and collaboration. As we march into December and close out the year, let’s all be mindful of a few of our accomplishments:


·        Established a strong, tangible framework to achieve our national strategy. Our strategy and expectations are clear and everyone is aligned on our collective and functional area objectives;  

·        Initiated the review and update of our standard operating procedures.  As you are all aware, we have entered year three of our transition to a regionally based structure.  As a result, we needed to revise our documentation to reflect this change, specifically roles, responsibilities and processes, to drive greater accountability and execution;

·        Executed our 36th Annual Technology Conference and Career Fair.  The Indianapolis chapter, Visit Indy, and national team did a phenomenal job of planning and executing a great conference.   Similar to prior years, the conference was experienced by over 500 members, corporate sponsors and partners;

·        Completing due diligence with prospective partners to enhance our member value proposition. Discussions are underway with several strategic partners to confirm the existence of a mutually beneficial partnership.  


Besides the accomplishments mentioned above, I am also excited about the collaboration and execution exhibited by our Regional leadership team.  I have had the pleasure to work with each of them for a few years and trust them to work across the organization to bring our vision and strategy to life.  As we move into 2015, I am asking each of you to prepare for and/or focus on the following:


·        BPDA’s 40th Anniversary, which will be celebrated August 18 – August 22 as part of  the 2015 National Annual Technology Conference and Career Fair in Washington, D.C.  Please register now (early bird registration expires January 1, 2015) and start making your plans to attend the Conference; 

·        Membership renewal.  Please renew yours during the annual membership drive.  Updated information regarding member benefits will be published and communicated in the near future.  Also, bring a friend to the membership drive.  BPDA has something to offer everyone;

·        2015 Annual Technology Conference - Call For Presenters.  This is a great way to share your knowledge or expertise on a particular topic.  If you are interested, please complete the online form by January 26, 2015, on the 2015 BDPA conference page at


In closing, I am honored to represent and lead our prestigious organization.  Thank you for your past, current and future support.  Please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions or comments.





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A Message from the National President

Posted By Jaime White, Tuesday, February 25, 2014


BDPA Family,

I am honored to be addressing you as National BDPA President. BDPA weathered the recession with the grit of its members, strong continuity of leadership, commitment to community and its dedicated sponsors that believe in the BDPA mission and vision. Because of that our brand is strong.

Today we are the largest African American Information Technology association in the U.S., and the largest national non-profit organization continually involved in training students underrepresented in STEM education across the country. As President I plan on growing the BDPA brand by putting an emphasis on gaining new membership and retention. The economic landscape is still very challenging, but as our organization changes with the times we can face new challenges and continue on a path to greater opportunity for all National BDPA stakeholders.

I propose the following main areas of focus:

  • First, increase national visibility to who we are and what we do. Showcase our success stories to help gain greater notoriety as a Brand offering solutions to the nations critical problem of skilled IT professionals and students who want to study STEM related subjects as collegiate students;
  • Second, increase our viability so that we can withstand economical shifts by staying relevant with solid programs and member value proposition. BDPA service offerings and member programs are the foundation to continuous success and are the basis for the organization Mission Statement;
  • Finally, increase the marketability of the BDPA brand.This should increase the demand for BDPA service offerings by driving more awareness about our organization’s unique capabilities demonstrated for over the last 40 years.

Admittedly, that this will not be easy. But nothing worthwhile ever is.


I recognized up front that I needed to build a strong team. Without this, the vision that I have placed before you would not succeed. As a volunteer organization, the National Leadership Team needed to be strong enough to carry the workload of such a huge undertaking. I believe that I have accomplished this requirement. In addition to the elected officers that your delegates have selected to join the leadership team, I have added strong appointed officers that possess what it takes to accomplish the goals set by the vision that we are committed to.

Within the first 45 days of 2014 the BDPA Leadership Team has already laid out the road map for what is needed. The 1st Quarter Meeting produced outstanding plans that I believe will yield the production necessary to produce BDPA 2.0which is what we have "Nick Named” what is coming soon.

