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November 8 Newsletter


Welcome to the SIMCAC Weekly Newsletter....
....Where each week, we'll share SIMCAC announcements, member spotlights, local/national industry news, upcoming events, and recaps of past ones! 

SIMCAC Member Spotlight Article

Samaria Sherman - Managing Partner, SVi Services, LLC

1. Briefly describe your current company and role. 

       Samaria is Managing Director at SVi Services, LLC providing consulting and advisory services to Senior IT executives, managing engagements across a range of financial services with a focus on IT strategy, organizational change management, and program management.

2. You’ve been in this position for about two years, what has been your biggest challenge, learning lesson or takeaway?

      My biggest challenge has been persuading my senior executive clients that getting assistance from an independent consultant is now nuevo to influence their board of directors’ decisions for supporting strategic initiatives. Once I convince them to hire me, they increase their effectiveness in implementing projects. My biggest takeaway is I am fortunate that I have maintained my network of IT and business professionals built during my 25+ years in the financial services industry, which has paid off tremendously.

3. Outside of work, what endeavors are you most excited about today?

      Outside of work, I enjoy volunteering my time coaching and mentoring youths and millennials to positively influence our future corporate leaders.  I serve on a board as an executive director at STEM for Her, a non-profit organization, that promotes education to create awareness, excitement, and opportunities among girls and young women to pursue STEM-related careers. I also volunteer with Year Up, an organization with a mission to close the opportunity divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. I am active with SIMCAC which offers a diverse network community of like-minded leaders committed to each other’s success and providing opportunities to learn from peers of world class thought leaders in information technology, cybersecurity and STEM education.

4. Next week you'll be attending the SIMCAC Executive Women Leadership Breakfast where the event topic will be "Identifying and Living Out Your Brand." In your own words, what does it mean to live out your brand? How do events such as this help to empower women to stand tall amid the challenges they face in today's workplace?

      To live out my own brand, means I am empowered to do what I do best – leadership and creativity, with no strict boundaries to execute results!  Specifically, leveraging my interpersonal skills with my diverse network of professionals, exercising my uncanny ability to work with proteges, peers, and superiors to achieve results by tapping into their unknown or hidden talent.

Less Than One Week Away!
The SIMCAC Executive Women Leadership Breakfast
November 15h from 07:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Washington, DC

Topic:  Identifying and Living Out Your Brand!

In today’s workplace, women are leaders, empowered and making a difference in the environment.  Yet still, many women do have challenges being heard, standing in the power of their role, and defining exactly who or what they want to become.

This SIMCAC Executive Women Leadership Breakfast will focus on how a female leader can define her position of leadership in her organization and stand tall amid challenges and negative stereotypes.

Conversations will surround:

  • Career enhancement and advancement
  • A seat at the Exec table
  • Posture for power

Join your peers to enjoy a time of fulfilling and inspiring discussions, stories and guidance.  Attendees are encouraged to attend with their direct reports to take advantage of this development opportunity.  Leadership Coach and Corporate Culture Strategist, Tiffany Houser, will be on hand to deliver some key points to empower this part of your career journey.   

As your gift for attending this leadership event, Tiffany is offering a 15-minute complimentary coaching session with her, over the phone, to dive deeper into your leadership goals. Sign-up for time during the breakfast.

Our Speaker:

Tiffany Houser - As a leadership coach and culture strategist, Tiffany Houser has over 18 years experience working with tech companies and tech professionals. Her work allows aspiring leaders and professionals to step into their professional purpose so they can fully engage in the work they passionately love while creating an impact and elevating their leadership. The work includes breaking through your mindsets that are holding you back to clear the way for you to become and inspiring leader in tech. With her culture transformation work, Tiffany and her team of inspiring and empowering coaches and leaders collaborate with your senior leadership to define your thriving culture and bring it to life with the 4 cornerstones of her work - insight, emotional intelligence, inspirational leadership and impact. Tiffany and her team also produce and facilitate corporate retreats and workshops, and are available for speaking engagements. To find out more about Tiffany Houser, please check out her site and her LinkedIn profile.

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Upcoming Event 
The 2018 SIMCAC Holiday Reception
December 11th at Elizabeth's on L in Washington, D.C.

Join us for a casual reception, full of holiday cheer, delicious food and great company!  For the second straight year, we will be celebrating at Elizabeth’s on L.  It is one of the most stylish event venues in Washington’s downtown core.  This Federalist townhouse offers a graceful embracing setting, perfect for networking over drinks and a light dinner with your SIMCAC peers and colleagues.  As the home base to one of DC’s most distinguished caterers—The Catering Company of Washington—the food promises to be spectacular!

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Our holiday reception is a perfect opportunity to get to know your fellow SIMCAC members in a social setting, as well as being a great way to recruit eligible prospective members.  As such, we are asking (and strongly encouraging) all SIMCAC members to invite up to 2 eligible prospective members (directs, peers, or contacts) to be their guests.  If you have any question about membership eligibility, please check the membership criteria page on or reach out to any SIMCAC board member.


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