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May 16, 2018


About the Event

Maintaining a competitive edge with innovative IT is critical for companies and organizations of all sizes as we all are tasked to do more with less.  The annual Gateway to Innovation Conference provides a unique opportunity for our region’s IT leadership to gather, to explore ways to maintain a competitive advantage in this global economy, and to grow the IT industry in the St. Louis region. We hope the event provides you many opportunities to learn, engage with other IT professionals, and gain inspiration from regional successes and our national speakers.


Compelling industry keynotes:

  • Charles Best, CEO, Donors Choose
  • Vinh Giang
  • Mel Robbins, Serial Entrepreneur, Best-Selling Author, Internationally Recognized Social Media Influencer

    The Confidence Project, Inc.

     CxO Executive Panels:  Ever wonder what was on the mind of local CxO's? Learn what key issues are keeping them awake at night;
     what they see in the future of IT; or what they are looking for in the next generation of leadership.


Leadership Development Sessions:  Leadership development is vital because organizations take on the personality of their   leaders. Leadership training and development can maximize productivity, shape a positive culture and promote harmony.

Interactive Peer Driven Breakouts:  It is widely understood that transferring best practices can be a powerful way to drive   dramatic improvements in productivity and performance.  Learn from successful and highly effective companies as they share   lessons learned from real-world experiences.

Unparalleled Networking Opportunities:  As our careers develop, we become increasingly aware of the value of our   professional networks. “Who you know, not what you know” plays out into opportunities and influence. The Gateway   to Innovation Conference allows you to connect and network with the region’s top IT executives and influencers.

America's Center Convention Complex

America's Ballroom, 220 Complex - 2nd Floor 

701 Convention Plaza 

St. Louis, MO 63101



Parking: 701 N 7th St Garage

701 North Seventh Street

St Louis, MO 63101


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Leadership 3.0      NextGen Education for NextGen Leaders


NEW Leadership Program Targets Best and Brightest NextGen Managers

Registration Open for Cost-Effective Regional Sessions to Develop Emerging Leaders


A new leadership development program designed especially for high-potential emerging managers from companies in all industries will launch in St. Louis this March. The program is developed by the St. Louis Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM) and features six half-day interactive sessions over a 10-month period, taught by proven real-world experts, for a one-time fee of $495. 


Leadership 3.0 seeks to develop an authentic individual leadership style for the next generation of leaders. High-potential managers with two to five years’ experience or current leaders interested in further development will nurture their skills in this practical program.


Leadership 3.0 is based on NextGen Principles:  affordable in time and money, collaborative seminar style, and designed to strengthen personal interaction.


Executives: Invest in your organization’s future. Register your best and brightest. Then watch them put into practice what they learn.


Leadership 3.0 builds on other successful SIM-inspired leadership education programs, including the Leadership Development Workshop in its 10th year.  Contact Eric Gorham directly at (314-267-1612 and LEADERSHIP3.0@SIMSTL.COM).


Program Dates and Topics


March 21 - Accepting the Challenge of Leadership

What does it mean to be a leader? Leadership and Management. Becoming a Leader: Does it happen by accident?

May 9 - Power, Politics and Influence

Influence is the real power of leaders. Organizations are social activities and using positive politics makes the difference.

July 18 - Strategy and Governance of Technology

How does your firm make money? Stakeholder perspective. Developing a technology direction.

September 12 - Leadership Presence Management 3.0

Crafting Your Message: Listening, Speaking, Behavior, and Discipline.

October 17 - Preparing for the Changing Job of IT Leadership

Education and Training: Defining what you need from a career and being the active creator of your own career


December 12 – Globalization and Technology Trends for the Future

Global Technology Impact: Working in a World without Borders; Dealing with Advanced Technologies: AI, Robotics, Data Analytics



·     Johnnie Foster, senior business executive

·     Tony Munns, senior consultant, Cybersecurity

·     Edie van Wert, senior leader with broad industry experience

·     Eric Gorham, senior leader and community leader

·     Lawrence Casey, experienced manager

·     David Berndt, entrepreneur and business owner



Leadership 3.0 will meet at various corporate locations throughout the St. Louis region. Several sessions will be held in conjunction with SIM Chapter meetings to expand participant’s network. The sessions will be held 1:00-5:00 pm, followed by a Dutch treat networking session.


Register at Leadership 3.0 for Nextgen Leaders


SIM St Louis 2018 Calendar of Events

(subject to change)


 January 24 Fireside Chat - Tom Stillman, St. Louis Blues 
 February 20 Skill Gap - Solutions
 March 21 Executive Leadership with John Beck 
 April 17 IT Security - M&A
 May 16 Gateway to Innovation  (G2I)
 July 19 Summer Social
 August 28 How to Lead in Chaos
 September 25 Golf Tournament
 October 16 13th Annual CIO Panel - M&A
 November 1 Gateway to CyberCity (G2C)




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