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4/20 Morning Meeting

TLA Friday, April 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 April is Kevin Rooney, Executive Partner with Gartner Executive Partners.

Title: The Courage to Lead: How information, technology and business leaders can seize the opportunities ahead in this rapidly changing and transformational time.

Description: In this interactive session, we will explore what it means to be courageous and six steps to building the strength to lead and establish a future-ready culture.

Date: Friday, April 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, April 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 - 7:10am Check-in and coffee
7:10am - 8:10am Structured networking - 2 table rounds
8:10am - 8:15am Announcements
8:15am - 9:00am Kevin Rooney
9:00am 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 - Kevin Rooney
Kevin is a values-based Business, Strategy, and Technology leader who understands that organizations succeed by building strong teams, communicating a clear and compelling mission, and executing with passion and consistency. He is able to see both the forest and the trees, convey mission and responsibilities in easily understandable ways, and build strong personal relationships through transparency and humor.

As an Executive Partner within Gartner Executive Programs, Kevin functions as a strategic adviser, partnering with CIO's and other C-level leaders to guide them in the vision and execution of their business strategies that are underpinned by technology. Executive Partners help members leverage the vast resources of Gartner's tools and research to deliver successful business outcomes for those priorities that matter most, ensuring that members save time, save money, and make the right call.

Date of Event: 
04/20/2018 - 7:00am - 9:00am