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  • 1. 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 9 SEPTEMBER 2002 INSIDE National BDPA Presidents Message throughout the conference for the HSCC, the Youth Conference, the Cyber Café and the online registration system.National BDPA President . . . . .2 2002 Conference Wrap-up Thanks to all who attended the conference. We just finished a wonderfully successful con- We filled the halls of the Walt Disney WorldFrom the Desk of Wendy ference in Orlando. A big thanks goes to the Contemporary Resort and provided a totalWonsley… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 entire conference team, the Greater Tampa information technology experience to high Bay Host Chapter and the Orlando school students, college students, ITNational Conference Official Chapter for all their blood, sweat professionals, entrepreneurs, ITRecognition . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-5 and tears that went into this senior managers, corporations, event. Thanks to Walt Disney academia, government agen- World for being extremely cies and the research com-2002 Conference Photos . . . . .7 supportive during the con- munity. And now BDPA is ference planning and exe- going global thanks to atten- cution cycle and hearty dees from Canada, the UKIBM Becomes BDPA CorporateSponsor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 thanks to all of our spon- and Paris, France! You can sors, supporters and cham- tune into our Internet Radio pions who have gladly given Show on at www.tbwt.com2002 COVER Graphic Design by of their time, talent and where you can listen to inter-Fermin Martin . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 resources in generous support of views from conference attendees, the BDPA Mission. Please take a thanks to our very own BDPA Internet moment to spread the word and thank all Radio Show Producer, Franne McNeal. TheBDPA IT Golf Classic . . . . . . . .9 who were involved. It takes hundreds of peo- shows air live on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. ple working on the conference team, as on- to 11:30 a.m. EDT and are also available inConference Book Signings . . .9 site volunteers and in the chapters, to pro- the archives. duce a successful conference. The main reason corporations participate in2002 Workshops/Seminars . .10 We are truly living up to our tag line the BDPA National Conference is because "Information Technology Thought Leaders". they want to tap into the BDPA talent pool of Honorary Chair Perry Cliburn, CIO at Hewitt highly qualified diversity candidates. Our2003 Theme, Vision, Strategic Associates and Keynote Speaker Al Zollar, national conference attracts InformationFocus and Theme . . . . . . . . . .11 General Manager of Lotus Development Technology professionals from all around the Corporation started the conference at the country. Over 60 companies participated inBDPA Education and Technology opening ceremony with a bang! It was uplift- the career fair and provided corporate supportFoundation (BETF) . . . . . . . . .11 ing to hear Al talk about his genealogy and for the conference. Corporations saw over the accomplishments that he has seen in his 1,000 highly qualified Career Fair/Technology family from generation to generation. His Expo attendees comprised of college grads, speech was an inspiration to all who heard, entry level job seekers, seasoned IT profes- especially the hun- sionals, managers and dreds of students rep- executives looking for a resenting the High career change. All the School Computer feedback we have Competition (HSCC) received has been teams from around extremely positive as to the country. Thanks to the quality and caliber of Dan Vertrees from the attendees. Over 600 HP, for donating the high quality resumes and equipment used profiles are available to Wayne Hicks, Dan Vertrees (HP), Milt Haynes The BDPA Monthly Newsletter
  • 2. (National BDPA President’s message continued form page one...) corporations through the BDPA Resume Bank. Welcome to the BDPA Monthly Thanks to Awards Banquet Keynote Speaker Roger Berry, CIO of Walt Disney World for his enlight- ening speech on the 8 "IT Brand Desired States". This is extremely useful material for us IT Newsletter Thought Leaders at BDPA to use as we move into our strategic planning cycle for 2003. The Awards Banquet was a resounding success as we recognized Corporations of the Year, Allstate As a service to our members, the Insurance Company, and Walt Disney World; Outstanding Corporate Champion, Stephanie Parson BDPA Monthly Newsletter is from Walt Disney World; Gold Level Corporate Sponsors, Compuware Corporation, Mayo Clinic and distributed to provide pertinent Verizon Communications; and Gold Level Conference Partners, Toyota Motor Mfg.-North America, information on National BDPA and Walt Disney World. Kudos to BDPA Memphis for the second consecutive year as first place activities. High School Computer Competition winners!!! And congrats to Valerie Hartridge, Outstanding BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) Member; Chapter of the Year, Cincinnati; The BDPA Monthly Newsletter Outstanding President, Paulette Johnson-Davis (Greater Columbia); and Outstanding Member of will entail such things as: Career the Year, Mildred Allen (Greater Columbia). and Professional Development guidelines, “hot” technical There is no way that the conference would have been so successful without the help of our skills, job opportunities, member Honorary Chairs, Frank Pollard, CIO Allstate Insurance; Perry Cliburn, CIO Hewitt Associates; profiles, upcoming Professional Steve Finnerty, CIO Kraft Foods; Jerry Miller, Former CIO Sears Roebuck; Stephanie Springs, VP and Social events, vision and of IT Sears Roebuck; Joshua Smith, Chairman and Managing Partner, The Coaching Group; thought leadership articles from Jim Hunt, CFO, Walt Disney World; and Jim Lewis, SVP of Walt Disney World, who were recog- the National Executive nized at the Dignitaries Reception sponsored by BDPA and Advanced Information Systems Group. Committee as well as other It was inspiring and uplifting to hear from the Senior IT Executives perspective about the value BDPA members. BDPA adds to the bottom line. Hopefully, you will find this pub- Thanks to our Conference Event Sponsors, Conference Supporters, Media Partners, BDPA-IT Golf lication to be informative and Classic Sponsors, and especially our corporate award recipients. Special thanks to Keynote insightful. We welcome your Speakers Woodie Lesesne, Entrepreneur Showcase; Terry Williams, Town Hall Meeting; Martin input on the newsletter. Davis, BDPA-IT Golf Classic Awards luncheon; and Dr. Michael L. McCrimmon, Prayer Breakfast, for sharing their vast experience, knowledge and wisdom. Comments, suggestions, and opinions can be sent to: In closing, I am pleased to announce that FleetBoston Financial has come on board as a Platinum editor@BDPA.org. Level Conference Partner for the 2003 Conference in Philadelphia. FleetBoston understands the value of BDPA and has already started partnering for the conference in local chapters and in the ENJOY! community. Stay tuned to future newsletters to find out more about the exciting conference pro- Reginald J. Gardner grams we are planning! Mark you calendars for the BDPA 2003 25th Annual National Conference to National BDPA Vice be held August 13th through August 17th in Philadelphia, PA. President, Member Services This has been a great event for BDPA and we thank all who contributed to its success. Working together we can do great things!!! Publication Committee: Letitia Andrews Want to find out more about BDPA? Please visit our website at www.bdpa.org or give us a call at (Nokia) 800-727-BDPA. Reggie Gardner Milt Haynes (Sears, Roebuck & Co.) National BDPA President 2002 COVER GRAPHIC DESIGN BY FERMIN MARTIN, OWNER OF DIGITAL GRAPHIX Wayne Hicks INTERNATIONAL (Hicks Enterprises) Fermin Martin a professional Graphic Designer with 27 years of experience was employed by GTE Data Anita L.Vega Services (GTEDS) for 29 years were he held a variety of positions culminating in supervising the Graphics (OCCI-NY) Department at Verizon Data Services (formally GTEDS). While at GTEDS/Verizon, Martin produced graphics for the Information Technology field with a unique approach to his work. Upon his retirement in Christopher A. Williams 2002, he started his own business, Digital GraphiX International. Mr. Martin has won several National (DeVry University) and International awards for the style and flare he brings to an ever-changing profession, including The Best of Show and Distinguished Technical Art from the Society of Technical Communication World Wide. The BDPA Monthly Newsletter BDPA Internet Radio Show Mailed and electronically forwarded to over 15,000 of our $75 per 30-second ad members, friends and supporters. $350 per 15-minute sponsorship 1-Page rate: $1500.00 $650 per 30-minute sponsorship 1/2-Page rate: $1000.00 $900 per 60-minute sponsorship Two page limit on ad space each month. Act right away! or info@BDPA.org For information, contact BDPA National Office at :(800) 727-BDPA2 The BDPA Monthly Newsletter
