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6/21 Morning Meeting

TLA Friday, June 21st 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 June is Bob Rosell, a Chicago based senior project manager, who will present Attaining and Retaining Job Search Referrals.

The people who should attend the Attaining and Retaining Job Search Referrals workshop are those that want to leverage landing jobs through contacts they make via networking and from previous companies where they worked. In most cases, the effective networking efforts involve the process of creating internal advocates within a targeted company. It takes a well-defined process to know who to target, how to engage them and the kind of communicates it takes to earn their interest in helping folks in their career endeavors. The presentation was developed as a result of gathering feedback from successful employment landings over the past seven years.

Here are the takeaways we will cover during the presentation:
• The importance of having job referrals as a key part of your job search.
• The steps in preparing to search, find and select job referrals.
• How to get an internal sponsor to help your cause.
• How to write effective introduction messages.
• What to say and do with targeted individuals in face-to-face new networking conversations.
There is an associated quiz that is meant as a quick refresher for the attending students that can be filled out during the workshop presentation. The Job Referral Templates purpose are to capture referral contact and journal information as referrals are met and re-met over time. Participants can bring their laptops so that they can walk through some of the key hands on workshop exercises.

Date: Friday, June 21st
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, June 20th 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 Bob Roswell
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
Bob Rosell has performed Project Management and Software Quality Assurance roles and on several multi-year projects for companies like Motorola, Electro-Motive Diesel and Boeing. He has contributed to the development and continual improvement regarding the IL workNet workshop program. He founded Social Media Emotional Intelligence (SMEI) to focus on Job Referrals. Bob has helped place individuals through sponsored referrals, as well as shorten the transition time for people looking for work.

Date of Event: 
06/21/2019 - 7:00am - 9:30am