Digest Newsletter | August 2021
Dear TECNA Members,

It’s hard to believe the 2021 TECNA Summer Conference was nearly six weeks ago already. For those who participated, I hope you were able to take advantage and benefit from the sessions and for those of you who didn’t, you still can! We have decided to keep the sessions available on the Socio platform for another month. For those who did not originally participate/register, you can do so here to receive access. To decide if you’d like to access any of the sessions, the agenda can be found here.

As we all move toward moving events and programming from virtual to hybrid/in-person and the COVID-19 Delta Variant cases on the rise, now more than ever is a time for TECNA members to be leaning on one another for benchmarking and best practices.

We are currently in the process of scheduling all of our quarterly Communities of Interest (COI) meetings for the year starting with Q3. Some COIs meet more often than others, but typically they meet quarterly. If you are interested in participating in any of the COIs, please let us know! We strongly encourage all TECNA teams to participate in the relevant COIs which are:

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Public Policy

Additionally, using Slack is a quick and easy way to bounce ideas and obtain feedback from TECNA members. If you are not currently using the TECNA Slack and want to, please let us know and we will get you access!

I’m always eager to hear from you on ways TECNA can be help your council be successful. Please never hesitate to reach out.
Jennifer G. Young
Chief Executive Officer
Technology Councils of North America
Events Survey
Can you take 3 minutes to complete a quick 5 question survey about your plans for in-person events at your council/association? Click Here
The results will be shared in the TECNA Slack Events channel next week.
TECNA Announces Winners for 3rd Annual Innovation Awards
We had a blast celebrating the extraordinary work of our TECNA member staff in 2020 during our 2021 Virtual Summer Conference with the TECNA Innovation Awards! The Innovation Awards program can be watched online - click here.

We received many nominations for outstanding work completed in 2020. Award categories included:
  • Innovative Member & Client Services
  • Creative Marketing & Communications
  • Talent Pipeline & Workforce
  • Major Impact on Tech Community
  • Public Policy/Advocacy
  • Innovative Virtual Events
  • Innovation in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Congratulations to the Finalists & Winners!

TECNA Announces 2021-2022 Board of Directors

One new Board Member appointed representing Northern Virginia and the D.C. area joined the international board. Read full news release here
TECNA Events
2021 CEO Retreat
Register Now for the 2021 TECNA CEO Retreat
November 29-December 1, 2021
at Saddlebrook near Tampa, Florida

The TECNA CEO Retreat is the annual opportunity for TECNA Member CEOs and Executive Directors to get to know each other, connect to share lessons learned, and acquire new leadership skills and business development ideas. Retreat sessions are designed in response to member needs to help CEOs/EDs lead and grow their organizations. 
Scoring Tech Talent 2021 - How Tech Talent Labor Trends inform workforce decisions and influence real estate in 50 U.S. & Canadian Markets - Click Here to access CBRE's Report.
TECNA Member News
Arizona Technology Council CEO, Steve Zylstra, honored as a 2021 Leader of the Year by the Arizona Capitol Times.

Technology Association of Georgia CEO, Larry Williams, shares op-ed "Washington's bipartisan plan for Universal Broadband powers inclusion and innovation" in Sentinel - read here.

WEtech Alliance shares "Government of Canada invests in first made-in-Canada electric vehicle" - read more.

Technology Association of Iowa recently launched the Iowa Technology Leadership Institute to develop tomorrow’s Iowa technology leaders through programming designed to fill gaps that technical education and experience can often neglect -read the announcement.

TechPoint issued a progress report, of sorts, on its impressive efforts to encourage companies thinking about expanding or relocating to put Indiana on their radar - read more.

PACT recently announced PACT Solution Builder, a one-stop-shop for employee benefits, tailored for companies of at least 40 employees. PACT is hosting a webinar on September 14th that will explain all of the details and provide first-hand testimonials from current enrollees - learn more

MassTLC Board-Ready Bootcamp- Councils interested in making an impact on tech board diversity, driving membership value, and growing alternative revenue sources should contact MassTLC about partnering to offer the award-winning Board-Ready Bootcamp to your members. The Bootcamp is designed to improve board governance and composition by helping women, tech leaders of color, LGBTQ+ tech leaders, and other underrepresented leaders make progress on their board journeys. With leaders from global brands like Harvard Business School on the faculty, an all-virtual format, and nearly half of our spring cohort attending from outside our region, we wanted to extend the opportunity for our TECNA peers to offer the Bootcamp to their communities as a turnkey member benefit at $1000 off the regular non-member rate. Participating councils would receive a commission of up to $500 per paid registrant that comes through them, brand visibility as a partnering organization, and the opportunity to suggest executives with board experience to join the bootcamp faculty and/or mentor network. Learn more about the Bootcamp click here or contact Nayla Daley at nayla@masstlc.org if you are interested in partnering.

