(Un)Common Ground

Stay tuned for more (Un)Common Ground Storytelling Sessions in 2022!

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.

FEATURED: Storytelling Session Four

(Un)Common Ground at the SIM Women Leadership Summit



Fern Johnson


Julia Anderson


Raquel Tamez

The SIM Women Leadership Summit will feature two female CIOs – one black, one white – who will share their personal stories and then participate in a moderated Q&A. We are bringing together Fern Johnson, CTO Vice President - Sector CTO & Delivery at PepsiCo and Julia Anderson, Chief Technology & Information Officer at Campbell Soup Company to share their personal stories and career journeys as we continue to explore "(Un)Common Ground." The discussion will be moderated by Raquel Tamez, Chief Inclusion & Engagement Officer of Charles River Associates. 

Date: May 16, 2022

Registration Closed

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.

Moderated by: Myra Capri Herring

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.

Moderated by: Myra Capri Herring

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.


  • 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, T-Mobile

Moderated by: Myra Capri Herring

Date: October 22, 2021
Time: 11:30 AM  - 1:00 PM ET

Registration Closed

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