Newsletter: National BDPA (Nov 2002)


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This 'BDPA Monthly Newsletter' was published in November 2002. National president Milt Haynes shares his advice on employment search; updates from major corporate sponsor (FleetBoston Financial); BDPA Cleveland chapter review of recent community outreach efforts and information on 2003 BDPA Technology Conference.

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Newsletter: National BDPA (Nov 2002)

  1. 1. BDPA MISSION INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY THOUGHT LEADERS BDPA is a global member The focused organization that positions its members at the forefront of the IT indus- try. BDPA is committed to delivering IT excellence to Monthly Newsletter our members, strategic partners, and community. The official newsletter of the BDPA Information Technology Thought LeadersVolume 1 Number 11 NOVEMBER 2002Presidents Message The BDPA online community of over 15,000 subscribers is constantly growing and this forum provides access a vast pool of talented individ- uals. By connecting through email distribution lists, company represen- tatives are able to post jobs and attract the best candidates. Corporate Employee Search Advice recruiters are encouraged to join our yahoogroups (e.g. BDPA-Jobs and BDPA-Chicago-Jobs) and to register their job opportunities with BDPA. In order to stay competitive, especially during Companies can also advertise career opportunities through BDPA to tough economic times, companies need to con- attract the hard-to-find candidates. BDPA offers a variety of unique tinually recruit talented Information Technology advertising opportunities in the monthly newsletters, the annual Career professionals. This is easier said than done. Fair Guide and on the weekly National BDPA Internet Radio Show, and Corporate recruiters have trouble finding quali- BDPA Cable TV shows. fied employment candidates because profession- als with above average technical, leadership and Sometimes the best way to locate hard to find candidates is through business skills are always in demand, even during executive search firms. BDPA has relationships with African Americantimes of high unemployment. Corporate recruiters need to constantly search firms that can help find diversity candidates with advanced tech-look for innovative ways to meet this challenge. BDPA, the Premier nical skill sets. Additionally, we have affiliations with consultant com-Organization for African Americans in Information Technology, offers panies that have direct access to the BDPA talent pool for staff aug-access to an extensive network of potential candidates through career mentation and project work. These African American businesses setfairs, resume banks, program meetings, technology forums, online themselves apart from the competition by staffing hard to find technicalcommunities and other venues. experts with specialized skills.To attract the best candidates, companies have to be known as a great Want to learn more about BDPA? Please visit our website atplace for African Americans in Information Technology to work. By or give us a call at 800-727-BDPA.participating in surveys conducted by magazines and trade journals,companies can gain valuable industry recognition as a great place to Milt Hayneswork. Gaining recognition through BDPA awards programs is another National BDPA Presidenthigh honor that attracts great candidates. To achieve BDPA recognition, November 2002companies need to get involved in BDPA programs and activities to president@bdpa.orgdemonstrate that they are great corporate citizens.One of the best sources of qualified candidates is the BDPA Career Fair REMINDERat the Annual Conference. By sponsoring a career fair booth, companies Register and pay for thegain direct access to thousands of prospective candidates. Year after BDPA 2003 25th Annual National Conferenceyear, BDPA has received numerous accolades for the quality of the can- by December 31, 2002didates attending the career fair. After the conference, companies can to take advantage of thegain access to career fair attendees and other prospective candidatesthrough the BDPA Resume Bank. $200 discount Discount is based on the price of full registration after 6/30/03.Throughout the year, BDPA hosts professional development workshopsand seminars geared toward helping Information Technology profes-sionals advance their careers. This includes technical certification studygroups (e.g. Novell, Microsoft), career development workshops and INSIDEentrepreneur training. Many companies partner with BDPA to host tech- BDPA Annual National Conference. . . . . . . . . . . . .2nical forums and networking receptions so BDPA members can get to FleetBoston Financial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3know the company. These are great opportunities to network withBDPA members. Additionally, companies are welcome to attend BDPA BDPA IT International Connection . . . . . . . . . .4Monthly Program meetings in order to announce job opportunities and 25th Annual National Conference . . . . . . . . . .5to distribute job postings. There is time allotted at each meeting for job 2003 Corporate Support Levels . . . . . . . . . . . .6seekers to introduce themselves and for companies to announce job CTC-BDPA Cleveland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7postings. Resumes are submitted and preliminary interviews are held at BDPA Chapter Anniversaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7that time. Member Services “Sounding Board” . . . . . . . .7 BDPA Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 The BDPA Monthly Newsletter
