AIM Advanced Tech Leaders Academy – Virtual

Applications for Advanced Tech Leaders

What’s the Advanced Tech Leaders Academy?

Advanced Tech Leaders is an annual management course for tech professionals. The program consists of one, full-day of training each month for seven months (October 2020 – May 2021). Each session will focus on a common on-the-job issue faced by tech managers.

Today’s IT managers need effective leadership and management skills to deal with the challenge of global competition and a changing workforce. To address this growing need, AIM and its business members have collaborated to create the annual Advanced Tech Leaders Academy. The goal of the academy is to enhance leadership skills that are essential for current and upcoming tech managers.


"Overall, this program allowed me not only to connect with peers in the technology industry, but to learn new skills I will be able to take with me throughout my career." - Megan Bettenhausen, FNTS
"Getting to hear from - and get feedback from - top local executives is something that is so valuable. Working with so many other people is a great way to get out there and network as well. The skills I've learned in this training have and will continue to help me be a better leader for my staff and my company." - Laurie Lee, DTN
"I'm extremely thrilled to have gone through this program, especially after others in my organization attended. I have learned more about myself as a person and how I an be a good leader to others. It's helped me become more confident in my voice." - Jeff Yost, Millard Public Schools
Marni Frandson, Farm Credit Services of America. "This was a wonderful program and really helped me decide that I want to be in leadership again."


Advanced Tech Leaders will consist of an orientation, seven full-day sessions (one per month) and a graduation ceremony.

  • Orientation – October 16, 2020
  • Session 1: Leadership & Teams – November 6, 2020
  • Session 2: Strategic Planning – December 4, 2020
  • Session 3: Creativity & Innovation – January 8, 2021
  • Session 4: Self-Management & Empowerment – February 5, 2021
  • Session 5: Servant Leadership & Communication Skills – March 5, 2021
  • Session 6: Trends in Business & IT/CIO Perspectives – April 2, 2021
  • Session 7: Reality Based Leadership & Graduation – May 7, 2021

View Complete Session Details

The Advanced Tech Leaders academy schedule has been set for the 2021/2022 cohort. This program will have sessions on Oct. 15, 2021; Nov. 5, 2021; Dec. 3, 2021; Jan. 7, 2022; Feb. 4, 2022; March 4, 2022; April 1, 2022; and May 6, 2022

How to Participate

You must apply to participate, and participation is limited. It is mandatory that participants attend at least six of the seven sessions to complete and graduate from the program.  Participants are also encouraged to attend a two-hour orientation in October.  Criteria for selection include leadership potential, motivation, ability to identify and meet tech challenges. The application deadline has been extended to September 30, 2020.  Applicants will be notified of their selection into the Advanced Tech Leaders Academy by no later than September 30, 2020.  Applicants are encouraged to reapply the following year if they are not selected.

A cohort of the program meets via Zoom
A cohort of the AIM Advanced Tech Leaders Academy meeting via Zoom.

2020-2021 Steering Committee

AIM is coordinating the program under the guidance and direction of a volunteer Steering Committee, comprised of IT managers from small, medium and large companies representing the region’s diverse industries.


Corporate Participants – AIM Members$3,500
Corporate Participants – Non-AIM Members$3,750
Nonprofit Participants & Small Business (30 employees or less)$2,500

This fee includes all materials, Emergenetics Profile® Assessment, meals, refreshments, local and national speakers, and access to unique leadership development activities and ongoing support that will lead to both substantive personal growth and a measurable impact on the sponsoring company.

Payment Schedule

Tuition payments for all participants enrolling in the Advanced Tech Leaders Academy are due in full on October 1, 2020. AIM will consider requests for payment arrangements. All such requests should be made in writing and state the circumstances warranting a payment plan and identify a proposed payment schedule. Requests must be submitted by September 30, 2020 to: Monika Philp

Cancellation Policy

In order for participants to receive a full refund, they must withdraw before Orientation. Participants who withdraw from the program during the period spanning the Orientation in October through the first session in November will be refunded at a rate of 50%. If withdrawal occurs after November 1, participants will be obligated to AIM for the full tuition amount. Refunds will be generated within 30 business days of receipt of the written notice of withdrawal.

Prior to October 8, 2020100%
October 8 to November 6, 202050%
After November 1, 20200%

Selection Criteria

Applications will be accepted from individuals working in the Omaha metro area. A Selection Committee selects participants based on the Information provided on their application form, criteria for selection includes leadership potential, motivation, ability to identify and meet IT challenges and interest in the program. The class size is limited. October 1, 2020 is the application deadline for the 2020-2021 session. Applicants will be notified of their selection into the Advanced Tech Leaders Academy shortly afterward. Applicants are encouraged to reapply the following year if they are not selected.

All notices of withdrawal must be submitted in writing to AIM at:

Monika Philp
Director of Tech Leadership Development
1905 Harney St, Suite 300
Omaha, NE 68102
402.979.8324 x108

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