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August 2014
  • Leadership Spotlight:Southern California Chapter
  • Nominate SIM's 2014 Leader of the Year!
  • Call for Volunteers
  • SIMposium 2014: Miracle on the Hudson
  • APC Addresses CIO's Legacies
  • RLF:
  • Suggested Reading List
Leadership Spotlight:Southern CaliforniaChapter President, Brandon Johnson
1. Please provide an overview of the SIM Southern California chapter.
The Southern California SIM chapter is one of the oldest and longest standing professional organizations in the region for IT executives and leaders. While our membership numbers have ebbed and flowed over several decades, our trend has been strongly upward in the past two years. We now have 170 members and are continuing to grow.  read more...
2. What are your goals for your term as the President of the SIM Southern California chapter?

While we have numerous goals, three key goals are:

  • Continue to grow membership, reaching at least 250 members in the next two years.
  • Fully empower our Programs, Marketing, and Strategic Relations functions to create the outstanding events and services that our current and future members value.
  • Give back by leveraging the talent and ability within our organization to contribute to the broader communities we are all part of.
3. What are the hottest trends in the IT industry?

There are many, many trends that are hot and relevant to our industry, and many of these overlap. A few that have long and lasting consequences are mobility, cyber security, and big data.  read more...


4. What challenges is your chapter currently facing?
Our chapter has enjoyed both an excellent growth trajectory and a purposeful evolution as a professional organization. That said, our most important challenge is ensuring we keep our membership connected and engaged, so we can all experience the value of belonging to such a superb organization.  read more...
5. What is the one piece of advice you will give the next President of the SIM Southern California chapter?

As the incoming Chairperson it's probably too early for me to suggest what the next person should do. However, I did receive good advice from the outgoing Chairperson who recommended that I consider what I would want my legacy of service to be, and to use that to shape our efforts as an organization.  read more...

Read the entire article HERE.
Last Call for Leader of the Year Nominations!

SIM is a national organization, but our strength lies at the local level. Each year, we recognize six volunteers onstage at SIMposium with our annual Leader of the Year Award.


Our innovative chapters constantly find new ways to grow, engage, and challenge their membership. By developing engaging programs, driving successful fundraising events or directing outreach initiatives, your dedicated chapter leaders lead the charge in making SIM the most respected organization for IT leaders.Tomorrow,August 15th, is the last day to nominate a local member who best embodies the innovation, dedication and commitment that we pride ourselves on as an organization.This year'swinners receive a free SIMposium registration and are honored on stage at the conference.In addition, honorable mentions are also presented with a plaque and honored on stage at SIMposium.


Read more and submit your nomination at Leader of the Year Nominations.

Two New Extensions of the Regional Leadership Forum Program
2014 SIM RLF LogoInaugural European RLF Offering - November 2014

SIM RLF will be offering its one-of-a-kind executive leadership program in Europe under the name Transformation Leader Program. The class will be co-sponsored with CIONet and KPMG Netherlands and taught in Amsterdam by RLF Facilitator Christine Atkins, retired Ahold CIO, starting in November of this year and through May of 2015. By offering RLF in Europe, SIM members from global companies will now have the opportunity to send their European team members to the same RLF program that is taught in the US. Please refer any questions to Christine Atkins,


Inaugural SIM Graduate Regional Leadership Forum (G RLF) Program - October 2014

Building on 22 years of success with our unique leadership development program, we have designed the G RLF Program to extend the RLF approach and philosophy for RLF graduates. During four two-day sessions over eight months, participants will:

  • Engage in strategic dialogues and interact with many executive business leaders and subject matter experts
  • Complete business action learning assignments
  • Select a business executive Program Mentor from their company
  • Experience deeper development of their authentic leadership style

Registration is open for the October 2014 program. Click here to learn more. Please refer any questions to Bart Bolton, or Mary Jo Greil

Call for Volunteers!
SIM is recruiting four leaders who are enthusiastic to get involved on the national level, eager to make a difference and committed to enhancing the SIM experience for our members.

In a national leadership position, you will be able to have a broad impact across many Chapters, and you can share your experiences and expertise, connect with fellow members and collaborate with your peers on programs and initiatives aimed at advancing the profession - all while developing skills that will benefit you both personally and professionally.


Contact SteveHufford for more information and to get involved.

SIMposium2014: Miracle on the Hudson


Announcing a new keynote speaker for SIMposium 2014 in Denver! Larry Snodgrass, one of the survivors of the improbableUS Airways flight number 1549'landing' on the Hudson River in 2009 will tell the story of this harrowing experience and its impact on his life.


Larry has a compelling story to tell about his experience. He will talk about the importance of cherishing things like family and beliefs that are truly important, leadership and humility, asking for help, the importance of planning and having a backup plan, overcoming crises and challenges, and saying "Thank You."Larry has received rave reviews from numerous speaking engagements, most recently at the District 7820 Rotary Conference in Nova Scotia in May 2014 and the Rotary International District 1090 Conference in the UK in March 2014.


Larry's keynote address will be part of the RLF Graduation ceremonies on Sunday, November 2nd at noon- but everyone's invited! So stop procrastinating and register TODAY - rates go up at the end of the month.

APC Addresses CIOs' Legacies

When the CIO of a bank mentioned that he had to retire from his organization in less than two years during his talk at a recent SIM Regional Leadership Forum session, one of the participants asked him what his legacy would be. Unprepared for the question, he stopped for a few minutes to ponder his response.


How would you answer that question? No matter where you are in your CIO career, it's a question worth considering. The most likely top-of-mind answer is the significant value you have and intend to add to your firm - not only through implementing state-of-the-art (or beyond) information systems and technology, but also through enabling business model changes and capabilities that propel the firm's strategic positioning. And of course that's what your employer is paying you directly to achieve. read more...

Free Copy ofTalking Points: Communication Skills To Advance Your IT Career
SIM Boston member, Tom Catalini, recently authored Talking Points: Communication Skills To Advance Your IT Career. This book has been added to SIM's Suggested Reading List and is available through  A free PDF copy is available to any SIM member who joins Tom's email list.

This book will walk you through the most essential aspects of communicating effectively on three essential levels: customer service, project work, and executive presentations.
Check out the book HERE.

In addition to Tom's book there are 17 other books authored by SIM members on our Suggested Reading List.Help us add to the list by letting us know if you have authored a book.If you authored a book and would like to share it with your fellow SIM members, please complete the online form HERE.