• Image 1
  • Image 2
  • Image 3
  • Image 4
  • Image 5
  • Image 6
  • Image 7
  • Image 8
  • Image 9
  • Image 10
  • Image 11

Schedule at-a Glance

 Thursday, February 9
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM    Registration
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM    SEMINAR: HBCU VP of Research Executive Forum (Invite Only)
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM    SEMINAR: 2419 Success Stories: Status of Major HBCU/MSI Consortia

Learning Objective: Participants will be informed of the status of current research consortia, and the benefits of partnerships to compete for major research initiatives.
Several Federal agencies have funded large consortia in recent years, e.g., DOE/NNSA funded a Cyber Security Consortium that launched in January 2015 lead by Norfolk State, DOE/NNSA also launched an Advanced Manufacturing Consortium in 2015 lead by NC A&T, Morgan State University is part of a DoD/Army High Performance Computing Consortium and several years ago Hampton University was awarded the Minority Men’s Health Initiative.  The focus of this seminar is to hear how these consortia are progressing and could set the stage for wider conversations about benefits and opportunities for future collaborations among our HBCUs/MSI/s.
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the value of collaborating with other institutions for research funding.
  2. Be aware of new partnership opportunities on the horizon.
  3. Best practices on consortium management.


1:00 PM - 2:15 PM    SEMINAR: 2420 Technology Commercialization: Taking HBCU/MSI Research to the Marketplace

Learning Objective: Participants will have a greater awareness and understanding of technology commercialization and the opportunities that await their institutions.
Higher Education Institutions (HIEs), particularly research institutions, are increasingly expected to play a role in the economic development of their regions.  As corporations have down-sized or eliminated their central research and development functions, they are increasingly turning to universities to undertake basic and applied search. In addition, regional governments envision start-up companies emerging from university sponsored research.  This seminar features a series of speakers who will describe programs in their regions which involve their HIEs, and the important role and opportunities for HBCUs/MSIs in the area of technology commercialization.
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. The role of technology commercialization and HIEs and importance for HBCUs/MSIs.
  2. Exposed to success stories in technology commercialization from various regions.
  3. Federal and state opportunities for technology commercialization.
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM    SEMINAR: 2421 Recruitment of STEM Research Minority Faculty in an Increasingly Competitive Environment

Learning Objective: Participants will understand the current STEM-Faculty market place and strategies to attract and retain research faculty to their HBCU/MSI in this market place.
Many Majority institutions have emphasized diversity in faculty hiring in recent years, especially in science and engineering.  This is a positive in terms of overall diversity but places greater hardship on Minority institutions to compete for outstanding minority faculty candidates, particularly top-notch research faculty who can compete for grants and contracts. Speakers from both Majority and Minority institutions will share best practices on faculty recruitment in an ever increasingly tight market for talent.
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Best practices to attract research talent to HBCUs/MSIs.
  2. Compensation strategies to retain research faculty at HBCUs/MSIs.
  3. The role Minority Technical Organizations (MTOs) play in STEM faculty recruitment.
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM    SEMINAR: 2422 Federal Research Funding Opportunities for HBCU/MSIs

Learning Objective: Participants will understand agency-specific opportunities in the FY17 R&D Federal Budget.
This session will feature program managers from Federal agencies sharing news of upcoming funding opportunities. Included will be both program managers/officers from both civilian and defense agencies. This seminar will also include a discussion of the FY17 Federal R&D budget.

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM    Alumni Welcome Reception
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM    STEM Innovations Awards Dinner (Ticket Required)
 Friday, February 10
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM    Registration
8:45 AM - 10:00 AM    SEMINAR: 2115 It’s Time to Take Control: Develop Leadership Habits that will Take You to the Top!

Learning Objective: Discuss methods that help focus and improve leadership habits
Are you doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results? This is the definition of insanity. It is time to get real and get results. Successful leaders make choices every day that move them in the direction of his/her vision. You have the power to achieve all that you want. The secret to getting there is in understanding 3 words: My Daily Habits.
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify skill gaps through leadership assessments.
  2. Explore leadership habits that get results.
  3. List ineffective habits and create a personal action plan.
8:45 AM - 10:00 AM    SEMINAR: 2311 Do You Know Who is Moving Your Cheese? Navigating and Surviving Organizational Politics like a Pro

Learning objective:  Assessing methods for navigating corporate politics
Do you know how to golf? Have you ever thought that if only you could change the system in your organization, you would be a lot happier? There have been countless studies outlining the differences between men and women in corporate environments. Often, many professional women report feeling left out of key decisions or impacted by politics that seem to devalue her contributions. At the same time, several top women executives who continue to excel say YOU must learn to understand, rise above, and effectively use politics to get things done.
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. List tips to survive organizational politics.
  2. Identify ways to utilize productive organizational politics.
  3. Explore specific organizational challenges and prepare a plan to overcome them.
8:45 AM - 10:00 AM    SEMINAR: 2714 How the Traditional Utility Model is Being Challenged by Disruptive Technologies (Presented by Exelon)

Today’s energy company is not the same company it was 30, 40 or 50 years ago. The Exelon family of companies has had a long history of proven reliability and performance that had to evolve along the way to meet customer demands. With the increased popularity of distributed generation ( solar, wind, biodiesel, etc.) along with micro grids are helping to change the foundation of the traditional utility to meet the demands of our modern economy. Join Exelon Corporation as we explore the advances we’re taking to help build a stronger and smarter foundation for our customers and energy grid.

