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12/1 TLA Morning Mtg

TLA Friday, December 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 December is Stuart L. Stern, Head of IT - Americas for AGCS, the global property and casualty insurer.

IT Gets No Respect
Ever wonder why, in an era in which business so heavily relies on IT and digitization, that the IT function (and its people) do not:

- Get the respect they deserve
- Have their counsel actively sought out
- Get invited to engage in the strategic (and dare I say, fun) discussions

Is it our lexicon or metrics? Does the business not get it? What can we do to fix this?

Come hear a CIO veteran from a major property and casualty insurer explore this confounding situation and be prepared to engage in an interactive discussion as we seek solutions.

Date: Friday, December 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, December 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 Stuart Stern
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
Stuart L. Stern is Head of IT - Americas. He joined AGCS, the global property and casualty insurer, in June 2017. In this capacity, he is responsible for developing enduring relationships with AGCS leadership and elevating IT’s contribution to AGCS’ Americas results. This includes, but is not limited to, delivering the IT strategy in support of business objectives, ensuring the health and vitality of day to day IT operations, honoring financial commitments, and developing future company leaders.

Prior to joining AGCS, Stern served as vice president, IT Service Delivery and vice president, Corporate Divestiture at NiSource. NiSource was a gas and electric utility and interstate pipeline company, with over 4 million customers across 7 states. In his seven years at NiSource, Stern materially elevated IT’s contribution to business outcomes. Specifically, he helped grow the top line through executing on numerous rate case activities and contributing to various infrastructure modernization programs; He helped increase company brand through improving the customer digital experience; and he achieved company leading employee engagement results.

Before joining NiSource in 2010, Stern served as Senior Executive at Accenture, a multi-national consulting company. During his 20 year career, he helped clients across a variety of industries deliver on their objectives through leveraging technology and process improvements. Stern had sales, delivery, and P&L responsibility and achieved his objectives through a combination of traditional consulting and long-term outsourcing engagements, leveraging onsite, offshore, and blended teams.

Stern is based at AGCS’ corporate offices in Chicago, IL.

Date of Event: 
12/01/2017 - 7:00am - 9:30am