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TLA Morning Meeting 2/26


TLA February 26th 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 strategy, information technology, and career management fields.

Innovate Like Edison
A great grandniece of Thomas Edison, Sarah Miller Caldicott has been engaged in creativity and innovation throughout her life. In October 2007, Sarah released a groundbreaking book offering a first-ever analysis of Thomas Edison’s world-changing innovation methods. Entitled “Innovate Like Edison: The Success System of America’s Greatest Inventor”, Sarah’s book reveals the Five Competencies of Innovation™ which spurred Edison to generate a record-breaking 1,093 U.S. patents, and establish 6 new industries in less than 40 years. Following three years of research at Rutgers University with the world’s leading expert on Edison, Sarah wrote “Innovate Like Edison” in collaboration with genius-thinking expert Michael J. Gelb (“How To Think Like Leonardo da Vinci”). “Innovate Like Edison” reveals how individuals, teams, and organizations can transform their competitiveness by using Edison’s Five Competencies of Innovation.

Date: Friday, February 26th
Where: IBM’s Oak Brook Terrace office (2 Lincoln Centre) – see directions below
Cost: No charge

Special thanks to TLA member and IBM employee George Shanine for hosting us this month.

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

For reservations, (1) Please sign up online on the TLA website (www.techleaders.net) under ‘Events’ – or, if you don’t have access to the website, (2) Please reply to Patrick.Moroney@gmail.com with your name and telephone number.

Reservations must be made before noon on Thursday, February 25th with the first 80 reservations accepted. No walk-ins please.

For location information: Contact Jim Anfield at jdanfield@illinoisalumni.org.

Directions
From the West - Take I-88 East and exit at Highland Avenue. Stay in the center lane until after the toll booth and turn left. Keep to the right crossing over the highway and turn right on Butterfield Road. Proceed east approximately 1 1/2 miles to Meyers Road. The Oakbrook Terrace office is approximately 1/2 mile ahead on the left in the Com Ed building. Turn left on Trans Am Plaza Drive and take a quick right into the parking garage attached to 2 Lincoln Centre.

From the North or South - Take North/South Tollway (I-355) to Butterfield Road East exit. Proceed east on Butterfield Road approximately 2 miles to Meyers Road. The Oak Brook Terrace office is approximately 1/2 mile ahead on the left in the Com Ed building. Turn left on Trans Am Plaza Drive and take a quick right into the parking garage attached to 2 Lincoln Centre.

From the East - Take I-294 (Tri-State Tollway) to the East/West Tollway (I-88). Take I-88 West (Route 83 North/Cermak Road) exit. Turn left (west) at the end of the exit ramp, on 22nd Street (Cermak Road). Proceed on 22nd Street approximately 3 miles to the stop light at 22nd and Butterfield. The Oakbrook Terrace office is approximately 1/4 mile ahead on the right in the Com Ed building (you'll see Com Ed at top of bldg). Turn right on Trans Am Plaza Drive and another quick right into the parking garage attached to 2 Lincoln Centre.

IBM’s Oak Brook office has an attached parking garage that all guests can park in. When you arrive at the building, let the security guard know you are attending the meeting in conference room 1D & 1E. All guests will have to sign in at the desk.

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 Sarah Miller Caldicott
9:30am Adjourn

Structured Roundtable 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 Bio – Sarah Miller Caldicott
A great grandniece of Thomas Edison, Sarah Miller Caldicott has been engaged in creativity and innovation throughout her life. Inspired by a family lineage of inventors dating back five generations, Sarah began her 25-year career as a Marketing executive with major brand-driven firms including Quaker Oats (Pepsico) and Helene Curtis (Unilever). Sarah’s specialty lies in developing innovative growth strategies for new products as well as mature brands. Over the course of her career, she spearheaded innovation initiatives domestically and internationally for global brands including Finesse, Degree, and Suave.

In October 2007, Sarah released a groundbreaking book offering a first-ever analysis of Thomas Edison’s world-changing innovation methods. Entitled “Innovate Like Edison: The Success System of America’s Greatest Inventor”, Sarah’s book reveals the Five Competencies of Innovation™ which spurred Edison to generate a record-breaking 1,093 U.S. patents, and establish 6 new industries in less than 40 years. Following three years of research at Rutgers University with the world’s leading expert on Edison, Sarah wrote “Innovate Like Edison” in collaboration with genius-thinking expert Michael J. Gelb (“How To Think Like Leonardo da Vinci”). “Innovate Like Edison” reveals how individuals, teams, and organizations can transform their competitiveness by using Edison’s Five Competencies of Innovation.

“Innovate Like Edison” has been featured in The New York Times, Fortune Small Business, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, and was named one of the top 100 business books of 2008. It has also been translated into 3 languages, and serves as a textbook at leading universities nationwide. Sarah has appeared on the Fox Business Network, PBS, and is a frequent guest on NPR. An award-winning speaker, Sarah inspires audiences nationwide with her message about how organizations can ignite innovation today using Edison’s timeless methods.

Sarah is President of the Chicago-based consultancy The Power Patterns of Innovation, which offers innovation consulting and training services to organizations of all sizes. Her clients include Microsoft, Motorola, the Brookings Institute, and Coldwell Banker. She has also recently reinstated The Edison Awards, which honors innovations and innovators modeling the same qualities of persistence and creativity which Edison himself embodied.

Sarah received her BA from Wellesley College, where she was named a Wellesley College Scholar. Sarah also holds an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. She has two college-age boys, Nicholas and Connor, and resides in Chicago, Illinois.

Date of Event: 
02/26/2010 - 6:00am - 8:30am