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SIM Austin Chapter Newsletter September 2019


Upcoming Events

October SIM Austin Monthly Meeting - How do Cybersecurity Best Practices Differ Across Industries?


Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Please join Austin SIM as we welcome  Mike Skinner, Partner in Charge and Stacey Horne, Director of Business Development from Horne Cyber to explore and discuss how cybersecurity best practices differ across industries such as telecommunications, energy, retail, healthcare, financial services, public sector and others. 

Don't miss the opportunity to explore this important topic with industry experts! Invite a colleague or peer to join you for this invigorating discussion! As always, we will have bites to eat and great drinks to keep you refreshed.

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

Where: ACCelerator at the ACC Highland Campus, Bldg.100 (Main Building) 1300 Guadalupe St., #300, Austin, TX 78701 (map)
(Note: After you park, enter the Main building and go down the stairs to the first floor. You won't be able to miss the ACCelerator from there!)

To Register, go to: Austin SIM October Monthly Meeting    

Thank you to our Sponsor, Fiber Town!                         

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


Onsite registration begins at 8:30 AM, Shotgun starts at 10:00 AM, Event concludes at 4:00 PM

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
Where: Shadow Glen Golf Club - 12801 Lexington Street, Manor, TX  (map)
To Register on-line: SIM Austin Golf Tournament

Recent Events

September SIM Austin Monthly Meeting - Organizational Change Management


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

We had a great turnout for this engaging discussion of a case study on what makes a successful project. 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.

Hope you were able to attend!

Save the Date

You're 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 
Austin Convention Center,  500 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78701 (map)
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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