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This 'BDPA Monthly Newsletter' was published during the 2002 BDPA Technology Conference held in Orlando FL.

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    • BDPA MISSION The INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY THOUGHT LEADERS BDPA is a global member focused organization that positions its members at the forefront of the IT indus- try. BDPA is committed to Monthly Newsletter delivering IT excellence to our members, strategic partners, and community. The official newsletter of the BDPA Information Technology Thought Leaders Volume 1 Number 8 AUGUST 2002 CONGRATULATIONS! BDPA 2002 BDPA MEMPHIS CHAPTER CONFERENCE2002 HIGH SCHOOL COMPUTER COMPETITION CENTRAL 1st Place WinnersCornell Gaulmon Akeylah BattleCornell is 15 years old and I will be a sopho- Akeylah is fifteen years old in the tenth grade at White Stationmore. He maintains a 3.7 G.P.A. In the High School. She would like to attend Xavierfuture, he hopes to attend Duke University University in New Orleans, Louisiana and major inor Stanford University where he will double psychology. She would like to graduate Cum Laudemajor in computer science and business. and become a childrens psychiatrist. She is involvedCornell is a Student Ambassador of the in Girl Scouting, Facing History and OurselvesUnited States and recently has been honored (FHAO), and The NAACP Youth Council. She receivedas one of the "Whos Who Among American High her Girl Scout Silver Award, Leadership Award, WilliamSchool Students". After college, he hopes to Sweet Award, and was inducted into the Jr. National Honorbecome a CEO of a billion dollar hardware and soft- Society. She volunteers every summer at United Cerebralware producing company. Palsy helping disabled children and at the YMCA teaching swimming lessons.Brittany MiddletonBrittany is a 15 year old sophomore. She is a mem- Mitchell Wordber of the Minorities in Motion Step Team, the voic- Mitchell Word is a first year member of the BDPA. When hees of Praise Gospel choir and a student ambassa- graduates from high school, he wants to attend thedor for People to People. She also was a mem- University of Cincinnati. He plans to earn a mastersber of the 2001 HSCC Championship Team. degree in business and finance. He will use his degreesBrittany is the proud recipient of the to start and maintain a software company. His greatestPresidential Academic award. She has plans of accomplishment was joining the Memphis BDPA.becoming a surgeon after attending Duke University.Trevor WilliamsTrevor is a junior. He maintains a 4.0+ GPA. He plans toattend the University of Tennessee, Duke, or UNC ChapelHill after graduation. He is a member of the high school bas-ketball team, Business Professionals of America, BridgeBuilders, and Greenwood C.M.E. He recently was inductedinto the National Honor Society and was a member of the2001 HSCC Championship team. INSIDE THIS ISSUENational BDPA Presidents Message... . . . . . . . . .2 Honorary Chairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4Conference Partners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 2002 National BDPA Award Recipients . . . . . . . . .4Conference Event Sponsors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 The Revolution Will Not Be Televised . . . . . . . . .5Conference Supporters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 The Digital Divide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7Conference Media Partners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 BDPA Events Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . .Back CoverDistinguished Speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 The BDPA Monthly Newsletter
    • National BDPA Presidents Message... Welcome to the LETS GET THE WORD OUT BDPA Monthly Newsletter The last time I attended a BDPA meeting I saw and hugged a bunch of other BDPA members and it felt good. I learned something technically innovative. I met pleasant, happy people. Some were happy over a new job, some were blessed with a promotion, As a service to our members, the others were ecstatic over an engagement, a new house, a new car. I could sense the BDPA Monthly Newsletter is excitement in the room. It started to make sense as I felt the pure energy generated by so distributed to provide pertinent many prosperous people coming together to share their stories. How can you have schol- information on National BDPA arship without fellowship? I saw creative energy and success and I could not wait to tell activities. my co-workers, friends, relatives and neighbors about this great organization called BDPA. The BDPA Monthly Newsletter will entail such