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					                              SIM PHILLY DIGEST
                              2009 Digest Number 3

      TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2009 - 3:30 p.m (3 p.m. pre-workshop)
      The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 S. 22nd Street,

Register Online:


      3-3:30 PM Pre-Workshop – SIM Chapter Overview – For new
               members, RLF members and all interested in learning more
               about SIM and the Philadelphia Area Chapter. (See details

      3:30 PM Workshop - “LinkedIn for Corporate and Personal Use” – Ed
              Steinberg, LinkedIn and Ed Callahan, Coherent Sales
      5:00 PM   Cocktails, Networking
        6:00 PM     Evening Session – “Challenging IT Leadership in Challenging Times” –
                    George Nelson, CIO, Toll Brothers, and Tricia Blair, VP and Enterprise
                    Internet Officer. Lincoln Financial

        7:15 PM     Dinner

Evening Speaker:

           “Challenging IT Leadership in Challenging Times”

George Nelson, CIO of Toll Brothers, and Tricia Blair, VP and Enterprise Internet Officer,
Lincoln Financial, will discuss how to maintain morale, momentum, and energy, during difficult
and challenging times. When IT demands continue, and funding is limited, what are the key
drivers to focus on? Join us for our evening session to explore this important topic currently
facing all our SIM members.

Workshop Presentation:

                "LinkedIn for Corporate and Personal Use”

Panel – Ed Steinberg, LinkedIn, and Ed Callahan, Coherent Sales

Come join us for an interactive discussion where you will learn:

● What is LinkedIn and how does it work?

● What makes a good profile?

● What are some of the features available on LinkedIn?

● How can I best position my company to get the most out of LinkedIn?

● Personal branding in LinkedIn and the ½ life of CIOs

● “Trusted LinkedIn (LI) Networks”, LI Groups, LI References: tools for business

Please join Ed Steinberg from LinkedIn and Ed Callahan from Coherent Sales
Consulting as they team up to bring you a practical and applicable approach to
Pre-Workshop – SIM Chapter Overview:


Welcome/Opening Remarks – Robin Schroeder, 2009 Board Chairperson

SIM – At a Glance – Bob Ehlinger, Strategy Chair

Membership Committee – Cari Kraft

Communications Committee – Dave Kelble

Programs Team - Yvonne Cook

Alliances Team – Robert Rosko

Public Relations Team – Joe Tait

Please RSVP your participation in this pre-workshop to Kathy Sinatore at or Becky Margolis at

How to Register for the Meeting:

The fee for cocktails and dinner is $75.00 for guests, $60.00 for academic
members, members in transition, RLF members and retired members. Corporate
members' dinner fees were included with the 2009 membership dues. Register
online at

If you prefer to pay by check, manual registration is still available by sending your
check to SIM Philadelphia, c/o Patricia A. Brown, 240 Center Point Lane,
Lansdale, PA 19446, or advise Pat of your plans to attend by e-mailing

Telephone reservations will be accepted up to the close of business on Friday,
May 29, 2009 at 610-584-8546 or e-mail your reservation to
Please make your reservations promptly so that we may have an accurate count.
Appropriate business attire is required.

Please advise if you have any special dietary restrictions or requests.

                       2009 MEETING DATES and EVENTS
      2009 Chapter Meetings:
      June 2, October 6, December 1
      CIO Roundtable:
      To be rescheduled in June (for invited members only)
      Annual Golf Outing: June 29 (North Hills Country Club)


      The Chapter Welcomes Our New Members

      Kathleen Bellwoar, President
      PPT Consulting LLC (Consultant)

      Sajay Khatnani, CEO
      J2, LLC (Consultant)

      John Piazza, Director, Systems Network Operations
      Board of Pensions

      David McEvilla, AVP
      Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co.

