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1/20/17 Morning Mtg

TLA Friday January 20th 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 January is Jim McGee who will present:

"Plastics" - The Graduate, 1967 (Factoring technology trends into career management)

There once was a time when hitching your star to the right trend could define a career. In a world driven by Moore's Law and petabyte-scale databases, can we safely identify and understand how trends affect our career path(s)? Can we afford to let trends play out before responding? Are there strategies for understanding and leveraging trends more effectively? In this interactive dialog, we will explore some current hot trends in search of deeper insights for effective career management.

Date: Friday, January 20th
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 at

Reservations must be made before noon on Thursday, January 19th 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 Jim McGee
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
Jim helps organizations and individuals better understand and exploit the dynamic, and often chaotic, information and information technology environment that we inhabit. This requires digging beneath the surface noise to understand the driving principles of organizational performance, technology evolution and revolution, and human behavior.

Over a 30-year span, Jim has attacked these problems as a consultant, organizational designer, senior executive, author, teacher, and entrepreneur. He's also earned a living as an electrician, carpenter, stagehand, computer programmer, and dog catcher.

Jim was a Founding Partner and Chief Knowledge Officer of Diamond Management & Technology Consultants, a Research Associate at the Harvard Business School, and a Clinical Professor of Technology, Innovation, and Electronic Commerce at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. He currently teaches courses in organization and management at Loyola's Quinlan School of Business.

Jim is the co-author of Think Inside the Box: Discover the Exceptional Business Inside Your Organization and of Managing Information Strategically (John Wiley & Sons, 1993).

Jim has both an MBA and Doctorate from the Harvard Business School in strategy, technology, and organizational design.

Date of Event: 
01/20/2017 - 7:00am - 9:30am