Past Chapter Events


Thursday, July 15th – Advent Health Food Pantry Volunteer Opportunity & Happy Hour

SIM Central Florida has another opportunity to give back and volunteer in our community! Join SIM Central Florida for a Community Service Project at Advent Health Orlando’s Food Pantry! This event will be followed by an opportunity to network with other SIM Members for self-pay Happy Hour at M Lounge.

Thursday July 15thVolunteer opportunities between 2-4pm, Happy Hour following

Advent Health Food Pantry

601 East Rollins Street, Suite 400, Orlando, FL 32803

Shift 1: 2-3pm

Shift 2: 3-4pm

The Pantry at Advent Health Orlando is a Partner of Simple Truth Foundation- https://www.simpletruthfoundation.org/. It is located at 601 East Rollins Street, Suite 400, Orlando, FL 32803. Volunteers can sign up for 1 hour shifts either from 2-3 pm or 3-4 pm. Volunteers will help sort donation items and help customers shop through the pantry. If any Volunteers want to bring donations, they can bring dry food pantry items like peanut butter, rice, pasta, canned goods, cereals, oatmeal, condiments, etc. for donation.  

Feel free to sign up for one or both shifts. We’ll take whatever timeframe you are available to participate.

After the volunteer event, join SIM CFL for Happy Hour at M Lounge located at 2000 N Orange Ave Suite 300, Orlando, FL 32804. Members who are not able to volunteer are also welcome to this event. Plan on arriving to M Lounge any time after 4pm/4:30.



Wednesday, June 23rd, 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST

New Rules For Recovering From The Pandemic/Recession of 2020/2021

Hosted by: Kenneth McGee, Research Fellow, Info-Tech Research Group

Ken is a Research Fellow within the CIO practice at Info-Tech Research Group and is focused on IT business and financial management issues, including IT Strategy, IT Budgets and Cost Management, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), and Digital Transformation. He also has extensive experience developing radical IT cost reduction and return-to-growth initiatives during and following financial recessions.


Thursday, June 17, 2021  - SIM CFL Monthly Meeting 
7:30 am - 9:30 am at the Citrus Club

The Wild West of Cloud
Moving to the Cloud can be scary, intimidating, and more importantly disruptive.  However, as we all are aware moving to the cloud in most cases is a must and should be a part of our long-term IT strategy.  There are so many items you have to consider when you’re evaluating your overall cloud strategy.  During this live panel meeting, we will have the opportunity to discuss moving to the cloud with a few IT Leaders within CFL that are thriving in this space.  Bring your questions and we look forward to having you all at our first live meeting in 2021!



Lee Bailey

Director, Information
Security

& Compliance
Tupperware Brands


Moderator

Patti Smith

CIO Valencia College

Panelist

Ken Lawrence

VP of Technology
Partners Federal Credit Union

Panelist

Kevin Fraser  CEO

Eola Technology Partners 

Panelist


Wednesday, June 16, 2021   12pm-1pm Virtual
SIM CFL Emerging Technologies Special Interest Group Discussion

As technology leaders our organizations come to us for answers. The field is so vast no one person can know everything. How do we expand our knowledge and become better versed in technologies that are emerging? Yes, there are conferences but many times those are sponsored by vendors that are pushing their products and services. We want to create a place where our members can talk about their challenges, successes, share ideas, learn and knowledge share in a safe, confidential, vendor neutral unbiased environment.  

As we’ll be looking to meet monthly members can join in when it works for them. As the group evolves, we’ll be looking for volunteers that would like to present, share a challenge their organization overcame, bring a problem and talk through solutions, share experiences that could help a fellow member, etc.

We’d like to invite those that are interested to join Craig Finch. For more information you can reach out to Craig directly at craig.finch@simcfl.org.

Tuesday June 15th 12:00 PM - 1 :00 PM
CyberSecurity Webinar

Did you know ...

  • 90% of security breaches start with email
  • 50% of SMB's suffered a cybersecurity attack last year
  • #1 cause of a breach is compromised credentials 

Join SIM CFL Golf Tournament sponsors

 for this interactive panel discussion on the latest trends, tips, and technology that will help your organization DEFEND  and PREVENT cyber-attacks. 


Thursday, June 10th 
It's a Cocktail Class! 

