We now have four subcommittees for Notre Dame Networking. Feel free to contact them or me regarding networking in Chicago. See Page 2 of this handout for the current networking schedule. The subcommittee Chairs for this year are:
1. The CREATE Network (Construction & Real Estate): John J. Talbot, P.E., Sr. Vice President, Director, Industrial Technology Group, email@example.com
2. The Business Network: The Business Network: John Levitske, Managing Director, Duff & Phelps, LLC (Chicago), firstname.lastname@example.org The Business Network is subdivided into two groups: 1) the Entrepreneur Group, headed by Andy Whiting at email@example.com, and the General Business Group currently headed by John Levitske.
3. North by Northwest Regional Networking: Susan Mogab, Koenig & Strey GMAC, firstname.lastname@example.org
4. General Networking-Downtown: Michael Marrion, Senior Associate, Trammell Crow Company, email@example.com
Networking Chair & Board of Governors
Notre Dame Club of Chicago
CURRENT NETWORKING SCHEDULE
Fourth Thursday of the Month: Entrepreneurial Focus Group (Business Network) meets at St. Peter's in the Loop, 110 W. Madison. 7:30 a.m. They are in the process of scheduling the monthly presentations they will have for the next year. Contact Andy Whiting if you would like to join this group which will meet regularly on the 4th Thursday of the month. firstname.lastname@example.org
First Tuesday of the Month:
The CREATE Focus Group regular monthly
meeting at St. Peters, 110
7:30 a.m. The purpose of this group is for our Construction and Real Estate professionals to meet together regularly to form a more cohesive and mutually beneficial working relationship by either having members give presentations to the group in their particular areas of expertise or to find speakers to come in to discuss topics of interest to the group on a more informal and regular basis. Those who attend this meeting should have an interest in attending on a regular basis. If you plan to attend, please contact Mary O'Toole at email@example.com
Topic:"Financing- Start Up to Buy Out" at the Metropolitan Club- 5:30- 8:00 pm.
James Hunt, (ND ’73, Marketing) Founding partner of "The MITA Group," a public affairs and business advisory services company located in Washington, DC. Mr. Hunt is an active member of the Irish Angels, and will be speaking to us about his experiences in the development of companies, both from his experience as a founder (of BDS Inc.) and also from the perspective of an Irish Angel. For info on the Irish Angels go to http://www.ihif.org/stories/july/angels.html and http://www.business.nd.edu/IA/. Those interested in starting a new business will be particularly interested in his comments on the Notre Dame Business Plan Competition and the Irish Angels.
Mr. Hunt founded BDS Inc., a system integration company focused on federal government markets. He then merged BDS with BTG, Inc. in 1992 and assisted in the IPO in 1993. The year of the merger, BDS had revenues of over $80M. In 1994, Hunt became Managing Director of Global System Integration for Price Waterhouse, and then moved on to become CEO of Ernst & Young Technologies in 1996. Within 3 years E&Y Technologies had grown to over $100M, and was later purchased by CapGemini, where he served as President until 2005. Mr. Hunt is also an Adjunct Professor in the MBA Program at Georgetown University, where he teaches classes on "High Growth Strategies" and “Entrepreneurship."
Jackie Hopkins (ND '84), Managing Director, JPMorgan Partners Mezzanine Practice(JPMP), will speak on "Success Stories in Financing Entrepreneurs." JPMP provides an added dimension of flexibility in designing appropriate financing structures for growth capital, corporate acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, special situations and recapitalizations, and the targeted investment size is usually 2nd or 3rd stage financing from $5-30 million as sole investor or more as a partner with other investors. JPMP brings a creative approach to transaction structure with the ability to invest in the full spectrum of mezzanine securities including current or deferred pay debt and preferred stock as well as convertible securities. Ms. Hopkins is based in Chicago and has over 20 years of experience in financing companies at various stages of growth and throughout the U.S. Previously she was with First Chicago and BankOne.
Join Chicago ND alums for an evening of business networking and gain some insight into business financing. This event is highly attended by members of both our Business Network and our Construction and Real Estate Network, so regardless of your field, or even if you are not currently interested in finance issues, this is the event to attend if you want to connect with other ND business execs.
Timing and Location: Doors open at 5:30 for open networking. Program starts promptly at 6:00 with speakers. The Metropolitan Club is located at the top of the Sears Tower. Please check in with the Metropolitan service desk in the lobby of the Sears Tower.
Cost: $25 per person in advance. $35 at the door if space available. Hors d'ouevres and Cash bar available. Guests allowed.
Sign up on the club website a www.ndchicago.org
This event sponsored by the financial advisory services firm of Duff & Phelps, LLP and the law firm of McGuireWoods, LLP.
North by Northwest Regional Network Event:
Tuesday, May 23, 6:30 p.m.- 7:45 p.m.
Event: Navigating the job search process, Tips from HR Insiders
HR Professionals and Hiring Managers will discuss strategies, pitfalls & resumes. This is open to job seekers and HR personnel, and anyone looking to get a pulse on current corporate hiring practices. This is also a great opportunity for HR and Hiring mangers to find high quality networking contacts. Bring your business cards and any job opportunities to share with the group. Open to ND, SMC grads, colleagues and friends. Cost: $5.00 at the door.
Location and Directions: Notre Dame High School is located at 7655 W. Dempster St., Niles, IL between Milwaukee Ave. & Harlem Ave. Please enter the building via the circle drive at the northeast entrance of the building.
RSVP: Please sing up online for this event at www.ndchicago.org
CREATE Executive Seminar: Metropolitan Club
Save the Date! Details coming out next week.
Linda A. Weaver, Networking Chair
National ND Alumnae Leadership Initiative
I am privileged to be on the six-woman steering committee for the ND Alumnae Leadership Initiative, a mentoring, networking, "give back" initiative for Notre Dame women. This week we had our kick-off luncheon at The Chicago Club with Fr. Hesburgh as our guest of honor. The event was sold out, with a waiting list. If you would like to become involved in the Initiative, please contact me at IrishNet@aol.com. We are in the process of receiving surveys from the attendees as to the types of events and programs they want. Get involved now! This is our network. We will be rolling it out in cities across the nation soon.
Faithfully yours, Linda
The following article and picture is from the South Bend Tribune.
Hello to the ND Undergraduate Women in
Friday, I had the great pleasure to speak to this awesome group of young women from campus at the Summit Club. I was unbelievably impressed with the UWIB club members present. They are so much more polished than I could have ever thought to be at that stage in my life and carreer. I will be meeting with their officers in the next month or two on campus to plan some networking functions for the 2006-2007 school year. If your company would like to recruit some top talent or host an event for them next year when they come to Chicago, please contact me so we can get you on the schedule. Irishnet@aol.com The group already has offers from a couple of major corporations to do this next year. On this particular trip, they had programs at RSM McGladrey and Boston Consulting Group. They also met with a recruiter from AON. You do not want to miss a chance to meet them!
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