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9/20 Morning Meeting

TLA Friday, September 20th Morning Meeting - NEW LOCATION

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 September is Phil Kelly, Managing Director, iPower Consulting who will present "Breaking Through the Analytics Value Barrier".

It used to be that technology was the biggest barrier to generating value from data. That’s no longer the case. Today’s challenges include everything from cultural barriers to skill and knowledge gaps. Phil will facilitate our discussion about these challenges and share some practical ideas about how leaders can break through these barriers and improve their Analytics ROI.

Date: Friday, September 20th
Where: Central States Funds, 8647 W. Higgins Rd., Chicago, IL
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, September 19th with the first 35 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

Directions - NEW LOCATION
Central States Funds is located at 8647 W. Higgins Rd., Chicago, IL. It is a new white building with blue windows one block west of the Chicago O’Hare Marriott on Higgins. Because it is a new building, both Google and Apple maps have been providing inaccurate directions to the address - so be aware. Free parking is available in the outside lot directly east of the building or, if full, the second lot east of the building. Upon entering the main entrance, the meeting room is immediately on your left. You do not need a security badge for access to this room although you must have a reservation to attend the meeting as attendees are limited to 35 registered visitors. There is no food or beverage service available, so bring your own coffee!

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 Phil Kelly
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
Phil has over 30 years’ experience helping organizations increase the value they get from data. Phil’s has worked with companies such as Kellogg’s Corporation, Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Iowa, Henry Ford Medical, and UNITE HERE HEALTH. Prior to starting his consulting practice, he was CIO for HCSC’s individual health insurance markets and was responsible for starting up Aon’s risk brokerage analytics competency center. Phil is also the author of the 10X Analytics Framework, a practical guide that helps clients improve their analytics ROI.

Date of Event: 
09/20/2019 - 7:00am - 9:30am