  2. 2. The BDPA Annual National Conference and Career Fair/Tech Expo provides sponsors: Welcome to the ! National exposure through over 40 chapters nationwide with 3,000 members and an online BDPA Monthly community of over 16,000. Newsletter ! An opportunity to showcase your companys products, services and career opportunities. Quality professionals for recruitment - because our conference attracts large numbers of IT As a service to our members, the professionals, we provide corporate sponsors and ideal opportunity to recruit IT professionals BDPA Monthly Newsletter is dis- qualified in leading-edge technologies. tributed to provide pertinent information on National BDPA The Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA), founded in 1975, is celebrating over 27-years of commit- activities. ment "to closing the Digital Divide." BDPA encompasses 40 chapters and over 3,000 members in the United States, Canada and around the world. BDPA is committed to the development of valuable minority The BDPA Monthly Newsletter resources in the information technology industry. will entail such things as: Career and Professional Development The organizations primary objective is to accumulate a pool of information technology knowledge and guidelines, “hot” technical skills, business expertise in order to: job opportunities, member pro- ! Support the interest of those exploring the IT field as a career or business opportunity. files, upcoming Professional and ! Provide a forum for the development of minority of skills and interests within the IT industry. Social events, vision and thought ! Enhance awareness of the IT industry within the minority community. leadership articles from the ! Actively participate in events supporting IT industry goals. National Executive Committee as well as other BDPA members. The Annual National Conference is BDPAs largest professional networking opportunity of the year. This event drawing hundreds of professionals, students, entrepreneurs, educators, researchers, and corporate Hopefully, you will find this publi- participants from across the country. cation to be informative and insightful. We welcome your During the 5-day event, African-American CIOs share their experience with their peers, while participants input on the newsletter. from across the country take part in our Career Fair, explore the displays at our Technology Expo, and attend seminars and workshops reflecting leading-edge technologies and strategies for IT professionals. Comments, suggestions, and opinions can be sent to: The annual National High School Student Computer Competition became a part of our Annual National Conference in 1986. What started as a 2-team event has grown to over 30 teams of high school students competing for scholarships and prizes. This event introduces African American youth to the field of IT, encourages the youth to seek higher education and build the foundation for them to become our next gen- ENJOY! eration of IT professionals. Reginald J. Gardner National BDPA Vice Our annual awards banquet honors students, members and businesses through scholarship awards, Chapter President, Member Services achievement awards and sponsor recognition awards. Publication Committee: The BDPA Annual National Conference provides an invaluable opportunity for your corporation to invest in the future, while taking advantage of this event as a resource for recruitment of high-level talented IT Reggie Gardner professionals and students. The BDPA National Conference provides a total information technology expe- (Sears, Roebuck & Co.) rience to high school students, college students, IT professionals, entrepreneurs, IT senior managers, cor- porations, academia, government agencies and the research community. This value-packed slate of offer- Wayne Hicks ings given by field experts, exemplifies the BDPA commitment to provide state-of-the-art training, profes- (Hicks Enterprises) sional growth, technical development, entrepreneurial opportunity and access to leading edge technology to its members, strategic partners, and the community. Anita L.Vega (OCCI-NY) BDPA offers a wide variety of professional development programs in Information Technology, Professional Development, Career Development and Leadership Development to help members advance their careers. It doesnt matter whether you aspire to be a technical expert, IT manager or an entrepreneur, BDPA offers programs to take you every step of the way, from the classroom to the boardroom. "Information Technology: From the Classroom to the Boardroom" (See page 5 for Conference Pricing) The BDPA Monthly Newsletter BDPA Internet Radio Show Mailed and electronically forwarded to over 15,000 of our mem- $75 per 30-second ad bers, 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! For information, contact BDPA National Office at :(800) 727-BDPA or info@BDPA.org2 The BDPA Monthly Newsletter