things as: Career BDPA provides a total information technology experience to high school students, college students, IT pro- and Professional Development fessionals, entrepreneurs, IT senior managers, corporations, academia, government agencies and the research guidelines, “hot” technical skills, community. BDPA is committed to providing state-of-the-art training, professional growth, technical devel- job opportunities, member pro- opment, entrepreneurial opportunity and access to leading edge technology to its members, strategic part- files, upcoming Professional and ners, and the community. Social events, vision and thought leadership articles from the BDPA is a volunteer run organization and we depend on our volunteers to get the word out. We encourage National Executive Committee as our members to follow the 10-point publicity program in order to publicize programs and activities. well as other BDPA members. 1. Send notices to membership, corporate and guest mailing lists. Hopefully, you will find this pub- 2. Send e-mail directly to members and yahoogroups. lication to be informative and 3. Post notices on your web site. insightful. We welcome your 4. Update web site calendars. input on the newsletter. 5. Update chapter office voice mail announcement. 6. Announce programs on BDPA Radio and BDPA TV programs. Feature program presenters as guest Comments, suggestions, and speakers. opinions can be sent to: 7. Pass out flyers and make program announcements at monthly meetings. editor@BDPA.org. 8. Place an ad and feature article in the chapter newsletter. 9. Distribute Public Service Announcements and Press Releases for major events to news media. ENJOY! 10. Conduct a Telephone Blitz. Develop a phone tree and call members to extend a personal invitation. Reginald J. Gardner National BDPA Vice Now is the time for you to share your story. Go to the people on your job, in your family, at your church, in President, Member Services your school and pass the word on BDPA. BDPA needs you to share your story so you can plant a seed and help heighten awareness about the organization, establish yourself as an interface to BDPA for future refer- ence, and help BDPA increase membership and raise much needed funds for educational programs. Publication Committee: Letitia Andrews So many people benefit through their involvement in BDPA. Invite someone to a program meeting and come (Nokia) prepared to share in the fellowship, to learn more about the organization and to hear about the wonderful things we are doing to help our membership, our corporate supporters and the community. Pass the word. Reggie Gardner Share this newsletter. Lets get the word out! (Sears, Roebuck & Co.) Want to find out more about BDPA? Please visit our website at www.bdpa.org or give us a call at Anita L.Vega 800-727-BDPA. (OCCI-NY) Milt Haynes Christopher A. Williams National BDPA President (DeVry University) August 2002 Where is my membership card? Fellow BDPA Members: We are working to put processes in place in order to provide new and renewal members a welcome letter and a membership card within 2 weeks after you join BDPA. Over 1500 membership cards were distributed to Chapter Presidents at the conference. Please contact your Chapter VP Membership Management or your Chapter President for your membership card. On August 15, 2002, National BDPA has asked the chapters to send a list of any missing cards as soon as possible. The National BDPA contact is Brooks Baker, VP Membership Management (BBaker@bdpa.org).2 The BDPA Monthly Newsletter
    • BDPA 2002 CONFERENCE CENTRAL 2002 CONFERENCE AN OVERWHELMING SUCCESS!GOLD LEVEL CONFERENCE PARTNERS CONFERENCE EVENT SPONSORSToyota Motor Manufacturing North America Advanced Information Systems GroupWalt Disney World Allstate Insurance BDPA Education and Technology FoundationSILVER LEVEL CONFERENCE PARTNERS Black Enterprise MagazineAllegiance Healthcare Blackwell Consulting ServicesCompuware Corporation Career Communications GroupFleetBoston Financial DePaul UniversityHewitt Associates Hewitt AssociatesHousehold International Kraft FoodsMcDonalds Corp. LearningIDEASMerck & Company Merck & CompanyProgressive Insurance Sears Roebuck and Co.Prudential Financial Verizon CommunicationsThe Limited WachoviaWachovia Walt Disney WorldBRONZE LEVEL CONFERENCE PARTNERS CONFERENCE SUPPORTERSAbbott Laboratories Allstate InsuranceAllstate Insurance Blackwell Consulting ServicesAnthem Blue Cross Blue Shield DTICincinnati Bell Fiserv-ImageSoft TechnologiesDeloitte Consulting Hewlett PackardEdward Jones IBMFifth Third Bank IBM Global ServicesIowa Human Resource Recruitment Information Technology Senior Management ForumMayo Clinic (ITSMF)Miller Brewing LearningWareOracle Corporation LexmarkQuest Diagnostics MicrosoftReynolds & Reynolds Quest DiagnosticsRyder System, Inc. South Florida Water Manage District Volume 1 Number 8State Farm Insurance State Farm InsuranceTech Data Corporation SymanticThomson West Tech Data CorporationWal-Mart Walt Disney WorldWeyerhaeuserWorldSpan MEDIA PARTNERS Black Enterprise Magazine BlackVoices.com Career Communications Group (CCG) Diversity/Careers Magazine IDG Recruitment Solutions (ComputerWorld, NetworkWorld, InfoWorld) August 2002 IN FOCUS INTERACTIVE Magazine Orange TV Tampa Tribune The Weekly Challenger Full coverage of Conference 2002 in our September Newsletter! The BDPA Monthly Newsletter 3
    • DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS 2002 NATIONAL BDPA AWARD RECIPIENTSOpening Ceremony The BETF Award Recipients:Al Weiss, CEO, Walt Disney World Valerie Hartridge, Outstanding BETF MemberPerry Cliburn, CIO Hewitt Associates Rudy Duke, Recognition for Innovative WebsiteAl Zollar, General Manager LOTUS Software, Keynote Community Service - Cincinnati ChapterSpeaker National Board of Directors Lunch Management Award - ChicagoTyrone Taborn, CEO, Career Communications Group Membership Award - Southern Minnesota Chapter"Changing the Culture of IT: From Access to Professional Service Award - Greater Columbia ChapterOwnership" Plenary Session Developing Chapter - Seattle ChapterRon Langston, Director of Minority Business Development Chapter of the Year - Cincinnati ChapterCenter 1st Runner-Up: Chicago ChapterJoshua Smith, Chairman and Managing Partner, The 2nd Runner-Up: Greater Columbia ChapterCoaching Group Outstanding NBOD Member - Joseph Taylor III,Entrepreneur Showcase Luncheon Memphis ChapterWoodie Lesesne, President and COO, IN FOCUS INTER-ACTIVE Magazine Comeback Chapter of the Year - Philadelphia Chapter"Strategies for Success: Classroom to the Boardroom" Outstanding President - Paulette Johnson-Davis, GreaterPlenary Session Columbia ChapterElizabeth Eiss, President, Learning Ideas Outstanding Member of the Year - Mildred Allen, GreaterTown Hall Meeting Columbia ChapterTerrie Williams, The Terrie Williams Agency, Inc. Outstanding Contributor - Sammie Jiles, CincinnatiGolf Classic Awards Luncheon ChapterMartin Davis, SVP, Wachovia Corporations of the Year - Allstate Insurance Co. andAwards Banquet Keynote Speaker Walt Disney World®Roger Berry, CIO, Walt Disney World® Outstanding Corporate Champion - Stephanie Parson,Prayer Breakfast Keynote Speaker Walt Disney World®Doctor Michael L. McCrimmon, National BDPA CIO andChaplain HIGH SCHOOL COMPUTER COMPETITION (HSCC) 1st Place - Memphis ChapterHONORARY CHAIRS 2nd Place - Atlanta ChapterFrank Pollard, CIO Allstate Insurance 3rd Place - Chicago ChapterPerry Cliburn, CIO Hewitt AssociatesSteve Finnerty, CIO Kraft T-shirt ContestJerry Miller, Former CIO Sears Roebuck 1st Place - Richmond ChapterStephanie Springs, VP IT Sears Roebuck 2nd Place - Seattle ChapterJoshua Smith, Chairman and Managing Partner, The 3rd Place - Charlotte ChapterCoaching GroupJim Hunt, CFO, Walt Disney World® YOUTH CONFERENCE:Jim Lewis, SVP Walt Disney World® PC Building Race winning team and time 6:38 Terri Johnson - Southern Minnesota Chapter Tierah Carmichael - Philadelphia Chapter Rashonda Newell - Richmond/Seattle Chapter Kyle Summers - Memphis Chapter Quiz Bowl Winners Felicia Bell - Orlando Chapter Amber Pettaway - Toledo Chapter Bendell Parker - Richmond Chapter Tiffany Ramos - Orlando Chapter Terrance Rowe - Southern Minnesota Chapter4 The BDPA Monthly Newsletter
    • BDPA Internet Radio: Their main purpose is to chronicle the daily social, political, cultur- The Revolution Will Not Be Televised al and economic realities of Black communities. They focus both on news and features about blacks and general news of value By Wayne Hicks,National BDPA President-Elect and interest to blacks. The Black World Today utilizes cutting edge multimedia tools and applications to deliver journalisticA BDPA member in Seattle listens to a BDPA member in products and services. Additionally, they link to other sites withinPhiladelphia interviewing a BDPA corporate sponsor in Chicago the global network that provide education and entertainment ofon the BDPA Internet Radio Show that is produced from a studio value. TBWT hosts a number of Internet radio showsin Baltimore. National BDPA unites its geographically diverse (www.tbwt.com/radioshows) including the increasingly popular,members via private broadcast. A radio listener hears an ad for a BDPA Internet Radio Show.computer printer and places an order immediately using the samemedium on which he heard the ad. All of this is possible with The BDPA Internet Radio Show debut