8:45 AM - 10:00 AM    SEMINAR: 2719 Emerging Technology: Growth for the Future (Presented by The Raytheon Company)

Technology is in a constant state of expansion, how do you stay engaged?  When the talent pool for understanding and utilizing these technological advances shrinks, how do you remain a factor in the recruitment and retention of the best talent?    How do you anticipate the next area of growth when there so many new concepts and products populating the market?  How do you capture the knowledge for today and for tomorrow? 
Technology leaders within Raytheon and industry will have an open discussion on the possibilities and strategies to consider in this ever evolving technology explosion.  The goal of our session today is to give you meaningful insight and valuable knowledge to stay ahead of the curve in the world’s technology evolution.
Come and hear how to expand your breadth of learning as a contributor in the technology advancement of our world.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM    BEYA Pre-College Registration
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM    SEMINAR: 2726 Navigating Your Career: Reflect on Yesterday, Assess Today, Plan for Tomorrow (Presented by Boston Scientific)

This two-hour session includes:

  • Reflecting on Yesterday by mapping your career to determine satisfaction level triggers,
  • Assessing Today by prioritizing your interests and evaluating your personal values; and
  • Planning for Tomorrow by building a career compass to guide future career decisions and prepare you for future career conversations with your manager, mentor or coach.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM    SEMINAR: 2905 Social Media and Cyber Security Everything a Government Employee Should Know

Looking for a job? Building your brand is a great way to get noticed. As part of your brand, you might want to rethink what you’re posting on social media. The first rule for any individual searching for a job is to always assume what you share on the Internet is public. The number of employers passing on job applicants because of the candidates’ social media content continues to rise from 34 percent in 2012 to more than half of 2,138 employers in 2015. Join us for this session as military experts illuminate on what government and military personnel need to know about the advantages, disadvantages, and dos/don’ts of social media when promoting yourself and searching for employment. 
At the end of this seminar, participants will:

  1. Learn about the various social media sources available to job seekers.
  2. How to build a positive online presence.
  3. Discuss best practices for getting the most out of social media sites.
  4. Understand legality of postings.
  5. Tips and tricks for getting noticed, the right way.
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM    SEMINAR: 2722 Northrop Grumman's Black Engineers Share Their Journey to Engineering Presented by Northrop Grumman
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM    BEYA Pre-College STEM Technology Carnival
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM    DIEL Registration
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM    SEMINAR: 2906 Veterans Transition Roundtable Hosted by The Boeing Company

There are many challenges that armed service enlisted men and women face in transitioning into civilian employment. Despite their significant soft and technical skills, veterans show significantly higher unemployment rates than their nonveteran counterparts. The vast majority of these transitioning service members are under 30 years old; the most unemployed segment of the labor force nationwide. The goal in addressing this issue is to close the gap between veteran and non-veteran hiring.
At the end of this seminar, participants will:

  1. Acknowledgement that there is no seamless path from military departure to civilian employment,
  2. Understanding of the key challenges that military members face while transitioning into the workplace.
  3. Discuss the values that veterans bring to the workplace.
  4. Produce practical steps that key stakeholders can take to create a smooth and functioning transition system.
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM    SEMINAR: 2413 Architecture and Engineering: Collaborating to Build a Safer World

Learning objective: Explore the interface between architecture and engineering.
The responsibilities of engineers and architects often overlap. Both professions are integral to the design and construction of buildings. Architects design the space to meet client needs, as well as the aesthetic appearance of the inside and exterior of the building. Engineers' concentrate on the physics involved in the development of the project. The relationship between the two is very important as is the communication and coordination in defining quality and safety of the construction work being done. 
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the roles of an architect and an engineer.
  2. Explore the differing responsibilities architects and engineers have in product design.
  3. Explain the importance of communication and collaboration on creating structural masterpieces.
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM    SEMINAR: 2505 Diversity and Inclusion Boot-camp: The Topics, The Strategies, The Solutions

Learning outcome: This seminar is designed to support leaders throughout an   organization by increasing knowledge, awareness, and skills around diversity and inclusion practices.