  • 3. BDPA 2002 CONFERENCE CENTRAL FROM THE DESK OF: Wendy Wonsley, 2002 Conference Director Volume 1 Number 9 Wendy Wonsley Greetings my BDPA corporate sponsors, supporters, members, and friends! It has truly been an awesome experience to serve as the BDPA 2002 Conference Director. This position has offered me valu- SPECIAL 2002 CONFERENCE EDITION able opportunities to learn and grow professionally as well asWayne Hicks, Wendy Wonsley, to form new partnerships and build new relationships that will Dee Pearson, Chip and Roger Berry, Mickey Mouse Wendy Wonsley last a lifetime. Thank you to some of the hardest working people in BDPA - the 2002 Internal Conference Team members. Your level of dedication, commitment, and sacrifices of your time, energy, and talents over the past year exemplifies the highest standard of excellence and teamwork. It has been my pleasure to work Erni Moore, Joseph Taylor with each of you. I wish each of you the best! Roger Berry, Mickey Mouse BDPA would like to thank each of the conference Career Fair partners, Conference supporters, Media partners, and Event sponsors for your participation in and support of The BDPA 2002 24th Annual National Conference held at Walt Disney World.Joshua Smith, Ron Langston We appreciate your support and value the relationship we have with you. Your continued support of BDPA enables us to work Joshua Smith to bridge the digital divide through our various programs and services across the country and throughout the world. September 2002 We look forward to partnering with you throughout the year and invite you to join us in Philadelphia next year for our BDPA 2003 25th Annual National Conference as we focus on Terrie Williams "Information Technology: From the Classroom to the Boardroom." Milt Haynes, Dr. Michael McCrimmon Wendy Wonsley BDPA 2002 Conference Director "To Whom Much is Given, Much is Required" Twanda Bradley Stephanie Parson, Milt Haynes, Terrie Williams, Wendy Wonsley The BDPA Monthly Newsletter 3
  • 4. Thank You BDPA 2002 24th Annual National Conference - Official Recognition List BDPA offers a hearty thank you to all of our sponsors, supporters and champions who have gladly given of their time, talent and CORPORATION OF THE YEAR resources in generous support of the BDPA Mission. CONFERENCE SUPPORTERS Allstate Insurance Co. Allstate Insurance Walt Disney World Resort Blackwell Consulting Services DTI OUTSTANDING CORPORATE CHAMPION Fiserv-ImageSoft Technologies Stephanie Parson, Walt Disney World Resort Hewlett Packard IBM IBM Global Services GOLD LEVEL CORPORATE SPONSORS Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) Compuware Corporation LearningWare Mayo Clinic Lexmark Verizon Communications Microsoft Quest Diagnostics GOLD LEVEL CONFERENCE PARTNERS South Florida Water Management District Toyota Motor Mfg. North America Symantec Walt Disney World Tech Data Corporation United Airlines SILVER LEVEL CONFERENCE PARTNERS Walt Disney World Allegiance Healthcare Compuware Corporation MEDIA PARTNERS FleetBoston Financial Black Enterprise Magazine Hewitt Associates BlackVoices.com Household International Career Communications Group (CCG) McDonalds Corp. Diversity/Careers Magazine Merck & Company IDG Recruitment Solutions (ComputerWorld, NetworkWorld, InfoWorld) Progressive Insurance IN FOCUS INTERACTIVE Magazine Prudential Financial Orange County TV The Limited Tampa Tribune Wachovia The Weekly Challenger BRONZE LEVEL CONFERENCE PARTNERS Abbott Laboratories BDPA IT GOLF CLASSIC SPONSORS Allstate Insurance Allstate Insurance Company (Eagle Sponsor) Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Career Communications Group (Beverage Cart Sponsor) Cincinnati Bell Coleman Instrument Company (Team Sponsor) Deloitte Consulting Fiserv-ImageSoft Technologies (Awards Sponsor) Edward Jones Griffin Tate Group (Souvenir Sponsor) Fifth Third Bank Hewitt Associates (Eagle Sponsor) Iowa Human Resource Recruitment Household International (Photo Gallery Sponsor) Mayo Clinic Hewlett-Packard (Souvenir Sponsor) Miller Brewing ITSMF (Support Sponsor) Oracle Corporation J.M.I. Inc. (Bogie Sponsor) Quest Diagnostics Merck (Souvenir Sponsor) Reynolds & Reynolds Procter & Gamble (Souvenir Sponsor) Ryder System, Inc. Sears, Roebuck & Company (Eagle Sponsor) State Farm Insurance State Farm Insurance (Souvenir Sponsor) Tech Data Corporation Verizon Information Technologies, Inc (Birdie Sponsor) Thomson West Wachovia (Luncheon Sponsor) Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Walt Disney World (Eagle Sponsor) Weyerhaeuser Weekly Challenger (Media Partner) WorldSpan CONFERENCE EVENT SPONSORS Advanced Information Systems Group (AISG, Dignitaries Reception) BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (HSCC/Youth Reception) Black Enterprise Magazine (Entrepreneur Lunch) Blackwell Consulting Services (Plenary-1) Career Communications Group (NBOD Lunch) DePaul University (Plenary-3) Hewitt Associates (Executive Reception, Opening Ceremony) Kraft Foods (HSCC/Youth Lunch) LearningIDEAS (Plenary-2) Merck & Company (Corporate Reception) Walt Disney World (Awards Banquet)4 The BDPA Monthly Newsletter
