Outreach

SIM Boston 2016 EMag

28 Outreach Activities OUTREACH ACTIVITIES Many years ago, Albert Schweitzer said, “You must give some time to your fellow man, even if it’s a little thing, to do something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it”. It is with these words that the Boston Chapter of SIM created its Outreach Program more than 15 years ago. Our members had risen through the ranks, assumed positions of IT leadership and the field had been good to us. So, it was time – time to ‘give back’, to help others less fortunate than we are. SIM BOSTON • www.simboston.org With this direction, a committee worked defining just what we wanted out of this new Chapter activity. Mission statements, strategies and goals were all laid out so we could measure our success- because we were not going to fail. Building on the strength of the program begun 14 years ago, our Outreach Committee has been working to bring clarity and focus to our Outreach endeavors. We established guidelines for submitting proposals for SIM Outreach support and we established metrics for evaluating proposals. Proposals for initiatives that best fulfill our Mission Statement, impact the greatest number of individuals, and allow for the active participation of our SIM Boston members will be highly regarded. With the recognition that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education is the learning foundation on which future careers in the Information Technology profession are built, we look favorably on Outreach proposals that support STEM education initiatives. Nationally, all SIM chapters are re-branding STEM education initiatives under the umbrella of “Future Potential in IT”. SIM Boston has been running an identically named program (Future Potential in IT) at the college level and we will continue to run this college level Outreach program and expand our involvement in worthwhile STEM initiatives throughout the region. Two historical SIM Boston Outreach Partners – Year Up and TechBoston-will continue to receive favorable Outreach proposal review since they so closely align with both our Mission Statement and our support of STEM education. We encourage other organizations to submit their proposals for our consideration and we actively seek out the opportunity to contribute and support such programs with funds and member support. Year Up and TechBoston, as well as other organizations with which we have partnered, are featured in the pages that follow. “ My participation in SIM Boston has been one of the best career investments I’ve ever made. The CIO Roundtable has been an invaluable resource when I’m looking for advice and counsel on vendors, technologies or applications. I know that I can rely on the information I get from my colleagues because I know that the perspectives are based on reallife experience, not sales pitches or second-hand speculation. I’m proud to say that I consider many of my fellow members not just fellow CIO’s but friends. I’d encourage anyone that wants to grow their career and broaden their perspective to become an active member of this group—you won’t regret it.” Jay Leader SVP & CIO, Rocket Software


SIM Boston 2016 EMag
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