A network of networks

 Kevin Rooney,    Board Member

Kevin Rooney, 

Board Member

The strength of SIM Chicago can be seen in the power of our partnerships and extensive network.  SIM Chicago is once again partnering with the Executives' Club of Chicago and the Association of IT Professionals to honor the CIO of the Year on June 20th at the  luncheon program at the Palmer House Hilton an annual award recognizing the outstanding work of Chicagoland CIOs since 1996. We recently joined our fellow CIO's and CFO's from Finance Executives International to talk about cybercrime with the State of Illinois, the Secret Service, Gartner and others. We will be supporting ic stars at the end of July with our annual golf outing fundraiser. And Chicago Innovation is once again accepting nominations for their annual awards. I recently had the honor to speak both at the DePaul University and at TLA (Technology Leadership Association) - two local organizations that are preparing people for a new, or next career.  All of these partnerships create a fabric of networks that are interconnected and strengthened by one another.

We at SIM Chicago believe in partnership. We believe in connections. We join together with like-minded locally focused organizations to exponentially add value for our members and our community. Because together, with the right focus and shared values, we can do more. We are proud of this unique ecosystem that has been fostered through years of collaboration.

Not only does this spirit of partnership strengthen our respective organizations, I believe it can be a model for all of us as individuals and as organizations. As individuals, what relationships do you foster to exponentially increase your own impact? As organizations, what like-minded organizations can you partner with to create new value streams?

It's not always easy to partner. It can be complex. You will need to be vulnerable, maybe even cede some control. But in the end, you will build a stronger, more sustainable competitive advantage and accelerate personal and organizational growth.

We are glad that you've joined our SIM Chicago network, the premier network of executive technology leaders. We hope and believe that it will open up doors for you and your organization maybe even in surprising and unexpected ways.

We encourage you to continue to strengthen and grow that network by referring other strong technology and business leaders, attending our compelling schedule of events, and triggering that virtual network effect.