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Managing Business Risks with IT – Governance

December 13, 2017

Join us for an esteemed panel, which will provide you insights on:

  • Working with the Board

  • Leading your teams

  • Managing risk to help the Company achieve strategic objectives

Governance of IT is enabled through support from the top as well as from the teams. Success of a Company is now even more dependent on strong IT.

The insightful panel brings you fresh perspectives:

  • Mary Kullman, was the Senior VP and Chief Administrative Officer at The Laclede Group.  In her roles, she has led various governance initiatives for the growing company. She will help us see from the point of view of the Board.

  • Wade Kerrigan, a Partner at Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP

  • Jason Shinn, SVP, Director – Information Technology at Enterprise Bank & Trust

  • Audrey Katcher, a veteran of IT risk and compliance will facilitate the session and bring a perspective on the growing demand to prove our IT governance strength to third parties/vendors, especially as it relates to security.


December 13, 2017

5:30-6:30 Networking and Hors d'oeuvres

6:30-8:00 Program


RubinBrown LLP

One North Brentwood

11th Floor

St. Louis, MO  63105


Cost: Member - No Charge

Non-Member - $50 per person

Checks/Credit Cards Accepted







This St. Louis IT Group Has Given $1 Million to STEM Initiatives





Gateway to Innovation endows its 4th scholarship for students seeking IT-related degrees. Harris-Stowe State University received $35,000 at the May 3 conference.

The Gateway to Innovation conference, launched 11 years ago by a group of IT leaders living and working around St. Louis, only had a few hundred attendees when it initially debuted. Now, a decade later, the conference regularly attracts up to 1,500 IT professionals and has, over the span of it existence, raised over a million dollars for local STEM initiatives.

Joseph Rottman is a professor of information systems at University of Missouri-Saint Louis and has been chair of the scholarship committee for the Gateway to Innovation conference since 2012. He’s responsible for taking funds raised by the conference and facilitating a $2,000 scholarship that’s given to five college students each year. To date, Rottman said, the scholarship has been awarded to over 60 students. “$2,000 to some people might not seem like a lot of money,” he explained. “ But to a student working either full or part time, let’s say at $8 an hour, that’s saving about 300 hours of their time when you calculate their after-tax take home pay. That’s a huge chunk of time and resources SIM is freeing up for these students.”

In addition to the scholarships, the St. Louis SIM chapter has distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to local nonprofits that support STEM projects. These include Innovate St. Louis, IT Entrepreneur Network, T-REX (a startup incubator), and Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls, a charter school with a STEM emphasis.

So why has the Gateway to Innovation conference been so successful? “It’s quality content that drives attendance,” said Rottman. “Attendees talk to people and share their experience, and that leads to those people signing up the next year. And then the sponsors see attendance is growing, and then they become more interested. And then when we get more sponsors, which allows us to pay for and increase the content for the conference even more. It’s a virtuous cycle.”

While the St. Louis SIM chapter is relatively small, its success hasn’t gone unnoticed within the rest of SIM. At the 2016 SIMposium conference, the chapter won STEM Innovation Award, which is given to a “chapter who sponsors a significant community outreach initiative highlighting technology innovation and STEM career opportunities.”

“SIM’s ST Louis chapter embodies the type of Chapter Outreach that warranted the inaugural Chapter Innovation award,” said Nanci Schimizzi, who leads SIM’s national STEM initiatives. “While we have significant accomplishments at the local level by many of our chapters around the country, the St Louis Chapter knocked it out of the ball park with their Gateways to Innovation conference. They were truly deserving and are a role model on how technology can make an impact.”

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Leadership 3.0      NextGen Education for NextGen Leaders


NEW Leadership Program Targets Best and Brightest NextGen Managers

Registration Open for Cost-Effective Regional Sessions to Develop Emerging Leaders


A new leadership development program designed especially for high-potential emerging managers from companies in all industries will launch in St. Louis this March. The program is developed by the St. Louis Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM) and features six half-day interactive sessions over a 10-month period, taught by proven real-world experts, for a one-time fee of $495. 


Leadership 3.0 seeks to develop an authentic individual leadership style for the next generation of leaders. High-potential managers with two to five years’ experience or current leaders interested in further development will nurture their skills in this practical program.


Leadership 3.0 is based on NextGen Principles:  affordable in time and money, collaborative seminar style, and designed to strengthen personal interaction.


Executives: Invest in your organization’s future. Register your best and brightest. Then watch them put into practice what they learn.


Leadership 3.0 builds on other successful SIM-inspired leadership education programs, including the Leadership Development Workshop in its 10th year.  Contact Eric Gorham directly at (314-267-1612 and LEADERSHIP3.0@SIMSTL.COM).


Program Dates and Topics


March 22 - Accepting the Challenge of Leadership

What does it mean to be a leader? Leadership and Management. Becoming a Leader: Does it happen by accident?

May 17 - Power, Politics and Influence

Influence is the real power of leaders. Organizations are social activities and using positive politics makes the difference.

July 26 - Strategy and Governance of Technology

How does your firm make money? Stakeholder perspective. Developing a technology direction.

September 21 - Leadership Presence Management 3.0

Crafting Your Message: Listening, Speaking, Behavior, and Discipline.

October 18 - Preparing for the Changing Job of IT Leadership

Education and Training: Defining what you need from a career and being the active creator of your own career


December 13 – Globalization and Technology Trends for the Future

Global Technology Impact: Working in a World without Borders; Dealing with Advanced Technologies: AI, Robotics, Data Analytics



·     Johnnie Foster, senior business executive

·     Tony Munns, senior consultant, Cybersecurity

·     Edie van Wert, senior leader with broad industry experience

·     Eric Gorham, senior leader and community leader

·     Lawrence Casey, experienced manager

·     David Berndt, entrepreneur and business owner



Leadership 3.0 will meet at various corporate locations throughout the St. Louis region. Several sessions will be held in conjunction with SIM Chapter meetings to expand participant’s network. The sessions will be held 1:00-5:00 pm, followed by a Dutch treat networking session.


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SIM St Louis 2017 Calendar of Events

(subject to change)


January 18                       Globalization Impact on St Louis

February 16                      Mercy Virtual Care Tour and CIO Round Table Discussion

March 15                          Women in IT Speed Networking: Spring Into Action: Career Growth

April 19                             Leadership / Employee Development - How to Engage Millennials

May 3                               G2I

May 16                             10th Annual SIM St Louis Golf Tournament

June 21                             Human Capital (Diversity) - Women, DI, LGBT, Cultural

July 19                              STEM - Creating a STEM Pipeline - Primary ED

August 16                         Green IT - Sustainability

September 21                   Cortex (Startup Relevance) - How it is Happening in St Louis

November 2                      Gateway to Cyber City

November 14                    CIO Panel

December 13                    Managing Business Risks with IT - Governance



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