Emerging Leaders in Technology (ELITE)

Vision & Purpose

The Greater Nashville area continues to attract globally recognized employers while cultivating a vibrant entrepreneurial community. In this highly competitive market, good leadership is critical to attract, retain, and strengthen the creative talent in the Nashville technology community. This program focuses on 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. This program provides an opportunity for aspiring leaders and those new to a leadership role to come together to collectively gain new skills, share knowledge, network, and build Nashville’s leadership pool in the tech industry.

This is the 6th year for the Greater Nashville Technology Council Emerging Leaders In Technology (ELITE) program. Graduates of this program leave equipped with the knowledge and connections to be successful in a technology leadership role. Prior graduates have been recognized after program completion by their employees, peers, companies and the Tech Council for their contributions. Through formal instruction, community program activities, dialogue, and mentoring, the ELITE program provides an education on the core skills required for people leadership and opportunities to refine and use those skills in the workplace and the community.

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

Meetings are held weekly (dates & times will be announced soon), with two evening mixers throughout the program. Additionally, the first kick-off session will be a full-day training.

To view information on previous program format, schedule, expectations, and participant selection criteria, please read the  full syllabus here: ELITE 2020 Syllabus.

2021 Cohort Applications will open May 2021.

New program schedule and syllabus will be provided in the spring of 2021.

2020 Program Schedule

Session Topic / Description*
Kickoff / Training 1

March 5, 2020

7:30 – 4:00 pm

Program Kickoff and How to Communicate with Absolutely Anyone

Get to know your follow cohort members, review program expectations, learn how you communicate, the four languages than others use to communicate and unlock the secrets of motivation

Mixer (Practicum 1)

March 26, 2020

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Use the skills gained in the first training session to network with ELITE participants, ELITE program mentors, and the ELITE Leadership Committee.
Training 2

April 2, 2020

7:30 – 10:00 am

How to Build High Performing Teams

Learn how to recognize and build the right ingredients into your team so you can

supercharge your team performance. It’s simple, but it’s not easy. Master this

and you will be able to build high performing teams over and over.

Practicum 2

April 9, 2020

7:30 – 9:30 am

Discuss the challenges of leading teams with the mentors, gaining insights on what has and has not worked for them in different situations.
Training 3

April 16, 2020

7:30 – 10:00 am

How to Get Out of the Weeds so You Can Lead

How to effectively coach, develop and delegate to those around you so you can lead. How to be the leader that will make be highly successful and known for getting the job done.

Practicum 3

April 23, 2020

7:30 – 9:00 am

Reflect on the level of control, monitoring and delegation to use in different situations including how to course correct mid-stream and learn from mistakes
Training 4

April 30, 2020

7:30 – 10:00 am

How to Lead Change that doesn’t fail

We rarely consider the human element of change yet that is what messes up our change plans. It turns out the brain processes change the same way every time. When you master the stages of change, it impacts how you lead yourself and others through change.

Practicum 4

May 7, 2020

7:30 – 9:30 am

Examine the changes affecting you and those you are responsible for driving at work and consider how to apply the human elements of change with the same level of discipline that you likely apply your technical change management
Training 5

May 14, 2020

7:30 – 10:00 am

How to Do It All and Not Lose Your Mind

How to set goals, manage priorities, be strategic, lead meetings and stay

conscious through the whole process. It’s not just about completing tasks. How

can you attend to the relationships that matter most in the work that you do?

Practicum 5

May 21, 2020

7:30 – 10:00 am

Incorporates all the pieces of the program together in this session with the mentors deepening your understanding of the unique challenges of an IT role with the multi-facetted challenges of a leadership role
Mixer – End of Cohort Celebration

June 4, 2020

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Program conclusion and celebration.

*Topics and content subject to change dependent upon insights gathered from a review of the 2020 Cohort Participants’ goals.


Applications to apply for the 2021 Cohort will open May 2021.

Applications for the 2021 cohort open May 2021.

All 2021 applications are due by July 2021.

All participants will be notified of particpation status by August 2021.

Program will run weekly for 12 weeks in the fall (dates and times will be announced at a later date).

Participation Criteria:

The program content is specifically tailored for individuals in technology who are either currently in an individual contributor position and desire a career path into a leadership role or who are new to a people leadership role, preferably less than 3 years in role. The ideal participant will meet the following criteria:

  • Must be located in the Greater Nashville area
  • Must be a technology professional
  • Must be a NTC member
  • Must be in one of the following categories:
    • A manager of individual contributors (i.e. not a manager of managers)
    • A project manager/team lead or individual contributor with no direct authority over team members
  • Must be interested in developing into a leadership role or more advanced leadership role
  • Must have a burning desire to focus on personal development
  • Must have the necessary personal and professional support to commit to actively participating in the sessions and activities throughout the full duration of the program, scheduled for the fall of 2021.

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, erin@technologycouncil.com, to learn more. Additionally, if accepted into the program, there is a one-time $500 fee for participation.


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, UDig

Joanne Eckton, Qualifacts

Suzi Earhart, CX Consultant

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