Organizations recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion strategies, yet many leaders search for the specific relevance to their business practice, outcomes, and industry. This seminar will explore specific diversity and inclusion definitions, topics, strategies, and solutions to common concerns and challenges. Join our expert panel as we explore the world of diversity and inclusion, challenge leaders to stay informed, and increase awareness about the great value a clear and well-implemented strategy can add to business outcomes.
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Explore varying definitions of diversity and inclusion.
  2. Examine common concerns and challenges.
  3. Explore roles and responsibilities of leadership in diversity strategies.
  4. Discuss the future of diversity and inclusion initiatives.


10:15 AM - 11:30 AM    SEMINAR: 2715 Leveraging Innovation for Mission Critical Software Solutions (Presented by General Dynamics)

Team General Dynamics applies innovative thinking to solve big problems, and to support critical missions of our customers.  At General Dynamics, we build and support “Big” systems (IT Systems, Navy Combat Systems, as well as Land Combat Systems).  We also deploy very small but highly sophisticated surgical capabilities, as well as Cyber defense systems.  Our country encounters threats from adversaries on a daily basis. At Team General Dynamics we use innovation to combat these opponents.  Speed and agility are essential.  We create agile systems to counter dynamic learning and evolving threats. We invest in new technology opportunities pertaining to the Cloud, Developmental Operations, Continuous Integration, and Continuous Release. Most importantly, we invest in our people.  Our employees reinvent the bounds of innovation to advance our customers’ missions.  Throughout this seminar we will touch on our panelists’ past experiences and explain how General Dynamics leverages innovation in helping our customers exceed their toughest mission challenges. 

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:
1. Understand the role General Dynamics plays in bringing innovation to critical government systems
2. Understand the challenges (and solutions) with applying commercial best-practices to government opportunities ahead for large software systems transformation

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM    SEMINAR: 2716 Impacts of Generational Shifts in the Workforce (Presented by The Mitre Corporation)

An examination and discussion of generational (Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials) value differences and the challenges they present in the modern workforce.

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM    BEYA Career Fair (Fri) 2/10 11AM - 3 PM
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM    SEMINAR: 2907 Navigating Federal Civilian Workforce – How to become an SES

The Senior Executive Service (SES) is an elite team of federal leaders performing cutting-edge work and delivering vital services, such as protecting the homeland to revitalizing our economy. If you are motivated to attain membership in this elite affiliation, then this session is a must-attend for all interested attendees.    The five ECQs
At the end of this seminar, participants will:

  1. Explore the Senior Executive Service role, responsibilities and requirements.
  2. Examine the OPM’s Executive Core Qualifications--leading change, leading people, results driven, business acumen and building coalitions--are designed to assess your executive experience and potential.
  3. Identify a series of career paths and tools needed to attain the Senior Executive Service level.
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM    Modern-Day Technology Leaders Luncheon (Ticket Required)
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM    SEMINAR 2728: How to Land a Government Job: NASA’s Resume Writing Workshop and Application Tips Corporate (Presented by NASA)

Applying for a position in the federal government might seem like a daunting task. Have no fear, NASA is here to show applicants how to; create a government formatted resume, enhance an existing resume, and navigate the application site, USA Jobs.gov. Individuals are encouraged to bring a copy of their resume to the workshop for one-on-one critiquing.

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM    SEMINAR: 2727 Working Together for an Inclusive Workplace: Corporate Responsibility in Diversity (2017 CEO Technology Roundtable)

Diversity and inclusive corporate models can boost financial development, stimulate social development and launch more stable and objective societies. Additionally, companies that invest in inclusion in the workplace, marketplace and community have reported momentous business benefits. In a Forbes study, senior executives of top-earning companies reported that workplace diversity and inclusion drive innovation and business growth. While diversity and inclusion are significant measurements of social sustainability, some companies still observe these as independent from their corporate sustainability strategies.
This Roundtable Discussion will discover the relationships between diversity and inclusion and corporate sustainability. The goal is to examine how companies can coordinate and communicate across functions, and make diversity and inclusion a strategic urgency both as a culmination and as a crucial means to attaining further corporate sustainability goals.
After this roundtable session, participants will:

  • Discover methods for creating a welcoming environment that embraces all difference and equality in hiring policies.
  • Examine actions that companies can take to incorporate diversity and inclusion into corporate sustainability policies and practices.
  • Explore methods that corporations can use to safeguard that their diversity and inclusion commitment is implemented throughout their value chain. 
  • Ascertain procedures for developing leadership at multiple levels that is diverse, regularly communicates the value of diversity, and builds the capacity for open and candid diversity conversation.
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM    SEMINAR: 2801 Job Ready Certification - Interview Skills that Get You Hired!

