BDPA is a professional organization that uses its influence in the community to ” Advance Careers from the Classroom to the Boardroom” by providing training, scholarships, mentors, and job opportunities for its members and others who are interested in pursuing IT and other STEM related careers. “BDPA (45 chapters nationwide) could not accomplish this mission without the dedicated support of our coproate parnters.” Eileen Gadsden, Philadelphia Chapter President.
On Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, we honor those men and women who have bravely served in the Armed Forces. Please take a moment to remember the fallen and those who continue to serve.
The SBA, is committed to helping service men and women transition from military life to the business world by providing a full range of services for start-ups and existing ventures.
Financing for Veteran-Owned Businesses:
Small Business Assistance:
- Operation Boots to Business: From Service to Startup
- Veterans Business Outreach Centers
- Office of Veterans Business Development
- National Veterans Business Development Conference & Expo
- Business Resources for People with Disabilities
To see a full list of services, please visit the SBA.gov
Just finished up a two-day CIO conference (May 20 – 21) hosted by Premier Event Management and SIM Philadelphia Chapter, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in King of Prussia, PA This is the third time I have had the honor to represent BDPA Philadelphia on the advisory board for this world-class event.
The purpose of this event is to provide an environment in which CIOs and their direct reports can have candid conversations about the changes that impact technology, day to day operations, and leadership. One of the most dynamic of those changes is the role of the CIO and his/ her contribution to the C-suite.
In the past the technology departments were seen as cost centers; CIOs were tactical, responsible for managing data centers, focused on “speeds and feeds” of hardware and software that supported the business.
Today, the CIO is expected to be a business leader; demonstrate how IT can provide a competittive advantage, grow market share, drive innovation and differeniate their companies by strategically leveraging data. With this change comes more questions; about perceptions, values and ways CIOs can become true partners with other C-Level Executives.
Other topics focused on developing successful teams, how to protect corporate data in a BYOD era, and how manage successful cloud projects.
For an upcoming conference in your city, please visit PEM CIO .