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Thursday, November 15, 2012
The Strategic Technologist:

Converting IT expertise into enhanced personal influence

*4:30--5:30 pm Regional Leadership Forum Pre-Event
5:30--8:30 pm Dinner Event
Marriott Residence Inn - Bellevue

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"We need an IT person in this strategy session!” Have you ever heard those words before? Probably not – and therein lies the problem. You are excellent at the technical side of work, but when it comes to the people, relationship and strategy side of work your influence falters like an unreliable wireless network. 

That’s why you need to attend The Strategic Technologist presentation for SIM on November 15, 2012.  By attending this session you will learn how to:  

  1. Build a reputation as a valued business partner
  2. Receive invitations to the executive level decision making table
  3. Optimize your contribution to strategy development and implementation
  4. Enhance your ability to communicate in pragmatic business terms rather than in technical gobbledygook
  5. Leverage your technical strengths in order to create accelerated business value  

Attending The Strategic Technologist is for IT professionals who are serious about their professional development and are willing to grow at an accelerated level.  Watch a video invitation from our presenter.

Society for Information Management Speech Introduction from Hugh Blane on Vimeo.

About our speaker:

Hugh Blane is President of Claris Consulting.  He is a nationally recognized business strategist hired to help executive teams and boards solve challenging business issues, strengthen personal and professional relationships, and execute on strategic initiatives with greater effectiveness.

A subject-matter expert in the people side of technology leadership, Hugh honed his consulting skills with renowned business author, Tom Peters. As a Senior Consultant with the Tom Peters Company Hugh equipped and inspired leaders to do something daily that moved them and their organizations closer to their greatest potential. With 25-plus years of management, sales and leadership experience, Hugh approaches his work with the firm belief that, discovering what matters to you, what motivates you and what you want to be known for is the first step in creating breakthrough performance.

Hugh’s message has created positive change at Pepperdine University, the University of Texas A & M in Qatar, Swedish Hospital, Spacelabs Healthcare, Starbucks Coffee and Microsoft.  

In his free time, Hugh is a guest lecturer at Pepperdine University’s School of Law and Entrepreneurship, has been involved with The Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles, the Center for Career Alternatives in Seattle, and co-facilitates leadership seminars for at risk children and their parents.   

Research Results Presentation (during dinner)
The presentation will cover results of a Seattle-based survey on IT professionals current uses of social media for work-related purposes and findings from interviews with local senior IT leaders. The leadership challenges resulting from social media adoption and use will be discussed.    

Eva L. Philpot:

Eva is the owner and CEO of Eastside Consulting and Coaching in Renton, WA. She has twenty years international management and leadership experience from IT, consulting, and nonprofit organizations. Her current professional interests include organizational social media adoption and use, adapting leadership practices to millennial employees, and cross-cultural project leadership. Eva is a certified business professional coach and is currently completing her PhD in Organizational Leadership and Management. The title of her doctoral dissertation is "Adoption and use of social media among IT professionals and implications for leadership.” 


 *Pre-Event - Regional Leadership Forum:
4:30 - 5:30 pm - SIM and the Regional Leadership Forum (RLF) Information SessionWe are also a having a special pre-event before the November meeting related to the SIM's Regional Leadership Forum (RLF) and becoming a SIM member. Anyone in attendance for this event will be provided with complimentary drinks during the professional networking time, compliments of SIM National.

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