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SIM Regional Leadership Forum


SIM's Regional Leadership Forum (RLF) is an intensive, ten-month leadership development program focused on creating authentic leaders. Since 1992 over 3500 graduates and more than 300 sponsors have found RLF the key to developing leadership effectiveness. Leadership Development: Now More Than Ever


Please take a look at our brief video below explaining the value SIM's Regional Leadership Forum.

We live in a world of ever accelerating change. Economic conditions have created unprecedented challenges...a challenge unique for many of us in our lifetime. Competition is fierce and unrelenting. Employees and their families live under a cloud of great uncertainty, creating stress and fear in the workplace. And of course, all are being asked to do more with less.  

There has never been a time when the value of strong leaders is greater. When a leader must know his or her morals and values and instinctively do the right things… in and day out. Companies seek individuals who thrive on change, understand their personal leadership strengths and opportunities and are willing to look at continuous learning as one of the best tools for increasing their leadership effectiveness and addressing corporate needs.

It is here that SIM’s Regional Leadership Forum (RLF) provides a time-tested and successful process to aid organizations in building that strong leadership team. The key word here is process. RLF is not just another series of classroom lectures. It is an interactive, engaging and motivating series of activities that provides the individual with a set of building blocks and knowledge necessary to lift them to the top of the profession. And in that process, individuals discover their own "authentic leadership style”. One that allows them to not only create effective strategic vision and tactical plans, but to do so in a work atmosphere that engenders trust, inspiration and a recognized sense of accomplishment for their colleagues.

Those who have experienced the Regional Leadership Forum refer to it as an energizing and life-changing experience. Those who sponsor attendees at RLF recognize that individuals who complete the process have been given the tools to assume greater responsibility and do so with confidence and a strong understanding of self.


RLF Curriculum


RLF uses an experiential learning environment introducing participants to new concepts while enhancing interpersonal skills and creating a sense of mission. The RLF curriculum offers participants an open exchange on leadership approaches and practices. The RLF sessions are dedicated to the interactive learning environment to develop participants’ leadership, team-building, creative thinking, listening skills, global business skills, and knowledge of business ethics.
  • Over 35 Books are the core of RLF ideas. Check out the 2015 Book List!
  • Over a dozen leading business executives speak and interact with participants
  • Discover and practice self-awareness
  • Habits of continuous, life-long learning
  • Managing change and diversity

See What CEOs and RLF Graduates Say About RLF

Watch an interview with June Drewry, SIM VP for the Leadership Development Institute, and three RLF graduates to see what they have to say about the benefits of RLF

Watch an interview with June Drewry and Darwin John, RLF Advocate and SIM Past President, as they discuss the value of the RLF program.

Read"Impressions of RLF" by Grace Jones, visitor of the 2010 NE RLF.


RLF in the News

RLF Facilitator Interviewed on Google Hangout
Christine Atkins, a facilitator for the Society for Information Management (SIM) Regional Learning Forum (RLF), was guest speaker today for Hangout On Air, hosted by Google, Inc. 

PR Web
The Doe Run Company's Chief Information Office Presents at Regional Leadership Forum
Sharon Gietl, vice president, - information technology at The Doe Run Company (Doe Run), presented at the 2013 Society for Information Management (SIM) Regional Leadership Forum (RLF), held at Washington University.  

Market Wired
Chicago Business Leader Gives Inspirational Talk at SIM's Regional Leadership Forum
Tom LaMantia, Managing Director, Magenium Solutions, gave an invited talk on the topic of managerial leadership at the Midwest RLF. 

Diversity Careers
Victor Williams: business unit relationship manager at Chubb
Chubb IT AVP credits RLF as a positive CIO training tool.

CIO Zone

Ten Must-Reads for IT Leaders
The top ten must reads from SIM's RLF book list in 2010.
Information Management
6 New Must-Read Books for IT Professionals
Slide show and highlight on 2012's new RLF titles.

Network World
Leaders Can Be Made
Promising IT managers develop leadership skills with help from Steinbeck, Shakespeare and Hemingway.

Q&A: Mary Finlay
Mary Finlay, Deputy CIO at Partners HealthCare System Inc. conveys the importance of honing leadership skills and speaks to the value she received as a 2001 graduate of the SIM Regional Leadership Forum (RLF).

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