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May 2nd Newsletter


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A Recap of the SIMCAC and HMG Strategy 2019 Washington, D.C. Executive Leadership Summit
For the past seven years, SIMCAC has proudly partnered with HMG Strategy to bring the preeminent CIO leadership conference to the Capital Area. The theme for this year’s summit – Future State 2025: Driving the Digital Roadmap to a Consumer-Centric Organization – resonated well with attendees from both the private and public sectors as we explored the role of the CIO and technology leaders in working with executive leadership in identifying and executing on future state goals and how the use of advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, data analytics and the Internet of Things can be leveraged to enhance the customer experience and gain a competitive edge.

A series of top-tier executives provided keynote addresses in the morning which helped position the agenda for the day. SIMCAC member Amy Doherty, SVP & CIO at AARP kicked off the event with a presentation that included how AARP uses artificial intelligence and data to better understand and respond to the needs of its 50+ members.

SIMCAC member Julia Anderson, Global CIO at Smithfield Foods, shared how her company is utilizing blockchain to monitor and manage the health of its livestock. Like Amy Doherty, Julia Anderson also discussed how she is fostering a culture of diversity within Smithfield to spawn fresh ideas and new ways of thinking to power its digital transformation initiatives.

In the afternoon, a panel of top executives shared their recommendations for becoming boardroom-ready, including the soft skills that are needed to strengthen relationships with the CEO and members of the board along with advice for landing a coveted board position with a publicly-held company.
The event was well-attended and the high level of engagement amongst attendees was a testament to the strength of the partnership between SIMCAC and HMG Strategy in delivering compelling content for SIMCAC members and other attendees.


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May SIMCAC Event, "The Human CIO in the Digital Age"
14th May - 5:30-8:00 PM - City Club, Washington, DC

Without question, the fast-and-furious change we are all experiencing in this digital age is an order of mega-ton magnitude. But whether you find this frenetic, fast-moving environment to be thrilling or overwhelming (or both!), you can’t ignore it: The stakes are far too high, and the revenue potential too great. Incremental innovation and slow adoption are no longer sufficient. You need to leapfrog or you’ll get left behind.

And leapfrogging means acknowledging that the twin forces of human resources and technology are both fundamental to sustainable success. No matter how you look at a business problem, tech and talent are part of the solution. Nobody in tech is not-talking about talent, and nobody in talent is not-talking about tech.

Talent wars for data scientists, developers, and other IT roles are real and those companies who don't have boundless pools of money need to compete in other ways to stay in the game. We're all going back to "tech school" but if we get lost in cutting edge technology alone, we'll find we've sliced ourselves wide open.  The ultimate goal for any company and leader shouldn't be "having the latest tech," it needs to be: staying relevant!

Relevance for your team: Good talent wants to feel empowered, appreciated and respected. Good people, regardless of organizational level, want to make a difference, have an impact and MATTER. They want to grow and learn because that's what engages your employees in their work. 

Relevant to your customers: They buy in, they feel connected and engaged when their online experiences and their human interactions are met with passion and efficiency. In a commoditized tech world, it's the human quotient that will create loyalty to the point where your products and services become enmeshed in their lives.

Relevance to the market: Whether you’re a thought leader in the market where the industry turns to you for what’s next or you're a steady player with consistent growth, the playing field is even right now because none of us have been here before. You as the Human CIO need to lead the way forward and doing so, you will have a dominant position in shaping where your industry goes next.

Kristen will share ideas, strategies, and how-to's for every leader to become an effective Human CIO in the Digital Age.  There isn't one way to accomplish this goal, and her real-world examples and stories will help you to adapt and develop a pragmatic strategy forward versus pie-in-the-sky platitudes. 

Our Speaker: Kristen Lameraeux, President & CEO of Lamoreaux Search

Kristen Lamoreaux

Learn More About Kristen and Register Here!
Mark Your Calendars - The Inaugural SIMCAC Charity Golf Outing Will Take Place on September 27th, 2019!

We welcome IT leaders to join us for a day of networking, golfing and giving back to the community. As IT leaders, it is our duty to give back to STEM and encourage others to join alongside us. We look forward to sharing this exciting golf outing with you. Learn more about the golf outing here.

It's Not Too Late To Register For #SIMConnectLive19!

With several late-breaking additions to the program on topics like leveraging AI to enhance the customer experience, and finding talent through online gaming, SIM Connect Live 2019 is not to be missed. There's still time to register and secure your hotel.

We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!
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