Newsletter: BDPA New York (Dec 2010)


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Newsletter: BDPA New York (Dec 2010)

  1. 1. Volume 28, Issue 5 Winter 2010/2011 New York State CIO Keynotes 2010 Awards Dinner; Students ReceiveInside this issue: Citations of Excellence from Local PoliticiansNew York State CIO Keynotes 12010 Awards Dinner awards dinner serves to recog- ing keynote address followed, nize the achievements of BDPA delivered by New York State2011 Black Family Technology 1Awareness Week New York’s students as well as Chief Information Officer, Melo- honor its community supporters die Mayberry-Stewart, PhD, whoBDPA New York Elects New Presi- 1 and corporate sponsors. encouraged those in attendancedent Wayne Hicks, Executive Direc- to increase participation in STEMPresident’s Message 2 tor of BETF, served as Master fields, in which African- of Ceremonies for the dinner, Americans are historically under-President-Elect’s Message 3 enthusiastically encouraging represented. Dr. Mayberry-2011 National BDPA Conference 4 and reminding the audience Stewart noted BDPA’s rich leg- New York State CIO, Melodie Mayberry- Stewart, PhD with three of the student throughout the program to not acy, her 30 year involvementBDPA New York Recognizes 4National Cyber Security Aware- Honorees be afraid of the STEM , by get- with the organization, as well asness Month ting more involved with BDPA her own personal achievements,Holiday Party & SITES Fundraiser 4 Don’t Be Afraid of the STEM! and its educational initiatives. which include being the first per- That was the event theme of son in her family to graduateNew York Area IT/ Professional 5 BDPA New York’s 2010 Schol- National Grid Vice President of from college, the first African-Events American female to receive a arship and Awards Dinner, held Inclusion and Diversity, NeddyIn the Community 5 Wednesday, November 10, Perez, welcomed the audience doctorate from the Peter F.Photo Gallery 6 2010, at event sponsor Na- and provided an overview of Drucker School of ExecutiveStudent & Youth Opportunities 8 tional Grid’s location in Down- National Grid’s commitment to Management, and becoming town Brooklyn, NY. The annual diversity and STEM. An inspir- (continued on page 3)Event Calendar 9 BDPA New York Elects New2011 Black Family Technology Awareness Week President What is Black Family On November 18th, Technology Aware- Benefits of being a part of BFTAW BDPA New York mem- ness Week? A recent study by Career Communications bers elected Renetta Black Family Tech- Group, Inc (CCG) and the Information technology English, current VP of nology Awareness Association of America suggests that the great- istockphoto Membership Manage- Week (BFTAW) is a est factor in a student’s decision to go into Infor- ment, as President. national public mation Technology is that student’s early expo- Outgoing President Judaea Yarde Laneawareness campaign designed to educate and sure to computers. Despite recent news reports describes Renetta as "an awesome,empower African Americans through technology of IT layoffs, major companies are still hiring dedicated and hard-working woman,by preparing our communities to become an Engineers, IT Professionals and other technical who has accepted the challenge tointegral part of the fastest-moving industry of all workers for jobs requiring skills in math, science, move our chapter to the nexttime. As quoted by Tyrone D. Taborn, CCGs pub- and technology. In fact these companies are level". To read Renetta’s bio pleaselisher and CEO, "The Black Family Technology recruiting strongly outside of the country for visit this link - https://Awareness Campaign was never about simple qualified workers. As the African American and access and mere computer ownership Hispanic communities became larger parts of d/1Zr6p8PyaokZfiU-but rather about African Americans becoming the workforce, empowering minorities through TBcjdJz5FSwMztsANNlr9hZjkvBg/edit?true beneficiaries of the many assets of technol- literacy in technology becomes ever more impor- hl=en&pli=1.ogy and all it has to offer." It is critical that we tant. Early exposure to technology not onlybecome a major part of the economy of the next opens doors to lucrative careers, it providesmillennium. As a community, we successfully critical motivation to children to learn outside Renetta’s presidency will start Januaryleverage technology in school, at work, at home, the walls of the traditional classroom. 1, 2011. (Visit page 3 for a messagein communications, and in almost every area of (continued on page 3) from the new president)our lives. Page 1
