Epsilon Awards

Dr. Juan Gilbert is one of my favorite people in BDPA. I met the young brother when he was working on his advanced degree at the University of Cincinnati. He joined BDPA Cincinnati chapter and was a guest speaker at one of our program meetings. He moved down to Georgia after getting his degree to work for Auburn University. However, he renews his BDPA membership in the Cincinnati chapter year-after-year!

Dr. Gilbert is receiving the 2008 BDPA Epsilon Award for his work in electronic voting and affirmative action. Dr. Gilbert and his research team are the creators of Prime III, a secure, multimodal electronic voting system. This system allows people to vote by touch and our voice. This system enables more people to independently vote regardless of their ability. People that can’t hear, see, read or use their hands can vote using Prime III. Recently, Everyone Counts, Inc. (an internet electronic voting company) incorporated the Prime III interface into their system. Dr. Gilbert also created Applications Quest, a data mining and analysis tool used to address recent attacks on the use of race for affirmative action. This tool allows admissions and human resources to use race in the admissions or hiring process without violating any judicial decisions on affirmative action. Applications Quest is now a for-profit company.

The award will be presented at the 30th annual BDPA Awards Gala in Atlanta GA on August 9, 2008.


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Dr. Gilbert,

You obviously epitomize the vision, passion, and purpose for which BDPA stands.  A BIG CONGRATULATIONS for your efforts and accomplishments, and my prayer is that, in the words of the songwriter, "You have only just begun."

Henry Ford - BDPA Cleveland

 

 

Please join us in honoring James A. Peterson III as winner of the 2008 BDPA Epsilon Award for Most Promising Technologist.

The March 2008 issue of Black Enterprise Magazine featured a recent college graduate making his mark in corporate America. The full-page article showed a determined young man who appeared more akin to a CEO than a former college student.

James Peterson was honored to be recognized as a pioneer and ardent member of the young African American professional world. He frequently finds opportunities to mentor other young adults and volunteer the story of his growth from a young freelance consultant to a bourgeoning IT leader. During his first two months at Keno Kozie Associates he had a significant role in landing a large contract by streamlining their IT EUS program.

James’ accomplishments determination and will make him unique. He sets his goals high and exceeds them, and consistently reflects his passion to increase awareness of the success a young African American can achieve with enough perseverance and determination.
We are pleased to recognize Charles Wallace for being honored as the 2008 Epsilon Award for Professional Achievement. He formally receives his award at the 2008 BDPA Awards Gala on August 9, 2008 in Atlanta GA.


Charles Wallace’s work has had an enormous impact on Rohm and Haas. With 24 years of IT experience, Charles has led the IT organization with strategic thought leadership to deliver innovative IT solutions. With an organization of over 300 employees in 37 countries, Charles has recently delivered two major projects resulting in over $1MM in annual operation costs.


Charles has also pioneered the use of online video technology within Rohm and Haas, which was recognized in CIO and Computerworld magazines. Charles was recently awarded CIO Magazines “Ones to Watch” in 2008 and Diversity Magazines “Top 50 under 50 MBA.”


Charles has strong community and philanthropy ties through various board appointments including United Way, NPower and BDPA Philadelphia. To sum up Charles’ achievements, he was promoted to Executive Director.
BDPA Epsilon Awards recognize individual achievement by technologists who are nominated by BDPA chapters or corporate sponsors. One of the five award areas is professional achievement. Rosalind Shaffer (Eli Lilly and Company) earned the 2009 Epsilon Professional Achievement Award.

Her nomination read as follows:
Rosalind Shaffer started her career at Lilly in 1996 as a system analyst. Rosalind has had many promotions over the course of the last 13 years. She is currently an associate information consultant in IT for the US Affiliate. Over the course of her career, she has been an IT leader in the submission of Evista to the FDA, in the preparation for the launch of Prasurgril, in collaborations with other companies including NovaQuest, Daichi Sankyo and Imclone.

