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Hear from our Former CIO of the Year Award Winners!

"It was such an honor to be recognized by our peers when we were nominated for the SIM/AITP/Executives Club of Chicago CIO of the Year award in 2019 and 2020. We had been long-standing members of SIM, and knew what a cohort of amazing IT leaders, across so many industries, meant (and means) to our professional networks. Learning from others and supporting each other in an ever-changing environment, especially these past two years, has been invaluable. As we started the process, we knew that it was important to celebrate the work of our teams, the support of our peers and colleagues, and showcase what we deliver to our organizations as a CIO. This nomination brought out the best of the best and completing the nomination form and submitting it to the committee was so worth it! We encourage you to do the same. So, carve out some time on your calendar to celebrate your accomplishments.! To be part of a cohort of fellow nominees that you get to know on a personal & professional level is an added bonus!" 

If you have questions about the process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We hope you consider this opportunity and take the next step!


Danielle DuMerer, 2019 CIO of the Year

VP, Technology & Information Security

Shedd Aquarium



Heather Nelson, 2020 CIO or the Year

SVP, Chief Information Officer

Boston Children’s Hospital


(Former SVP & CIO, University of Chicago Medicine)


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