Thursday, June 28, 2012

Join KM Chicago for Our Annual Summer Social Gathering

Each July KM Chicago takes a break from our regular meeting schedule to get together socially. We work to keep the event at about the same day and time as our regular meeting. We also try to keep the cost manageable.

This year we will be meeting on Tue, 10 Jul at 5:30 PM at 224 S. Michigan Ave.  This is the current location for the Chicago Architecture Foundation Shop and Tour Center.  From here, we will take a guided tour of Millennium Park.  The title of the tour is Millennium Park Revealed.  The tour is a walking tour, lasts 2 hours and the cost is $17.  Please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to 5:30 so the tour can begin on time.

You buy your tickets in advance, online at  Be sure you are buying the right tour on the right day.

We did a similar tour in Jul 2010 and had a good turnout.  Everyone really liked the tour and all said they learned many new things about the Park.

Dinner will be at the Park Grill at 7:45 PM.  This is a nice but reasonably priced restaurant that is essentially the end point for the tour.

In case of inclement weather (and the tour is cancelled) we will meet for dinner at 6 PM.

I suggest purchasing your ticket for the tour as soon as you know you will be coming.  It is not necessary to RSVP to me for the tour.  I do need to know how many people plan to join us for dinner so I can make the appropriate reservations.  Please send an email to to tell me if you plan to attend the dinner and how many people are coming.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Human Capital Institute courses coming up. Act fast for discounts.

There is a Human Capital Strategist (HCS) Certification course taking place in Chicago IL, August 6-7. and another certification course on Engagement, Collaboration and Retention (ECR) being offered August 8.

 The HCS & ECR Certification can be completed either on-line or on-site.

 Upcoming schedule link:

Contact Niall O'Grady by June 14 for a $750 discount. He can be reached at 1-866-538-1909 ext.
 1914. Further discounts for bundle packages (HCS + ECR) are also avaialable.

Niall is  Director - Strategic Relationships, Human Capital Institute

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Tues, 6/12, Jeff Willinger on SharePoint creatively deployed

On Tues, June 12 at 5:30, Jeff Willinger, a SharePoint deployment expert and technology evangelist, will be presenting a Webinar on creative SharePoint deployments. We are so pleased that Jeff will lead KM Chicago's first all virtual meeting.
He is the Director of Social Computing and Intranets at Rightpoint. Jeff was recently named the top SharePoint person to watch in 2012. He specializes in advising clients on social computing strategies, social intranets and portals and increasing employee engagement. With experience spanning more than two decades, Jeff possesses specific expertise in social computing inside an organization’s four walls and social media outside their four walls.
Jeff has the ability to link IT solutions to business value by creating transformational value propositions using social media best practices. He has worked across a variety of industries, including retail, consumer products, manufacturing, and professional services. Jeff works with his team to apply emerging and innovation solutions to enhance internal and external communications. Jeff has helped develop Web sites, intranets and other online communities for some of the world’s most prestigious and respected companies, including Whirlpool, Abbott, Humana and New Balance Athletic Shoe. 

Jeff is an internationally recognized speaker and expert in Microsoft SharePoint and is a technology and business evangelist with deep expertise in information architecture, enterprise content management, and web 2.0 technology strategy. A character with character, as he is known, he is the President and Founder of the Social Media Club of Chicago.