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6/2 Morning Meeting

TLA Friday June 2nd 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 June is Marian Cook, Chief Strategy Officer, Innovation and Technology, State of Illinois.

Please join Marian Cook for an update of the state's technology turnaround, and a roundtable to gather your input and ideas on the digital economy and its potential impact on the business climate. With demographic and technology trends merging and accelerating, we will brainstorm the roles the public and private sectors could play to ensure a prosperous future for businesses and citizens.

Recommended reading to prepare for the discussion includes:

• How technology is destroying jobs, MIT Technology Review, June 2013
• Where machines could replace humans and where they can't yet, McKinsey Quarterly, July 2016
• Executive Summary, Digital Transformation of Industries, World Economic Forum, January 2016"How can an agile development process succeed in a non-agile business world?"
Date:  Friday, June 2nd
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, June 1st 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                    Marian Cook
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 - Marian Cook
Marian moved to public service as Chief Strategy Officer, Innovation and Technology for the State of Illinois in 2015. She started as a Systems Engineer with IBM, reengineering processes, implementing systems and creating business and technology strategies. Moving to international consulting firms, she worked globally developing business growth and turnaround strategies. In management, she turned around troubled business units and founded new consulting practice areas. She successfully founded her own management and technology consulting firm, then moved to the client side as a technology and strategic alliance executive. Overall, she has held multiple senior executive roles, including CEO and CIO, across industries and company size.

Date of Event: 
06/02/2017 - 7:00am - 9:30am