Rosalind has ownership for the collaboration process for IT for the US Affiliate, as well as serves as the liaison between brand teams and IT for the work related to cardiovascular and oncology products. Rosalind distinguishes herself from others by her ability to deeply engage in business process discussions, drive clarity out of ambiguous situations and stepping out of her role to add value where needed.


Over the years, she has supervised teams of up to 20 employees and has managed significant third party vendors. She has been very effective in building a team that can get results. Over the course of her work with Lilly, Rosalind has managed more than 50 IT projects. Rosalind is highly respected and frequently sought out as a mentor to others.

She is one of the most highly requested consultants in the U.S. to solve complex business problems. Rosalind is known for her “Can Do Attitude” and her teamwork with peers and business partners. The teams that she has worked with over the years have recognized her both formally and informally.

Take a moment to congratulate Rosalind in the COMMENTS section below!
Captain Joycelin Robinson (US Navy) is one of the winners of the 2010 Epsilon Career Achievement Award presented by National BDPA and WorkplaceDiversity.com.

BDPA Epsilon Awards recognize individual achievement by technologists who are nominated by BDPA chapters or corporate sponsors.

Nominees for the Epsilon Career Achievement Award are individuals at or near the midpoint of their careers or beyond, but not close to retirement age, who have made significant achievements in technology or information technology in industry or government. The body of work of the nominee; its broad social and economic value and impact, and the nominee’s performance as a role model and mentor for people of color in technology are paramount in gaining career recognition.

US Navy Captain Joycelin (“Joyce”) Robinson is the first African American Female Commanding Officer of a Fleet and Industrial Supply Center. One of the Navy’s most challenging positions and part of a global logistics support enterprise, she was selected for this position out of an extremely competitive group of her peers. Her established and documented record of extraordinary and outstanding performance throughout her career of 23 years made her the ideal person to lead Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC), Jacksonville.

An "Army Brat," Captain Robinson was born overseas in Orleans, France, but calls Wichita Falls, Texas home. After many moves around the country and overseas, she graduated from Matoaca High School in Chesterfield Virginia from where she received her appointment to the United States Naval Academy. Captain Robinson received her commission upon graduation from USNA in May 1987.

In her assignment as Commanding Officer, she guides and coordinates an ever-increasing range of supply and support services to 49 ships, over 400 aircraft, two industrial facilities and 19 shore installations throughout Navy Region Southeast and the Caribbean. Exercising over $54 Million in annual budget authorities, she maintains the public trust while directing the logistics efforts of over 700 employees to provide first class support during extraordinarily demanding events such as the devastations of the Haitian Earthquake and multiple region wide product and service functional realignments.

Captain Robinson holds a Master of Science in Acquisition and Contract Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey California. Her personal decorations include three Meritorious Service Medals and three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals.

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) joins all of BDPA-Nation in congratulating Captain Robinson on her 2010 Career Achievement Epsilon Award. I hope that many BDPA members strongly consider careers in the US Navy!
William Marcus King (State Farm Insurance) is the winner of the 2010 Epsilon Award for Professional Achievement presented by National BDPA and WorkplaceDiversity.com.

BDPA Epsilon Awards recognize individual achievement by technologists who are nominated by BDPA chapters or corporate sponsors.

Nominees for the Epsilon Professional Achievement Award Nominees are highly experienced professionals well who have made significant achievements in technology or information technology in industry or government. Their specific degree earned is less relevant than the significance of the work and the nominee’s achievements as a role model and leader for other minorities in the field.

William Marcus King was the Director sponsor of Innovative Challenge/Breaking Form Initiative at State Farm Insurance.  The Innovation Challenge/Breaking Form initiative encourages IT employees to develop and present ideas that can be quickly assessed for viability. Each IT employee has the opportunity to choose his own work schedule, benefits package and work environment from a series of options that range from the traditional to the innovative, with an emphasis on mobile and collaborative work environments.

Mr. King also improved the effectiveness and efficiency of the solution delivery business within the Systems Department.  His leadership was a contributing factor to the increase in productivity of the Systems Department and reduced the solution delivery expenses of the department. William’s responsibilities included establishing the vision, strategy, and approach of this Initiative. Breaking Form facilitated improvements within the department, creating a strong foundation for the years ahead. During this assignment, William reported to the CIO of State Farm’s Systems Department.

