We invite BDPA Detroit chapter members and supporters to use this topic to share information about upcoming events as well as chapter programs or services.

BDPA Detroit chapter founded in Feb 1981 is one of the largest and most recognized chapters in the country.

Replies to this Topic

Detroit chapter is recruiting students for their 2008 SITES program. The orientation takes place on Saturday, January 19.

We hope that all Detroit-area subscribers will support this effort and help recruit 8th-12th grade students for the 2008 program.

I met Anquanette Clegg during the planning and execution of the 2005 National BDPA Technology Conference held in Detroit, MI. Her passion for BDPA led to her election as president of the BDPA Detroit chapter. BDPA Detroit chapter is the 7th largest chapter in the nation. Please take a moment to read the message that Anquanette shared with her chapter members, supporters and sponsors.

Anquanette plans to work with the incoming chapter Board of Directors to lead BDPA Detroit chapter to its mission and objectives by delivering programs and activities that are designed to take our members "from the classroom to the boardroom". The 2008-2009 BDPA Detroit chapter Board includes: You can reach out to Anquanette Clegg on (313) 483-3519. Please REPLY to share some BDPA-Love with these brothers and sisters that have stepped into leadership roles with one of the greatest BDPA chapters in our history. Doable?
BDPA Detroit chapter is planning an informative Feb 2007 program meeting to take place on Thursday, Feb 21st. Will any of you be in attendance?
BDPA Detroit chapter is the 10th largest chapter in the nation. They seek to make a major move towards the top of the list with a membership drive targeting the 47,816 technology professionals in metro Detroit. The chapter will partner with Urban Financial Services Coalition (UFSC) to share information about ways that professionals in the metro Detroit community can make a difference on April 17, 2008 at the Grand Central Lounge!

BDPA is a proactive professional organization that seeks to advance the careers of African Americans in the information technology industry from the 'classroom to the boardroom'. Members have opportunities to enhance networking skills by playing an active role in planning, developing, and implementing local and national projects designed to meet BDPA’s goals and objectives. The skills gained through taking on responsibilities in BDPA prove to be a valuable asset to one’s professional and personal life.

We encourage all BETF-Blog readers in or near Detroit to attend this event. Here are the logistics:

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2008
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost: $10 cover charge
(proceeds benefit scholarship fund)

Place: Grand Central Lounge
311 E. Grand River Ave; Detroit, MI 48226

For more information you can reach out to BDPA Detroit chapter president Anquanette Clegg on (313) 438-3519.

Anquanette and Markita,

As a past President of the Detroit Chapter of BDPA, I recognize that you are following in the footsteps of some real giants in the world of BDPA. Past BDPA National Presidents Diane Davis and Wayne Hicks came out of the Detroit Chapter. The chapter also has a reputation for launching new programs for members, students, and sponsors. Creativity, innovation, and a Winning Culture can all be used to describe the Detroit Chapter. In addition to whipping the Chicago Chapter at bid, I remember the spirit of camaraderie and teamwork that Detroit has.

Big shoes? Yes.

Can you fill them? Absolutely!

Much Joy, Peace, and Love


Immediate Past Chairman ITSMF, 

Networking Event this Thursday, April 17,2008 from 6- 9:00 pm.



Diane Davis will be one of the charter members of the BDPA Hall of Fame when it is created. I went to my first BDPA program meeting in 1988 while living and working in Detroit. Diane Davis was president of the BDPA Detroit chapter. She sat up in the front of the meeting and shared her insights on BDPA. I was hooked. I joined BDPA that day ... attended my first national conference later that year in Chicago. Diane appointed me as Program Committee Chairperson for the BDPA chapter ... and recommended me for National BDPA Membership Director a few months later. BDPA Detroit chapter won back-to-back Chapter of the Year Awards under her leadership. Suffice to say I think Diane is a major part of the BDPA story...

Diane has over 25 years experience in the technology industry. Her work as a consultant with Hewlett-Packard’s Managed Services Division utilized her knowledge of local and global engagements in the manufacturing, government, and health care industries. She advised C level management teams of Fortune 500 corporations on infrastructure support practices, organization design, and the implementation of strategies, technology and principles to meet their specialized business requirements. Before this position, Diane was a Program Manager for multi-million dollar worldwide accounts and served as the CIO for a major automotive supplier.

