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SIM New Extra - September 2016



September 2016

In This Issue
Leadership Spotlight: SIM Portland Chapter, Pradeep Kumar
SIMposium 2016: Can't Miss Speakers
SIMposium Sponsorship: Thank You
Registration Opens for RLF 2017
CyberSecurity Leadership Unclear in Majority of Organizations
20 Senior Leaders Complete The 2016 Executive RLF

Leadership Spotlight: SIM Portland Chapter, Pradeep Kumar

1. Please provide an overview of the SIM Portland chapter.
SIM Portland has been in existence for over 25 years and has a year-to-year membership range of about 150.   The membership comes from a diverse array of businesses representing high-tech, banking, law firms, manufacturing, retail and healthcare.  SIM Portland monthly meetings are held from September to May each year.

Some of the highlights of SIM Portland’s community outreach and philanthropy includes:

  • Over $500,000 awarded since 2001 to deserving students in the information pipeline at four local Universities. The lion's share of these funds are generated by SIM Portland’s highly acclaimed and well attended Annual Golf tournament. Read more…

What are your goals for your term as the President of the SIM Portland chapter?
One of the major challenges in Portland chapters is member engagement and retention.  The single monthly meeting format needs to be diversified.  To that goal, we have launched three new initiatives to increase member engagement:

  • SIM Portland Leadership Coaching Council: An initial set of 6 senior CIOs have been recruited as mentors for SIM members.  In this engagement SIM members are partnered with a CIO for monthly meetings for 10 months to help them determine their career paths and goals.  We will expand this program next year.Read more…

What are the hottest trends in the industry?  
To paraphrase the tagline for this year’s SIMposium, “The Future is now!”, the IT industry is rapidly evolving in no small part by the maturing of a cacophony of emerging technologies. One of the trends is for “mobile first” in application development to support another trend – the remote teleworker.  Read more…

What challenges is your chapter currently facing?
Membership retention and engagement referred to in a previous question

What is one piece of advice you will give the next President of the SIM Portland chapter?
SIM Portland and SIM in general tend to attract the older professionals, but to make SIM relevant we need to find speakers and organize forums that will speak to the younger generations.  Hence my advice is “get out of our comfort zone, attend meetups and forums in town to figure out what makes them tick and then articulate a direction that will speak to a more diverse membership.


Read the entire article HERE.


SIMposium 2016 – Can’t Miss Speakers! 
SIMposium 2016 will offer an unparalleled lineup of thought-leaders and speakers. Session topics range from leadership to security to risk management and the speakers range from top ranking CIOs to executive coaches to former government agents! Here are just a few of the can’t miss speakers for SIMposium 2016:

  • Morag Barrett is back by popular demand! Her experience ranges from senior executive coaching, to developing high impact teams, to leadership development programs across Europe, America, and Asia. Join Morag as she discusses thethree secrets to cultivating strategic relationships.
  • Nick Akerman is a trial lawyer specializing in both complex civil and criminal cases. He is a nationally recognized expert on computer crime and the protection of competitively sensitive information and computer data. Mr. Akerman will team up with Laszlo Gonc, a recognized senior executive with over twenty five years of progressive experience in business, technology and information security. During their breakout session at SIMposium 2016, Mr. Akerman and Mr. Gonz will walk through their seven steps to avoid confusing government regulations.
  • Ken Piddington is Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Executive Advisor at MRE Consulting where he is responsible for defining and executing the company’s business technology strategy and also heads their CxO advisory practice. During his breakout session at SIMposium 2016, Ken will discuss how to inspire an IT-led revolution!

You won’t want to miss the incredible education that will be available at SIMposium 2016. To learn more about other SIMposium 2016 speakers and sessions, visit



SIMposium Sponsorship: Thank you Platinum and Gold Sponsors

posium would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors. 


Pfizer, Inc.  |  Platinum Sponsor  |
At Pfizer, we apply science and our global resources to bring therapies to people that extend and significantly improve their lives. We strive to set the standard for quality, safety and value in the discovery, development and manufacture of healthcare products.  Our global portfolio includes medicines and vaccines, as well as many of the world's best-known consumer healthcare products.

HCL  |  Platinum Sponsor  |

HCL Technologies is a global IT services company with $6B in revenue and 106,000 Ideapreneurs working in 31 countries. HCL focuses on Transformational Outsourcing for 21st Century Enterprises, underlined by innovation and value creation, offering an integrated portfolio of services including Next Generation IT and Operations services, Internet-of-Things solutions and Digitalization services driven by advanced A.I.-powered automation.

Aetna  |  Gold Sponsor  |

Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving an estimated 46.5 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. For more information, see and learn about how Aetna is helping to build a healthier world.

Registration opens for RLF in 2017
$600 discounts for SIM members and $500 early bird discounts are available

Registration has opened for all 2017 RLF (Regional Leadership Forum) programs, with a $600 discount for SIM member companies and $500 “early bird” discounts available for each of the eight forums.

“We’re pleased to open registration for 2017 to offer rising leaders from across the U.S. the opportunity to significantly expand their leadership capabilities,” said Phil Zwieg, RLF Director.  “Not only do SIM members receive a $600 discount per participant, but SIM members can also receive an additional $500 discount per participant if registration is paid by the early bird deadlines available for every program.” 

Non-SIM members may also take advantage of any $500 early bird discount, said Zwieg.

The eight 2017 RLF programs and their facilitators include:

  • Mid-Atlantic RLF (February 21 – November 8, 2017) … Facilitated by Madeline Weiss & George Brenckle
  • Midwest RLF (March 13 – November 7, 2017) … Facilitated by Christine Atkins and Scot Berkey
  • New York Metro RLF (March 6 – November 14, 2017) … Facilitated by Steven John & Corky Valenti
  • Northeast RLF Schedule I (March 23 – October 27, 2017) … Facilitated by Bart Bolton & Margot Carleton
  • Northeast RLF Schedule II (March 30 – October 20, 2017) … Facilitated by Kevin Ryan & Cheryl Morgan.           
  • Pacific Northwest RLF (March 20 – November 14, 2017) … Facilitated by Cliff Higbee, Butch Leonardson and Fred Pond
  • Pacific Southwest RLF … (March 16 – October13, 2017) … Facilitated by Ed Trainor & Bob Rouse
  • Southeast RLF (April 20 – December 1, 2017) … Facilitated by June Drewry & Molly Mahoney.

SIM’s RLF program consists of a comprehensive series of six 2-day sessions unfolding over nine months. Participants undertake the reading and discussion of 25-plus books “to absorb and understand a broad spectrum of important leadership principles,” said Zwieg.  “And they benefit tremendously from continuous dialogue with colleagues and executive business leaders about challenges faced and lessons learned.”

More than 4,000 graduates have successfully completed the RLF program over the past two decades.  Register here for a 2017 RLF program.


CyberSecurity Leadership Unclear in Majority of Organizations
A big thanks to all SIM members who participated in this year’s IT Trends Study. We know your time is quite valuable and we truly appreciate your sharing it with your fellow members! 

SIM’s IT Trends Research Team is busy preparing this year’s findings, in which 1213 SIM members from 801 unique organizations (up from 785 in 2015) participated, including 490 CIOs (up from 485).  Some cybersecurity-specific questions were included for the first time this year.  Some of the findings raise concerns:

Only 45.8% of 705 responding organizations report having a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) or equivalent position. This is a surprisingly low percentage given the attention cybersecurity has received the past several years by regulators and the media. There is some evidence that organizations investing more heavily in IT are more likely to have a CISO, but organization size appears to be a stronger indicator of whether an organization has a position dedicated to cybersecurity.  Read more…


20 Senior Leaders Complete The 2016 Executive RLF
Senior leaders from Massachusetts to California enhanced their executive capacities via SIM’s 2016 Executive RLF. 

Twenty senior leaders from organizations across the United State have completed the2016 Executive RLF program.  Click HERE to view the 2016 participants and their sponsoring organizations 

During the six month program, participants connected with more than a dozen nationally- recognized industry experts in a wide range of strategic dialogues, and closely interacted with the Executive RLF program leaders … CIO Hall of Fame member Darwin John, prominent RLF facilitator Bart Bolton and strategic change consultant / executive coach Mary Jo Greil.


“The senior leaders in this year’s program were an extraordinary group,” said John. “They utilized every opportunity throughout the six month program to extend themselves and their executive capabilities.”


Registration for the 2017 Executive RLF program will open in early October.





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