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"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.

 


 

September 2016
Name: Pradeep Kumar
SIM Role: SIM Portland President


Question 1  |  Question 2  |  Question 3  |  Question 4  |  Question 5  

 

1. Please provide an overview of the SIM Portland chapter.

SIM Portland has been in existence for over 25 years and has a year-to-year membership range of about 150.   The membership comes from a diverse array of businesses representing high-tech, banking, law firms, manufacturing, retail and healthcare.  SIM Portland monthly meetings are held from September to May each year. 


Some of the highlights of SIM Portland’s community outreach and philanthropy includes:
  • Over $500,000 awarded since 2001 to deserving students in the information pipeline at four local Universities. The lion's share of these funds are generated by SIM Portland’s highly acclaimed and well attended Annual Golf tournament.
  • STEM outreach program that has reached over 15,000 kids in the middle and high school level since 2011.  This program involves SIM members who are partnered with college students to present at various schools.  Their activity focuses on career paths into the Information Technology fields
  • Tech-tours for students from our partner universities to local businesses to highlight various Information Technology implementations and industry specific career paths.
  • Participation by Portland SIM Members in local university advisory boards for BIS/MIS programs


2. What are your goals for your term as the President of the SIM Portland chapter?

One of the major challenges in Portland chapters is member engagement and retention.  The single monthly meeting format needs to be diversified.  To that goal, we have launched three new initiatives to increase member engagement:
  • SIM Portland Leadership Coaching Council: An initial set of 6 senior CIOs have been recruited as mentors for SIM members. In this engagement SIM members are partnered with a CIO for monthly meetings for 10 months to help them determine their career paths and goals. We will expand this program next year
  • SIM Portland Women in Leadership Speaker Series. A quarterly breakfast event featuring a keynote by woman in tech leadership in the local community
  • SIM Portland Book Club. Three meetings a year to discuss a featured book at each meeting. This event is facilitated by our PNW RLF facilitator, Dr. Bob Rouse


3. What are the hottest trends in the industry?   
To paraphrase the tagline for this year’s SIMposium, “The Future is now!”, the IT industry is rapidly evolving in no small part by the maturing of a cacophony of emerging technologies. One of the trends is for “mobile first” in application development to support another trend – the remote teleworker.  These trends will have a direct impact on the future of work and SIM has a distinct opportunity to provide thought leadership in shepherding these changes

4. What challenges is your chapter currently facing?

Membership retention and engagement referred to in a previous question

5. What is one piece of advice you will give the next President of the SIM Portland chapter?  

SIM Portland and SIM in general tend to attract the older professionals, but to make SIM relevant we need to find speakers and organize forums that will speak to the younger generations.  Hence my advice is “get out of our comfort zone, attend meetups and forums in town to figure out what makes them tick and then articulate a direction that will speak to a more diverse membership.

 

An archive of interviews will be found HERE.

 

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