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

June 5 and 6, 2018

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

Arkansas residents


Out-of-state residents


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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
10:00 am to
10:15 am
10:15 am to
11:15 am
How to be a visionary and strategic thinker
11:15 am to
12:15 pm
How to talk tech to business people (client communication)
12:15 pm to
1:15 pm
1:15 pm to
4:15 pm
Emotional Intelligence
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
10:30 am to
12:00 pm
Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Skills
12:00 pm to
1:00 pm
1:00 pm to
2:30 pm
Change Management and Time Management
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

Murray Austin Headshot Murray Austin
Senior Manager in Information Systems
JB Hunt

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Jarrod Ramsey Headshot

Jarrod Ramsey

VP of Technology and President of Tech Council

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Joe Saumweber Headshot Joe Saumweber
Co-Founder and CEO
Rev Unit

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