Rochester Signature Series | Technological Leadership Institute


Four Days of Courses
Years of Impact

The Technological Leadership Institute's Rochester Signature Series is a professional development opportunity open to the public, focusing on topics of interest to local businesses. TLI faculty members provide attendees with information to apply immediately in their career and in future challenges. Signature Series courses are specifically attuned to technical professionals and industry leaders.

Series participants will:

  • Learn in an executive-style setting with the latest delivery technologies
  • Gain knowledge to bridge the gap between business, technology and engineering
  • Incorporate their experiences into the course discussions and class exercises
  • Meet the other participants and have a chance to develop future business contacts
  • Learn from some the University of Minnesota's world-class faculty

Rochester Signature Series 2019: Management of Technology Essentials

Join other professionals for the 19th annual Rochester Signature Series to gain skills you can apply immediately to lead in a technology-based environment. There are four courses in the 2019 Rochester Signature Series. Attend all four, or just the course applicable to you and your career.

Monday, July 29 & Tuesday, July 30
Tuesday, August 20 & Wednesday, August 21

Breakfast and Check-in begin at 7:45 a.m.
Each class runs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

University of Minnesota - Rochester
111 South Broadway
4th Floor - Room 414
Rochester, MN 55904

Program Fees:
$625 per day for single class / $2,300 for the full series

Now offering CEUs
.65 CEUs/day or 2.6 CEUs/full series

Corporate Entrepreneurship/Intrapreneurship

Presented by Paul Hansen, Associate Director at TLI
Monday, July 29
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Room 414

This course will teach attendees the process, tools and skills necessary to identify and develop new business opportunities within an existing corporation. We will explore ways to make an established corporation "entrepreneurial," as well as how to market new technologies within or outside the corporation.

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Digital Disruption/Transformation

Presented by Judy Pennington, TLI Faculty Member
Tuesday, July 30
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Room 414

The simultaneous transitions in the economy, demographics and technology are creating new challenges for businesses. Disruptions of entire industries now occur at speeds beyond the experience of most managements. This session will explore the factors of transforming to a service-oriented digital organization through the highly-intentional collaboration between technology and business. Learn to identify what "being digital" means and explore the digital maturity continuum of companies.

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Managerial Communication for Technological Leaders

Presented by Stephen Wilbers, Award-Winning Author and TLI Faculty Member
Tuesday, August 20
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Room 414

Learn basic effective writing skills such as how to recognize wordiness, edit for clarity and emphasis, identify common errors that undermine credibility and proofread using a three-step approach. Participants will also learn how to use distance-reducing, trust-inspiring word choices and various persuasive strategies to connect with their audience, resolve conflict, create a positive work environment and provide agile, forward-thinking, values-based leadership to communicate their vision and achieve goals. Participants will walk away with the skills to present with poise and confidence.

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Leading Change Initiatives and Capstones

Presented by Kirk Froggatt, Gemini Chair in Technology Management at TLI
Wednesday, August 21
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Room 414

Participants will explore the mindset, toolset and skillset needed to recognize and navigate the human and cultural dynamics that impact implementation success of innovation initiatives. This workshop will discuss tools and best practices for anticipating and managing the individual resistance and cultural inertia that are inevitable when implementing change in established organizations. Participants will apply several tools to their own capstone projects in order to anticipate challenges and create the conditions for success — by design. The workshop and series will conclude by applying the lessons learned to finalize and present capstone proposals.

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If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Educational Services Manager Nick Spase at 612-625-6504 or

Plan Ahead!

Watch for 2020 Courses and Registration Info Coming This Spring!

Participants may register for a single workshop or for the entire series.