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Beginning in November 2016, SIM National began holding monthly conference calls to help educate our members on various topics related to networking, job search, and moving your career forward. This program is now known as SIM CGN: Career Growth & Networking Education.  These calls are directed to all our members who wish to learn more about growing their careers and how to better network, and is especially helpful to our members-in-transition.


The next CGN Education Call:


Please check back for the next CGN Call on September 26, 2017


When call information is available, click to visit the SIMnet Event Page



Past Calls:


June 20, 2017:  Mark Polansky - "The Ever-Changing Role of the Chief Information Officer"


Mark Polansky is a Senior Client Partner in Korn Ferry’s Information Technology Officers Center of Expertise, a practice he headed up for more than twelve years. He has been based in the firm’s New York office since joining Korn Ferry in 1997.


He has extensively recruited chief information officers, chief technology officers, chief information security officers and other senior IT leadership talent across varied vertical sectors including Industrial, Consumer, Life Sciences and Higher Education. Before entering the search field, he developed and marketed information systems within the Financial Services and Higher Education sectors.


His clients range from the Fortune 100 to smaller high-growth companies as well as prestigious public and private universities. His consultative approach to search encompasses talent strategy, organization design, search process and diversity recruiting.


Mr. Polansky holds a master’s degree in computer science from Pratt Institute and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and electrical engineering from Union College. He currently serves on the Advisory Committee for Columbia University's executive graduate program in Information Technology Management. Mark is a longtime member of SIM, and has served as President and Chairman of SIM New York Metro, where he is currently a member of the Advisory Board. He frequently addresses conferences and writes on information technology and career management topics.




In this call from June 2017, Mark teaches us about:

  • The Historical Perspective of the CIO’s Role
  • Today’s CIO Leadership Agenda
  • Current CIO Operating Models
  • Requirements of the Role in Today’s Environment
  • Transformation & Innovation: What Makes a Great CIO
  • Growth/Future Roles: “CIO-plus” and “Beyond CIO”

Mark also answers questions that you have always wanted to ask of a top recruiter in our field.


Click to view a recording of the call



May 23, 2017:  Michelle Tillis Lederman, CPA, MBA, PCC - "Get Known, Get Connected, Get Ahead"


Michelle Tillis Lederman, CPA, MBA, PCC named one of Forbes Top 25 Networking Experts, is the author of three books including The 11 Laws of Likability and her latest Nail the Interview, Land the Job. Michelle is the CEO of Executive Essentials  which provides custom communication and leadership training and coaching programs. Michelle has appeared on NBC, CBS, Fox, Gayle King, and NPR and been featured in the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Working Mother, US News & World Report,, USA Today, CNBC, and She holds degrees from Lehigh University and Columbia Business School. Connect with Michelle on Twitter and Facebook. 


Some of Michelle’s social media links are:

Websites:,, Twitter,  Facebook, YouTube

Books:,,  Nail the Interview, Land the Job




What do you need to get ahead? In this day and age, we live in a network economy - - it’s all about who you know, who knows you, and what they know about you. In this talk The 11 Laws of Likability author Michelle Tillis Lederman explains the types of relationships you want and need, how to create positive mood memory, and how to ask for what you want. 
What You Will Learn:
 The correlation between relationships and promotion, hiring, and business results
 The key relationship types that impact success
 How to create positive mood memory and extend relationships
 How to make an ask and ask for what you want


Click to view a recording of the call


Click to download Michelle's Presentation


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April 25, 2017:  Kristen Lamoreaux - "Leadership, Authenticity, and Humility – How to get EQ, or Emotional Intelligence, into your resume"


Kristen Lamoreaux has over 20+ years in IT recruitment and is:

-       President & CEO of Lamoreaux Search

-       EVP & MIT Chair, SIM Philadelphia

-       Co-Chair, SIM Philadelphia Joe Tait Invitational Charity Golf Outing

-       Events Chair, PHISIM Foundation

-       Founder, SIM Women

-       Member, SIM STEM Outreach Committee




It’s truly difficult to create a resume that not only reflects the challenges you’ve overcome and monumental tasks you’ve completed without appearing arrogant.  In an interview, you can manage your tone of voice so you don’t sound like you’re bragging, but what if you don’t get that chance?  And yet, if you go all “my team” it sounds like YOU didn’t do anything. For the April call, Kristen shared with us tips and tricks on how to put YOU in your resume. Kristen believes every candidate is more than the sum of their accomplishments and she strives to ensure every resume reflects the whole person authentically and as well as their value proposition. 