was June 6, 2002. TheInternet radio, the latest technological innovation in radio broad- show is a weekly 60-minute interactive discussion about informa-casting since the business began in the early 1920s. tion technology with a focus on the programs and services offered by over 40 chapters of BDPA nationwide. The hostess ofInternet radio has been around since the late 1990s. Traditional the show is Franne McNeal (radio@bdpa.org), an entrepreneurradio broadcasters have used the Internet to simulcast their pro- and a member of the BDPA Philadelphia chapter. The show isgramming. But, Internet radio is undergoing a revolution that will currently guaranteed to run for 13 weeks. BDPA is seeking outexpand its reach from your desktop computer to access broad- advertisers to underwrite the costs of the show and get us rollingcasts anywhere, anytime, and expand its programming from tradi- for a subsequent 13-week season.tional broadcasters to individuals, organizations and government. BDPA is reaching out to our own chapters, entrepreneurs, col-Radio broadcasting began in the early 20s, but it wasnt until the lege/university affiliates, CAC members, IT recruiters, corporateintroduction of the transistor radio in 1954 that radio became sponsors and supporters with a request for them to becomeavailable in mobile situations. Internet radio is in much the same advertisers on the BDPA Internet Radio Show. We are seekingplace. Until the 21st century, the only way to obtain radio broad- to sell the advertising space (8.75 minutes per 1-hour show) oncasts over the Internet was through your PC. That will soon each upcoming radio show. The show airs live every Thursdaychange, as wireless connectivity will feed Internet broadcasts to from 10:30am to 11:30 am ET. It also is maintained for worldwidecar radios, PDAs and cell phones. The next generation of wire- distribution in the Internet archives.less devices will greatly expand the reach and convenience ofInternet radio. The cost of being an advertiser on the BDPA Internet Radio Show is remarkably low: $75 per 30-second adThere are two main advantages of Internet radio over the tradi- $350 per 15-minute sponsorshiptional radio station broadcasts that we have grown up with over $650 per 30-minute sponsorshipthe years. First, the power of the stations transmitter (typically $900 per 60-minute sponsorship100 miles) is a limiting factor on tradition radio that is eliminatedwith Internet radio. Secondly, the available broadcast spectrum Anyone interested in advertising should either call (800.727-(you might get a couple of dozen radio stations locally) is elimi- BDPA) or e-mail (info@bdpa.org) to get additional information ornated. Internet radio has no geographic limitations, so a broad- place the order. Who will be first to join the revolution?caster in Ghana can be heard in Georgia (either Russia or USA) Hopefully, you now understand that the revolution will *not* be tel-on the Internet. The potential for Internet radio is as vast as evised...it will be on Internet Radio!cyberspace itself. TO LISTEN to the ARCHIVES of THE BDPA INTERNET RADIOAlso, in contrast to traditional radio, Internet radio is not limited to SHOWS (archives are posted 48 hours after the show is created) Volume 1 Number 8audio. Nothing keeps an Internet radio broadcast from being 1. http://www.tbwt.com/radioshowsaccompanied by photos or graphics, text and links, as well as 2. Click on the photo of Franne McNeal (BDPA radio show host)interactivity, such as message boards and chat rooms. This 3. Click on the TITLE of the particular show that you want toadvancement allows a listener to do more than listen. In the hear, even if it doesnt look like the title is a link, it is! Only theexample at the beginning of this article, a listener who hears an first 2 guests are listed on the initial screen, so dont feel slighted.ad for a computer printer ordered that printer through a link on 4. Click on the words Listen Now (at bottom of that screen).the Internet radio website. The relationship between advertisers You will see a summary of the show and a listing of all theand consumers becomes more interactive and intimate on guests. When you click on the name of a guest, you will see theirInternet radio broadcasts. This expanded media capability could photo and bioalso be used in other ways. For example, with Internet radio, you 5. Enjoy the showcould conduct training or education and provide links to docu-ments and payment options. You could also have interactivity with Archive: 6/6/02 - Who is BDPA?the trainer or educator and other information on the Internet radio http://www.tbwt.com/radioshows/displayshow.asp?showid=319website. Additionally, the