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SIM Leadership Spotlight - August

"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 2016
Name: Harper L. Bronson 
SIM Role: SIM Atlanta President

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


1. Please provide an overview of the SIM Atlanta chapter.

A key value proposition of the SIM Atlanta Chapter ( is the thought provoking and intellectually stimulating discussions at the monthly meetings. In a cordial and plush setting, a select group of senior IS practitioners and thought leaders share ideas and practices on important IS issues. The interaction formats range from the traditional single speaker presentations and panel discussions to the more innovative debates and audience-as-the-panel session.



I. Networking at the local and national level -- Opportunity to attend and participate in various knowledge sharing and networking events such as the following:

At the Chapter Level (in Atlanta)
  • Monthly chapter meetings at The Georgian Club.
  • The annual CIO Forum and Executive IT Summit held in May.
  • The CIO Magazine produced CIO Perspectives event held in March.
  • The annual Technology Exchange and Charity Golf Outing.
At the National Level
  • SIMposium, the premier international conference for senior IS professionals.
  • SIM members can attend events hosted by other chapters when they are visiting those locations.
II. Access to cutting edge research produced by the Advanced Practices Council of SIM.
III. Access to a rich online knowledge repository ( of research reports, white papers, conference presentations, webinars, working group deliverables, and a quarterly journal.


IV. Leadership Training and Development -- The SIM Regional Leadership Forum is a program designed to enhance the leadership skills of high potential IT directors and managers in your organization.


V. Advocacy -- The collaborative "voice" of SIM on issues such as future of computing education, cyberspace security, and software licensing.


VI. Philanthropy and Outreach – SIM Chapters engage in a variety of philanthropic and outreach activities to serve the local communities. SIM Atlanta’s philanthropic contributions have been recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.


2. What are your goals for your term as the President of the SIM Atlanta chapter?

  • Build membership
  • Grow awareness of the organization


3. What are the hottest trends in the industry?   

  • Cloud security
  • Big Data


4. What challenges is your chapter currently facing?

Competition due to new executive organizations in the area.

5. What is one piece of advice you will give the next President of the SIM Atlanta chapter?  

Ensure that you have an “Officer” succession plan.


An archive of interviews will be found HERE.


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