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TLA Friday February 24th 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 Fitzgerald who will present:

"Nine Ideas That the Smart Job Seeker Should Know".

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, February 24th
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 Fitzgerald
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
A successful background in Executive Coaching, Career Transition & Management, Recruiting, Employment and Human Resources Management, supported by an earlier career in public accounting, marks Fitzgerald’s broad and deep experience.

Fitzgerald’s experience spans over 30 years. He began his business career as a Staff Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He was a Senior Financial Consultant for several years, followed by eight years as Human Resources Manager. He then entered the executive search and outplacement field. Considered a pioneer in the career transition field, he soon joined forces as Principal with two others in forming a premier “boutique” consulting firm. Fitzgerald was hired away from his own business to become Managing Principal of the multi-office Chicago operation of Right Associates--one of the world’s largest human resources consulting firms. After successfully creating a major Chicago area presence, he left Right to focus on selected executive coaching and outplacement assignments.

He has worked with hundreds of individuals who were in career transition, and has advised numerous organizations on effective approaches to downsizing, restructuring and re-engineering as related to manpower issues. He started his executive coaching practice since 1999. He brings great enthusiasm and excitement, along with extensive experience, to the coaching process.

Fitzgerald has provided programs for a multitude of academic, social and professional organizations. He has written over 250 articles and made more than 300 presentations on leadership, careers and the job search process. For the last 17 years, he has written a Careers Column for the Irish American News. He also wrote a Careers column for the Illinois CPA Society; he was a regular contributor on Channel 26 regarding these columns.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations, both from Loyola University-Chicago. After years as an active member, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Illinois CPA Society. As one of the founders, he served 5 consecutive terms as the Chairman at the Career Transitions Center of Chicago. He was on the Executive Advisory Board for the Graduate School of Management at Lewis University; he also taught Human Resources Management there. He was on the Board of Directors for Options for People, Inc. and the College of Du Page Foundation. Jim was elected the President of the Alumni Association of Loyola’s School of Business Administration. After Officer Candidate School (OCS), he served as a junior officer in the Illinois National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserves.

Date of Event: 
02/24/2017 - 7:00am - 9:30am