The Value of BDPA in Today's Marketplace


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BDPA Columbus chapter invited past national BDPA president Wayne Hicks as a guest speaker in May 2010 to work to rejuvenate the enthusiasm of the chapter leaders, members and future members. The subject of his discussion was pointed -- 'The Value of BDPA in Today's Marketplace'.

Contact Wayne (513.284-4968) if you would like to discuss how you can rejuvenate your local BDPA chpater or non-BDPA member-driven organization.

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The Value of BDPA in Today's Marketplace

  1. 1. The Value of BDPA in Today's Marketplace Wayne Hicks, Executive Director BDPA Education and Technology Foundation May 20, 2010 Columbus, OH
  2. 2. Been There, Done That! <ul><li>Nat’l Membership Committee Chair (1989-1990) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chartered almost 25% of current chapters (10 of 45) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Nat’l BDPA Vice President (1991-1992, 2002-2003) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Served under President Vivian Wilson and President Milt Haynes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>BDPA Cincinnati Chapter President (1999-2001) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grew membership from 6 (Jan 1999) to 229 (Nov 2001) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Won Chapter of the Year Twice (2000 and 2001) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>National BDPA President (2004-2005) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Profitable annual conferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All-time record in corporate sales </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All-time record in BDPA membership totals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>BETF Executive Director (1993, 2006 – Present) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Over $500,000 in grants for BDPA (local & National) since 2006. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Significantly Increased grant activity in 2009 </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. BDPA History <ul><li>November 1975, Founders Met </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Founders Concerns : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>lack of Blacks in middle & upper management </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>poor preparation of Blacks for these positions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>low number of Blacks recruited for upper management </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>lack of career mobility for people of color </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>lucrative placement services dominated by non-minorities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>What’s Different in 2010 ???? </li></ul>
  4. 4. BDPA History in Ohio <ul><li>Ohio Chapters (founding mo / yr) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cincinnati Chapter (Dec 1989) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cleveland Chapter (Nov 1980) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Columbus Chapter (Jun 1990) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dayton Chapter (Jul 1998) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>May 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>45 Active BDPA Chapters nationally </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Columbus Chapter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>33 financially current members [as of 5/1/2010] </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>16 th Largest Chapter in the Nation! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Why Does BDPA Exist? “ BDPA advances the careers of African Americans in the IT industry from the classroom to the boardroom” Elevator pitch when people ask what does BDPA do “ We’re a service organization that advances IT professionals’, entrepreneurs’ and students’ careers from the classroom to the boardroom through education, mentoring and business networking that enhance innovation, technical skills, business savvy and personal growth.”
  6. 6. Classroom to the Boardroom College Internships Adopt-a-School Adopt-a-Class High School Computer Club High School Computer Competition Professional Development - Corporate Advisory Council - IT Senior Management Forum
  7. 7. IT Workers in Columbus, OH <ul><li>30,035 employed IT workers </li></ul><ul><li>19% African American population </li></ul><ul><li>BDPA Columbus is in the sweet spot of 5,707 employed Black IT workers </li></ul><ul><li>Why only 33 members? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Membership Benefits <ul><li>Accelerate your PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT </li></ul><ul><li>Advance your CAREER IN THE IT INDUSTY if you are unemployed or underemployed </li></ul><ul><li>Increase your awareness of BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES </li></ul><ul><li>Increase your TECHNICAL EXPERTISE </li></ul><ul><li>Provide an opportunity to GET PUBLISHED in local or national journals </li></ul><ul><li>Provide an opportunity to receive INDUSTRY RECOGNITION </li></ul><ul><li>Provide an opportunity to SHARE YOUR EXPERTISE </li></ul><ul><li>Provide professional SOCIAL CONTACT (real world and social networks) </li></ul>
  9. 9. How Can BDPA Benefit You? <ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Internships </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarships </li></ul><ul><li>Job Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Community Service </li></ul><ul><li>World Class Training </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership Training </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Recognition </li></ul><ul><li>Discounted registration at all BDPA functions </li></ul><ul><li>BDPA IT Institute </li></ul><ul><li>NETWORKING (did I mention that already?) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Down To Chapter Business: What Should You Do? <ul><li>Recruit and inform students & IT professionals interested in BDPA. </li></ul><ul><li>Contact the BDPA National Office to receive BDPA materials </li></ul><ul><li>Work with Cincinnati, Cleveland and Dayton Chapters to develop a mentor relationship. </li></ul><ul><li>Network Regularly with other Columbus-based organizations. </li></ul>
  11. 11. What Should You Do? <ul><li>Create a project plan that can guide you in 20 10 growth of BDPA Columbus chapter. </li></ul><ul><li>Publicize a 13-month revolving meeting schedule. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide monthly status reports in the form of ‘news & notes’ to your membership. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide Quarterly Status Report to National BDPA. </li></ul><ul><li>Access the Internet (especially social networks) regularly. </li></ul>
  12. 12. You Can Help Our Students! <ul><li>1997 & 2010 BDPA Columbus Students </li></ul><ul><li>We need your pledge tonight! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Give me your Business Card pledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Card or go online – </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Monthly Program Meeting (or Information Exchange <ul><li>When: Every 4 th Thursday </li></ul><ul><li>Time: 6:00pm to 8:30pm </li></ul><ul><li>Location: TBD </li></ul><ul><li>Topics: Business, Education, & Technology </li></ul>
  14. 14. National BDPA Technology Conference <ul><li>32nd Annual National Conference </li></ul><ul><li>July 28-31, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Downtown Marriott * Philadelphia, PA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Access For All&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Technology Expo </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Youth Mini-conference </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Career Fair </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Networking Activities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>High School Computer Competition </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Senior Management IT Forum </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. National BDPA Officers <ul><li>President – Yvette Graham ( Allstate ) </li></ul><ul><li>President-Elect – Monique Berry ( Vanguard ) </li></ul><ul><li>VP-Finance – Monica Bowe ( KeyBank ) </li></ul><ul><li>VP-Member Mgmt – Mildred Allen ( SCANA ) </li></ul><ul><li>VP-Member Services – Paulette Johnson-Davis ( BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina ) </li></ul><ul><li>VP-Strategy & Planning – Curtis Jenkins ( Amtrak ) </li></ul><ul><li>Immediate Past President – Denise Holland ( Amtrak ) </li></ul>
  16. 16. Contact Information Web Site : Internet : [email_address] Office : PO Box 172 Worthington, OH 43085 Phone : (614) 746-1963
  17. 17. Questions Wayne Hicks – (513) 284-4968 Handout Archive – Donations –