My goals are simple. Increase awareness to the BDPA Brand. The benefits are wide spread. Vastly improve the BDPA membership value proposition through improved services, stronger programs and collaborative initiatives.

Please visit the website and meet the National Leadership Team. Thanks for your support and I look forward to serving as your National President for 2014 & 2015.


Craig Brown, PhD
National President

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Goodbye, Goodbye, Goodbye, So long, Farewell, Auf wiedersehen, Goodbye

Posted By Monique F. Berry, Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Monique Berry

Thank you for the opportunity to lead BDPA and for your patience as I grew in my position
. I hope that during my term I have been able to make a positive impact on both the current and the future of BDPA. This is definitely one experience I will never forget!

As I write this letter as President,I want to highlight several goals and significant accomplishments of the past two years:

  1. Reduce operational expenses and increase revenue;
  2. Expandour membership baseby 25%, including reaching out to college students and building relationships with college administrations;
  3. Collaborate with other organizations and associations to further our organizations mission and goals;
  4. Engage our members with regular communication via social networks,BDPA Today and BDPA iRadio;
  5. Listen to and involve our members by holding periodic national conference call meetings; and
  6. Advance professional development by offering cutting edge seminars and panels during the annual conference.
  • Reduced office space at savings of $84,000;
  • Renegotiated our conference contracts saving more the $500,000 in attrition fees;
  • Increased membership by more than 32%;
  • Developed new strategic relationships with:
    • American Association of Blacks in Energy
    • Clemson University
    • Howard University
    • Mexican American Engineers and Scientists
    • National Center for Women & Information Technology
    • National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers
    • National Organization of Minority Architects
    • National Society of Black Physicists
    • National Technology Association
    • Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science
    • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
    • University of Phoenix
  • Increased member communication via Blog post,Diversity Careers magazine, direct email,Facebook,Twitter,Groupsite, Instagram and Pinterest
  • Guest appearances onBDPA iRadioby several National Board members
  • Introduced the annual Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Registered BDPA as a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Awards
  • Increased member education offerings
    • Agile Scrum Master certification class
    • CISSP prep classes
    • Career Triage classes
    • STEM Online Simulations
2012 Nat'l Executive Committee

My journey in leading the Association wasn't done alone. I was accompanied by a team of dynamic individuals, both elected and not, who shared in our successes and learned from our failures. So I would like to take this opportunity to thank a number of people for their hard work and dedication, and without whom running the Association wouldn't have been possible.

I thank the dedicated members of the Board of Directors, National Executive Committee, Conference Team and the Board Development/Governance and Bylaw Committee for their support over the past two years. I am proud of their accomplishments, as we all strove to support and actively engage current and future BDPA members.

I would be remiss if I did not recognize the true heroes of this past two years, our dedicated chapter leaders, committee chairs and their volunteer members. There are not enough words to express my thanks and appreciation of these great leaders. For without their passion and undying commitment to devote thousands of hours of volunteer service, we could not have begun this journey of transformation or achieved any of our goals. Embracing change is difficult and these change agents never lost sight of our strategic direction, even when the road to success got bumpy or was detoured.

My sincerest thanks to our headquarters team: Lesley Menor for her tireless work managing our daily operations,Wayne Hicks for managing our sales and sustaining sponsor relationships and Natasha Banks-Pronsati for taking care of finances. I am certain that we can count on their valuable support of BDPA next year.

But most importantly, my thanks go out to you, the Members, for all your support during these two years of change. For without you, BDPA would not exist. It has been my pleasure to serve you. It has been a pleasure working with talented, capable, and dedicated professionals while serving your president. My time on the Board has been extremely rewarding and has resulted in what are hopefully lifelong friendships with a truly great group of people.

I've come to appreciate more what a treasure BDPA is for all of us and our corporate partners; and I am confident that our continuing Board members will grow the organization to new heights.

In closing, I have one final request. I ask that each of you pledge your continued support to BDPA and helpour 2014 leaderscontinue the journey to deliver the success our Association deserves.

As you know, we can do this -but only Together!

Happy New Year!
Monique Berry,President
National BDPA

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Calling all past presidents: Come out from wherever you are!