  2. 2. Volume 28, Issue 5 President’s Message As I sat down to pen my Computing Conference.  Thanks to our members and sup- last message as President porters, we were able to conduct of BDPA-New York, I could  Communications technical & professional presen- not think of the last words  Our newsletter, HumanWARE, was tations on such topics as Cloud or message to express. So I decided to revamped in Summer 2008 with a Computing, Social Networking review our photo album at pub- new look and feel Strategies, The Role of IT in Vot- Then the  Our website underwent a com- ing, Turning a No into a Yes, and following words immediately came plete redesign in April 2008 Virtualization and Client Comput- straight out of my heart - Thank You. A  We expanded our communication ing photo album has a beautiful way of reach by joining Facebook and  We provided social/networking reflecting memories. No matter what LinkedIn in 2009 opportunities to our membership took place: good or bad, pictures tell a with events such as our monthly beautiful story. Highlights of my ad- Meet-n-Greet at B. Smith’s, Sing,  Community Outreach ministration are as follows: Harlem, Sing Theatre event, and  We conducted workshops for the community during February for Book Signing Party.  SITES: Black Family Technology Aware-  Our SITES students participated in ness Week and, most recently,  Sponsorship/Community Support BDPA’s Regional and National during October for National Cyber  Thanks to our corporate sponsors Conferences via programs such Security Awareness Month. and community supporters: UBS, as the High School Computer  We partnered with nonprofit or- JP Morgan Chase, DELBAC, Inc, Competition, in which they placed ganizations to participate in and Yahoo! Employee Foundation, in the top 10 for the past three events such as No Limits Career several BDPA members received years, as well as the Youth Tech- Day and Sisterhood: United we employment opportunities, and nology Camp and IT Showcase. eighteen $500 scholarships were Inspire. Special acknowledgement goes to distributed to our SITES students.  We developed and/or strength- National Grid and Sesame Flyers ened relationships with organiza- My success as President could not International, Inc, who always pro- tions and businesses such as the have happened without the support of vided the resources to prepare Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Small- my Executive Board, our members, and our students for technical compe-, National As- our many supporters. Thank You and titions. sociation of African Americans in Thank You once again for allowing me  A few of our SITES students were Human Resources, The Web chosen for the unique opportunity to represent you as President of BDPA Academy, National Urban New York. to intern at Bank of New York and League, National Black MBA As- UBS. sociation, and B. Smith’s Restau-  Thanks to Dr. Jesse Bemley, our Best wishes, Good health, and Love, rant students received the chance of a lifetime – the opportunity to at- Judaea Yarde Lane tend the 2009 and 2010 Teragrid  Membership/Events2011 BFTAW, Continued(Continued from page 1)Get Involved2011 BFTAW is scheduled for February 13-19, 2011. BDPA New York’s 2011 BFTAW Planning Committee has startedplanning events for the community during this week, and you, your club, or organization is welcome to participate. Be apart of the Youth Technology Fair, Entrepreneurs and Technology Forum and more. The committee meets every Tuesdayat 9:00 PM via conference call. For conference call information and to get involved please email orcall the chapter voicemail at (212) 802-5431.Submitted by Cheryl Nedwell and Judaea Yarde Lane Page 2