Do you know the benefits of establishing a positive and professional self-representation during an interview? Promotions depend on preparation and practice, but knowing what to prepare and how to practice is essential.
Mastering the Interview Training Materials holds the knowledge of the qualities that employer’s desire. Expanding your expectations of the questions that will be asked during an interview can give you an incredible advantage over other applicants for the position. Even more, being able to demonstrate your unique skills through a well-articulated answer to interview questions will put you in the lead. Taking the initiative to prepare for an interview can create new opportunities for career development in your industry.
By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to answer the following questions:

  1. What are the common interview questions and how to prepare your answers?
  2. What information do I need to know for every interview?
  3. How do I answer difficult questions?
  4. What are good questions to ask your interviewer?
  5. How to answer the question: “So tell me about yourself’?
  6. What do I do after the interview?
  7. What are common interview mistakes?
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM    SEMINAR: 2109 Nominating a Winner: Your Package is Your Candidate

Career Communications Group is committed to selecting and reviewing the most talented and accomplished leaders in STEM. Our selection committee gets the opportunity, each year, to meet these candidates through nomination packages. We want to ensure that your candidate’s value, contributions, and talents are clearly expressed. This workshop will provide government, military, and corporate communities with a step by step review of designing a nomination package that conveys the greatness of your organization. As many of you know, becoming a BEYA winner is a highly respected honor that reflects appreciation and commitment to honoring service, diversity, and outstanding leadership.
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Review the selection and award process.
  2. Examine best practices and recommendations.
  3. Identify Nomination Package preparation tips.
  4. Access resources and support.
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM    SEMINAR: 2310 Breakthrough the Glass Ceiling! Career Path Discovery Workshop

Learning objective: Examine success factors and establish career goals
For every dream and desire, there are limitless paths to get there.  This workshop will help you create your personal vision of success and happiness. Whether you are clear on what you want to do or still trying to find your way, you will gain clarity and create a plan to overcome barriers. If you are willing to address your weaknesses, capitalize on your strengths, and take control of your future, this workshop is for you.
At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  1. Conduct individual personality assessment workshop.
  2. Design personalized career and financial goals.
  3. Identify strengths, preferences, values, and weaknesses through a variety of career assessment tools.
  4. Create a personalized action plan to think outside of the box and breakthrough barriers.


2:15 PM - 3:30 PM    SEMINAR: 2415 Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Transformation of Higher Education for a Changing World (Presented by UMD, Eastern Shore)

Powerful forces, including demographics, globalization, and rapidly evolving technologies are driving profound changes in engineering professionals in our society. The changing workforce and technology needs of a global knowledge-driven economy are dramatically changing the nature of engineering practices and education, demanding far broader skills than simply the mastery of scientific and technological disciplines.  Over the last decades, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and regional state colleges have joined forces with many major research universities to embrace innovation and entrepreneurship as critical to their mission and role in their communities. The leaderships at HBCUs recognize the importance of innovation, commercialization, entrepreneurship, and the creation of economic value for their communities, especially for these institutions with land-grant missions.
University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) is a land-grant institution with 270 years rich history and legacy. Today, UMES has been reclassified as a Carnegie Doctoral Research (Moderate) University by the Carnegie Foundation and is on its request to become a pioneering HBCU in promoting innovation, commercialization and entrepreneurship for academic eminence. The Engineering, Business, and Technology programs at the School of Business and Technology at UMES play critical roles in advancing this new mission.  To achieve this, we at the School of Business and Technology have developed roadmaps and strategies in four perspectives: We promote student innovation and entrepreneurship; we encourage faculty innovation and entrepreneurship; we actively foster collaboration in university and industry, and we engage with regional and local economic development efforts. In this seminar talk, I will elaborate on the efforts and initiatives we have developed with the goal of translating creativity on campus into business opportunity. 

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM    SEMINAR: 2717 Full Throttle to Feedback: A panel discussion focused on seeking feedback and coaching (Presented by Lockheed Martin Corporation)

Learning outcome: This panel is designed to support leaders at all levels in their career to take full ownership at “Full Throttle/speed” to actively seek meaningful and timely feedback and coaching. We will share feedback and coaching models that can support your growth as a leader, as well as thoughtful and authentic insights from a group of professionals that range in background, technical expertise, and leadership levels.
Organizations and individuals recognize the importance of feedback, but often forget to practice it. One key to success, is to first identify where you want to go, then make the efforts to get there. Once you are accomplish your career goals, it is vital to then seek feedback along to way. In today’s job market, technical leaders and engineers alike all have tremendous talent, but sometimes struggle with advancing in their fields. Many are hungry to get or give feedback. In this session we explore options, roadblocks, fears, ideas, and true stories getting feedback and coaching that matters. We speak openly, candidly, respectfully, and may challenge the excuses that prevent you from executing as your best self in your career. This is a panel that you don’t want to miss. We will share some resources, books, and ideas that can help you take a full throttle approach to getting feedback and coaching that supports your career.
At the end of this panel, participants will be able to:
a.       Understand why feedback and coaching is vital for career success
b.      Examine models for giving and getting feedback
c.       Talk about coaching strategies and have tools to practice on your own time
d.      Examine common concerns and challenges for getting feedback and coaching that matters
e.       Ask questions and get real time feedback and or coaching on the spot

