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SIM Austin Chapter Newsletter June 2019


Important Member News

Membership Renewals

Thank you to all our SIM Austin Colleagues that have renewed their membership for 2019.  We are thrilled to see you again this year!

For our colleagues that haven't renewed yet, we would love to have you continue your membership in 2019 and be part of the Austin SIM Chapter family.  If you didn't renew your membership by end of day on April 30th, you will find that your account has been "deactivated".  In order to renew your membership once this happens, please send an email to  You will receive an invoice with a link to pay online.  Once the invoice is paid, SIM National will reactivate your account. 

As always, please let us know if you have any questions.

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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Featured Event

July SIM Austin Monthly Meeting - Blockchain & Hurricane Harvey - What do they have in common?

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey serve as economic, social, political, and environmental disruptors that pose a critical threat to the wellbeing of all citizens. Inadequate planning and coordination and inefficient recovery processes diminish survivors’ quality of life, impair effective management of time-sensitive scenarios, delay clean-up efforts, and make it nearly impossible to invest in future, preventative efforts. Through the development of a blockchain-based citizen assistance application, the goal of the IBM Resiliency and Recovery Support to Texas project was to transform back-end processes and enable community stakeholders to establish a culture of natural disaster preparedness, catalyzing a public shift in focus from reactive, recovery-based initiatives to proactive, resiliency-based initiatives.

Join us as two leading experts, Krystal Webber, Global Design & Strategy Leader, and Christopher Magdelain, Design Lead & Consultant, from IBM Blockchain Services walk us through the scenario and the ongoing solution.

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

Where: IBM Client Experience Center, 11501 Burnet Road 78758 (map)

To Register, go to: SIM Austin July Monthly Meeting

Recent Event

June SIM Austin Monthly Meeting - Kubernetes and Containers at Google
Google Cloud

Held Tuesday, June 11, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Hope you had the opportunity to learn about the multi-cloud and hybrid-cloud container management and orchestration using Kubernetes Engine and Anthos.  This was a great discussion and very interesting to understand why it is important to our product life cycle.

We look forward to seeing you at our next event!

Save the Date

July 2019 SIM Ladies Lunch - July 12th

Join us at Wilder Wood in East Austin for a networking lunch!

When: Tuesday, July 12, 2019, from 11:30 - 1:00 P.M.

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

To Register, go to: July SIM Ladies Lunch

August SIM Austin Monthly Meeting - No Meeting in August

Since many members and friends of SIM will be on vacation during the month of August, we will not be holding a meeting.  Enjoy your vacation!

CIO Roundtable - Austin ('by invitation only' event) - August 23rd

Save the date for the next CIO Roundtable scheduled for August 23rd. 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.

SIM sponsored this year's first CIO Roundtable which was held on Friday, May 10, 2019. About 30 public and private CIOs attended and were enthusiastic about getting together to collaborate and encouraged the group to continue to get together periodically.

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.


If you would like more information on becoming a sponsor or know of a great vendor that you have worked with and can recommend their work to others, please click here Become a Sponsor.


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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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