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SIM Leadership Spotlight September 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.

September 2013  
Name: Tom Catalini
SIM Role:  SIM Boston Chapter President

1. Please provide a brief overview of the SIM Boston chapter.

Over 550 members gather regularly at our 45+ face-to-face events throughout the year, as well as engage in our various online forums. Now 36 years old, the Boston chapter continues to be incredibly strong and active. It's a valuable resource for IT leaders in the Boston area and beyond. Our core program of monthly meetings that feature expert speakers or panels regularly draw 70 to 100 members for networking, dinner, and a presentation. Specialized roundtable programs allow for smaller gatherings by role (CIO, Practitioner, Helpdesk) or industry (Life Sciences, Higher Education). We also offer unique programs for those transitioning between jobs or preparing for retirement, as well as sponsor full-day and two-day conferences throughout the year. We're thrilled to give back to our community through our well-funded outreach program that is focused largely around STEM. In 2013, we're proud to be hosting the SIMposium national conference.

2. What are/were your goals for your term as the President of the SIM Boston chapter?
For 2013, we've tried to focus on the member experience and also improving operations, two themes I've called "Member Delight" and "Organizational Elegance." We didn't want our size to start to become a problem, so we've worked hard to ensure that each event and experience is as valuable as it can be for each member that participates. Similarly, we wanted to try to make the experience of our many volunteers, our administrative staff, our sponsors, and our partners as rewarding as possible by streamlining processes wherever possible.


3. What are the hottest trends in the IT industry? 
We've covered social media, security, mobile, and STEM this year, among others. And we're always covering the latest developments on timeless topics like leadership and innovation. Our programming committees are regularly polling membership to determine the topics that have the most interest.

4. What challenges is your chapter currently facing?
One of the challenges for Boston SIM is figuring out how to better institutionalize our best practices and continue to streamline some of our operations. We're fortunate to have grown in size and programming, but this presents challenges for any organization that so largely depends on volunteers to organize and run (and make decisions about) so many things. Transitions in leadership slow us down.

5. What is the one piece of advice you will give to the next President of the SIM Boston chapter?
Run the chapter more like a business - show the BOD (and membership) the clear picture, make decisions, move forward.

An archive of interviews will be found HERE.


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