8:00 am - 2:00 pm

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Morning Outings & Excursions - TBD

SIM Registration Open - Registration & Hospitality

Welcome to SIM National Executive Retreat - Reception

Nightcap Reception

7:00 am - 9:00 am

7:30 am - 3:00 pm

8:00 am - 9:00 am

9:00 am - 9:30 am

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Morning Recharge - Walk trails, beach run, yoga
Conference Registration Desk Open
Attendee Breakfast
SIM Welcome

Mark Taylor, CEO, SIM National

Breaking Barriers: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Joan  Higginbotham
Retired NASA Astronaut, Electrical Engineer Third African American Woman in Space
Flying in space looks glamorous, and by all accounts it is. But what about the less-chronicled process to get there? Joan Higginbotham shares her personal journey and challenges to become only one of three African American female astronauts to fly in space. Using STS-116 as the backdrop, Joan explores the significance of empowered leadership, the majesty of a diverse crew working together to accomplish a common goal and how the reality of seeing Earth from space compelled her to examine her perspective of humanity.

10:30 am - 11:30 am

11:45 am - 1:00 pm

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Session Two: Security & Ransomware
Networking Lunch
Join your peers for networking, discussion, and lunch in a relaxed and friendly forum. 
How Changing Your Mind Might Change the World
Philip Yenawine, Founder + Creative Director, Watershed Collaborative
Dabney Hailey, Founder + Principal, Hailey Group

How one leader’s willingness to rethink everything transformed a field and is now impacting museums, education, business, healthcare, and beyond. Philip Yenawine, creator of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) and former Director of Education at the Museum of Modern Art, and Dabney Hailey, a curator who brought the method to the business world with VTS@Work, will tell the story of this paradigm-shifting approach to group discussions. You’ll experience VTS and reflect on how it transforms the way we observe, listen, lead, collaborate, and think. They’ll share examples of VTS application in a range of current contexts, from preschool to K12 and from Harvard Medical School to Fortune 500s.

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Roundtable Discussions


Workshop #1: Can an equitable classroom be a model for a more equitable conference room?
Nick Gardner, Executive Director, Watershed Collaborative
What does equity look like in practice? In this session, participants will learn how the VTS process changes the power dynamics and levels the playing field in K-12 classrooms, explore how a similar experience might impact their company’s process and culture, and how VTS might be an effective way to engage and support their employees, community, and schools.

Workshop #2: How might we lead teams into flexible thinking and collaborative problem-solving?
Dabney Hailey, Founder + Principal, Hailey Group
Our world urgently needs to move beyond command and control leadership, particularly within organizations committed to innovation, inclusion, and flexible thinking in the face of uncertainty. Hailey will model a different approach—a facilitative leadership stance—by guiding us through a Visual Thinking Strategies discussion. We’ll observe and listen deeply, become aware of our own thought processes, take the perspectives of others, and experience why slowing down can help us speed up. Hailey will pinpoint specific VTS techniques leaders can learn and use to shape such conversations: suspending judgment, creating space for all perspectives, seeking evidence, listening to understand, quieting our egos, and modeling openness, among others.

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Happy Hour Reception
Sponsor Dinners

7:00 am - 9:00 am

7:30 am - 3:00 pm

8:00 am - 9:00 am

9:00 am - 9:15 am

9:15 am - 10:15 am

Morning Recharge- Walk trails, beach run, yoga

Conference Registration Desk Open
Attendee Breakfast


SIM Welcome
Mark Taylor, CEO, SIM National


What Makes the Great Ones Great

Don Yaeger
(CSP) Leadership Speaker, Longtime Associate Editor for Sports Illustrated, executive coach and 11-time New York Times Best-Selling author, Greatness, Inc.


As a sports writer and author of more than two dozen books, Don has had a front row seat with some of the greatest winners in athletics, including Walter Payton, Jimmy Connors, Michael Jordan, John Wooden, Pat Riley and Dale Brown. They are all legends in their own right, but does anyone believe the athletes mentioned above are really the GREATEST athletes of their time, physically? Remember, Jordan wasn’t even the first pick in the draft. Payton had to go to a small black college because bigger schools didn’t want to risk a scholarship on him. Each became a champion through strength and skills that had nothing to do with physical prowess.

Using rich personal accounts gathered from more than twenty-five years of interviews with many of today’s sports legends and business leaders, Don has distilled Sixteen Consistent Characteristics of Greatness. Don shares some of these characteristics with audiences, in an easy, engaging style, which helps participants realize that they, too, can achieve a higher level of personal success.


10:15 am - 11:15 am

The Rules of the Game: Sports CIO Panel
Jeff Lutes, CIO, Orlando Magic
Susan Malisch, CIO, Loyola University Chicago
Judd Williams, CIO, NCAA


How many of you need to be concerned with ticketing systems – no, not help desk ones, actual tickets? Does your job entail global news and television stations, streaming services, radio, and print news coverage on a daily basis? Do you have to provide real-time stats across a national network with millions of outlets and fans counting on 100% accuracy? Have you purchased an aerial antenna for each office location to ensure your guests can reach their babysitter via cell phone even though that’s not part of the services you offer? All of these scenarios illustrate how being a CIO in the sports industry is very different from the corporate or non-profit space, but what’s the same is the need to be customer-obsessed and to deliver on the best customer experience possible! As we’ve all discovered coming out of the pandemic, the rules of the game have changed, and we all need to learn, and compete, anew.

11:30 am - 12:45 pm

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

While the World Watched: COVID/Vaccine CIO Panel
Daphne Jones
Networking Lunch
Join your peers for networking, discussion, and lunch in a relaxed and friendly forum. 
IT & Engineering Talent Forum

Common Cause: An Exploration of the IT Talent Crisis
Jointly Presented by TechServe Alliance and Society for Information Management (SIM)

Unfilled Cybersecurity roles. Projects delayed. Hiring Needs Unmet.  Whether building an internal team as an IT leader or attempting to meet the needs of a client for a project as an IT staffing professional, the problem is the same: the supply of talent in IT is insufficient to meet demand.  This supply-demand imbalance shows no prospect of improving.  In this joint client/IT staffing forum, we will explore the IT talent crisis, its implications, and innovative solutions being developed in response to this enduring challenge. 

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

The IT Talent Challenge: IT Leaders and Staffing Executives Speak
Moderators: Mark B. Roberts, CEO, TechServe Alliance & Mark Taylor, CEO, Society for Information Management

The numbers don’t lie.  Unemployment in IT is at historically low levels.  There is little likelihood our domestic pipeline of talent will significantly expand in the foreseeable future.  To varying degrees, both official policy and public discourse has ranged from less than welcoming to outright hostility toward IT professionals from abroad. 

In this candid discussion moderated by the leaders of Society for Information Management and TechServe Alliance, CIOs and IT staffing executives will explore the IT talent gap, its implications, how various stakeholders are coping today and planning for the future.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Innovations in Talent Acquisition: Diversifying the IT Talent Pool

Fast paced, IMPACT! Talks feature three compelling speakers sharing powerful ideas in the space of 60 minutes. These brief high impact talks are designed to disrupt ordinary thinking and inspire you to reimagine what is possible. For the Talent Forum, the focus of the Impact! Talks will be on innovative ways thought leaders are diversifying the talent pool in the face of the perennial shortage of IT professionals.

5:30 pm - 6:15 pm

6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

SIM Foundation VIP Networking Reception

SIM Foundation Keynote

SIM Foundation & TechServe Alliance Reception