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SIM Leadership Spotlight June 2015

"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 2015
Name: Geoff Endris
SIM Role: SIM Indianapolis

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

The SIM Indy chapter has just under 100 members.  We hold 4 regularly scheduled events per year.  These are dinner meetings that offer members a chance to network with their peers and keep relationships current.

Many of our members also participate in the Indy CIO Network, an independent roundtable for discussion among CIOs and IT leaders.

We also have our annual IT Symposium.  This is our big event for the year with over 200 IT practitioners attending.  This is our 12th year.  We use this event to raise money for our college scholarships.  In the last 3 years we have awarded over $20,000 in scholarships.


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

My goals for 2015 are as follows:

  • Implement a mentorship program where our CIOs mentor the current IT managers to be the next generation of CIOs, the IT Managers mentor college students and high school students to enter IT and get IT jobs here in Indianapolis
  • Get member companies involved in local technology mentoring at the high school level by coaching robotics competitions.
  • Push membership over that elusive 100 member mark.
  • Push our annual IT Symposium to over 250 attendees
  • Establish more special interest groups to get members talking and meeting outside of our 4 dinner meetings.   

3. What are the hottest trends in the industry? 

  • Security – threat assessment and incident response
  • Dev Ops
  • Integrating Agile into the Dev Ops process

4. What challenges is your chapter currently facing? 

Our members are constantly balancing work and family commitments.  Our biggest challenge is demonstrating relevance in our members’ professional life to get them to commit a portion of their already overbooked life to spend time with their peers.

I would like to get some special interest groups established and link them to national groups to get local members connected with other chapters.

Need to convince members and potential members that the time to build and maintain your network is NOW, not when you are looking for a job.



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

Find out how the large chapters got that way.  Help the smaller chapters by passing along best practices.  Help connect smaller chapters to larger chapters to share ideas.  Provide guidance in the form of pre-packaged programs and initiatives.


An archive of interviews will be found HERE.


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