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November 15th 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! 

SIM Celebrates the Season – Annual Holiday Reception

Join us on December 10th from 6pm - 8pm for a casual reception, full of holiday cheer, delicious food and great company!   For the first time, we are headed to The National Press Club in Washington DC.  Perched atop the National Press Building, within sight of the White House and just down Pennsylvania Avenue from the U.S. Capitol, the National Press Club is the meeting place in Washington for newsmakers and journalists. Through its doors have come presidents, premiers, kings and queens, Cabinet secretaries, senators and House members, movie stars and sports heroes, titans of business and finance – a who’s who of the 20th and the 21st centuries - eager to share their views on current events with the media and the public.

Our annual 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 opening up registration to eligible prospective members and we are asking (and strongly encouraging) all SIMCAC members to invite up to 2 of your eligible directs, peers, or contacts to join you (member guests can attend for free, simply register them as your guests with the “Prospective Member (Member Guest)” ticket type after logging in). 

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Event Recap: SIMCAC 2nd Annual Executive Women Leadership Event
On Tuesday, November 12th, industry leaders convened at AARP's Innovation Labs (aka The Hatchery) to share their experiences about climbing the corporate ladder and equality.  The topic, “The Higher the Calling, the Tougher the Climb” resonated with many SIMCAC members.  Panelists and moderators of the events included Dondi Strong from Levi Partners, Wayne McGurk from National Rural Electric Corporation Association, Ivy Ho from FINRA, Trey Webb from Allied Telecom Group, LLC, and Kara Freeman Lee from the American Council on Education.


Dondi kicked off the discussion with research from McKinsey and Lean In showing that there is a leaky faucet between the number of women in STEM and in leadership roles.  Ivy then shared a personal challenge that many women, herself included, have experienced in the pursuit of career advancement—imposter syndrome.  “I am always most critical on myself,” Ivy recalled, and this sentiment was recognized and shared among other panelists.  How to combat imposter syndrome?  Both Wayne and Kara offered solid recommendations around finding mentors and establishing a strong personal brand.

“Forget about your imposter syndrome, own your power, and go for the stars.  Be confident and know who you are.”  The audience had overwhelmingly positive responses to the personal journeys shared by the panel.  For example, some of the questions asked at the end of the session ranged from generosity burnout to mentorship selection.  Dondi noted, “it’s lonely at the top in the corporate world, we need to help one another, find allies and sponsors."  This event had over 50 people, and many left feeling inspired and motivated about the impact they can make at work and beyond. 

Registration is open for the 2020 Mid-Atlantic RLF program

For more information on 2020 curriculum, sessions, facilitators, and registration, visit the program page here.
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