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Leading in the Age of Innovation: SIM Chicago September 7th

In the age of IoT, self driving cars, digitized platforms and artificial intelligence, what are the secrets to innovation leadership?   Spend an evening with IT and business leaders from CDW, Bosch Connectory, Middleby, and Dais Technology as they share insights from their innovation journeys.  

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5:30pm 5:30pm

2017 SIM Chicago Fall Gala

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Topic: Think Like A Champion

Jim Fannin coaches champions. For 43-years he has helped over 2000 clients set personal, team and world records. “Jim Fannin knows the Zone! He helped me reach the Hall of Fame. I owe everything to Jim,” says former Chicago White Sox MVP Frank Thomas.

The champions Jim coaches think differently than everyone else. They think less and produce more. In fact, when two people have the same experience and talent, it is thinking like a champion that becomes the difference maker.

With masterful storytelling, proprietary knowledge and decades of experience of coaching the world’s best performers, Mr. Fannin will reveal the five intangibles all champions possess. They are Self-discipline, Concentration, Optimism, Relaxation and Enjoyment. Once these markers are balanced, the peak performance mindset called the Zone arrives. It is here that records are broken and dreams come true.

The Zone is NOT limited to superstar athletes. In fact, you will leave our September 21, 2017 event thinking like a champion with proven, concrete tools and techniques to insure these champion qualities are maximized.


5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Networking and appetizers

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Dinner and Announcements

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Keynote speaker

8:30 pm – Adjourn

Early Registration - Ends on September 7th , 2017 at midnight
$55 SIM member / $85 guest

Regular Registration -Ends on September 20th , 2017 at midnight
$65 SIM member / $100 guest

About Jim Fannin


Jim Fannin is America’s ZoneCoach®, coaching more champions in sports, business and life than anyone on earth for over 40 years. As one of the world’s foremost thought leaders, he is more than a life, business or sports coach. He is a "change your life" coach. With the ONLY proven blueprint for attracting the Zone mindset, Jim has helped transform millions of people's lives by providing proven tools and techniques to create simplicity, balance and abundance.

In 1974 Jim Fannin discovered five markers for “thinking like a champion” and attracting the peak performance mindset called the Zone in all aspects of life, business and sports. They are Self-discipline, Concentration, Optimism, Relaxation and Enjoyment. Collectively they form the acronym S.C.O.R.E.®, which is the cornerstone of Jim’s teaching that unlocks one’s full potential.

With proprietary research on intuition, visualization and self-awareness, Jim customized his S.C.O.R.E® Success System with its powerful 90-Second RuleTM tools and techniques for the world’s elite athletes, top executives, business owners, couples, parents and students.

Mr. Fannin is a best-selling author, entrepreneur, premier platform speaker, life strategist, former professional tennis player and coach, educator, business consultant, columnist, blogger, peak performance coach and philanthropist.

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SIM Summer Social
5:00pm 5:00pm

SIM Summer Social

For SIM Members and their guests

What to expect

  • Complimentary ticket for you and your guest to see Santana*
  • Catered cookout (5:00 PM – 7:30 PM)
  • Open bar (5:00 PM – 7:30 PM)
  • Great socializing opportunity at a fantastic venue
  • Excellent music!

Don’t miss out on a fun evening!  We look forward to seeing you on August 12th

* Note: Lawn and pavilion seating is available.  Tickets are limited and will be given on a first come – first served basis.

Dress Code

Ravinia attire

Event timing

5:00 PM - Entrance to the park opens

7:30 PM - Concerts Starts

Registered guests can pick up their tickets the day of the event at the will-call window by the Tyler Gate (near the train stop and the west side parking lot).  Tickets will be under the name of the SIM member who registered.  An ID is required for ticket pickup.  

Ravinia gates open at 5:00PM - Our SIM event starts at 5:00PM in the Santa Fe Railroad Tent.

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SIM Chicago's 11th Annual Charity Golf Outing

SIM Chicago's 11th Annual Charity Golf Outing


It's time to register for SIM Chicago's annual golf outing benefiting i.c.stars. On July 31st, we will once again be teeing off at the fantastic White Eagle Country Club in Naperville.

Here are four reasons you MUST sign up now!

  1. It benefits i.c.stars. Through the generous donations of our sponsors and the individual contributions of our golfers, SIM Chicago raised over $40 THOUSAND each of the last 3 years to help i.c.stars in its goal to provide opportunities for change-driven, future leaders to develop skills in business and technology. i.c.stars has a measurable impact on its students, including a 95% initial placement rate and 12 month incomes increasing 6 fold from $9,846 to $57,240!
  2. It strengthens your network. 192 senior IT thought leaders will spend the day away from the office, building strong bonds without worrying about the latest security threat or board initiative. There are very few networking events that offer the same opportunity quickly build in-depth relationships.
  3. It's FUN! You do not have to be a professional golfer, or much of a golfer at all as the event is a scramble. Make a key putt or two and you can be the hero of your team. Plus, you can enjoy all of the festivities from morning contests, to lunch, golf, activities on the holes, a wrap-up dinner and raffle with fabulous prizes.
  4. It's FREE! You get 18 holes of golf, lunch, dinner, drinks, and giveaway items all for free! Now, it is a benefit to i.c.stars, so please show your generosity by making a donation and buying raffle tickets to support to this fantastic cause!

But you need to sign up NOW! As you can imagine, this event fills up quickly. The value from this event alone is more than your entire SIM membership costs! So take a much needed day away from the office, have some fun with colleagues old and new, and help support a great cause! I know you can swing it! 

Interested in sponsoring our 11th annual charity golf outing?

