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SIM Leadership Spotlight January 2016

"Leadership Spotlight" includes interviews with Chapter Presidents, SIM Board members, Management Council members and other SIM leaders.  "Leadership Spotlight" will not only highlight SIM’s leadership and chapters,  but it will offer insight from our leaders on topics, treads and issues facing the Society, our chapters and the IT industry.

 An archive of interviews will be found HERE.


January 2016
Name: Pat Randall
SIM Role: 2015 Leader of the Year winner

This month’s Leadership Spotlight features one of the 2015 SIM Leader of the Year Award winners.  

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1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I have worked for Kforce, Inc. for almost 20 years, and currently work as a Client Relationship Partner for the Firm. I have been a SIM member for 16 years, encouraged to join and become a volunteer on the Membership Committee by a co-worker, Bill Grady, who was himself a long time SIM member.  After serving as Membership Chair for several years, I served as President of the chapter for 2 years. In 2005, I joined the National Board of Directors until the reorganization, when I moved to the Management Council. I currently serve as national Director of Membership.   I joined SIM as a means of networking within the IT community in Boston, but have discovered that I have gotten so much more. Being part of SIM has given me a feeling of being part of an organization that is able to change the world. The funds that are given to outreach each year, for example, are helping to support education in IT for young people throughout the country.


2. Provide a brief overview of your chapter an your role within the SIM Boston chapter.

Over the years, the Boston chapter has grown to be the largest chapter, but not without a lot of hard work by our many volunteers. We are constantly working to improve our member experience, adding new programs all the time to appeal to all our constituents. For example, our CIO Roundtable is one of our most popular programs, so we have added a Roundtable in Providence. We have also added SIM Silver (for those thinking about retirement), a Helpdesk Roundtable (attendees must be sponsored by their CIOs who are members), Practitioners Roundtable (direct reports to the CIOs), and specialized Roundtables for the Life Sciences and Education verticals. I currently serve on the Boston Board as a Trustee, and stay involved in many of the chapter sub-committees.


3. What are the hottest trends in industry?

Boston is seeing the same hot trends as the rest of the country – namely Security, Big Data & Advanced Analytics, and Shadow IT.


4. What challenges is your chapter facing?

Our biggest challenge right now is competing for the time of our CIO members. The membership committee has recently made personal phone calls to all members who have not been attending our meetings regularly, in an effort to get our members more engaged in the chapter.


5. How can a chapter member get more involved in the their chapter?. 

There are a lot of opportunities to get involved. With all the varied programs we have, there are always opportunities to volunteer for committees, so that we can continue to make our programs better.


An archive of interviews will be found HERE.


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