Twin Cities Signature Series | Technological Leadership Institute

Photo of a large audience and speaker

Four Days of Courses
Years of Impact

The Technological Leadership Institute's (TLI) Twin Cities 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

Twin Cities Signature Series: Management of Technology Essentials

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

Wednesday, June 12 and Thursday, June 13
Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27

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 - St. Paul Campus
Room 166
Continuing Education and Conference Center
1890 Buford Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108

Program Fees:
$625 per day for single class / $2,300 for the full series. Meals and course materials are included in the fees.

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

Register Now

Managerial Communication for Technology Leaders

Presented by Stephen Wilbers, Award-Winning Author and TLI Faculty Member
Wednesday, June 12
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Room 166

In this seminar, participants will learn basic effective writing skills such as how to recognize patterns of wordiness, edit for clarity and emphasis, identify common errors that undermine your credibility, proofread systematically, and use a three-step approach to structure your messages. On a more sophisticated level, participants will learn how to use distance-reducing, trust-inspiring word choices and various persuasive strategies (principally Rogerian persuasion) to connect with audiences, resolve conflict, create a positive work environment, and provide agile, forward-thinking, values-based leadership to communicate a clear vision and achieve goals. By applying Bert Decker’s “nine behavioral skills, participants will learn to present with poise and confidence and, as Brian Kent Johnson defines public speaking, to “master the physical act of speaking effectively while thinking on your feet.”

For additional information, see and

Register Now

Leading Innovation Project Teams

Presented by Kirk Froggatt, Gemini Chair in Technology Management at TLI
Thursday, June 13
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Room 166

This course will help participants develop the mindset, toolset, and skill set needed to design and lead high performing innovation project teams. First, we’ll explore the context for innovation leadership including the inherent challenges of intrapreneurship, the central role of innovation leaders, and the differentiated capabilities that distinguish the best innovation leaders from the rest. Next, we will explore best practices for setting innovation teams up for success by design by engaging the right people and network, establishing the right operating structure and processes, and creating a “learning zone” team culture. During several “insight-to-action” activities, participants will discuss how they will apply the learning to their own project teams.

Register Now

Corporate Entrepreneurship/Intrapreneurship

Presented by Paul Hansen, Associate Director at TLI
Wednesday, June 26
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Room 166

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.

Register Now

Understanding and Managing Cybersecurity Risks

Presented by Mike Johnson, Director of Graduate Studies for the M.S. in Security Technologies, Senior Fellow & Honeywell/James J. Renier Chair in Security Technologies
Thursday, June 27
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Room 166

In today’s highly interconnected world, cybersecurity threats are a real business risk. Breaches and cyber-attacks are no longer limited to the world’s largest companies or a specific industry sector, but regularly impact organizations of all types and sizes. As business and technology leaders, we need to understand what those risks are and what the impact might be so that we can properly manage the overall risk to our organizations. This session will help leaders cut through the hype and get to the reality of what issues need attention, helping you plan for addressing the most critical issues that could limit your organization’s ability to meet its strategic goals.

Register Now

Contact Us / Questions

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