Location: The Woods, 49 North Orange Avenue, Orlando
Learn to make a classic cocktail!  Join us for a SIM Central Florida Happy Hour event!  This event is limited to ten (10) SIM CFL Member Practitioners.  Food and cocktail fixings will be provided by the SIM Central Florida Chapter.


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Thursday May  20, 2021 - Dr. Laura Gallaher
Courageous Conversations - A simpler way to have difficult conversations.


Have you ever had to tell someone they needed to bathe more frequently?  How about that they are not in the right seat on the bus or even on the right bus?  As leaders and professionals, we've all had to have difficult conversations and most of us are extremely uncomfortable doing it.  Wouldn't it be nice to have some guidelines as to how to do this?  Join us for our first face-to-face meeting since Covid to hear Dr. Laura Gallaher guide us through her method for Courageous Communications.  You will come away with great insights into how to deliver a difficult message.

Join us for an IN Person meeting at ECPI University in Lake Mary.  Food and soft drinks will be provided.


Wednesday, May 19, 2021   12pm-1pm Virtual
SIM CFL Emerging Technologies Special Interest Group Discussion

As technology leaders our organizations come to us for answers. The field is so vast no one person can know everything. How do we expand our knowledge and become better versed in technologies that are emerging? Yes, there are conferences but many times those are sponsored by vendors that are pushing their products and services. We want to create a place where our members can talk about their challenges, successes, share ideas, learn and knowledge share in a safe, confidential, vendor neutral unbiased environment.  

As we’ll be looking to meet monthly members can join in when it works for them. As the group evolves, we’ll be looking for volunteers that would like to present, share a challenge their organization overcame, bring a problem and talk through solutions, share experiences that could help a fellow member, etc.

We’d like to invite those that are interested to join Craig Finch. For more information you can reach out to Craig directly at craig.finch@simcfl.org.





Saturday May 15, 2021, 1pm-4pm

SIM Women Central Florida Community Service Project at Second Harvest Food Bank!
SIM Women & SIM Members welcome.


Donation Sorting [Sorting incoming donations for quality of products]


Wednesday May 5, 2021

12:30PM -1:00PM EDT for

“Meet the EUSM SIG”

You will meet the three SIM members who have come together to create this unique SIG. Paul Teodorescu , Central Florida (CFL) Chapter, Samantha Seymour Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Chapter and Gloria Trotter, Western New York (WNY) Chapter. Each an experienced IT Leader in the End User/Service Management space.

During this first session, we want to get to know each of you! Members will be asked to introduce themselves and give a brief summary of their area of responsibility, experience and top 1 to 2 topics of interest. (limit to 1-2 mins)

We will wrap up with a member question/answer session on preferred frequency, format, and topics for our next EUSM meetings.

Please note, EUSM SIG sessions are interactive. Session leaders will be engaging with the membership of the SIG in Q&A, discussion, and/or break-out groups. This is not a present-only forum. There may be events with present aspects, however, a driving tenant of this SIG is that it is about interaction.


 


Thursday April 29, 2021, 4:30pm-6pm (Virtual)

SIM Central Florida CIO/CISO Cyber Security Roundtable featuring Kevin Cooke, Special Agent (SSA) with the United States Secret Service.


Invite only **CIO's & CISO's that are interested in attending please contact cindy.moore@simcfl.org 

During this presentation Kevin utilizes a non-technical, top-down approach to bridge communication gaps and highlight the importance of a strong information security and cybersecurity infrastructure.   Drawing on over two decades of experience amassed in the United States Secret Service, he explains the current trends and tactics being utilized against organizations and the importance of education and investment, with an emphasis on becoming problem solvers through security by design.

Kevin Cooke is a Senior Special Agent (SSA) with the United States Secret Service with over 20 years of experience conducting investigations into violations of federal law.  By collaborating with outside agencies and foreign governments, Kevin has successfully investigated and assisted in prosecution of numerous individuals and organizations.  Notable investigations have included complex cybercrime investigations involving transnational criminal enterprises, organizations and individuals conducting financial identity theft, and investigations into Medicare fraud with losses totaling over $100 million.  

