12/12/13 Cindy Pogrund – Shifting Focus and Capitalizing on Opportunities

12/12/13 7:30 pm J2J Networking
Wi-Fi Building, VIP Room–enter in the middle of the south side of the building
(8150 McCormick Blvd, Skokie IL 60076)
Cindy Pogrund, “Shifting Focus and Capitalizing on Opportunities”

cindy_pogrundDid you know that Instagram was originally a location based service similar to Foursquare? Or that Flickr was originally a multiplayer online roleplaying game called Neverending before it pivoted to solely focus on the games popular photo sharing feature? And Twitter started off as Odeo, a service that revolved around personal podcasting and sharing audio content, before it razor focused into sharing thoughts in 140 characters. Join me to discuss ideas about when and how to pivot.

Cindy Pogrund is responsible for all aspects of customer experience from customer success to product strategy. Prior to joining Ifbyphone, Cindy held multiple positions at Xpedior, a $250M systems integration firm created by combining Metamor Technologies with other Corestaff entities. Cindy’s roles included President US Operations and Senior President Midwest Region. Prior to Xpedior, Cindy directed the Metamor Technologies Networking and Infrastructure practices. Immediately prior to joining Ifbyphone, Cindy delivered strategic consulting services to multiple organizations in the non-profit sector. Cindy earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS in Management Information Systems from University of Illinois.


11/6/13 – The Real Self-Leadership Challenge – Thriving in today’s challenging times

The J2J Networking Group, in conjunction with Jewish B2B Networking, will hold their next program on Wednesday November 6th at 7:30 PM at Congregation Chovevei Tzion, 9220 N. Crawford, Skokie. The guest speaker with be Phil Gafka, Certified Business Coach, executive coach and principal of LEAP Associates, Inc.

This informative program will provide valuable tools for both job-seekers and employed professionals. Join us for this excellent learning and networking opportunity, and please share this with friends and colleagues.

The Real Self-Leadership Challenge –
Thriving in today’s challenging times Presented by Phil Gafka

It’s a new day and new rules are evolving in these challenging economic times. “Business as usual” doesn’t exist any longer.

Whether your industry is down-sized, right-sized or capsized, where do you fit in today’s new economy? First and foremost, you must know yourself and you must know what you want life and your business to deliver to you.

This presentation will explore the self-leadership challenge and guide you to create a compelling vision of leadership for your business, your career and your life.

No matter what point you are in your professional journey, you need to know and understand how to develop your leadership possibilities.

In his presentation, Phil will explore:

* Leadership definition/characteristics/ traits
* Leadership Development
* The Formula for Success
* Seven steps to creating and achieving meaningful goals

Leaders get results – learn how to turn your potential into performance!

5/21 Raising Your Profile

kapetanskyThe next program of the J2J Networking Group will take place on Tuesday, May 21st at 7:30PM at Congregation Or Torah, 3800 W. Dempster, Skokie.

As Facebook fades a bit among their core demographic (young adults), and Twitter waxes and wanes, one social networking site has quietly continued strong steady growth, and positioned itself as *the* social networking site for business people. You probably all recognize this as LinkedIn, but did you know that most of LinkedIn’s revenue is from its Job Search? This highly interactive J2J Networking session is focused on how to improve and optimize your use of LinkedIn for job networking. Our facilitator is Glenn Kapetansky, a Director at WellPoint with decades of experience on all three sides of job search (hiring, seeking, and networking).

Staying Afloat While Unemployed – Feb 20

We hope you can join us at our next J2J Networking Group meeting at Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah (3220 Big Tree Ln, Wilmette IL 60091) on Wed, Feb 20, starting at 7:45.

We will have the following panel speaking on “Staying Afloat While Unemployed:”
David Fain

David Fain, Fain Financial Services

Ira Piltz

Ira Piltz, Attorney, Law Offices of Ira Piltz in Skokie, IL

Fred H. Rothschild

Fred H. Rothschild, CLU RHU, Rothschild Insurance Group

There will be networking time both before and after the panel discussion and Q&A.  Please bring plenty of business cards!

Oct 25 – Our State’s Economy – State Rep Daniel Biss

ImageDaniel Biss will be speaking on the topic “Our State’s Economy”

State Representative Daniel Biss represents the 17th House District in the Illinois General Assembly. Daniel is a former math professor at the University of Chicago and is serving his first term in the House of Representatives.

Since he was elected to office in 2010, Daniel has passed legislation on a variety of issues, including environmental policy, high tech economic growth, political reform, equal rights for individuals with autism and consumer protection. He rapidly emerged as an acknowledged leader on fiscal matters, pushing both parties to overhaul the budget process to align spending with available revenue while preserving our top priorities.

Join us at 7pm at Am Yisrael Synagogue at 7pm on Thursday, October 25.  Please RSVP at http://amyisrael.org/content/thursday-october-25-networking-group-guest-speaker-state-representative-daniel-biss