  3. 3. Volume 28, Issue 5A Message from President-Elect Renetta EnglishI would first like to thank Judaea for her  Planning has begun for our signa- Monthyears of diligent service to our chapter ture February event, Black Family  November 2011 – Mobile Technol-and to the National organization. Technology Awareness Week, also ogy known as BFTAW (Visit page 1 for  December 2011 –Computer Sci-I am so excited and ready to run the more info on BFTAW). Please con- ence Week, Holiday Celebration2011 -2012 race by representing the tact Cheryl Nedwell or DamonNew York chapter of BDPA, which is truly Holmes to join the BFTAW Commit- As stated in my platform, New York Citya premiere organization for Information tee. Meetings are every Tuesday at is the center of the world and as you canTechnology professionals. I appreciate 9:00 pm. Email bftaw@bdpa- see we have a number of programsthe new members that have accepted if interested in joining the planned in 2011. New York City de-leadership positions in our chapter. committee. serves an organization for INFORMATIONTime is of the essence and 2011 is right  In March 2011, we will be hosting TECHNOLOGY professionals that’s asaround the corner. The baton has been an Information Technology and dynamic as the city. To achieve this, wepassed to a new 2011 team and its time Emergency Management Sympo- must all work together to participate into run the relay. Below are some of the sium. The Symposium will explore and promote the goals and mission ofinitiatives for 2011: and identify the links between BDPA. emergency management partners  Each January, our organization and information technology. I need you to attend our program meet- volunteers for Rainbow PUSH Coali-  April 2011 – Program Meeting Role ings, support our fundraisers, volunteer tion’s Annual Wall Street Project: of IT and Census as speakers, and to be mentors for our  May 2011 - CIO/ CTO Forum, Meet IT Showcase students. Please contact pages/14th_economic_summit. and Greet me at to discuss vol- Kim Smith, our newly appointed VP unteer opportunities. of Membership Management, is  June 2011 – Internet Week, Em- ployment and Branding Forum, currently seeking volunteers to I, along with the 2011 – 2012 board, are Meet and Greet attend and to participate in the looking forward to meeting you at the career fair. This is an opportunity  August 2011 – National Confer- Holiday celebration on December 17th, for us all to promote National BDPA ence Summer Fundraiser / 2010 and working with you all in the and to support one of our mem- Scholarship Event coming year. bers, Andrew Carr, Executive Direc-  September 2011 – Health and IT, tor of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. General Membership Meeting, All the best, Please contact Kim at vpmm@bdpa Meet and Greet if interested.  October 2011 – Cyber Security Renetta A. English2010 Awards Dinner, Continued(continued from page 1) the first CIO of ter’s SITES (Student Information Technol- sented to BDPA New York’s 2010 com-her hometown, Cleveland, OH. In her ogy Education and Scholarship) program, munity supporters and corporate spon-closing, Dr. Mayberry-Stewart encour- by Council Member Letitia James (D- sors, which were UBS, JP Morgan Chase,aged the audience to consider the follow- Brooklyn), who stressed to the audience Yahoo! Employee Foundation, B. Smith’sing life lessons: the importance of education, noting the Restaurant, and DELBAC, Inc. disproportionately high High-School drop-  Only do what you are passionate out rate in her district amongst African- The awards dinner ended with final re- about American youth, especially males, and the marks from BDPA New York President  Fall in love with completion, and importance of giving back to the commu- Judaea Yarde Lane, who concludes her determine what excellence will look nity. Other citations were presented by the distinguished four year leadership of like to you office of New York State Assemblymember BDPA New York at the end of 2010.  Learn to fail faster so the recovery is Hakeem Jeffries (D– Brooklyn), and the shorter office of Brooklyn Borough President Marty BDPA New York thanks all members and Markowitz. The 2010 student honorees supporters who helped make this event  Seek and nurture lifelong mentors & were Kevin Castillo, Khadijah Celestine, a success. relationships Kiara Paige, Frantzy Phillipe, Nicholas Reid,  Give back to the community Cazemba Richards, Alan Rosales, and (For more photos from the event go to Georgina Sealy. page 5 or visit our photo gallery atFollowing the keynote address, citations excellence were presented to the stu- Following the citations, awards were pre-dents for their involvement in the chap- Submitted by Danielle Cauthen Page 3
