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12/07 Morning Meeting

TLA Friday, December 7th 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 John Sviokla, currently the founder of GroupBionic and formerly a principal and US Advisory Innovation Leader with PwC.

His presentation, "How to Compete in the Bionic Age" is based upon his recently published article strategy+business entitled, "The Bionic Company" found at

This presentation will show how the global economy is moving from the Industrial Age to the Bionic Age and what it means for competition and leadership. The linked article on the Bionic Company lays out the forms of capital which are becoming the new basis of competition.

Date: Friday, December 7th
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 6th 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 John Sviokla
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
John Julius Sviokla is an author and founder of GroupBionic. He is a former principal and US Advisory Innovation Leader with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). He also served on PwC's Advisory Leadership Group, the Global Thought Leadership Council, and currently leads The Exchange - an ongoing think tank for PwC clients and business leaders. Previously, he served as Vice Chairman of the Board and Chief Innovation Officer at Diamond Management Consultants.

Dr. John Sviokla has nearly 30 years of experience researching, writing and consulting on topics of innovation, technology, strategy and economic value. He has global experience serving a wide variety of clients. He works across many industries and businesses applying his expertise in customer behavior, economics, psychology, behavioral economics, sociology, business strategy, network analysis, measurement and leadership.

He has created some of the first thought leadership pieces on the coming world of digital competition including, Managing in the Marketspace, (1994) and Exploiting the Virtual Value Chain. He is also a major contributor to Oxford Economics study on Digital Megatrends 2015.

Dr. Sviokla earned his Bachelor's degree from Harvard College and obtained his Masters and Doctorate degree from Harvard Business School. He served on the Harvard Business School faculty from 1986-1998.

Date of Event: 
12/07/2018 - 7:00am - 9:30am