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 2018: Management of Technology Essentials

Join other professionals for the 18th annual Rochester Signature Series to gain skills you can apply immediately to lead in a technology-based environment. There are four courses in the 2018 Rochester Signature Series. Attend all four, or just the course applicable to you and your career.

Thursday, July 26 & Friday, July 27
Wednesday, August 15 & Thursday, August 16

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

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Managerial Communication for Technological Leaders: Persuasive Writing & Speaking

Presented by Stephen Wilbers, Award-Winning Author and TLI Faculty Member
Thursday, July 26
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Room 414

This program will empower you to write with more confidence, edit for clarity and emphasis, avoid common errors that undermine your credibility, proofread effectively and use a three-step approach to organize your messages. Attendees will learn how to deliver presentations with poise by applying Bert Decker’s Nine Behavioral Skills to master speaking while thinking on their feet.

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Corporate Entrepreneurship/Intrapreneurship

Presented by Paul Hansen, Associate Director at TLI
Friday, July 27
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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Leading in Turbulent Times

Presented by Kirk Froggatt, Gemini Chair in Technology Management at TLI
Wednesday, August 15
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Room 414

In this session, we’ll explore the challenges of leadership in today's dynamic world and discuss the leadership mindset, capabilities and practices that distinguish the most effective leaders from the rest in this new business normal. Participants will have several opportunities to translate new ideas and insights into personal action plans to enhance their leadership effectiveness and impact in their current roles.

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Pivotal/Emerging Technologies: DevOps and Data Management Synthesis & Integration

Presented by Dr. Massoud Amin, Director/Chair/Professor at TLI
Thursday, August 16
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Room 414

This course will challenge how you think about data and how it can be used to measure success. Dive into data management and learn to integrate DevOps and concepts from pivotal and emerging technologies. Designed as a “miniature capstone” that synthesizes topics and tools from the first three courses, participants will work in teams to gather, collate, analyze and apply data into actionable opportunities.

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If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Nick Spase at 612-624-5747 or