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10/25 Morning Meeting

TLA Friday, October 25th 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 Shaye Robeson is the Director of Enterprise Architecture for U.S. Cellular. He will present "The Enterprise Technology Leader's Skillset in the Age of Digital Business".

Digitalization has driven the convergence of business strategy and technical strategy - more than anything we've ever seen before - and leaders of enterprise technology organizations need to be ready for it. Many of these leaders who have excelled in the past are finding themselves blindsided in this new business environment - because being a great Digital Leader requires a new set of critical skills that many IT Leaders haven't had to develop before. The good news is that enterprise technology leaders are right at the heart of this digital business convergence, and leaders who master these 12 critical skills are well-positioned to help lead their organizations through current digital transformations and into the future.

Date: Friday, October 25th
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, October 24th 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 Shaye Robeson
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
Shaye Robeson is the Director of Enterprise Architecture for U.S. Cellular, the fifth-largest wireless carrier in the United States producing approximately $4B US annually. Here, he is responsible for designing and guiding the company's strategies for enterprise technology investment and implementation. Prior to his time at U.S. Cellular, Shaye held several technology leadership roles in mobile and fintech, where he helped several high-scale technology companies to continually innovate and compete. The organizations Shaye has led have been awarded US Patents and other notable recognition for innovating technologies and methods that represented key differentiators within their respective industries.

Date of Event: 
10/25/2019 - 7:00am - 9:30am