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9/23 Morning Meeting - Rosemont

The monthly morning meeting that has been held for the past 4 years at ACXIOM/Ensono in Downers Grove has moved to Rosemont FYI!!!!!!!!!!!! Please be aware!!!!!

TLA Friday September 23rd 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 September is Ray Biondo, CISO at Beyond LLC who will present, “Crisis Management Planning (CMP) - Be Prepared.”

As the former CISO of Health Care Service Corporation (Blue Cross Blue Shield), Ray led the information security efforts to protect the information assets of one of the largest health insurance companies in the world. Security professional’s primary role is to protect the organization from an attack, as well as act as hunters to catch the bad guys.  But don't neglect preparing for the worst case scenario, a breach. Ray will share his experiences and expertise to help guide you as you deal with this critical and timely issue.

Date:  Friday, September 23rd
Location: Central States Funds, 9377 W. Higgins Road, Rosemont
Where:   Cost:  No charge
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, September 22nd 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, please send a note to Pat Moroney at
Central States Funds is located at 9377 W. Higgins Rd. in Rosemont at the southeast corner of River Rd. and Higgins.  Enter off of the Higgins side of the corner then turn left/east to 9377.  There is free visitor parking in front of the building but TLA visitors are encouraged to use the parking lot north of the 9377 building.  Enter the parking garage and press the security gate button to speak to the security guard. Let the security guard know that you are attending the TLA meeting.  They will raise the security gate to allow you access to the garage. You can park in any spot from the 2nd floor to the top of the garage that is not reserved. The TLA meeting will be held on the first floor in the B/C Training/Conference Room.  You do not need a security badge for access to this room.  There is also a full-service cafeteria near the room for anyone who wants to purchase food or beverages.

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                    Ray Biondo
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
Mr. Biondo is a senior IT executive with over 35 years of experience in the specialized field of Information Technology and Security. Formerly the CISO of Health Care Service Corporation (Blue Cross Blue Shield), he has led application development teams, infrastructure teams, and most recently an information security team with over 200 IS professionals. As CIO, CISO and now SVP, he's worked in the insurance/reinsurance, healthcare payer and provider, financial and transportation industries.

While maintaining a strong focus on technology and operations, Mr. Biondo envisions IT/IS as an engine of innovation and value creator for business.
Some innovation examples that have come to light under Mr. Biondo’s leadership include the first non-mainframe project management system, first automated surety bond management system, and risk-based IT security framework/strategy within one of the largest healthcare payer networks. Known for a collaborative and communicative leadership style, Mr. Biondo has the ability to recognize, nurture, and retain top talent.

Mr. Biondo has been awarded by many industry groups for creating business value and championing IT innovation. As a strongly credible source, he's frequently interviewed by such periodicals as Information Week, Crain's, and CSO Magazine.

Professional Affiliations
• Board Member, Lurie Children’s Hospital Legal Affairs Committee, Chicago
• Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Cyber Security sub-committee to the Board, Chicago
• AHIP Cyber Security sub-committee to the Board, Washington DC
• Board Member (former), HITRUST Executive Board, Dallas
• eHealth Initiative Leadership Council, Washington DC
• FBI Cyber Academy – Quantico, VA
• Chicago Electronic Crimes Task Force Member
• IBM Security Advisory Board Member
• Cisco Customer Advisory

Date of Event: 
09/23/2016 - 7:00am - 9:30am