  • 5. DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS Comeback Chapter Award BDPA Philadelphia Chapter OPENING CEREMONY Al Weiss, CEO, Walt Disney World Chapter of the Year Award Perry Cliburn, CIO Hewitt Associates BDPA Cincinnati Chapter Al Zollar, General Manager LOTUS Software, Keynote Speaker 1st Runner-Up: BDPA Chicago Chapter 2nd Runner-Up: BDPA Greater Columbia Chapter NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS LUNCH Tyronne Taborn, CEO, Career Communications Group Outstanding NBOD Member Joseph Taylor III, BDPA Memphis Chapter "CHANGING THE CULTURE OF IT: FROM ACCESS TO OWNERSHIP" PLENARY SESSION Outstanding PresidentRon Langston, Director of Minority Business Development Center Paulette Johnson-Davis, BDPA Greater Columbia Chapter Joshua Smith, Chairman and Managing Partner, The Coaching Volume 1 Number 9 Group Outstanding Contributor Sammie Jiles, BDPA Cincinnati Chapter ENTREPRENEUR SHOWCASE LUNCHEON KEYNOTE SPEAKER Outstanding Member of the YearWoodie Lesesne, President and COO, IN FOCUS INTERACTIVE Mildred Allen, BDPA Greater Columbia Chapter Magazine Youth Conference Quiz Bowl Winners "STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS: CLASSROOM TO THE Felicia Bell - Orlando BOARDROOM" PLENARY SESSION Amber Pettaway - Toledo Elizabeth Eiss, President, Learning Ideas SPECIAL 2002 CONFERENCE EDITION Bendell Parker - Richmond Tiffany Ramos - OrlandoGOLF CLASSIC AWARDS LUNCHEON KEYNOTE SPEAKER Terrance Rowe - Southern Minnesota Martin Davis, SVP, Wachovia Youth Conference PC Building Race Winners (time 6:38) AWARDS BANQUET KEYNOTE SPEAKER Roger Berry, CIO Walt Disney World Terri Johnson - Southern Minnesota Tierah Carmichael - Philadelphia PRAYER BREAKFAST KEYNOTE SPEAKER Rashonda Newell - Richmond/SeattleDoctor Michael L. McCrimmon, National BDPA CIO and Chaplain Kyle Summers - Memphis HONORARY CHAIRS High School Computer Competition Frank Pollard, CIO, Allstate Insurance T-Shirt Competition Winners Perry Cliburn, CIO, Hewitt Associates 1st Place: Steve Finnerty, CIO, Kraft BDPA Richmond Chapter Jerry Miller, Former CIO, Sears Roebuck 2nd Place: Stephanie Springs, VP IT, Sears Roebuck BDPA Seattle Chapter Joshua Smith, Chairman and Managing Partner, The Coaching Group 3rd Place: Jim Hunt, CFO, Walt Disney World BDPA Charlotte Chapter Jim Lewis, SVP, Walt Disney World High School Computer Competition WinnersBDPA EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY FOUNDATION 22 teams competed in this competition. (BETF) AWARD RECIPIENTS 1st Place: September 2002 Valerie Hartridge, Outstanding BETF Member BDPA Memphis Chapter Rudy Duke, Recognition for Innovative Website 2nd Place: BDPA Atlanta Chapter CHAPTER RECOGNITION AWARD RECIPIENTS Community Service Award 3rd Place: BDPA Cincinnati Chapter BDPA Chicago Chapter 4th Place: Management Award BDPA Detroit Chapter BDPA Chicago Chapter 5th Place: Membership Award BDPA Southern Minnesota Chapter BDPA Cincinnati Chapter Professional Service Award BDPA Greater Columbia Chapter Developing Chapter Award BDPA Seattle Chapter The BDPA Monthly Newsletter 5
  • 6. THE WORLD AWAITS YOUR LEADERSHIP. VICE PRESIDENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY -- DELL COMPUTER CORP. Dell Computer Corporation (Nasdaq: DELL), the world’s most preferred computer systems company, is seeking a Vice President of Information Technology. The position, which will oversee a variety applications development programs, will report directly to the Chief Information Officer. In addition to strong technical, financial and business acumen, applicants must have 10+ years experience in a Fortune 500 environment and stable career progression, including executive leadership experience in applications development and I/T operations. Experience in global business and information technology is a plus, as the position will focus on global I/T projects. Some international travel is required. Those who can meet and exceed these requirements may send applications to: IT_executive_recruiter@dell.com Attn: Gene Brown Dell is a premier provider of products and services required for customers worldwide to build their information-technology and Internet infrastructures. The company’s revenue for the past four quarters totaled $31.2 billion. Dell, through its direct business model, designs, manufactures and customizes products and services to customer requirements, and offers an extensive selection of software and peripherals. Information on Dell and its products can be obtained on the World Wide Web at www.dell.com. Workforce diversity is an essential part of Dell’s commitment to quality and to the future. • We encourage you to apply, whatever your race, gender, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or veteran status. • The above job description is not intended to fully describe the position requirements or essential functions, which are subject to change. • If you need accommodations to participate in the recruitment process, please let us know. • Dell and the Dell logo are registered trademarks of Dell Computer Corporation.6 The BDPA Monthly Newsletter
  • 7. BDPA 2002 CONFERENCE CENTRAL Volume 1 Number 9Conference registrant asking a question. Stephanie Parsons, Milt Haynes, Terrie Williams, Wendy Wonsley Chip & Dale, Janet Penn, Milt Haynes SPECIAL 2002 CONFERENCE EDITION Wayne Hicks & Hewitt Associates Roger Berry Donna McKay, Rudy Duke Wayne Hicks, Wendy Wonsley, Tech Data Representatives September 2002 Wayne Hicks Al Weiss Al Zollar Perry Cliburn Felicia Tucker, Milt Haynes The BDPA Monthly Newsletter 7
