BDPA’s Initial ITEC Partnership – a Huge Success By Darrell Andrews June 2002 Volume 2, Issue 2Inside this Issue1 • BDPA and ITEC2 • Message From the President3 Darrell Andrews, Twanda Bradley, and Wendy Wonsley prepare for visitors to the • Member Spotlight BDPA booth on opening day at the Tampa Bay ITEC • BDPA Internet Radio Show The BDPA-GTBC booth was In case you missed it, ITEC 20024 • GTBC Hosts Board of was the place to be for anyone even extremely professional, and well Directors Meeting remotely interested in the IT received. We premiered a multi- • National Conference industry, and the Greater Tampa Bay media presentation about our local Update chapter of BDPA held the fortunate and national organization, created by5 • SITES Update – HSCC position of serving as a principal Milton Jones. We also successfully Team Chosen partner in this year’s event, held at attracted new members, gained more support from the local corporate • Powerful Programs the Tampa Convention Center, May community, and garnered individual • Membership Update 1 – 2, 2002. During this event, we were able to showcase BDPA-GTBC and corporate interest in our • Editor’s Message upcoming national conference.6 to the local IT community. • Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) Thanks to those of us who took time Among the highlights of the two-day • Powerful Programs event was a GTBC-BDPA sponsored from our busy schedules to volunteer7 • BDPA-GTBC Activities seminar session highlighting Future time and effort in making our booth Career Trends in the IT Industry. one of the gems of the event. Kudos The well attended session was to Erni Moore, Wendy Wonsley, conducted by Ms. Simone Gans- Twanda Bradley, Milton Jones, Barefield of Gans, Gans & Leslie Mozon, Claudine Jauboin, Associates. Ms. Gans-Barefield Letitia Luckett, Renee Clark, Darrell provided information to the audience Andrews, and Linda Doobay for on career trends, self-marketing, helping ensure our success at ITEC. planning, and presentation tips. In the current depressed job market After the success at ITEC, our within the IT industry, everyone who chapter is well on it’s way to gaining attended this session was blissfully recognition in this area and no longer pleased with the information and tips being “the best kept secret in Tampa that they received. Bay”. Let’s do it again in 2003!
BDPA Click – June 2002 Message From the President BDPA Click Newsletter Team Dear BDPA members and supporters, The first half of 2002 has been a huge success for our Editor chapter. We have made several enhancements to our Cheryl Austin programs and have made tremendous strides towards becoming even more active in our community as we Contributing Authors continue to bridge the digital divide. For years, Darrell Andrews BDPA-GTBC has been the “Best Kept Secret in Tampa Bay”, but we’re Cheryl Austin working diligently to let everyone in the Tampa Bay area know about our Linda Doobay successful organization. Milton Jones Letitia Luckett As hosts of the 2002 BDPA National Conference in Orlando, we have a Franne McNeal unique opportunity to bring the IT Thought Leaders to Central Florida. Erni Moore Our past president, Wendy Wonsley, is the Internal Director for this year’s Leslie Mozon conference and her team’s goal is to make the 2002 conference the best Wendy Wonsley ever. If you have not registered for the conference, please do so soon! The networking, knowledge, and career enhancement opportunities are there for you to take advantage of. BDPA – GTBC Our chapter successfully hosted the 1st quarter National BDPA Board of Executive Board Directors conference at the Walt Disney World Contemporary Resort, the Erni Moore site of the 2002 conference. Several chapter members were on hand to President assist us in hosting this event. Del Jenkins, VP – IT Services for Verizon Information Technologies, and a recent member of our chapter, was the Milton Jones keynote speaker at the luncheon. Kudos to Ann Clement, Linda Doobay, President-Elect Twanda Bradley, Milton Jones, and Darrell Andrews for their hard work towards a successful conference. Chandra Dilworth VP – Finance One of the exciting events that occurred during the board meeting was the approval of our newest sister chapter in Orlando. The Orlando Letitia Luckett chapter, led by Jimm Middleton is doing some good things and bringing VP – Member Services the IT awareness to the Orlando community. Darrell Andrews Lastly, for those of us who were able to participate in this year’s Tampa VP – Strategy and Planning Bay ITEC, I can only say “Wow!” The show was a success for our chapter and the local IT community. We made several corporate and individual Leslie Mozon contacts, and signed up some new members. The program meeting that VP – Membership Management we held was well attended with lots of questions and dialogue. Thanks to Wendy Wonsley the entire executive board, Twanda Bradley, Renee Clark, Linda Doobay Immediate Past President and Claudine Jauboin for your participation and assistance. It’s good to see member involvement increasing dramatically this year. I encourage all of us to be more involved with BDPA. Together, we can make a difference in our community and our careers. BDPA – Greater Tampa Bay Chapter, Inc. P.O. Box 16117 Tampa, FL 33617 Erni Moore www.bdpatampa.org President, BDPA – Greater Tampa Bay Chapter firstname.lastname@example.org 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