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM    SEMINAR: 2424 Top Ten Careers in STEM by 2020

A recent report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the U.S. will add roughly 20 million new jobs by the year 2020. Estimates indicate that careers in the STEM fields can account for over 10 million of the new job created. Given the strong correlation between higher education and economic growth, some experts have been bold enough to claim that the growth of the U.S. economy through 2020 and beyond will be tied directly to the level of education achieved by its workforce. Join us for an eye opening discussion on market trends in the future of the STEM careers.
At the end of this seminar, participants will acquire insight into market trends and innovative factors that will influence STEM professional careers within the next five years.
This seminar will explore and analyze how to:

  1. Identify the STEM professions that are in high demand and will command the highest earning opportunities.
  2. Leverage their current professional skills towards career advancement.
  3. Increase their market value by becoming a SWAT professional. 
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM    SEMINAR: 2416 Investigation into the Mechanisms of Inanition and Growth of Tin Whiskers and the Probability of occurrence of Induced Short

The Aerospace and Defense (A&D) industry in the US designs and manufactures products that carry more than three billion passengers worldwide on any given day as well as systems which are vital to our national security. In order to transition to lead-free electronics the A&D industry demands careful analysis and research into the performance, reliability and safety of these materials in order to maintain public safety and assure our war-fighters’ mission success is not compromised or risked.
 In this effort the College of Engineering at Tuskegee University and the Boeing Company has teamed to fill some of the many knowledge gaps that surround this new technology.  The mechanisms of inanition and growth of tin whiskers and the Probability of occurrence of Induced Short are investigated. Since the formation of binary compounds are suspected of causing fractures in these new Pb-free solder alloys, Tuskegee is studying the migration of binary compounds as a root cause. The effects tin whiskers may have on the ability of conformal coatings to protect Circuit Boards from corrosion is also studied. 

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM    SEMINAR: 2718 Diversity of Thought – Driving Business Outcomes (Presented by SAIC)

Diversity of thought is key to understanding the potential of diversity and inclusion as an organizational resource to drive innovative business outcomes. During this interactive seminar, Tony Moraco, Chief Executive Officer for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) will share how the organization thinks of inclusion and diversity as a mosaic that is formed as numerous individual pieces brought together to create something that is greater than any single part. Mr. Moraco will share SAIC’s vision for creating an inclusive workforce that, through differing perspectives, ideas, and unique insights into problems, creates opportunities for innovation and business growth. A panel of executives from SAIC will continue the discussion by highlighting their experience and perspective on how diversity of thought successfully drives business outcomes.

“Diversity is an integral component of business success that embraces all-inclusive teams bringing together a wide range of perspectives, skills, and experiences to develop the most innovative solutions for our customers.”

Anthony J. Moraco
SAIC Chief Executive Officer

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM    SEMINAR: 2312 Licensure as a Professional Engineer -- Its Value and the Steps to Take
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM    SEMINAR: 2425 IIoT: The Career Disruptor

The Internet of Things refers to the networking of physical objects through the use of embedded sensors, actuators, and other devices that can collect or transmit information about the objects. The data amassed from these devices can then be analyzed to optimize products, services, and operations. During this session, participants will understand how the industrial adoption of the Internet of Things will drastically change every market vertical and disrupt current roles within enterprises and creating new roles and career opportunities.
At the end of this seminar, participants will exit this seminar with the following knowledge:

  1. A clear understanding of the Industrial Internet of Things and why it is an important market trend to follow.
  2. The changes and disruptions that IoT will bring to every industry and market vertical.
  3. The career and revenue opportunities that will be introduced through IoT global adoption.
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM    Youth/Flag: Mentoring General Session
4:40 PM - 6:00 PM    Youth/Flag Mentoring Breakout Sessions
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM    Stars & Stripes Dinner Check-in
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM    Student Leadership Awards Dinner & Business Etiquette Interactive Seminar

By the end of this interactive demonstration, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize place settings, napkin etiquette and basic table manners.
  2. Comprehend the protocol ordering in a restaurant, handling alcohol in a business meal, paying the bill and tipping.
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM    Stars & Stripes Dinner (Ticket Required)
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM    Speed Networking
 Saturday, February 11
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM    Registration
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM    HBCU Dean’s Breakfast (Ticket Required)
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM    SEMINAR:Job Match Corporate Presentation
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM    SEMINAR: 2601 "Can You Hear Me Out There?" The Power of Public Speaking

