Commitment to Community

 Rick Merrick,   Board Member

Rick Merrick,

Board Member

One of the principles of SIM Chicago of which I am most proud, is the chapter's commitment to community. Every year we raise money for charitable organizations, as well as, donate time and energy. This past Tuesday I had the pleasure of attending the benefit event, Capitalize on Illinois hosted by i.c. stars. The event was truly inspiring. It brought together Chicago area high tech leaders to discuss global economic forces affecting the local IT workforce and this year the focus was on cyber security.

In addition to the fantastic networking and great presenters, we got to meet the next class of young IT talent working their way through their unique training program. Hearing their stories and seeing what they've accomplished reminded me of how important investing in our community is to the long term success of Chicago's economy.

At SIM Chicago, we believe in this principle. We understand that the power of SIM Chicago can reach beyond networking events and creating connections, but to also invest in the future. After all, if you want to know where the future of technology is going, you need to look at where the kids are today.

Our annual Golf Outing is fast approaching on July 30th. Every year we host this event to raise money for i.c. stars. The donation provides opportunities for young talented individuals to better themselves, their communities, and ultimately to join our workforces. This is one of our most popular events, so please register soon. If you know of businesses that would like to also invest in the future workforce of Chicago, please encourage them to be a sponsor.