As you are aware, SIM Women is a
network inside the SIM association that promotes mentorship, communication and
career development amongst the female members of SIM. It is a pleasure to
invite you to SIM Women’s February webinar on Wednesday, February 25th at
3pm ET. Those who RSVP above will receive the
webinar access information a day prior to the event.
Our February webinar is titled: Looking Into the Future Beyond IT
and will be facilitated by SIM Women and SIM Philadelphia member Leona
Thomas. While things like big data, internet of things, mobile social, and
cloud are the hot topics for technology and even in the media - they are
definitely not the only thing IT and business leaders should be watching.
We all look at new trends in technology and what they can do – but what about
the rest of the world beyond IT? What does that mean for all of us?
This discussion will explore several changes
that are and will be creating both challenges and new opportunities for organizations
– and what they may mean to each of us. A few examples include:
Economics – what happens as cash become more
expensive, the cash on the sideline starts to come into the market, currency
Changes in regulations and enforcement
practices happening in multiple countries and industries.
Changing demographics – and impacts both on
the workforce and in market opportunities.
Impacts of the recession/depression and
corresponding limited investments on our workforce and our organizations – can
we get the resources we’ll need to respond as this begins to change?
Increasing trends to independent agents,
consultants, and contractors vs. full time employees – what does that mean in
terms of managing your environment and also new opportunities?
Trends in industries to move towards
specialization and companies’ needs to change on a dime.
Increasing speed and reduced barriers to entry
for new competitors.
Leona Thomas is a business transformation and
enablement executive who focuses on shaping businesses for the future.
With over 20 years successfully delivering industry leading business
transformation initiatives and turnarounds, Leona brings a unique perspective
on identifying new opportunities and impacts for organizations - and how to take
advantage of changing environments including:
Creating CSC’s Global REACH offerings allowing
companies like DuPont to strategically negotiate sweeping new EU chemical
regulatory regulations while at the same time, establishing a CSC’s Global
Chemical Compliance and Sustainability practice – turning an initial $600K
investment into a multimillion $ a year practice.
Leading critical turnarounds for Norm Thompson
Outfitters, State Street Bank, and Nautilus preventing serious financial losses
while creating revenue sources supporting future growth.
Leveraging new innovations putting companies
such as SEI Investments and CVS get out in front of their competition –
redefining their industries.
Throughout her career, Leona has helped
companies from startups to Global Fortune 500’s reposition themselves for
future growth. She is recognized for being able to help companies figure
out where to do, and more importantly, for making possible.
Leona is currently a strategic advisor and
coach for multiple startups she’s helped launch and the William Way Community
Center. Prior to this she was the Global Transformation Director for Hibu
and spent 10 years with CSC’s Strategic Management and Consulting
Practices. She also has BSE in Electrical and Computer Engineering as
well as an Executive MBA from Drexel University and is a member of Beta Gamma
Save the date: June 2nd 2015 – SIM Women’s
Inaugural Executive Leadership Forum – Bridgewater Marriott in Bridgewater, New
Jersey! A full day of amazing speakers and
networking that you won’t want to miss!
"Women helping Women" is a long-standing
concept. To all our members, as always, I hope you continue to participate in
and personally benefit from SIM Women. We can't do it without you!
Founder, SIM Women