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Welcome to the Western New York SIM Chapter 


Western New York state has a significant presence when it comes to IT thought-leadership, innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit, but with the immense pool of technology talent in this area, there was no single organization that pulled us together to allow us to collaborate and support our community of professionals.


The Western New York SIM Chapter fulfills this need.  Our mission is to foster a community of like-minded IT professionals, promote seamless sharing of knowledge, leadership practices, and provide support for our members' management and use of technology in the best interests of business and academia in Western New York.


Ultimately, our intent is to be recognized as the community that is most preferred by IT leaders for delivering vital knowledge that creates business value and enables personal development for IT executives and academia in the Western New York area.


 (For details on membership information, click here)




FoodLink Give-Back Event a BIG Success!


Western NY SIM Chapter presents a check for $5,000 to Heather Newton (Director of Community Engagement)

and Juliana Stefana (Community Engagement Coordinator) ... both in "plain clothes"!



Thank you to all SIM Chapter members (and guests!) who volunteered their time on Thursday November 9th to FoodLink.


FoodLink is an amazing organization running an operation that does an incredible job providing food to a large number of families (especially children) during challenging times.  


The feedback from the entire team on the whole experience was extremely positive and we received an incredibly warm welcome.  Heather Newton, Director of Community Engagement, gave the entire group a quick tour of the facility after which we were put to work!  We were taken back to a sorting area and split into two teams where one of the staff members, Mark, quickly gave us instructions and let us loose!  One team sorted and packed fresh apples ... the other sorted and weighed various packaged foods into boxes to be distributed and delivered via various channels in our region.  Julia Tedesco, Executive Director, also came around to personally introduce herself and to thank everyone for donating their time.


While there was some competetiveness between the two teams, everyone would agree that our efforts for those few hours are DWARFED by the incredible commitment and dedication of the staff who work in that facility every day.


On behalf of the Western NY SIM Chapter, thank you again to all our volunteers -- and THANK YOU to FoodLink for the work that you do in our community!


Upcoming Events



2018 Events    

Q1 Chapter Meeting

January 25th, 2018

(5:30pm-8:30pm) Venue TBD


General networking, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails;  Topic of the evening: TBD


Q2 Chapter Meeting

April 26th, 2018

(5:30pm-8:30pm) Venue TBD


General networking, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails;  Topic of the evening: TBD


Q3 Chapter Meeting

June 14th, 2018

(5:30pm-8:30pm) Venue TBD


General networking, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails;  Topic of the evening: TBD


Q4 Chapter Meeting

October 18th, 2018

(5:30pm-8:30pm) Venue TBD


General networking, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails;  Topic of the evening: TBD




“SIM brings together CIOs from a variety of companies that are very different in size, and from very different industries ...“

"We all struggle with the same fundamental challenges and issues.  The ability to share and network with peers at this level exposes each of us to ideas and solutions from a variety of perspectives. The Western New York Chapter will provide the perfect opportunity for regional CIOs to participate in the same unique value driven environment.”


Brad James

Senior Vice President, CTO

Tompkins Financial Corporation


Lisa Bobo


City of Rochester

“The Society of Information Management provides IT Leaders from various disciplines in Western New York a way to create and share best practices … to bolster our region’s standing as a leader in technology and innovation.”



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