Upcoming Events


Thursday, September 15, 2022 | 8:00AM - 4:00PM PT
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort And Spa, 21500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

This event will be held in person in partnership with Southern California, Society of Information Management (SCSIM)!

Leading Boldly and Authentically - Inspiring Trust and Winning in Turbulent Times

Rising interest rates, supply-chain challenges, the War in Ukraine, the Great Resignation and energy constraints are each impacting strategic planning at the executive level. Technology executives who lead boldly and authentically across the C-suite while inspiring employees and fostering an environment of trust across the enterprise through a thoughtful approach to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) can stimulate a collaborative culture that sparks innovation and drives successful business outcomes. Savvy technology leaders who are able to see around the corners can also identify use cases for impactful technologies that can enable the organization to win in the marketplace while attracting, growing, and retaining the people and skills that are needed to power the successful 21st-century enterprise.

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Southern California Society of Information Management (SCSIM). SIM is a national professional advisory organization with over 40 chapters.

Southern California SIM is more than a professional association dedicated to advancing IT excellence in leadership. We are the largest IT leadership association in California. Our members are a dynamic community of corporate IT leaders, principal-level consultants, digital change agents and academics who are shaping the evolving digital world in which we live today. SCSIM offers a collaborative environment in which members can learn from colleagues, esteemed guest speakers and respected thought leaders.

SCSIM members who share their challenges with each other come from established corporations and Silicon Beach startups; from private sector and public sector; from companies being disrupted and others that are the disrupters; and from as varied corporate cultures and missions as one can imagine.

Feb 2020 was SCSIM’s first ever CIO Summit with over 160 IT senior leaders in attendance.


SCSIM’s remarkable differentiator is that our membership is heavily comprised of industry practitioners which enables greater focus on key insights most important to CIOs.

Through collaboration with peers and an agenda designed by CIOs, we share best practices and relevant leadership topics influenced by various perspectives to support growth and enablement for our local audience.


Adapting and Transforming with Resilience.


Attendees all represent end user roles at the companies they serve and are in a decision-making capacity (Director, Director IT, VP IT, CIO, CISO and CTO).


Informatics and Innovation:   Artificial Intelligence in Practice

AI is being used by innovative firms to improve efficiency while mature adopters are exploiting the technologies to boost differentiation. Join our panel of industry experts to explore major trends, ways around data issues and general perspectives and Use-Cases.

Navigating Data Privacy Impact and Compliance Across Industries

Expert panel focusing on data privacy compliance and impact across industries and lines of business.

Business Continuity/New Normal/Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, the way we work will rebuild back stronger and better. This interactive and positive panel will focus on the lessons we learned and the good practices we implemented during the COVID crisis that should be nurtured and maintained.

Reshaping the Digital Enterprise With Blockchain

Enterprise Blockchain is an exciting, new, advanced technology that is experiencing rapid, global growth -- Gartner has forecast $1.5 trillion in new value creation over the next 5 years. Blockchain is also a paradigm-shift that is enabling teams to create decentralized solutions for many current challenges that are not solvable with the familiar Web 2.0 stack. Enterprise deployments are impactful especially in healthcare, financial services, and supply chain/logistics. Gartner predicts that 35% of enterprise deployments will integrate decentralized applications and services by 2023. Best-selling author Radhika Iyengar will discuss what's transforming the digital enterprise today and beyond.

KEYNOTE: Adversity and Resilience –
Catching a Second Wind

Jerry Schemmel
Sportscaster, Author & Plane Crash Survivor, University of Northern Colorado

Come with Jerry as he takes the audience through the harrowing experience of the plane crash, where almost everyone around him died, and his eventual escape from the wreckage. Then stay with Jerry as he shares life lessons from this tragic event. As Jerry says, “Everyone has his own plane crash.” Let Jerry help you through yours by sharing his.

KEYNOTE: Achieving Extraordinary Outcomes

Dr. Iris Firstenberg
Adjunct Professor of Management and Organizations, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Dr. Firstenberg discusses how applying leadership principals will change the conversation by which we work, and can lead to extraordinary outcomes.


Thursday, March 10, 2022 | 8:30am - 5pm
Long Beach Marriott; 4700 Airport Plaza Dr, Long Beach, CA 90815

Members: $30* | Non-Member: $100
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Jerry Schemmel
Sportscaster, Author & Plane Crash Survivor, University of Northern Colorado

Jerry Schemmel spent the previous 10 seasons as a radio announcer for the Colorado Rockies on flagship station KOA in Denver. He is also the host of the weekly radio show, Amazing Americans.

