TECNA Digest - April 2019

TECNA Board Chair Message
We began the month of April with a very successful CEO Retreat near Kansas City. The Retreat featured top content, including a session on diversity and inclusion with MESH Diversity, one on leading others through change with Cerner Corp's Mike Allison, and a fireside chat with Kaufman Foundation's Laura Evans. Very stimulating couple of days at a beautiful venue.Thanks to KC Tech CEO Ryan Weber
and his team for helping make the event a big success. And big thanks also to TECNA's Executive Director Tim Jemal and Alina Hardy. Click here to see photos from the retreat.  
Coming off the CEO Retreat, we now turn our attention to the TECNA Summer Conference in Madison. The registration and conference info - TECNA2019.COM - are live, and I hope to see you in July in beautiful Madison. Congratulations and thank you to CEO Tom Still and his team at the Wisconsin Technology Council, and to the rest of the planning committee for their hard work in pulling together an exciting program for us. At the CEO Retreat, we unveiled plans for the first ever TECNA Innovation Awards and for me, inclusion of these new Awards in the Summer Conference is particularly exciting. We have so many talented individuals working in all our member councils, and this, finally, is an opportunity for all of us to recognize their efforts. I encourage everyone to check out the Innovation Awards and consider submitting a nomination. The deadline for nominations is May 22.

Doug Robertson
TECNA Board Chair
President & CEO, Venn Innovation, Inc  
Early-Bird Registration Open
2 019 TECNA Summer Conference  
July 23 - 25, 2019  
in Madison, Wisconsin  
at Epic Corporate Campus
The 2019 TECNA Summer Conference is a three-day event focused on sharing best practices and strategies to help you grow your tech council and increase your value to members, sponsors and stakeholders in your communities.
This gathering of North American tech associations and councils will renew your TECNA connections while offering a glimpse at the tech ecosystem in Madison, the capital of Wisconsin. Content will focus on building partnerships, examining trends and practices, and growing your organizations.
Register Now and Save $100 on your Registration Fee  
Nominate Today: 1st Ever TECNA Innovation Awards
First-ever TECNA Innovation Awards will recognize one or more tech council member staff who have been integral to develop and implement innovative and impactful work on behalf of your tech association. The work being nominated should have a milestone in 2018. Nominations may be made by any of the following:
  • TECNA member council staff
  • A member of your Tech Council including but not limited to Board Members
  • A community or government partner of your Tech Council
Finalists will be announced June 14, 2019. Recognition of winners will be presented at the 2019 TECNA Summer Conference in Madison, WI.
Nomination Deadline Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Communities of Interest (CoI)

TECNA Communities of Interest (COI) are peer-to-peer collaborations and information-sharing groups exclusively for members: membership, events, workforce and communications.

During webinars, conference calls and Slack Group communications, TECNA members share best practices and gain valuable insights on solving common challenges.

Upcoming Q2 Community of Interest Calls:

Workforce Community of Interest Call
Wednesday, May 22 at 10:00am PDT - Topic: TBD

Events Community of Interest Call
Wednesday, May 29 at 10:00am PDT - Topic: TBD

Membership Community of Interest Call
Wednesday, June 5 at 10:00am PDT - Topic: TBD

Communications Community of Interest Call
Wednesday, June 12 at 10:00am PDT - Topic: TBD

Past COI call recordings and slide decks are available for download in the members-only portal on the TECNA website. Login at tecna.org/login and click on the Resources tab to view.

You can connect with Communities of Interest anytime on TECNA's Slack.

For more information about COIs, please contact Alina Hardy: ahardy@tecna.org.
Member News
KC Tech Council CEO, Ryan Weber, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation about the potential impact of looming US data privacy laws on March 26th - watch here.


Arizona Technology Council Urges Support for Senate Bill 1085, Enabling Affordable HealthCoverage for Small Businesses - read here.

NVTC recently released a new artificial intelligence (AI) infographic highlighting AI market trends in hiring and resource allocation from a March 2019 member survey - see here.

TechPoint's Mike Langellier recently was on a panel discussion of issues facing the Indiana tech community including too many searching for what he calls the "Goldilocks employee" - read more

Venn Innovation, Inc shares their latest post "Analyzing A New Market: Why You Need To Do It" - read more.

WEtech Alliance shares Windsor Essex Economic Report published in the Globe and Mail, "The Future Starts in Windsor Essex, Ontario, Canada," - read here

Florida Technology Council brings Teri Takai, former CIO for the US Dept of Defense, to the table - read more. And CEO named Government & Technology's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers - see more.

New Jersey Tech Council shared an article in the New Jersey Business Journal written by NJTC CEO, James Barrood, on "How Gaming Impacts the World Positively" - read more.

Strategic Partner News
"Participants in 401(k)s and other defined contribution (DC) plans controlled $8.1 trillion," shares Slavic 401k - read more about how Persistent 401(k) Participants Continue to Outperform

TECNA On Slack
Join TECNA's growing Slack network exclusively for all TECNA Member Council staff. Slack Channels include membership, events, talent/workforce and private channel for CEOs. 

TECNA Members Only
Join TECNA's Slack Now - Click Here.

You can group chat, private message, share files and search the discussion archive for help and best practices shared by other members.

Contact Alina Hardy with questions about Slack.

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