How To Get The Most From Your Collaborations!

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Chicago

April 21, 2010: 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Learn techniques in collaboration that yield great results. You’ll get tips and advice for improving your existing collaborations (whether as leader or participant) as well as concrete ideas to launch new collaborations.


Gleacher Center
Room 602
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, Illinois

Event Details

Today’s “networked economy” rewards executives and knowledge workers who know how to work collaboratively themselves, and can create the environment for others to productively collaborate as well. Whether you are navigating a large corporate intranet, a sole proprietor on the internet, or generally in search of guidance and support from virtual colleagues, collaboration is a marketable skill and competitive advantage. How do you attain the confidence, skills and familiarity to match available tools and tactics to realize effective online or offline collaborations? Our focus is on techniques in collaboration that yield great results. You’ll get tips and advice for improving your existing collaborations (whether you are leader or participant) as well as concrete ideas to flex, grow and or launch a task using collaboration. Using examples of collaborations that have succeeded spectacularly and some that are failing, together we'll diagnose the causes. Every participant will safely be afforded time to analyze and improve one of their challenging collaboration experiences. Join us to learn: * the guidelines for making any collaboration work, * the roles people play in offline collaborations, and * the different roles that people can play in online collaborations. Collaborating for a specific purpose delivers results. Join us to acquire an understanding of how to make it happen! (Although part of our ongoing "Collaboration on Collaboration" series, this session is designed to provide value on a stand-alone basis regardless of whether you have attended previous sessions.)


Registration fee includes a sandwich buffet dinner. Early Registration: $15 for members and students, $22 for non-members. After 4/16: $20 for members/students, $25 for non-members.


Register Online

Deadline: 4/19/2010


6:00 PM-6:20 PM: Dinner

6:20 PM-8:45 PM: Program

Speaker Profiles

David Friedman (Moderator)
Principal, Bridgewell Partners

David Friedman develops new business processes for interacting with customers and for working much more effectively within organizations. He is a Principal of Bridgewell Partners, a firm that focuses on helping business people improve their most critical business relationships. David works with professionals and salespeople on improving their business development results. Prior to founding Bridgewell Partners, David was a partner at McKinsey and Company, Inc.

Rachel Kaberon (Moderator)
Principal, Arkay Solutions LLC

Rachel Kaberon advances value to assure that your organization delivers what it promises and measures up to its potential. Her independent consulting activities at Arkay Solutions LLC , leverages informal or formal collaborations to drive value based affinities, resources and support to realize your strategic objectives. Rachel has extensive experience improving outcomes in a variety of settings - business development work with Internet start-ups, community impact for social service agencies, and designing and organizing innovative process and system applications for Citibank and Chase consumer banking. She holds an MA in Public Policy from University of Chicago and doctorate work in learning theory from National-Louis. In addition to her consulting practice, she is currently an adjunct at the Institute of Design at IIT teaching a design policy course.

Eric Seigmann, `04 (Moderator)

Eric Siegmann is an independent consultant advising clients on how to dramatically boost their business using eCommerce, web 2.0, and social media tools and services. His 8 years consulting experience include work with new product/service development; online platform development; pricing strategy and financial modeling; and corporate strategy and business transformation. Industry specific work spans health care, insurance, and financial services. Besides being part of the Booth network, Eric is proud to be a Buckeye! Be sure to checkout his thoughts on eCommerce, web 2.0 and social media at


Dennis Aust, `80