Click to view a recording of the call


Click to download the PowerPoint presentation



March 21, 2017:  Jessica Taylor - "Raise your Voice, be an Ambassador for Your Brand"

Jessica has over 18 years of cumulative experience in the technology industry in functional areas of sales, marketing, and professional education. She has designed thought leadership, strategic branding, and a suite of content platforms to accelerate education, communication and engagement for C-suite executives, relationship marketers, and strategic sellers. Jessica has worked with business luminaries like Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief, Forbes Media; Gary Hamel, world renowned author, speaker, and business thought leader; Mary Fran Johnson, Editor Chief and CIO Events, IDG; Jim Stikeleather, Futurist and former chief innovation officer, Dell Services, as well as numerous other C-suite leaders.




The market is demanding a Digital and Transformational CIO, and there is a growing importance for an executive's’ brand to tell the story of leadership and technology in a different way.  In fact, one important attribute organizations are looking for in a CIO is that of an ambassador for the brand. There is research that indicates that customer loyalty is tied directly to market perception of the leaders of an organization.  

Are you an ambassador for your brand?

Click to view a recording of the call



February 21, 2017:  Larry Bonfante - "What do I want to be when I grow up?"

Larry has held numerous executive leadership positions over the past 35 years. He has received industry accolades including being nominated for the CIO Hall of Fame, being named as one of CIO Magazine’s CIO 100 and one of Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders. As CIO at the United States Tennis Association, Larry’s team was responsible for all information technology related services supporting the US Open. Larry is the founder of CIO Bench Coach, LLC and has served as executive coach and trusted business adviser to executives at some of the most prestigious companies in the world. Larry is also the author of the book “Lessons in IT Transformation” and writes a leadership blog for CIO Insight. He has served as both President and Chairman of the Fairfield-Westchester chapter of SIM and is a founding member of the CIO Executive Council. 




Many people who find themselves in transition immediately start looking for jobs that resemble their prior role. However you are not your business card!  You are a combination of competencies, experiences, passions and preferences.  A job is simply an opportunity to help an organization solve problems and leverage opportunities. In this call Larry showed us how you think about who you are, and how you can add value in helping an organization succeed.


Click to view a recording of the call



January 24, 2017: Beverly Lieberman - "Ask the Recruiter"

Bev Lieberman, nationally renowned, IT recruiter and Board member of SIM FF/Westchester answers all questions asked about career progression and job search. Bev has recruited CIOs and direct reports in all industries and sizes of companies for the last 25 years. She is also an executive coach. She answers questions like how you can best “market” yourself to recruiters and how to differentiate yourself, as well as many other topics. 


Click to view a recording of the call. (Due to technical issues the introduction was cut off at the start of the call. Recording starts after Beverly's introduction. Bev has just started answering the question, "What is the best way to find and begin working with an executive recruiter?")



December 13, 2016: Ed Pospesil - "Networking Does Not Mean Exchanging Business Cards"

Ed is an adjunct professor at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering in the Department of Technology Management & Innovation and helps to teach the Career and Transition Management Module. He trains and mentors students in the Executive Management of Technology master’s program, concerning resume development, how use career networking and dynamic interviewing. He operates his own firm, Edward J. Pospesil & Co., LLC. He has spent nearly four decades in IT executive search, recruiting and personal mentoring. Ed is founder and Chairman of the Technology Executives Networking Group, LLC ( ), and a member of the Fairfield-Westchester Chapter of SIM.




Career networking involves more than exchanging business cards at conferences and cocktail hours. If we expect others to remember us, share valuable contacts and information with us, we must first give them a reason to do so, by building and maintaining relationships with them. 

Click to view a recording of the call (Audio only with call information. First two minutes of call were not recorded due to technical difficulties)


November 15, 2016:  Rhona Kannon - "How Recruiters Use LinkedIn"

Rhona is Director of Recruiting at Cybercoders. She has been a technology recruiter for over 15 years. Prior to recruiting she was in technology for 19 years where during the last ten she was a development manager for PepsiCo. Rhona is a longtime member of SIM Fairfield-Westchester and is currently VP Member Recruitment.


November's call was on two topics: "How Recruiters use LinkedIn" and "Thinking Like an IT Person for Search Engines".

Click to view a recording of the call (Audio & Screen recording of older conference call software)



For more information on SIM CGN and these monthly calls contact Mitchell Schneider ( of SIM NY Metro



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