  3. 3. Volume 1 Number 11 FleetBoston Financial BDPA Platinum SponsorFleetBoston Financial is the seventh-largest financial holding pares staff to assume leadership challenges. This wide array ofcompany in the United States, with assets of $191 billion. The development options helps blend IT skills and certificationscompanys principal businesses, Personal Financial Services and with the strong business acumen that is needed.Wholesale Banking, offer a comprehensive array of innovativefinancial solutions to 20 million customers. The Fleet WorkplaceThe Fleet IT environment boasts more than 3,000 IT Fleet epitomizes an energizing workplace that is positive andprofessionals primarily spread throughout the Northeast and inclusive. Females and minorities make up more than 50% ofsome international locations. Fleet IT associates collaborate our IT workforce, and our associates appreciate Fleets sensitivi-with internal business partners to develop and implement lead- ty to the needs of a diverse technology solutions; take advantage of innovativetraining opportunities; and enjoy being a part of a vibrant cor- Fleets commitment to its employees and community isporate culture. renowned and continually honored by leading associations.Implementing Leading-Edge Technology ! Ranked 10th on Historic List for "100 Best Places to Work in IT," Computerworld Magazine, 2002.Technology-driven products and services are a major part of ! Top 10 company for Diversity, DiversityInc., 2002.Fleets customer focus. IT staff are extensively integrated into ! Recognized four years in a row, 1999 through 2002, bybusiness projects that foster across-the-board team efforts to Working Mother Magazine as one of the 100 Bestprovide appropriate solutions to meet customer needs. The staff Companies for working mothers and as one of the 50 Besthas the opportunity to define and deploy sophisticated technolo- Companies for Latinas by LatinaStyle solutions through mid-range, client-server, object oriented ! Top 50 Powerful and Gay Friendly Companies in 2001,and Web systems. Gay Financial Network, 2001. ! Top 50 Companies that Give the Most, Worth Magazine,! Fleet HomelinkSM, one of the nations leading on-line 2001. banking platforms.! InvestmentLinkSM for traders. Fleets dedication to:! Leading-edge ATM technology, including on-screen - Employee involvement (annual employee surveys and language and talking ATMs for the visually impaired. quarterly town hall meetings)! Intranet applications for employee self-service. - Work-life integration (telecommuting, physical wellness programs)Recent employee survey results show that over 75% of our IT - Employee resource groups for Black professionals,staff like the kind of work they do and a majority acknowledges Latino professionals, Asian professional, Gays anda strong atmosphere of cooperation. Such spirit and connection Lesbians, Parents, Women and individuals with disabiliprompted over 80% of the IT staff to declare that they are very tiescommitted to Fleets success. - Community involvement and volunteerism (2 paid days off a year to serve the community); andInnovative Training - Industry-leading benefits contributes to a culture that engenders pride and the sense thatFleets greatest strength is its thoughtful and talented people. Fleet is a compelling place to work.Every employee is encouraged to maximize their potential andis rewarded for forward-thinking behaviors and actions. FleetBoston Financial Proud to Partner with BDPAAt Fleet, the role of the IT professional has rapidly evolved to FleetBoston Financial is a proud BDPA sponsor with employeebeing a true business partner. In recognition of that role, our members in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York and New NOVEMBER 2002training portfolio stresses "whole-person professional develop- Jersey. Fleet sponsored the new BDPA chapter in Providence,ment." For example, Capability Maturity Model (CMMSM), an Rhode Island and is supporting the emerging chapter in Albany,offshoot of the program developed by Carnegie Mellon for proj- New York. As a BDPA partner, Fleet recognizes the advantagesect management and system development, builds skills in of "bridging the digital divide" for its customers, employees andprocess and methodology. Web-based Harvard Manage industry partners, and values the direction BDPA sets in build-MentorSM provides training in "soft skills," such as negotiation, ing a talented and diverse IT workforce.delegation, consensus building and coaching; "Books 24 x 7SM"delivers an on-line library of technical books from top Forward. Thinking.publishers; and, Building Leadership EquitySM pre- The BDPA Monthly Newsletter 3
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  5. 5. Volume 1 Number 11 BDPA 2003 25th ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE "Information Technology: From the Classroom to the Boardroom" August 13-17, 2003 PHILADELPHIA MARRIOTT 1201 MARKET STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19107 PHONE: 215-625-2900 FAX: 215-625-6097 2003 CONFERENCE PRICING LIST CAREER FAIR & TECHNOLOGY EXPOADVERTISING Friday and Saturday, August 15th and 16thProgram Guide Black & White" Full Page $1,000 LEADING EDGE SEMINAR TRACKS:" ½ Page $750 I. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY" Inside Front Cover $1,500 II. LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT" Inside Back Cover $1,500 III. ENTREPRENEURS & SMALL BUSINESSCareer Fair Guide Black & White IV. CAREER DEVELOPMENT" Full Page $1,500 V. ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT" ½ Page $1,000 VI. COLLEGE STUDENT TRACKCONFERENCE PROMOTION" Newsletter Sponsorship $2,500 IT SENIOR MANAGEMENT FORUM (ITSMF)" Web Banner $1,500 (3 months) Network with CIOs and Senior Management Professionals" Conference Tote Bags $10,000" Internet Radio Show $900 HIGH SCHOOL COMPUTER COMPETITION (HSCC) Experience the excitement as high school students from over 25RECEPTIONS & MEAL FUNCTIONS Sponsorship Attendees" BDPA IT Golf Classic $35,000 144 golfers urban communities display their skills and expertise in program-" Chapter Officers Luncheon $5,000 150 ming and technical presentations." Chapter Presidents Luncheon $7,500 250" Community Service Recognition Dinner$10,000 250 YOUTH CONFERENCE" Corporate Hospitality Suites $3,000 250 Hands-on training and workshops in technology, PCBuilding" Chapter Presidents Brunch $2,500 55" Board of Directors Luncheon $3,000 80 Race and IT Knowledge Quiz Bowl, and IT Showcase" Dignitaries Reception $15,000 350" Awards Executive Reception $5,000 250 NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES" Executive Reception $3,500 150 Meet IT Professionals from over 40 BDPA chapters across the" Hospitality Receptions $6,000 each 250-300 nation." Evening Hospitality Suites $2,000 each 100" Opening Reception $15,000 500 · CIO ROUNDTABLE" Youth/HSCC Conference Breakfast $3,500 each 250 · ENTREPRENEUR SHOWCASE" Youth/HSCC Lunch $5,000 each 250 · COLLEGE & HBCU ROUNDTABLE" Youth/HSCC Dinner $7,500 each 250 · TOWN HALL MEETING" Plenary Session (3) $4,000 each 200 · AWARDS BANQUET" Prayer Breakfast $10,000 350 · BDPA IT GOLF CLASSIC" Awards Banquet Reception $6,000 400-600 · PRAYER BREAKFAST" Awards Banquet Sponsorship $50,000 800-1000" Awards Banquet Table (10 per table) $750 /table" Awards Banquet Corporate Package* $2,000" Prayer Breakfast (10 per table) $400 /table* Ten (10) invitations to Awards Banquet Executive Reception, one (1) banquettable, prime location for banquet table, full page ad in the banquet program book(deadlines apply) MEMBER / NON MEMBER CONFERENCE PRICING Register By Member Non-MemberIN-KIND" Youth Conference Workstations 30 Computers and printers ADULT-FULL" HSCC Workstations 30 Computers and printers 12/31/02 $350 $500" Workshop/Internet 30 Computers 06/30/03 $450 $600" Cyber Café 20 Computers after 6/30/03 $550 $700 NOVEMBER 2002" HSCC Program Support Contribution" Youth Conference Program Support Contribution COLLEGE STUDENT" Conference Printing Program Guide, Proceedings 12/31/02 $150 $200 Guide, Youth, Career Fair Guide after 01/01/03 $200 $250ENTREPRENEUR SHOWCASE HSCC/YOUTH" Breakfast $4,000 $150 $150" Lunch $4,500 REGISTER NOW! TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE DISCOUNT RATES!!CORPORATE Pay by Pay afterCONFERENCE PRICING 3/28/03 3/28/03 TO CONTACT BDPA:" Platinum Conference Partner $50,000 $50,000" Gold Conference Partner $20,000 $20,000 PHONE: (800) 727-BDPA, (301) 220-2180 FAX: (301) 220-2185" Silver Conference Partner $8,000 $10,000 WEBSITE: WWW.BDPA.ORG" Bronze Conference Partner $4,500 $5,000 6401 Golden Triangle Drive, Suite 450 , Greenbelt, MD 20770 The BDPA Monthly Newsletter 5