Posted By Monique F. Berry, Friday, October 18, 2013

Where are they now? Where are those BDPA chapter presidents from the past 39 years of our history? Now that I am getting ready to join the ranks of past presidents, I would like to thank them for their service to BDPA.

Some more recent presidents and even some early presidents are still active and we see them from time to time. Others have faded from view having moved away or into retirement and other activities.

Wouldn't it be fun to get them all back for our conference next August? Have everyone come up and take a bow!

We are offering a special discount rate to past BDPA chapter presidents, fill out the below form to get your registration code.

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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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2013 National Conference Awards

Posted By Monique F. Berry, Friday, September 20, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Corporate Awards
  • Corporation of the Year: HP
  • Corporate Champion of the Year: Robert Gavin (HP)
  • Epsilon Award, ‘Top Company for Blacks In Technology': BlueCross BlueShield of IL, NM, OK & TX
Chapter Awards
  • Chapter of the Year: Chicago
  • Chapter Community Service Award: Philadelphia
  • Chapter Management Award: New York
  • Chapter Membership Award: Chicago
  • Chapter Professional Service Award: Detroit
  • Rep Your Chapter' Social Media Awards
  • 1st Place: Dallas
Epsilon Individual Awards

Career Achievement
    • Karamu Ford (American Airlines)
    • Victor Garvin (Enterprise Information Systems)
    • David Hopkins (American Airlines)
    • Maria Hutsell (Wells Fargo)
    • Dr. Tayo Ibikunle (JPMorgan Chase)
Community Service
    • Dr. Craig Brown (Nexeo Solutions)
    • Adrian Crews (Wells Fargo)
    • Cedric Jamison (American Airlines)
    • Anthony Reed (Reed CPA),
    • Subrena Robinson (State Farm Insurance)
    • Stacy Stewart (BCBS of IL, NM, OK & TX)

Most Promising Technician
    • Dr. Shaundra Dailey (Clemson University),
    • Zack Garbow (Funeral Innovations)
    • Justin Simpson (Wal-Mart)
    • Decarlas Smith (American Airlines)
Professional Achievement
  • Dr. Reginald Brothers (Department of Defense)
  • Norman Fleming (MillerCoors)
  • Dr. Kyla McMullen (Clemson University)
  • Ted Jordan (Funutation Tekademy)
Technical Achievement
  • Eugene Cook (Wal-Mart)
  • Victoria Cotton (American Airlines)
  • Jeffrey Thomas (HP)
  • Patrice Yapo (American Airlines)

Member of the Year
  • Jamesetta James (Greater Columbia)
President's Award
  • Norman Fleming (MillerCoors)
  • Traci Wade (Oracle)
Eli Lilly Scholarships for BDPA Students
  • Cameron Hughes (Detroit)
Johnson & Johnson Scholarships for BDPA Students

IT Showcase
    • Jazzmine Bess (Indianapolis)
    • Jared Sherrod (Northern Delaware)
Lockheed Martin Scholarships for BDPA Students
  • · Bernard Bampoh (Southern Minnesota)
HSCC Championship (17 teams in competition)
  • 1st place: Southern Minnesota
  • 2nd place: Los Angeles
  • 3rd place: Atlanta
  • 4th place: Washington DC
  • 5th place: Cincinnati
T-Shirt Competition
  • 1st place: Twin Cities
  • 2nd place: Southern Minnesota
  • 3rd place: Cincinnati

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Posted By Monique F. Berry, Friday, August 30, 2013

Message from BDPA Atlanta Chapter President  (Cross-posted from The Aspiring Critical Thinker's Era)

D.S. Brown
The 2013 National BDPA Technology Conference was August 14-17 in our nation’s capital Washington D.C.If you were not there, you should have been.Let me take but a minute to explain to you, share with you the great moments you missed, share with you the moments of personal clarity, and why I think the goals of BDPA should be the goal of every man, woman, and child in this great nation of ours.

