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RLF National Virtual Speaker Series - 2020


RLF is pleased to present four National Virtual Speakers Series on the following dates and times. 


Tuesday, July 21, 5:00 - 6:15 PM ET

Speaker: Morag Barrett, Author, Founder of SkyeTeam


How to avoid "Talking to the Mirror" - nurturing your relationships and sense of team while working-from-home

The novelty of working from home has worn off and for many of us it is our reality for the foreseeable future. Life seems to have become one long zoom-skype-webex-hangout-meet video endurance test, without the great script or soundtrack. The adhoc water-cooler conversations are a thing of the past, the only time people call (or slack, or IM) is when they need something. Is it any wonder that the cracks are starting to show and that professional relationships that once felt solid, teams that seemed cohesive, are starting to feel unsteady? We are mentally and physically exhausted from the rollercoaster of change we have been riding. The good news is that there are steps we can all take to steady ourselves and recalibrate the relationships that matter to us, personally and professionally.


Morag Barrett is a longtime friend and supporter of SIM. She is the author of Cultivate. The Power of Winning Relationships and The Future-Proof Workplace.  As the founder of SkyeTeam, an international executive development company, she is supported the development of more than 6,000 leaders (many in technology industries and roles), in 20 countries and on 4 continents. Originally from the UK, her 30-year career includes 15 years in commercial finance, as well as developing leaders in Europe, America and Asia.  She’s been featured by, Forbes and among others. Morag understands the challenges of running a business as well as the complexities of leading and managing the people that are part of that business.




Tuesday, August 11, 5:00 - 6:15 PM ET

Speaker: Trevor Gandy, President & Owner of TréGan Consulting


Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

Unconscious biases are social stereotypes about certain groups of people that individuals form outside their conscious awareness. Unconscious bias happens outside of our control. It occurs automatically and is triggered by our brain making a quick judgment.  Trevor Gandy will discuss Unconscious Bias in regard to what it is, how to recognize it and how to lessen the impact.


Trevor Gandy is President and Owner of TréGan Consulting.  In his role, he works closely with executives and their teams to ensure the company is viewed by its employees, customers and partners worldwide as an inclusive organization that promotes and leverages the business value of diversity and inclusion.  


He has been featured in articles published by the Chicago Tribune, Catalyst, Business Insurance Magazine, The, and DiversityInc Magazine.  He has served as Executive Committee Chair of the Conference Board Council of U.S. Diversity & Inclusion Executives.  Additionally, he has served as Co-Chair of the Center for Talent Innovation Task Force and Catalyst Expert Community.





Tuesday, September 22, 5:00 - 6:15 PM ET

Speaker: Stuart McGuigan, CIO State Department


Lessons in Leadership.  Learn about and discuss the leadership journey of a highly successful and prominent technology leader.


Mr. Stuart McGuigan, a member of the Senior Executive Service, was named Chief Information Officer (CIO) and the Assistant Secretary level head of the bureau of Information Resource Management on March 25, 2019.  As CIO, he establishes technology strategic direction and provides oversight for the $2.4B of technology programs across the department.  


Mr. McGuigan joined the Department of State from Johnson & Johnson where he was responsible for global Information Technology strategy and operations for an organization with 130,000 employees at over 170 overseas and domestic locations.  With an established reputation for rapidly aligning technology innovation with global business needs, Mr. McGuigan brings over 33 year of industry background including experience as Senior Vice President and CIO of CVS Caremark, Senior Vice President and CIO of Liberty Mutual, and Senior Vice President of Information Services for Medco Health Solutions.


Mr. McGuigan earned Master of Science and Master of Philosophy degrees in the Cognitive Science program at Yale University and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Fairfield University.  In 2018, Mr. McGuigan was inducted into’s CIO Hall of Fame, and he is the recipient of the “Lifetime Contribution Award” from NASSCOM—India’s top not-for-profit IT organization, enabling India’s growth of its $154 billion dollar IT-Business Process Management (BPM) industry.  Finally, he is a member of the Advisory Board for Golden Gate University’s new Master of Science in Business Analytics program.


