SIM Connect
Jun. 11, 2014

Nominations are open for SIM's Leader of the Year Award
SIM is a national organization, but our strength lies at the local level. Last year, we recognized six volunteers onstage at SIMposium with our annual Leader of the Year Award.

Our innovative chapters constantly find new ways to grow, engage and challenge their membership. By developing engaging programs, driving successful fundraising events or directing outreach initiatives, your dedicated chapter leaders lead the charge in making SIM the most respected organization for IT leaders.

Before Aug. 15, nominate a local member who you best embodies the innovation, dedication and commitment that we pride ourselves on as an organization.

Read more and submit your nomination at Leader of the Year Nominations. More

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