Diane has lived and traveled throughout the United States, Canada, and South America as a software engineer and consultant in the design and implementation of management systems. Her technical career began developing robotic systems for the automotive industry. Later, she led the artificial intelligence development and implementation teams responsible for the support of corporate executives with “state of the art” technology including voice activation and annotation.

In 2003, Diane established her own consulting firm that provides strategic, organizational, and leadership services. In 2004, she expanded her business to include a robust Wellness Program established to help people improve their health, quality of life, and become financially independent. Diane has volunteered her time and supported several professional, community based, and educational organizations during her career, including BDPA. She has worked as an instructor at University of Detroit Mercy, led numerous strategic, leadership, quality, and team building workshops internationally for both profit and non-profit organizations.

Diane Davis was ol' school BDPA. Please share your rememberance of this powerful sister if you have time or inclination to do so.


BDPA-Detroit with VisionIT
Are you looking for a job? Are tired of your current job? In need of a career change?

If so, this event is just for you....

VisionIT Recruiting Event

You are invited to meet VisionIT's recruiting staff at Tech Town on June 19th @ 6:00 PM. Recruiters from VisionIT will present information on their company AND accept resumes! If you or someone you know are looking for employment or a career change, please come to this event with your resume!!

For more than 11 years, VisionIT has provided world-class information technology (IT) staffing and solutions to major corporations and government agencies, matching the right talent with their distinct individual needs. Their experience, coupled with our F.A.S.T. value-system, has helped them to become a national leader in the areas of IT staffing, outsourcing, and vendor management. With eight offices and personnel operating in some 30 states, they have staffed thousands of IT positions across the United States, becoming one of the industry's fastest-growing firms and earning the distinction of being listed multiple times as part of the Inc 500 as one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in North America. The future of VisionIT is filled with endless possibilities.

The future of VisionIT is filled with endless possibilities. Whether you are a seasoned IT professional searching for a new career or a talented IT contractor looking to build your resume with more engaging projects, we at VisionIT are prepared to help you meet your individual needs and goals. Let us put our dynamic recruiting team to work for you.

Some of the Open positions we are working on locally are:

Site Support Specialist
PMO Manager
Technical Project Manager
BMS Infrastructure Engineer

Also a complete listing of our openings can be found on

our website at

Tech Town is located on 440 Burroughs in Detroit, MI 48202

Tech Town -- 440 Burroughs
Detroit, Michigan 48202


Edited Mon, Jun 16, 2008 9:14 AM

Hi Cliff -- how did the event turn out last night?

    Very poor turn out for the event. Frown The bright side was a non BDPA member attended but not sure if he joined.  I had to leave early to work on a computer lab project that TAC is completing. We need to increase the WIIFM{wants in it for me} factor for people to participate in BDPA.  I was talking to a NSBE student member and one benefit they had was access to Microsoft suite and OS products at about $20.00 a copy.  Where is BDPA's discount for software such as a Technet subscription or other professional IT products at a disccount.   Yell

I have been going to BDPA chapters talking on subject "BDPA: What's In It For Me?".   I've given the presentation for Washington DC and New Jersey chapters.  I'll be in St. Louis next Monday to talk about it with them.   I agree with your point that all BDPA leaders need to be clear on the ROI-value proposition for all of our stakeholders (members, sponsors, entrepreneurs, education institutions and our community).

As an aside, Eatonia Williams is the national VP-Membership Management.  Her business area is responsible for "member benefits".   She is a member of your chapter.  Consider reaching out to her locally on the NSBE example...

Career Connect

The Detroit Chapter of the Black MBA Association and Deloitte will host a Career Connect Event on:

Thursday, July 17, 2008 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Detroit Marriott Renaissance, 5th floor, Detroit, MI 48243

You will be able to network with professional services industry leaders who will provide insight to professional development and career progression. Learn more about the broad range of services Deloitte offers. By following the links below, you can view a video message from the service Chairman and CEO which gives more information about each service and what it's like to be a part of the Deloitte team: Audit and Enterprise Risk Services Tax Services Consulting Services Financial Advisory Services Deloitte Human Resources representatives and hiring managers will also be available at the Career Connect event. For early consideration, submit your resume by Friday, July 11, 2008. Be sure to indicate which service area interests you (i.e., Audit and Enterprise Risk Services, Tax Services, Consulting Services, or Financial Advisory Services).

