Advancing Careers from the Classroom to the Boardroom.

The value proposition of BDPA is its members!

The strength of BDPA Philadelphia and NBDPA is the diversity of our global membership. The wide array of Information Technology leaders and the careers they represent allows us to connect our members, sponsors and supporters to the resources they need most to solve industry problems and to build long-term strategic partnerships. All are welcome to join and share their talents as we advanced careers from the classroom to the boardroom.

Eileen Gadsden MBA, CSE


Our History

BDPA is a national non-profit organization of professionals that work or have an interest in Information Technology.

BDPA was founded in Philadelphia, PA in 1975 amidst concerns that minorities were not adequately represented in the information technology industry. Since its founding, BDPA has grown to more than 40 active chapters across the United States.

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Chapter Governance

Maintaining The Trust Of The Community
Briefly stated, we believe that the Executive Board's role is to ensure that BDPA establishes and maintains the trust of the community by being clear in its mission, prudent and ethical in its activities, and accountable for its actions. Our meetings focus on planning, policy-making, and assessing our progress.
Corporate Advisory Council
The BDPA Philadelphia Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) consists of representatives of public and privately held corporations, educational institutions and government agencies. The CAC is comprised of senior managers and entrepreneurs whose companies have been sponsors and/or supportive of BDPA-Philadelphia’s Mission and programs.


Curtis Jenkins, Corporate Advisory Chair
Hayward West, Immediate Past President
Curtis Jenkins         Hayward West
Corp. Adv. Chair Immed. Past. Pres.
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