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SIM Philadelphia Seminar And Dinner

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013, 3:30 PM until 8:00 PM
Doubletree Hotel
237 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19107
Membership Meeting
Registration is Required
Payment In Advance Only
Registrants & Fees
Academic$ 80.00
Guest Dinner Fee $ 100.00
Member AttendanceNo Fee
Non-Profit$ 80.00
Retired or Transition$ 80.00

Political Saavy

Presented by Nila G. Betof, Chief Operating Officer , The Leader's Edge


Through an interactive discussion participants will analyze their ability to get things done through people and develop a deeper understanding of the political and cultural dynamics of the organization. Participants will learn new strategies to be even more effective in their work as they explore the underlying political structure of the organization.  The further one advances in an organization, the more important it is to progress beyond just having good ideas to garnering the support of others to move the idea forward.  Truly excellent Influencing skills require a healthy balance of interpersonal communication and assertiveness techniques.  This interactive event is designed to demonstrate a variety of Influencing techniques that men and women can utilize to motivate others. The goal of this presentation is to provide insight into your personal style in order to more effectively Influence other people, while still being true to yourself.

Dinner Presentation: 


Business Oriented Architecture 


Moderated by Peter Classon, LiquidHub


Bob Savino, LiquidHub

Terry Schofield, TD Bank

Guy Rackham, Banking Industry Architecture Network (BIAN)



Business-Oriented Architecture is an EA-driven approach to the incremental transformation of an organization's  IT assets (often a set of departmental stove-pipes and application silos) into a shared-service model  (or capabilities).  Attainment of BOA design objective in the modern enterprise relies upon leveraging contemporary principles of SOA, mobility, and Cloud computing.  BOA goes beyond business requirements and interrogates corporate strategic needs, market pressures, financial realities, customer sentiment, and evolving technologies to provide actionable paths towards digital transformation.  

This matters because corporate strategies are not well translated/realized by the IT assets currently in place in many organizations.  The pace of change and globalization of markets is increasing competitive pressures, squeezing margins, and the need to protect market share and customer loyalty.

 How does it improve IT decision making?

  • Prevents myopic technology decisions that while valid from a pure technology perspective do not provide meaningful long-term value to the company.
  • Creates a common language b/w business and IT leaders
  • Allows for scenario modeling/decision tree analysis based on various strategic alternatives

Brief examples of how it's being applied at some representative companies in the area

  •  TD Bank example related to their Retail Store (think branches) technology strategies
  • BIAN example on industry models that are being developed to enable services orientation transformation and standardization of technology architectures


Seminar Speaker:


Nila G. Betof, Chief Operating Officer, The Leader's Edge


nila betof  


Nila Betof has extensive experience coaching executives in the C-Suite through emerging level executives and brings over 30 years of operational and management experience to The Leader's Edge/ Leaders By Design.  She has substantial experience in career development consulting, assessment, leadership development, executive coaching and organizational change.  She has personally consulted on establishing hundreds of leadership development programs and organization change initiatives. She is certified in a variety of assessment tools and in behavioral interviewing techniques. Nila, for her hard work and dedication, recently received the 2011 SmartCOO Award from SmartCEO magazine honoring her outstanding leadership efforts.


Nila's corporate career included a number of senior-level positions managing both line operations as well as staff functions. Nila has served as Chief Operating Officer for two companies. She has held executive positions in Information Technology, Human Resources and Strategic Planning in addition to her line experience managing operations, service delivery and revenue generating organizations. Because of her extensive corporate experience, she has been asked to coach and consult for a wide spectrum of companies, including Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies. Some of her coaching and consulting assignments include AstraZeneca, CitiBank, GlaxoSmithKline, Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Merrill Lynch, PECO Energy, Dow Chemical, Lincoln Financial Group, ARAMARK, and Wawa.


Nila is also actively involved in civic endeavors. Nila serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of The Forum of Executive Women and sits on the Human Resources Committee for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of Dance Affiliates, an international dance organization bringing world renowned dance performances to Philadelphia. 


Nila is a professor at The American College in the Masters Program in Leadership. She has previously taught LaSalle University in the MBA program in Human Resource Management. Nila is frequently asked to be a guest lecturer and speaker on issues involving women in corporate America, political savvy and influence strategy. Nila holds a Ph.D. in Organization Development from Temple University, a Masters Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Temple University.


Nila has published in the area of talent management and leadership. Nila and her husband are co-authors of the book,Just Promoted! on how to successfully transition into new leadership roles which was published in July 2010. She has written chapters in The Talent Management Handbook published by McGraw-Hill in 2004 and an updated publication of The Talent Management Handbook published in 2010 on how to retain women leaders.  She has done considerable research in the area of women as leaders. Her latest research project was Women CIOs and the Art of Influencing: Techniques, Tips and Precautions for Successfully Persuading Senior Business Stakeholders, published by the CIO Executive Council, 2009.  


Nila is married and lives in Bucks County, PA with her husband, Ed. She is the mother of two grown children.



Dinner Speakers:


Peter Classon, LiquidHub

Bob Savino, LiquidHub

Terry Schofield, TD Bank

Guy Rackham, Banking Industry Architecture Network (BIAN)