Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Recent Events

Ethics of AI: The Transformation of Technology and When Ethics Can/Should Guide Its Use
featuring David Totten, Chief Technology Officer, US Partner Ecosystem at Microsoft

Quick Overview:

  • In this talk, Microsoft CTO David Totten will take a deep dive into the ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI relative to social media tools such as Facebook has been in the spotlight recently, and has raised broad ethical concerns. Could your company's use of new technology put them in the spotlight if ethical use isn't a consideration from the start? A deeper look at enterprise technology trends, most notably around big data and artificial intelligence and how identifying and agreeing to the ethical use of information and systems is more difficult than it seemingly should be.

Event Detail-

Are you a Technology Executive looking to work more effectively with your CISO? Collaboration is the key to preventing silos and enabling a more secure Enterprise. If you are a CISO, how do you show up? How do you communicate and collaborate to build trust with your IT leadership? Between carefully walking a tightrope of an ever-changing threat landscape and balancing the need to enable organizations to rapidly innovate and execute, a CISO must creatively influence IT stakeholders across the organization for the Cybersecurity program to succeed. Without such influence, the ability to build partnerships with your team, peers, customers, the Board of Directors, or key parts of the business can quickly become a lesson learned in what not to do.

And a huge thank you to our sponsor for this Month:



The Strategy of Influence in the Cybersecurity Program
featuring Kevin Morrison, Managing Director, Chief Information Security Officer at Alaska Airlines


Quick Overview:

  • In this presentation, Kevin Morrison, Managing Director & CISO at Alaska Air Group will share stories, insights, and recommendations that both Technical Leaders and CISO's can take away for building a strategy of influence and improving their Security program’s success.

And a huge thank you to our sponsor for this Month

Growing Technology Leadership: A Taste of the Regional Leadership Forum (RLF)
on Wednesday, January 20th, at 4:00pm
featuring Christine Putur, REI EVP Technology and Operations, and Tanya Hannah, King County CIO

Quick Overview:

  • RLF is rigorous and immersive and this is key to what makes this program unique to leadership development.
  • Personal thoughts and perspectives on RLF and its impact from Seattle CIO's/Technology leaders including: Chris Putur, REI, EVP Technology and Operations Tanya Hannah, King County, CIO Lowell Millard, Lone Wolf Distributors Inc, President Barend Brink, F5, Senior Manager

(DECEMBER) Seattle SIM Members' Virtual Holiday Party
A Virtual event featuring a Mixology Class and Virtual Games
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 4:00 - 5:30 PM
featuring mixologist Robert Rowland, runner up for Bartender of the Year by Eater Magazine

Happy holidays

Event Detail-

This year looks a bit different for everyone, but as Seattle SIM Chapter members, we would still like to do something to celebrate the holidays together!

On Wednesday, December 16th at 4:00pm, in lieu of our annual holiday party, we will be hosting a mixology class followed by virtual games! For this event we will be sending you a box of the relevant supplies, for either the mocktail or cocktail -- please identify which you are interested in receiving.

Because we need to send you supplies, we need your RSVP by Monday, December 7th!

This event is free and exclusive for SIM Seattle members! We're excited to come together and just have fun!

We hoped by keeping our usual, before dinner time slot, this wouldn't interfere in your Hanukkah night-- please let us know if it does and we'll find a way to include you in a different way!

Our mixologist Robert Rowland has been in the hospitality industry for over 15 years in Seattle. Along the way he has worked at some of the most respected cocktail establishments in the city while creating and running successful bar programs at multiple fine Bars and Restaurants. He was also runner up for Bartender of the Year by Eater Magazine.

(NOVEMBER) SIM Seattle Event: Engineering Lessons Building of teams, culture, and how to operate large scale multi-tenant offerings
featuring Praerit Garg, CTO at Smartsheet

Quick Overview:

  • Praerit will discuss his experience building large scale solutions at Amazon and Smartsheet
  • Praerit's talk will highlight the importance of creating engineering talent, curating a culture, and building high performance teams.

(OCTOBER)  SIM Seattle event: Security Leadership & Risk Management for IT Leaders
The evolving role of security in business enablement

featuring Bill Shinn, Senior Principal with AWS

Quick Overview:

  • Bill will discuss how a strong security focus can be the ultimate business enabler
  • He will highlight how high performing organizations focus on security engineering
  • He will share how all IT leaders can help empower the organization to manage risk effectively, without compromising agility

And a huge thank you to our sponsor for this Month


(SEPTEMBER) SIM Seattle event: Insights that apply to all -
Leadership, Technology, Culture, Finance, and People
featuring David Bell, REI Platform Engineering

Quick Overview:

  • David will discuss REI's Cloud journey, and the
    successes and learnings they have experienced 
  • David's talk will highlight how technology
    change is just the tip of the iceberg


(AUGUST) SIM Seattle event featuring

Stephen Heard, King County CTO-

King County

Quick Overview:

  • Stephen will discuss why leading through a pandemic 
    requires sound leadership skills and habits
  • Stephen's talk will highlight that being prepared isn't an
    accident and often is based on many past decisions 

Event Detail-

Guiding a team, organization, or company successfully through a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic takes leadership excellence. Crisis leadership, however, starts way before a crisis actually happens by making sure your organization is prepared.

Join SIM Seattle on Wednesday, August 26th at 4pm, we welcome Stephen Heard, CTO at King County.  Stephen will explain how his IT team prepared to meet the needs of the community during a crisis and how strategic decisions - even some made a decade ago - contributed to his team’s success.  This successful response helped ensure that the approximately 2.3MM people in King County could rely on King County's government services through this ongoing pandemic.

And thank you to our sponsor for this month,


(JULY) SIM Seattle Leadership Discussion,

after Ibram X Kendi global event-

Quick Takeaway:

  • Attend the July 20th Global event with award winning and bestselling author
    Ibram X Kendi, as he discuses ‘How to be an Anti-Racist  (Sign-up below)
  • Attend the SeattleSIM discussion, post event, to discuss how Kendi’s theories
    apply to our role as technology leaders (Register Below)

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