Boston CIO Roundtable

May 31, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Year Up
45 Milk St
Boston, MA 02109
$150 for eligible members; $200 for eligible non-members
Krissy Fernandes

We are very excited to be hosting the event at our longest-standing Outreach partner – Year Up!  Giving back to our community is an extremely important part of SIM Boston and this will be a terrific opportunity to see how our support impacts low-income young adults in the Boston area.  If that weren’t enough, we are very fortunate to have Mary Chevalier, President of Attain International, joining us to discuss creativity and describe how we can unlock it across our teams.  Here are some more details:


May 31st Roundtable

Topic: High Performance Teams

Host: Year Up

Address:  45 Milk Street, Boston, MA           


1:30 – 2:00           Registration

2:00 – 2:15           Introductions & SIM Business

2:15 – 2:45          Year Up Presentation and Tour

2:45 – 3:00           Break

3:00 – 4:00           Mary Chevalier, President of Attain International

Boosting Creativity: 6 Practices That Unleash Creative Potential

The stereotype is that Information Technology experts are more analytical and logic-oriented individuals versus intuitive and creative. As professional problems solvers, however, the most successful IT professionals need to be ever more creative to address increasingly complex challenges. We all have the potential to be creative and need to hone that skill, especially in the role of CIO where you are increasingly called upon to innovate: to cut costs, to do more with less and to challenge and change the way things have always been done.

Join us for this lively and fun interactive session that is jam-packed with valuable insights and concrete actions that will increase creativity for both you and your team. You will leave this event armed with practical information to unleash your creative potential including:

  • 6 Practices that will boost creativity in you and your team;
  • A “watch” list of things that get in the way of creativity;
  • Tips for how to take your brain off autopilot;
  • 5 Essential Groundrules for brainstorming that will foster creativity; and
  • A cadre of helpful ways to minimize negative thinking.

4:00 – 4:15           Break

4:15 – 5:30           Roundtable Discussion

Challenges and Practical Experiences Regarding High Performance Teams

Come prepared to discuss your experiences assembling, developing and maintaining highly performing teams.  What has worked?  What hasn’t?  What specific questions do you have for the group on this topic?

5:30 – 5:45           Wrap Up

6:00 – 8:00          Dinner at The MerchantKitchen & Drinks (60 Franklin Street, Boston MA 02110)


About our Host

Year Up’s Vision

In the future, every young adult will be able to reach their potential.

Year Up’s Mission

Year Up’s mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.  We achieve this mission through a high support, high expectation model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships and college credits. Our holistic approach focuses on students’ professional and personal development to place these young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency.

Year Up’s Value’s

Our six core values guide all aspects of our work:

  • Respect and value others
  • Build trust, be honest
  • Be accountable
  • Engage and embrace diversity
  • Strive to learn
  • Work hard and have fun

About our Speaker

Mary Chevalier, President of Attain International

Mary ChevalierThis session is led by Mary Chevalier, President of Attain International, a Rhode Island-based consulting firm specializing in change and transition management. For over 30 years, Mary has worked across cultures, countries and continents to improve the operating performance of businesses that range from large global corporations to entrepreneurial start-ups. Mary works with leaders to help them successfully onboard into new roles, build their teams, plan and implement strategies for change, develop a ready supply of leadership talent, and foster climates high in employee engagement. She has designed and led numerous creative brainstorming sessions for clients needing to address business challenges such as: creating capacity for increased workload, reducing costs, adding new revenue sources, and discovering new product solutions and manufacturing processes. Her work with clients spans a broad range of industries and all organizational functions and includes companies such as Adidas Group, Bosch, DuPont, Raytheon, Swarovski and others. Mary earned a BS in Accounting, summa cum laude, from Bentley College, an MBA in Finance from Babson College and completed the Advanced Program in Organizational Development and Human Resources Management at Columbia University. Attain celebrated its 20-year anniversary in 2017.