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SIM Leadership Spotlight August 2013

"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.

August 2013
Name: Jennie Zamberlan
SIM Role:  Northeast Ohio Chapter President


1. Please provide a brief overview of the Northeast Ohio chapter.
The Northeast Ohio chapter includes the Cleveland, Akron and Canton markets.  We have about 100 members from small, medium and large companies, which fairly represent the local business market.  Like most chapters, we limit the number of members from vendor companies, and those members must be the highest ranking person in the local organization and have P/L responsibility.

2. What are/were your goals for your term as the President of the Northeast Ohio chapter?
  • Increase membership in both new members and retention of existing members
  • Be known as premier organization to share rich intellectual capital of members
  • Positively impact growth of Northeast Ohio
  • Improve programs
  • Increase education impact in scholarship dollars and outreach man-hours donated
3. What are the hottest trends in the IT industry? 
  • Mobile
  • Cloud
  • Big data / analytics
4. What challenges is your chapter currently facing?
We seem to have hit a plateau in membership size and overall member engagement.  We have had the same format for our monthly meetings and our annual 2-day CIO conference for the past year. Like SIMI, we are thinking that we may need to considers changes to increase membership and retention.

5. What is the one piece of advice you will give to the next President of the Northeast Ohio chapter?
I am just starting my term as President (have been the Treasurer for the past 10-11 years).  Check back with me on this question!

An archive of interviews will be found HERE.


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