Emerging Leaders in IT (ELITE)

Vision & Purpose

Nashville is the 4th hottest city for tech jobs, has the second strongest tech talent growth rate in the US, and is the fifth largest market for recent tech grads. While much attention has been focused on attracting talent to the area, one segment of the market has been underserved: developing the great people already in Nashville. As the technical talent pool continues to grow, we need to build our leadership talent that will attract, retain and strengthen the talent required for Nashville to be a recognized leader in technology.

Through the Emerging Leaders in IT (ELITE) program, the Nashville Technology Council is making an investment in developing technologists and equipping them with the knowledge and connections to be successful in a technology leadership role. This program does not intent to compete with various formal training programs, but rather provides an opportunity for both experienced and aspiring leaders to come together to collectively gain new skills, share knowledge, and build Nashville’s leadership pool in the tech industry. Through formal instruction, community program activities, dialogue, and mentoring, the ELITE program provides information on the core skills required for people leadership and opportunities to use and refine those skills.

This six-month, application-only program will provide training, peer-to-peer learning, and executive mentorship for those emerging leaders selected to participate.

Meetings are held bi-weekly on Thursday mornings (dates & times listed below), with two evening mixers throughout the program.

For more detailed information on program format, schedule, expectations, and participant selection criteria, please read the full syllabus here: ELITE 2018 Syllabus

2018 Program Schedule

Training 1: April 19

7:30 – 10:00 am

Program Kickoff & Networking Skills:  Myths of networking, building a networking plan, your elevator pitch, and online networking hints
Mixer: April 26, 2018

Time: TBA

Kickoff the ELITE program in this Informal setting to network with ELITE participants, ELITE program mentors and ELITE Leadership Committee
Practicum 1:  May 3, 2018

7:30 – 9:00 am

Practice networking skills while learning about the 2017 Cohort Community project and begin to define your project and team members
Training 2: May 17, 2018

7:30 – 10:00 am

Leadership Fundamentals: What a people leadership job really means.  What you need to do to be successful including taking care of people, getting work done through other people, and measuring that work
Practicum 2: June 7, 2018

7:30 – 9:00 am

Discuss the challenges of leadership including the pressures of a leadership role, shifting your mindset from doing to working through others, giving feedback and more.
Training 3: June 21, 2018

7:30 – 10:00 am

Effective Communication: Understanding how personality types, communication styles and culture can influence and inhibit effective communication. This session will include providing you a personal insight into your personality and style.
Practicum 3: July 12, 2018

7:30 – 9:00 am

Reflection and dialogue about crucial conversations in the workplace and how to prepare for and approach them. Topics include project delays and changes, management changes, staff reductions and negotiations.
Training 4: July 26, 2018

7:30 – 10:00 am

Team Management: Techniques for team v. individual communication, building trust, shared leadership, aligning goals and managing across organizational lines.
Practicum 4: August 9, 2018

7:30 – 9:00 am

Tackling topics such as how to move from co-worker to manager, delegation, interventions, and rebuilding trust after it has been broken.
Training 5: August 23, 2018

7:30 – 10:00 am

Change Management: As technologists, we use change management to introduce new capabilities, but we can lose sight to the people aspects of the change our technology introduces.  In this session we will discuss the impact of tech changes on culture, process, and the operating model and give techniques to assess tolerance for change and innovation
Practicum 5: September 6, 2018

7:30 – 9:00 am

This practicum will begin with case studies on how technology change was introduced with human change management techniques providing practical ideas on how to prepare your team and organization for shifts caused by technology.
Training 6: September 20, 2018

7:30 – 10:00 am

Leading for Results: Leaders drive results.  In this session the focus will be on how to deliver against a strategy, request resources, make trade-off decisions and present results.
Practicum 6: October 11, 2018

7:30 – 9:00 am

An opportunity to pull together all of what has been learned through training, the community project and leveraging these skills in the workplace.
Mixer: October 18, 2018

Time: TBA

Program conclusion and celebration including a readout of community programs

Apply to join the 2018 program

Apply Now! All applications for the 2018 cohort are due by March 9, 2018.

Please note: If selected to join the program, there is a one-time enrollment fee of $250 for NTC members and $350 for non-NTC members.

Leadership Committee

ELITE is led by a committee of engaged NTC members that is passionate about developing great people from the Nashville tech community. The group meets regularly and attends every meeting. They review applications to the group and work with company leadership to identify up-and-coming leaders and the CIO’s or VP’s that support them.

John Anderson, RCG

Meg Chamblee, CGI

Joanne Eckton, Eckton Enterprises

Suzi Earhart, Independent Consultant