Download Sponsorship Brochure

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Since 1998, The Executives’ Club of Chicago, together with The Association of Information Technology Professionals and Society of Information Management Chicago, has recognized technology leaders with the CIO of the Year Award. Selection considers leadership in driving business value and technological innovation, business partnerships and creating best in class workplace for IT professionals.  The CIO of the Year will be announced at the Executives Club of Chicago’s luncheon on June 28th.

The speaker for this event will be Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman and CEO, Mondelez International who is being recognized at the 2017 International Executive of the Year.  Irene will share her insights on the award and the challenges of operating in a rapidly-changing, global business environment.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm Registration & Networking
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Luncheon Program

Note: You do not have to be a member of the Executives Club to register for an event, but you do need to sign up for their invitation list (create an “account”) to purchase online tickets for their events.

Member Cost
$100 per Executives Club of Chicago Member.

Guest Cost
$150 per Executives Club of Chicago Nonmember

Company Tables: $1,200 for Corporate Members, $1,700 for non-Corporate Members

For more information on sponsorship opportunities or to register for this program visit: or call: (312) 263-3500

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2017 Chicago CIO Executive Leadership Summit
7:00am 7:00am

2017 Chicago CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Reimagining the Enterprise in the Next Era of the Digital Age

Digital disruption is ushering a new wave of business model innovations. Because digital transformation is a journey, the CIO and other members of the C-suite must recognize that new technologies and emerging innovations represent continual change. As technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and hyper-convergence offer new ways for doing business, the CIO is uniquely positioned to deliver bold, game-changing leadership, engender transformational innovation, and steer the enterprise into the next era of digital business. 

The leadership traits and skills required by technology leaders to help champion customer-centric efforts will be the focal point of the 2017 Chicago CIO Executive Leadership Summit.

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5:30pm 5:30pm

SIM in the Suburbs May 11 2017

Changing the Game in Illinois: Innovation With Constraints

In early 2015, Illinois started at the bottom 4th of 50 states in technology rankings. Within 18 months, by Q4 of 2016, Illinois moved up to the top 3rd. A lot of work got done along the way. Key ingredients for this stellar success were, Governor’s executive sponsorship, an amazing team that came together from inside and outside the government, a business mindset for running technology, a heavy focus on comprehensive digital transformation and many more. Along the way, Illinois also established itself as the first Smart State in the country and established national and international partnerships for that.

5:30pm - 6:30pm Social Hour / Networking
6:30pm - 7:15pm Announcements and Dinner
7:15pm - 8:15pm Keynote Speaker and Q&A
8:15pm - Adjourn

Member Cost
$50 per member. Includes meal and cash bar.

Guest Cost
$70 per non SIM member. Includes meal and cash bar.
*Must be accompanied by a SIM member and is limited to two visits per program year


About the Speaker

Hardik Bhatt
Chief Digital Officer and State CIO - Illinois

Hardik is a transformational leader with tremendous acumen in both strategy and execution for large transformations. Hardik has moved seamlessly between private and public sector.

After working for TCS in India and Oracle in the US, he became the CIO of the City of Chicago in his early 30’s.

He pioneered the Smart Chicago program and built it as a national model.

He went on to work as a senior executive for Cisco. He lead global business development for Cisco’s Smart & Connected Communities as well as Internet of Everything business. In that capacity, he worked with 30+ global cities, including Barcelona, Dubai, Copenhagen, Hamburg, San Francisco and many others.

In March 2015, he was recruited by Governor Rauner as the CIO for State of Illinois, to lead State’s digital transformation. In last two years, Hardik and his team have brought Illinois from bottom 4th to top 3rd in national digital rankings by creating a consolidated Department of Innovation & Technology with 1,700 people and $1B budget, building state’s first comprehensive cybersecurity strategy, increasing state’s mobile presence by 500%, launching state’s data practice and pioneering the Smart State concept by making Illinois the first state to have a clear Smart State vision and roadmap.

Beyond his day job as the State CIO, Hardik is an angel investor and a board member for two IoT companies, a non-profit charter school network serving predominantly Chicago’s Hispanic community and the Chicago Innovation Awards.

Hardik has a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from India and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management

Special Thanks to Our Event Sponsor

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Spring Gala March 16 2017

Using Improv Techniques as Game Changers

The pace of change is more dramatic now than ever before, and it seems about the time we are comfortable with what is happening, the game changes. Sometimes the IT function is in the forefront of that change and sometimes we are playing catch up. Taking lessons from his time at Second City, Kelly Leonard understands the value of changing the game and in his book “Yes, And” he provides some valuable lessons for anyone traveling through the uncharted waters of digital transformation.


5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Networking and appetizers
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Dinner and Announcements
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Keynote speaker
8:30 pm – Adjourn

Regular Registration -Ends on March 15, 2017 at midnight
$65 SIM member / $100 guest

Sponsor Information
The SIM Gala is a great opportunity to promote your company to a select audience of IT decision makers and influencers. We welcome your sponsorship at any level.

Event Sponsor (1 available) $10,000 SOLD
Speaker Sponsor (1 available) $4,500
Beverage Sponsor (1 available) $3,500SOLD
Appetizer Sponsor (1 available) $2,000 SOLD
Grand Prize Sponsor (1 available) $2,000
Door Prize Sponsor (1 available) $1,750
Parking Sponsor (1 available) $1,000 SOLD
Premier Table Sponsor (8 available) $1,000 - SOLD
Table Sponsor (8 available) $500

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Special Thanks to Our Appetizer Sponsor


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Special Thanks to Our Premier Table Sponsors



Event Policies

SIM Chicago events are focused on providing content-rich, peer-networking opportunities for the IT executive community.

As such, we strictly enforce a Dress Code PolicyNo-Solicitation PolicyGuest Policy, and Photo Release Policy.







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