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4/8 TLA Evening Meeting

For the balance of 2010 TLA Evening Meetings in the WEstern Suburbs will be held at College of DuPage. Detailed CoD Room location/directions to follow.

TLA Meeting - EVENING – Thursday, April 8,
College of DuPage 425 Fawell Blvd. Glen Ellyn, IL
See directions below and information on registering at

6:30pm – 7:00pm Check-in / Casual networking
7:00pm – 8:00pm Structured Networking – Two Table Rounds
8:00pm – 8:10pm Announcements
8:10pm – 8:55pm Dr. Michael Thompson – Emotional Intelligence
8:55pm – 9:00pm Adjourn promptly

Speaker for Tonight will be Dr. Michael Thompson
Using Emotional Intelligence in Your Job Search & Career Advancement
The use of Emotional Intelligence (EI) when matched with a strategic job search and career
planning can go a long way to help you land a job. It can also help advance you into and
continuing in leadership positions. Today’s market is very hectic and stressful and
understanding how EI can play a role in your everyday human interactions, can give you a
leg up on the competition. Below are some of the discussion points, in the various
Leadership EQ Competencies are:

EQ Components:
-Self-Awareness, Self-Control, Social Awareness & Social Control

EQ Competency areas:
-Motivation, Empathy, Flexibility, Optimism

EQ leadership skills:
-Empathy – the ability to put yourself in someone else’s place professionally and personally
-Feedback – the ability to accept, apply and deliver feedback effectively

Speaker Bio: Michael Thompson, Ph.D., CEC, CEIC
Dr. Thompson has demonstrated the ability to effectively guide, mentor and focus individuals
and organizations as they examine their Mission and Vision for the future. He is particularly
successful at helping them understand their interdependence and relationships. Dr. Thompson
graduated with honors from several academic institutions. His diversified background in business,
nonprofit associations and venture capital funded startup medical devices companies brings a
powerful insight into the needs of 21st century businesses.

Education / Certification:
• Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
• Certified as an Empowerment Coach and certified in the use of
Emotional Intelligence Assessments.
Articles, Professional Speaking & Coaching:
•Illinois CPA Society's Insight magazine – Feb. 2010 issue
•MD Preferred Magazine – April, 2010 issue and currently on the blog
• articles on various emotional issues facing the unemployed
- October 15, 2006 issue of Legal Management Magazine
- Feature article - February issue (2007) of the American Hospital Assn.
HR magazine “the Pulse”.
• Adjunct Faculty - Leadership Learning Forum - De Paul University - Coach/mentor in EI.
• Webinar presentations on Emotional Intelligence for Fulcrum, Inc.
•Guest lecturer at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
(Emotional Intelligence in Organizational Development.)
• Guest speaker at the Society of Human Resource Professionals on Emotional
Intelligence Assessments.
• Key note speaker - Harris Bank Diversity Council Awards Banquet patient service.
• Workshop development and presentations at the American Payroll Association of IL.
• Coaching at the Career Transition Center related to Old St. Pat’s Catholic Church in Chicago.
• Business coaching for several startup companies.
• Coaching a Medical Association in preparation for their first Executive Director.
(Preparing them for a change in organizational and financial structures.)
• Private Clients

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.

College of DuPage – see directions below

No charge

Our Host, College of DuPage for hosting us this month and CoD CIO and TLA member Chuck Currier.
TLA members & Co-Facilitators; Mark Cummuta & David Krull for organizing the TLA evening events.

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 Noon on Thursday, April 8th with the first 30 reservations accepted. No walk-ins please.

For location information: Contact Jim Anfield at

College of DuPage 425 Fawell Blvd. Glen Ellyn IL 60137 (630) 942-2800) is located approx
1 mile West of the intersection of I-355 and 56(Butterfield Rd.) in Downers Grove.

Meetings will be held on west campus in the Open Campus Center (OCC), room 106. TLA attendees should park in Lot A and proceed down the sidewalk and into the breezeway. OCC is the building to your left inside the breezeway. Once inside the building, take a right and go to the end and turn left. OCC 106 is down the hall on the left hand side.

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
6 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.

-summarizing your past (this is not the time to rehash your resume),
-what you are looking for and
-what we can do to help (such as target contacts) or ask for advice on an issue.

Date of Event: 
04/08/2010 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm