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SIM Leadership Spotlight February 2016

"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.



February 2016
Name: Joe Malfesi
SIM Role: Capital Area Chapter President

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


1. Please provide an overview of the SIM Capital Area chapter.
The Capital Area Chapter is one of the oldest SIM chapters and currently has about 100 members. Our geography runs from Baltimore, MD, through Washington DC, and down to Richmond, VA. Membership is nearly equally divided from the three governmental areas. We compete heavily with the Federal government CIO Council and two other Federal CIO associations but have managed to maintain a 77% renewal rate.

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

I have been serving as the Chairman of the Board (that’s the title we use rather than President) for two and a half years. Last year, we completely revised our By-laws and held an election in which I was voted into the position. So, technically, this is my first term as an elected officer. We’ve been making a number of changes including meetings every month, an annual January webinar co-sponsored with SIM APC, social events, more community outreach, and encouraging younger, diverse members to join the Board to help shape the future of the Chapter as the industry workforce changes. Presenting meaningful monthly events that will attract additional membership is our highest goal. Oh, and since we placed 4th by one vote in last year’s SIM IT Trends Study, I’m looking for our chapter to be in the money this year.

3. What are the hottest trends in the industry?

We’re no different than most chapters: Security, Big Data, Predictive Analytics. Our chapter also focuses on topics such as motivating the next generation, crowdsourcing and the Internet of Things as topics that intrigue the newly appointed CIOs.

4. What challenges is your chapter currently facing?
Our biggest challenge is finding a venue and time that meets the requirements of our membership. Traffic in the Washington Metro area is one of the worst in the country. Holding a meeting in Virginia will bring in the Virginia members, but not usually from Maryland etc.

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

Plan to spend 20 hours a week in the role. We’re an all-volunteer organization with not enough volunteers. There is so much to do and the Board can’t do it all. Keep the lines of communication open and constantly reach out to your membership and partners.


An archive of interviews will be found HERE.


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