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12/6 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 December is Larry Kaufman, Regional Managing Director for the Midwest Region at Experis Finance who will present, Innovative Insights Working with the Latest LinkedIn Platform to Secure your Next Career Position.

LinkedIn continues to evolve and roll out new features and functionality. Many of these new developments are powerful and could help you accelerate your search as well as help you build and enhance your digital presence. In this session, Larry will bring you current on LinkedIn and allow you to:
Execute unique advanced searches that will streamline your path to the right people, the right companies and the right opportunities.
Understand the latest platform's basic to advanced features of LinkedIn including updated security changes you need to know!
Leverage LinkedIn and other techniques that will warm up and expedite the introduction process to job opportunities
Learn how to build an individual profile to highlight your technology leadership, technical, information technology, Industry or other relevant experience and skills
Discover the hidden value of a website that will help you to execute more LinkedIn searches even with a free membership LinkedIn for thought leadership to promote your expertise to future employers
Promote the corporate brand of your current or future company
LinkedIn for benchmarking with your peers locally to globally
Build a trusted advisor/business partner referral network through LinkedIn

Date: Friday, December 6th
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, December 5th 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 Larry Kaufman
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
Larry Kaufman is the Regional Managing Director with P & L responsibility for the Midwest Region at Experis Finance. He is a Connector, Giver, Rainmaker, Senior Level Sales and Operations Leader. He is the author of The NCG Factor (The NCG Factor on Amazon ), a Global Published LinkedIn Public Speaker/Trainer for over 11 years. He has presented to ITA (Illinois Technology Association), ISACA (Information Systems Audit & Controls Association), IIA (Internal Audit Association), Vistage (Vistage Approved Speaker), Renaissance Executive Forums, FEI, AM&AA (Alliance for Merger & Acquisition Advisors), REIA (Real Estate Investment Association), TMA (Turnaround Management Association) and other associations, outplacement firms, corporations and industries.

Larry has been in sales, operations and sales leadership roles for the past 30 years. He has hired and developed inside and outside sales forces in healthcare, banking to consulting firms in the BPO and accounting industry as well. Larry has also worked on his own helping small, mid-market and larger companies recruit talent to their organizations and helping them with corporate introductions to expand their client base. Larry is an investor and advisor in some local technology companies and sits on the Board of a Charity. Larry has a B.B.A. in Human Resource Management from Loyola University of Chicago and resides in a suburb of Chicago with his wife and 2 children.

Date of Event: 
12/06/2019 - 7:00am - 9:30am