ndBDPA – Greater Tampa Bay Chapter 2 Quarter NewsletterMember Spotlight – Tune In! BDPA Pilots service for our members and supporters.”Leslie Mozon Internet Radio Show Twanda Bradley, National BDPABy Letitia Luckett By Franne McNeil Public Relations Director added, “This is a wonderful and creativeOur membership BDPA is proud to announce that way to market BDPA, with anspotlight for this three Internet radio shows are airing emphasis on the 24th Annual Nationalquarter falls on Leslie live on Thursdays between 10:30 – Conference, youth education &Andrew Mozon. Leslie 11:30am EST, starting June 6, 2002 community outreach programs. Thishas recently joined our via The Black World Today is consistent with our mission ofchapter’s executive committee as the (http://www.tbwt.com network. The ) being ‘Information TechnologyVP of Membership Management. He Black World Today (TBWT) has Thought Leaders’. With theis currently employed at TSI, produced a number of Internet radio archiving feature available throughTelecommunication Services shows and is collaborating with internet radio technology, BDPAIncorporated, a company that has BDPA in a pilot of three shows. The chapters will have access to a widerrecently been divested from the show is an online talk radio program cross-section of IT professionals andVerizon Corporation, where he has that interviews different guests each other individuals on an ongoingbeen employed for 15 years. His week. The initial show featured two basis”.various responsibilities include Greater Tampa Bay Chapteroperations support, application members, Erni Moore and Wendydevelopment, customer and Wonsley.productions support, and softwarequality assurance. TBWT Founder, Don Rojas, is the executive producer of the program.A native of Washington DC, Leslie Franne McNeal of HR Energy, whomet Flora Green, his wife and student is also a BDPA-Philadelphia Chapterat Bethune Cookman College while member will be the host of theearning a BS Degree in Computer weekly radio show. Ms. McNeal isSciences from Embry-Riddle pleased to be able to highlightAeronautical University in Daytona important issues around technology,Beach, Florida. Together they have African-Americans and technology,three lovely daughters. and involve BDPA members, sponsors, partners, and strategicWhen Leslie is not at TSI, you can alliances. This Internet Radio Showfind him working with his church in project also provides the opportunityits youth ministries, leading worship to showcase BDPA activities:services, speaking, or singing. He conferences, chapter activities,and his wife also are the owners of HSCC, foundation, and e-groups.Florizon Enterprises, an independent "Our guests will be able to showcasebusiness creating and distribution BDPA members, benefits andspecialty gifts and assisting others in activities as well as share relevantaltering their spending habits to information for listeners," states Ms.produce income instead of occurring McNeal.expenses. BDPA is excited to have thisAdd to this the responsibilities and opportunity to produce a weekly 1-challenges of BDPA and you’ll find hour radio program on the Internet.that Leslie has become one busy Wayne Hicks, National BDPAfellow! But he believes that unless President-Elect stated, “We areone stretches himself to the limit, pleased to be partnering with anhe will never know just how far African-American firm usingthey could go. technology. The fact that the program would be broadcast live for 1 hour; and available for review by visitors to the website is a wonderful . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
