BDPA Tech Talk

November 23, 2018


BDPA Digital Quarter Four Career Tech Talk hosted online.

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Category: Events

BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference

February 7-9, 2019

Washington, DC 

The annual BEYA Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Global Competitiveness Conference is one of the largest diversity events for scientists and engineers. 

Almost 10,000 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students, professionals, and leaders are expected to attend the BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference.

BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference attendees have the opportunity to attend professional development seminars alongside industry leaders over three days.


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America’s Hospitals Face Doom – This year may be the last chance to save them

Hospital executives might be inclined to shrug at news of Apple setting up its own health clinics for employees. The 84,000 people working for Apple in the U.S. are a collective drop in the bucket for a healthcare system with some 300 million patients.

It’s true Apple alone is not going to break the system, but it could be the first tumbling rock before a landslide transforms the healthcare landscape. A more appropriate response from hospitals would be a determined effort to disrupt their own business model before outside innovators beat them to it.

Looking Beyond Savings

In an industry long dominated by the same players, this requires an openness to the reality that things change faster these days, and that companies that can’t keep up get left behind faster. It’s a lesson that’s been learned time and again in the private sector but at an accelerating pace, whether with BlockbusterCompaqKodak, or Sears. Complacency is often the last step on the path to irrelevance.

It’s not like hospitals haven’t been trying to innovate themselves out of trouble, and an elite cadre are making real progress. But from my perspective on multiple corporate boards outside of healthcare, and based on what I’ve seen as CEO of a healthcare startup, more hospitals need to look beyond how to save money and stay stable — they need to become agile.

Stripping Down to Agility

Agility looks like the deceptively big predators circling them. Amazon appears to be a giant company that tries to do everything, but in reality, it focuses very narrowly on one thing it does very, very well — online retail — and then outsources almost everything else, not just to save money, but to get the very best of what they need immediately. They are big, but they are a nimble cloud of companies rather than a monolith. This is exactly what hospitals need to become.

Until now, most hospitals have tried to consolidate to achieve economies of scale — think of HCA and Tenet’s advances, or Mayo Clinic and Partners Healthcare, which have been echoed in numerous regional markets. Or they have outsourced non-medical operations like food service, parking lots and maintenance. But this does little to make them more agile in their core business of clinical care. That is where hospitals should be obsessively and narrowly focused.

Partner for Everything Except Care

Hospital executives should constantly be asking how their medical staff can best care for patients, and then make investments and forge partnerships that make that possible. That does not mean hiring an in-house team to design a new cafeteria or re-arranging other deck chairs. It means having an innovative and well-equipped medical staff with a clear mission, and a network of outside companies taking care of everything else and helping them achieve it, making everything else aligned with the care. That’s not just outside partners who can do the work for less, it’s outside partners who can help them do it better and faster and make the patient experience and patient outcomes better. We’re not there.

If there’s one certainty about the Darwinian future of healthcare, it’s that those able to harness the possibilities of focus and technology will eventually prevail. If hospitals don’t figure it out quickly, the likes of Apple and Amazon will.

Sheila Talton is president and CEO of Gray Matter Analytics and serves on the boards of companies and nonprofits including Deere & Co, Wintrust Financial Corporation, and Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation.


Category: Press Release

Global Leadership Forum (GLF) Annual Technology Summit

April 5, 2018

St. Louis, MO

At the 2018 Global Leadership Forum (GLF) Technology Summit: Educate to Action 2.0, attendees will discuss solutions to historical problems that contribute to disparities in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math (STEAM).

The 2018 Techonology Summit will bring together leaders from:
• Fortune 500 Companies
• Technology Startups
• Foundations and Nonprofits
• Education and Public Policy
• Local, State, and Federal Government

The Summit will feature:
• Keynote Panels on STEAM
• Plenary Sessions and Workshops
• Announcements from GLF and Partners on future commitments to developing multicultural talent.

Location: World Wide Technology Global Headquarters 


Category: Events

ITSMF and Fannie Mae Networking Event

April 19, 2018

Join ITSMF and partner Fannie Mae for an evening of networking and best practices sharing.

Hear about technologies and strategies that drive digital reinvention.  An expert panel will share how they are leveraging Design Thinking, Blockchain, Robotics Process Automation – AI, and Natural Language Processing, and applying new strategies to rethink and create a unique customer experience.

Then you’ll have the opportunity to network and mingle with ITSMF members and affiliates, Fannie Mae professionals and other external partners – learn more about the work that ITSMF and Fannie Mae are doing to chart a digital path to reinvention.

The Ritz Carlton – Tysons Corner, 1700 Tysons Blvd, McLean, VA 22102

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ITSMF 2nd Quarter 2018 Symposium & GIPD Graduation Ceremony

May 10-12, 2018

#ITSMFQ2 Symposium

The ITSMF 2nd Quarter Symposium will focus on leadership as it graduates three leadership academy cohorts from the Global Institute for Professional Development: Management Academy, EMERGE Academy and Executive Academy. This 2 1/2 day event will address how leaders are leveraging innovative technology, while exploring what tools leaders have to perform, and how they communicate and lead forward in a world that is moving beyond digital.


May 11, 2018

Leadership Academy Graduation Ceremony

Reception – 6:00 PM     Ceremony - 7:00     Networking Lounge – 9:30 PM

A key highlight of the Symposium will be the annual Leadership Academy Graduation Ceremony.  This event celebrates the completion of three yearlong programs focused on the development of the current and next generation of technology executives.  This effort is an integral part of ITSMF’s “Leaders Transforming Leaders” portfolio and is very much aligned with our vision:

By 2020, ITSMF will graduate 500 professionals through a series of rich, developmental, and career-advancing programs, and do so by being a second family to its members and partners.

