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04/09 TLA Morning Meeting

TLA April 9th 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 strategy, information technology, and career management fields.

This month, our guest speaker is Greg David Laka, President of Gregory Laka & Company. In October 2009, Greg spoke to us about the “Campaign Based Job Search” – an extremely effective way of doing job search. For this month, he will be discussing Hub-Based Networking.

Hub-Based Networking is a unique approach to networking that allows for greater value, information, strength, and power to be extracted from a professional’s network today. This concept is exceptionally valuable in a job search, and it is equally of value for employed professionals looking to take their current networking efforts to an entirely new level. Used properly, it can significantly reduce the amount of time and pain experienced in a job search. It can also provide substantially greater value for the employed professional.

Date: Friday, April 9th
Where: Acxiom, located at 3333 Finley Road in Downers Grove
Cost: No charge

Special thanks to TLA member and Acxiom employee 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 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 5pm on Thursday, April 8th 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 Greg David Laka
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 Bio – Gregory David Laka
Gregory David Laka is President of Gregory Laka & Company, an Information Technology and Human Resources search firm specializing in contingency and retained level search dating back to 1964.

With the firm since 1992, Greg specializes in helping organizations hire a higher caliber of talent with less time and effort involved. His primary focus is helping organizations hire the best available talent, while refining their interviewing and hiring process to allow them to move more swiftly and aggressively in the current and upcoming “War for Talent”.

A graduate of St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin, Greg resides in Tinley Park, Illinois.

Date of Event: 
04/09/2010 - 7:00am - 9:30am