Austin SIM Chapter Newsletter October 2017

SIM “Oktober” Happy Hour – Sponsored by BTB Security

Held on Tuesday, October 10th

Austin SIM Members and Friends welcomed-in the fall season on October 10th at North by Northwest enjoying an evening of craft brews and delightful food while networking with colleagues and meeting new friends.

A special thanks  to BTB Security for sponsoring our October event!

Austin SIM 2nd Annual STEM Golf Tournament – Thank You for Making it a Success!

Held on Monday, September 18, 2017

Thank you for making the Austin SIM Chapter’s 2nd annual STEM Golf Tournament a success!  Not only was this a great day of golf, fun and camaraderie, it also marked the third year of raising money for STEM initiatives at UT Austin.

Over the past 3 years, the Chapter will have contributed $13,500 to STEM initiatives at UT Austin.  We couldn’t have done this without you!

Here are a few stats from this year’s event:

  • # of Players:  48
  • 1st Place Prize: Gold Medals & RTIC 18 oz Steel Bottles
  • 2nd Place Prize: Silver Medals
  • Last Place Prize: Medals
  • Varonis provided $50 gift cards for longest drive and closest to the hole winners.
  • Long Drive winner also received a plaque (provided by Austin SIM)
  • Closest to the Hole winner also received the coveted bobble head (provided by Austin SIM)
  • Goodie bags for each player were provided by Experis, Clear Launch (t-shirts), & Varonis

A big THANK YOU to our Golf Tournament Sponsors – InMotion Software, Varonis, Catapult Systems, Computer Futures, and Experis.


Join us for one of Austin’s premier technology events, InnoTech Austin, being held on November 16, 2017 at the Austin Convention Center.

Register here for general InnoTech and any of the following special events:

  • Women of Tech Summit
  • Austin DevOps & Microservices Summit
  • CIO Gala Luncheon and more.  (An extra registration fee is required for these special events.)

New Speakers and New Topics – Here are a few InnoTech conference tracks (all great reasons to take part in InnoTech):

  • Network and IT Security Track hosted by ISSA
  • Blockchain, State of Open Source, AI & Machine Learning & More
  • IT Leadership
  • Cloud Based Technologies
  • Data and Analytics Track
  • Infrastructure, Mobility & More

Prizes – including iPad, Xbox, Beat headphones, flat screen TV and more

InnoTech Happy 45-Minutes (the perfect place to mingle over complimentary beverages and exhibits)

Plus, much more!

For all the latest conference session additions, or to register, visit

December Austin SIM Meeting: STEM Supporting the Future of Innovation – December 12, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

SAVE THE DATE for an interactive discussion on STEM, its Importance in the Austin Community and What We Can Do to Support the Future of Innovation

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

LOCATION: Indeed Headquarters, Austin, TX


SIM Connect Live –  IT Transformation: Mining the Next 50 Years for Innovation

being held on April 11 – 13, 2018 at the Sheraton Dallas

Join your colleagues and friends at SIM National’s Annual Conference, SIM Connect Live.  This is not your typical conference!The conference promises to be a truly collaborative and interactive experience.

DATE: April 11 – 13, 2018

LOCATION: Sheraton Dallas (downtown Dallas)

REGISTER BY NOVEMBER 15 @ to receive a discount.


Austin SIM Membership News!

New Members – Special Discount Offer:  any new and approved SIM members that pay their dues now will be given a discount.  The discount will provide the member with SIM membership for the remaining months of the current year (2017) and all of the following year (2018)

Join Today: Visit

Current Members:  Help us build our membership so we continue to have a vibrant and growing chapter.  Bring a colleague or two to a SIM Austin meeting.  Email Bart ( with a couple of prospects so that we can add them to our membership campaigns.


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RLF – “Leadership for Life” (a leadership program of SIM): Early Registration is Open!

Do you want to improve your company’s future by investing in your high-potential performers? Do you believe in developing and growing our Next Generation of IT Leaders?

The facilitators of SIM’s signature RLF program are famous for delivering leadership development differently.  More than 4,000 rising business and IT professionals from top U.S. and global companies have experienced the RLF program with life-changing and career-enhancing results, including:

  • A unique understanding of their personal leadership style
  • Increased self-awareness and self-confidence
  • A heightened ability to connect with others in a genuine, inspiring way
  • Introduction to new ideas and how to challenge traditional ways of thinking
  • Dialogue and interaction with CXO speakers and experts sharing their experiences and guidance on issues that will impact tomorrow’s leaders

To learn more about the program, please feel free to visit the 2018 RLF website or contact RLF Facilitator Karen Calvert anytime @

Have ideas for the newsletter or other news? Send any ideas, promotions, article links, book reviews, etc. to Karen Calvert,

 2017 SIM Austin Executive Committee: Vijay George (President), Jim Keeler (President-Elect), Wendi White (VP Programs), Bart Lauwers (VP Membership), Kathy Wetzel (Treasurer), Karen Calvert (VP Communications), Joanne Corum (Trustee), John Burgtorf (Trustee), Kevin Cheesmen (Trustee), and Eric Hungate (Past-President)

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