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SIM Austin Chapter Newsletter June 2018


June Austin SIM Happy Hour at Abel's on the Lake

June 2018 Happy Hour
What a great relaxing evening of networking while enjoying food, beverages and the beautiful setting at Abel's on the Lake on June 12th.  Hope you were able to join us!

A special Thank You to CIgniti for sponsoring our event.

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July Austin SIM  Meeting: AI - Beyond the Hype at Chez Zee  - Thursday, July 12, 2018

We hope to see you at Chez Zee on Thursday, July 12th, as we discuss the impacts of AI across industries and what you can do to prepare.

Artificial Intelligence has the potential to disrupt our businesses and entire industries. As technology leaders, we must guide our organizations' strategic leverage of AI, understanding the effects on our customers, partners, and workforce.

Dr. Bruce Porter will lead our discussion on AI. He is a two-time Chair of the University of Texas Computer Science Department and Chief Science Officer at SparkCognition, where he leads the company's many R&D initiatives. He also directs UT's Knowledge Systems Research Group, an AI organization with the goal to develop methods to build knowledgeable computers. He has won the Best Paper Award at the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence, the College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award, the National Science Foundation's Presidential Young Investigator Award, and the President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award.  (

Join us and bring a friend or colleague to introduce them to the Austin SIM Chapter and enjoy catering by Chez Zee.

DATE / TIME:  Thursday, July  12, 2018; 6:00 - 8:00 PM CDT. Please note that we are meeting on Thursday, rather than Tuesday, due to scheduling conflicts.

LOCATION: Chez Zee, 5406 Balcones Drive, Austin, TX  78731, (map)


Current Paid Members: Free (included in membership dues)

Guests of Paid Members: Members have 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 - $25.00

REGISTER @ Austin SIM July Meeting

It's Not About Golf - It's About Stem Education! - Thursday, September 20, 2018

Join us for the It's Not About Golf - It's About STEM Education Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, September 20, 2018. Proceeds from the tournament will be used to benefit incoming Freshman STEM students at the University of Texas Computer Science who previously completed Code Longhorn.

We will have a great day of golf at the beautiful Avery Ranch Golf Club in northwest Austin, TX (Avery Ranch Golf Club), a spectacular up-scale golf course with natural limestone caverns, knobby live-oak tress, rolling hills, and meandering streams and lakes all of which provide an Austin golf experience that is unparalleled in the area.

The event will include a 4-person scramble, box lunch and awards receptions following the golf.  If you don't play golf, no worries! We will have special golf rules for both the novice and experienced golfers making this a great afternoon of fun.

Register now and remember to invite your friends to play.  Just click on "Tell a friend" and you can send them a link to this site automatically.

DATE: Thursday, September 20, 2018

TIME: On-Site Registration starts at 12:00 Noon with a 1:30 PM Shotgun Start

LOCATION: Avery Ranch Golf Club, 10500 Avery Club Drive, Austin, TX 78717 (Avery Ranch Golf Club)

FOR MORE INFORMATION & TO REGISTER go to It's Not About Golf - It's About STEM Education

Registration is Open for InnoTech Austin 2018 - October 2, 2018

 InnoTech Austin, a premier technology conference, is celebrating 15 years in Austin.  Here are highlights of topics and tracks for this year:

  • Full day Data and Analytics track
  • Full day Security track
  • ISSA Security Track Luncheon
Austin DevOps & DevSecOps Summit
  • IT Leadership & Strategy
  • Cloud Technologies and Mobility
  • CIO Gala Luncheon
  • Women in Tech Summit
  • And more!

    LOCATION:  Austin Convention Center, Ballroom D, 500 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX  78701   (map).

    DATE:  Tuesday, October 2, 2018For More Information and to REGISTER for InnoTech 2018 go to

Also, the 21st annual IT Executives of the Year Awards will be presented.  If you are interested in nominating a deserving individual, Click Here.

Committee Updates

Austin SIM Membership News!

2017 SIM Members

Thank you for your SIM Membership in 2017!  If you have not renewed your membership, we would love to have you back as a member of our SIM family so you can continue to receive year-round benefits (free monthly programs with speakers/panels, CIO Roundtable Breakfasts, SIM Lunch Events, SIM Women's Luncheon,  InnoTech discounts,

To renew your membership, visit

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.

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Galen Metz, a former Austin SIM Board Member, has published a new book!

If you are interested in retiring, or perhaps you have already retired, you may want to check out a new book by Galen Metz, "Unlock the Secrets of Retirement: How to Plan and Achieve a Fulfilling Life in Retirement".  It's available on Amazon.

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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