Registration Information for September 22, 2020



First Quarter 2021


  • June Drewry, RLF Facilitator Emeritus, former RLF Director of Administration & Finance, former CIO Chubb
  • Jim Knight, RLF Director, former CIO Chubb

How to Build the Next-Gen of IT Leaders


Today’s uncertain times, with so much complexity and change, have been tough on IT leaders. But these challenges show no signs of easing in the years to come. So how do we prepare the next generation of IT leaders? Will there be enough time, funds, or capacity to properly prepare and train them? What abilities will be expected of them? What are organizations doing to prepare the path this new breed of leader must tread? What external resources, tools, or programs are being developed for this task?  June Drewry, highly skilled in leadership development was brought out of retirement to develop Chubb Insurance Company’s next CIO over a 2-3 year period.  Jim Knight, an incumbent Divisional CIO at this time became June’s successor.  Hear this highly informative leadership development story from both sides.


June Drewry held several executive management positions throughout her career before retiring from Chubb & Son, where she served as the Global Chief Information Officer (CIO). Ms. Drewry has extensive international experience in the insurance and financial services industry at the executive management level, as an enterprise CIO, business unit CIO and as president of a third-party administration subsidiary.


Over the last several years, June has served on both for-profit and nonprofit boards, including the board of the Society for Information Management. June also served in the past as a SIM chapter president, twice as president of SIM International, and for the previous ten years as Co-Director of SIM’s Leadership Development Institute.


Currently, June devotes her time to executive coaching, mentoring, and coaching attendees of both the South East Regional Leadership Forum and the Executive Regional Leadership Forum. June is a member of the CIO Hall of Fame and has earned several awards throughout her career for innovative business use of technology and leadership in information technology.


Jim brings over 38 years of comprehensive experience in the delivery and leadership of information technology. Most currently he provides consulting, coaching and mentoring to assist IT and business professionals stabilize, optimize and/or transform IT, His clients include, but are not limited to, Johnson and Johnson, The Loews Corporation, Workforce Opportunity Services, IBM, Aspen Insurance Co., the Society for Information Management (SIM), Diamond Offshore Drilling and Summit Technology Partners (STS). From November 2018 through May 2019 Jim served as the interim CEO of SIM.


Jim is a mentor, coach and advisor to many IT CIO’s/leaders and Columbia University advanced-degree students.  He is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and has served on the boards of the Society of Information Management (SIM) – International and the Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development (ACORD) and the Somerset County YMCA.

Registration information will be available soon.






2021 RLF Registration Fees and Discounts

The 2021 RLF fee will be:

$9,350 RLF Registration
Special pricing for SIM members - a $500 Discount*

Early registration discount of $500 is available. The deadline varies by forum. 

NOTE: RLF tuition includes individual SIM national membership for each graduate during the calendar year following graduation from RLF. 

*SIM Member DiscountAny SIM Member or person employed by a SIM member company qualifies for a discount of $500.  If you are unsure whether you or your company qualify, please email Molly Mahoney prior to registration. 


Additional Discounts: Some discounts may be available for small non-profits or for those paying personallyFor more information about 2021 fees and discounts, please contact Molly Mahoney


RLF Cancellation Policy


RLF Cancellation Policy:

If cancellation is necessary, notification must be sent to Molly Mahoney, RLF Program Manager ( at least 30 days prior to the start of the Forum to receive a refund. Refund will be the total cost of the program minus the cost of the Amazon gift code that was issued upon registration.


If notification is not received as noted above, but the program has not started yet, the following options are available:

  • Send another individual from the company. In this case, we ask that the original registrant transfer the books or Amazon gift code to the new individual. If a new Amazon gift code is needed the company will be appropriately invoiced.
  • Hold the registration fee until the subsequent year and register an individual in the same or any other Forum. In this case, a new gift code will be issued upon registration the subsequent year and the company will be invoiced for the Amazon gift code.
  • Should an issue occur in session 1 or 2 that causes an inability for the registrant to attend further, the registration fee will automatically be applied to the following year. If a new Amazon gift code is needed the company will be appropriately invoiced.  A $500 transfer fee will be applied to any decision that occurs between session two and three.

If there is an inability to complete the program at or after session three, registration fees will be forfeited.


Any other instance not clearly specified above must be reviewed by the RLF Directors.


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