  4. 4. Volume 28, Issue 5 2011 National BDPABDPA New York Recognizes National Cyber Security Awareness Month Conference Did you awareness-month. throughout the community: know that  Moira Jack, CISSP October BDPA New York showed their  Carol McGee Anthony, was Na- support for National Cyber Se- CISSP, GCIA tional Cy- curity Awareness Month by  Denise Hamilton, CFCP ber Secu- joining other NCSAM endorsers and BDPA New York Direc- rity Aware- to spread cyber security aware- tor of Education and Com- ness ness throughout the commu- munity Outreach It’s not too early to startmonth? Now in its 7th year, nity. With the understanding making plans to attend thethe awareness campaign re- that people of all ages are ven- Special thanks also goes to 2011 National BDPA Con-minds us all that we have a turing into the cyberworld the following organizations, ference. Next year’s con-shared responsibility to protect known as the World Wide Web, who partnered with our chapter ference will be held in thethe cyber networks we rely BDPA New York members re- to host the event: “Windy City” a.k.a. Chicago,upon. National Cybersecurity cruited volunteers to present to IL, from Aug 3—6, 2011, atAwareness Month is the time of the African-American commu- the Hilton Chicago. Furtherthe year we need to stop and nity on the topic, "Creating a  Winthrop Beacon III Com- details will be posted on munity center, Brooklyn,realize all the things we can do SafetyNet for the Inter- the National BDPA website NYcollectively to keep our selves net". The presenters focused when available.cyber-educated, cyber-smart, on key areas such as Internet  Life Enrichment Commit-and cyber-assured. Image, cyber-bullying, and tee of Salem Missionary The national conference is Internet Security, with a strong Baptist Church, Brooklyn, an annual forum dedicatedThis past October, President focus on identifying information NY to joining IT ProfessionalsObama signed a proclamation and identity theft risks and  Rodham Senior Citizen with the latest technologyrecognizing the month as Na- recommendations on how to Council of Cornerston Bap- advances, and career andtional Cyber Security Aware- protect your information and tist Church, Brooklyn, NY professional developmentness Month - system.  East Elmhurst Civic Asso- opportunities. The Special acknowledgement goes ciation, Queens, NY is to provide access to the-office/2010/10/01/ to the following BDPA mem- most innovative conceptspresidential-proclamation- bers, who volunteered their Submitted by Judaea Yarde in emerging technologies,national-cybersecurity- time to present this topic Lane theories, research and edu- cation. The 2011 Conference may be a few months from now, however National BDPA is providing the great incen- tive to register early with discounted early bird regis- tration. The early bird reg- istration rates are $350 for members and $550 for non -members. To get this dis- count, you must register by 11:59 pm on December 31, 2010. Please visit https:// EV04EventDetail.aspx? eventID=1479 for more information on the 2011 National Conference and to register. See you in Chi- cago! Page 4
  5. 5. Volume 28, Issue 5New York Area IT/Professional Events: December 2010—February 2011December 16 New York. NY For more info and to register please visitNYTech Holiday Networking Party by New York Technology Council February 7-11, 20116:00pm—8:00pm Social Media WeekHoundstooth For more info please visit 8th AveNew York, NY February 8, 2011Tickets: $40 NYTech Members, $65 Non-Members IT Roadmap Conference & ExpoFor more info and to register please visit: 8:30 am—4:00 pm Javits Convention CenterJanuary 20 655 West 34th St New York, NY 10001Digital Privacy ForumHosted by, SocialTimes, and AllFacebook For more info and to register please visit New Yorker Hotel481 8th AvenueIn the Community: December 2010 —February 2011 15th Annual Black Nutcracker December 16 Apollo Theater New York, NY For more info, or to purchase tickets please visit Courtesy istock- photo artist/1521878 Happy Holidays Rainbow PUSH 13th Annual Wall St Project “A More Perfect Union: Time to Rebuild America” and January 11-14, 2011 Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers Happy New New York, NYFor more info or to register please visit: Year!pages/14th_economic_summit From Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service January 17, 2011 BDPA New York Various Service Events Throughout New York City For more information and to locate a service project visit Getty Images The Web Academy Winter Semester 2010 *Free Courses* Registration Deadline: February 15, 2011 For more info and to register visit webacademy.orgPage 5