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation ( BETF ) joins all of BDPA-Nation in congratulating William Marcus King on his 2010 Epsilon Award for Professional Achievement.  State Farm Insurance is one of the best places for IT professionals to work because of the innovation and character of people like William!
Sharon Murphy (Wells Fargo Bank) is one of the winners of the 2010 Epsilon Award for Outstanding Technical Contribution presented by National BDPA and WorkplaceDiversity.com.

BDPA Epsilon Awards recognize individual achievement by technologists who are nominated by BDPA chapters or corporate sponsors.

Nominees for the Epsilon Outstanding Technical Contribution Award are presented to individuals who perform technological functions and have designed, managed, developed, or assisted in the development of a product, service, system, or intellectual property that is a substantial achievement. The nominee’s work is the prime consideration, regardless of title or degrees earned.

Sharon Murphy champions innovation both as an active member of the Wells Fargo Technology and Operations Group’s Innovation Council and in her daily work as director of Team Member Enablement Technology. Sharon’s team provides technology solutions that allow Wells Fargo’s 281,000 team members to collaborate and communicate effectively and efficiently across multiple time zones, states and countries. Among Sharon’s accomplishments: she was awarded a patent in 2008 as co-inventor of a new technology and methodology for managing call reports via wireless devices. Sharon recognizes the importance of providing team members with the most advanced technology resources to enable them to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Sharon manages an organization of over 250 employees and an annual budget of $53 million.

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation ( BETF ) joins all of BDPA-Nation in congratulating Sharon Murphy on her 2010 Epsilon Award for Outstanding Technical Contribution. I hope that many BDPA members strongly consider careers at the Wells Fargo Bank!

I look forward to networking with Sharon Murphy at the 32nd annual BDPA Technology Conference. How about you?
Cheryl Terry (Wells Fargo Bank) is one of the winners of the 2010 Epsilon Award for Outstanding Technical Contribution presented by National BDPA and WorkplaceDiversity.com.

BDPA Epsilon Awards recognize individual achievement by technologists who are nominated by BDPA chapters or corporate sponsors.

Nominees for the Epsilon Outstanding Technical Contribution Award are presented to individuals who perform technological functions and have designed, managed, developed, or assisted in the development of a product, service, system, or intellectual property that is a substantial achievement. The nominee’s work is the prime consideration, regardless of title or degrees earned.

Cheryl Terry is a systems architect who ensures availability and security of several of Wells Fargo’s most business-critical systems in the mainframe and midrange environments. For the past two years, she has served as Chief Systems Architect for the Mainframe Resiliency Program and achieved many successes around enhancing Wells Fargo’s mainframe environments, helping to ensure that her customers can transact business with the bank when and how they choose. Additional standout accomplishments: Cheryl authored a Living Target Architecture document for Wells Fargo’s mainframe groups and implemented an online wiki that has fostered collaboration across these groups and serves as a fully searchable online reference book complete with cross-links and diagrams.

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation ( BETF ) joins all of BDPA-Nation in congratulating Cheryl Terry on her 2010 Epsilon Award for Outstanding Technical Contribution. I hope that many BDPA members strongly consider careers at the Wells Fargo Bank!

I look forward to networking with Cheryl Terry at the 32nd annual BDPA Technology Conference. How about you?
Donald Brown (Prudential Financial) is one of the winners of the 2010 Epsilon Award for Community Service presented by National BDPA and WorkplaceDiversity.com.

BDPA Epsilon Awards recognize individual achievement by technologists who are nominated by BDPA chapters or corporate sponsors.

Nominees for the Epsilon Community Service Award are presented to individuals who have demonstrated leadership in the Black technology community through volunteer work, contributions, and other activities that are not included in his or her job descriptions.

