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September 2017 AITP Chapter Meeting

with CIO of the Year Eric Yablonka of the University of Chicago Medical Center and Biological Sciences

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AITP Chicago Security SIG Meeting - April 4, 2017

Roundtable - "Building a Security Operations Center(SOC) & Security Information and Event Management(SIEM)"

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Data and Analytics SIG Meeting at TTX

Share knowledge with your peers! - Keynote Speaker, Dr. Phil Shelley - Sponsored by Cyrus One

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May 1, 2017 Chapter Meeting at RMU

Mohan Iyer (CIO) and Ryan Surratt (Vice President) @ Mesirow Financial discuss their transformation and security challenges. Mesirow is the winner of the 2017 Medium Sized IT Team Award!

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Nominations for the 2018 CIO of the Year Award are Now Open

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Hello AITP community – A Doctoral Student at DePaul Needs Your Help!

AITP Chicago has been asked to help Tammy, a doctoral student at DePaul, with her dissertation research.  This research focuses on the sales skills needed in today’s IT environment.  If you are an influencer or purchaser of  IT services/solutions for your organization, please be so kind as to take the survey (link provided below).

After competition of study,  Tammy will provide a brief write up of the findings and share with them with the group.


Erik Decker named 2017 Chicago CISO of the Year

The Chicago chapters of the Association of Information Technology Professionals-AITP, Infragard, ISACA, Information Systems Security Association-ISSA, and Society for Information Management-SIM are proud to announce the winner of the 2017 Chicago Chief Information Security Officer-CISO of the Year Award.  This years winner is Mr. Erik Decker, Chief Security & Privacy Officer, University of Chicago Medicine

Erik Decker and Wayne Johnson

Jason Witty, Arlan McMillan, Kevin Novak, Erik Decker

(Erik with 3 previous CISO of the Year winners)

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AITP’s 2017 CIO of the Year Announced

Congratulations to Glenn Schneider, CIO of Discover Financial, the 2017 CIO of the Year Award Winner!
AITP Chicago, SIM Chicago and The Executives’ Club of Chicago wish to congratulate Glenn Schneider, Chief Information Officer of Discover Financial who was chosen as the 2017 CIO of the Year! Nominations were made by CxOs and senior business & IT executives, and 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 June 28th.

Specifically, we look for leadership in driving business value and technology innovation, business partnerships and creating the best-in-class workplace for IT professionals.



AITP’s “2016 Most Effective IT Team Awards” announced

AITP Chicago and SIM Chicago wish to congratulate this year’s winners – the teams:

The City of Chicago – Large Company


Mesirow Financial – Mid Company


Connect Hearing  – Small Company


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Career Opportunities at CompTIA’s HQ in Downers Grove

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AITP Chicago Chapter Meeting & CIO Presentation @ Robert Morris University - 8th Floor Culinary Dining Room
Feb 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Presenter: Glenn Schneider, EVP & CIO, Discover Financial Services and our 2017 CIO of theYear

Topic:  Show Up Differently: Leading Technology Transformation:
All industries are facing rapid and fundamental shifts in business models and customer expectations due to evolving technology capabilities. Volatility and the dynamics of change are upon us – something is always changing, something is always new. How can technology teams drive results when the rules are constantly being rewritten? The key is to embrace change and begin working in fundamentally new ways. Technology leaders must start “showing up differently” in order to create an environment that inspires creativity and agility. Learn how the CIO at Discover is transforming his technology team to deliver business value and achieve results with speed and flexibility.

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Registration Fees: Includes Hors ‘doeuvres, Dinner, Beer, Wine and Soft Drinks

    • $30 – Members
    • $60 – Nonmembers
    • $30 – Member Students
    • $250 – Corporate Table for C Levels and their teams (not for vendors) Includes: Company sign on table; dinner for 8 guests
    • $500 – Vendor Table Sponsorship Includes: Company sign on table and recognition at the event as a sponsor; Logo on the website event page; Dinner for one (1) person

About our speaker:

Glenn Schneider, Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer

  Picture from 2017 CIO of the Year Presentation

Glenn Schneider is Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer, for Discover Financial Services, and a member of the company’s Executive Committee. Mr. Schneider provides leadership for all application development, advanced analytics, infrastructure support, technology operations and cybersecurity.

Prior to his promotion to CIO in December 2008, he was responsible for Application Development, including research, new development, maintenance, and support of all business systems and web applications.  Mr. Schneider holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University with a major in Economics/Computer Science and a minor in Statistics.

He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for a local Youth Services organization and served on the Board of Directors for the Loretto Hospital Foundation for over five years.  Additionally, under his leadership, Discover has been recognized by Computerworld as one of the 100 Best Places to Work in IT and is a 2017 CIO 100 award winner. Glenn was also honored with the 2017 Executives’ Club CIO of the Year award and selected for Computerworld’s Premier 100 Technology Leaders for 2017.

2018 AITP Chicago “Most Effective IT Team” Award Dinner @ Metropolitan Club of Chicago, Willis Tower
Mar 8 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

2018 AITP Chicago’s “Most Effective IT Team Award” Dinner

Since 2009, the “Most Effective IT Team Award” has been presented annually by AITP and recognizes high performing teams that have done an outstanding job of improving the success of their companies’ business.  Teams will be selected for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.  Relative performance will be used to adjust for company size.  This is a serious award.  Judging will be done by a panel of CIOs, Directors and Senior IT Executives.

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Judging Panel Includes:  Rosalee Hermens, CIO, True Value, Kevin Glynn, CIO, DSC Logistics, Mary Ellen Woods, CIO, Illinois Housing Development Authority, Mohan Iyer, CIO Mesirow

Prior winners include:  City of Chicago, Mesirow Financial, University of Chicago Medicine, Crowe Horwath LLP, True Value, Motorola Mobility, Loyola University and Tate & Lyle.

This year the awards will be presented at a dinner meeting hosted by AITP at the Metropolitan Club on March 8, 2018.  The Awards presentation is one of the most highly attended technology leadership events each year.   We look forward to seeing you at this event and recognizing and congratulating all of the award-winning teams.

This year’s nominees include teams from organizations such as:

AIM Specialty Health, Gift of Hope, Kraft Heinz, Illinois Student Acceptance Commission, ITW, Nuveen, PSAV, Stratosphere Networks and Zurich Insurance.

Nominated teams were judged and awarded points on these effectiveness categories:

  1. Innovation and Team Collaboration (30)
  2. Organizational Change management (20)
  3. Business Value creation (40)
  4. Community service (10)

The Keynote Panel:

The Keynote for this year’s event will be a panel which consists of the leads of the 3 Award Winning Teams.  The 3 representatives of the teams identified at the event will each share information about what their teams accomplished to win their award.  The following panel discussion will be moderated by John Fisher and will cover topics such as leading business transformation and building and maintaining high performing teams.

The Panel Moderator:  John Fisher, President & Founder, rethinking IT

rethinking IT helps client organizations think differently about their technology solutions.  Based on over 30 years of experience applying technology solutions to critical business problems, John has developed a successful approach to helping organizations select the appropriate technology strategies and solutions to improve their business.

John is a member of the Board of Directors of AITP Chicago and SIM Chicago.  He was recognized by Computerworld Magazine as one of their Premier 100 IT Leaders and named Chicago’s CIO of the Year in 2002.  He is a frequent speaker at industry events on topics such as negotiations, leadership and running IT as a business.  John is an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University where he teaches graduate level courses in IT Strategy, Social Media, Negotiation, Leadership and eBusiness Strategy.

Please join us for an exciting evening to recognize these three award winning teams and also enjoy outstanding networking with your peers.

We expect attendance of 100+ including Team members, C Level Judges and a wide range of IT professionals.

AITP Member Cost:  $75 Includes plated dinner, desert and cash bar

Guest Cost:  $90 Includes plated dinner, desert and cash bar

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5:30 pm – 6:15 pm     Social Hour
6:15 pm – 7:00 pm     Dinner
7:00 pm – 7:20 pm     Awards
7:20 pm – 8:15 pm     Award Winner Panel and Q&A
8:15 pm – Adjourn

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