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Our 2013 CISO of the Year Jason Witty (SVP/CISO of US Bancorp) discussed current security risks and solutions. The audience included 13 people from other AITP Region 5 Chapters in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin - to see additional pictures click on "Read More"

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AITP/SIM “Most Effective IT Team Award” – Finalists Have Been Chosen

This award recognizes a CIO’s direct reports who have done an outstanding job improving the success of their companies’ business. A nomination provides a team with the opportunity to be recognized by their peers in AITP and SIM, two premier organizations of technology professionals and executives.

Awards are given in 3 classes: large, medium and small organizations. Awards will be presented at the joint AITP/SIM meeting on November 13, 2014. The awards presentation is one of the most highly attended technology leadership events each year.


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.


2013 CIO’s Most Effective IT Team Awards.

2013 AITP/SIM Most Effective IT Team Award

2013 AITP/SIM Most Effective IT Team Award – True Value

2013 AITP/SIM Most Effective IT Team Award - TradeMonster

2013 AITP/SIM Most Effective IT Team Award – TradeMonster

 AITP Chicago and SIM Chicago wish to congratulate the teams of True Value Company (pictured top above) and tradeMONSTER Group (pictured bottom above), winners of the 2013 CIO’s Most Effective IT Team Awards. 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 7th.

Boost Innovation SIG – First Meeting Scheduled! @ TBD
Oct 22 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The first meeting of the Boost Innovation SIG will take place on October 22nd in Chicago!  This SIG will monitor how the Chicago area “stacks-up” against other technology regions in the country and will work together to keep and enhance that position!

The format for this group is different from other SIGS – involvement is anticipated to be approximately 2-4 hours per month over a 10-month period.  If you have already expressed an interest in joining the Boost Innovation SIG, one of the SIG leaders will be contacting you with additional meeting details.  If you are interested in participating, email

Data Management & Analytics SIG – AITP Chicago’s Newest Group @ Northern Trust
Oct 28 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Mark your calendar for the inaugural meeting of AITP Chicago’s newest SIG:  Data Management & Analytics.  As the foundation of IT services, the Data Management & Analytics SIG is aimed at IT professionals that want to share or learn about data capture, management, storage and processing from legacy to noSQL, Hadoop, or new analytics tools!

The first SIG meeting will be a roundtable discussion on “The Data Hub” led by our SIG leaders Bryan Tabiadon (Northern Trust) and Dr. Phil Shelley (NPP and former CTO of Sears).

AITP/SIM Most Effective IT Team Award @ Metropolitan Club, 67th Floor, Willis Tower
Nov 13 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
2014 AITP/SIM Most Effective IT Team Award – Finalists Have Been Chosen
The AITP/SIM 2014 CIO’s Most Effective IT Team Award is in its final stage. This award recognizes a CIO’s direct reports who have done an outstanding job improving the success of their companies’ business.  The team is nominated and judged by their peers.  Awards will be presented at the joint AITP/SIM meeting on November 13, 2014.
Awards are given in 3 classes: large, medium and small organizations. Nominations should be a team consisting of the direct reports of the most senior IT executive in the company. The most senior IT executive is not required to carry the title of CIO.
In addition to the Awards presentation, we are excited to welcome Naresh Shah, Senior Director of Operations at the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) as our keynote speaker.  Click “Read more” to get to the event page and then click on “Tickets” to go the the registration page.


Office of the CIO SIG @ Rosemont
Nov 19 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am

The next meeting of the Office of the CIO SIG is scheduled for November 19th. Our keynote speaker, Christine Schyvinck, Executive Vice President of Global Marketing and Sales for Shure, Inc. will provide “A CMO’s Perspective on Partnering with IT.”  Invitations to this event will be sent to Office of the CIO SIG members soon.

Attendees for the Office of the CIO Shared Interest Group meetings are by invitation only and must be approved by the Committee Chairs to participate.  If you are a CIO direct report or senior IT leader supporting C-level executives and would like to be considered for this group, please email

eSecurity SIG Meeting @ Walgreens University
Nov 20 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Security tools and technologies are only as good as the processes and procedures that are put in place with them.  Don’t miss the next eSecurity SIG meeting where keynote speaker, Derek Milroy, IS Security Architect – US Cellular will highlight the differences between product installations vs. solution implementations through “Operationalizing Security – Maturing Solution Implementations.”

PMO SIG Meeting @ Daugherty Business Solutions
Nov 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

AITP Chicago’s PMO SIG and PMI-Chicagoland will host the next information sharing session in November.  Join us as keynote speaker Michael J. Waitzman with Daugherty Business Solutions leads a presentation and discussion addressing “Project Rationalization.” PMPs do earn PDUs for attending the session!

AITP Chicago Holiday Social at the Metropolitan Club of Chicago @ Metropolitan Club of Chicago
Dec 8 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

AITP Chicago Holiday Social – December 8

5:30 PM – Chicago
It is never too early to start thinking about attending the annual Holiday Social and networking event!  Don’t miss this occasion to prepare for the Holidays with your professional colleagues, have fun networking among the area IT leaders and get to know your sponsors and partners.  Sponsorship opportunities exist for this event as well!  Register today!  Information and Registration
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.