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BDPA June Info Exchange Meetng- What is the Internet of Things

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BDPA Detroit June Infomation Exchange Meeting

"What is the Internet of Things (IoT)"


June 18, 2015

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM



The Internet of Things (IoT) is the next great frontier of the new millennium. There is a great buzz in the business world and in the tech arena on this new market place that is expected to grow exponentially and worth billions of dollars. But what is this IoT?

Cliff Samuels Jr, VP of Technology and Automation for the BDPA Detroit Chapter, will give the audience an overview of IoT; the definition of IoT, the hardware being used, the products being developed, how the IT professional can become involved and how to cash in on this latest trend.


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Light Refreshments will be served



BDPA May 21, 2015 Info Exchange Meeting

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 "People Before Business - Leader Behavior Drives Successful Organizations with Effective Employee Relationships



In the session titled "People Before Business - Leader Behavior Drives Successful Organizations with Effective Employee Relationships"  our speaker, Dr. Preston Rich, will introduce the newest quantifiable evidence found in his recent study that suggests that not only leader behavior; but specifically the CEO's behavior, has a profound significant effect on the success of the organization.  This session will also present that effective leadership requires that the leader build strong relationships with their teams by focusing on the social tiers of motivation.  Finally, Dr. Rich will discuss how leader effectiveness is grounded in the essential tenants of building sound character and solid communication models in order to transform the people into committed organizational citizens.


Dr. Preston Rich is a dynamic speaker, strategic leadership consultant, information security consultant, disaster recovery consultant, management professor, professional coach, and owner of Preston Rich, LLC in Frisco, TX. He served over 10 years in the United States Air Force including two tours in Operation Desert Storm.


He is a 2013 and 2015 Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) finalist. Dr. Rich currently teaches business administration courses as an associate faculty member at Richland College in Dallas, TX and Collin College in Frisco, TX. His area of expertise is in the study of leader behavior and its effect on the organization. He is the first among his peers to establish a quantitative link between ethical leader behavior and organizational performance. Dr. Rich is dedicated to helping the world understand that if companies want to experience true success, they must put people before business.




Light refreshments will be served



Technology Training For Autistic Youth.

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BDPA Detroit

April 16, 2015 Info Exchange Meeting

Technology Training For Autistic Youth

In 2009, Camille Proctor launched The Color of Autism, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocacy, awareness and knowledge among Black parents, connecting families to local services, and providing one-to-one support.  Proctor founded her organization because as she traveled her journey, she noticed how little was known about autism, especially in the Black community. It seemed that many were dismissive of autism and more comfortable with the term, “slow.”

Today , The Color of Autism has created a workforce development program, imEnabled, to provide the training, support, and connection to employers that young adults with Autism or intellectual disabilities need.

Camille Proctor will give an overview of autism in the Black community and the organization's program to train youth in the STEM education. Come out and learn how you can become a part of this initiative and make a positive difference in the lives of our youth.





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BDPA March 19, 2015 Info Exchange Meeting

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BDPA Detroit Info Exchange

March 19, 2015

M1 Rail Project Update and Entrepreneurship opportunities 


M-1 RAIL is a 3.3 mile circulating streetcar along Woodward Avenue between Congress Street and West Grand Boulevard in Detroit, Michigan. M-1 RAIL is an unprecedented public-private partnership and model for regional collaboration. Notably, this is the first major transit project being led and funded by both private businesses, philanthropic organizations, in partnership with local government, the State of Michigan, and U.S. Department of Transportation. The mission of M-1 RAIL is to create a catalyst for investment, economic development and urban renewal that positively impacts the entire region through the construction of a streetcar circulator system running along and connecting Woodward Avenue from the Riverfront to the New Center and North End neighborhoods. The M-1 RAIL Woodward Avenue Streetcar project is envisioned to be one element of a future modern, world-class regional transit system where all forms of transportation, including rail, bus, vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian, are considered and utilized to build a vibrant, walkable region that includes a thriving Downtown Detroit. This city center is envisioned by supporters of M-1 RAIL to become a foundation for growth and prosperity throughout the surrounding neighborhoods adjacent to the Central Business District, Midtown, New Center and North End. Ms. Sommer Woods, Director of External Relations will be joining us to provide a general overview of the M-1 RAIL project. Mr. Damon Rogers, a student intern with the M-1 RAIL project last summer, will give a brief talk on his assignment: Train car communications and power systems. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to learn more about this "game changing" project going on in the city of Detroit!


The meeting is scheduled for March 19, 2015 at 6:30pm at TechTown 440 Burroughs Detroit MI.  


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