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Use BDPA to Advance Your Career


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Wayne Hicks, executive director of the BDPA Education and Technology Foundation, made a presentation at the April 2008 program meeting hosted by BDPA Washington DC chapter. He tried to share his answer to the question, "Why BDPA in Washington DC?"

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Use BDPA to Advance Your Career

  1. 1. Use BDPA to Advance Your Career April 24, 2008 Wayne Hicks National BDPA Past President BETF Executive Director
  2. 2. It Can Be Done! <ul><li>Nat’l Membership Committee Chair (1989-1990) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chartered 20% of current chapters (10 of 50) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Nat’l BDPA Vice President (1991-1992) </li></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 for 2000 and 2001 activity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>National BDPA President-Elect (2002-2003) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Milt & Wayne led massive corporate sales effort. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sold first Platinum level sponsorship package (Fleet) </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 (2006 – Present) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Over $69,000 grants for local BDPA chapters in 2006. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over $72,000 grants for local BDPA chapters in 2007 </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>
  4. 4. BDPA History in California <ul><li>DC-MD-VA Area Chapters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Baltimore Chapter (Jun 1987) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Northern Virginia Chapter (Dec 2005) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Richmond Chapter (Aug 1991) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Washington DC Chapter (May 1978) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>April 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>50 Active BDPA Chapters nationally </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Washington Chapter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>121 financially current members </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>5 th Largest Chapter in the Nation! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. About BDPA <ul><li>BDPA is a non-profit organization that advances the careers of African Americans in the Information Technology industry from the classroom to the boardroom . </li></ul><ul><li>Membership consists of programmers, analysts, entrepreneurs, consultants, managers, telecommunications specialists, executives, data security, technical writers, network administrators, educators and so on. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Mission/Vision Our mission: BDPA is a member focused organization that exists to provide professional development programs, services and community outreach to position its members at the forefront of the information technology industry. Our vision: Is to be a powerful advocate for our stakeholders’ interest within the global technology industry.
  7. 7. BDPA Objectives (To Name A Few) <ul><li>Deliver value to members and stakeholders. </li></ul><ul><li>Local chapter development, stability and capability. </li></ul><ul><li>Optimize value and financial results. </li></ul><ul><li>Creative compliance controls and flexible business processes. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Challenge: What Will You Do To Change The Future?
  9. 9. Classroom to the Boardroom College Internships Adopt-a-School Adopt-a-Class High School Computer Camp (Phase 1) High School Computer Competition (Reg’l, Nat’l) Professional Development Corporate Advisory Council IT Senior Management Forum
  10. 10. Empowering Our Community with 21st Century Technology Community Technology Centers Certification Computer Learning Center BDPA IT Institute Technology Network Technicians Market Hires Contractor/Consultant IT Employee IT Entrepreneur High School Technology Programs Computer Club Computer Competition (Citywide, Suburban, NBDPA) Computer Training Program Interview Preparation Program College Summer Internship Program Cincinnati State Xavier University University of Cincinnati
  11. 11. 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>
  12. 12. Membership Benefits <ul><li>Increase your TECHNICAL EXPERTISE </li></ul><ul><li>Accelerate your PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT </li></ul><ul><li>Provide professional SOCIAL CONTACT </li></ul><ul><li>Increase your awareness of BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES </li></ul><ul><li>Provide an opportunity to SHARE your expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Provide an opportunity to receive industry RECOGNITION </li></ul><ul><li>Provide an opportunity to publish in National BDPA Technical Journals </li></ul>
  13. 13. Down To 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 DC-MD-VA chapters (Baltimore, No. Virginia, Richmond & Washington DC) to develop a mentor relationship. </li></ul><ul><li>Network Regularly with Washington DC-based organizations (Black or technology) </li></ul>
  14. 14. What Should You Do? <ul><li>Create a project plan that can guide you in 2008 growth of BDPA Washington DC 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 (Blog?) </li></ul><ul><li>Provide Quarterly Status Report to National BDPA. </li></ul><ul><li>Access the Internet regularly. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Monthly Program Meeting <ul><li>When: 4th Thursday of each month </li></ul><ul><li>Time: 6:00pm </li></ul><ul><li>Location: see </li></ul><ul><li>Topics: Business, Education, & Technology </li></ul>
  16. 16. National BDPA Conference <ul><li>30th Annual National Conference </li></ul><ul><ul><li>August 6-9, 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finalists: Atlanta, GA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Theme: Harnessing Emerging Technology to Advance IT Careers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conference Events Include: </li></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 (HSCC) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>IT Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Networking Activities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Technology Expo </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Youth Technology Camp </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. National BDPA Officers <ul><li>President – Denise Holland (Amtrak) </li></ul><ul><li>President-Elect –Yvette Graham (Allstate) </li></ul><ul><li>VP-Finance – Abe Joseph (AJ’s Accounting and Tax Service) </li></ul><ul><li>VP-Member Mgmt – Eatonia Williams (EDS) </li></ul><ul><li>VP-Member Services – Kimberly Davis (Emagination Network) </li></ul><ul><li>VP-Strategy & Planning – Edwin Sapp (Self-Employed) </li></ul><ul><li>Immediate Past President – Gina Billings (Self-Employed) </li></ul>
  18. 18. Contact Information Web Site: Internet: [email_address] Office: 611 Pennsylvania SE, #213 Washington DC 20003-4303 Phone: (301) 333-6130 x266
  19. 19. Questions