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:
  • April 23: 12pm-5pm – Career Development/Personal Growth (Lunch Included)
  • May 7: 1pm-5pm – Communication Skills
  • May 21: 1pm-5pm – Relationship Building
  • June 4: 1pm-5pm – Resource Optimization/Performance Improvement
  • June 18: 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 April 23rd at various locations around Omaha. The final two sessions will be conducted together with a full-day on June 18th.  

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Registration Opens on January 10th.


Registration and approval from your organization is required to participate. The class is limited to 30 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. The registration deadline is April 15th, 2020.


“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. | Kiewit | OPPD | Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska | First Data | TD Ameritrade | Omaha Public Schools | Werner | FNTS

2020 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 January 1st – March 1st is $1,500. Registration after March 16th is $1,650


Payment is due at the time of registration for all participants enrolling in the 2020 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, April 23rd, 2020. 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:

Monika Philp
Director of Tech Leadership Development
1905 Harney St, Suite 300
Omaha, NE 68102
402.345.5025 x378