  6. 6. Volume 28, Issue 5Photo Gallery2010 Scholarship and Awards Dinner—November 10, 2010, Brooklyn, NY 1 2 3 41. New York State CIO, Melodie Mayberry-Stewart, PhD (2nd from left), poses with three of the student honor- ees, from left to right: Georgina Sealy, Nicholas Reid, and Kevin Castillo2. The Honorees pose with President Judaea Yarde Lane, from left to right: Kevin Castillo, Nicholas Reid, Karen Smith (JP Morgan Chase), Georgina Sealy, Michael L Williams (UBS), Kristin Kelly Jangraw (Yahoo! Employee Foundation), Khadijah Celestine, Scottie Leaks (DELBAC, Inc)3. Brooklyn Council Member Letitia James4. Andrew Carr (l) of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition poses with BDPA-New York VP of Membership Management Renetta English (r) Page 6
  7. 7. Volume 28, Issue 5Photo Gallery2010 Scholarship and Awards Diinner—November 10, 2010, Brooklyn, NY (continued) 5 6 7 85. President Judaea Yarde Lane, with board members from other professional organizations in attendance. From left to right: David Hanley, National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR), Daniel Worell, National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), and Brian Midgette of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), representing New York NBMBAA President Derrick Bryant.6. BDPA NY Presidents, Past and Present, from left to right: Judaea Yarde Lane, George Mason, Renee McClure, and Antonio Codrington7. Renee McClure, former BDPA-New York and National BDPA President, poses with her husband and New York State CIO8. Executive Board of BDPA-New York poses with Wayne Hicks (far right), Executive Director, BETF. From left to right: Denise Hamilton, Roxanne Clinton, Cheri Jack, Judaea Yarde Lane, Damon Holmes, Danielle Cau- then, Renetta English (not pictured: Wanda Jackson, Jasmine Miller, Cheryl ). Page 7
  8. 8. Volume 28, Issue 5Student & Youth OpportunitiesGates Millennium Scholarships for Minorities The Gates Millennium Scholarship Program was established by Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, and his wife Melinda Gates. This scholarship is aimed at increasing minority representation in certain technical fields, by providing financial assistance to exceptional minority students. Eligible students must be graduating high school seniors, with a GPA of 3.3 and above, who have demonstrated leadership ability, participated in com-iStockPhoto munity service, and have financial need. The deadline to apply for the 2011 scholarship is January 10, 2011. For more information and to apply, please visit: Robinson Foundation Founded by Rachel Robinson, the widow of the late baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson, the Jackie Robinson Foundation aims to assist minority students through the granting of four-year scholarships for higher educa- tion. The annual scholarship program consists of scholarship awards of $7500 per year as well as a leader- ship program for scholarship recipients. Applicants must be a minority graduating high school senior with demonstrated academic achievement, and leadership potential. The deadline to apply for the 2011 scholar-Getty Images ship is March 15, 2011. For more information and to apply please visit: Oracle Scholarship The BDPA Oracle Scholarship, established in 2009 by Oracle, is a scholarship exclusively for active BDPA student members who are graduating high school seniors or current college students. Students must be active members of a BDPA Chapter, majoring/or have a desire to major in Engineering, Computer and Infor- mation Science, Computer Engineering or Mathematics and have a minimum 3.0 grade point average at the time of applying. The deadline has been extended to December 17, 2010. For more information and to apply please visit Brown Scholarship Program The Ron Brown Scholarship Program was established in 1996 in memory of the late Ronald H. Brown, the first African American Secretary of Commerce. This annual scholarship program seeks out high achieving African-American graduating