The convention was held at the Washington DC Hilton, the same place as the White House Correspondents Dinner. Walking through the lower halls of the hotel behind the main conference room I observed the lined pictures of First Ladies, and settled on the picture of First Lady Michelle Obama

Her image evoked a moment of thought in me, something so very appropriate to consider in this year, the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

I was here at the national convention for the Black Data Processing Associates, the dream of BDPA FounderEarl Pace, which itself is a dream only realized through the arduous but incomplete realization ofDr. Martin Luther King’s dream of a better America, a dream given voice through a lifetime struggle of dreams deferred, realized in the March on Washington which was the brainchild of the duly agreed upon Dean of Black Leadership,A. Philip Randolph.

In my musings I realized the history behind my solitary moment in front of the First Lady’s portrait. I am but a commoner, a citizen in this great nation, but my dreams though they be minor, truly are only realized through the efforts of giants, men and women who have made a small space on their shoulders for me to stand. I was grateful. For this reason alone I was proud to be at the conference.You should have been there too.

In the evening I was reminded by one world famous Roland Martin that those of us in technology must make use of the gifts we have been provided. He admonished us to speak to the young people of our nation and explain to them in their own language, the language of bling, ballers, and big dollar shot callers that STEM was the means and the way, the path to the future that far too many of them do not realize they can achieve. We must show them in word and action. This was a proud moment, as the tone he set permeated the room.We felt the energy as the kids gathered there stood and were recognized.

The children in the BDPA High School Computer Competition and the Youth Technology Camp firmly exhibited the motto of BDPA, "From the classroom to the boardroom.”They are the future, and they are excellent. 

I must also add that as I looked around the room I was proud to see that BDPA in name exhibited the spirit of minority excellence as opposed to the representation of one ethnicity. In this, in my opinion, it adhered to a fine tradition. The room was filled not just with African-Americans, but people of every ethnicity, open to minorities of all kinds of ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds, fully supported by the gifts from forward-thinking corporate organizations that realize the economic tomorrow of America is firmly rooted in the efforts of today, strong efforts being made by organizations like BDPA.

These same corporations supported workshops and seminars, many being offered at better than competitive prices. Why should you come to the BDPA National Technology Conference? Why should your company sponsor your trip to the 2014 convention in Indianapolis? Let me make it plain by telling you what was available in Washington D.C.

The BDPA Technology Conference offered an opportunity for you to receive your SCRUM certification (If you’re in IT you know what this is). There were experts presenting on Microsoft Sharepoint, Cloud systems, Mobility, Cybersecurity, and Personal Development.The week was packed, and there was so much to offer you could not conceivable get it all in. Looking for a new opportunity, there was a Career Fair. The convention offered all this and more, including outstanding entertainment in intimate concerts, poetry readings, and cocktail parties … and did I mention the food?

BDPA Atlanta HSCC Team

When it was all said and done, BDPA put on a spectacular showing
. The kids that competed in our competitions left winners, every last one, for this represents an opportunity unlike any other. We adults left the conference buoyed by our participation in their success, enlightened by the knowledge we gained in the seminars, emboldened by the prospect of making change through STEM, and motivated by Roland Martin’s words telling us to BE that motivation and make it happen.

Consider all I’ve said critically and if you would be intrigued and positively moved to help build the future, then be like Cisco executive Michael Younkers, a highly energetic Caucasian man attending the conference in a sponsorship capacity who was so moved that he joined BDPA on the spot! This is who we are. This is what we are doing.Join us.

The Aspiring Critical Thinker,
D.S. Brown,president
BDPA Atlanta

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2013 National BDPA Technology Conference Recap

Posted By Monique F. Berry, Wednesday, August 28, 2013

After a week-long program of Board meetings, leadership training, workshops and conference sessions, BDPA's 35th Annual Technology Conference officially closed August 17th in Washington, DC. Information Technology professionals from varying industries and locations came together to learn, share ideas and build strategic networks.

With just over 500 attendees, BDPA's 2013 Technology Conference, Diversity in the Age of Convergence, provided a relaxed and open setting, allowing attendees to connect on a personal level and openly share professional experiences and challenges, Aside from the educational aspects of the conference, a little fun was to be had as well. Corporate partner MillerCoors provided an array of MillerCoors products at all receptions as well as the movie preview, Kards and Karaoke, spoken word with the Twin Poets, and a late night concert with Avery Sunshine.

