Thriving in Recession

Consulting Roundtable

November 10, 2008: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Everybody's worried about a possible recession and there's even a great deal of confusion and disagreement over whether the recession has already arrived. But corporate consultant Tom FitzGerald has a different take on the situation: no need to fear a recession if you know how to deal with it. Indeed, he wants to help companies thrive during recessionary times. On November 10th, he'll tell you how to do it.


Gleacher Center
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, Illinois

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Event Details

Tom Fitzgerald, founder and CEO, FitzGerald Associates, reveals how companies can proactively use the recession to significantly increase their performance and competitiveness rather than merely survive in tough times. Based on the proprietary tools and methods his company has developed, Tom will share his knowledge on how to create conditions within the company that will tangibly affect its ability to compete in the marketplace as well as enhance the effectiveness and tempo of its operations. In particular, Tom will focus on the unique methodology his firm has developed to identify, measure, and transform the key business attributes that must be managed in order to create conditions for success and to thwart business failure.


No Charge

Speaker Profiles

Tom FitzGerald (Speaker)
CEO, FitzGerald Associates

Tom FitzGerald is CEO of FitzGerald Associates, which he founded in 1976 to serve as a bottom-line-oriented, business catalyst and consulting management engineering firm focusing on corporate renewal, core performance enhancement, and preemptive turnaround. In conjunction with this, Tom has worked with CEOs, COOs and managing officers of more than 200 organizations in the US, Canada, and Europe that range in size from start-ups to Fortune 500 firms. He is an accomplished speaker and writer, regularly contributing to national and international business magazines and journals. Articles by and about him have appeared in American Banker, Corporate Finance Review, CEO Refresher, Strategic Finance, Fast Company, CEO Online, The Turnaround Management Association Journal, Corporate Renewal, The Professional Journal of Association Management, among others. His book, “Fire in the Corporate Belly,” received a Best Book designation from CEO Refresher. As a speaker, he is both storyteller and educator, vividly bringing to life the real experiences of his many clients as they transform their companies. As a teacher, he provides CEOs with access to his innovative, battle-tested process of corporate renewal, turnaround, and profit improvement. He brings to his presentations an original perspective, a wealth of experience, and a sense of humor. He is by birth, Irish, and by education, a physicist, but his instincts and experience have induced him to focus on serving as a business catalyst. Tom’s company information is available at and at his blog,


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Other Information

The Consulting Roundtable was created to help consultants connect with the industry’s best practices, most innovative approaches, and its most dynamic practitioners. Meetings are generally scheduled for the fourth Thursday of each month. Anyone interested in participating in the planning of Consulting Roundtable meetings, in speaker or topic selection, etc., is invited to contact L. Spector at or Rachel Patterson at Copies of recent Consulting Roundtable presentations are available at: