Sixth Annual Awards Ceremony (Twin Cities)

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6:30pm - 9pm EST Friday, January 7 2011
Radisson Plaza Hotel; Minneapolis MN
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Wayne on Dec 14, 2010

BDPA Twin Cities Chapter

Sixth Annual Awards Ceremony

"Access For All"


Keynote Speaker

H. James Dallas


January 7, 2011

(5:30pm Social, 7:00pm Dinner and Ceremony)

Radisson Plaza Hotel Minneapolis

(35 South 7th Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402)


Currently, the Senior Vice President, Quality and Operations for Medtronic, H. James Dallas is responsible for executing on cross-business initiatives that maximize the company's global operating leverage. He joined Medtronic in April 2006 as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, responsible for leading the information technology (IT) organization and developing and implementing information technology strategies on a global basis. James also serves as a member of Medtronic's executive management team.

Previously, James was vice president and CIO at Georgia Pacific. During his 22-year career at Georgia Pacific, he held a series of progressively responsible IT positions at the business, group and corporate levels. In addition, James was promoted into a number of operating roles, including general manager of the transportation division and president of the lumber division.

Our emcee is Miss Georgia, a KMOJ on-air personality, born Georgia Ellyse McClellon, started in performing arts at an early age. She starred in church plays in elementary school and continued on to be featured in Penumbra Theater's 2005 summer Institute performance. Through her desire to be connected to what is most meaningful to her, Miss Georgia began hosting an online radio show at Saint Thomas where she found tremendous satisfaction and so decided to pursue an internship with KMOJ.

As the On-Air light goes off Miss Georgia fulfills her goals of serving the community by actively occupying the president chair of the board of director's of a non-profit organization in Saint Paul and by working closely with local politicians on various campaigning objectives.

We will recognize an IT Black Professional, IT Business Enterprise of the Year and young people who participated in the 2010 Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) Twin Cities Community Youth Technology programs, the BDPA National High School Computer Competition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the Community IT Youth camp. We will celebrate our high school competition team taking eighth in the nation in July, 2010 at the National BDPA High School Computer Competition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The BDPA-Twin Cities Foundation is a 501c3 organization. More information about BDPA can be obtained from the national website, and our local chapter at


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