BDPA Click – June 2002GTBC Successfully BDPA National Conference UpdateHosts 2002 1stQuarter BDPA Board By Wendy Wonsley, National Internal Conference Directorof Directors Meeting Greetings my fellow BDPA family members, sponsors and supporters!By Erni Moore BDPA is having its 24th Annual National Conference at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL, August 7-11, 2002. OurOur chapter hosted the 1st quarter Greater Tampa Bay Chapter is the host of this year’s conference, whichboard meeting for the National will prove to be one of the most dynamic events in the organization’sBDPA, February 1-3 at the Walt history. This conference provides an opportunity for employers,Disney World’s Contemporary professionals, students and career seekers to network and pursueResort. This is the site of the BDPA resources for starting and growing businesses. Critical information onNational conference in August. technology trends, business skills, management training, and IT careerDel Jenkins, Vice-President of IT skills development is made available to the participants who want toServices for Verizon Information enhance their knowledge base.Technologies, was the keynotespeaker at the executive luncheon, We are less than 60 days away from BDPA Conference 2002. Theand gave a presentation on Enterprise 2002 Internal Conference Team continues to work diligently on theOutsourcing. He also shared his planning of our national conference. Every effort is being made to ensureinsights on our industry as an that you are provided with both timely and pertinent information to assistAfrican-American IT executive. you in making preparations for you and your families to join us at Disneys Contemporary Resort this August.Verizon Information Technologieswas a major sponsor for this meeting, The number of conference registrants continues to grow. As of 05/31/02,which was attended by over 50 we have 232 conference registrants! If you have not registered for thepeople from across the country who conference, please do so by submitting the enclosed registration form orare in leadership positions for their by visiting the National BDPA website at www.bdpa.org and selecting thechapters. Del is also a member of the Conference Central icon.Greater Tampa Bay Chapter. As the host chapter, we have several members involved in the planning ofSeveral members of our chapter were events for the conference. Ann Clement has done a fantastic job with theon hand to ensure that the meeting networking activities. Ann’s team has set up dinners, evenings City Walkwas successful. The team worked and Pleasure Island, and an outlet mall shopping trip for the participants.diligently and their efforts were wellreceived by the BDPA Board of Renee Clark is spearheading the Prayer Breakfast, held on the last day ofDirectors. the conference. Letitia Luckett is coordinating the opening ceremonies and Darrell Andrews is handling the town hall meeting. There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer, regardless of whether you’re planning to attend the conference. If you are interested in being a volunteer, please contact Dee Pearson, National BDPA Logistics Coordinator at email@example.com. More information will be available at the Town Hall meeting that I’m having for the BDPA-GTBC membership on June 18 at Verizon Data Services from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. I look forward to seeing you at this year’s conference! 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
BDPA 2002 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY THOUGHT LEADERS 24th ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE “Changing the Culture of IT: From Access to Ownership”BDPA, the premier organization for African Americans in Information Technology, is hosting its24th Annual National Conference at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL, August 7-11, 2002.The 2002 National Conference will prove to be one of the most dynamic events in the organization’s history.The conference serves as a catalyst for youth, high school students, college students, IT professionals,entrepreneurs, IT Senior Managers, corporations, educational institutions and government agencies, to exploreinformation technology opportunities for professional growth and technical development.This conference provides an opportunity for employers, professionals, students and career seekers to networkand pursue resources for starting and growing businesses. The conference provides critical information ontechnology trends, business skills, management training, and IT career skills development. CAREER FAIR & TECHNOLOGY EXPERIENCE… EXPO LEADING EDGE SEMINAR TRACKS: I. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY II. LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT Friday and Saturday, August 9th and 10th III. ENTREPRENEURS & SMALL BUSINESS IV. CAREER DEVELOPMENT V. ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT Two exciting days of information, education, and IT SENIOR MANAGEMENT FORUM (ITSMF) demonstrations by some Network with CIOs and Senior Management of the top companies in the IT industry. Professionals HIGH SCHOOL COMPUTER COMPETITION (HSCC) Experience the excitement as high school students from over 25 urban communities display their skills and expertise in programming and technical presentations. YOUTH CONFERENCE Hands-on training and workshops in technology, PC Building Race and IT Knowledge Quiz Bowl NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES Meet IT Professionals from 45 BDPA chapters across the nation. • DIGNITARIES RECEPTION & CIO ROUNDTABLE • ENTREPRENEUR SHOWCASE • COLLEGE & HBCU ROUNDTABLE • TOWN HALL MEETING • AWARDS BANQUET sponsored by Walt Disney World® • EXECUTIVE GOLF OUTING • PRAYER BREAKFAST Awards Banquet Keynote: Roger Berry Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Walt Disney World Resort, in Orlando, Florida BDPA 2002 th 24 ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE “Changing the Culture of IT: From Access to Ownership” August 7-11, 2002 Disney’s Contemporary Resort Lake Buena Vista, FL PHONE: (800) 727-BDPA FAX: (301) 350-0052 WEBSITE: WWW.BDPA.ORG 9315 Largo Drive, Suite 260 – Largo, MD 20774
