High School Computer Competition Testimonial

Lisa Minott : BDPA Hartford (1996-1997)

B.S. Management Information Systems, May 2004
University of Connecticut
Suma Cum Laude

I believe the greatest gifts you can give children are to believe in them, and to expose them to life’s infinite possibilities.  I attended an informational about BDPA Hartford’s training program while only in the seventh grade, but it set me on a path that changed the course of my life.  Over the next five years, I went from having a cursory knowledge of computers, to understanding core programming constructs, and developed better problem solving, and presentation skills. I built a level of confidence that blossomed from the attention and encouragement of the Hartford chapter’s mentors.  Young professionals themselves at the time, they spent countless hours patiently teaching us and took a personal interest in each of our lives.

I was a member of the program for two years before I was old enough to compete and attended my first national competition in 1996.  Although we finished 16th the opportunity to network with the other youth chapters, attend workshops, and be in the general atmosphere of dynamic IT professionals from my background unlocked a sense of the life’s potential.  My teammates and I attended the Houston competition with a renewed sense of purpose, and a small chapter from Hartford, CT took home the championship in 1997.

Now five years into my IT career at a Fortune 500, I still look to my mentor’s from the BDPA program for guidance and advice, and thankfully, they are always only a phone call or email away.  I met some of my closest friends through the program, and even built friendships with members of other teams, all across the country, that still thrive today.  My success as a young professional has a direct path back to the discipline, determination, and support gained through my years of involvement with BDPA.  The program is invaluable to me, and so I offer a humble thank you to everyone who continues to contribute to its growth.