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TLA Friday February 5th Meeting

Technology Leaders Association (TLA) was established in 2002 to help senior level IT executives develop and manage their careers. As part of this effort, we hold monthly meetings to network, share ideas, and learn from featured guest speakers in the strategy, information technology, and career management fields.

Our speaker for February is Greg David Laka, President of Laka & Company and Hire Evolution, Inc. Greg has been an active speaker at past TLA events and he returns to share more valuable information with our membership on how to be more successful in terms of pro-active career management as well as successful reactive job search strategies and tactics. The information he provides will help you navigate a successful search better, faster, and with greater outcome. And if employed, his strategies and tactics will help you to avoid having to do future job searches by being more successful in learning career management best practices.

On February 5, 2016, Greg David will present "Branding and Using Social Media to Evangelize Your Subject Matter Expertise: Using the 'New Model' of Job Search and Career Management to Have Opportunities Come to YOU!"

Date: Friday, February 5th
Where: Ensono (formerly Acxiom), located at 3333 Finley Road in Downers Grove (8 story building)
Cost: No charge

SPECIAL NOTE: Ensono (formerly Acxiom) has closed their cafe - This is therefore a "BRING YOUR OWN COFFEE" Event!!!!

Special thanks to Ensono employee Deb Holt for hosting us this month.

For security reasons, all TLA members must be escorted throughout the Ensono facility. Please do not leave the conference room without an escort.

For reservations, (1) Please sign up online on the TLA website ( under 'Events' - or, if you don't have access to the website, (2) Please reply to with your name and telephone number.

For location information: Contact Jim Anfield at

Reservations must be made before noon on Thursday, February 4th with the first 80 reservations accepted. No walk-ins please.

If you have reserved and are unable to attend, as a courtesy to our host Acxiom, please send a note to Pat Moroney

Ensono is located near the intersection of I-355 and I-88 in Downers Grove. Get off the Butterfield Road exit of I-355 and go east to Finley Road. Go south on Finley Road for about a half-mile and Ensono is located on the east side of Finley. Go to the main entrance of the eight-story building for check-in. Do not go to the other four-story Ensono building. Parking is available just west of the eight-story building in the parking lot.

7:00am - 7:15am Check-in and coffee
7:15am - 8:30am Structured networking - 2 table rounds
8:30am - 8:40am Announcements
8:40am - 9:30am Greg David Laka
9:30am Adjourn

Structured Networking
Structured networking is a technique used at most major executive transition groups. It is meant to be a powerful method of generating ideas that might help each of our searches. During this process, we will quickly brainstorm potential job lead ideas, gain networking contacts at desired companies, and generate advice from the members by sharing our backgrounds as well as our career objectives. It is designed to generate ideas, but given the time constraints, not get into immediate detailed discussions. You should plan on following up with anybody who may have had an interesting idea or a good contact.

Please bring business cards, handbills (career overview) or resumes (plain paper is fine) to pass around if you have them. Figure on about 20 copies of the resumes/handbills and 50 business cards.

We will run our networking, dividing the room into small tables of a maximum of 8 people and doing 2 table rotations before our speaker begins. At each rotation, you will have 90 seconds for your pitch and about 90 seconds for Q&A. Spend no more than 1/3 summarizing your past (this is not the time to rehash your resume), then spend about 1/3 on what you are looking for and 1/3 on what we can do to help (such as target contacts) or ask for advice on an issue.

Speaker Bio

Date of Event: 
02/05/2016 - 7:00am - 9:30am