SEATING IS LIMITED, so RSVP as soon as possible! RSVP your attendance at Detroit Career Connect Event. National Black MBA Association, Inc. Detroit Chapter Telephone: 313.237.0089 Email:

Tech Town
Detroit, Michigan 48202



Event: Windows Live Meeting Webinar

Topic: Advancing Your Career w/ Social Networks

Date: November 19, 2008

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Location: Windows Live meeting Signup

Webinar Overview:

This hands-on workshop will provide BDPA members & guests with the practical tools and knowledge to use online communities and social networks to drive career growth and achieve key business objectives. We will identify key concepts and trends in the area of online communities, and identify best practices in leveraging communities for business. The workshop will provide actionable "how to" learning for implementing the right strategy in your own career. At the end of the workshop, you will understand how to use online communities for: stoking buzz, engaging influencers, nurturing your brand; listening to your network, researching your market, serving customers, communicating with current members, and recruiting new members.

The presenter is Wayne Hicks. Wayne owns a consulting firm that specializes in online marketing, business development and product sales. Wayne understands that BDPA exists to advance the careers of its members from the classroom to the boardroom. He uses social networks to advance his business and career.BDPA Webnar



Information Exchange Meeting
"Every 3rd Thursday of the month"
 March 19, 2009   6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
at  Tech Town   (refreshments will be served)
Tanya Heidelberg-Yopp
Letitia Davis
Diane Jones
"Mentorship"    Mentorship, Leading by example & being a model for others to emulate!!   The mentor-protégé relationship.  According to many experts, everyone should partake in it. That is anyone whose hopes are to fast track their career or goals.  If you have ever thought about the idea of mentorship, here are some questions our panelist will address that you may want to consider:   When in my career should I consider  seeking a mentor?  
Who are your mentors?    What are the expectations of a mentor and mentee?   How is the relationship of mentor/mentee established?

Come and hear from our experienced panel as they share their personal experiences and answer these and other questions in this open forum.  We encourage you to invite a friend to this exciting forum.  You will gain insight on how to select a mentor and learn how our panel selected their mentors and what they consider when selecting a mentee.     Hope to see you there, TaLisa Cohen - Programs Director    

Tanya Heidelberg-Yopp - Vice President of Commercial Field Enablement Compuware Corporation

Tanya Heidelberg-Yopp, a native Detroiter, is a Vice President at Compuware, with responsibility for implementing key new initiatives related to Compuware 2.0. Her ability to understand the "big picture," and offer creative solutions has allowed Tanya to make an immediate impact.
Previously with MTV Networks as Vice President of Business, Strategy and Operations of Nickelodeon Movies, she returned to Detroit to work with Diversified Entertainment Group and later became President of the Motown Center.
Tanya received her B.S. of Telecommunications Management from Syracuse University, a law degree from New York University of Law and has completed an executive management program at Harvard Business School.
Tanya has been named in Crain's New York Business 40 Under 40; Ebony Magazine "Women at the Top of the Entertainment Business"; Black Enterprise "Top 50 Power Brokers in the Entertainment Industry"; and the National Association of Minorities in Cable Hall of Fame. She also recently received the Thurgood Marshall Award of Excellence.   

Letitia Davis - Sr. Security Client Services Analyst Ford Motor Company 

Letitia Davis has made a name for herself in the field of Information Technology.  Over the last 20 years she has worked in many capacities, those ranging from being a Business Analyst to a Data Center Supervisor.  Letitia's expertise has enabled her to be successful in assuming a variety of tasks that have been presented to her. She has played key roles in running batch processes, managing and overseeing the control review process of Sensitive applications and Infrastructure for Product Development and Research environments, as well as being an integral member of several project teams.    Amongst the many milestones she has been able to accomplish on these project teams, there is one that showcases her exempliary skills.  Letitia had the distinct opportunity to represent the Security organization for the HIPPAA legislation that was being enforced pertaining to protecting electronic health records. Letitia was fundamental in the implementation of the training materials used for employee training. 
    Today, Ms. Davis works on the Compliance Services and Endpoint Operations team where she performs as team lead for Global Support Services for Dealer and Supplier applications.  This team provides authentication and authorization services for Ford B2B applications.  Ms. Davis strives to provide stellar production support through technical expertise, strong business acumen and continual process improvements, despite being met with daily challenges.  She is currently pursuing her CISSP and working on completing her Masters in Information Security from the Keller Graduate School. With all these notable skills we can only wait to see what endeavors will come her way in the future.

