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TLA September 22nd Meeting Announcement


TLA September 22nd 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, Wayne Smith of iTest Quality Partners will present “Enterprise Architecture and Strategic Alignment”. This discussion will outline how enterprise architecture initiatives (especially SOA efforts) can be used by business leadership as tools for better understanding their business and highlighting important alignment gaps.

Date: Friday, September 22nd
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 Patrick.Moroney@gmail.com with your name and telephone number.
For location information: Contact Jim Anfield at jdanfield@illinoisalumni.org.

Reservations must be made before noon on Thursday, September 21st with the first 80 reservations accepted. No walk-ins please.

Directions
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.

Agenda
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 Wayne Smith
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.

Topic
Strategic alignment, the focused, sustained mobilization of all operating elements of the enterprise to achieve a set of common strategic goals, lies at the heart of all high performance companies. This discussion outlines how enterprise architecture initiatives (especially SOA efforts) can be used by business leadership as tools for better understanding their business and highlighting important alignment gaps. This business value impact can be vital in justifying timely senior management EA/SOA investment.

Speaker Background
Wayne Smith is a senior executive with over thirty years of experience in defining, managing, and delivering high-performance technology engagements over a broad range of industries, application areas, and technologies. Career has encompassed roles in executive and operating management with a strong background in envisioning and then launching new ventures in a variety of corporate structures.
Prior roles at CNA Insurance Companies included Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, and Executive Vice President and Chief Business Technology Officer. In addition, for twenty years helped build, grow, and manage one of the largest technology consulting firms in Chicago (Applied Information Development).

Date of Event: 
09/22/2006 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm