Past Events


Portland CIO Community Roundtable

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

This is a virtual event, in partnership with Premier Connect, featuring experts, visionaries and professionals from the local IT community.

Welcome & Introductions

9am - Opening remarks

CIO Panel Discussion - Enabling the Remote Workforce

9:10am - Opening Keynote
The Coronavirus pandemic has created urgency for many organizations to shift most levels of workers to virtual workers. In order to keep organizations functional during the rapid change, technology leaders were forced to deploy solutions that allow virtual workers to be productive and secure.

Join your CIO community as they discuss:
· How they enabled this rapid change and how they are supporting their virtual workers
· How they overcame traditional security barriers
· The ways they are still learning and adapting to this new way of working
Audience Q&A to immediately follow

Speaker - When Community Goes Virtual

10am - General Session
  • Cara Snow, Chief Community Engagement Officer & Chief of Staff, Technology Association of Oregon
When the world was ordered to stay home to stay safe, organizations like TAO, which thrive by connecting others, woke up to an entirely new reality of how to build and maintain community. Through a quick pivot, TAO was able to leverage existing technology tools and partners to continue being an organization that fosters and grows relationships and incubates and implements programs that serve the tech community. The ability to connect and build community through creativity and innovation is allowing TAO to advocate and promote the technology ecosystem through a global pandemic, an economic crisis and tackle racial equity as an industry.

Speaker - Economic Outlook Post Pandemic

10:30am - General Session
The economic activity of the US has plummeted in the wake of COVID-19, businesses closed and unemployment soared largely as a result of social distancing policies designed to slow the spread of the virus. Join City Economist, Josh Harwood for a first hand look as he discusses trends and early indicators of the economic outlook for the Portland Metro and beyond.

Speaker - Economic Outlook Post Pandemic

11am - General Session
  • Josh Gwyther, Head of Cloud Customer Engineering, Google Cloud
There’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting life as we once knew it. Now more than ever, individuals are seeking comfort in what is arguably the most unsettling crisis of the past decade. Regardless of your company’s size, scope, mission, or culture, there’s an opportunity for each of us to play a role in being of service to those around us, be they our family members, colleagues, or community members. When optimism is balanced with realism, and vulnerability is balanced with a steady hand, we can each make a difference. In this session, I’ll share how I’ve witnessed individuals making a difference at an organization that operates on the global stage.

Closing Remarks

Breakout Sessions

  • Peer-to-Peer Facilitated Discussion

In these conversations SIM Portland and Premier facilitators will review a few particular areas from the mornings presentations that are worth some special consideration as we adjust to the “new normal,” with an opportunity for participants to introduce themselves and share their thoughts and experiences with the group.


Don’t let COVID19 let your guard down! A conversation with Jon Washburn, CISO, Stoel Rives

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

During the pandemic you need to re-examined your information security posture, especially with the surge in telecommuting. If you haven’t yet, it's probably a darn good idea.

In this conversation Jon will review a few particular areas that are worth some special consideration as we adjust to the “new normal,” with an opportunity for Q&A.

Topics include:
► The perfect May be the enemy of the good - be flexible (weighing business v security risk)
► MFA/SSO – if you haven’t done it already, do it now
► Should you do selective split tunneling?
► Home printing and scanning (risk of home printers, shredding, direct/controlled scanning)
► Minimizing local storage
► How good was your BC planning? Would you do it the same way again?

Recorded video of the event (Members only)


Delivering IT in the time of COVID19: Virtual panel discussion

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

We are living in unprecedented times. The COVID-19 pandemic has now touched every corner of the developed world, and is having a historical impact on all aspects of society, shuttering businesses and requiring social distancing and self-isolation of the population. This has led to over $3 million unemployment claims in a week in the USA, and a rapid pivot from on premise staff to a majority remote workforce (telework).

April’s Chapter meeting will focus on the impacts to IT organizations and technology management of the COVID-19 response. Topics will include Disaster Planning and Response, Crisis Management, Business Continuity and supporting Remote Workers (both business and IT staff). How have your IT operations and management responded to the impact of COVID-19? We will be sharing best practices as well as real world experiences from everyone out "in the trenches.”

This will be SIM Portland’s first “virtual” chapter meeting using using Zoom Video Conference Platform

Please join us in coming together as a community to leverage your SIM network to learn about the state of the industry, what others are doing, and ways to develop / adapt plans for what happens next. We won’t be able to provide drinks tickets and a buffet, but you are welcome to bring the beverage of choice and some dinner to the webinar. Just be careful not to spill it over your computer!

Learning Objectives: 
+ Review & discuss Disaster Planning
+ Review real world experience, challenges and creative IT solutions to a Healthcare Emergency
+ Share your experiences with other IT management experts, as well as learn from others.

Recorded video of the event (Members only)


Richard Appleyard - IT and Ethics: What does it mean for you and your organization

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

What are ethics and why are they relevant in the IT field? Why is a code of ethics important to us personally and to our organizations? How do you develop and maintain an ethical code for the use of Information Technology in an organization? These are just some of the questions we will consider at the next SIM Portland meeting. Everyone is familiar with the concept of medical ethics and the Hippocratic Oath, “First do no harm.” Ethics are a set of mutually agreed upon rules that encompass the personal and shared standards of behavior expected by a group of people, typically within a given profession. There are now ethical investments and mutual funds that hold to certain principles when selecting companies to invest in. 

Information Technology is advancing at an ever increasing rate, and is having an increasing impact on our lives. The recent Facebook / Cambridge Analytica scandal demonstrated what can happen in organizations when there is no ethical grounding, and decisions are simply left up to the bottom line, or market forces. Join host, and incoming SIM-Portland President, Richard Appleyard for the February Chapter meeting where he will share his ideas and facilitate discussion around embracing more formal ethical standards with in the IT management profession. Come and be part of the process to discover what this means to you, to your colleagues and how we might develop a Code of Ethics at the SIM Portland chapter. 

Learning & Event Objectives: 
+ Review & discuss ethics, its history and relevance to the field of IT
+ Review ethical frameworks and discuss/determine which apply to IT
+ Consider the creation of a SIM-Portland Working Group to develop a Code of Ethics for the Chapter


Saby Waraich - Don’t Adopt the Monkey: Leadership Secrets for you, your projects and your team

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

How do you develop an ability to lead from any position in an organization? How can you be more adept in influencing those over whom you have little or no authority?  What are the key skills that are needed for a successful leader?  How do you stand out as a successful leader? Knowing how to influence and lead others—often without direct authority—is critical in successfully managing projects. Most of us aren't natural leaders, the good news is that leadership skills can be learned. The best make the journey from manager to leader using their innate talents and through continuous learning and improvement. Don't rely on the school of hard knocks, discover the secrets to exceptional leadership and the mistakes to avoid on your own road to success. 
Learning Objectives: 
+ Learn how to leverage influence to lead your project teams
+ Avoid mistakes on your road to success
+ Unlock the power of your personal leadership style