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Hello GCBDPA family..

BDPA's 33rd Annual Technology Conference theme, Ignite, Inspire, and Empower…..The GPS of Future Technologies defined the purpose of our conference this year.

Here is an overview from the conference and workshops offered to our student attendees:

Our very own Mildred Allen of IST PMO department, was presented the President's Award at the national BDPA awards gala on Saturday, August 6th, 2011. This distinguish award is given by the national president to a member that went above and beyond their duties assigned. Mildred currently holds the position of National VP of Membership Management for BDPA.

Mildred took on the task of converting BDPA's national website and membership database from an unsupported system to a more user friendly infrastructure that is scalable and cost effective to the organization.

Left to right: Admiral Roughhead - COO of United States Navy, Mildred Allen - National VP of Membership Management for BDPA and Earl Pace – Founder of BDPA



12 shoe graphic designs were created by participants of the Sole Plus Design with Converse Shoes workshop. The objective of the workshop was to provide hands-on techniques using Photo Shop to create a unique fusion of artistic expression that will be applied to Converse canvas sneakers.



Greater Columbia BDPA chapter design was energy conservation and environmental focus. This is a great opportunity for future collaboration with SCANA conservation efforts.

Each team created a unique name for their design group and only students that were not members of a design group were allowed to vote. The student designs were voted on by their peers. The design team with the winning graphic is TAG, Twin Cities Chapter (see below) . Each winning team member will receive a pair of Converse shoes displaying the original design. Also, additional pairs of Converse sneakers bearing the original design will be donated to a local Chicago women and children's shelter on September 17th, 2011.



Secondly, the winners for the 2 XBOX competitions are: Dallyn Davison of the Twin Cities chapter for NBA Live and Daniel Dyer of Virginia chapter for Call of Duty Black OPS. In addition to the gift packs they received from the Microsoft Store located in Oak Brook, IL, they will also be receiving prizes from the Play N Trade, the Lansing location.

Also, Michael James and Tyra Foulk, of Greater Columbia BDPA chapter, were members of the winning team for the Project Management for Teens workshop. The objective of the Project Management for Teens workshop ,conducted by William Smith,was to take students through the four phases that is required to complete a project: defining, planning, implementing and finalization. Students were given a projectin which theywere tocomplete in a team and later present their project to their peers. At the end of this workshop, each student was equipped with the basic project management skill where they can build upon and utilized in their school assignments and also include on their resume.

                                                                           Michael James

                                                                               Tyra Foulk

Lastly, all junior and senior high school students were given an assignment to network with at least 3 professionals and gather specific information outlined in the Interviewing for Success workshop. Points were awarded to each completed networking sheet turned in by the student. On Friday, each junior and senior student were taken through a mock interview where pre-determined questions were asked by our very own BDPA professionals. The students were given a score of 1 through 4 for each question asked based on their responses. The winners of the Network and Student Mock Interview workshop are: Farida Labaran and Kyle Williams of Chicago chapter. They each received prizes awarded by our Interviewing for Success workshop presenter, Debra Farmer.

There will be additional IT workshops planned throughout the year. I will send out an email as they become available. See you all soon.

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