seniors, who have demonstrated leadership, academic achievement, commu- nity service, and financial need, pursuing any academic field. This is a highly competitive scholarship, with up to only 20 students selected as scholars annually, out of hundreds of applications. The final deadline January 9, 2011. For more information and to apply, please visit Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship, established in memory of the late Anita Borg, founder of the Institute of Women in Technology and leader in technology, is aimed at encouraging women to pursue ca- reers in computing and technology. The scholarship is awarded to outstanding female students who will be graduating seniors or in a graduate program in the 2011-2012 academic year. All scholarship recipients and finalists are invited to attend the annual Google Scholars’ Retreat in Mountain View, CA, home of theiStockPhoto Google headquarters. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2011. For more information and to apply, please visit Page 8
  9. 9. Volume 28, Issue 5 BDPA-New York 2011 Executive BoardBDPA-New York Contact Information President…………………………………………..…………..……….…….…...Renetta English ( New York Chapter VP of Strategy & Planning…………………………………….…………..……….Alain Leroy ( Box 808Murray Hill Station VP of Membership Management………………………….……….….…....…Kim Smith ( York, NY 10156-0808 VP of Member Services………………………………………….…...…..……..Joshua Wynn ( VP of Communications………………………...…………….…….…....Danielle Cauthen ( Phone: 212-802-5431 Interim VP of Finance/Immediate Past President……………... Judaea Yarde Lane ( Fax: 212-591-6093 Director of Education/Community Outreach…..………….…..…..Denise Hamilton ( Email: Director of IT Showcase………………………………..………….….Carol Anthony ( Website: Director of Business and Professional Development………....Damon Holmes ( Director of Internal Support……………………………………………..……………………….……....Wanda Jackson Director of External Support……………………………………………...…………………………………...Evelyn Poole Recording Secretary………………………………………………....…...Maurissa Charles ( Black Family Technology Awareness Week Chair………………………………………………………..……...………..………..Cheryl Nedwell ( Co-Chair……………………………………………………...…………………......Damon Holmes ( About BDPA Founded in 1975 by Earl Pace and the late David Wimberly, BDPA (formerly Black Data Processing Associates) is a premier network- Advancing Careers from the Classroom to the Boardroom ing organization for minorities and IT professionals alike. BDPA is a global, member focused organization that positions its members at the forefront of the IT industry. We are committed to delivering value to our members strategic partners, and to the community. BDPA-NY aspires to be a leading chapter in the national BDPA organization. Our members include individuals who are employed with corporations, government agencies, educational institutions, entrepreneurs, as well as high school and college students. The New York Chapter is the 5th largest chapter of BDPA. Chartered in September 1982, our chapter has successfully reached out to our community through networking, education programs, seminars, workshops, and the annual conferences. Also, we serve as com- munity partner for the Community Technology Centers and engage everyone to learn about technology, careers, and higher educa- tion. 2010—2011 BDPA-New York Event Calendar December May December December 17: Holiday Party & SITES Fund- Date TBD: Program Meeting-CIO/CTO Forum Date TBD: Holiday Party & SITES Fundraiser raiser Date TBD: Meet & Greet January Program Meeting topics are tentative and June subject to change based on speaker avail- January 20: Meet & Greet the New Execu- ability. tive Board June 6—13: Internet Week NY Date TBD: Meet & Greet Program Meetings begin at 6:30pm. Lo- February Date TBD: Program Meeting:-Employment & cation/Date info will be posted on our Branding Forum website when available. February 13-19: Black Family Technology Awareness Week August To attend a meeting/event it’s extremely March August 3 –6: National BDPA Conference, important to RSVP to Chicago, IL Please visit Date TBD: Program Meeting- IT and Emer- for up-to-date information on all our gency Management Forum October events. April National Cyber Security Awareness Month Date TBD: Program Meeting- Role of IT in November US Census Date TBD: Program Meeting—Mobile Technol- Page 9 ogy