Industry Legends and ‘Hidden Figure$’ welcome America’s next generation of coders to community trade associations
WASHINGTON (bdpatoday) – This year’s annual Community & Technology Awards gala, co-hosted by the District of Columbia’s Small Business Development Center (DC SBDC), celebrated a 40-year milestone reached by National BDPA’s Washington, D.C. Chapter (BDPA-DC).
(L-R) Norman Mays, Founder, BDPA Washington with Carl Brown, Executive Director, DC SBDC.
Ceremonies were held at Howard University in the Armour J. Blackburn Center. DC SBDC is a co-operative program hosted by Howard University in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Dr. Marvin Carroll (center), President & CEO of Tec-Masters, Inc. and Howard University alumnus (BSEE ’58) greets new student members and BDPA-DC IT Showcase participants.
National BDPA’s Washington, D.C. Chapter Lifetime Achievement Awards
Recipients (L-R) for 2018 are:
- Retired WUSA-TV newswoman Andrea Roane, TEGNA
- Walter B. Sanderson, III, Vice President, Human Resources, SiriusXM Satellite Radio
- Victor S. Gavin, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and retired SES, Department of the Navy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Information Operations and Space (DASN C4I/IO/Space)
BDPA Washington, D.C. President’s Awards
Recipients (L-R) for 2018 are:
- Jaquan Thorne, H.O.P.E. Project DMV
- Sonya Davis, H.O.P.E. Project DMV
- Eugene Neal, H.O.P.E. Project DMV
- Robert M. Stewart, H.O.P.E. Project DMV
BDPA Washington, D.C. Community & Technology Awards
Recipients (above left to right) for 2018 are:
- 2018 President’s Award for Community Service
Maurita Coley Flippin, Esq.
President & CEO, Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council
- 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year
President & CEO, R&K Cyber Solutions LLC and Founder of Lenvio, Inc.
- 2018 Industry Sponsor of the Year
General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT)
CEO’s and graduates from the Department of Defense’s Mentor Protégé Program attended to support new student members, Interns from the National Capital Region, and welcome Jr. Developers into industry’s next generation. The Honorary Chairman for this year’s special event was Antwanye Ford (left), President & CEO of Enlightened, Inc. an award-winning, HUBZone certified, Information Technology (IT) and Management Consulting firm.
Dr. Margaret Wood (right), President & CEO of WOOD Consulting Services, Inc., an award-winning Inc. 5000 Government Services firm, provided the gala’s Welcome Keynote address from Industry. Tec-Masters, Inc., Dr. Marvin Carroll, President & CEO and Howard University alumnus (BSEE ’58), sponsored the Award Gala’s Industry reception.
Author and award-winning journalist Jesse J. Holland, who wrote “The Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther?” commissioned by Marvel Entertainment for the hit film, was the association’s Industry Keynote Speaker for the 40th Anniversary Community & Technology Awards Gala. Gala attendees received autograph copies of his best-selling book.
Holland (left, with BDPA-DC Founder Norman Mays) also is the author of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Finn’s Story” and “The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves in the White House”; the latter was honored at the Independent Publisher Book Awards and by Smithsonian.com. He is also a race and ethnicity writer for The Associated Press as well as a former White House, Supreme Court, and congressional reporter.
Nationally, BDPA is one of the largest technology-inclusion community trade associations featuring data and computer sciences, cybersecurity, and STEM professionals. National BDPA’s Greater Washington, D.C. Chapter (BDPADC) was Chartered in 1978 in the District of Columbia. BDPADC supports National BDPA’s mission, provides community advocacy in support of legislative affairs, and publishes bdpatoday (ISSN 1946-1429) for local BDPA Chapters, regional STEM organizations, and global mission-partners.
For more information about National BDPA, community programs across the nation’s 40 BDPA chapters, and career development activities within the National Capital Region, visit → BDPADC.org.
(L-R) Keith Scott, BDPA-DC Cyber Programs; Perry Carter, bdpatoday; Kia Silver-Hodge, BDPA-DC Corporate Relations Executive; and Jesse J. Holland, Award-winning journalist, Marvel’s author of “Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther?” and Keynote Presenter.
Enid Doggett, INSPR Media and Kia Silver-Hodge, BDPA Washington
Evan J. Carter, Patricia McDougall, and Catherine Williamson
Join Mission-Partners and BDPA Members during BDPA-DC’s Holiday Soirée at Samsung, Saturday, December 8, 2018. In 2018, Samsung Electronics America and BDPA Washington reached 40-year milestones. Mr. Terry Halvorsen, EVP and CIO of the mobile IT and mobile B2B group at Samsung Electronics America and BDPA-DC’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, will keynote this year’s 40th Anniversary event!