Schemmel was the broadcast voice of the Denver Nuggets for 18 seasons, from 1992 to 2010, working both radio and television. Prior to the Nuggets, he spent two seasons as a broadcaster for the Minnesota Timberwolves. His sportscasting career spans nearly 30 years and includes extensive radio and television play by play of both professional and major college sports.

Schemmel is the author of the book, Chosen To Live. Chosen To Live chronicles his survival of the crash of United Airlines Flight 232 in Sioux City, IA in 1989 and its subsequent effects on his life. He is also the author of The Extravagant Gift, an evangelistic outreach booklet. He has also been featured on several national programs, including an extended feature piece on ESPN in 2009.

In addition to completing three marathons and nine triathlons, Schemmel twice rode a bicycle across the United States, as a fundraiser for two Denver area charities. In June of 2015, he successfully completed the Race Across America, as part of a two man cycling relay team, covering 3,000 miles in seven and a half days, to win the overall two person relay division. A documentary about the effort, called Godspeed, was released in the fall of 2016. In September, 2017, Schemmel set the official age group record in the Race Across Colorado, a 468 mile bicycle race from the Utah/Colorado border to the Kansas border. In the summer of 2018, Schemmel was part of a two person cycling relay team that completed all four directions across Colorado, breaking the two person record in all four races.

Schemmel spent one season (2009) as the Head Baseball Coach at Metro State College of Denver, after being a volunteer assistant at the school for two years. He has also been a volunteer assistant at Colorado Christian University.

Schemmel earned a law degree in 1985 from Washburn University, after receiving his undergraduate degree from the school in 1982. He also played baseball at Washburn and later was an assistant coach at the school for three years.

Schemmel grew up in Madison, SD and now resides in Littleton, CO with his wife Diane. They have two adult children, Maggie and Ryan.

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Dr. Iris Firstenberg
Adjunct Professor of Management and Organizations, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Dr. Iris Firstenberg is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology, UCLA and Adjunct Professor of Management at UCLA Anderson. She specializes in strategies for creative problem solving and innovative thinking.

Dr. Firstenberg also conducts seminars on creativity and innovation for a wide cross- section of Fortune 500 organizations, including companies in aerospace, software, automotive, healthcare, entertainment, defense, telecommunications, energy, financial services, retail, and pharmaceuticals, as well as government agencies such as NASA.

Her latest book, Extraordinary Outcomes: Shaping an Otherwise Unpredictable Future (John Wiley & Sons, 2014), provides a practical framework to help organizations navigate in a world of uncertainty.

Dr. Firstenberg is the recipient of the 2002 UCLA Department of Psychology Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award and the 2011 UCLA Extension Distinguished Teaching Award.




8:30am – 9:00am Registration and Networking
9:00am – 9:15am SCSIM Welcome: Helen Norris, Chapman University
9:15am – 10:00am Morning Keynote: Jerry Schemmel
Adversity and Resilience Catching a Second Wind
10:00am – 10:45am

Informatics and Innovation: Artificial Intelligence in Practice
Moderator: Nancy Kim Yun, Beall Applied Innovation, UCI
Maisie Mahoney, Syntropy/EMD Digital
Sara-Michelle Lazarus, Stavvy
Dan Chow, MD, UCI Health

10:45am – 11:00am Break
11:00am – 11:10am Philanthropy update
11:10am – 11:55am Navigating Data Privacy Impact and Compliance Across Industries;
Moderator: Mel Reyes, Getaround
Jeewon Serrato, BakerHostetler
Carl Mathis, AWS
George Viegas, Chapman University
11:55am – 12:45 pm Facilitated Lunch discussion:  Adapting and Transforming Your Diversity Programs Post COVID – WITI  - Women in Technology International
12:45 pm – 1:00pm Break
1:00pm – 1:45pm Business Continuity/New Normal/Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic
Moderator: Jake Westphal, Oracle Netsuite
Thomas Phelps, Laserfiche
Nyariana Maiko, Port of Long Beach
Christian Aboujaoude, USC Keck
1:45pm – 2:30pm Reshaping the Digital Enterprise With Blockchain
Radhika Iyengar, StarChain Ventures, Barlea Corp
2:30pm – 2:45pm Break
2:45pm – 3:30pm Afternoon Keynote: Dr. Iris Firstenberg
Achieving Extraordinary Outcomes
3:30pm – 3:45pm Wrap Up
3:45pm – 5:00pm Cocktails, Networking