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TLA Evening Meeting - Wed 09/30/09

TLA Meeting - EVENING - Wednesday September 30, 2009

Wednesday, September 30th
6:309m – 7:00pm Check-in / Casual networking
7:00pm – 8:00pm Structured networking – two table rounds
8:00pm – 8:10pm Announcements
8:10am – 8:55pm Tim O'Donnell
8:55pm – 9:00pm Adjourn promptly

Speaker Bio – Tim O’Donnell
Tim spent over twenty years on the floor of the Chicago Board Options Exchange as a trader, asset manager and floor broker. He now uses his extensive financial experience helping individuals prepare for one of their most enriching and challenging periods of their lives; the day when the paychecks stop coming - retirement. Tim is a Financial Advisor with GCG Financial. The focus of Tim’s practice is developing and implementing appropriate financial strategies for individuals. I help my clients with their needs in the areas of Insurance, Investments, college funding, Estate Planning and Retirement Strategies.

Tim is very experienced in what folks in transition are going through. He is understanding and empathetic to their needs and what can best help them during this challenging time of other life.

Tonight’s presentation is titled:“Financial and Health Care Issues: Crucial steps to take when in transition”

Topics covered will be:
-Determine expenses and cash flow to support the household and job search needs.
-Develop a budget and cut expenses to ensure all basic needs are covered.
-Restructuring debt while in the transition phase.
-Review risk management: Life, Disability, Auto and Home Insurance.
-How to manage Health Care coverage: The ins and outs of COBRA.
-Managing your Retirement Assets to ensure you have a nest egg after transition.

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.

Date: Wednesday September 30
Where: Acxiom's Downers Grove office 3333 Finley Road – see directions below
Cost: No charge

Special thanks to TLA member and Acxiom Leader John Costanza 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 meeting area without an escort. This is a high security facility.

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.

Reservations must be made before 5pm on Tuesday, September 29th with the first 80 reservations accepted. No walk-ins please.

For location information: Contact Jim Anfield at

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.

6:30pm – 9:00pm Check-in
7:00pm – 8:00pm Structured networking – two table rounds
8:00pm – 8:10pm Announcements
8:10am – 9:00pm Greg Nogle Guest Speaker
9:00pm 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: 
09/30/2009 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm