(Un)Common Ground

The social injustice tragedies that took place in 2020 crystalized an existing need within the technology community to empower all leaders to have conversations about race in the workplace.

The Society for Information Management (SIM) and Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) are partnering on a quarterly webinar series set to launch in May 2021 bringing together members from our organizations to share their personal narratives surrounding career origins and journeys, leadership development and advancement, and the impact of race, bias, and lack of inclusion.

The intentions behind the series are to:

  • Educate and equip our leaders to lead a multi-cultural organization (closing ignorance gap, empathy) and share strategies, data, and tools
  • Raise awareness of the challenges for Black leaders in technology - both conscious and unconscious
  • Create more sensitivity and openness around the advancement of people of color in tech
  • Encourage leaders to have difficult conversations because the understanding and trust that is gained is priceless

We want the result of the series to be a call to action - not one that is demanded, but one that is offered. We're hopeful that attendees will be inspired and strive to remove obstacles and bias from their hiring and promoting practices, be deliberate in their development and inclusion across their teams and have stronger relationships and engagement with their peers and employees.

We will end each webinar with a networking session amongst all attendees. While we listen and learn as individuals, we want to gather together as a community of leaders who are enacting change.

To register, follow the links below to register for each event. Registration is open to active members of SIM and ITSMF or their respective academies and leadership forums. When you register to attend the (Un)Common Ground series, you are agreeing to abide by our joint Code of Conduct.

If you have any questions or issues with registration, ITSMF members can email connect@itsmfleaders.org, and SIM members can email sim@simnet.org.

(Un) Common Ground Storytelling Sessions


Hosted by Myra Capri Herring
Vice President Operations, ITSMF

(Un) Common Ground Session Three Storytellers

Heather Brizzi
Director, Digital Technology Governance
Sherwin-Williams Company

Jhay Davis
Enterprise Technology Manager
State Farm
Jason Wilcox
IT Platform Engineering Manager
World-Leading Gaming Company
Gena Williams
Senior Director, Operations Support

Storytelling Session One

ITSMF member Richard Cox, CIO of Cox Enterprises and SIM member Warren Lenard, CIO of Byrider share the stories of their career journeys.

Date: May 21, 2021
Time: 11:30 AM  - 1:00 PM ET

Registration Closed

Storytelling Session Two

ITSMF Member Tye Hayes, Managing Partner at N-Ovate Business Solutions and former Interim CIO of the City of Atlanta and SIM Member Risa Fogel, Head of Digital Innovation at Bayer share the stories of their career journeys.

Date: August 13, 2021
Time: 11:30 AM  - 1:00 PM ET

Registration Closed

Storytelling Session Three

Join us as two cohorts from ITSMF Executive Academy and SIM Regional Leadership Forum share the stories of their career journeys.
Date: October 22, 2021
Time: 11:30 AM  - 1:00 PM ET

Registration Closed