Diane Jones - Program Director
Compuware Corporation

Diane Jones is a Program Director at Compuware Corporation, after beginning her career with Compuware in 2000. In her current role, Diane manages a consultant business model, which provides IT services to Ford Motor Company. Her efforts contributed to Compuware receiving the prestigious ISO 9001:2000 and Ford Q1 awards for its management system standards utilized at Ford Motor Company.
Before joining Compuware, Diane was the Associate Director of University Budget Office at Wayne State University where she received the Presidential Award for high achievement following the successful implementation of the university's financial system.
A trusted community leader, Diane is Board Treasurer for Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, (DWEJ), a nonprofit organization focused on preventing lead contamination, lead poisoning and pollution in addition to providing training in Brownfield redevelopment and hazardous waste awareness.
Diane has a very diverse background in multiple industries; and has built strong and effective relationships and network.  She has been inducted into the Who's Who in Black Detroit Second and Third Editions, as a leader in the corporate community. 
Diane holds a bachelor's degree from Davenport University and a master's degree from Walsh College.

Meeting Location ....  BDPA-Detroit
Tech Town 440 Burroughs 
Detroit, Michigan 48202 Map:

BDPA Detroit is one of the oldest chapters in the nation. The chapter has a potent legacy in BDPA history that includes 'BDPA Chapter of the Year' honors in 1989, 1994 and 1996. I'm proud to say that I first joined BDPA in 1988 as a member of BDPA Detroit chapter.

The chapter hosted national BDPA technology conferences in 1982 ('Entrepreneurship: A Successful Attitude'), 1992 ('Shaping the Information Technology Professional: Current and Future') and 2005 ('Driving Innovation, Bringing Value and Embracing Change').

Perhaps the greatest legacy of the chapter is its historical dominance of the national high school computer competition (HSCC). BDPA Detroit chapter won the National BDPA HSCC in six dfferent years (1991, 1993, 1995-1996, 1998 and 2000 ) ... more than any other BDPA chapter in history. The BDPA Education & Technology Foundation (BETF) awarded Bemley Scholarships to Detroit chapter students Kobie Burrell (1991), Liz Cardenas (1995), Stephen Clayton (2000), Courtney Davis (1991), Harold Frazier Jr. (1995), Freeman Gardner (1996), Quinton Green (2000), Jason Jackson (1995), Sealoyd Jones III (1996), Ian Kerman (2000), Rovetta Latham (1995), Ronald Lewis (1996), Sunil Phillips (1991), Reginal Spratling (1998), Veronica Taylor (2000), Tramale Turner (1991), Ketan Vyas (1996), Naresh Vyas (1991), Brandi Walker (1995) and Derron Ware (1993).

I hope that these HSCC alumni are still connected to BDPA. We want HSCC testimonials from each of these young people if they can be located.

Four of the past BDPA Detroit chapter presidents (Diane Davis (shown in photo), Curvie Burton, Donna McKay and Eatonia Williams) also served as members of the National BDPA Executive Committee. It would be great if we could hear from each of the past BDPA Detroit chapter presidents:
Where are they now?

7/5/09 - Past Detroit chapter president Wilbert McCann wrote,

"Checking in to say I'm still alive and well.  Working in customer service at Comcast Cable." - Wil McCann

It is always brings smiles and fond memories when I think about my time with the Detroit Chapter of BDPA. I got my BDPA legs there under the guidance of leaders like Diane Davis and Wayne Hicks. During that time I also got involved with BDPA National and met such class citizens as Earl Pace and Vivian Wilson. 

In my mind the Detroit Chapter of BDPA is LEGENDARY having early leadership in the National HSCC, Corporate Advisory Councils, Corporate Funding Raising, Profitable National Conferences, Membership growth and I could go on and on.


Curvie -- Amen to that!   Other chapters learned well.   I remember when Ollie Morgan and some of his leadership team from BDPA Chicago chapter took a 'road trip' to a Detroit chapter program meeting to see how we did it back in the day.

Any chance that you have digital or scanned photos from your Detroit chapter days?

I believe I do have some old photos. I need to locate and, then get them scanned. I'll place this on my to do list. You may have to ping me to get the priority adjusted to the right perspective. 

  Great to hear from the former presidents.  Are you up to having an informal get together by the end of summer to talk about old times and plan for the future of the BDPA Detroit Chapter. 



Post Reply

You must be logged in and a member of this Groupsite in order to post a reply to this topic.
To post a reply, contact your group manager(s) Join this Groupsite


Powered by

Visibility Public Membership By Invitation or Approved Request Default Profile Professional

Your Status Not Logged-In