Kevin has extensive knowledge and experience in the field of protective operations to include risk assessments and mitigations in over 50 countries.  During his five years with the Presidential Protective Division (PPD), Kevin led protective teams of upwards of 20 people for the President, First Family, heads of state, and other political authorities, both domestically and abroad.  Outside of PPD, Kevin has also worked in the Houston and Washington Field Offices.  

Kevin is a native Texan and former Houston Police Officer.  He is also a black belt in judo and enjoys scuba diving and spending time with his family.


Wednesday, April 28th, 2021, Time 12pm-1pm

SIM Women – Book Club

Making connections and professional development are vital to continued success. Come network, learn and communicate with others -- join SIM Women on April 28th for a virtual lunch and discussion of the book “The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World” by Melinda Gates. Many have found that "quarantine time" has led to more time to read great books like this one!  You can purchase the book on Amazon here.

About SIM Central Florida's SIM Women ... SIM Women is a network inside the Society for Information Management to foster enhanced communication, mentorship, leadership, and career development among the female members of SIM. We are looking to grow our network of Women IT leaders in Central Florida and welcome anyone's participation. So please consider joining us even if you aren’t a current member of SIM.




Wednesday April 21, 2021 12pm-1pm

SIM Central Florida’s Emerging Technologies Special Interest Group

SIM Central Florida is excited to announce that with the help of one of our members, Craig Finch, we are starting a special interest group for members that are interested in Emerging Technologies. We are having a kick-off meeting for those members that are interested on Wednesday April 21st from 12-1pm via Zoom.

As technology leaders our organizations come to us for answers. The field is so vast no one person can know everything. How do we expand our knowledge and become better versed in technologies that are emerging? Yes, there are conferences but many times those are sponsored by vendors that are pushing their products and services. We want to create a place where our members can talk about their challenges, successes, share ideas, learn and knowledge share in a safe, confidential, vendor neutral unbiased environment.  

As we’ll be looking to meet monthly members can join in when it works for them. As the group evolves, we’ll be looking for volunteers that would like to present, share a challenge their organization overcame, bring a problem and talk through solutions, share experiences that could help a fellow member, etc.

We’d like to invite those that are interested to join Craig on April 21st.  For more information you can reach out to Craig directly at craig.finch@simcfl.org.


Tuesday April 20, 2021 11am-5pm
SIM National - SIM Women Leadership Summit

For more information and to register:

SIM Women is a network for female CIOs and their direct reports that promotes mentoring, leadership and career development. The collaboration inside SIM Women between those women who have achieved success and those who are striving toward it offers the security of community while empowering women to achieve their full potential individually; similarly, female CIOs learn from each other and the subject matter experts SIM Women engages for all our webinars and regional events. We encourage our members to demonstrate leadership in action which includes reaching out to the next generation of leaders through mentoring and STEM programs, connecting corporate resources with non-profits supporting local communities, and serving as visible example of leadership – a shining light on a path others can follow.


Thursday April 15th SIM CFL Monthly Meeting.  12pm - 1pm

SIM FL Region event - Local Government & Innovation

Local Government and Innovation – Improving Services to Communities

The global pandemic has dramatically altered many industries, including local governments who were propelled into massive digital transformation and disruption in a matter of days.  Continuing critical public services, adding new virus-related services and increasing community communications on top of moving large workforces to virtual were significant challenges to overcome.  Especially considering many agencies are operating on legacy technology platforms with under-funded infrastructure upgrades in the backlog.  So how did they do it? 

 

Hear how transformative leaders from Florida’s local governments leveraged people, creativity and new technologies to drive change and innovation in their respective agencies and how their successes in turn are better serving our local communities.   


Wednesday March 31, 2021, 3pm
SIM Women Webinar

SIM Women is a network inside the SIM national association that promotes mentorship, communication and career development amongst the female members of SIM. In this webinar Alaina Love, CEO of Purpose Linked Consulting, will present. Those who register above will receive the webinar access information a day prior to the event.

As navigating work in a pandemic world remains challenging despite the promise of vaccines, leaders everywhere are searching for new ways to keep their people engaged and productive. Now, more than ever, companies depend on employees to operate at full potential and deliver outstanding results. Identifying employee passions and aligning them with work roles is a key factor in generating top performance, stimulating discretionary effort and assuring that your employees are as productive as possible.
 

