SIM Women

Welcome to the SIM Women Tampa Bay Shared Interest Group (SIG)

Mission - SIM Women promotes connections and networking for female leaders in technology in the Tampa Bay region. The collaboration inside our SIM chapter and broader technology community provides opportunities for women to discuss, share, lead, learn, and celebrate their experiences and careers in technology. 

  • Advancement - Highlighting professional development and career resources and hosting networking events to help women advance their careers
  • Allies - Encouraging male allies within the field to provide mentorship, leadership, and other means of support to women in technology
  • Awareness - Creating awareness through outreach in the broader Tampa Bay student community to promote careers in tech for girls and women

Meet the Co-Chairs - Kelly Burchell and Madhavi Othuluru


Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from the John H. Sykes College of Business at the University of Tampa.

Kelly took a different path to a career in IT - spending most of her career as an HR professional, focusing on employee performance, development, and coaching. She’s worked in a variety of industries including hospitality, manufacturing, technology, and professional services; each opportunity serving as HR leader and influencer in their respective technology departments. Her strengths in building relationships, navigating complex environments, being a trusted advisor, and applying creative problem solving helped make an easy transition to the US Technology leadership team at PwC.

Kelly is a mother of 10-year-old twins and co-leads a Girl Scouts Troop in her area.  Overall, Kelly considers herself a “connector” – bridging concepts and people together and strives to be an advocate for all by showing up in the big and small moments to lift others up. She looks forward to connecting women in the Tampa Bay area through this channel, as well as influence male allies in the industry to take action for gender equality.
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Madhavi is a thought leader and technologist with decades of leadership experience in Information Technology. She started her career at JPMorgan Chase working as a software engineer and moved on to work in various industries from manufacturing to media marketing. She has led global teams to re-architect and build software systems with focus on optimization, technology, adoption, and convergence efforts.

Madhavi has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India and Masters in Computer Science from University of Central Florida. She is a strong proponent for giving back to the community. She is on the board for Tampa Bay Crisis Center, a first responder for trauma victims; she also chairs their IT committee. Madhavi is a speaker in various Women in Technology platforms. Recognizing all of her contributions to the community Madhavi was awarded as the 2020 Tampa Bay Business journal 2020 40 under 40 honoree. 

Madhavi is a long distance runner who has 13 marathons under her belt. Running to her is not just a sport, it's a lifestyle. Madhavi lives in Tampa with her husband and two kids aged 10 and 13. Both her kids are competitive swimmers and so the family ends up spending most of their weekends traveling to swim meets. LinkedIn profile

Programs & Events

SIM Women Tampa Bay will have various meetings including general meetings with targeted topics, keynote/thought leadership speaker events, and open social events through the year.  Additionally, SIM Women Tampa Bay is passionate about partnering with other SIM Tampa Bay SIGs on give-back opportunities. If you are interested in learning more about the SIM Women Tampa Bay, please feel free to reach out to Kelly at or Madhavi at

Join SIM Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay’s IT community represents over 50,000 IT professionals and according to CBRE is the second fastest growing market in the United States. Being a part of SIM Tampa Bay, we not only offer the networking and personal, up-close time with other local IT leaders and practitioners, but also access to significant leadership development opportunities for both leaders and their staffs.

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If you would like more information about membership in the Tampa Bay Chapter, please contact us at  If you would like more information about our upcoming events, please contact us at  Any other inquiries, please contact us at