As summer comes to a close, and kids are going back to school, we at SIM Chicago are as always excited to see so many of our amazing colleagues and friends again as we learn and grow together. We were happy to once again offer some opportunities to unwind and get to know each other on a personal level this summer at Ravinia where we heard the legendary Buddy Guy and at White Eagle Country Club where we again raised over $40k to support ic stars.
Our program year once again is designed to strengthen our community and help our members be the best leaders possible in these challenging times. From our CIO breakfasts to our galas to our philanthropic events to our socials, our board works tirelessly to serve our members who are so talented and dedicated to their profession and community. I am particularly excited to have Admiral Michael Rogers, USN (retired) and Former Commander U.S. Cyber Command/Director, National Security Agency, as our keynote speaker for our fall gala at the historic Union League Club on Tuesday, October 16th.
But beyond our programming, it's really the community itself that I value most. Life throws us curveballs, and as a kid that hung up his baseball cleats when pitchers learned to throw these things, I know it can be challenging. I had the opportunity to have drinks with a longtime friend and SIM member last week that has had some of these challenges, and reminded me that it's this amazing support network that helps us to overcome these hurdles both personally and professionally. Maybe if I were a SIM member at age 12, I'd have learned to hit that curveball. I do believe I can now, thanks to so many of you.
It's time to go back to school. It's time for meaningful baseball. It's time to change the game. Thank you all for being such valued members of SIM. Play ball!