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Confirmed Guests: August 13, 2013

National BDPA conference director Pamela Sexton agreed to be a recurring guest on the BDPA iRadio episode that airs on the 1st Tuesday of each month. She is pulling together the largest gathering of African American IT professionals in the nation on August 14-17, 2013 in Washington DC. There will be thousands of participants, hundreds of corporations, dozens of workshops, seminars, plenary sessions, a wonderful golf tournament, a 2-day career fair and so much more.

Pam will be able to share the current updates on the conference with our BDPA iRadio Show listeners.

You can follow the BDPA Conference efforts on Twitter:  @BDPA_Conference

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We are pleased to announce that Dr. Mackale 'Mack' Joyner will be our guest on the August 13th episode of the BDPA iRadio Show.

Mack Joyner is a software engineer for Texas Instruments. 17 years ago he was a high school senior trained by BDPA Kansas City chapter to compete in the National BDPA High School Computer Competition (HSCC) championship. He credits that BDPA experience with affirming his desire to pursue a career in software engineering. BDPA made a vital impact on his education endeavors as his participation in the national HSCC competition enhanced his college application to Rice University.

The door that the BDPA helped open at Rice subsequently led to other doors being opened, which enabled Mack to complete his PhD in Computer Science at Rice University. Dr. Joyner's research interests include developing compilation strategies for object-oriented languages in high-performance scientific computing. Dr. Joyner was simply a high schooler in Kansas City when BDPA met him. Now he is one of the top high performance computing experts in the world. Dr. Joyner is one of the reasons that BDPA exists! I hope that all BDPA members enjoy his story as much as we do.

BETF is proud to announce that Chris Jackson (chief of staff, Deloitte) will be one of our guests on the August 13th episode of the BDPA iRadio Show.

Chris is the Chief of Staff for Deloitte Growth Enterprise Services. Chris is a frequently requested lecturer on global competitiveness, emerging technology and technology strategy. He has direct responsibility for driving the development and delivery of Deloitte's Growth Enterprise Services strategy, operating approach and identification of solution offerings for mid-market, high growth and privately held clients. As a leader in Deloitte Technology Strategy and Architecture practice, he is involved with of its Emerging Solution Cloud ERP efforts within Deloitte Innovation. His consulting expertise spans IT Strategy, Business Alignment and pre/post IT merger integration.

He will be a presenter at the 2013 BDPA Technology Conference on the topic, 'ERP in the Cloud - What You Need To Know'. Participants in this workshop will learn what company CIOs and CFOs need to consider when evaluating cloud-based ERP.

We look forward to this opportunity to hear insights from a true technology thought leader when Chris appears on the BDPA iRadio Show.

Chris' Twitter handle is @chris_jackson1

 

Edited Tue, Jul 23, 2013 9:49 AM

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