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TLA Meeting - June

TLA June 8th 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, Chris Rollyson ( will present an overview of LinkedIn, the popular business networking web site that should be a major part of any effective networker’s tool kit.

Date: Friday, June 8th
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.

As a special facilities note, all TLA members must be escorted throughout the Acxiom facility. Please do not leave the conference room without an escort.

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, June 7th 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 Chris Rollyson
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.

LinkedIn is the leading "social" network site for managing business relationships, but it doesn't come with a user's guide to help executives to: 1) evaluate how they might use its features to connect with productive contacts while avoiding sales pitches, or 2) reduce time to value, increasing their return on time spent.

A seasoned management consultant, marketer and career coach, Christopher Rollyson released the "Unofficial" LinkedIn User's Guide for Executives and Professionals in March 2007, and it will be published in paper form in fall 2007. In this session, Chris will give attendees an introduction to some of the key techniques of evaluating and using LinkedIn to connect with people who can help you achieve your goals, whether improving your effectiveness at your current job, reducing job search time or trying to help your favorite nonprofit.

- Controlling who sees what: understanding privacy controls
- How to create a fantastic profile (and what it will do for you)
- Politely responding to people who invite you (but whom you don't want to join)
- Using LinkedIn to let your contacts to manage their information for you
- Scoring speaking engagements, jobs, new partners, new employees and more

Preview the free online version of the guide here:

Speaker Background
Christopher S. Rollyson has been a technology and marketing pioneer for 20 years, with distinction in corporate strategy and innovation. As a consultant and marketing executive, he has had a leading role in launching such game-changing offerings as: Java with Sun, e-business strategy with PwC Consulting, and SOA, Web services and architecture solutions with IBM and nVISIA. In 2006, he launched The Consumer Empowerment Adoption Curve™ and Transourcing™, a new approach to innovation that leverages high performance collaborative partner networks. He currently advises global enterprises on collaborating with Web 2.0-enabled customers—to drive innovation and to engage emerging markets. Chris launched the Global Human Capital Journal in 2005 to address the most poignant issues of day for chief executives, namely global transformation, the reinvention of the enterprise, technology and culture.

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Date of Event: 
06/08/2007 - 7:00am - 9:30am