  • 8. IBM Becomes BDPA Corporate SponsorAnother Information Technology corporation joins growing roster tion and technological innovation," said Creighton Lee, Salesof corporate sponsors for the high-tech recruitment, and training Executive Black-Owned Businesses. "It is important for theorganization. African American community…like all constituencies…to take advantage of digital opportunities in the marketplace."BDPA (http://www.bdpa.org) announces that the IBM Corporationtook steps recently to become an Associate-Level BDPA BDPAs activities are both broad and targeted. They provide skill-Corporate Sponsor. The sponsorship is part of outreach efforts based and corporate jobs databases, sponsor educational andby BDPA and IBM to bridge the so-called digital divide and pro- executive programs, and provide on-line resources to members.vide educational, career and employment advancement opportu- BDPA also focuses efforts on training high school and collegenities in the technology field. students to attract them into the technology "Economic and social stability for field with such programs as internships,"For many years, BDPA has had the sup- individuals and families of all races is seminars, computer camps, and highport of the IBM Corporation in its becoming more and more inextricably school competitions. National BDPAendeavors to expand resources and train- linked to education and technological President Milt Haynes notes "BDPA is aing for its members. Some of the volunteer run organization and our proudsupport has been in hardware donations innovation," said Creighton Lee, Sales history of bridging the gap in the digitalfor our national high school computer Executive Black-Owned Businesses. divide for over 27 years would not havecompetition other times as partners in been possible without the dedication andefforts such as the Black Family commitment of volunteers like Dr. McCrimmon. Because of hisTechnology Awareness Week project (http://www.blackfami- tireless efforts and corporate support, BDPA will continue itslynet.net). We look forward to growing this relationship with IBM proud tradition of developing IT Professionals and giving back toand making a substantive impact in the narrowing of the digital the community."divide," said R. Wayne Hicks, president-elect of National BDPA. Some of the other BDPA corporate sponsors includeIBM, the worlds largest computer company, counts reforming Compuware, Mayo Clinic, ABN AMARO, Computer Associates,public school education through research and implementation of Hewitt Associates, Household International, Kraft Foods, Proctertechnology solutions, as the top priority in its worldwide philan- & Gamble, GE Aircraft Engines and Wachovia Bank.thropic efforts. With programs such as Black Family TechnologyAwareness Week and other strategic efforts, IBM works to solve About IBM * IBM is the worlds largest information technology company,our communitys toughest problems with solutions that draw on with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. IBM cre-advanced information technologies and the best minds IBM can ates, develops and manufactures the industrys most advanced informa- tion technologies, including computer systems, software, networkingapply. systems, storage devices and microelectronics. The fastest way to get more information about IBM is through the IBM home page at"Economic and social stability for individuals and families of all http://www.ibm.com.races is becoming more and more inextricably linked to educa- DID YOU SEE WHAT I SAW ? by Dwight Hugget, 2002 High School Computer Competition (HSCC) Manager The 2002 Conference was successful in many ways. Many new nation is short on IT talent? They arent looking in the right things were done, unveiled, and will become a common sight. place. Dont worry, the secret is out now and soon the world will As a member of the Internal Conference Team (ICT), I was busy know. with my own efforts. Despite being busy, I found time to stop and notice a few things about this 2002 conference. Whats a conference without networking and after work activi- ties? If you didnt make it to the hospitality suite then you missed I noticed the kiosks that lined the registration area. This facilitat- out. Business owners chatting over business partnerships while ed online registration and thus no lines at registration. Yes, no having a cocktail. Those seeking employment gathering leads lines, I love that idea. The kiosks also allowed constant email from the many conversations and contacts. Yes, a very relaxed and other internet communication for conference participants. atmosphere but yet still very much business as usual. I finally learned what the BDPA family was about. I encourage others I managed to peek my head into the classrooms of some of our who have