Memphis Chapter - Society for Information Management
Quarterly Newsletter  |  2014, 
Vol 3   
About the Newsletter
The Quarterly Newsletter provides an overview of SIM Memphis Chapter news, upcoming meetings, events, and location community outreach programs.
Executive Summary
Membership News


Membership renewal is around the corner.  You will be receiving your renewal notices in the next week or so. 


At the SIM Strategy Series, Jana Markowitz was awarded SIM Memphis' Chapter Leader of the Year - our first honoree for the award. ...more>> 

Thumbnail photo of Aaron Goodwin              
Strategy Series


The 28th annual Strategy Series for Executives is in the books and by all accounts was a huge success. This year's event was attended by over 220 professionals and raised over $45,000 to be distributed to SIM's Community Outreach programs. ...more>> 



October Program - SIM Memphis Changes Lives

This month's program focused on the Memphis Chapter of SIM as a "community of purpose". Therefore, there was a tremendous emphasis on community outreach....more>>  

Special Updates
SIMposium 2014 is November 2nd in Denver. The Memphis Chapter will be well represented. ...more>>

Cyber Security Summit - Technology Event - SIM members will receive a special discount as the University of Memphis hosts its annual Cyber Security Summit Friday October 17th. ...more>>

 For more information on these special updates, please click here Special Updates ...>.

Membership_NewsMembership News
by Susan Caldwell and Diane Coons

Membership renewal is around the corner. You will be receiving your renewal notices in the next week or so. You'll be able to pay securely by credit card via PayPal or by personal or corporate check. Although our costs have continued to rise, our successful Strategy Series has allowed us to hold dues at the same rate for over eight years without an increase!   As in years past, the chapter is offering an Early Bird discount of 10% for dues payments received by December 31, 2014.  Companies with three or more members receive an additional 10%.
Dues cover your membership in SIM International, the Memphis Chapter monthly programs including seated dinners, Strategy Series, the holiday party for member and guest, annual subscription to MIS Quarterly, access to the Advanced Practices Council (APC) and Regional Leadership Forum (RLF), help for Members in Transition, discount on SIMposium, the annual SIM International event. Depending on your level of membership, this works out to a less than $40 a month investment in your professional development.   Even if your company does not reimburse you, there is no other investment you will make in yourself and your career that will match the benefits of your membership in the only premier society for information technology professionals - and it is tax deductible.




 by Diane Coons


SIM Memphis Leader of the Year - Jana M & Diane C At the SIM Strategy Series, Jana Markowitz was awarded SIM Memphis' Chapter Leader of the Year - our first honoree for the award.  Contributions and accomplishments in the current year are considered along with those in previous years based on criteria including SIM involvement, increasing awareness of SIM, and support for SIM.  Jana has been and continues to be an incredible leader, champion and selfless volunteer for SIM at both the chapter and international levels, making significant contributions in many areas, especially with regard to outreach activities and Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) in particular. She has served on the Memphis SIM board for several years, chaired and participated in numerous initiatives, and has represented SIM as an advocate to support existing programs and to initiate new programs, including spearheading SIM Memphis' STEM program. In 2012, Jana became SIM's Director, Outreach/STEM Initiatives, Management Council.


Jana has represented SIM as a speaker delivering messages about the philanthropy work performed by our chapters, talking about our core messages, and promoting membership.  She talks about issues that

matter as a representative of SIM - outreach issues, women's issue and the issue of students in the technology pipeline and how it can be improved.  She has worked tirelessly and very efficiently and effectively to increase the level of awareness of SIM among various outreach organizations from the National Center for Women in Technology to Women in Technology International, and at least a dozen more organizations she has reached out to.  She has made at least six major presentations outside of SIM over the last year or so alone. Jana has helped thousands of young people in understanding the possibilities IT can offer and she has led efforts to reach many more through her thought leadership, the support provided to SIM chapters about improving their outreach programs, and anyone seeking to learn more or discuss ideas on these topics.  SIM membership has grown as a direct result of the messages Jana has delivered, both locally and nationally.


A true leader has the ability to develop a vision that is beneficial for an organization and share the vision in such a way that engages the hearts and minds of others resulting in a call to action, and Jana has done just that with any SIM initiative in which she has participated.  She has consistently demonstrated a remarkable level of personal commitment and has mobilized others to support SIM causes. Jana is all about teamwork, collaboration and working for the greater good. She is gracious in recognizing others for their contributions and is constantly striving to help others.


The SIM Memphis Chapter is very proud to have Jana as a member and is delighted to recognize her many contributions and accomplishments.  In addition, Jana was also nominated as SIM International Leader of the Year with unanimous support from the SIM Memphis Board of Directors and Membership Committee, and was one of the top five finalists among the many nominations received this year.  Congratulations Jana and thank you for your leadership, dedication and service!


For more information about Jana's SIM activities, click here to access the SIM Memphis Chapter Leader of the Year presentation from our Strategy Series for Executives. Special thanks to those SIM members who provided input about Jana's accomplishments and contributions used for the award nomination, presentation and article.   



New_MemberA Warm Welcome To Our New Member!

         Aaron Goodwin
CIO, Wunderlich Securities 








Strategy_SeriesStrategy Series
by Jarrett Morgan


Strategy Series more than doubles its community outreach contributions


The 28th annual Strategy Series for Executives is in the books and by all accounts  was a huge success. This year's event was attended by over 220 professionals and raised over $45,000 to be distributed to SIM's Community Outreach programs.

Strategy Series focused on the impact of our Community Outreach programs including Teen Tech Camp, STEM initiatives and Scholarships. We also introduced new partnerships with the Memphis City Library's Teen Learning Lab and with US First. Nearly $35,000 of direct contributions were given away during the event, highlighting SIM's commitment to the Memphis community.


To celebrate our partnership with US First, SIM invited members fromseveral local robotics teams to join us onsite and showcase their robotics accomplishments. The students interacted with attendees, answered questions about their projects and discussed upcoming competitions.



Strategy Series also featured a powerful lineup of keynote speakers including:

Harry C
ampell shared his experiences with the likes of Sam Walton and others and provided an impactful session on "get real leadership"


Charles Araujo spoke of the changing landscape of IT and how IT leadership should prepare themselves for the future.


Cindy Olsen concluded the day by sharing her experiences as an Enron exec during the monumental collapse of the energy giant.


Strategy Series also included informative breakout sessions on topics including Information Security, Global Economics, Internet of Things, Navigating the Generation Gap and IT Strategy Development.


By Susan Caldwell and Darrell Price

Ten years ago the chapter moved from a society of people with similar jobs, a community of practice, to a group of people whose similar jobs formed the basis for joining together to change lives and become a community of purpose.

The chapter began simply, reaching out to college students and teens, and has become more powerful and purposeful every year since. 

While community outreach for the Memphis chapter takes many forms, scholarship endowments and Teen Tech Camp engagement were highlighted at this month's program.

SIM Memphis provides scholarships for students at the University of Memphis as well as LeMoyne-Owen College. One recipient, a senior graduating with dual degrees from LOC was present to personally thank the chapter for providing needed financial support for him to pursue and complete his studies.

Teen Tech Camp at the Memphis Public Library is the chapter's longest running program. This year marked the 10th year of the camp. Representatives from the library were also on hand to share their gratitude for the chapter's continuing support. The library's team also explained how the chapter's support helped inspire a Teen Learning Lab initiative that will allow the library to reach even more teens on an ongoing basis. Please take time to read the heartfelt letter of appreciation penned by library staff here. For highlights from the 2014 Teen Tech Camp, click here.

Special Updates

SIMPosium2014Simposium 2014
SIMposium, the premier conference for technology executives, practitioners, and business leaders is right around the corner.  It's not too late to register! The year, the conference will be held in Denver, CO, starting November 2nd and running through November 4th. For more information, watch the video at SIMposium - video.  Sign up by following this link SIMPosium 2014.

The Memphis Chapter will be well represented. Memphis members attending include:
  • Jana Branham
  • Susan Caldwell
  • Mary Jo Greil
  • Michael Jones
  • Jana Markowitz
  • Rick Pride
  • Mario Simmons

It is not to late for you. Register TODAY!





Cyber-SecurityCyber Security Summit - Technology Event  

- special discount for SIM Members

by Dr. Judith Simon, Ph.D.




The University of Memphis Center for Information Assurance will host its annual Cyber Security Summit on Friday, October 17, 2014, at the Zone in the FedEx Institute of Technology.

Speakers are from the

Blue Canopy Group

Department of Defense

Department of Homeland Security

National Science Foundation

North Carolina A&T State University

Norwich University

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Vaco Risk Solutions


The complete agenda with further information about the program can be viewed at 


If that address should not work, another option is, after which you use the link at the top of the News selection for Mid-South Cyber Security Summit.


SIM members are given a group rate of $65 per person rather than the normal $85.  In addition, individual organizations bringing several employees can request an additional reduction.  These fees help to support efforts to provide increased awareness of cyber security issues by covering some of the costs of this program.


Next Meeting

November 6, 2014 
Crescent Center
Surviving the Nightmare: Security Breaches and Corporate Reputation  



Have SIM Memphis News to Share for the Next Quarterly Newsletter?
Please email our  Marketing Chair, Darrell Price


SIM Memphis

2014 Board of Directors



Mario Simmons



Michael Jones



Jim Boyd



Jana Branham

Susan Caldwell 



Bob Johnson



Danita Macon



Darrell Price



Jarrett Morgan

Kevin Morgan



Rick Pride 



Dick Vandenberg


Newsletter Contributors
Susan Caldwell 
 Diane Coons
Jarrett Morgan
Judy Simon
Darrell Price, Editor

About SIM
Established in 1968, the Society for Information Management (SIM) is the premier network for IT leaders. SIM is comprised of more than 3,600 members including CIOs, senior IT executives, prominent academicians, and foremost consultants. Through its 31 chapters, SIM provides resources and programs inspired by IT leaders for IT leaders that enable CIOs to further develop their leadership capabilities and those of the emerging leaders in their organizations. SIM provides the premiere collective voice to advocate policy and legislation on behalf of the IT profession. 

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