At Fusion Learning Partners, we believe learning is the origin of change and transformation, and we believe learning never stops – it’s a lifelong endeavor that continues beyond the classrooms of our youth.
Fusion is a nonprofit organization committed to creating environments that promote learning for the individuals, organizations, and the communities they serve. From conferences and convenings to supporting collaborative initiatives and organizations, Fusion exists to strengthen and transform the communities where we work, live, and thrive.
Since 1976, Fusion Learning Partners (fka GTS Educational Events) has served a diverse set of public and private partners ensuring they have the knowledge, skills, and relationships needed to make positive change for themselves, and the organizations and communities they serve.
Our Mission, Vision, Purpose, and Values
To serve the public and civic sector with events, programs and services that inspire innovation for the greater good.
To be a catalyst that strengthens and transforms the communities in which we work, live and thrive.
We convene, connect and engage people and organizations so that they can discover innovative solutions to complex social problems.
WE DO THIS THROUGH:
Professional Learning Programs and Events
Meeting Coordination and Support
Organizational Support Services for Associations, Organizations and Initiatives
Throughout human history, we have craved connection. It’s in our DNA as humans, and it’s in our DNA as Fusion Learning Partners. That’s why everything we do, from our events and conferences to convening and supporting collaboration, is built on a foundation of connection where we can all strengthen and transform the communities we serve – together.
Learning and innovation don’t happen in a bubble, and no individual alone possesses the power and knowledge we gain when we work together. Collaboration is the catalyst for breaking new ground, and with that in mind, we’ve made creating spaces for collaboration to happen a focus of all we do.
When we connect and collaborate, we can begin seeing around corners and imagining what’s to come, allowing us to create the future we want together rather than letting it simply happen to us, our organizations, and our communities.
We are committed to:
We approach every project and partnership in the belief of our purpose, mission and vision.
We believe that everything we do should be rooted in promoting innovative practices to strengthen and transform our communities.
We build relationships that are mutually-beneficial, mission-aligned and transformational.
Fusion Learning Partners prides itself on the experience, expertise and passion of its staff. Whether our knowledge and expertise of program planning and event management, marketing and sales, operations management or providing key capacity building services, our team is passionate about the work we do and the impact our efforts have on the careers and lives of those who are served through the partnership and services we provide.
Senior Program & Event Planner
Deputy Director, Public Technology Institute
Events & Operations Coordinator
Program & Communications Coordinator
Sponsorship & Tradeshow Manager
Dr. Alan Shark
Executive Director, Public Technology Institute
Registration & Engagement Manager
Senior Client & Event Services Manager
Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors represents different roles and organizations, which helps provide breadth and depth as they guide and advise Fusion Learning Partners on issues of the day and future direction. This team of nonprofit and business professionals knows the underpinnings of Fusion and what guides our work. The Fusion Board of Directors shares our mission and values and hold us to the highest standards so that the communities and partners we serve receive exceptional service and results.
President and CEO, Slainte Group
Board Vice Chair
Executive Counselor, InfoTech
School of Education, Teacher Development: Information Media, Saint Cloud State University
Senior Fellow, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Client Lead & Analytics Consultant, Data Drive LLC
Retired City Manager
IT Director, Bedford County, Virginia
Assistant City Manager, City of Bloomington
Founder/CEO, Quantico Consulting
Chief Executive Officer, Fusion Learning Partners
MNIT Receives Golden GOVIT Awards at the 39th Annual Government IT Symposium
These awards recognize Individual Leadership and COVID-19 Rapid Response Efforts made by MNIT Services.
Accessibility Highlights from the 2020 Government IT Symposium
Minnesota’s digital accessibility coordinators share accessibility news, techniques, and resources with their state of Minnesota colleagues. They attend conferences to learn the latest and maintain their certifications. The Office of Accessibility asked Rita Larson to share takeaways from the 2020 Symposium.
NDIT Executives Participating in Virtual Government IT Symposium
Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley, Chief Information Security Officer Kevin Ford and Chief Data Officer Dorman Bazzell will participate in the 39th Annual Government IT Symposium Dec. 8 – 10.
Bush Foundation Grant for the Transforming Learning Summit Speaker Series
45 Years of Connecting, Convening, Inspiring and Informing
How do local policymakers, staff, and appointed officials in diverse settings and from diverse backgrounds gain the knowledge to make informed decisions and the skills to work effectively with other stakeholder groups? This is the question from which Government Training Services (GTS) was born.
In 1976, as a result of work started by the Center for Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Minnesota, GTS was established as a public joint powers association. The intent was to bring together the providers and consumers of education and training, to develop quality programs available to all local governments so that each local entity did not have to “reinvent the wheel,” and to consider economies of scale. What emerged was a vehicle ideally suited for addressing intergovernmental and multi-sector educational needs.
In 2003, due to cuts in state appropriated funds, GTS transitioned to an independent, nonprofit corporation, with a new board of directors, an expanded mission to serve both the public and civic sector, and a new name – GTS Educational Events.
Over the years, GTS has formed meaningful relationships with dozens of public, civic and private sector partners. Our partners include those who have worked with GTS for decades, as well as new partners who are just beginning to reap the benefits of working with an organization that shares similar goals and values around the power of convening and connecting people.
Building on the strength of our 45 year history, we are moving into the future as an organization that is focused on playing an important role in our society – perhaps now more than ever – to be a catalyst for organization and community transformation. We do this in a spirit of partnership and co-creation, working with our partners, clients, stakeholders and participants to bring people together to learn, solve problems and create positive social change.
Starting in 2021, we are transitioning away from the GTS Educational Events brand to become Fusion Learning Partners. Our hope is that our own transformation will better align with our new mission and focus on innovation and technology, our values of purpose, passion and partnership; and our new vision to be a catalyst that strengthens and transforms the communities in which we work, live and thrive.