not experienced this to do so in Philadelphia in 2003. workshops and seminars. Did you see the blue wires too? Yes, there were internet connections available in most of the seminar Amidst all the technology and festivities I noticed a very subtle rooms. Having live access to the internet enhances any techni- thing. The people in all areas of the conference that walked up cal level presentation. Showing seminar attendees live sites and to somebody and said, "Id like to help". I saw so many volun- resources adds another dimension to any presentation. teers working harder at the conference than perhaps at "their 9- 5". Yes, I noticed. I thank you. I listened to a live Internet interview. Yes, did you see Franne McNeal conducting live internet Interviews for cybercasting on I really noticed the Walt Disney cast members. The hospitality BDPAs Internet Radio Show (http://www.tbwt.com/radioshows)? was remarkable. The awards banquet really captured the magic I had a chance to do an interview later in the week. that Disney injected into the 2002 Conference. Thanks for the "magic". I saw the 100+ Youth Conference participants. I had the pleas- ure of preparing for our 22 HSSC teams. Did you look inside Thank you BDPA for the 2002 Conference moments. God bless Ballroom of the Americas? That ballroom played host to our you and keep you until we meet again in Philadelphia for the HSCC teams as they showcased their competitive nature in pro- 2003 moments. gramming and information technology knowledge. Who said the8 The BDPA Monthly Newsletter
  • 9. BDPA 2002 CONFERENCE CENTRAL BDPA IT GOLF CLASSIC where outstanding golfers and skills were recognized and pre- By Gina Billings, 2002 BDPA IT Golf Classic Coordinator sented with awards. Participants and many others who joined the Golf Awards Luncheon were treated to an excellent mealThe BDPA IT Golf Classic, one of the events of the BDPA 2002 and a very insightful address from the keynote speaker.24th Annual Conference, was held Saturday August 10th atDisneys Osprey Ridge Golf® Course. The Luncheon Keynote Speaker was Martin Davis, Chief Information Officer of Wachovias Commercial Technology Volume 1 Number 9The golf classic provided an opportunity to build relationships Group, who spoke to audience on methods and strategies forwith senior executives of corporations supporting the mission of Building Business Relationships. BDPA was proud to haveBDPA. The BDPA IT Golf Classic helped to raise funds for the Wachovia as the corporate sponsor for the Awards Luncheon.BDPA Student Information Technology Education andScholarship (SITES) Program which provides education and In addition to the over 80 players and guests, the luncheon wastraining for youth interested in the information technology indus- attended by BDPA national officers; Milt Haynes, President,try. Wayne Hicks, President-Elect, Felicia Tucker, Vice President of Finance, Reggie Gardner, Vice President of Member Services,Seventy-two Golfers played the challenging wilderness of Brooks Baker, Vice President of Membership Management andDisneys Osprey Ridge Golf® Course. The spectacular rolling Earl Pace, BDPA Founder. SPECIAL 2002 CONFERENCE EDITIONfairways and immaculate greens created a fantasy amidst anamazing landscape of forested nature preserves and osprey Special Thanks to the team at the Osprey Ridge Golf® Coursenesting grounds. for helping BDPA put on an outstanding golf event! Thanks to Tom Flewellyn Vice President of Diversity of Walt Disney World®This event was highlighted with the Golf Awards Luncheon for planting the seed that allowed BDPA to produce the golf WINNERS OF BDPA IT GOLF CLASSIC: 1st Place: Eric Powell, Yvette Graham, Brooks Baker, Mike Jackson 2nd Place: Larry Argiro, Ron Thompson, Phil Clark, John Tenuta 3rd Place: Bob Billingslea, Reggie Whitehead, Mitch Cooper, Earl Curry Best Effort: Kelly Yost, Eddie Clark, Carolyn Sitkiewicz, Barbara Brown Closest to the Pin-Men: Gerald Mims Closest to the Pin-Ladies: Regina Harrington Long Drive-Men: Mike Jackson Long Drive-Ladies: Regina Harrington Longest Putt-Men: L.T. Nordee Longest Putt-Ladies: Regina Harrington 2002 Conference - Authors & Book Signings... Gregory Bell "In The Black: A History of African-Americans on Wall Street" Betty Bradford Byers "Wired for Murder" September 2002 Bettie Clarke "The Acronym Dictionary of Technical Terms" Detrick Deburr "Deal Us In! How Black America Can Play and Win in the Digital Economy" Tanya Graves "Christian Business Reference Guide" Conrad Brian Law "Career Success Strategies: 10 Steps to Jumpstart Your Career" Steve Litt "Troubleshooting Techniques of the Successful Technologist" Bob Littell "Power Netweaving" Delatorro L. McNeal, II "The Greatness Guy" Abner McWhorter "Our PC - The African American Computing Magazine" Evan Poole "Enterprise Architecture" Robert L. Wallace "Soul Food: 52 Principles for Black Entrepreneurial Success" "Black Wealth through Black Entrepreneurship" Bernadette Williams "Black Enterprise Guide to Technology for Entrepreneurs" Eddie Williams "Software/Firmware Configuration Management (within the system development process)" Terrie Williams "The Personal Touch: What You Really Need to Succeed in Todays Fast Paced Business World” To get to in touch with these authors or to find out more information on these books, contact us at info@bdpa.org The BDPA Monthly Newsletter 9
