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SIM Austin Chapter Newsletter December 2018


Featured Event

January Austin SIM Monthly Meeting - Gartner Annual IT Trends Report 

January 8, 2019
Time for the annual "how well did we predict?" and "what's ahead"! Join us for an exclusive presentation of Gartner Strategic Technology Trends report, presented by Gartner Managing Partner George Love (LinkedIn). This analysis explores global technology trends which Gartner has derived through hundreds of industry assessments, including predictions at national and state levels. George is back by popular demand after his insightful and engaging 2016, 2017, and 2018 presentations.

Always a popular presentation, you might want to register early as there is limited space at Chez Zee. Please feel free to invite a guest for an introduction to the Austin SIM Chapter.

Tremendous thanks to our January sponsor, (Sequel Data Systems)


When: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:00 P.M.

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

To Register, visit: January 2019 SIM Austin Meeting 

Recent Event

December Austin SIM Event: SIM Austin Holiday Social

December 11, 2018

Thank you for attending our December Holiday Social at Abel's on the Lake. We hope you enjoyed the holiday lights and Austin Lake view and had a chance to network with other IT Leaders.

Our event included voting-in the 2019 SIM Board. We appreciate everyone that took the opportunity to vote. Congratulations to the following 2019 Board Members:

  • President: Kathy Wetzel
  • President-Elect: Blake Holman
  • Past President: Vijay George
  • Secretary: Beverly Moore
  • Treasurer: Amy Kelley
  • VP Communications: Karen Calvert
  • VP Membership: Anh Selissen
  • VP Member Engagement: Robert King
  • VP Marketing: Jessica Taylor
  • VP Programs: Heather Poggi-Mannis
  • VP Sponsorship: Rudy Rodriguez
  • VP STEM Initiatives: Wendi White
  • At Large: John Burgtorft
  • At Large: Stephen Elkins
  • At Large: Bart Lauwers
  • At Large: Rudy Montoya
  • At Large: Greg Nichols
  • At Large: Lou Senko

Save the Date

February Austin SIM Meeting: February 12, 2019

Mark your calendar for our next monthly meeting being held on Tuesday, November 13th, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and stay tuned for more information!

2019 SIM Leadership Program

Have you heard of RLF? Are you wondering what it's all about? SIM is committed to development our next generation of Leaders. RLF, SIM's renowned highly-successful leadership development program, has over 4,500 graduates across the world. The program is more than just a set of quick workshops, lectures or seminars. It is:

  • A unique conduit for long-term change in professional and personal capabilities.
  • A comprehensive series of six 2-day session unfolding over nine-months.
  • A participant driven program known for its highly engaging interaction among peer and professional colleagues.
  • A program that teaches and instills in people the self-awareness, confidence, emotional intelligence and leadership tools to lift them to the top of their professions.

To help explain RLF, check-out this short LinkedIn article and video which helps convey the essence of the program and captures just a few powerful alumni testimonials.:

For additional information on the program, visit rlf-leadership

InnoTech Austin 2019: November 19, 2019


InnoTech Austin 2019: November 19, 2019

Save the date! InnoTech Austin returns to the Austin Convention Center on November 19, 2019. Registration will open this summer!

For information on being an exhibitor or sponsoring, contact .

Interested in speaking?  Session submissions are being accepted now. Submit your session proposal to no later than January 15, 2019. Sessions must be educational in nature, timely and relevant to the IT and business community.

Austin SIM Membership News

2018 SIM Members - It's Time to Renew Your Membership!

Thank you for your SIM Membership in 2018!  This year was full of great events and we look forward to providing more valuable programming for 2019. If your SIM membership expires on December 31, 2018, we strongly encourage you to renew your dues so you continue to receive year-round benefits such as:

  •  Free Monthly Programs with speakers/panels )
  • A discount on the  InnoTech Austin conference
  • Networking with Austin IT Leaders as well as Leaders across the country (Priceless!)
  • Special Interest Groups (SIGs):
    • 2017 SIM Golf Event for Scholarships
    • SIM Austin LinkedIn Group
  • Leadership Development programs for you & direct reports
  • Visit: SIM Austin Renew

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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2018 SIM Austin Executive Committee & Board Partners

Vijay George (President)

Kathy Wetzel (Treasurer)

Wendi White (VP Programs)

Anh Sellisen (VP Membership)

Robert King (VP Member Engagement)

Blake Holman (VP Sponsorship)

Karen Calvert (VP Communications)

Eric Hungate (Past-President)

John Burgtorf (Trustee)

Bart Lauwers (Trustee)

Casey Burkhart (Executive Committee Support)

Ankur Gaba (Board Partner, Membership)

Keri Pearlson (Board Partner, National SIM Liaison)

Heather Poggi-Mannis (Board Partner, Programs)

Jessica Taylor (Board Partner, Outreach)

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