MassTLC announces Deb Briggs of NETSCOUT will be featured on their "Coffee With..." security video series discussing dealing with ransomware with GreatHorn CEO, Kevin O'Brien - watch here.

Knoxville Technology Council's Women in Tech group has a couple upcoming virtual events that are free for anyone to attend: WiT Networking Happy Hour & Sound Bath Meditation, August 25 at 5:30pm and WiT Virtual Workshop: Stress, Time Management & Resilience, September 15 at 12:00pm.
CEO Happy Hour
Third Thursday Each Month at 3:30pm PT/6:30pm ET via Zoom

All TECNA Member CEOs and Executive Directors are invited to this informal Zoom gathering each month. Come if you can and stay as short or as long as you can! Some months we will have discussion topics and if so, they will be circulated ahead of time. Contact Jennifer Young at jyoung@tecna.org.
Best Practices Databank

We're gathering Member Documents and Best Practices to add to TECNA's databank of resources available to all TECNA Members.

Documents available to all TECNA Member Staff on the Resources tab when you login to tecna.org/login include Job Descriptions, Governance Docs, Event Best Practices,
Membership Structures and more.

If you have files you're willing to share with the TECNA membership, please send them to Alina at ahardy@tecna.org
TECNA Public Policy Advocacy
Public Policy
Visit our website for the full U.S. Public Policy Agenda - click here.

Recently, Jennifer G. Young, TECNA CEO, was invited to testify on behalf of TECNA before the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship (Judiciary) at a hearing which occurred on Tuesday, July 13 at 2:00 p.m. ET titled, Oh, Canada! How Outdated U.S. Immigration Policies Push Top Talent to Other Countries.   The hearing’s focus was centered on the United States’ antiquated highly skilled immigration policies (i.e. H1-B visas), and how the Unites States is losing these highly skilled workers to other countries and fast. Watch the testimony online.

News Coverage:

Register online to be added to the US or Canadian Public Policy Committees mailing lists - click here.
TECNA Communities of Interest

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

Events COI
Friday, September 10, 10:00amPT/1:00pmET

Membership COI
Wednesday, September 15, 10:00amPT/1:00pmET

Workforce COI
Wednesday, September 22, 10:00amPT/1:00pm ET

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion COI
Wednesday, October 13, 10:00amPT/1:00pmET

Missed a Webinar?
Past COI webinar 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.

Requests or ideas for Community of Interest webinar topics, contact the COI Chairs:
TECNA Partnerships
TechGirlz Partnership Opportunities
TECNA and TechGirlz are partnering in 2021 to offer member tech councils the opportunity to host a workshop.

The TechGirlz program works to make learning technology both thrilling and inviting for middle school girls, through their free extra curricular workshops (or TechShopz as their coined them!). From programming to robotics, web/app design, genetics and beyond, there is so much for the TechGirlz to experience. Their vision is to create a world where girls have a lifelong passion and confidence in their use of technology throughout their careers.

TECNA member councils interested in organizing a TechGirlz workshop please contact Alina Hardy, ahardy@tecna.org.
TECNA Discount for Premier Virtual

We are very pleased to announce TECNA has partnered with Premier Virtual to offer a 2021 TECNA Discount for their platform which offers virtual career fairs and virtual hiring events: 
  • First Individual Event with Premier Virtual - TECNA Member Cost $3,500
  • Additional Individual Events - TECNA Member Cost $4,000
  • Yearly License - TECNA Member Cost $15,300 (30% discount)
We are thrilled to offer this TECNA discount! We encourage you to reach out to Jamie Varraso at Premier Virtual directly with any questions about this software that bridges the gap between technology and human interaction.
TECNA 401k Program Offering

TECNA is partnered with 401(k) Tech Collective to offer the TECNA National 401(k) Program. This is a national retirement program built by the WTIA, one of our member associations. This program has been constructed specifically for technology organizations.
This partnership enables you to offer this exclusive program to your own member companies, providing additional value to their membership and helping them attract and retain talent in this competitive time. It also opens the door to a new revenue opportunity for your association.

Please check out all of the benefits here: 401ktechcollective.org
TECNA Health Insurance Benefit

TECNA offers a health insurance benefit for members, as well your members. TECNA is committed to helping member councils provide additional value to you, your staff and your members. Insurance is one area where TECNA may be able to offer immediate savings on items for which you and your members are currently paying. Your council must be a member of TECNA in good standing to qualify for this benefit. Please click here to see an overview of TECNA’s Health Insurance Benefit.

Coming Soon: Member General Liability, Professional Liability (Errors & Omissions) Cyber Liability, Property & Workers Compensation Insurance.
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