On Tuesday night, Washington DC Chapter President, Perry Carter kicked things off by moderating the 2013 Advance Program Briefing to Industry (APBI) Topic of Discussion: Diverse Opportunities and Next Steps for HBCUs in the Age of Convergence. The panel addressed how colleges are proactively developing programs that attract minority students to S.T.E.M fields. Panelist also shared public, private, and academia partnership success stories. Panelist included, Dr. Rajni Goel, Associate. Professor and Computer Science Chair, Howard University; Dr. Daryl Stone, Professor Computer Science, Bowie State University; Michael Bing, Director, Washington DC Minority Business Center; H. Harrison Valentine, President and CEO, HBCU/MI Project Office; and Anthony Waterman, President & CEO, Waterman Engineering.

Roland Martin, the keynote at Wednesday night's opening ceremony, resonated with the entire audience. He said we are competing for our young people's attention with athletes and entertainers. He called BDPA members Superstars and Ballers and to capture the interest of our youth we need to show our Bling. He said that IT professionals are driving luxury cars like BMW's and Mercedes and we should be telling our youth that they can have these things to if complete their education and pursue careers in STEM.

On Thursday night, NCWIT sponsored a reception on Thursday, where Ruthe Farmer, Director of Strategic Initiatives at National Center for Woman in Technology spoke to guest about NCWIT and their Aspirations in Computing award opportunities. JP Morgan Chase also hosted an invitation only reception where they highlighted technology and opportunities at Chase.

The Friday night Dignitaries Reception featured a CIO panel moderated by Dr. Julianne Malvauex. Panelist included Michael Braine, SVP, CIO Luxottica Retail & Optical Services; James D. Cook, CIO, Global Operations & Services, General Motors Company; Terry Halvorson, CIO, United States Navy; Garth Marcial, Worldwide VP, IT and CIO at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics and Advanced Sterilization Products; and Addison McGuffin, Vice President, Business Technology Innovation, Health Care Service Corporation.

Daily Keynote Speakers
  • Sherrie Littlejohn, Executive Vice President, Wells Fargo, kicked off Wednesday workshops by shedding light on The Future of Technology: Making IT Real during the morning general session.
  • Barbara Wanthal, Assistant Vice President of System, State Farm Insurance, informed conference goers about Diverse Opportunities in IT during the State Farm sponsored plenary luncheon.
  • Fumbi Chima, Vice President of International Integrations, Wal-mart Corporation, bought attendees up to speed on Big Data in Retail at Thursday's morning general session.
  • A. J. Lang, CIO, WellPoint, captivated the audience during Thursday's WellPoint sponsored plenary luncheon, with his presentation Private Cloud and the Use of Social Media in Today's Online Work Environment.
  • Tim McCabe, Senior VP and CIO, Delphi Automotive, enlightened ITSMF and BDPA attendees with his presentation Innovation Intersection: Enabling IT Value at an Economic Crossroads at the Friday morning general session.
  • Mark Miller, Chief Technology Officer, Lockheed Martin, shared information security concerns in his presentation Star Wars Revisited: Cyber Security Strategies in the Age of Digital Warfare during the second Friday general session.
Samsung Galaxy Raffle
  • · Teresa Williams, Atlanta, GA
  • · Robert Gavin, Rochester, NY
Lifetime Achievement Awardees
  • Earl Pace Jr., BDPA Founder
  • Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
IT Showcase Winners

College (Undergraduate)

  • 1st Jazzmine Bess , Florida A&M University, Indianapolis Chapter
  • 2nd Jessica Boardley, University of Delaware, Delaware Chapter
  • 3rd Bryan Bemley , Bowie State University, DC Chapter

High School

  • 1st Jared Sherrod, Delaware Academy of Public Safety and Security, Delaware Chapter
  • 2nd Ian Crowder, Oak Park River Forest High School, Chicago Chapter
  • 3rd Brandi Taylor, Irmo High School, Greater Columbia Chapter

