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10/28 Morning Meeting

TLA Friday October 28th Morning 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 October is Rob McGillen, CEO at Practically Digital who will present, "Be known as the digital leader you are."

As technology leaders in transition, learning what new techniques, tools, and resources can help differentiate in the market place is important in your transition journey.  

During our executive briefing, you will learn how to go beyond the usual LinkedIn resume updates, to engage potential employers and referrals with digital communications, branding and marketing techniques that differentiate.  Be known as the digital leader you are! 

Date:  Friday, October 28th
Where:  Central States Funds, 9377 W. Higgins Road, Rosemont
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
Reservations must be made before noon on Thursday, October 27th 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                    Rob McGillen
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. McGillen is a 23-year veteran of the information technology industry, with leadership experience across five continents in some of the most dynamic regions of the world.  
As the Founder and CEO of Practically Digital, Mr. McGillen leads a technology consulting firm based in Chicago, IL.  Practically Digital specializes in digital strategy formation, innovative technology solutions, cognitive computing applications, and IT due diligence / merger support.    
Prior to founding Practically Digital, Rob held a number of leadership roles at Grant Thornton LLP, including Global head of technology andCIO.   As Global CIO, Mr. McGillen led the worldwide technology organization which provided IT shared services and enterprise business platforms to 40,000 employees in 130 countries.  In his journey, Mr. McGillen led digital transformation and mergers in 50 countries. 
A noted speaker, blogger, and panelist on technology innovation and future trends, Mr. McGillen brings practical insights from around the world to technology dialog in the business community.   

Date of Event: 
10/28/2016 - 7:00am - 9:30am