Tech Expert to Tech Leader

Tech Expert to Tech Leader

Leadership Development for Technology Professionals

Gain leadership and managerial knowledge needed for advanced IT positions. Learn from 10 top tech and business leaders – including company founders, directors, and presidents from across the region – about how to handle responsibilities that go beyond pure software development. The program includes a two-day workshop and a three-month, one-on-one mentoring period with a tech leader.


  • People management
  • Project management
  • Performance management
  • Communication
  • Motivating and persuading employees
  • Creating vivid images of what they need to attain
  • Strategic planning
  • Business decisions
  • Eliminate technical jargon
  • Talk their language
  • Translating and educating using creative communication tools
  • Managing your emotions and emotions of others
  • Recognizing and understanding the influence of emotions
  • Emotions as information
  • Determine company culture
  • Communicate how you add value based on what your company finds important
  • Managing stress
  • Controlling behavior
  • Identifying unhealthy responses
  • Managing your emotions
  • Making relationships priority
  • Knowing when to let it go
  • Being a good listener
  • Negotiation:
    • Identify priorities
    • Your break even or satisfaction point
  • Controlling and identifying required changes within a system
  • How to prepare equip and support people to be successful through change
  • Influence people through transitions

December 5 and 6, 2017

8:00 am - 4:30 pm
University of Arkansas Global Campus Rogers

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Suggested Prerequisite

Minimum of 1 to 3 years of IT experience

Technology Requirements

You are encouraged to bring a laptop or other device for note taking.

8:00 am to
8:30 am
Continental Breakfast
8:30 am to
10:00 am
What does it mean to be a manager in tech?
Panel Discussion
Jarrod Ramsey (VP of Technology at Rockfish)
Kelly Miller (Co-Founder of Field Agent)
Steve Blair (Director of People & Culture at the Harvest Group)
10:00 am to
10:15 am
10:15 am to
11:15 am
How to be a visionary and strategic thinker
Joe Saumweber (Co-Founder & CEO of RevUnit)
11:15 am to
12:15 pm
How to talk tech to business people (client communication)
Michael Paladino (Co-Founder & CTO of RevUnit)
12:15 pm to
1:15 pm
1:15 pm to
4:15 pm
Emotional Intelligence
Michael Brown (Founder of Insight Leadership Group)
5:00 pm to
7:00 pm
8:00 am to
8:30 am
Continental Breakfast
8:30 am to
10:30 am
Company Culture and How to Position Yourself for Success
Megan Coger (Director of People Team capSpire)
10:30 am to
12:00 pm
Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Skills
Frank Bailey (Founders of Bailey and Oliver Law)
Pat Bailey (Founders of Bailey and Oliver Law - Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs (Retired), ASU Mountain Home)
12:00 pm to
1:00 pm
1:00 pm to
2:30 pm
Change Management and Time Management
Murray Austin (Senior Manager of Information Services at JB Hunt)
2:30 pm to
2:45 pm
2:45 pm to
4:15 pm
HR 101
4:15 pm to
4:30 pm
  • Access to business, human resource, and management professionals
  • Improve communication, increase productivity, and better manage your team members
  • Completing professional development courses demonstrates your dedication to growth and improvement to your employer and colleagues
  • Network and learn from peers
  • Career pathways - Foundation for transitioning into management within your organization or with another company
  • Educational pathways – Boost your soft skills to become a more effective leader