Don Brown has over fifteen years of experience in Information Technology with an advanced degree from Stevens Institute of Technology. He is a formidable technologist, providing highly effective enterprise solutions during his tenure as a project manager and system manger in the financial services and telecommunication industries. He has played key roles in several enterprise-wide projects which have resulted in over $18.5 million dollars in savings.

Don serves with National BDPA as the Chief Information Officer for the organization. He is responsible for providing the strategic approach for meeting the organization’s technology goals and ensuring that its vision and mission of the organization are effectively realized through technology. As CIO, Don is responsible for leveraging economies of scale, synergies, strategic IT initiatives and best practices sharing at both the National, and Local chapter level. Additionally, Don provides technology consulting and leadership to officers and staff, throughout the organization.

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation ( BETF ) joins all of BDPA-Nation in congratulating Don on his 2010 Epsilon Award for Community Service. I hope that many BDPA members strongly consider careers at Prudential!

I look forward to networking with Don at the 32nd annual BDPA Technology Conference. How about you?
Sheila Marionneaux (Health Care Service Corporation) is one of the winners of the 2010 Epsilon Award for Community Service presented by National BDPA and WorkplaceDiversity.com.

BDPA Epsilon Awards recognize individual achievement by technologists who are nominated by BDPA chapters or corporate sponsors.

The Epsilon Community Service Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated leadership in the Black technology community through volunteer work, contributions, and other activities that are not included in his or her job descriptions.

Sheila Marionneaux is a Senior Program Manager for ITG Strategic Services Team at Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) in Chicago, Illinois. Sheila's core business specialties include: public relations; communications planning and implementation; and the facilitation and oversight of major meetings and corporate events. She has been with HCSC for 12 years and is responsible for supporting the chief technology officer (CTO), in the delivery of organizational change management solutions, along with strategic and creative communications for various internal and external audiences.

Sheila Marionneaux holds executive officer roles on various boards and committees and is devoted to ongoing community service. She is President of Health Care Service Corporation’s BDPA corporate chapter, serving a constituency of 100 members (HCSC is the National BDPA 2008 Epsilon Award winner for Top Companies for Blacks in IT); additionally she serves on the Corporate Advisory Council as a corporate champion for HCSC. A nationally published writer, Sheila provides guidance and support to individuals and for not for profit organizations in need of targeted communications.

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation ( BETF ) joins all of BDPA-Nation in congratulating Sheila on his 2010 Epsilon Award for Community Service. I hope that many BDPA members strongly consider careers at Health Care Services Corporation!

I look forward to networking with Don at the 32nd annual BDPA Technology Conference. How about you?

National BDPA and WorkplaceDiversity.com announced that Eli Lilly and Company was the winner of the 2010 Epsilon Award as the 'Top Company for Blacks in Technology '.  Eli Lilly earned the award for its ability to promote a workplace and environment that support the advancement of Blacks in the information technology industry.

"We are very pleased to recognize the outstanding contributions that Lilly has made for Blacks in Technology," said National BDPA President, Yvette Graham. "In this economy, many African Americans in technology are concerned about opportunities for both employment and advancement. It is important to recognize those exceptional companies that have provided African Americans with challenging and fulfilling career opportunities in Information Technology."

BDPA corporate sponsors and supporters were asked to complete a comprehensive survey that rated their performance in the areas of Career Path Programs, Community Outreach, Minority Vendor Programs and Tenure/Promotions.

2010 Epsilon Award finalists (shown in above photo) were: Allstate Insurance, American Airlines, Compuware, Eli Lilly, Health Care Service Corporation, IBM, Intel, Merck, Prudential Financial, State Farm Insurance, US Navy, Wal-Mart Stores, WellPoint and Wells Fargo.

Other 2010 Epsilon Award winners are:

  • Career Path Programs: Health Care Service Corporation
  • Community Outreach Programs: State Farm Insurance
  • Minority Vendor Programs: IBM
  • Tenure and Promotions: US Navy

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is very proud of Eli Lilly for winning this award. Eli Lilly has funded multiple BETF scholarships over the past few years.  In addition, the president of our BDPA chapter in Indianapolis, Wilhelmenia Ravenell, is a member of the Eli Lilly team.

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