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SIM Leadership Spotlight - April 2017

"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, trends and issues facing the Society, our chapters and the IT industry.


An archive of interviews will be found HERE.



April 2017
Name: Kristen Lamoreaux
SIM Role: SIM Women Chair


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

1. What is your current role with SIM?
I feel like I’ve been a SIM member since God was a boy, but I believe the actual number is around 12 years now. I’m currently President-Elect, MIT Chair, Sponsorship Committee member for SIM Philadelphia, Events Chair for PHISIM Foundation, STEM Outreach Committee Member, and Founder of SIM Women. I enjoy being involved with SIM at local and national levels which is why I also serve on the National SIM Connect Live committee and chaired Sponsorship for SIMposium last year.

2. Please provide an overview of SIM Women
SIM Women is a community group inside of SIM that promotes networking, career and leadership development, and mentoring amongst the female members of SIM.  We have monthly webinars and regional networking events focused on leadership in the technology field.  Our webinars typically feature authors, executive coaches, or CIOs sharing their stories or how a particular aspect of leadership made a difference in their careers. We started out in 2007 with six women on a conference call and later 28 women at our first face to face meeting.  Today we have over 1100 SIM Women members and reach over 2300 women as many of our members invite their teams to participate in our webinars and attend our regional events.  Through partnering organizations, SIM Women’s thought leadership reaches over 22,000 women leaders in tech globally. 


3. Expand more on the SIM Women Leadership Summit
In addition, we have an annual national meeting – the SIM Women Leadership Summit. This year’s event will be at the Drake Hotel in Chicago on May 4th. We have a full day of leadership planned and are excited about caliber of our speakers as well as the format. We have a great mix of keynotes, TEDx-style talks, and panels covering a myriad of topics all focused on advancing your individual career and personal growth. There are three tracks to the conference: Exemplify. Empower. Educate. The Exemplify track is for those who are CIOs and may be looking for career ideas beyond the C-suite. Empower is for those women who are making their way up toward the C-suite but may need that last boost to achieve their goal. The Educate track is all about STEM Outreach. SIM Women encourages our members to engage locally and nationally with STEM Outreach organizations as both male and female college students are opting out of Computer Science degree programs. We will have no one to blame but ourselves if we don’t take action today to ensure there will be a future generation of technology leaders tomorrow.

To be clear: SIM Women has always been inclusive, not divisive, and it’s great that many of our gentlemen SIM members are sending their teams to the Leadership Summit, and a few are attending with their female direct reports.

4. How as SIM Women changed since its inception? 

The truth is other than growing, we haven’t.  We’ve stayed true to our mission from the jump.

5. What do you see for the future of SIM Women?

The future for SIM Women is bright.  We have SIM Women Champions in most chapters that lead the ‘boots on the ground’ local events, and a few chapters have created SIM Women board seats. SIM Women is a benefit of SIM membership that will continue to grow and, through our partners, be able to offer our SIM members an opportunity for greater career visibility as well as fresh perspectives on technology leadership.  As we have for the last ten years, SIM Women looks forward to the exciting pace of business changes, the opportunities that come with each year, and the development of female IT leaders everywhere!

An archive of interviews will be found HERE.


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