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TLA Friday, March 8th 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 March is Steve Rubinow, Director of the Institute for Professional Development at DePaul University's College of Computing and Digital Media and a Professional Lecturer in the School of Computing. He also is President of Infocology Inc., a technology consultancy.

Steve will present "Tales from the Transformation Front."

Almost everyone is talking about and trying to do Transformation - business, digital and otherwise. Steve will talk about his experiences and learnings in leading significant transformation in a few industries. With an eye toward the future, he also will emphasize what we need to be mindful of with the challenges imposed by rapid changes in technology and our attempt as humans to successfully keep pace. Some have said that our technology has outpaced our humanity. Steve will also talk about the new responsibilities technology presents and our ability to deal with these changes in an ethical manner.

Date: Friday, March 8th
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, March 7th 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 Steve Rubinow
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

Steve Rubinow is an exceptional, multifaceted, global executive, strategist and award-winning Chief Information and Technology Officer, with deep experience in transforming companies, working on many boards and teaching in university classrooms. Conversant in the latest advances in technology, Steve has the exceptional ability to utilize existing and new ways to use technology to improve and impact complex industries.

Currently he is the Director of the Institute for Professional Development at DePaul University's College of Computing and Digital Media and a Professional Lecturer in the School of Computing. He also is President of Infocology Inc., a technology consultancy.

Most recently he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Catalina, a personalized digital media company based in St. Petersburg, FL, where he led all aspects of the global technology function. He developed and shepherded a complete transformation of core data and analytic systems, and a modernization of corporate and organizational culture to be more entrepreneurial and competitive.

While Steve was at FX Alliance, a global provider of electronic foreign exchange trading solutions, the firm was acquired shortly after his arrival by mass media and information company Thomson Reuters. Steve was the Chief Information officer in Reuters' Marketplaces Division in New York, NY.

As Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at the New York Stock Exchange Euronext in New York, Steve transformed an entire industry from a technology standpoint. He was responsible for all aspects of technology for the largest global exchange in the world. He combined operations across continents, and designed and developed new data centers, the financial industry's first cloud and a new culture of innovation for global trading. He had begun this work as Chief Technology Officer for Archipelago Holdings, Inc., in Chicago, IL, and was called on to integrate three major mergers/acquisitions: NYSE-Archipelago, NYSE-Euronext and NYSE-American Stock Exchange. Because of cyber-terrorism threats in this industry, Steve had government clearance from major federal security, intelligence and law enforcement agencies for addressing cybersecurity/counter-terrorism issues.

In his 2012 induction into the CIO Hall of Fame, Steve was described as "clearly one of the most innovative and transformational CIOs ever."

Steve has held leadership positions in Information Technology and Marketing for leading firms in the Internet, investment, manufacturing and service industries. He has extensive experience teaching university-level computer science courses. He serves on a number of Boards of Directors in both advisory and volunteer roles.

Steve holds a BS, MS and PhD in Chemistry, an MBA in Marketing and Finance (University of Illinois) and an MS in Computer Science (DePaul University). He is currently working on an MFA in Comedy Screenwriting at DePaul University.

Steve is an avid cyclist and hiker. His two favorite hiking destinations are the American Southwest and the Himalayas.

Date of Event: 
03/08/2019 - 7:00am - 9:30am