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Announcing our new Partnership with Northwestern University and their MSIT Program!

It’s that time of year again – send in your nominations for the 2015 CIO of the Year Award!

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AITP/SIM “Most Effective IT Team Award” Winners for 2014

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USG – Large Firm Winner  (with Awards Committee)

Most Effective IT Team Awards 015

Tate & Lyle – Mid-sized Firm Winner  (with Awards Committee)

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Association Management Center – Small Firm Winner

 AITP Chicago and SIM Chicago wish to congratulate the teams of USG, Tate & Lyle and Association Management Center, winners of the 2014 CIO’s Most Effective IT Team Awards for large, medium and small sized companies respectively. All nominations, judging, and elections were done by peers in the information technology community. The awards were presented at the Awards Program dinner on November 13, 2014.


2014 AITP/ISSA CISO of the Year Award

CISO 2014 Winner

AITP Chicago and ISSA-Chicago wish to congratulate Arian McMillan, CISO, Deparartment of Innovation and Technology, City of Chicago (pictured left above), winner of the 2014 CISO of the Year Award.  The award is being presented by the 2013 CISO of the Year, Jason Witty, SVP & CISO, US BAnk.  All nominations, judging, and elections were done by peers in the information security community, and the award was presented at the Award Program breakfast on October 15th.


 2014 CIO of the Year Awards –  View Photos on Executives Club Site

AITP Chicago, SIM Chicago and The Executives’ Club of Chicago wish to congratulate Yvonne Scott, CIO of Crowe Horwath and Brian Hedberg, CIO of Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) who were chosen as co-winners of the 2014 CIO of the Year Award.  Nominations were made by CxOs and senior business & IT executives.  All judging and elections were done by peers in the IT community.  The award was presented as part of The Executives’ Club of Chicago’s Annual Awards luncheon on May 22nd.  Over 700 were in attendance.



January Dinner & Chapter Meeting – Gartner Top Trends @ White Pines Golf Course
Jan 12 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
“Top IT Trends of 2015 – January 12, 5:30 PM – Bensenville
Start off the new year with AITP colleagues and friends by attending 2015’s first Chapter Meeting and CIO Dinner Program!  Guest speaker Carl Deal, VP with Gartner, will be discussing the “Top IT Trends of 2015.”  You won’t want to miss this interesting and informative event.

Register Now!


  • Members – $30
  • Nonmembers – $40
  • Students Members (incl. ITF Student Technology Club Members) – $20
  • Gartner Invited Attendees - $30
  • At the door add $5
  • Vendor Table Sponsorship – $500 – Includes: Company sign on table and recognition at the event as a sponsor; Logo on the website event page; Logo on the web site home page “sponsor slider” for at least 1 month; Dinner for 1 person
  • Corporate Table – $320 – Includes: Company sign on table; dinner for 8 guests

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About our Speaker:

Carl Deal is an executive partner with Gartner Executive Programs supporting CIO and executive clients across the Global 1000. His primary areas of focus include global technology and business strategic planning, IT business optimization, technology innovation, and business re-engineering. Mr. Deal aids technology and business executives on strategy and innovation, helping them to more effectively lead their organizations through change and challenge, attain profitable growth and key business goals, provide increased thought leadership to their organizations, and better align their business and technology objectives. 

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Deal served as the Senior Vice President of Idea Integration’s Professional Services Organization. In this role, he held direct operating accountability for the Professional Services Organization, providing strategies for the introduction and execution of technology services to meet the demands of key clients and CxOs across the Fortune 500, spanning infrastructure services, customer support, BPO services, quality management services, application development and portfolio management services, and digital and social media.

AITP/ITF Educators Series @ Cisco
Jan 28 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP Chicago) and the Illinois Technology Foundation (ITF), with support from the deans of leading higher education and technology partners, announced  the creation of a new program that aims to help higher education faculty and IT practitioners better prepare students with the technology grounding they need to enter today’s workforce.

Our second in the series will be hosted by Cisco.

Presentation: Big Data and the Internet of Everything 

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4:00 – 4:30 – Networking and Tour of Cisco

4:30 – 5:30 – Big Data & The Internet of Things presentation by Cisco

5:30 – 6:15 – Customer Panel Discussion

6:15 – 6:45 – Educator Panel: Moderator, Ray Trygstad (IIT), Panelists, Steve Shih (Governors State, Jacob Furst (DePaul) & Bob Carlson (IIT)

6:45 – 7:00 – Closing Remarks & Networking

Have questions about AITP/ITF Educators Series? Contact Illinois Technology Foundation
February Chapter & CIO Dinner Meeting @ USG
Feb 9 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Speaker:  Creighton Warren, CIO of USG.  USG was the 2014 Winner of the “Most Effective IT Team Award” in the large corporation category.  More information to follow.

March Chapter & CxO Dinner Meeting @ United Air Lines
Mar 9 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Speaker:  Arlan McMillan, CISO, Department of Innovation and Technology, City of Chicago and 2014 CISO of the Year Award Winner.  More information to follow:

Engaging Leadership Series (ELS) First Full Day Workshop @ Patina Conference Room - 19th Floor
Mar 12 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

AITP’s first ELS training class for helping Project Managers and Tech Managers & Staff improve the execution of business initiatives was a great success.   The 5 full day workshops used collaborative exercises to drive home the skills needed.   And, each participant left with an extensive set of tools that can be used in real world situations.

As an unexpected bonus, the sessions were especially valuable for new managers and senior professionals getting ready for management roles by:

  • Helping them shift their primary focus from “doing” to “leading and managing”
  • Providing  the skills needed for mentoring and team building

Everyone liked holding the 5 full-day workshops every other week so they had time to apply learnings between sessions and appreciated the participation of CIOs and Senior Executives as panelists and mentors.   Two of the firms enrolled Project Manager/Tech pairs to leverage the benefits of working together in class for upcoming projects.  PMPs can get 30 PDUs for attending the class.

April Chapter Meeting & CIO Dinner @ Lamirage
Apr 13 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Speaker:  Stephen Byers, CIO, Tate & Lyle.  Tate & Lyle was the 2014 “Most Effective IT Team Award” winner in the medium sized firm category.  More information to follow.