The SIM Executive Leadership Retreat

8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Birdies in the Sand
Mark Taylor, SIM CEO, invites you to join him for a round golf at La Quinta. This will be a casual golf outing with a shotgun start at 8:30 AM. Cost to participate is $130 per person and will be paid onsite to the golf course. 

8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Alternative Activity
For those who are not interested in golf, we will have an alternate activity planned. More information will be shared soon, but please indicate your interest on the registration form, so we can connect with you on the details. (Additional Fee)

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

SIM Registration Open - Registration & Hospitality
After a long day of travel, swing by the registration desk to check-in and grab your name badge, conference materials, and a welcome beverage. Take a deep breath, you’ve arrived!

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Welcome to SIM National Executive Retreat: Reception
Let the networking begin! Join us as we kick-off the conference by catching up with old friends and maybe make some new friends too. Enjoy light refreshments and a beverage or two as we enjoy the desert!

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

SIM Foundation VIP Reception
Donate $100 to the SIM Foundation and join us after the Welcome Reception for a guided wine and dessert pairing with our favorite SIM Sommelier, Rylee Kirkpatrick! If you have joined one of our virtual CIO Roundtables and wine tastings over the last two years with Rylee, you know it's a great time and will not want to miss this chance to meet Rylee in person, forge connections with other attendees, and support the SIM Foundation. Be sure to select this session on your registration form to be included in this event.


9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Informal Networking
The night is young, and the conference has just begun! Join us at the lobby bar to keep those conversations going with your friends and peers in a relaxed environment. 

The SIM Executive Leadership Retreat

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Morning Recharge: Walk trails, yoga, tennis

7:30 am - 3:00 pm

Conference Registration Desk Open

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Attendee Breakfast

9:00 am - 9:30 am

SIM Welcome

Mark Taylor, CEO, SIM National

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Opening Keynote

10:30 am - 10:45 am

Networking Break

10:45 am - 11:55 am

General Session
View from the Top: We’ll enjoy a “fireside chat” with the CEO and CIO of a major corporation who will share with us how CEOs and other C-suite executives view the intersection of business strategy, technology and leadership.

Specific Sessions are in Development.  Check agenda often as content is added as it is finalized.

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


3:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Transition Break

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

General Session & Breakouts 

Beyond the Horizon: We'll hear from technology leaders who are now members of the investment community. We'll hear the stories of their leadership journeys, and they will help us look to the future and how the next generation of technology will impact you and your company. Hear what’s sparking interest now in investor circles and what’s driving the marketplace in the coming years.

Specific Sessions are in Development.  Check agenda often as content is added as it is finalized.


3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

General Session & Breakouts 

Resilience as a Business Strategy: Learn from entertainment industry leaders how disruption completely changed their marketplace over the last few decades, how they met the challenge with resilience, determination, and innovation, and what you can learn from their experience.

Specific Sessions are in Development.  Check agenda often as content is added as it is finalized.

4:45 pm - 5:45 pm

Happy Hour Reception
It’s been a full day of learning with interesting topics and engaging speakers – now it’s time to relax and unwind with a cool beverage in hand and some light refreshments. Join us for a final SIM-only happy hour before we join up with TechServe Alliance for the evening reception!

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Where Technology Leaders Connect

SIM & TechServe Celebration & Opening Reception 

SIM & TechServe come together to celebrate (and contribute) to the SIM Foundation programs that support the development of technology workers – a valued and shared interest by all of us.  

You will enjoy a night of exceptional networking, fine food and drink and wonderful entertainment under the stars of the California desert. 


9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Nightcap Reception
If you're not quite ready to call it a night, join us at the bar after dinner for informal networking. 

TechServe Alliance and SIM Forum
The SIM & TechServe Forum is included in your registration to the SIM Retreat—No Separate Registration Required 

Recruiting and Retaining Technical Talent Today and Beyond

An Interactive Forum Jointly Hosted by TechServe Alliance  and the Society for Information Management (SIM)  

The pandemic has wrought tremendous disruption to the business landscape and the world of work.  Against the backdrop of the perennial shortage of technical talent, the expectations of IT and engineering professionals has changed dramatically.   

At the Forum, CIOs, CTOs and other IT leaders will have an opportunity to join with technology staffing executives in an interactive exploration of key trends impacting the recruiting and retention of technical talent:  

  • Increased expectations of IT and engineering professionals to dictate how, when, and where they will work  

  • The challenge of maintaining company culture in remote and hybrid work environments  

  • Expectations of greater workforce diversity and social responsibility  

Additionally, the forum will feature keynotes by a highly engaging economist and a thought leader in employee engagement in a remote and isolated world as well as candid conversations that get to the heart of what really matters to key stakeholders in attracting, hiring, and retaining IT and engineering professionals.  

