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New York State CIO to Deliver Keynote Address at 2010 BDPA New York Scholarship and Awards Dinner

Brooklyn, NY, November 06, 2010 --( BDPA New York announced today that Melodie Mayberry-Stewart, PhD, New York State Chief Information Officer and Director of the Office of Technology, will keynote the chapter’s 2010 Scholarship and Awards Dinner.

Dr. Melodie Mayberry-Stewart was appointed to the position of New York State Chief Information Officer and Director of the Office of Technology, in May 2007, by former Governor Eliot Spitzer. As a member of the Governor’s cabinet, Dr. Mayberry-Stewart develops, implements, and oversees IT investments for the State of New York, a $130 billion enterprise with over 190,000 employees serving a statewide population of 19 million. Her responsibilities also include promoting the use of technology to drive economic development to help build stronger economies, and ensuring information technology programs align with the objectives of the NYS Information Technology Enterprise Strategic Plan. Recently named one of the Top 50 African-Americans in IT by US Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine, Dr. Mayberry-Stewart will deliver an address incorporating the dinner’s theme of, “Don’t Be Afraid of the S.T.E.M.,” [STEM being an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics].

The 2010 Scholarship and Awards Dinner, sponsored by National Grid, will be held on Wednesday, November 10, from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm, at National Grid, One MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY. The purpose of the dinner is to recognize the outstanding contributions of BDPA New York’s 2010 community supporters and corporate sponsors as well as award college scholarships to their students, who are members of BDPA’s Student Information Technology Education Scholarship (S.I.T.E.S) program. These programs are designed to develop the next generation of IT Professionals, and encourage African American youths to explore careers in such traditionally underrepresented fields as Computer Science and Information Technology.

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About BDPA
BDPA was founded in 1975 by Earl A. Pace, Jr. and the late David Wimberley after the two met in Philadelphia to discuss their concerns about minorities in the data processing field. There was a lack of minorities in middle and upper management, low recruitment and poor preparation of minorities for these positions, and an overall lack of career mobility. Today, with more than 50 chapters, BDPA is a global member focused organization that serves the professional well-being of its stakeholders. BDPA remains committed to excellence and providing a wide spectrum of resources to members, corporate sponsors, businesses, educational institutions and the community. The organization is a catalyst for professional growth and technical development for those in the IT industry. To learn more about BDPA, visit

About National Grid
National Grid is an international energy delivery company. In the U.S., National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. National Grid also owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation that provides power to over one million LIPA customers. To learn more about National Grid, visit

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BDPA New York
Danielle Cauthen
(212) 802-5341

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