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  • Relationship Building: Tapping Your Inner-Ambassador

    Thursday, April 2, 2015, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm CMAP, 233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago IL

    This is your chance to view the relationship building process in a whole new light. Want to know where you fit on the Relationship Building Scale and how to make your connecting efforts count? This session will have you on your feet making new contacts in a simulated networking environment. It will provide you with a detailed analysis of the connecting process and practical techniques to prepare for events and move through the crowd. You’ll improve your Elevator Speech and learn how to create a plan to prepare, implement, and follow-up with new and existing contacts. These tools will help you connect more effectively with your colleagues, community leaders, and the public while building useful habits to incorporate relationship building into your everyday work life.

    ABOUT THE TRAINER: Jacqueline J. Loewe, Founding Partner of Sheridan Park Consulting, is a relationship-building trainer and business development executive with more than 27 years of experience within the professional services industry. Prior to creating Sheridan Park Consulting, Ms. Loewe was an equity partner with an architecture firm and a landscape architecture/planning firm where she was in charge of new business development and enhancing staff’s client and prospective client connecting skills. Along with her consulting practice, she is teaching at Northwestern University’s Department of Engineering, Masters in Project Management program.

    COST: $35 paid at the door; checks payable to APA-CMS
    To RSVP, please email cms@ilapa.org by March 31st
    QUESTIONS: cms@ilapa.org
    CM CREDITS: CM | 2 pending


  • Annual APA-IL Networking & Mentorship Program Re-Launch

    Thursday, April 2, 2015, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (5:45 mentor program/exercise)
    Jak's Tap, 901 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago IL 60607

    Use those Relationship Building skills learned earlier in the day as you join fellow Chicago area planners for our annual networking and mentorship event. Or, join us after work or class for this great opportunity to meet your peers, reacquaint with familiar faces, and make new connections.

    The event will also re-launch the APA IL Mentorship Program. Come learn about how students and young professionals can be matched with APA IL members to gain insight and advice about planning practice in the real world.

    COST: Free appetizers and cash bar
    To RSVP, please email cms@ilapa.org by March 31st
    QUESTIONS: please contact the CMS Board at cms@ilapa.org
    CM CREDITS: No CM credits are offered for this event



    Making Projects Happen: The Evolution of Alternative Delivery

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015; 9:00 am to 2:00 pm DePaul University Loop Campus (DePaul Center), Chicago IL

    In conjunction with the Chaddick Institute and ACEC-IL, APA-CMS invites you to attend a star-studded symposium exploring trends in infrastructure and facilities finance and delivery. Whether you are new to alternative delivery methods, or experienced in the approach, this symposium will offer dynamic viewpoints and perspectives from industry experts from throughout the country.

    DIRECTIONS: http://www.depaul.edu/about/campuses/Pages/loop.aspx
    COST: $55/$20 for students
    RSVP: https://www.123signup.com/event?id=yhzcs
    QUESTIONS: cms@ilapa.org
    CM CREDITS: CM | 4.50 pending


  • The 2015 CMS Program Calendar is here! In addition to the programs listed on the calendar, the CMS is also planning a few workshops as a part of their Planners Toolkit series. Stay tuned for details. The CMS Program Registration Bundle is available for $45, providing admittance to four CMS programs for the price of three. Email cms@ilapa.org for details.

  • Get on the APA-CMS email listserv: http://list.planning.org/mailman/listinfo/apachicagometro


Executive Committee


James Testin, AICP
City of Park Ridge
(phone) 847-318-5296
Todd Vanadilok, AICP
Teska Associates 
(phone) 312-577-7434
Brittany Bagent
Teska Associates
(phone) 312-898-6738
Brandon Nolin, AICP
Houseal Lavigne Associates
(phone) 312-372-1008 x111
Past President
Vijay Gadde, AICP
Village of Oswego
(phone) 630-551-2334


CMS Event Presentations



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