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TLA March 3, 2006 Meeting Announcement

TLA March 3, 2006 Meeting Announcement

Technology Leaders Association (TLA) ( was established 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 career management field.

This month, we are going to hold a TLA roundtable discussion to discuss the future of TLA and also brainstorm TLA web site enhancements.

Date: Friday, March 3rd
Where: Acxiom, located at 3333 Finley Road in Downers Grove
Cost: No charge

Special thanks to TLA member and Acxiom employee Paul Koziel for hosting us this month.

For reservations, 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 2nd with the first 80 reservations accepted. No walk-ins please.

Acxiom is located near the intersection of I-355 and I-88 in Downers Grove. Get off the Butterfield Road exit of I-355 and go east to Finley Road. Go south on Finley Road for about a half-mile and Acxiom is located on the east side of Finley. Go to the main entrance of the eight-story building for check-in. Do not go to the other four-story Acxiom building. Parking is available just west of the eight-story building in the parking lot.

7:00AM – 7:15AM Check-in and coffee
7:15AM – 8:30AM Structured networking – two table rounds
8:30AM – 8:45AM Announcements
8:45AM – 9:30AM TLA Roundtable
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.

Date of Event: 
03/03/2006 - 6:01pm - 8:30pm