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SIM Austin Chapter Newsletter February 2019


Featured Event

March SIM Austin Monthly Meeting – Smart Spaces


March 12, 2019 @ 6:00 p.m.

As Austin grows, how will you interact with the space around you for a personalized experience? How will the space around you know where you are at? What experiences or services can or will become personalized?

Join us at Chez Zee as we hear from Jim O’Flaherty, Founder and CEO of QA Locate. Jim O'Flaherty is the Founder and CEO of location intelligence startup, QA Locate (a dba of Precision Location Intelligence). After receiving many commendations for building a highly scalable enterprise platform for a large telco, saving them millions of dollars a year, O'Flaherty's realization that every Fortune2000 company needs a location intelligence PaaS led him to quit his Architecture Software Engineering position. His passion and vision are now instantiated in QA Locate. Don't miss this great opportunity to explore this topic with an industry expert and leave with many ideas.

Invite a colleague or peer to join you for this invigorating discussion!

When: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.

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

To Register, go to: Austin SIM March Meeting

Recent Event

February SIM Austin Happy Hour


February 12, 2019 @ 6:00 p.m.      

We hope you were able to join us at Cover 3 for our first happy hour of 2019 and had an opportunity to catch-up with colleagues and meet new friends.

Here are a few pictures from that evening…



Save the Date

March SIM Austin Ladies Lunch – March 8, 2019

Are you looking for a way to connect with other women in IT? Join us on Friday, March 8, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for a networking lunch at Wilder Wood.

When: Friday, March 8, 2019, from 11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Where: Wilder Wood, 1300 E. 7th Street, Austin, TX  78702 (map)

To Register, go to: March SIM Ladies Lunch


April SIM Austin Happy Hour – April 9, 2019


Join your SIM peers at the World Beer Cup Gold-Medal-winning craft brewery, Hops and Grain! Let’s talk about the technology it takes to make a great brew! Which brew will become your new favorite, and why?

Other table topics include cybersecurity – securing you cloud, leadership – CIO or CTO? Recruiting talent – where d you go to find them?

Light bites and beer tokens will be provided to attendees

When: Tuesday, April 9, 2019, from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.

Where: Hops and Grain, 507 Calles Street, Austin, TX  78702  (map)

To Register, go to: April SIM Happy Hour

May SIM Austin Monthly Meeting – Organizational Change Management

May 14, 2019

We will be discussing a successful (on-time and on-budget) case study during this meeting. For this technology implementation, the Organization Change Management mission was to: Ready the business to adopt and own the new ways of working enabled by the “new technology.” They had to take into consideration: • Distributed employees • People naturally resistant to change • Training immediately before each go-live • Sustainability after roll-out What process did they follow to have a successful implementation?

Find out during an interactive session lead by Dr. John Gillis from LeadershipX that will cover learning, stakeholder engagement, change readiness and most critically – the business readiness plan.

When: Tuesday, May 14, 2019, from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.

Where: projekt202, 1300 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX  78701 (map)   

To Register, go to: May Austin SIM Meeting

2019 SIM Leadership Program


Registration is open for SIM’s 2019 Leadership Program, RLF!

In 2019, SIM’s RLF program will be hosted in 8 different locations across the U.S.

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

SIM Connect Live: March 15– 17, 2019 – Orlando, Florida


Don’t miss the opportunity to interact with more than 500 CIOs, senior IT executives, leading academicians, and prominent consultant at SIM Connect Live on May 15 – 17, 2019 in Orlando.

SIM Connect Live, the Society for Information Management’s flagship national event, provides a multi-day, immersive learning experience for top IT leaders.

The 2019 event offers premier opportunities to explore cutting-edge trends, identify strategies for business successes and for expand leadership competencies amidst today’s disruptive and exciting business environment.

When: Wednesday, May 15, - Friday, May 17, 2019

Where: Renaissance SeaWorld, 5577 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, Florida, 32821 (map)

To Register, go to:  SIM Connect Live - Orlando

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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2019 SIM Austin Executive Committee

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 Burgtorf
At Large: Stephen Elkins
At Large: Bart Lauwers
At Large: Rudy Montoya
At Large: Greg Nichols
At Large: Lou Senko


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