7:00 am - 9:00 am

Morning Recharge: Walk trails, beach run, yoga

7:30 am - 3:00 pm

Conference Registration Desk Open

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Networking Breakfast with SIM & TechServe Alliance
Continental breakfast provided.


8:00 am - 9:00 am

SIM Chapter Leader's Breakfast

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Supplier Showcase Open

Looking to learn about innovative technologies or services to make your firm more efficient and profitable? The Supplier Showcase allows you a quick and straightforward way to learn about the products and services that are making staffing firms better. There will be dedicated opportunities to schedule meetings and review products.  

Continental breakfast provided.


9:00 am - 9:15 am

Executive Summit & Talent Forum Opening
State of the Tech Talent : A Discussion with SIM & TechServe Alliance

Mark Roberts, CEO, TechServe Alliance
Mark Taylor, CEO, Society of Information Management (SIM)


9:30 am - 11:00 am

Prospering Through Change

Alan Beaulieu, Economist, CEO & Founder, ITR

With a reputation as an accurate, straightforward (and yes funny) economist, Alan Beaulieu, will share his valuable insights and statistical expertise on the state of the economy during these turbulent times and more importantly will tell you how to use that information to prepare your business for the future.  

11:00 am - 11:45 am

TechServe & SIM Sponsors Suppliers Showcase
TechServe & SIM’s valued suppliers showcase their services and technology that make your firm better. There will be opportunities to schedule private meetings with Suppliers and Sponsors

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

The IT Talent Challenge: IT Leaders and Staffing Executives Speak
Panel of CIO (Chief Information Officer) and Staffing Leaders

While many of the fundamental drivers of success in business remain constant, the environment in which technology leaders and staffing and solutions firms operate has changed dramatically.   

In this candid discussion moderated by the leaders of Society for Information Management and TechServe Alliance, CIOs and IT staffing executives will focus on how best to respond to and leverage the seismic shift in the business and employment landscape including the ‘Great Reassessment’, employee demands for remote work, and the unprecedented difficulty in hiring and retaining internal teams and technical talent.  

12:45 am - 2:00 pm

Networking Roundtable Lunch
Networking lunch with TechServe attendees and subject experts that can give you clear takeaways and actionable ideas. Our SIM colleagues will host tables on issues that are important to CIOs and their staffing partners. You will also have an opportunity to connect with suppliers about their latest staffing technologies and services. 

Have an idea for a topic? Want to host a roundtable? Reach out to and share your idea. There are only a limited number of roundtable hosts available – reach out early with your ideas. 


2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

TechTalent IMPACT! Talks 

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. 

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Breakout Sessions: What Matters to CIOs & Technology Staffing Firms 

In these break-out sessions, we uncover industry concerns and initiatives that are top of mind for both tech staffing firms and technology leaders. Sessions will be smaller allowing for candid conversations, feedback, and opportunities to connect. Sessions will share challenges, ideas, and best practices for addressing the topics that come across our desks every day, like: 

  • Making a lasting impact on DE&I within our organizations  

  • Meeting the demand for tech talent – what’s possible?

  • Identifying and combatting the challenges around verifying candidates and their skills  

  • Forging enduring partnerships between clients & technology staffing firms  


4:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Transition Break 

4:30 pm - 5:45 pm

Connectable: How Leaders Can Move Teams from Isolated to All In

Ryan JenkinsGenerations Keynote Speaker, Millennial and Gen Z Author, Workplace Loneliness Expert 

Connectable: How Leaders at Any Level Can Move Teams from Isolated to All In 

Remote work, advancing technology, and an always-on work culture are fracturing our relationships resulting in deep disconnection. A colossal 72% of global workers feel lonely at least monthly; with 55% saying at least weekly. Feelings of isolation and loneliness among employees are on the rise, and contribute to a real and growing mental health problem that affects both individuals and organizations. You’ll learn how addressing the issues―and finding practical, effective solutions―can transform an isolated workforce to one that’s happier, more engaged, and more productive in their efforts. 

Combining a decade of leadership consulting and firsthand workplace loneliness research, Ryan Jenkins distills everything you need, showing you what’s causing today’s loneliness, the role inclusion plays in solving it, and how you can decrease loneliness and increase belonging, engagement, retention, and performance with employees at every level―including yourself.  

Audiences Gain: 

  • An awareness of loneliness, the modern causes, and its impact on business. 

  • Ability to identify workers in need of belonging and how to deliver it for them. 

  • The 4-step Less Loneliness Framework™ to create connected, driven, and high-performing teams.   


5:45 pm - 7:00 pm

Technology Leaders Connect 
Happy Hour Reception

Time to network and connect to discuss the great take aways from the Tech Talent Forum. Cocktails and a tasting appetizer menu presented by the great chefs of the La Quinta Resort – highlighting the wonderful food of Southern California. 

7:00 pm

Dinner On Own