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SIM Leadership Spotlight June 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.

June 2013
Name: Molly Mahoney
SIM Role: SIM Central Florida President

1. Please provide a brief overview of the Central Florida chapter.
Central Florida is a medium sized chapter with over 66 members. Our roots started in 1997 when several leading CIOs in the area were trying to establish a non-competitive environment for CIOs where they could share in knowledge and work experiences. Years later, a member of the group suggested they convert to a SIM chapter.  This was a watershed decision in our growth. We officially became a SIM chapter in 2001.

2. What are/were your goals for your term as the President of the Central Florida chapter?
There are three main goals. 

SIM Central FL Chapter has a long history of giving back to the Central Florida community – donating more than $100,000 in the past 15 years, most of it in the form of scholarships to local colleges.  With this distinguished track record in mind, SIM Central FL Chapter seeks to improve the clarity and focus of our Outreach programs while strengthening and enhancing our community. I’d like to see more of our SIM members participate in schools and help teachers with STEM activities.  Seeing is believing and we have some great inspirational stories to share. 

The second goal is to better utilize the SE RLF program to develop Central Florida’s future leaders.  We are very fortunate to have an exceptional leadership development program in the area and we need to be thinking and planning for our successors.  I’d like our chapter to help get the word out about RLF to their companies as well as to their business partners.     

Finally, we have recently started a Member in Transition program.  We’d like this effort to grow by following the SIM model as well as tap into existing resources available through our chapter members.  

3. What are the hottest trends in the IT industry? 
  • Cloud computing is becoming more of a commodity, but there is still a lot of skepticism. 
  • BYOD and a virtual workforce continue to present challenges to our workplaces.
  • Big data, smart phones and social media.  I think it was fascinating how they solved the Boston Marathon bombings.    
4. What challenges is your chapter currently facing?
Central Florida faces similar challenges as other mid-sized chapters -- member retention, finding compelling guest speakers, communicating the value of SIM, competition from other technology forums.   Having Joel Schwalbe on the National Board helps keep our chapter members more informed and helps connect the dots to SIMI. 

5. What is the one piece of advice you will give to the next President of the Central Florida chapter?
Having a solid executive committee has made the transition to President very easy.  Our past President Todd Rader was very organized and a planner.  He put the structure in place.  We have a backup for each of the officers and committee chairs. It is comforting to know that we can fill in for one another if needed.  


An archive of interviews will be found HERE.


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