The confident speaker, despite title or position, will have a competitive edge over just about everyone.  Cultivating the ability to communicate, choose your words carefully, and engage people is the best investment you could ever make. This seminar will help attendees to understand the principles of active listening and how to apply them to ensure that we collect necessary information needed in order to attain success. Learn how to take the lead and motivate the masses by expressing your message with passion and inspiration.
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Examine the principles of active listening.
  2. Explore active listening skills for better communication.
  3. Learn techniques to convey your message accurately and directly.
  4. Explore mental coaching techniques to address fear.
10:00 AM - 12:15 PM    SEMINAR: 2723 Engineering a Global Environment in the 2nd Century (Presented by The Boeing Company)

As the world moves further into the 21st century and The Boeing Company enters its 2nd Century, learn from our esteemed panelists on the future state of the aerospace industry and gain insights into the direction of Boeing. Explore the vision for global technological innovation through key focus areas.   As services grow, how are we strategically leveraging opportunities around the globe? How is technical expertise and global business acumen growing to serve the new market space and prepare our workforce for the challenge? How are we as individuals developing ourselves technically and professionally to provide the best intellectual capital our industry has to offer and compete internationally? Lastly, how are we developing the pipeline to meet the opportunity that lies ahead?

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM    DIEL Resume Room & Lounge
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM    BEYA Career Fair (Sat) 2/11 10AM - 4PM
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM    SEMINAR: 2417 Performance Assessment of Electrical Connectors under Extreme Environmental Conditions (Presented by Tuskegee University)

MENA (Middle East, North Africa) environments pose unique challenges for corrosion resistance, due to a combination of high humidity and condensation, limited amounts of rainfall for natural rinsing, and prevalent salt and sulfur exposure through fine, talc-like sand. While materials and systems may withstand highly accelerated life testing of salt fog, and humidity, it has been observed that these standard tests are not always predictive of such combined environments. Tuskegee University, in partnership with Raytheon, has developed an accelerated environmental conditions and test protocol that can be completed in 90 days or less and is representative of the worst-case MENA environment. This protocol can be utilized in predicting fielded hardware performance in the real-life MENA environment.
Electrical connectors manufactured from different materials were subjected to MENA-like environments and their physical and mechanical integrity and electrical conductivity were assessed. Degradation of the system can cause reliability issues in electrical conductivity, shell-shell degradation, and electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding. We purchased connectors from 7 different suppliers, identified as Supplier A through G. We performed 500 hrs neutral salt spray and then extended the testing at 250 hr intervals. The best performing connector finishes can withstand up to 1250 hrs testing, maintaining good electrical conductivity and mating/unmating torques. We also ran a 336 hrs acidic SO2 salt spray, with the testing of the best performing finishes extended another 168 hrs. The third test was sand/dust/salt and UV testing for 528 hrs. Salt was added to the sand/dust mixture to mimic the corrosive salty atmosphere found in the MENA environment.
The resistance of the connectors to corrosion, etching, pitting, and flaking of the plating, which causes foreign object debris (FOB) that can interfere with the system, were identified and correlated to the compositions of their materials. Scanning electron microscopy analysis was used to identify the causes of failure for the poorly performing connectors.

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM    SEMINAR: 2721 The Engineer and the Consultant: How Engineers Can Have Successful Careers in the Consulting Industry (Presented by Booz Allen Hamilton)

Join leaders from Booz Allen Hamilton as they discuss the many ways engineers are leading and driving new and innovative work with their clients.  

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM    SEMINAR: 2610 Creating Your Best Future! The 7 Habits of Successful Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Students

Hang in there! You are somebody’s hope. There is a rumor mulling around in colleges across the land that science, technology, engineering, and math are the “hardcore” fields that some advance, others try, and many avoid. Women and minorities are grossly underrepresented in STEM careers and the numbers continue to decline. In a 2010 Bayer Corp. survey of 1,226 women and underrepresented minority chemists and chemical engineers, 40 percent said they were discouraged from pursuing a STEM career. Sixty percent said college was where most of the discouragement happened.  STEM careers offer a rewarding journey of innovation and powerful contributions, solutions, and tools that secure and advance our future.  So, what do you need to do to overcome challenges and succeed in these fields?
At the end of this workshop, college students will:

  1. Create a resource toolbox and networking plan to overcome challenges.
  2. Explore 7 key habits that can increase success.
  3. Examine the benefits and options of a great STEM Career Path.
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM    SEMINAR: 2116 The Path to Being the Best Leader: How to Lead with Charisma, Integrity, and Conviction

Learning Objective: Discuss methods that increase leadership skills
The quality of an organization’s leadership and management is critical to its success. This is true at team, department, and organizational levels. But what’s the secret to that quality? How do you ensure it throughout the organization? How do you become an excellent leader and manager yourself? As with any professional skills, the skills of leadership and management can be learned and practiced. This course is specifically designed to help you do just that, whatever your role in the organization.
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the skills needed to be a successful leader.
  2. Examine ways to manage staff performance.
  3. Learn how to evaluate your own style. 
  4. Develop skills that help deliver your objectives.
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM    SEMINAR: 2314 Corporate Governance: Increasing the Number of African American Corporate Directors

