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SIM Austin Chapter Newsletter July - August 2019


Featured Event

September SIM Austin Monthly Meeting - Organizational Change Management


Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Join us for a discussion on a successful (on-time and on-budget) case study. For this technology implementation, the Organizational 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, resistance to change, training immediately before each go-live, and sustainability after roll-out. What process did they follow to achieve a successful implementation? Find out during an interactive session that will cover learnings, stakeholder engagement, change readiness and, most critically, the business readiness plan.

When: Tuesday, September 10, 2019, from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.

Where: Projekt202 , 1300 Guadalupe St., #300, Austin, TX 78701 ( map )

To Register, go to: SIM Austin July Monthly Meeting

Recent Events

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

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

Two leading experts, Krystal Webber, Global Design & Strategy Leader, and Christopher Magdelain, Design Lead & Consultant, from IBM Blockchain Services, lead us through an intriguing discussion on IBM's Resiliency and Recovery Support to Texas project.  The goal of the project, utilizing IBM's developed blockchain-based citizen assistance application, is to transform back-end processes and enable community stakeholders to establish a culture of natural disaster preparedness and shifting public focus from reactive, recovery-based initiative to proactive, resiliency-based initiative.

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CIO Roundtable - Austin ('by invitation only' event) - August 23, 2019

SIM sponsored this year's second CIO Roundtable which was held on Friday, August 23, 2019. Attendees provided input prior to the meeting on current challenges they wanted to discuss and the group continues to be enthusiastic about getting together to collaborate.

Save the Date

2019 Annual STEM Golf Tournament - October 24, 2019, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM (CT)


Join us for a great day of golf at the beautiful Shadow Glen Golf Club in Manor, TX  to support Code Longhorn, a program of UT Austin. The event will include a 4-person scramble, box lunch and awards reception following the golf.

Code Longhorn is a free, one-week residential camp program for high school students (boys and girls), especially students from historically underrepresented groups (African-American, Latino and Native American students) in the field of computer science. The camp includes team-building activities, educational sessions and recreation. Proceeds from the tournament will provide for ALL COSTS of the camp except travel to and from the UT Austin campus.

When: Thursday, October 24, 2019. Onsite registration begins at 8:30 AM, Shotgun start at 10 AM, Event concludes at 4 PM.
Where: Shadow Glen Golf Club - 12801 Lexington Street, Manor, TX  ( map )
To Register on-line: 2019 Annual STEM Golf Tournament

Your Invited to the 16th Annual InnoTech Austin 2019 - Registration is Open!


InnoTech Austin, the region's largest business technology event, returns to the Austin Convention Center on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. The event is comprised of:

  • Educational sessions on Data & Analytics, IT Leadership & Strategy, Cloud Technologies & DevOps, Cloud Native and much more
  • Exhibit hall with 45+ companies for all-day networking and hands-on demonstrations
  • Up to 7 continuing education hours and credits
  • Happy 45-Minute Reception with complimentary drinks and prizes
  • ISSA Security Track Luncheon*
  • Austin CIO Gala Luncheon*
  • Women in Tech Summit

When: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 
Where: Austin Convention Center,  500 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78701 (map)
For more details and to Register, go to:

*Separate registration is required for Special Events

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.

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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: 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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