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10/26 Morning Meeting

TLA Friday, October 26th
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 October is Fred Bliss, CTO at Aptitive, a data and
analytics consulting firm located in the West Loop of Chicago. He will
present, "Advanced Analytics - The Path Forward."
The amount of data for the average enterprise has taken quantum
leaps in the past few years - and even more data is on the way.
Within this data, there is tremendous value that can help companies
build create new value including better customer relationships,
develop/market valuable products and services, efficiently fine tune
operations, and even predict the future with greater accuracy. And yet
this large-scale data value is still untapped and not yet realized by
most companies.
How do companies leverage one of their greatest potential assets?
Fred Bliss, CTO of Aptitive, will give the audience an overview of
building their analytics and data science strategy using the new
technologies including predictive analytics, machine learning, AI, and
other new cutting edge technologies. From there, everybody will leave
with a high level roadmap to tap their greatest unrealized asset - their
company's enterprise data.
Date: Friday, October 26th
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 informati

For location information: Contact Jim Anfield at
Reservations must be made before noon on Thursday, October 25th
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 - 8:30am Structured networking - 2 table rounds
8:30am - 8:40am Announcements
8:40am - 9:30am Fred Bliss
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
Speaker Bio
Fred Bliss is the co-founder and CTO of Aptitive, a data and analytics
consulting firm in Chicago. Aptitive is focused on mid-size to large
enterprise organizations to develop custom applications, data
pipelines, and analytical data platforms - all to help make data
accessible and
meaningful to systems and people who need to make sense of it. By
taking a tech/vendor agnostic approach, Aptitive helps architect and
implement data solutions using the best technology and tools that fit
an organization's needs.
Fred lives in Chicago with his wife, Julia, and his daughters, Claire and
newly born Zoe. He is fluent in Japanese and spent a year in high
school living in Japan. He holds an undergraduate degree in MIS from
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a minor in
Japanese and Asian Studies.

Date of Event: 
10/26/2018 - 7:00am - 9:30am