BDPA Chicago Chapter
BDPA (Black Data Processing Associates) is a non-profit international organization with a diverse membership of professionals and students at all levels in the fields of information technology, computer science and related S.T.E.M fields. Members are actively engaged in serving the community through outreach and charting the future of the IT industry.
The Chicago Chapter of the National Black Data Processing Associates was chartered on March 15, 1986 as the 14th Chapter nationwide with eight founding members:
- Marvin Walker, President
- Hazel Beason, Vice President
- Anthony Pittman, Treasurer
- Michelle Walker, Recording Secretary
- Wallace Neal, Education Chairperson
- Roy Peeples, Public Relations Chairperson
- Greg Walker, Finance Chairperson
- Fidelis Umeh, Member
The first monthly program meeting was held April 18, 1986 at the Palmer House Hotel. Since that time the Chicago Chapter has consecutively sponsored program meeting, Annual Award Galas, CIO Receptions, designed to assist our membership in meeting their professional and personal goals. Since its inception, the Chicago Chapter has continued to deliver fit for use programs to its membership.
Chicago is in the top three largest chapters in the nation and was named Chapter of the Year in 2013. We are dedicated to serving our members through events that inspire.