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ndBDPA – Greater Tampa Bay Chapter 2 Quarter NewsletterSITES Update well as members of our chapter pitched in for a weekend hot dog and By Leslie MozonHSCC Team Chosen hamburger sale at Wal-Mart in Town ‘N Country. This event resulted in BDPA – Greater Tampa Bay wouldBy Linda Doobay over $2000 for our chapter. like to welcome the following new members who have joined our BDPAThe SITES Computer Camp is family this past quarter:currently being held Verizon DataServices’ I.T. Training Center in Liz BharathTemple Terrace on Saturday Charlene Blandmornings. SITES (Students in Chris CusterInformation Technology, Education, Julius Densonand Scholarships) is a national Navindra DoobayBDPA program where students are Joyelle Gardnertrained in programming skills that Collin Gladethey can use either in college or as a Travis Gray Our 2002 HSCC Team: Emersonfoundation for their careers in Tillman, Mac Teng, Derek Armstrong, Richard HaleyInformation Technology. Our local and Phillip Scott (Joyelle Gardner not Milcah Henrychapter provides an annual computer pictured) Joyce Travis Hoguecamp for high school students John Howlettentering 9th through 12th grades in Plans are underway for the SITES Chaquia HowardAugust that have an interest in IT and summer fundraiser. Neil Armstrong, Claudine Jauboincomputers. long time active member and parent Audrey Jones of one of our HSCC team members, Zahir LalbachanThis is a challenging program that will be working with Linda Doobay James Lightfootrequires commitment and a to kick off the summer fundraiser. Leslie Mozonwillingness to learn from the Your participation is welcome. Look Jeffery Newtonstudents. The top students from our for more information on this Manny O’Bryantcomputer camp are invited to fundraiser in future communications. Richard Reedparticipate in the national BDPA Brittani ReidHigh School Computer Competition Editor’s Message Johnny Riley(HSCC) and represent the Greater Phillip ScottTampa Bay Chapter. This year’s Christopher Warrenteam consists of Derek Armstrong, By Cheryl AustinJoyelle Gardner, Phillip Scott, Mac Renewing members include:Teng, and Emerson Tillman. In Thank you for the opportunity toaddition, four students are slated to become the editor of our chapter’s Saddiq Aquilparticipate in the BDPA Youth newsletter. It was quite an honor Derek ArmstrongConference. The Youth Conference to be asked by our president to Jeremy Hankinsinvitees are Navindra Doobay, take on this responsibility for Andy MartinSaddiq Aquil, Julius Denson, and BDPA-GTBC. I’ve been involved Mac TengChristopher Warren. with the chapter for two years and I’m really proud of what we’veThe students have already been accomplished.registered for the conference and willhave bios and pictures provided for Participation is what makes thisnational exposure. Congratulations newsletter successful. We areto the students who will be looking for people who would likerepresenting our chapter at the to use their literary talent and writeNational Conference in the HSCC articles for our newsletter. We’reand Youth Conference! also looking for folks who would like to sell ads so that we can produce more copies of this qualityOur first fundraiser was a huge Membership Updatesuccess! Our students and parents, as publication. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
BDPA Click – June 2002CAC – A “Win-Win” Powerful Programs attendees, we enjoyed the company of several visitors (a.k.a. potentialfor BDPA and Local members), some of which visited us By Leslie MozonCorporations previously at the ITEC conference. If you missed the May program Our featured speaker was RobertBy Milton Jones meetings, I hope someone has shared Blalock, who led a very spirited some of the excitement with you so discussion on Customer RelationshipDuring the next several weeks, our that you know what you’ve beenchapter will be establishing a Management (CRM). His interactive missing. If not, then read on!Corporate Advisory Council (CAC). presentation style generated manyThe CAC will function as an If you attended the May program Q&A sessions woven within theadvisory board to the GTBC board meetings, then you’ve experienced actual presentation. Thismembers. We strongly believe