Learning Objective:  Explore the need to increase the number of African Americans on corporate boards and the means by which this can be accomplished.
African Americans are woefully underrepresented on the boards of both public and private companies. Studies have repeatedly demonstrated that boards with diverse members function better and are correlated with better company performance. As U.S. businesses try to at least maintain, preferably expand, their market share, they must be able to accommodate this country's rapidly changing demographics.  In order to be most effective in all markets, their boards must be comprised of leaders having a wide range of perspectives, backgrounds and competencies.
There are many African Americans who have the experience and background necessary to qualify them to serve on corporate boards and who have contributed to improved performance on other boards and/or as corporate executives.  Various efforts have been undertaken to assist and/or spur corporations to address this problem.

At the end of this seminar, participants will:

  1. Have a better understanding of the need to increase board diversity.
  2. Be familiar with resources which are available to support board diversity efforts.
  3. Be aware of various means by which the diversity problem can be addressed.
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM    SEMINAR: 2606 Fresh, Clean, and Fly in Corporate America: Grooming and Image Secrets to Power, Style, and Grace

Learning Objective: Enhance professionalism and image
As soon as you step into an office, you have spoken about 1,000 words with your appearance alone. Wouldn’t it be nice if the first 3 words were fresh, clean, and fly?  All Professionals should invest time in grooming and developing an effective personal image appropriate for their work environment. This seminar will feature executives that have mastered the art of looking and feeling good on their journey to the top.
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. List ways to improve image and personal hygiene.
  2. Explore ways to build and express self-confidence.
  3. Engage in candid conversations with professionals about perceptions and stereotypes.
  4. Examine specific corporate dress tips.
  5. Explore ways to express professionalism and personal style.
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM    SEMINAR: 2608 Started from the bottom, now you’re here? Surround Yourself with Success, If You Want to Be the Best (Networking101)

Learning Outcomes: Increase professional and personal development
Connections are your greatest sources of power. They serve as personal consultants, mentors, teachers, and resources. The ability to build effective power networks will increase your ability to learn and grow.  Learn how to step out of your comfort zone and be assertive about seeking and developing key relationships. This seminar will help you create a power network map that will keep you at the top of your game.
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Explore tools and techniques to gain access to wider networks.
  2. Examine communication skills that will engage leaders and managers.
  3. Identify ways to provide value to personal networks.
  4. Identify the people that everyone should have in his/her network.
  5. Explore common networking/relationship building mistakes and approaches. 
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM    SEMINAR: 2117 Next Gen Smart: Innovative Practices to Launch Diverse Future Leaders

There is one thing that we all can agree on-The World is Changing! The next generation of innovators and leaders will need a unique combination of skills to manage and lead an evolving business landscape. NextGen Smart is about the capacity to motivate and inspire new paths to greatness. Join us to discuss what it will take for leaders to be the change we want to see in the world.
At the end of our discussion, we will:

  1. Examine the definition of NextGen Smart.
  2. Identify strategies to have conversations around human difference.
  3. Explore the future of diversity, race, inclusion, and team morale.
  4. Examine competencies that build global and culturally ready leaders.
  5. Explore game changing skills that will give the next generation of leaders an edge to thrive through change.


1:45 PM - 3:00 PM    SEMINAR: 2308 Want a Security Clearance? This is what You Need to Know

Learning Outcome: Increase knowledge and awareness around the US security Clearance process
As you create your master plan for success, consider the variety of tools needed to gain a competitive edge in your industry. By familiarizing oneself with the extensive US Security Clearance Process, you can begin to prepare and access opportunities that help you excel.
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify a series of career paths and associated tools to improve job marketability.
  2. List a series of certification and association option.
  3. Review the security clearance process and associated misconceptions and mistakes.
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM    SEMINAR: 2908 Lessons in Leadership: Spotlight on Women Warriors

Women in the U.S. military have always had an uphill battle. We owe a lot to those women who opened doors and made a military career easier for those who came afterwards. Beginning with the early pioneers, who were almost never recognized, this session will focus on some of the military achievements of the women warriors who and their great accomplishments.
At the end of this seminar, participants will:

  1. Examine the women pioneers and their achievements in the military.
  2. Explore the hardships and challenges that women in the military have confronted and tackled.
  3. Discuss the upcoming challenges and examine methods to overcome.


