AIM IT Emerging Leaders Program

What is the AIM IT Emerging Leaders Program?

As tech staff gain experience there is often a question whether they should continue on a tech path or management track in their careers. This program is targeted at those individuals to help them discern which path best suits them. In addition, the program has been developed to help grow the IT Leadership knowledge and skills beneficial to them and their companies. This new program is connected with the AIM IT Leadership Academy, and utilizes the real-world experience of existing IT leaders to help participants gain a better understanding of the issues, challenges and skills needed to advance in their careers.

Who should attend?

Experienced IT professionals interested in transitioning into leadership roles and developing skills to gain a better understanding of leading IT teams/groups/departments. Participants will be part of a cohort from organizations across the community and will have the opportunity to learn from each other, as well as the program instructors.  

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What are the takeaways?

The AIM IT Emerging Leaders Program will:
  • Provide activities to increase understanding, build skills and enable discernment on whether a move into IT management is the path they wish to pursue.
  • Increase employee’s understanding of the business, technical and human resources challenges involved in leadership.
  • Prepare them to be better team members as well as possible leaders.
  • Assist organizations in identifying and preparing future IT leaders while improving team building skills.

Curriculum and Instructors

Program curriculum will include presentations by experienced IT managers and discussion with peers surrounding the areas including:
  • October 17: 12pm-5pm – Career Development/Personal Growth (Lunch Included)
  • October 30: 1pm-5pm – Communication Skills
  • November 14: 1pm-5pm – Relationship Building
  • December 5: 1pm-5pm – Resource Optimization/Performance Improvement
  • December 12: 8am-5pm – Leadership / Day in the Life Of (Breakfast and Lunch Included)
  • A Day In the Life Of scenarios -.These real-world scenarios will be developed by and discussed with existing IT leaders to help broaden the understanding of actual day-to-day IT leadership issues.
The program will be conducted over eight weeks with sessions every other Thursday starting October 17th at various locations around Omaha. The final two sessions will be conducted together with a full-day on December 12th.  

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Registration Opens on August 19th.


Registration and approval from your organization is required to participate. The class is limited to 25 participants to allow for increased engagement with instructors and individual attention. It is mandatory that all participants attend at least 5 of the 6 sessions to complete and graduate from the AIM IT Emerging Leaders Program. Registration deadline is October 4th, 2019.


“The most useful resource ever provided to me was this class. The things I learned not only help me personally and professionally but provided the boost to believe in myself in all aspects of my life.  My next career move will have the best foundation because of AIM Emerging Leaders. –Michelle Preston, Goodwill Industries   “It was an eye opening program to understand the everyday life of a leader, and a good measurement technique to see if you have it in you.” –Naveen Prabhu, Blue Cross Blue Shield   “If you think you may be a leader or want to push yourself to find out what kind of leader you may be, this program will give you the information you need to take the next step.”   –Sarah Colanion, TD Ameritrade   “The Emerging Leaders Program was a great reminder that the best managers are truly servant leaders.”   –Matt Ronay, Gazella Wifi    

Companies that have participated in the Emerging Leaders Program:

Paypal | Farm Credit Services of America |TD Ameritrade | Mutual of Omaha | Don’t Panic Labs |TEAM Software | DMSi | Google Inc.

2018 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 size organizations representing the diverse industries in the region.


Early Bird Registration from August 19th through September 23rd is $1,500. Registration after September 23rd is $1,650


Payment is due at the time of registration for all participants enrolling in the 2019 AIM IT Emerging Leaders Program. AIM will consider requests for alternate payment arrangements. All such requests should be made via email and state the circumstances warranting a payment plan. Requests must be agreed to prior to registration.    

Cancellation Policy

In order for participants to receive a full refund they must withdraw before the first class, October 17th, 2019. Transfer of a registration to a co-worker is allowed. If withdrawal occurs after this date, participants will be obligated to AIM to pay the full tuition amount. Refunds will be generated within 30 business days of receipt of notice of withdrawal. All notices of withdrawal must be submitted via email to: Sherry Beglin Community Relations Coordinator 1905 Harney St, Suite 300 Omaha, NE 68102 402.345.5025 x148