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  7. 7. Volume 1 Number 11 AROUND & ABOUT BDPA The Community Technology Center BDPA Cleveland Chapter Member Services "Sounding Board"From Vision(ary) to Implementation in less than ten months! Member Benefits and Services are an integral part of anyHow quickly can an idea for a technology resource center go fromdiscussion to dedication and grand opening? Not very long if the Professional Organization. A list of all BDPA benefits andvisionary is Norman R. Mays. This man has been a major player in services can be found on the BDPA website atthe Black Data Processing Associates since the late seventies. He is founder of the third chapter in Cleveland, Ohio and thenumber one reason I joined BDPA in 1980. In an effort to provide continuous improvement and value to ourOn May 6, 2002, BDPA and Allstate Insurance hosted members, the Member Services Department welcomes yourthe Grand Opening and Dedication of the John F. feedback to the following survey. Please send your responses toKennedy High (JFK) School Community memberservices@bdpa.orgTechnology Center. Why? Because Norman lis-tened, heard, and shared with us the ideas of 1. Are you aware of the benefits and servicesMr. Frank Pollard of Allstate Insurance, the available to you as a BDPA Member?corporate sponsor had for a technology center.Why? Because Norman inspired us in Cleveland 2. On a scale of 1-5 (5 being the highest), howwith the vision of offering a technology center for would you rate BDPA Member Benefits?the students and the community. Why? Because 3. What member benefits have you utilized?Normans drive and focus to use technology, educate people and What is your satisfaction level with thosereduce the digital divide has never wavered since I met him in 1980. benefits?Vision is not the only thing Norman brought to the table. He met 4. What benefits are most valuable/importantwith Allstate Insurance many times, cultivated the resources at JFK, to you?while encouraging a star teacher at JFK,Mr. Ed Young, to lead the charge with the students and school staff. 5. What benefits should be added?Norman was the contact person on this project, assisting with thecoordination. He made the contacts with Cleveland Municipal Thank you for your feedback.School District administration to confirm the necessary steps were Reginald Gardnerfulfilled to allow the project to take place. National BDPA Vice President, Member ServicesOn May 6, Norman was at JFK on the phone making sure all thetechnical requirements were taken care of for the grand opening.Norman facilitated two sessions of the interactive educational soft-ware demonstrations, LearningIdeas, and they went smoothly! Attention Job Seekers!Those of us in the IT field know that never happens on show and Get practical advice and tips on managing your jobtell day! But it did! Because our founder and leader, Norman R. search, submitted by our very own BDPA members!Mays, was at the helm. BDPA Jobs at June 2002, the Cleveland BDPA Chapter added another benefit At these sites, you’ll find a treasure trove of suggestions andfor our members. Norman R. Mays hosts a Leadership Series presen- information based on the real-life job-search experiences oftation at each of our monthly Information Exchange meetings. our own BDPA members. Topics include:Norman is a leader who never stops giving and sharing for the bet- ! Subscribing to Job Search Email Groupsterment of us all. ! Organizing and Managing Your Email ! Finding Job LeadsBeverly J. Peterson, President BDPA Cleveland Chapter ! Marketing Yourself ! Preserving Your Sanity ! Evaluating Your Salary Requirements vs. Your Expectations NOVEMBER 2002 More tips will be added based on member experiences and feedback! Don’t delay! Join one or both of the BDPA Jobs BDPA CHAPTER ANNIVERSARIES groups TODAY! DECEMBER 2002 11th Anniversary Northwest Indiana Chapter 13th Anniversary BDPA Cincinnati Chapter If you are interested in contributing an article to 14th Anniversary BDPA Ft. Wayne Chapter be published in the BDPA Monthly Newsletter, please contact: 16th Anniversary BDPA Phoenix Chapter The BDPA Monthly Newsletter 7
  8. 8. UPCOMING EVENTS NOVEMBER 2002 ISSUE NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2002 Information Technology Thought Leaders Every Thursday @ 10:30am ET - BDPA Internet Radio Show The BDPA Monthly Newsletter NOVEMBER 2nd Annual Anniversary The newsletter designed to keep our members informed BDPA Virginia State University Chapter of news, events and perspectives important to our 5th Annual Scholarship & Awards Banquet community. BDPA Greater Columbia (SC) Chapter Annual Scholarship Banquet BDPA Atlanta Chapter We welcome your comments: Annual CIO Reception BDPA Chicago Chapter Read our Online Journal for breaking news, information Annual Education Banquet BDPA Greater Tampa Bay Chapter and updates: 8 NEC Meeting (Columbia SC) 9-10 4Q-2002 NBOD Meeting (Columbia SC) "Strategy and Planning (Business Plan, Project Plan, Budget)" BDPA 2003 16 Annual Awards Banquet 25th ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE BDPA Northwest Indiana Chapter DECEMBER “Information Technology: Annual Awards Banquet From the Classroom to the Boardroom” BDPA Charlotte Chapter 6 Annual Kwanzaa Celebration August 13-17, 2003 BDPA Washington DC Chapter Philadelphia Marriott Hotel - Philadelphia, PA Chapters may send their information on upcoming events to: Platinum Level Conference Partner: FleetBoston Financial PRE-SORTEDBDPA Information Technology Thought Leaders FIRST CLASSNational Headquarters U.S. POSTAGE PAID6401 Golden Triangle Drive, Suite 450 PERMIT NO. 24460Greenbelt, MD 20770 MERRIFIELD, VA