  • 10. BDPA 2002 CONFERENCE CENTRAL CONFERENCE 2002 By A.J. Pearson, 2002 CDM Workshop/Seminars The Cyber Café has been shutdown and the slick new Compaq machines are gone. The seminar meeting rooms are empty and silent. The crowds have disappeared from the hallways of Disneys Contemporary® Registration Area Resort. The youthful exuberance of the High School competitors and Youth Conference registrants is absent. No trace of the BDPA 24th Annual Opening Ceremony Prayer National Conference remains. Yet the spirit of that conference has been taken to all parts of the U.S. by the lucky ones that attended the conference. The knowledge gained, friendships established, events enjoyed, and busi- ness networking done energized the conference attendees. They are now using that energy to benefit their personal and professional lives. As Conference Delivery Manager (CDM) for the Seminars and Workshops, I look back over the past year of preparation, accomplishments, Opening Ceremony Audience and disappointments, knowing that those of us who worked on the seminars have grown from the experience. I would also like to believe that the efforts BDPA Internet Radio Show of my team and I, made a difference in the lives of those that sat in on the (Franne McNeal interviewing 32 seminars, 2 ITSMF panel sessions, 3 Entrepreneur Showcase sessions Zuri Stanback) and 4 Chapter Building Workshops. Based on the evaluation forms com- pleted by most of those in attendance at these sessions, I feel that my opti- mism is not totally unjustified. We were privileged to have the many presenters donate their time, their expertise and underwrite their own travel and accommodations to give of Jimm Middleton themselves to BDPA. I want to give all of them my thanks for once again accepting the challenge and coming through for BDPA. I certainly hope that Reginald Gardner many of them will find the means to share with us again at future BDPA con- ferences. If you didnt attend the conference, then just to give you an idea of some of the invaluable topics you missed, lets do a real cursory review. - Are you interested in enhancing your database knowledge and skills? Keith Gardenhire of IBM would have loved to have you in his sessions on DB2 with hands on coding experiences made available to you. Oracle sent Wayne Hicks, Dr. Michael Kim Better and Vernith Brooks to brief you on their product. McCrimmon, Milt Haynes - You are really excited about web design, programming and technolo- HSCC Youth gies. If you had been in Orlando you could have checked out Rudy Duke as he shared on designing effective corporate intranets or Juan Gilbert as he talked about VoiceXML applications. You would have liked Michael Meriwether explaination of IBMs Pervasive Computing product Websphere and its application in an E-Business setting. - There were sessions on Linux and Unix given by Chicagos Farrad Ali. - Then from the career development perspective who didnt enjoy Hope Dowdy and Kim Langs of Right Management Consultants repeat offering Hewlett Packard representatives, of their excellent seminar on mentoring. Milt Haynes, Wayne Hicks - Once again ITSMF packed them in with sessions on playing the corpo- HSCC Youth rate game to gain access to the executive suites and on how to unleash your entrepreneurial skills in todays challenging business environment. I could go on and on about the great sessions and expert presenters at the 2002 BDPA conference, but you still wouldnt get the full flavor and richness of the presentations delivered at Disneys Contemporary® Resort. You had to be there! Dr. Victor McCrary, Earl Pace, Jr., Ron Langston Bible-Based Fellowship Church Sign Choir10 The BDPA Monthly Newsletter
  • 11. 2003 CONFERENCE The BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF)THEME, VISION, ANDSTRATEGIC FOCUS BETF is a 501(C)(3) non-profit charity, founded in 1992 to Roxanne Clinton support the education and technical programs of BDPA. 2003 Internal Confernce Director BETF is an organization established to achieve anTheme: informed minority community, prepared to lead and lever-Information Technology: From the Classroom to the age the IT knowledge revolution for the benefit of theBoardroom" minority community at large. The primary focus of BETF funding (but not limited to) is the Student InformationBDPA is the premier organization for African Americans in Technology Education & Scholarship Program (SITES),the Information Technology (IT) industry. For over 25 years, and Computer Technology