SIM Austin Chapter Newsletter March 2018

March Austin SIM Meeting:  Agile Transformation – Lessons from the Front

We enjoyed seeing colleagues and friends at an interactive discussion on March 13th exploring lessons learned from Fortune 500 technology transformations.  The discussion, lead by Matt McBride, included .how to empower and prepare your team for success.

Matt is a Dallas SIM member who currently serves as Executive Vice President of Digital and Agile Transformation at Genesis 10.  He is also an Adjunct Professor teaching leadership, cybersecurity, software architecture, and software design courses for graduate-level programs at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

 Tremendous thanks to our March event sponsor, Genesis10 (

Save the Date

Join Us for SIM Connect Live –  April 11 – 13, 2018, Dallas Sheraton

Hope to see you at SIM Connect Live in Dallas on April 11 – 13. at Sheraton Dallas.

Are you wondering if IT professionals should be concerned with tech addiction and overuse?  Join Technology Wellness Center Founder Dr. Lisa Strohman as she tackles the issue head on at #SIMConnectLive18.

Do you want to become more resilient in the workplace?  Join Vince Poscente, a resiliency expert and former Olympic athlete, as he lets you in on the winning skills executives and their teams need to overcome growth obstacles in this “more, faster, now” world.

Need next-level leadership skills?  Want to create a compelling workplace culture?  Join us for #SIMConnectLive18’s RLF Advancing Leadership track, a must-do opportunity if you are focused at being an effective leader in 2018.


Austin SIM Event, April 17, 2018 – Happy Hour at Austin Beerworks

Join your SIM colleagues and friends  at Austin Beerworks for a casual happy hour at Austin Beerworks.  We will have plenty of room so please invite prospective members for an introduction to the Austin SIM Chapter.

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, April 17, 2018, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

LOCATION: Austin Beerworks, 3001 Industrial Terrace, Austin, TX  78758 (map)


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,

REGISTRATION:  go to Eventbrite to register!


InnoTech Austin 2018

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

Committee Updates

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 (free monthly programs with speakers/panels, CIO Roundtable Breakfasts, SIM Lunch Events, SIM Women’s Luncheon,  InnoTech discounts, access to regional and national SIM events and programs, and more.)

To renew your membership, 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.


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 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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