that the excitement! And you probably spontaneous interaction aidedpartnering with senior management want to assure that you’re available everyone in gaining a thoroughfrom corporations within the Tampa to attend all the rest! understanding of the CRM conceptsBay community will help to advance and uses. Members and potentialour organization goals. We will The first meeting was a special members alike shared their differentbenefit from their collective business meeting held on May 2nd during perspectives of how useful a CRMexperience and relationships. The ITEC at the Tampa Convention database would be in their businesses.CAC will serve as a sounding board Center. Before and after thefor ideas, concepts and programs; meeting, many members tookprovide business leadership to enable advantage of this break away fromour chapter’s programs to function their normal routines to visit theeffectively; and help develop funding many booths at the ITEC conference.strategies. Our featured speaker was WendyOn June 7, Milton Jones and Erni Wonsley, the 2002 InternalMoore presented BDPA (both locally Conference Director for the 24thand nationally) to the Tampa Bay Annual National BDPA Conference.CIO Council’s Steering Committee. Wendy’s presentation told us allThe Tampa Bay CIO Council, about the many activities planned forfounded by Warren Rogers, is an the upcoming national conference,organization "consisting of CIOs and and explained the finer points of thishigh level IT executives from Tampa years theme “Changing The CultureBay area commercial businesses, Of Information Technology: Fromgovernment, and educational Access To Ownership”. Sheinstitutions that creates opportunities encouraged all of us to take part notfor IT executives to grow their only in helping to make thisrespective organizations and provide conference a success by volunteeringpersonal growth to the CIO." The our time and registering to attend, butpresentation was very well received also to allow the information gainedand the Tampa Bay CIO Council has and shared at the conference tooffered their support to our chapter. propel each of us to transform thisWe will be working directly with a years theme into a way of life.liaison from the steering committeewho will help us in building a strong The meeting concluded with a mildrelationship with the corporate competition in which the winnerscommunity and kick off our CAC. received prizes that included software, office supplies, and giftAnyone having an interest in serving certificates.as a CAC member should contactMilton Jones at (813) 973-8028. Our regular May meeting was at theThis is a wonderful opportunity for Ybor City campus of Hillsboroughour chapter that also benefits the Community College (HCC), in thelocal corporate community. Visual Arts building. This was held on May 30th . Along with our regular 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
ndBDPA – Greater Tampa Bay Chapter 2 Quarter Newsletter BDPA – Greater Tampa Bay Chapter Activities Members and friends prepare for the program meeting after a delicious Black History Month dinner SITES students give the thumbs-up sign for a successful Wal- Mart fundraiser while Neil Armstrong samples his cooking. This event raised over $2200 for our SITES program. Black History Month Dinner SITES Fundraiser Chandra Dilworth (BDPA- GTBC’s VP of Finance) and Leola Siplin enjoy their meal SITES instructors, Vladimir Vivien and John-Antony DuBreuil view Linda Washington’s Black History Leadership in Action! Twanda display Bradley, Milton Jones, and Wendy Wonsley work the BDPA booth at ITEC Tampa Bay ITEC National Internal Conference Director, Wendy Wonsley, hypes Simone Gans-Barefield, President of Gans, Gans, and Associates, and Erni up the audience with prizes and Moore, BDPA-GTBC President, field questions from the audience after the Disney stickers at the ITEC BDPA hosted IT Career Trends Seminar at ITEC program meeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
BDPA Click – June 2002 UPCOMING EVENTS BDPA NATIONAL CONFERENCE “Changing the Culture of IT: From Access to Ownership” August 7 – 11, 2002 Town Hall Meeting – BDPA 2002 National Conference Facilitated by Wendy Wonsley, Internal Director for the 2002 National Conference Tuesday, June 18, 2002 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Verizon Data Services Technology Center – Bubble Room June Program Meeting Featuring Delatorro McNeil, Award Winning Motivational Speaker and Author Thursday, June 27, 2002 6:00 p.m. Hillsborough Community College – Ybor City Campus, Visual Arts Bldg. Room 104 BDPA Education and Awards BanquetCompany NameNumber Street Address BULK RATECity, State Postal Code US POSTAGECountry PAID CITY, STATE PERMIT NO. 000ADDRESS CORRECTION REQUESTED Subscriber Name Number Street Address City, State Postal Code Country 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .