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SIM New Extra - July 2016



July 2016

In This Issue
Leadership Spotlight: SIM Nashville Chapter, Phil Zwieg
SIMposium 2016 - Join Us in the Sun
Announcing the 2016 STEM Outreach Awards
Who is the most vital member in your SIM chapter?
Masters of Change Report Available
Transformational Change A Continuous Challenge For 21st Century Leaders
SIM Cybersecurity Inaugural Event 

Leadership Spotlight: SIM Nashville Chapter, Phil Zwieg


1 Please provide an overview of the SIM Nashville chapter.
The Chapter is relatively small compared to others, having some 25 active members at the moment.  However, we have a Board that is very committed to the Chapter and we hope to take strong advantage of that commitment.  We are re-connecting with past members and actively soliciting new members.  Read more…

2 What are your goals for your term as the President of the SIM Nashville chapter?
With a number of Board members who have previous experience in other SIM Chapters, we expect to rely on that experience and strengthen the Chapter’s position in the Nashville IT Community.  We are also fortunate to have two RLF Facilitators in the Chapter who can use that program to build leadership skills in the area. Read more…
3. What are the hottest trends in the industry? 
Like many other areas of the country, security and “the cloud” seem to be top of mind for everyone.  Another significant challenge in Nashville is the number of IT job openings, which can number as many as 1,000 at any point in time, paired with the relative scarcity of qualified prospects.  Read more…

4. What challenges is your chapter currently facing?
I see three.  First, growing our membership to make the Chapter a more viable organization.  Second, seeking alternate ways to fund our growth, meeting expenses and ability to contribute to the Nashville technology community.  Read more…

5. What is the one piece of advice you will give the next President of the SIM Nashville chapter?  
Keep the Board fresh through building succession plans and avoid “burnout” in current members.


SIMposium 2016 – Join us in the Sun! 
SIMposium 2016 will be held at the exciting Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino in Uncasville, CT. Be sure to book your room today! 

Mohegan Sun is one of the world’s most amazing destinations with some of New England’s finest dining, retail shopping, luxurious day spa, and live entertainment. Whenever you have a break from participating in everything SIMposium has to offer, you can take advantage of the resorts many amenities; including:

  • Visit The Shops at Mohegan Sun, a 130,000 square-foot retail shopping experience featuring nearly 40 fine shops and boutiques in a breathtaking two-story atrium. Featured shops include Godiva Chocolatier, Lux Bond and Green, Landau, Yankee Candle, Brookstone, Sunglasses USA, Coach, Tommy Bahama, The Old Farmer’s Almanac General Store, Trailblazer and more. 
  • Over 40 restaurants and lounges provide an endless array of culinary delights at Mohegan Sun. From bountiful buffets to casual dining to renowned gourmet restaurants, every bite is a palate-pleasing, unforgettable experience.
  • Elemis Spa at Mohegan Sun stretches over 20,000 square feet and encompasses 15 spa-therapy rooms, 2 multi-therapy suites, a full-service hair and nail salon, complete fitness center with aerobic studio and gymnasium and separate men’s and women’s relaxation areas. From mud therapy and Shiatsu massages to European facials and seaweed wraps, you won’t find a more complete array of luxurious treatme
  • You can find out about free performances at the Wolf Den, comedy shows at COMIX Mohegan Sun, and more by going to the entertainment section of the Mohegan Sun website.

In addition to these world-class amenities, you can explore the surrounding area of Mystic Country. Just minutes away, you’ll find the best that Mystic Country offers, including Mystic Seaport, Mystic Aquarium, sea cruises, wineries, lighthouses, beaches and many more charming New England destinations.  Learn more of Mystic Country at

Take advantage of discounted registration rates and register today! Find more information about booking your room for SIMposium 2016 at


Announcing the 2016 STEM Outreach Awards
The STEM Outreach Committee announces the STEM Outreach Awards program.   The awards provides a means for SIM to recognize contributions of our member’s support, volunteerism and thought leadership for STEM Initiatives in their communities.   
There are four distinct awards to recognize contributions:      
  • STEM Pioneer: recognizes a Chapter STEM Outreach Committee Chair, committee member or a chapter board member whose contributions have significantly advanced local STEM initiatives 
  • Most Inspiring Leader:  recognizes an RLF or Chapter Member who is deeply and personally involved in STEM programs/initiatives and has led innovative programs to recruit and mentor STEM students or young professionals during the past year.  
  • Chapter Award – STEM Innovation:  recognizes a SIM Chapter who sponsors a significant community outreach initiative highlighting technology innovation, STEM career opportunities, and other types of outreach.  
  • Corporate Award: Corporate Catalyst: The Corporate Catalyst Award recognizes a for-profit corporation that develops and encourages an environment that promotes innovation in science, technology, engineering or math and has initiatives to make a lasting impact.  
The nomination process is now open and can be accessed on  

Individuals, SIM chapters and SIM and APC companies may nominate themselves or another deserving candidate within SIM.  The winners will be recognized at SIMposium 2016 in October.    

Who is the most vital member in your SIM chapter?
If you can answer that question, then you should nominate him or her for the SIM Leader of the Year Award. The award provides a means for SIM to recognize member contributions to the growth, advancement, and excellence of SIM at the local level.  Don't let good work go unrewarded. Go HERE to nominate. 

Masters of Change Report Available 
Technical change usually depends on cultural change. Read how five Advanced Practices Council companies successfully changed the culture in "Masters of Change," which you can download from SIM's Online Store. There is not charge for this report if you are a SIM member.

Transformational Change A Continuous Challenge For 21st Century Leaders
Enhancing senior leaders’ ability to lead transformations is a distinctive component of SIM’s 2016 Executive RLF program. 

In today’s world of relentless change and continuous strategic shifts, the old axiom “change is the only constant” is strongly resonating with 21st century executives.  That’s why SIM’s Executive RLF program is helping senior leaders from across the nation learn how to strategically lead organizations through transformational change.

“It is important at the executive level to possess the skills to dig deeper and reach higher when confronted with transformational change,” says Darwin John, one of the three 2016 Executive RLF facilitators.  “That’s why we continually engage our program participants in strategic dialogues with more than a dozen current and former C-level experts who are readily sharing their experiences, principles, best practices and lessons learned related to the disruptions that accompany massive change.”  Read more...


SIM Cybersecurity Inaugural Event – A panel discussion led by Executive Sponsor, Caren Shiozaki
“Personal Privacy or National Security: Can We Have Both?”

Panelists: Matthew Rosenquist – Cybersecurity Strategist for Intel Corporation and Michael Sohn –Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI

The initial kick-off event for the newly formed Cybersecurity Special Interest Group under the umbrella of SIM delivered upon its promise to provide members with access to prominent industry thought-leaders who were brought together for this special event to address present matters related to cybersecurity. 

Appropriately themed, “Personal Privacy or National Security: Can We Have Both?” this hour-long Webinar featured a moderated point and counter-point discussion between two panelists that eloquently represented numerous considerations that arise with respect to the balance between law enforcement’s desire to protect individual and National security, corporation’s challenges in providing secure technology, and individual’s expectations around privacy. Read more...




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