Developing the Leaders That Will Drive Minnesota’s Technology Community Forward

The ACE program emphasizes awareness of different leadership styles, expands leaders’ knowledge of the MN tech ecosystem, deepens core leadership competencies, expands participants’ network, and more. Companies demonstrate a clear investment in their employees’ development, while giving emerging leaders the tools they need to produce stronger outcomes and effectively lead within their teams.

Program Highlights:

  • ACE leaders are paired with a mentor, a senior leader in technology, to help guide their leadership journey throughout the 8 month course.
  • Coursework focuses on recognizing one’s leadership style, driving innovation, building a strong leadership brand, public speaking, negotiation, developing tech talent, inclusion in tech, and more.
  • Leaders work on small group strategy based project (supporting local non-profits through their work), which culminates with a presentation to MnTech’s Board of Directors.

Sponsorships available

2021 ACE Cohort Sessions

Beginning each March, the program consists of seven day-long sessions over the course of the year. Senior executives from technology, government and education sectors will share lessons learned in their areas of expertise. Participants will discuss ideas and apply them in their own organizations and collaborate with other next generation leaders.

Session 1 | March 2021  Welcome to ACE & Leading in the New Decade: Tactics, insights, & core competencies 

Session 2| April 2021  Inspire, Hire, Develop & Retain: Decoding your role as a leader  

Session 3 | May 2021  Technology Leaders: Moving from Fixers to Disrupters: Effectively managing change & partnering with “the business”  

Session 4 | June 2021  Building your Brand: How to build and sustain your leadership brand 

Session 5 | July 2021  Community Leadership: Leading in the broader technology community 

Session 6 | August 2021  Advanced Technology: Driving innovation as a leader 

Session 7 | September 2021  Negotiation & Presentation: Negotiation strategies, conflict resolution, owning the room & board meeting prep 

Session 8 | October 2021—Board Meeting & Small Group Presentations & Celebration   


The program is $3,350 for MnTech members*. We accept professionals from non-member companies on a case-by-case basis. 

*Not sure if your company is a member of MnTech? Search our current members list

If you have any question about the program, please contact Jade Denson.

Apply for the 2021 Cohort Here!