SIM Austin Chapter Newsletter January 2018

Setting a Path for 2018!

The SIM Austin Executive Committee met recently for the first Board meeting of 2018  and shared in their excitement over the path they are setting with programs and fun events for 2018.

2018 SIM Austin Programs

As SIM Austin grows, we are continuing to look for ways to add value for our Members and Friends of SIM.  Our Chapter sponsors regular programs to network, hosts social and philanthropic events to enhance the community, and acts as a forum for business and technology leaders to partner with peers.  Benefits of your current paid membership include entry to all SIM monthly meetings plus the opportunity to introduce prospective members at no charge. Please register your guests through the Eventbrite invitation, and they will be included at no cost.

We welcome Friends of SIM to join us and participate in events and would encourage you to consider joining SIM to take full advantage of our programs (i.e., CIO Roundtable Breakfasts, SIM Lunch Events, InnoTech discounts, access to regional and national SIM events and programs, and more.).  This year we are introducing a fee of $25.00 to attend SIM’s monthly meetings for Friends of SIM to ensure we can continue to provide the strong base of programs, speakers and networking opportunities for everyone.  To learn more about becoming a member go to

January Austin SIM Meeting:  Gartner Annual IT Trends Report

We hope you were able to attend our meeting on January 9th at project 202 and “join in the discussion” on  Gartner’s predictions and global technology trends for 2018.  Gartner’s Managing Partner, George Love, who was back by popular demand, presented and facilitated an engaging discussion on the topic.

A special thank you to our January event sponsor, Calavista (

Save the Date

February SIM Event – 1st Happy Hour of the Year!

Join your SIM colleagues for a casual happy hour at Red’s Porch, a South Austin institution with comfort food and a second-story bar with beautiful views.  We’ll have a large meeting space, so please invite prospective members for an introduction to the Austin SIM Chapter.

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 13, 2018, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

LOCATION: Red’s Porch, 3508 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 


Current Paid Members – No fee plus the opportunity to introduce prospective members at no charge. Please register your guests through the Eventbrite invitation, and they will be included at no cost.

Friends of SIM – This year we are introducing a fee of $25.00 to attend SIM’s monthly meetings with Friends of SIM to ensure we can continue to provide the strong base of programs,


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

SIM Connect Live is the annual gathering of the Society for Information Management (SIM), the world’s premier organization for IT leaders. The 2018 conference has been completely redesigned to create a truly unique and collaborative experience. With fewer lectures, more roundtable sessions, more interaction and problem-centric topic tracks,

SIM Connect Live provides senior IT executives, CIOs and other industry veterans with high-level discussion to expand knowledge about innovation, privacy, enterprise technologies, and leadership. WIRED’s Kevin Kelly will deliver one of the keynote speeches.

DATE: April 11 – 13, 2018

LOCATION: Sheraton Dallas (downtown Dallas)

REGISTER before rates go up March 16, 2018 @ 

InnoTech Austin 2018

Mark your calendars to attend next year’s InnoTech Austin conference scheduled for October 2, 2018.


Austin SIM Membership News!

Not a Member?  Join Now!

Join the Austin chapter of SIM and collaborate with us on best practices, trends, and lessons learned.   We are interested in understanding what resources you need to be successful in your career as well so that we can align our events with the needs of our members.

Membership to the Austin SIM chapter includes membership in SIM National, the premier professional organization for top IT executives.

Join Today!

Current Members

Thank you for your SIM Membership in 2017! This year was full of great events, and we look forward to providing more valuable programming for 2018.  If your SIM membership expired on December 31, 2017, we strongly encourage you to renew your dues, so you continue to receive year-round benefits, such as:

  • Free Monthly Programs with speakers/panels )
  • Discount on Austin’s 2018 InnoTech conference ($99 value)
  • Networking with Austin IT Leaders as well as Leaders across the country (Priceless!)
  • Special Interest Groups (SIGs):
    • 2018 SIM Golf Event for Scholarships
    • STEM Outreach Efforts
    • SIM Austin LinkedIn Group
  • Leadership Development programs for you & direct reports
  • Visit

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 Anh ( with a couple of prospects so that we can add them to our membership campaigns.


If you know of a great vendor that you have worked with and can recommend their work to others, please contact Blake (


RLF – “Leadership for Life” (a leadership program of SIM)

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.

Here’s a snapshot from an endorsement written by a former RLF graduate that captures the ‘heart’ of the program::

“Leadership is not a position, it is a skill.  This became clear to me after my experience attending the Regional Leadership Forum several years ago.  Unlike the expected messaging received from the usual leadership training programs we’ve all attended throughout our careers, my experience in RLF was a consciousness-raising experience.  The program has existed for decades and is rich in history. More importantly, the round table that sets the curriculum and the program facilitators are also rich in experience.  I would call them leadership legends. The structure of the course is a guided journey into the essence of true leadership.”  (

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,

 2018 SIM Austin Executive Committee:

Vijay George (President), Jim Keeler (President-Elect), Kathy Wetzel (Treasurer), Wendi White (VP Programs), Anh Sellisen (VP Membership), Robert King (VP Member Engagement), Blake Holman (VP Sponsorship), Karen Calvert (VP Communications), John Burgtorf (Trustee), Bart Lauwers (Trustee), and Eric Hungate (Past-President)

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