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|SIM Leadership Spotlight May 2015|
"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.
Our chapter, founded over 25 years ago, has about 45 members and represents both the Twin Cities and surrounding communities. Our furthest member drives 150 miles roundtrip. We focus on excellent programs and member networking. During the year we also sponsor a dinner meeting with spouses, hold a PEM CIO Conference and provide Information Technology scholarships.
As President of SIM Minnesota, I have the following goals: Increase membership and retain existing members, increase the number of members attending our excellent programs, improve the marketing of our charter and programs, review and enhance roles and responsibilities for board and committee positions and lastly, develop and implement a new Senior Information Technology Leadership series.
From my viewpoint, the hottest trends in the IT industry are:
The number of members over the last several years has been relatively flat. We would like to grow our membership with younger IT professionals. To increase our membership, a group of SIM members is developing a new Senior Information Technology Leadership series. The purpose is to provide members, current IT Leaders, and future IT Leaders with an opportunity to learn the key skills and issues associated with being an IT Leader while connecting them to a network of peers. Topics such as “Understanding Politics at the Top”, “Building a Support Network”, “Understanding Business Drivers” and “Building the IT Team” would be covered. As a chapter, we are excited to kickoff this initiative.
Create clear goals for the year; this will keep everyone focused on what’s important for the chapter. Also, surround yourself with an experienced board and committee members. I’ve been privileged to work with a great group of IT professionals that realize the SIM Minnesota chapter provides a unique experience to our members. An archive of interviews will be found HERE.