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SIM Leadership Spotlight - May 2017

"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, trends and issues facing the Society, our chapters and the IT industry.


An archive of interviews will be found HERE.



May 2017
Name: Madeline Weiss
SIM Role: Advanced Practices Council Director


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

1. What is your current role with SIM?
I serve as APC Director (since 1992), member of the Management Council, Mid-Atlantic RLF facilitator (since 1993), member and former chair of the Capital Area chapter. I first got involved with SIM when a member (colleague on the faculty at American University) invited me to a chapter meeting. Another SIM member later invited me to join the SIM Board. I later served as the first VP for Communications and then VP for Strategic Planning.

2. Please provide an overview of the Advanced Practices Council
The Advanced Practices Council (APC) is an exclusive program for senior IT executives. It's the world's leading IT executive research and networking program that brings the world's foremost IT executives together. APC offers unmatched access, connecting research, peer-to-peer networking and intimate conversations that help members achieve significant breakthroughs and transformations in their organizations. The research is selected, directed, and driven by members, who gain actionable insights from the research and discussions at meetings and beyond.


3. Expand more on the Advanced Practices Council meeting
Our next meeting on June 13-14 in Cambridge, Mass, one of the three we hold each year, will be exceptional in several respects. First, more than half the presenters are Harvard Business School professors who specialize in topics that go beyond traditional IT to include entrepreneurship, marketing, and operations. Second, they will bring guests who are working executives in the organizations they will discuss. Third, we will visit the Mass Technology Leadership Council and its leading Boston-area technology entrepreneurs.

4. How as the Advanced Practices Council changed since its inception? 

The APC has changed to anticipate and meet the needs of CIOs, whose roles have become more demanding, significant, and exciting. Members have always driven research topics, but they do so even more today. We have always expected our researchers to deliver practical results to our members, but I think we push even harder today. The results are checklists, frameworks, and best practice guidelines. A number of researchers work with members on applying their findings to their specific organizational situations, a practice that has evolved over the years. In addition, our researchers now come from multiple continents. And over the years, we have increased the time spent at meetings on members sharing their own practices, challenges and opportunities in an intimate setting. Many of those discussions have led to special reports that highlight member practices and insights (e.g., enterprise architecture at Chubb, cultural change, wisdom of CIOs). In addition, we have expanded the benefits to APC members. For example, we have a mentoring program in which APC members mentor direct reports of other APC members. We have also expanded the benefits of APC research to SIM members by making reports available to them through the SIM online store after the APC embargo period ends.

5. What do you see for the future of the Advanced Practices Council

We will continue to seek members from as broad a representation of industries as possible. We will also continue to anticipate member needs and adjust the program (or transform it if appropriate) accordingly. We will always try new things. And we will guard the sales-free environment that members value so highly. We will close the membership at 40 and start another group when there are sufficient CIOs on the waiting list. Perhaps that second APC will have a different focus or location.

An archive of interviews will be found HERE.


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