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SIM Leadership Spotlight May 2014

"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.

May 2014
Name: Deborah DeCorrevont 

SIM Role:  SIM Arizona Chapter President


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

The SIM AZ chapter is a very evolving chapter that has grown from 25-30 members 3 years ago up to almost 80 members. Our members are becoming more engaged in chapter activities and are very inclusive of all IT leaders in the valley. Our local CIOs are strong advisors for our chapter and seek to engage their support team with our organization. We also have five women on our nine-person board and have found this to be attractive to female IT leaders, bringing diversity to our chapter.


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

We utilized the Strategy on a Page from SIMI to identify and prioritize our 2014 goals. Our active goals are:

  • Appoint an Engagement Committee consisting of members and chaired by a board member to create a plan, leveraging SIMI resources, for increased member activity in chapter involvement and community outreach.
  • Organize and implement two membership drives for 2014
  • Re-evaluate chapter board of director roles and responsibilities
  • Redesign, clarify and publish the chapter membership categories
  • Create a comprehensive and actionable chapter marketing plan
  • Re-evaluate the need for a chapter management system for increased membership engagement

Our pending goals are:

  • Implement quarterly CIO Advisory Meetings/Dinners
  • Strengthen alliances with similar valley organizations
  • Identify and create a comprehensive chapter document library
  • Increase partnership with local educational bodies to increase STEM Outreach
  • Increase chapter sponsorship to fund additional scholarship grants


3. What are the hottest trends in the IT industry?

  • Realization of the cloud benefits through a balance of security, cost savings and responsiveness
  • 3D Printing
  • Mobile technology continued – an office is anywhere
  • STEM Outreach to future leaders


4. What challenges is your chapter currently facing? 
5. What is the one piece of advice you will give the next President of the SIM Arizona chapter? 
Providing value to our members and our community around information technology is key to strengthening our chapter. Our strategy should focus on these goals. 

An archive of interviews will be found HERE.


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