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June 6th 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! 

Our June SIMCAC Event Is Only Five Days Away!

In addition, we will be announcing some SIMCAC charitable activity that evening, and we would love everyone to join us to celebrate!

The Impact of STEM Programs on the Workforce

      Think today’s war for technology talent is tough? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in computer occupations is projected to increase 12.5% by 2024 relative to 2014 levels, so it’s only going to get worse.

      Many government programs and non-profit organizations are focused on addressing these labor shortages through programs that inspire our youth to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. In fact, past and current administrations have made this a top priority, securing both public and private funding to improve STEM education and prepare teachers. And SIM, the nation’s largest professional association of senior technology leaders, has a long-standing tradition of supporting these programs through contributions of time and money.

      But, are these programs working? What else can we do to help?

      SIMCAC invites current and eligible prospective members to join us for a conversation with STEM leaders representing the public, private, and non-profit sectors as we take the pulse and discuss the future of our nation’s technology workforce. A cocktail reception with heavy appetizers will follow the program.

      Event underwritten by Randstad. Thank you Enterprise Knowledge for hosting us. 

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Our Moderator:

Joe Malfesi

Joe Malfesi - Joe is now semi-retired in a part-time role as Vice President, Operations at Transaction Network Services, Inc. (TNS), a global provider of data communications and interoperability solutions. While he now focuses on managing M&A transitions, in his previous role as Vice President, Global Infrastructure Services, Mr. Malfesi utilized his extensive experience in both information technology and business line management to ensure non-stop availability of the infrastructure for TNS which has a presence in over 60 countries. Prior to joining TNS, Mr. Malfesi was the Chief Technology Operations Officer at Amtrak where he was named by the Maryland/D.C. Technology Council as the 2011 IT Executive of the Year-Government for his management of a major infrastructure improvement program relocating data centers and changing network providers while supporting the concurrent rollout of “Big Bang” SAP and the introduction of eTicketing.

       In 1989 Mr. Malfesi joined Hughes Network Systems (HNS) as the senior information technology officer where he blueprinted the system architecture that supported a 600% revenue growth. His last role at HNS was as Chief Technology Officer, focusing on evaluating emerging technologies, developing roadmaps, reducing infrastructure costs and leading the development for business continuity and information security strategies. Mr. Malfesi has also held senior IT management positions at a computer manufacturer, a health care services company, and a major appliance distributor.                                                                                                 

      Mr. Malfesi graduated from Fordham University with a B.S. in Marketing Management. He also holds an M.B.A. from New York University with concentrations in Computer Applications and Accounting. He is board Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and was named to the International Who’s Who of Information Technology in 1998. Mr. Malfesi has been an active member of the Society for Information Management (SIM) for nearly 30 years and has served as the Chairman of the Capital Area Chapter (SIMCAC) and a member of the Advanced Practices Council. He currently is the STEM Outreach Chairman for SIMCAC. He has been a guest speaker at the Robert H. Smith School of Business CIO Forum, SAP Admin & Infrastructure Conference, HMG Strategy CIO Executive Leadership Forums and a judge at the annual American University Kogod Case Competition since 2005.

Our Panel:

Ruthe Farmer

      Ruthe Farmer has focused on inclusion in technology since 2001 and is Chief Evangelist at CSforAll. She served as Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy focusing on President Obama’s call to action for Computer Science for All, and previously strategy and K-12 programs at the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). She has launched multiple national inclusion programs including Aspirations in Computing, TECHNOLOchicas, the AspireIT outreach program, Lego Robotics for Girl Scouts and more. She served as 2012 Chair of CSEDWeek, was named a White House Champion of Change for Technology Inclusion in 2013, received the Anita Borg Institute Award for Social Impact in 2014, and the UK Alumni Award for Social Impact in 2015. Ruthe holds a BA from Lewis & Clark College and an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Oxford.

Sylvia James


Dr. Sylvia M James - Sylvia is the Deputy Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). The mission of EHR is to “…provide the research foundation to develop a diverse, STEM literate public and workforce ready to advance the frontiers of science and engineering for society.” As the Deputy Assistant Director, she oversees aspects of directorate program development, staffing, performance management, and internal and external communications. Prior to assuming this role in early 2019, she served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Director for EHR for two years and the Director of the Division of Human Resource Development (HRD). As Division Director, she managed a $148 million budget and a talented team of scientific and administrative staff. During her 17-year tenure at NSF, she has served as the Acting Division Director of the Division of Human Resource Development, Acting Director and Acting Deputy Division Director of the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings, Lifelong Learning Cluster Coordinator, and Lead Program Director/Program Director for several EHR programs including ISE, ITEST, ATE, ASCEND, and AYS.

Dr. James previously served as the Co-Chair of the Federal Coordination in STEM Education Committee (FC-STEM) Broadening Participation Interagency Working Group (2014-2018) and interim Acting Co-Chair of FC-STEM. She was a member of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Student Science Enrichment Program (SSEP) Advisory Committee from 2012-2016. She has served as an education consultant for science education radio, youth publications, and museums and an adjunct science faculty member. Dr. James holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Loyola University, a Master of Science degree from Johns Hopkins University, and a Doctorate in Science Education from Morgan State University, all located in Baltimore, Maryland.


Natalie Lorenz-Anderson


Natalie Lorenz-Anderson - Natalie is currently Senior Vice President at 247Solar, who are producing the next generation of concentrated solar power (CSP). For the prior 33-years, she had an IT and cybersecurity career with Booz Allen Hamilton, driving business units as large as $300M, teams as large as 2,000, and programs as large as $200M for major Federal Government and DoD customers. Concurrently, Natalie is Vice President, STEM Outreach with the Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital and Chair, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology (TJHSST) Partnership Fund. She is an advocate and mentor for women and people of color ensuring diverse thinking and best results on every team. She has been a Board Chair for organizations as large as 60,000 members and 132 chapters worldwide, with an Executive Committee composed of fortune 500 CEOs and other C-suite leaders. Her lifelong mission is to encourage and enable girls, under-served minority and first generation youth, and low-income youth to successfully pursue education in (and thrive in careers that leverage) science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to solve the planet's critical problems including food and water security, renewable energy, environmental protection, and sustainability.

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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.
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In Case You Missed It 
A recent installment of the SIMCAC weekly newsletter featured a member spotlight article on Joe Kraus. Joe shared some fascinating insights on digital preservation as well as what it's like to be the CIO of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Check it out HERE

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