The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner  •   1700 Tysons Boulevard, McLean, VA 22102

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Category: Events

NAF Next

July 8-11,2018

NAF Next is a dynamic professional development conference that brings together education, business, and community leaders to address some of the biggest challenges facing education and the economy.

Working together with members from across the NAF network, all participants will leave the conference inspired and equipped with practical and proven strategies to ensure all NAF students, teachers, and partners can Be Future Ready. Highlights include:

  • New information and ideas to further implement the NAF educational design
  • Cross-sector dialogue on innovative ways to engage the business sector
  • Opportunities for role-alike and peer-to-peer networking
  • Industry updates for academy themes
  • Regional and school planning time
  • Reception with cash bar and light complimentary food
  • Celebration dinner
  • Programming for business partners and advisory board members

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington, DC 20008

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Category: Events

40th Annual BDPA Tech Conference & Career Fair

August 9-11, 2018

Details coming soon.  More information...

Category: Events

Wow! The BEYA STEM Conference 2018

I did not know what to expect from this year’s BEYA conference, held at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington D. C. last month, with Global Competitiveness as its theme.  It had been more than a decade since I last attended.  When I entered the lobby of the hotel on Thursday afternoon I was completely surprised….very pleasantly so.

It was not just the number of people (the huge main lobby and registration area outside of the ballroom were both full), there were also a couple of other things that caught my attention.  First, the wide range of ages of the attendees was very much to my liking.  It speaks to the focus to bring professionals and students from a wide variety of STEM-related fields together.  Second, the diversity amongst the participants was also very nice to see.  Not just demographically was there diversity, but also the mix of military and civilians, corporate and non-profit, students and educators, entrepreneurs and community activists, lawmakers and pleased parents, employers and job seekers, were all represented.

Over the course of 3 days ~10,000 people came and went through the conference to receive one or more of the many awards presented throughout, attend the free career fair (Intel hired 70 people on site), network with generals and cadets or highly successful entrepreneurs and executives.  Some professionals were there for mentoring and on-site training where individuals earned continuing education units across numerous knowledge areas, there were education and collaboration opportunities for educators via the STEM Innovation Program where they interacted with industry leaders in best practice sharing, military and federal employees were there to network, receive honors and mentor 300+ high school students.  I even got to present the Global Leadership Forum to a large audience of attendees at the WWT customer appreciation event.

Of course there were parties!  There were parties for the young folks kick it and the grown folks to unwind, catch up and throw down on the dance floor.  The weekend culminated Saturday evening with the black tie gala where the 32nd Black Engineer of the Year award was presented to Alicia Boler Davis, Executive Vice President Global Manufacturing, Manufacturing Engineering and Labor Relations at General Motors.

Everyday there were fully packed agendas that filled the entire hotel and everything went off without a hitch.  When I left Sunday morning, I promised myself I would not wait another 10 years to attend the BEYA conference.  Next year it is at the same location, 7-9 Feb 2019.  Be there.

by Kendall Norris

Category: Press Release

ITSMF 1st Quarter 2018 Symposium & Technology Achievement Awards

The “ITS My Family” team put on another smashing symposium 8-10 Mar that was designed for innovators, pioneers, leaders and entrepreneurs alike seeking to drive business growth in an age of uncertainty.  The event had nationally-renowned speakers (one was a phenomenal 12 year-old who presented and demonstrated on cybersecurity, Reuben Paul), industry experts, entrepreneurial leaders, ITSMF members and students engaged in content rich sessions.  This year’s event was sponsored by NFL player, Kelvin Beachum, Jr.

The annual Technology Achievement Awards Ceremony is ITSMF’s marquee event that recognizes today’s innovators and tomorrow’s game changers. The ceremony serves as ITSMF’s largest organizational and foundation fundraiser.  The 14th annual ceremony honored 2018 award recipients: Mr. Christopher Gray, Ms. Yoli Chisholm and Dr. S. Keith Hargrove.

As the Founder & CEO of Scholly, Christopher Gray’s success in leveraging technology to bridge the gap for students to access scholarship opportunities has simply revolutionized the search process. Ultimately, nearly $100 million dollars has been awarded to students to further their educational endeavors. Technology impacts every aspect of our daily lives and his achievements in technology secured his recognition as a Beacon Award recipient.

Yoli Chisolm, Chief Marketing Officer, is being recognized as a senior-level executive who leverages innovation and technology to reshape an organization’s culture, business practices, products or services to effectively impact their position in the marketplace. Her achievements at Microsoft both domestically and internationally, and the principles in which she supports serve as a roadmap for aspiring and accomplished leaders.

Dr. S. Keith Hargrove, Dean of the College of Engineering, Technology, & Computer Science, Tennessee State University (TSU), is dedicated to the education and advancement of students in the STEM disciplines. His achievements at TSU have inspired and educated hundreds of students. He also serves as a Founding Board member of STEM Preparatory Academy in Nashville, TN, and serves on the advisory STEM boards of several local K-12 schools. These examples amplify Dr. Hargrove’s commitment to developing tomorrow’s STEM leaders.

“All three of these award recipients have demonstrated a commitment to advocating for and advancing diversity in the technology industry. As a role model, influencer and game changer, each embodies the work of ITSMF: to positively impact the STEM pipeline and increase the representation of black professionals in technology,” said Viola Thompson, President and CEO for ITSMF.

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