This webinar offers leaders actionable strategies for leveraging employee passions to enhance engagement and productivity. Alaina Love, CEO of Purpose Linked Consulting and a former global HR executive for Merck & Co., Inc. will offer a profound perspective on what is required of leadership during this extraordinary time in our world. She will share research and field work that describes:

  • How harnessing employee passions provides a new competitive edge
  • The 10 passion archetypes you should know about that are operating in your workforce and how they contribute to achieving strategic goals
  • How to identify and measure the passions of your people
  • The vital link between employee passions and deepening affiliation to your organization
  • Strategies for using passion to create a high performing, inclusive culture
  • How to improve the investment that you are already making in employee development



Thursday March 25th  12:00-1:00PM
SIM CFL Chapter Meeting
 

Cybersecurity:  A Wild Ride with an Ethical Hacker - Rob Krug

Join us to hear another amazing presentation by ethical hacker, Rob Krug.  Rob has visited us before and delivers an amazing presentation full of really scary stuff.  Don't miss this!


Wednesday, March 24th  5:30-7:30PM
SIM CFL In-Person Happy Hour!

Join us at 
Slate, 8323 W. Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL

Let's all get together again!


Meet us for drinks, food, laughter, and networking!


SIM Central Florida is proud to partner with the Official Cyber Security Summit again this year for the Virtual 2nd Annual Tampa Cyber Security Summit held on Thursday, March 18, 2021



Admission is normally $95 but we have secured Exclusive FREE Admission

To secure your free pass, register  https://CyberSecuritySummit.com/Summit/Tampa21/.

for a Free Admission Code contact Larry Di Gioia today


Earn up to 6 Continuing Education Credits by attending the day in full!

Please note: Admission is for C-Suite/Senior Level Executives, Directors, Managers, and other Business Leaders. Those in Sales / Marketing and Students are not permitted.

Learn about the latest security threats facing your enterprise, best cyber hygiene practices, innovative solutions to protect your business, and much more – all from the comfort & safety of your home/office.


Thought Leaders include SME’s from Cybercrime Support Network, Darktrace, Verizon, and many more!

Passes are limited. RSVP today for a Free Admission code contact Larry Di Gioia today

We encourage you to attend this invitation-only event, rated Top 50 InfoSec Conference to Attend Worldwide!

For event details, visit https://CyberSecuritySummit.com/Summit/Tampa21/

 

If you would like to exhibit and/or speak at the Cyber Security Summit, contact Megan Hutton at MHutton@CyberSummitUSA.com.



2021 HMG Live! Florida CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Courageous Leadership and Fearless Reinvention: Guiding the Modern Enterprise in Turbulent Times

As the global health crisis continues, CIOs and technology executives are facing some tough challenges. These include identifying fresh ways to keep employees engaged and motivated in the prolonged remote work environment, supplying the CEO and the executive team with new ways to grow the business and execute on new business models while fostering a culture of connectedness in an isolated setting.
In this Digital Summit, world-class technology executives will share their advice on leading courageously to enable innovation and reshape the business while providing authentic and compassionate leadership that can offer the team confidence, hope, and inspiration for a brighter future.

Wednesday January 27th, 2021, 5-6pm

SIM Women – Book Club & Happy Hour

Engage with other women professionals as SIM Central Florida presents another SIM Women Book Club event.

Making connections and professional development are vital to continued success. Come network, learn and communicate with others -- join SIM Women on January 27th for a virtual Happy Hour and discussion of the book “Braving the Wilderness, The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone” by Brene’ Brown. Many have found that "quarantine time" has led to more time to read great books like this one!  You can purchase the book on Amazon  here.




1/21/21 -- A monthly Chapter Event with a virtual SIM CFL Annual Business Meeting & Orlando's Tech Industry: 2020 Trends & 2021 Outlook with guest presenters with the Orlando Economic Partnership for a look at the State of Orlando’s Tech Community.

12/9/20 -- SIM Central Florida's annual Holiday Party held at Top Golf.


11/19/20 -- a panel discussion on Healthcare IT - COVID's Impact and Innovations

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11/5/20 -- A knowledge-sharing event ... a "Leading During Crisis" panel discussion, moderated by Jonathan Otero.

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10/22/20 -- Another SIM Central Florida virtual event with Bruce Rogow on "How To Get Real About Digital"

10/7/20 -- A special members-only hour of networking with fellow SIM MIT/non-MIT members ... hosted by Glenn Kraft.

