CHICAGO - John Nicolau, Chapter President
To kick off 2017, the Chicagoland IAMCP and WIT communities hosted Ellen Zelent, L.C.S.W. with her workshop centered on increasing how effective you can be in the office and throughout your career. Leveraging her field studies and years of working with professionals to help them advance their careers, Ellen engaged the audience and led us through best practices for how to be present in your communication and interaction with others.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday morning, February 28. Janel O’Connor - Chief Human Resources Officer of longtime IAMCP member, Sikich LLP - will present on “Hiring and Retaining Good Employees.” Click here for more details and to register. You must register at the link provided in order to gain access to Microsoft’s offices here in Downers Grove. It will also help us plan for refreshments. Hope to see you next Tuesday for this informative event!
Chicago IAMCP & WIT are hosting a happy hour at the Chicago Microsoft office after Day #1 of Microsoft’s SMB Live on March 7. Please join us for some great networking, food and beverages! Click here for details and to RSVP… and don’t forget to register for SMB Live, too!
Save the date for our March meeting – March 28 @ 3:00 pm at DMC’s offices. Our topic will be “Microsoft Azure IoT and Power BI/Streaming Analytics.” Details and registration info forthcoming.
DALLAS/FORT WORTH - Rudy Rodriguez, Chapter President
SherWeb and the IAMCP DFW hosted a Power Networking and Business Builder Happy Hour in the Library Room at NYLO right after day one of SMB Live. We had over 40 people and several Microsoft folks in attendance! We started at 4:30 p.m. and didn’t end until 10 p.m! Here are some photos from the event:
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL - Jerry Rasmussen, Chapter President
The Minneapolis/St. Paul chapter’s February meeting was held at the Microsoft office in Edina, MN, with a virtual attendance option via Skype. We had roughly 20 attendees in person, as well as some virtual attendees. There was a good mix of current members and new faces. The meeting started off with some great networking and conversations! Once everyone took their seats, we started off with a round table of introductions. We then led into the Connect, Learn, Grow values of IAMCP. We asked for members to speak about current lead share opportunities and had two different deals mentioned that are in the works from an IAMCP partner to partner connection.
Bryan Lansing from BridgeWorks presented on "When Generations Connect." They have been dedicated to bridging the generational divide in the workplace and marketplace for over 16 years. Through their cutting-edge research and best-selling books, BridgeWorks has helped some of the country's best companies work through the inevitable clashes that can happen between Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation Xers and Millennials. Bryan is a renowned keynote speaker, emcee for the Minnesota Timberwolves, and generational expert. It was a very enlightening presentation, speaking to core values of each generation, communication styles, what's important to each generation, the do's and don'ts of communication methods between generations, and when and when not to text or use social media messaging. The workforce is an everchanging environment and we need to accept and adapt appropriately.
It was a great meeting overall. We had excellent feedback and look forward to a few new members joining soon!
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - Dan Callahan, Chapter President
The Northern California chapter of IAMCP held its February meeting last week, and it was a great event! The meeting featured Sarah Clatterbuck and Michael Gross, both from LinkedIn. We learned that a LinkedIn employee badge won’t automatically get you into the Microsoft building where our meeting was held; it seems safe to say the LinkedIn acquisition is still in its early days!
Sarah is the director of engineering for application architecture. She gave a fascinating talk, drawing parallels between experiences she had while traveling in Africa with lessons learned in software engineering. For instance, she compared the importance of setting a course as it applied to a herd of wildebeest crossing a river with her experience standing firm in efforts to improve the load time of a LinkedIn application. Sarah is passionate about women in engineering, and we had a great discussion about diversity at LinkedIn and in the technology sector more generally. It was great to share stories of what has worked to increase diversity and what challenges still lie ahead.
Michael then took the floor and gave a great presentation on LinkedIn’s Sales Navigator product. Sales Navigator makes it easy to connect with decision-makers and others involved in the purchase process. Sales Navigator was shown to be helpful at all stages of the sales process; quite a few members were interested to learn more.
Our meeting was also significant for our use of Skype for Business. Since we draw meeting participants from a wide geographic area, we wanted to experiment with ways to include those who couldn’t attend the meetings in person. We set up alternative meeting centers—San Francisco and Sacramento for this meeting—and successfully connected others into the meeting so they could participate. We’re looking forward to extending our chapter’s reach with this technology, remembering that the value for members will always be on connecting and helping one another.
ST. LOUIS - Marty OBlack, Chapter President
St. Louis had a wonderful February chapter meeting and roundtable with Kelsi Schriewer and Jarod Basta from our local Robert Half team! Kelsi did a great job presenting and the discussion was interactive. Fifteen partners in various technology practice areas attended. We appreciate both the partnership and sponsorship! Thank you!
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Frank Valdiveso, Chapter President
Our 2017 kickoff cocktail on February 6 at the Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center was a huge hit! We were honored to host members from the IAMCP-US board, PEB and VFI.
The DC chapter’s next meeting will be on March 15 at Microsoft Chevy Chase, MD. Sophos & 1105 Media will present on How to Defeat Ransomware & How Microsoft Partners Can Leverage LinkedIn.
We will be hosting a happy hour after the SMB Live event at Chevy Chase, MD on March 29 and hope to see you there!
2017 Board Elections: Congratulations to our new president, Frank Valdivieso! We also welcome our three new board members: Mary Charuhas, Jordan Lasky and Ismail Nalwala.
New this year: At each monthly meeting, we will have a partner spotlight. For March, the spotlight is on KTL Solutions (Mary Charuhas) and IOTAP (Ismail Nalwala).
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