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September AITP Chapter Meeting

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

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Keep up with the latest trends! Speaker, Irene Cantanese, HCSC; Host Mark Las at Visanow

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Data and Analytics SIG Meeting at TTX - April 26, 2016

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

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Our 2015 CISO of the Year, Kevin Novak of The Northern Trust Company speaks at the AITP Chicago March Chapter Meeting - Click on "More" to learn more about the CISO of the Year Award.

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Creighton Warren discusses the achievements of his team that helped them win the "Most Effective IT Team" Award for 2014 in the large firm category.

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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


See Full Press Release Here


Todd Fitzgerald named 2016 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 2016 Chicago Chief Information Security Officer-CISO of the Year Award.  This years winner is Mr. Todd Fitzgerald of Grant Thornton International Ltd.

ciso-winnerWayne Johnson, Todd Fitzgerald, Tina Hauri

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AITP’s 2016 CIO of the Year Announced

AITP Chicago, SIM Chicago and The Executives’ Club of Chicago wish to congratulate Eric Yablonka, VP and Chief Innovation Officer of the University of Chicago Medical Center and Biological  who was chosen as the 2016 CIO of the Year.  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 17th.

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


Gary Czubak, Eric Yablonka, Bob Kress and Mark Lafferty (left picture)

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SIM – Chicago Innovation Awards – Partnered Event @ Studio Xfinity
Mar 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm


Topic: AI vs. IQ

Panel Moderator: Tom Kuczmarski

Panelists: Stephen Pratt, Kris Hammond, Brenna Argall, Julie Friedman Steele, and Mike Shelton

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Artificial Intelligence is no longer on the horizon. IT’S HERE. But how long before it takes over? Are we in for a Terminator-style showdown, or are we moving safely into a harmoniously connected future? Human experts weigh in at AI vs. IQ on March 1st.
SIM and Chicago Innovation Awards are excited to host this joint event at studio xfinity, Comcast’s flagship store, 901 W. Weed St, Chicago. This premier event will provide outstanding networking opportunities and inspiration to innovate. Space is limited so register now.
5:30 pm – 6:15 pm Networking with stationed appetizers and complimentary bar
6:15 pm – 7:20 pm Announcements and mediated panel discussion
7:20 pm – 8:00 pm Networking with dessert and complimentary bar
8:00 pm – Adjourn
SIM Member Cost
$35.00 per person includes appetizers, dessert and complimentary bar
CIA Member Cost
$35.00 per person includes appetizers, dessert and complimentary bar
Non-Member Cost
$50.00 per person includes appetizers, dessert and complimentary bar
ISSA March Chapter Meeting @ Carlucci's
Mar 2 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Please join the ISSA Chicago Chapter for our monthly chapter meeting. This month’s featured speaker will be Bil Harmer III, Strategist, Office of the CISO, Zscaler. Complimentary valet parking is available. Hours ‘d oeuvres will be served. Cash bar available. ISSA Chicago Chapter members receive a complimentary drink if they register for the meeting as a member.

Topic: Bad Behavior – Tackling 0-day Threats with Behavioral Analysis

Speaker:  Bil Harmer III, Strategist, Office of the CISO, Zscaler

Bil Harmer serves as the Strategist at Zscaler where he runs the Office of the CISO in the Americas.  In this role he engages security executives at a peer level to drive best practices and facilitate industry wide collaboration on emerging security topics. Having effectively written the book on developing and implementing Security and Privacy compliance for Cloud, he is also responsible for providing subject matter expertise through speaking engagements, blogging and media collaboration.  Prior to joining Zscaler Harmer was the Chief Security Officer at GoodData Corp and the VP Security & Cloud Privacy Office for the Cloud Division of SAP.  He has provided advisory services to Adallom, TrustScience, ShieldX Networks and Resolve Systems. He is CISSP, CISM and CIPP certified

Pre-registration ends on Wednesday, March 1st at 5:00 PM.

At-the-door registration is $20 on a space-available basis.

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SIM Chicago Spring Gala with Kelly Leonard from Second City @ Chicago Marriott O'Hare, O'Hare Ballroom
Mar 16 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Topic: Game Changing Ideas

Speaker: Kelly Leonard, President & CEO, Kelly Leonard Productions / Creative Advisor, The Second City
The pace of change is more dramatic now than ever before, and it seems about the time we are comfortable with what is happening, the game changes. Sometimes the IT function is in the forefront of that change and sometimes we are playing catch up. Taking lessons from his time at Second City, Kelly Leonard understands the value of changing the game and in his book “Yes, And” he provides some valuable lessons for anyone traveling through the uncharted waters of digital transformation.
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Networking and appetizers
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Dinner and Announcements
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Keynote speaker
8:30 pm – Adjourn

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Early Registration – Ends on February 28, 2017 at midnight
$55 SIM member / $85 guest

Regular Registration -Ends on March 15, 2017 at midnight

$65 SIM member / $100 guest

Sponsor Information

The SIM Gala is a great opportunity to promote your company to a select audience of IT decision makers and influencers. We welcome your sponsorship at any level.
Event Sponsor (1 available) $10,000 SOLD

Speaker Sponsor (1 available) $4,500

Beverage Sponsor (1 available) $3,500 SOLD
Appetizer Sponsor (1 available) $2,000 SOLD

Grand Prize Sponsor (1 available) $2,000
Door Prize Sponsor (1 available) $1,750

Parking Sponsor (1 available) $1,000 SOLD
Premier Table Sponsor (3 available) $1,000 – 5 SOLD

Table Sponsor (8 available) $500

Purchase Your Sponsorship

About Kelly Leonard

Kelly Leonard has worked at The Second City for nearly three decades in various creative and leadership positions. He has produced shows with such notable talent as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, Seth Meyers, Keegan Michael Key and Steve Carell. He has created shows with Lyric Opera Chicago, The Kennedy Center, Hubbard Street Dance, La Jolla Playhouse and The Actors Theatre in Louisville. He has made deals and led collaborations with Norwegian Cruise Line, Yoshimoto Kogyo of Japan, The Chicago Tribune and Universal Studios. Read More
AITP Office of the CIO SIG Meeting @ Central States Fund
Mar 29 @ 7:30 am – 10:00 am

AITP Chicago’s Office of the CIO SIG

Nothing stifles innovation, agility and progress as much as fixing project priorities one year at a time. Information technology and business priorities change continuously and therefore opportunities for innovation can come and go very quickly. How do we as leaders of IT and the business, balance agility and innovation with traditional cycles that force more rigidity and formality? How do we shift the conversation from a project discussion to a results discussion? Breaking things down a far as possible into fast, innovative deliverables further reinforces the need for something other than the traditional annual project prioritization cycle.

If this thesis statement intrigues you and you want to learn more, or if you have discovered methods to avoid not being stuck in the rigidity of one year project prioritization cycles, please join us at the next Office of the CIO SIG Meeting…

“How do we focus our projects on Results rather than project prioritization mechanics?”

Guest Speaker: Richard Proszowski, CIO – Fortium Partners

Registration closes two days prior to the event

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PLEASE NOTE:  Office of the CIO SIG meetings are facilitated directly by C-level executives via interactive presentations and discussions, who share their expectations for working with CIO’s or from CIO’s who will share their personal journeys to the CIO position.  In order to participate in the Office of the CIO SIG, you must be a CIO direct-report or a Senior IT-leader.  If you are not a CIO direct-report or Senior IT-leader, your registration may be canceled.

If you have any questions, please email Justin Nemeth, AITP Chicago President or Laszlo Gonc, AITP Chicago Executive Vice President  


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