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RLF Alumni: Be Sure To Seize “What’s Next?” Opportunities When They Come Your Way

By Larry DiGioia

When I graduated from RLF near the end of 2017, I became deeply focused on “what’s next” since I had just completed such an introspective and life-changing program.  Little did I know that less than one year later I would be SIM’s new Director of Events and in charge of planning / delivering SIM’s annual conference, SIM Connect Live.

Today, I’m proud that we’ve added more RLF-type breakouts and experiences to this year’s conference — which is great news for all RLF alumni and for SIM chapter members across North America.  In fact, one of the three tracks of the conference is entirely leadership-focused … titled “Leading Through Disruption.”  Each session, keynote and activity related to this track is RLF-inspired and has been designed in alignment with the practices and values of RLF. So, attending this year’s SIM Connect Live conference will be a great “what’s next?” leadership development opportunity for RLF alumni like YOU!

Here’s a brief overview:

  • SIM Connect Live 2019 will take place in Orlando FL, from Wednesday, May 15 through Friday, May 17, 2019 at the Renaissance hotel adjacent to Sea World.

  • If you register before the early-bird deadline of February 14, 2019 you’ll receive the lowest rate.

  • The "Leading Through Disruption" track will transform your thinking and prepare you to lead your teams through the disruptive future. 

  • Things will kick off with a special gathering of all RLF alumni on Wednesday, May 15 from 3-5 p.m. to celebrate the class of 2018 plus an interactive presentation from guest speaker Morag Barrett.

  • All day on Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17 the leadership track will offer you engaging breakouts and keynote presentations, like …

    • “Are You Leading with Hi-Tech or Hi-Touch? – How to Use EQ to Influence and Motivate Your Team” with Dr. Karen Jacobson, a high-performance strategist who served as an officer in the Israeli Defense Force.

    • “What’s Your Weird: Sharing Your Personal Brand Through Social Media” with marketing whiz Phil Gerbyshak who will teach you how to first brand yourself boldly and then create strong relationships using the latest technologies coupled with your values.

    • “Hidden Behavioral Cues That Boost or Bust Credibility” with former NBC and Wall Street Journal reporter Kare Anderson who will help you learn four ways to communicate so others will support your ideas and see you as you wish to be seen.

Plus, SIM’s annual conference will enable you to meet and connect with members and officers from SIM’s 40 chapters … with today’s top leaders who are eager to network with you as tomorrow’s leaders … and with top IT talent from around the U.S.  

So, don’t delay!  Register now for the lowest price – the early bird price ends on February 14th – and secure your spot in this year’s SIM Connect Live … where you’ll be able to continue your leadership development journey as a crucial and memorable “next step” from your own RLF experience!


Larry DiGioia is a 2017 graduate of the Southeast RLF and is Director of Events for SIM.  He is also the current President of the SIM Central Florida chapter. He can be reached at