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10/1/20 – another SIM Central Florida virtual event for Members In Transition, featuring Gary Erickson and "Working with an Executive Recruiter."

 


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9/23/20 --  a national SIM Women event on "Intersectionality: We are NOT the same."


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9/23/20 -- another SIM Central Florida SIM Women event ... featuring networking and a book discussion.

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9/17/20 -- Another SIM Central Florida Chapter virtual event with Robert Brown discussing "The Future of Work and Jobs of the Future."

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9/9/20 – Another SIM Central Florida Chapter Event with Stephan Chase discussing "The Lessons Drawn from COVID Analytics every Executive and Analyst Must Know."

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8/27/20 – A SIM Central Florida interactive virtual event with Dr. Karen Jacobson sharing "Talk to Me in My Language – Keys to a Successful Remote Team."

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8/04/2020 – A SIM Central Florida Chapter Event with Mark Dronzek discussing  Contingent Workforce Management, or Vendor Management Systems aka Contractors

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7/30/20 – Another "Career Management Series" virtual Coffee / Networking event for SIM Members in Transition (MIT) with Susan Howells of Tews Company.

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7/29/20 – Another SIM Women’s July webinar titled Speaking to Influence, featuring Dr. Laura Sicola

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7/23/20 – Another virtual event on the topic "Getting Back to Business - COVID and the Hospitality Industry." Members heard from several IT executives in different areas of hospitality on how their organizations are getting back to service post COVID, and the role of technology in their return.

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7/23/20 – Another "Career Management Series" event for SIM Members in Transition (MIT) ... Nathen Haupt with Consultis led a a Members in Transition Virtual Coffee/Networking

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7/16/2020 – Another "Career Management Series" event for SIM Members in Transition (MIT) ... Glenn Kraft from TekPartners hosted an MIT Virtual Coffee/Networking. 




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7/14/2020 – July Chapter meeting, featuring Dr. Laura Gallaher on "The Key To Making Everything In Your Life Easier!"




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7/9/2020 – Alexis Cole with Kolter Solutions hosted a Members in Transition Virtual Coffee/Networking






6/25/2020 – SIM Women of Central Florida Virtual Happy Hour




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6/25/2020 – Recruiter members Alexis Cole, Glenn Kraft, Nathen R. Haupt & Susan Howells shared more about the Member in Transition Resources that SIM offers. 



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06/18/2020  Gary Erickson  “Get a Job! Make Yourself Stand Out!"

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6/11/2020     SIM CFL Member Virtual Happy Hour


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6/2/2020     Everyone's In Sales with noted speaker Todd Cohen



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5/26/2020     Use Social Media to Build Relationships and Get The Job You Want


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5/21/2020   Myths & Truths About Finding New Jobs & Working With Recruiters


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5/19/2020   Finding A New Job & Working With Recruiters


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5/12/2020   How To Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile





5/7/2020   SIM Women  -- SIM CFL gathering & national summit


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5/5/2020   How to Write a Killer Resume

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4/30/2020 How To Maintain Accountability In A Virtual Environment





3/12/2020 CIO Executive Forum, Omni @ Championsgate, Orlando FL

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2/20/2020 Tour of Limbitless Solutions, UCF, Orlando FL




1/30/2020 Inaugural "SIM Women In IT" Event, Country Club of Orlando, Orlando FL

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1/16/2020 Annual Business meeting & The Power Of Delivering A Positive "No", Citrus Club, Orlando, FL

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12/4/2019 2019 Holiday Party celebration, Ace Cafe, Orlando, FL

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11/21/2019 Cyber Security, Citrus Club, Orlando, FL




10/24/2019 CIO Roundtable, Citrus Club, Orlando, FL

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10/15/2019 Free workshop for SIM CFL members, Ace Cafe, Orlando Fl

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10/11/2019 Fund-raising Golf Tournament, Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando Fl

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9/19/2019 Update on Florida Polytechnic University, Citrus Club, Orlando FL

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8/15/2019 STEM Panel On Higher Education, Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center, Orlando FL 

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6/19/2019 Social / Networking "Axe-Throwing" Event, Epic Axe Throwing, Orlando FL