Sponsored by:

Event host:

Xcel Energy

March 9 – 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Xcel Energy – 401 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401

This session of Tech Careers 1.0 will explore navigating your early career with strategies and insights from a panel of seasoned technology leaders. They will cover topics like achieving a better work-life balance, growing your network, seeking and receiving feedback, and much more. Learn more below and register today.

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Our panel of tech leaders will provide emerging technologists with valuable information and insights on various topics related to advancing your technology career and navigating common workplace challenges. Topics covered will include:

    • Strategies for achieving a better work-life balance and avoiding burnout
    • Tips for building a strong professional network and connecting with industry leaders
    • Ways to continuously acquire new skills and knowledge to stay competitive in the field
    • Advice on how to effectively communicate with colleagues and management
    • Insight on how to navigate limited career advancement opportunities and how to position oneself for promotion
    • Tips for seeking and receiving feedback and constructive criticism
    • Strategies for not feeling isolated while working remotely.
    • Best practices for managing change and uncertainty in the workplace.
Event Schedule

3:00 – 3:30 pm – Networking and appetizers
3:30 – 4:15 pm – Panel discussion featuring industry experts and senior leaders
4:15 – 4:30 pm – Q&A session where attendees can ask questions and get advice
4:30 – 5:00 pm – More networking to close out the evening

Location & Parking

Address: Xcel Energy, 401 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Room number: Second floor, Bay 4
Parking information: There are multiple ramps nearby, including the Midtown Parking Ramp and the Minneapolis Central Library.
Check-in/security procedures: Enter the building at ground level and visit the security desk just inside to receive a guest badge.
An event host will be stationed at the security desk to greet and escort attendees to the second floor, where Bay 2 is located. Guests must be escorted by an Xcel Energy employee at all times while on campus.


Kurt Schmidt (Moderator)

Zach Hughes
Vice President, IT
CHS, Inc.

Brad Koehn
Koehn Consulting

Tawnya Fiedler
Vice President, Application Delivery
Xcel Energy

Fredrick Blockton


About Tech Careers 1.0 & This Event

This event is designed for technology professionals who are in the first five years of their careers, but it is open to anyone interested in progressing their technology career. The event includes a Q&A session where attendees can ask questions and get advice and insights from industry experts and senior leaders. Additionally, attendees are encouraged to complete an anonymous survey on their experiences as early-stage employees. This survey will provide valuable feedback and insights, shaping the event’s content, and making it more beneficial for all attendees.

To make the most of the event, it is recommended that attendees arrive on time, take advantage of the networking opportunities, engage with the speakers and other attendees, and come prepared with any questions they may have about advancing their technology careers. Also, remember to complete the anonymous survey; it will help shape the event’s content and make it more beneficial for all attendees.