You are hereTLA May 19th, 2006 Meeting Announcement

TLA May 19th, 2006 Meeting Announcement

TLA May 19th, 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, Sandy Schwan from Kensington International ( will discuss the state of the IT employment market and present “The L's & M's of Business and IT Alignment.”

Date: Friday, May 19th
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, May 18th 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 – 8:40am Announcements
8:40am – 9:30am Sandy Schwan
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 Background
Sandy is an Executive Search Vice President in the firm and leader of the Technology Practice. Sandy specializes in recruiting senior leaders within the information systems function, at technology companies and consulting firms. With more than 17 years of experience in consulting, Sandy has worked with senior executive management in multiple industries, helping shape the people, programs and processes to successfully manage change in their companies. Sandy was most recently President and Founder of Evolving Strategies, Inc., a Change Leadership and Organizational Development consulting firm serving clients such as United Airlines, the United States federal government, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Accenture and Zebra Technologies. Prior to founding Evolving Strategies, Sandy worked with senior executives at FORTUNE 200 companies in aligning their technology and business strategies through her previous employers including the Corporate Executive Board, Lante Corporation and Accenture, where she was awarded mentor of the year.

Sandy holds Master of Science degree in adult education and strategic organizational change from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy and a Bachelor of Arts degree in advertising and public relations from the University of Arkansas where she also served as captain of the women’s tennis team. Sandy’s professional awards include a Peer Recognition Award at Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, the Director’s Innovator Award at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, and Outstanding Quality Service Award from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. Sandy is an active member of the National Association of Female Executives, the Junior League of Chicago, and a founding member of Worldwide Women in Technology.

Date of Event: 
05/19/2006 - 7:00pm