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SIM Austin Chapter Newsletter March 2019


Featured Event

April SIM Austin Happy Hour – Sponsored by Experis!


Tuesday, April 9th from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m..

Join your SIM peers at the World Beer Cup Gold Medal-winning craft brewery, Hops and Grain! Hops & Grain's Brew Master will lead us on a tour of the brewery while discussing the science and technology of brewing craft beer. Which brew will become your new favorite? Tour with Hops & Grain will begin at 6:45 p.m.  Table topics include cyber-security - securing your cloud; leadership - CIO or CTO?  Recruiting talent - where do you go to find them?  Light bites and beer tokens will be provided to attendees.

Bring a friend or colleague to introduce them to the Austin SIM chapter.

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

Where: Hops and Grain Brewery, 507 Calles St., Suite 101, Austin, TX  78702  (map)   

To Register, go to: SIM Austin April Happy Hour

Thank you to our sponsor, Experis!  

Recent Event

March SIM Austin Monthly Meeting -  Smart Spaces


March 12, 2019 @ 6:00 p.m.      

We have had great feedback on our March meeting at Chez Zee.  We hope you were able to be there to join in the discussion with hear Jim O’Flay, Founder and CEO of QA Locate, as he talked about how we will interact with the space around us in the future for a personalized experience. 

Hope to see you at our next event!

Save the Date

April SIM Austin Ladies Lunch – April 26, 2019

Are you looking for a way to connect with other women in IT? Join us on Friday, April 26, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for a networking lunch at BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse in the Arbor Walk.

When: Friday, April 26, 2019, from 11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

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

​​CIO Roundtable - Austin ('by invitation only' event)

May 10, 2019, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Stephen Elkins, CIO at City of Austin, and Kathy Wetzel, Society for Information Management President and CIO at the Texas Association of School Boards would like to invite you to a newly organized CIO Roundtable Luncheon.  This 'by invitation-only' event has been designed to bring CIO's together to discuss current day challenges and to collaborate as a group to solve problems.

When:  May 10, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where:  CTECC - Combined Transportation, Emergency, and Communications Center, 5010 Old Manor Rd., Austin, TX  78723 (map)
To Register:  go to CIO Roundtable 'By invitation Only' Event

May SIM Austin Monthly Meeting - A Connected World by Dr. Bob Metcalfe

May 14, 2019

Join us for an evening with Dr. Bob Metcalfe as he talks about the connected world we live in.  

The most important new fact about the human condition is that we are connected, which is generally a good thing - see Metcalfe's Law (V~N^2).  But the Internet is only 50 years old and already 55% of humans are on it, over 4 billion humans and 8 billion things.  We have not yet figured out how to handle all this connectivity so we have spam, fake news, security hacks, toxic discourse ... And the next, augmented video mobile gigabit Internet of Things is upon us.

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

Where: Microsoft Corporation, 10900 Stonelake Blvd., Austin, TX  78759 (map)

To Register, go to: May Austin SIM Meeting

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.

Join Today!


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2019 SIM Austin Executive Committee

President: Kathy Wetzel
President-Elect: Lou Senko
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


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