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Virtual VIP Networking Reception
Friday, November 6
2 PM - 6 PM ET

Don't miss this celebration of SIM's ongoing legacy of philanthropy in STEM. This year's virtual event will bring together more than 500 SIM members to raise funds in support of FIRST and other local Chapter give back initiatives. You'll also hear from a compelling lineup of speakers on matters of topical interest.

If you require special assistance of any kind, please call us at 800.387.9746 email us at [email protected].

Giveback Week

SIM's National Giveback Week is an opportunity for our chapter's to support nonprofits in their local communities.  Through SIM's collective giving, we are able to exponentially increase our impact.  SIM's Giveback week is scheduled from November 2 - November 7th, 2020.  Our nonprofit partners need our support right now, more than ever, and there are so many ways to engage our members - mentoring, volunteering, fundraising, hosting a job shadowing day - the possibilities are endless.  

Questions on the Giveback campaign can be directed to Nanci Schimizzi or Cindy McKenzie.

Thank You to Our Participating Chapters!



Gary Beach

Publisher Emeritus, CIO Magazine

Event Emcee


Matt Havens

Generational Keynote


Jim McKelvey

Co-Founder, Square



Dan Roberts


Michelle D. Greene

VP, Info Technology Masco Corporation


Lethia Owens



Dave Kearon

Director of Adult Services, Autism Speaks


Cynthia Brinkley


SIM Foundation Names FIRST National Alliance Partner and Beneficiary

FIRST and SIM Foundation have executed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on support for FIRST's programs across the country.  

SIM Foundation and FIRST share a common goal of promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to students, including girls and underrepresented groups, aged 4-18 years. It is our intent to engage SIM members across the nation as Mentors, Coaches, Volunteers, Fundraisers or other roles in FIRST programs for the combined benefit of both organizations.

COVID Impact Statement

FIRST Programs continue to positively impact youth of all genders, races, economic circumstances. During the pandemic, our teams have used their FIRST built skills to serve their communities. 

Limited school reopenings and restricted in-person events hurt our finances even more going forward than the avalanche of shutdowns did last spring.  We're working furiously to enable remote competition and provide activity for teams & youth to engage with at home. Support from SIM members helps not just to keep the lights on, but also to develop additional content and activity that can be accessed by our community while in restricted circumstances.

View a message from FIRST Founder, Dean Kamen.

Check out the highlights of our 2019 SIM Foundation VIP Networking Reception:

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Register to Attend the Virtual Gala

Register now to attend the SIM Foundation Virtual Gala on Friday, November 6, 2020 from 2:00 pm ET to 6:00 pm ET. Join us to network with an exemplary group of senior leaders and to celebrate SIM's community giveback initiatives and impactful STEM-related programs. The Gala will feature 4 keynote presentations, two panel presentations, an auction and highlights of SIM chapter accomplishments in their community giveback initiatives.

Scroll to the top of the page and click on the REGISTER NOW button to register to attend! (If you've already registered on the site or made a donation, the button will read DONATE NOW - donations are not required to register, but greatly appreciated!).

*This is a sponsored event. Registration contact information will be shared with our sponsors.


Browse, Bid & Buy

Auction items will be added up until Giveback Week so check back often! The auction will open at 7:00 am ET on Monday, November 2 and will close at 5:50 pm ET on Friday, November 6.

To browse the auction items, just scroll to the top of this page and click on the VIEW ITEMS button.


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With a donation of $100 or more, you are eligible to receive a SIM water bottle. See the donation page for more details.

Our Sponsors

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TechServe Alliance


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HMG Strategy


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CEdge Software Consultants



Penske Corporation


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Turn-Key Mobile


United Technologies Corporation


Become a Sponsor

The SIM Foundation is hosting a Virtual VIP Networking Reception on Friday, Nov. 6. The focus of this event is to network with an exemplary group of senior leaders and to celebrate SIM's community giveback initiatives and impactful STEM-related programs. Additionally, the reception will offer the SIM community and sponsoring organizations another opportunity to support those that promote technology and professional development opportunities for those who would most benefit from expanding these skills. The VIP Networking Reception will feature 4 keynote presentations, two panel presentations, an auction and highlights of SIM chapter accomplishments in their community giveback initiatives. Click the button below to view the several outstanding sponsorship opportunities available for the event.  If your organization is interested in a sponsorship or you have suggestions for others we should reach out to, please contact Eric Gorham, SIM National Foundation Chair.



Eric Gorham

James Bowen

Deborah DeCorrevont

Cynthia McKenzie

Amanda Millett

Kevin More

Janis O'Bryan

Leo Pellerin

Sandi J Phillips

Rick Pride

Gonz Roman

Nanci Schimizzi

Caren Shiozaki

Jeff Skulsky

Mark Taylor

Lydia Rudy

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