cost of getting "on the air" is less for August 2002 Archive: 6/13/02 - BDPA and YOUInternet radio as compared to traditional radio. Finally, Internet http://www.tbwt.com/radioshows/displayshow.asp?showid=330radio can appeal to "micro-communities" of listeners focused on Archive: 6/20/02 - BDPA National Conferencespecific interests. http://www.tbwt.com/radioshows/displayshow.asp?showid=353One example of this specialized appeal is The Black World Today Archive: 6/27/02 - Professional Development and BDPA(www.tbwt.com). The Black World Today (TBWT) uses the infor- http://www.tbwt.com/radioshows/displayshow.asp?showid=364mation revolution as one means towards the overall empower- Archive: 7/4/02 - Entrepreneurship and BDPAment of Black people in the United States and around the world. http://www.tbwt.com/radioshows/displayshow.asp?showid=367 The BDPA Monthly Newsletter 5
    • We Welcome You! BDPA Best Wishes on your 24th Annual National Conference. The Walt Disney Company and its subsidiaries and affiliated companies are equal opportunity employers. We encourage diversity in all aspects of our business. ©Disney (BDPA602)6 The BDPA Monthly Newsletter
    • THE DIGITAL DIVIDE By Dr. Randy NicholsWe live in an age of technology. Theres no escaping the fact. divide may indeed become a reality if significant numbers ofJust as industrialization brought new innovations and concerns minority group members who attend college do not choose tointo society at that point in history, so does technology for our pursue education in the field of technology. Most classes nowtime. A computer professor at one of my previous jobs remarked provide students exposure to the texts website and related link-that people today need to know how to use a computer. He ages but knowing how to write code, develop programming orbelieved that not knowing how to use a computer in this era is troubleshoot networks are not covered because the instructor willequivalent to not being able to read and/or write at the beginning not have that technical expertise or there is no way to fit it intoof the 20th century. Currently, we may be on the brink of a crisis. course objectives and still cover the intended course material. IThere are those who believe that certain segments of the popula- am not advocating that all should become computer sciencetion such as minority group members may lacking the specific majors, but as more enter the field, then that works toward reduc-knowledge and/or skills to allow them to keep pace and maintain ing the divide in the future.a sufficient lifestyle because they will not have access to or train-ing in the use of current and developing technology. This notion As technology advances, those who are unaware of how to use itwill result in a "digital divide" separating those with the tech savvy will lag behind those who do and continue to do so. What can wefrom those without. do to help minimize the divide? Here are a few suggestions: 1. If you know how to utilize computers, the Internet, software,The problem initially is, "Just how knowledgeable are minority etc., be willing to teach others.group members in terms of technology use (i.e. The Internet, 2. Young people should show older family members and friendsword processing, webpage design, etc.)? Most of the people I the advantages of knowing how technology works (In one of myknow have e-mail accounts, drafted letters or papers on Word or classes, a student mentioned how she taught her mother how toutilized a spreadsheet application such as Lotus or Excel. There "surf the web" and now she uses the Internet a great deal).seems to be this disturbing notion that somehow minorities are 3. Develop a desire to get training (A diamonds just anothergetting left behind in terms of understanding advances in technol- rock until you understand its use and value).ogy. The support of this idea can be based in the fact that even 4. Attend sessions where you can obtain training.with price reductions, personal computers, laptops and related 5. Read publications to keep with current technology anddevices are still out of the budget range for those at the lowest advances.end of the socio-economic ladder. This concept can be negated 6. Dont be afraid to try technology, you really, really have toby the fact that many schools now have computer banks avail- work at messing up a computer system.able to students, classes are offered in instructional use and pub-lic libraries also provide free access to computers and the Is there a digital divide? Only time will tell. Those who takeInternet (The Jefferson County KY Library System holds free account of the world around them and prepare for opportunitiesinformational sessions