Centers (CTCs).BDPA has been a global member focused organization Volume 1 Number 9that positions its members at the forefront of the IT indus- Listed below, are some of the major activities across thetry. BDPA remains committed to delivering IT excellence country during the past year:to our members, strategic partners, and community. BDPA Allstate Insurance Company has contributed $25,000 tohas 3,000 members and over 40 chapters in cities across BETF to be utilized for funding BDPA initiatives.the country. Microsoft Corporation has contributed software to theWe have worked hard to "close the gap" and increase BETF that was distributed to HSCC/Youth Group partici-access to information and technology. However, we realize pants at the annual BETF Reception during the BDPAthat the need to develop a holistic education life cycle that National Conference. SPECIAL 2002 CONFERENCE EDITIONtakes our community & members from wherever they mightcurrently be in terms of information technology knowledge Congratulations to the Chicago Chapter and Bontemps Grade School for completion of their second year ofstill exists. That is why we have chosen this theme for our Computer Technology Center Operations (special thanks2003 Conference. Join us in Philadelphia as we focus on to Allstate Insurance Company and Sharon Ali for working"Information Technology: From the Classroom to the with Bontemps, and making this possible).Boardroom". Congratulations to the Cleveland Chapter and JFK High School for completion of their first year of ComputerVision Statement Technology Center Operations. Note that TWO NBDPAThe 2003 National BDPA Conference appeals to African Past Presidents (Norman Mays, George Williams) areAmericans seeking new opportunities for long-term suc- members of the Cleveland Chapter, and are instrumental in this endeavor.cess and a prosperous future. The conference provides atotal information technology experience to students (high Congratulations to Valerie Hartridge and Rudy Dukeschool and college), information technology professionals, (both of the DC Chapter) for their BETF Recognitionentrepreneurs, IT senior managers, corporations, acade- Awards, and thanks for your hard work and efforts onmia, government agencies and the research community. BETF operations.This value-packed slate of offerings given by field experts,exemplifies the BDPA commitment to provide state-of-the- For more information on BETF, and how we can assistart training, professional growth and technical develop- your chapter, please visit our web site, www.betf.org.ment, entrepreneurial opportunity, technical resource offer- Reginald J. Gardnerings, and access to leading edge technology to its mem- BDPA Education & Technology Foundation, Chair September 2002bers, corporate supporters, and the community.Strategic Focus1. Deliver access to IT talent for our strategic partners by BDPA is pleased to announce that mentoring our members to improve upward mobility.2. Deliver exceptional IT training to our members and our FleetBoston Financial community. has joined the BDPA 2003 25th Annual National3. Share best practices among the chapters. Conference as its first4. Achieve financial stability that will enable BDPA to Platinum Level Conference Partner grow and fulfill its mission.5. Foster an environment that promotes creativity, innova- tion, personal and professional fulfillment.6. Deliver effective and honest communication through multiple channels to members and strategic partners. The BDPA Monthly Newsletter 11
  • 12. UPCOMING EVENTS SEPTEMBER 2002 ISSUE SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2002 Information Technology Thought Leaders The BDPA Monthly Newsletter Every Thursday @ 10:30am ET - BDPA Internet Radio Show http://www.tbwt.com The newsletter designed to keep our members informed SEPTEMBER CHAPTER ANNIVERSARIES of news, events and perspectives important to our BDPA New Jersey Chapter - 22nd community. BDPA Charlotte Chapter - 14th BDPA Triangle Chapter - 13th We welcome your comments: editor@BDPA.org Sept 13-15 2003 Strategic Planning Session (Atlanta GA) NEC Read our Online Journal for breaking news, information Sept 14 Annual BDPA Social Barbecue and updates: www.BDPAjournal.org BDPA Seattle Chapter Sept 14 2nd Annual Cyber Golf Scramble & Awards Banquet BDPA 2003 BDPA Detroit Chapter 25th ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE Oct Annual Scholarship & Awards Banquet “Information Technology: BDPA New Jersey Chapter From the Classroom to the Boardroom” Oct 18-20 2003 Conference Leadership Team (TBD) August 13-17, 2003 Chapters may send their information on upcoming events to: Philadelphia Marriott Hotel - Philadelphia, PA info@bdpa.org. Platinum Level Conference Partner: FleetBoston FinancialBDPA Information Technology Thought Leaders PRSRT STDNational Headquarters U.S. POSTAGE PAID6401 Golden Triangle Drive, Suite 450 PERMIT NO. 24460Greenbelt, MD 20770 Merrifield VA