Emerging Leaders in Technology (ELITE)

Vision & Purpose

The greater Nashville area continues to raise its profile as a great location for employers.  Over the past five years, the tech workforce has increased 30%, outpacing national growth by double digits.  The Middle Tennessee tech workforce growth is projected to outpace the national tech workforce growth by 78% over the next five years (source: Nashville Technology Council 2018 Annual Report).  As the technical talent pool continues to grow, leadership talent is required to attract, retain, and strengthen the uniquely Nashville technology spirit.  This program addresses an area which has been traditionally underserved: developing the technology talent already in Nashville to become the leaders needed to support this thriving technology community.

Through the Emerging Leaders in Technology (ELITE) program, the Greater 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 2019 Syllabus

2019 Program Schedule


Goal Setting Session: March 7, 2019

Time: 7:30 – 10:00 am

Program Kickoff and Goal Setting

How goals are made, how goals are missed, and how goals can be lifechanging when properly implemented.

Training 1: April 11, 2019

7:30 – 10:00am

Networking Skills and Community Projects: Gain experience in the techniques of networking with peers. Learn about the options for the 2019 Cohort Community Project, and begin to define projects and assemble team members
Mixer (Practicum 1): 

April 24, 2019

5:00 – 7:00 pm

Participants will have the opportunity to use the skills gained in the first training session to network with ELITE participants, ELITE program mentors, and the ELITE Leadership Committee.
Training 2: May 9, 2019

7:30 – 10:00 am

Leadership Fundamentals: What a people leadership job really means for you and those that report to you.
Practicum 2: May 23,


7:30 – 9:30 am

Discuss the challenges of leadership with the mentors, gaining insights on what has and has not worked for them in different situations.
Training 3: June 6, 2019

7:30 – 10:00 am

Effective Communication: Understanding how personality types, communication styles, and culture can influence and inhibit effective communication.
Practicum 3: June 27,


7:30 – 9:00 am

Reflection and dialogue about crucial conversations in the workplace and how to prepare for and approach them.
Training 4: July 11, 2019

7:30 – 10:00 am

Team Management: Techniques for team v. individual communication, aligning goals and managing across organizational lines.
Practicum 4: July 25,


7:30 – 9:30 am

Tackling topics which affect team dynamics and its success in goal attainment.
Training 5: August 8,


7:30 – 10:00 am

Change Management: As technologists, change management techniques are used to introduce new capabilities, but the way change affects people is not always understood nor addressed.  This session provide insights on the human impacts of change.

Practicum 5: August 22, 2019

7:30 – 9:30 am

This practicum discusses how technology change creates the need for technology leaders to also address human change management.
Training 6: September 12, 2019

7:30 – 10:00 am

Leading for Results: Leaders drive results.  In this session, the focus will be on how to bring together all the content learned to date in a way to deliver business impact.
Practicum 6: September 26, 2019

7:30 – 9:30 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- End of Cohort Celebration: October 10, 2019

5:00 – 7:00pm

Program conclusion and celebration including a readout from each of the Community Project Teams.

Apply to join the 2020 program

Applications for the 2019 cohort have closed. Applications for the 2020 cohort will open in early 2020.

Please note: NTC membership is required to participate in the program. If your company is not an NTC member and you would like to learn more, please contact Erin Whitaker to learn more. Additionally, if accepted into the program, there is a one-time $250 fee for participation.


ELITE Alumni – Attend 2019 Training Sessions

Register to attend a 2019 ELITE training session. *This is open to NTC ELITE cohort graduates only.



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, CX Consultant

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