on computer usage each week). The will be the ones who will navigate the waters of change success-greater concern is when the libraries and schools are closed, fully. People and companies poised to provide assistance, shoulddoes that deny access to technology to those who cannot afford it stand ready to make good on those offers. The digital dividethemselves? It certainly is a barrier but with an abundance of doesnt have to be a wide gap. Those who will be most affectedhomes having PCs, one can almost certainly find a friend or rela- by the lack of knowledge and experience need to begin preparingtive with access to the Net. Another part to this is the access and themselves now. Technological ignorance or fear is not an optionaffordability of software. One can buy software today that will in todays or tomorrows society.pretty much be able to do anything, but with prices for somepackages starting at $100 or more, many families will see the (Dr. Randy Nichols is the Associate Dean of Online Studies atsoftware as a want or luxury that they may be able to afford some Sullivan University and completed online instructor training result-day (And some will not understand that technology changes ing in the awarding of two Certifications in the field of onlineextremely rapidly. How long will we wait before Microsoft unveils instruction). Volume 1 Number 8Windows XP 2.O?).The opportunity to learn technology is there. I taught myself how The BDPA Monthly Newsletterto surf the web at a public library, today Im training people how to Mailed and electronically forwarded to over 15,000 of ourdesign classes to be offered on the Internet. The point here is, if members, friends and supporters. Ad Space is available inone is truly interested in learning, they will find a way to learn several 2002 issueswhat they need to know. In November, the Chronicle of Higher 1-Page rate : $1500.00Education featured an article addressing this issue of the digital 1/2-Page rate: $1000.00divide. The one compelling fact that the article establishes is that Two page limit on ad space each month. Act right away!researchers and scholars are not sure if the divide actually exists For information, contact BDPA National Office at :or if its a "new age stereotype" that may come to fruition. The (800) 727-BDPA or info@BDPA.orgarticle mentions that a study done by the NationalTelecommunications and Information Administration in 1988 usingdemographic data that reflected minority group members had August 2002 CONTACT BDPA:fewer Internet connections than whites. If the study were done PHONE: (800) 727-BDPAtoday, I am sure the gap would be much smaller. The major con-cern at present regarding the divide is that individuals and organi- F A X: (301) 220-2185zations who are willing to devote time and money towards edu- WEBSITE: WWW.BDPA.ORGcating rural and urban residents in the use of technology will not ADDRESS:buy into to the idea that helping these groups would be a waste 6401 Golden Triangle Drive, Suite 450of their time and resources. If those with the technological expert- Greenbelt, MD 20770ise decide to contain that knowledge within their community, thenthe rest of society will find themselves at their mercy. The digital The BDPA Monthly Newsletter 7
    • UPCOMING EVENTS AUGUST 2002 ISSUE SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER 2002 Information Technology Thought Leaders The BDPA Monthly NewsletterSept 8 8th Annual Education Banquet "Changing the Culture of IT: From Access to Ownership" - BDPA Cincinnati Chapter The newsletter designed to keep our members informed of news, events and perspectives important to ourSept 14 2nd Annual Cyber Golf Scramble & community. Awards Banquet - BDPA Detroit ChapterSeptemberAnniversaries 22nd Anniversary - New Jersey Chapter We welcome your comments: editor@BDPA.org 14th Anniversary - Charlotte Chapter 13th Anniversary - Triangle Chapter Read our Online Journal for breaking news, information and updates: www.BDPAjournal.orgOct 18-20 2003 Conference Leadership Team Meeting (TBD)Nov 1 NEC Meeting (Columbia SC)Nov 2-3 4Q-2002 NBOD Meeting (Columbia SC) "Strategy and Planning (Business Plan, Project Plan, Budget)" BDPA 2003 25th ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCENov 9-15 Fall Comdex (Las Vegas) *NOTE: Not a BDPA Event!* “Information Technology: From the Classroom to the http://www.key3media.com/comdex/ Boardroom” August 13-17, 2003Nov 16 Annual Awards Banquet Philadelphia Marriott Hotel - Philadelphia, PA BDPA Northwest Indiana ChapterBDPA Information Technology Thought Leaders PRSRT STDNational Headquarters U.S. POSTAGE PAID6401 Golden Triangle Drive, Suite 450 Woodbridge, VAGreenbelt, MD 20770 PERMIT NO. 70