2:00 PM - 5:30 PM    SEMINAR: 2800 Job Ready Certification - Innovative and Critical Thinking: Training Your Brain to Solve Problems and Create Solutions

Our ability to learn new ways to think is the power of human potential. We have to make choices about the types of thinking that we apply to a variety of different challenges.
Critical Thinking is the act of examining a set of facts and analyzing and evaluating relevant information. We live in a knowledge based society, and the more critically you think the better your knowledge will be. Critical Thinking provides you with the skills to analyze and evaluate information so that you are able to obtain the greatest amount of knowledge from it. It provides the best chance of making the correct decision, and minimizes damages if a mistake does occur. Critical Thinking will lead to being a more rational and disciplined thinker. It will reduce your prejudice and bias, which will provide you a better understanding of your environment.
This workshop will provide you the skills to evaluate, identify, and distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information. It will lead you to be more productive in your career, and provide a great skill in your everyday life.
Lastly, critical thinking skills will support your capacity to be innovative. Once you fully understand what it is, you can begin exploring what could be.
By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to answer the following questions:

  1. What is critical thinking?
  2. How can I use nonlinear thinking strategies?
  3. What does it mean for me to apply logic to situations?
  4. How do I know when, how, and why to think critically about a challenge?
  5. What skills allow be to better evaluate facts and data?
  6. How will thinking differently effect my decision outcomes?
  7. How can I challenge myself to see alternate perspectives?
  8. How can I increase my problem solving abilities?
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM    SEMINAR: 2609 Want an upgrade? Winning Resumes and Lasting Impressions

First Impressions open doors!! Do you look and act like a winner? Are you prepared to compete and get noticed? The first step to success is making sure your resume, words, and image reflect your true value. You will have an edge if you understand what employers are looking for in potential candidates. In this seminar, human resource professionals will help you build a resume, polish your image, and say the right things.  Get ready to take action and win!      
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Build or upgrade a winning resume.
  2. List dos and don’ts of interviewing.
  3. Use Critical Networking techniques.
  4. Identify specific questions to ask potential employers.
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM    SEMINAR: 2313 Liquidate the Power of Relationships: Building Successful Strategic Partnerships

Learning Objective: Examine how race and gender practices affect businesses
When you meet someone, what are some of your initial assumptions? Do these assumptions impact the way you interact with them? Our brains naturally place people into larger groups or categories. These assumptions are helpful to some, yet harmful to others. In business, subtle biases can become major roadblocks to fair and inclusive diversity practices. We gravitate toward certain types of people, or simply forget to acknowledge others.  As women of color, these biases create challenges that may include racial and gender stereotypes that cause our contributions to be ignored or diminished. How do we become examples of fair and inclusive practices? How do we challenge our culture to move toward greater levels of awareness? Studies have shown that men become less bias toward women when they discuss needs and are forced to challenge assumptions. This seminar will challenge your personal biases and address ways to engage in conversations that test faulty thinking and increase cultural awareness.
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Define unconscious and subtle bias.
  2. Identify personal biases and behaviors that support faulty cultural norms.
  3. Explore specific ways that race and gender impact achievement.
  4. Discuss communication strategies to encourage productive conversations.
  5. Examine behaviors and cultural practices that create diversity challenges.


3:15 PM - 4:30 PM    SEMINAR: 2504 Unconscious Bias: Do Race and Gender Really Matter?

Learning Objective: Examine how race and gender practices affect businesses
When you meet someone, what are some of your initial assumptions? Do these assumptions impact the way you interact with them? Our brains naturally place people into larger groups or categories. These assumptions are helpful to some, yet harmful to others. In business, subtle biases can become major roadblocks to fair and inclusive diversity practices. We gravitate toward certain types of people, or simply forget to acknowledge others.  As women of color, these biases create challenges that may include racial and gender stereotypes that cause our contributions to be ignored or diminished. How do we become examples of fair and inclusive practices? How do we challenge our culture to move toward greater levels of awareness? Studies have shown that men become less bias toward women when they discuss needs and are forced to challenge assumptions. This seminar will challenge your personal biases and address ways to engage in conversations that test faulty thinking and increase cultural awareness.
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Define unconscious and subtle bias.
  2. Identify personal biases and behaviors that support faulty cultural norms.
  3. Explore specific ways that race and gender impact achievement.
  4. Discuss communication strategies to encourage productive conversations.
  5. Examine behaviors and cultural practices that create diversity challenges.
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM    SEMINAR: 2909 Lessons in Leadership: Owning Your Own Business

Starting your own business after transitioning from the military can be an exciting and rewarding experience. Entrepreneurship offers the chance to be your own boss, set your own schedule, and make a living at something that you enjoy doing. It also requires thorough planning, creativity, and hard work, along with help from others and a bit of luck. Learn how to start and build your business and to access money to support your entrepreneurial dreams. Connect with other veterans who have mentored other entrepreneurs.
At the end of this seminar, participants will:

  1. Discuss the planning and development of starting a business.
  2. Examine the resources available to veterans beginning a business.
  3. Develop a plan to brand and grow your business. 
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM    BEYA Gala (Black Tie) (Ticket Required)
10:00 PM - 12:00 AM    GALA After- Party

© 2018

Back to Top