Brandi Taylor 

HSCC Competition Winners
  • 1st Southern Minnesota
  • 2nd Los Angeles
  • 3rd Atlanta
  • 4th Washington DC
  • 5th Cincinnati

2013 Southern Minn. Team 

Chapter Awards
  • Chapter of the Year: Chicago
  • Chapter Community Service Award: Philadelphia
  • Chapter Management Award: New York
  • Chapter Membership Award: Chicago
  • Chapter Professional Service Award: Detroit
What Attendees Had to Say
  • "IT is really impacted and enriched by so many other fields and the conference really demonstrated that with the diversity of the presenters.” - John
  • "I am new to my position and needed to become familiar with Agile terminology and techniques and how they are being used in other industries. The conference exceeded my expectations. This was by far the friendliest and hospitable conference I have attended.” - Dan
  • "This was a good conference! Adding the ScrumMaster certification class helped to establish acquaintances and build the foundation for much of the networking that took place during the week. One of the best conferences I've ever attended.” - Denise
  • "I really enjoyed the keynote speaker presentations and most importantly the networking that happens at this event. BDPA keeps setting the bar higher every year. Job well done!” - Evelyn
  • "This is hands-down the best conference I've ever attended. The keynote speakers were excellent; the other participants were friendly and chatty during breaks; the conference was well-organized and presentations were engaging, thoughtful, and relevant.” - Michael
  • "I have been to other conferences before, and NEVER have I been embraced like family!” - Gail
  • "Overall this was a great conference –fantastic work from the BDPA team. You guys are great, and I hope to see you all again in Indy!” - Andrea
  • "This was a good conference for learning and networking.” – Jean
Twitter Comments from the Conference
  • Sherrie Littlejohn (@WellsFargo) - - is lightin' 'em up at the @BDPA_Conference this morning! #BDPA
  • @GaryNaranjo (PNC Bank) checked in at @BDPA_Conference. He wants to hire some folks this week! - #BDPA
  • Congrats @bdpanewjersey HSCC student, Conroy McDonald, 4 winning @JNJCares scholarship at @BDPA_Conference! #BDPA13
  • Feeling charged up after another PHENOMENAL @BDPA_Conference! See you next year in Indy!!!
  • Oracle just gave a total of $30k in scholarships to five BDPA students at the National BDPA Awards Gala. #BDPA13
  • Our own Stacy Stewart, Chapter Pres, a recipient of Epsilon BDPA Community Svc Award. #bdpa13
  • Mind has been completely filled! Having a very positive experience at the National BDPA Conference #BDPA
  • @GEICO is still taking resumes today!! Stop by for these cool prizes. #BDPA13
  • Spoken word by Twin Poets was an powerful experience. #BDPA13
  • Took a short tour of the @HP Data Center Pod. Very innovative idea. Our students asked tons of questions. #bdpa13
  • Qualcomm IT is hiring! . #BDPA13
  • My speech to the @BDPA_Conference focused on us treating folks in #STEM as all-stars, the same way we treat star athletes.
  • Listening to @rolandsmartin give a REAL keynote about branding STEM with real impact. @BDPA_Conference #BDPA13 #DC
  • DC is the place to be! The Nat'l @BDPA_Conference officially kicks off tonight w/ @rolandsmartin speaking at the opening ceremony #BDPA13

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Pamela Sexton National Vice President Candidate Request Your Vote

Posted By Monique F. Berry, Wednesday, August 7, 2013

I am seeking your support to become your next National Vice President of BDPA. I am passionate about the organizaton and know that I have what it takes to move us forward. My key focus areas will be Brand Rejuvanation, Member Value Proposition and Cultural Transformation of National BDPA.
Please review the attached brief summary and also share with your delegates to gaina little more insight about me. I am looking forward to meeting you and your delegates next week to discuss any suggestions or concerns you may have going into 2014. Thanks for your support.
Thanks & Regards,
Pamela Sexton
BDPA Chicago Chapter President
NBDPA VP Strategy & Planning
2013 National Conference Director

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