BDPA Chicago chapter founded in 1986 is currently the largest chapter in the history of BDPA.   Use this topic to share questions and information about programs and services offered by our Chicago chapter.

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I had the opportunity, at the invitation of Eddie Clark, to attend last night's BDPA Chicago Monthly Corporate Advisory Council meeting. I was impressed by the level of professionalism and camaraderie. It is easy to see how they have landed 2013 Chapter of the Year with this level of enthusiasm, shared commitment and innovative leadership of the council. I look forward to taking my lessons learned back to the Charlotte Chapter and staying connected to this Chapter as we grow our execution to excellence. Thanks for sharing!


BDPA Chicago chapter has a powerful legacy that has grown since its founding in March 1986. The chapter recently concluded elections that put in place those brothers and sisters who will take BDPA Chicago chapter to the next level in 2014-2015. The following officers were elected in accordance with chapter bylaws:

President - Reggie Rush (Geneca)  

Executive Vice President - Nashunda Bolden (Computer Resource Solutions)  

Administrative Vice President - Pamela Nortfleet (Chicago School of Professional Psychology)  

Treasurer - Jesse Mathews III (McDonald's)  

Recording Secretary - Henri'Etta Goodwin, (Unknown)  

Please join all of BDPA in welcoming these new leaders as they strive to advance the careers of African Americans in the information technology industry from the classroom to the boardroom within the metro Chicago area. They have some large shoes to fill ... and BDPA Chicago is not only the largest chapter in the nation ... it is also the defending BDPA Chapter-of-the-Year!
BDPA Chicago, founded March 1986, is the reigning BDPA Chapter of the Year. Our Chicago chapter has won that prestigious award four times (1992, 2000, 2005 and 2013). However, the proudest accomplishment of the chapter may be the two times - 1994 and 2006 - that they took home the gold medal for the national BDPA High School Computer Competition (HSCC). BDPA Chicago is one of only two chapters to outperform BDPA Southern Minnesota chapter over the past ten years in the national HSCC championship. The chapter's HSCC coordinator shared his insights on that 2006 championship effort with our blog a few years ago.

Hundreds of young men and women have been impacted by the Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program in Chicago. Some of these students shared their thoughts about BDPA in this video clip.

We are pleased to report on the progress of the students featured in this video:
  • Courtney Elzy scheduled to graduate next year from Illinois State University.
  • Joseph Huggins, Jr. graduated from the US Naval Academy. He now serves our nation as a midshipman for the US Navy.
  • We are unsure about the current whereabouts of Kenneth McCune. Do you know where he matriculated for college and such?
  • Carlton Means attended Hampton University. He is now working at Adventist Midwest Health.
  • Lee Reed graduated with honors from the University of Michigan. He now works for BDPA sponsor Deloitte.
There are new students competing for the right to represent the chapter at the 2014 HSCC championship in Indianapolis. The national team for Chicago will be selected from among the students shown in the photo shown below.

Back Row: Malcolm Range, Tyrese Cook, Raymond Adams, DeVaughn Welch Middle Row: Cassie Bey, Christian Cherry, Paige Davis Front Row: Matthew Davis, Marcus

BDPA Chicago Chapter’s SITES program teaches students in 6th through 12th grade to create web applications with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, MySQL, Ajax and PHP using components of the agile development methodology. Students that are ineligible to compete learn how to create android mobile applications. In addition to technical topics, the students are coached in effective study habits, presentation skills, professionalism and leadership. The top five students based on participation points, homework, and test scores will participate in the national competition.

These BDPA students are encouraged to pursue post-secondary education, be the best that they can be and encourage others to do the same. We need support from our blog's readers to raise funds to provide college scholarships for BDPA Chicago students. Won't you help us by making a secure online donation?

BDPA Chicago, 2nd-largest chapter in the nation, announced the results of its leadership election for 2015-2016.   The winners were:


President: Reggie Rush (DivIHN Integration)


Vice President: Rene' Yarborough (Baxter International)


Treasurer: Damond Singleton (Kellogg Company)


Recording Secretary: John Hopkins III (Veredus)

BDPA Chicago Chapter was chartered on March 15, 1986 as the 14th chapter nationwide with eight founding members:

  1. Marvin Walker, President
  2. Hazel Beason, Vice President
  3. Anthony Pittman, Treasurer
  4. Michelle Walker, Recording Secretary
  5. Wallace Neal, Education Chairperson
  6. Roy Peeples, Public Relations Chairperson
  7. Greg Walker, Finance Chairperson
  8. Fidelis Umeh, Member

The first monthly program meeting was held April 18, 1986 at the Palmer House Hotel. BDPA Chicago Chapter is renowned for its delivery of programs and services to its membership. As a result the success of the chapter is measured by its membership and its network of the most talented professionals servicing all aspects of information technology. Over one hundred companies and government agencies are represented by its membership. Chapter activities include technical workshops and seminars, monthly presentations, membership drives and social events.

In 1988, 2001 and 2011, BDPA Chicago hosted the National BDPA Technology Conference. For three consecutive years (1991, 1992, 1993) BDPA Chicago was named Chapter of the Year by the national association. The chapter sponsors a city-wide high school computer competition team open to all metropolitan area students. These students are enrolled in a 33-week program where they are instructed in computer programming and professional presentation. Five of these students are selected to represent Chicago at the national BDPA High School Computer Competition at the national BDPA Technology Conference. Chicago has sponsored a team each year since 1988.

We encourage you to support the BDPA Chicago Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program! Your secure tax-deductible donation can make a difference!

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