BIG NTI Flyer 2017

               2017 NTI Information

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Training Session  Booklet

                         39th Annual National Training Institute
           Opening and Closing Keynote Speakers Announcement     

   Tinisha Agramonte

The Opening Keynote Speaker will be Ms. Tinisha Agramonte, Director for the U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of Civil Rights.  Ms. Agramonte was appointed to the Senior Executive Service (SES) in 2013.  

In her current position, she serves as the principal advisor on EEO and civil rights compliance programs at the Department of Commerce. Throughout her 20-year federal career, she has led agencies through transformation efforts, strategically embedding and integrating innovative and forward thinking EEO, civil rights, and diversity programs into day-to-day agency operations.  

Ms. Agramonte led and implemented policies and programs that impacted workforces up to 300,000 employees and were recognized as best practices in the federal government. 

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Rear Admiral Erica Schwartz

The Closing Keynote Speaker will be Rear Admiral Erica Schwartz, Director of Health, Safety and Work-Life, U.S. Coast Guard. She is responsible for the Coast Guard's health care system of 42 clinics and 150 sick bays, as well as, operational and off-duty mishap prevention, response and investigation.

She oversees the Coast Guard's child care programs and food services delivery programs, ashore and afloat, and the Coast Guard's Ombudsman, Substance Abuse, Health Promotion and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response programs.  She was recognized by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs by being honored as one of the Military Health System Female Physicians of the Year.

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   Blacks In Government 2017 Nomination for National Officers
This is the official notification that nominations may be submitted for the National Offices listed in the attached letter. All nominations received will be presented at the 2017 National Delegates Assembly scheduled for Sunday, August 20, 2017, at the Harrah’s Resort
Atlantic City Waterfront Conference Center, 777 Harrah’s Boulevard, Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401.

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2017 June BIG National Membership Drive-
“Moving BIG Forward, One Member at a Time” 

The National Membership Committee of Blacks In Government (BIG), Inc., is pleased to sponsor a June Membership Drive, June 1-30, 2017. This is a great opportunity for all chapters to increase their memberships in an effort to RECRUIT and RETAIN BIG members. Blacks In Government’s vision is to be “Member focused, world class enterprise, recognized for excellence.” Therefore, chapters are encouraged to promote BIG through professional activities that are centered around BIG’s goals and objectives. 

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To help prepare for your PMP certification exam, Blacks In Government is offering a 35-hr PMP training course.  In the course, attendees will gain the essential knowledge needed to understand best practices, tools, and techniques as identified by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. The course is provided by a Registered Education Provider (REP)®, also approved by PMI, Inc.  See attached registration form and flyer for course objectives, instructor qualifications, and relevant requirements. Applications will be accepted on a first come – first served basis. Only the first 30 pre-registered students will be allowed to attend the class. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION BY 31 JULY 2017.

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Vera McKethan (NTI Workshop Chair) at 334-312-1275 or email her at bigworkshops@gmail.com.

Click the following links for the registration documents:

1.   BIG NTI PMP Course Registration Form
2.   BIG NTI PMP Course Marketing Flyer


2017 Management Concepts
Scholarship Winners

The National Organization of Blacks In Government (BIG), Inc. and Management Concepts are pleased to announce the two scholarship recipients of the Management Concepts/Blacks In Government National 2017 Leadership Certificate Program Scholarship: 

Ms. Melinda Burks – Region XI, Carl T. Rowan Chapter 
Ms. Monisha Barnes – Region XI, Veterans Affairs Headquarters Chapter 

The Scholarships donated to BIG National provide an opportunity for the recipients to obtain certificates from Management Concepts.  are designed to help you develop the comprehensive knowledge and skills needed for highly competent performance and long-term success in your field. The courses also may be used to meet requirements of other certifying bodies. The Management Concepts Leadership Certificate Program will also help the recipient gain the knowledge and experience needed to successfully prepare for new leadership roles, increase emotional intelligence and engagement capabilities, handle complex problems, and lead change. 

 Congratulations to Ms. Melinda Burks and Ms. Monisha Barnes on their accomplishments and being selected for this scholarship.  BIG continues to be proud to have you as part of its leadership and look forward to your continued success!!   

To learn read the winning Essays and learn more about out our Scholarship winners, stay tuned to the BIG Reporter. 

If you would like information on the Management Concepts Certificate Programs contact Ms. Michelle Clark, Senior Marketing Manager @ mclark@managementconcepts.com 



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On this Veterans Day, Blacks In Government salutes our Veterans and extend our gratitude for their service. They are our members, relatives, friends, neighbors and co-workers. These individuals committed to a cause larger than their own and accepted the challenge to defend our Nation.
Our Veterans put everything on the line to protect our freedom. We may never be able to repay them for their sacrifice, but we can show them just how much we appreciate all that they've done. Everyone can do something to let Veterans know how much we appreciate their service.
                            Visit http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/veterans-day/

It takes great courage for a soldier to risk life and limb for his/her country and as civilians we must honor these heroes. This is the basis of the Veterans Day celebration.
Honor these great men and women with words of appreciation.
Click the link below to hear the Bebe Winans song:
                                      The History of Veterans Day
November 11, or what has come to be known as Veterans Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor Armistice Day - the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. President Woodrow Wilson honored the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations..."

In 1954, Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, struck out the word "Armistice" and inserted the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Between 1968 and 1975, Veterans Day was moved around on the calendar, sometimes even appearing on the last Monday of October. Finally on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.