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December 21 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 2018 Year in Review

Unlike many of the event vendors that persistently target tech leaders in our area, we are the only professional association of senior technology leaders, run solely by volunteers, that offers a tight-knit community of peers, meaningful learning opportunities regarding hot industry topics, and the ability to make an impact through our STEM charitable foundation. If you are a senior technology leader in the DC metro, please consider joining. Our chapter is rapidly growing and we have an ambitious agenda for 2019. Come be a part of it!

Major Chapter Accomplishments

SIMCAC has made some significant investments in 2018 and it is paying off!  As a result, we are attracting and retaining members better than we have in years, adding 40 new members in 2018 and yielding renewal rates that have already exceeded expectations. Here are just a few examples of what we accomplished this year:

  • We invested in quality programming and meeting attendance numbers are way up:  We diversified our meeting locations and meeting formats, attracted great speakers/panelists, and delivered meaningful opportunities for peer learning around hot topics.  As a result, our meetings are now generally attended by 40-50 senior technology leaders, which is approximately 3 times higher than 2017.
  • We built a digital presence that better represents and enhances our brand:  Through investments in our website, the addition of a weekly newsletter, and a focus on our social media presence, we reintroduced SIMCAC to the DC Metro
  • We diversified and expanded our revenue sources:  Through the addition of a sponsorship program that aligns with our values, we created a revenue source that protects our members from unwanted solicitation while proving the funds necessary to close capability gaps, expand our offerings, and grow our charitable foundation.
  • We deepened our leadership bench:  We added and filled 2 new board positions, and restructured existing roles, better positioning us to focus on our strategic priorities in 2019.
  • We made a difference:  We donated a total of $9500 in 2018 to 3 worthy organizations:  She Rocks The World, STEM for Her, and Wizards.exe (a Montgomery County robotics club that represented the US in a global robotics competition this past summer)
  • We positioned ourselves to make a bigger difference over the years to come:  Thanks to the work of Joe Malfesi, SIMCAC is prepared more than ever to donate time and money to worthy local STEM organizations
2018 Year in Events 
  • In January, we kicked off our programming calendar with our first social 
  • In February, senior practitioners walked us through the discipline of Technology Business Management

  • In March, a panel of CIOs and senior advisors discussed real-world case studies of companies that are successfully embracing emerging technologies


  • In April, in partnership with HMG Strategy, we hosted an all-day CIO summit packed with compelling content

  • In May, Forbes columnist Peter High joined us to talk about digital transformation and the evolving role of the CIO

  • In June, we donated to two worthwhile organizations and futurist Christina “CK” Kerley took us across the innovations and megatrends that will shape the future of work

  • In July, SIM members and their significant others got together over great food paired with wines from around the world

  • In August, we met, revisited our strategic plan, and planned our programming calendar for 2019
  • In September, a panel of local senior technology leaders shared their artificial intelligence success stories

  • In October, a panel of cybersecurity experts shared the trends we should be expecting in 2019

  • In November, leadership coach Tiffany Houser inspired a breakfast audience as part of our inaugural SIMCAC Women event

  • In December, we put out money to work through a donation to STEM for Her and reconnected over drinks and great food at Elizabeth’s on L

Happy Holidays from SIMCAC! Looking forward to seeing you in 2019! 

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