      Jim Sherlock, VP IT
      „Marlin Business Services

      Larry Bilker, Business Tech. Leader, CTO
      First Quality Enterprises

      Matt Grulke, Development Director
      ThermoFisher Scientific

      James Sloane, VP of Info. Tech., Corporate
      Mannington Mills


The Philadelphia Chapter of the Society for Information Management invites you,
your staff, and special guests to join us for our annual golf outing and awards
dinner on Monday, June 29, 2009, at the North Hills Country Club. The day
includes complimentary practice range use, box lunch, 18 holes of golf, cocktail
reception, dinner with open bar and golf awards. For more information or to
register, contact Pat Brown at

We are thrilled to announce our Third Annual SIM Teen Tech Camp charity. This program has
offered disadvantaged youth a wonderful opportunity to receive technology training and
orientation from SIM's best and brightest. For three weeks in June, 15-20 students about to enter
high-school embark on a free and fun technology camp focused on computer skills, career
development, and field trips to observe the impact and importance of technology on business.
The students‟ views and interest of technology are forever impacted by this program. This great
cause and SIM underwritten charity needs your support more than ever. We are looking to our
SIM Members to provide sponsorship and to participate. Many of your organizations have a
vested interest in the Philadelphia community and this camp provides a great way for companies
to give the gift of education. For more information, to volunteer or sponsor, contact SIM member
John Connolly at InspiriTech at


Our own C.J. Rhoads has been chosen by Gov. Rendell as one of
Pennsylvania's Best 50 Women in Business. Click on the link to learn more.
Congratulations to C.J.!

Membership cut-off for 2009 will be June 15. Don’t forget to pay your 2009
dues! Pay online at Need
a copy of your invoice? Contact Pat Brown at

Are you being interviewed by a reporter? Posting info onto a Blog or other
industry website? Be sure to mention SIM and things like Teen Tech Camp the
next time to help keep us in the news.

Congratulations to our 2009 SIM Future Leader Award winners:

Chase Wheeler – Lehigh University
Joseph Timothy – Immaculata University
Anna W. Kuczaj – Villanova University
Matthew R. Forero – Temple University
Jason Balthaser – La Salle University


        Keep current with SIM International by visiting

        While there, visit the Philadelphia Chapter page at:
         Solicitation - In order to ensure high standards and professionalism in our
         organization, we would appreciate that all members keep in mind our chapter‟s strict
         policy of non-solicitation at SIM events and the prohibition of using the SIM
         membership list for commercial purposes. Violation of this policy may result in loss of
         the offending member‟s membership. If you encounter a problem of this nature,
         please let us know so that the matter can be addressed and corrected.

        If you know of a prospective SIM member and are not certain whether he/she meets
         our membership criteria, please contact our Membership Chair, Cari Kraft, at for guidance.

        CHAPTER GUEST POLICY (Note: The December meeting is open to spouses,
         personal guests and colleagues)

         The Philadelphia Chapter of SIM has endeavored to keep our membership balance
         of senior-level executives, practitioners, academics and consultants in line with the
         guidelines established by SIM International. In an effort to keep that balance and
         maintain a standard of conduct at meetings, the Board of Directors has approved the
         following policies regarding guests and a SIM Code of Conduct.

         As the number of members within the Chapter expands along with the number of
         guests at meetings, the Board of Directors feels that a formal policy concerning guest
         attendance at Chapter functions will assist members in offering invitations and help
         guide proper behavior at Chapter functions. The goal is to ensure that attendees at
         our events reflect the balance of practitioners and non-practitioners in our bylaws and
         preserve SIM meeting etiquette.

         Please note that this policy is not meant to reduce the number of guests attending
         meetings. We recognize that our meetings are one of the most valuable ways to
         attract new SIM members and encourage everyone to bring guests that meet the SIM
         practitioner criteria.

             Who qualifies as a guest?

             Members are permitted to invite colleagues to any SIM regular
             dinner meeting or breakfast meeting under the following guidelines:

                     Guests meet the Chapter practitioner membership criteria.
                     Practitioner members may bring a subordinate or another
                     member of their company who has a particular interest in the
                     topic being covered at a workshop or evening session.
                     Members of other SIM chapters

             In order to ensure that the 15% consulting cap we maintain in our
             membership makeup is reflected in our event attendance, members
             will not be permitted to bring consultants as guests unless prior
             approval is received from the Membership Chair.
               If you have a question about your category of membership, contact the Chapter
               administrator (Pat Brown) at

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