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THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING THE 40th ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM!

In Person Pre-Conference

November 15, 2021

We are excited to invite you back in person for our pre-conference on Monday, November 15th at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. Can’t make the pre-conference? No problem! Join us for the virtual conference November 16-18th.

As the host of the Symposium, safety of participants and staff is our number one priority. Fusion Learning Partners is continually monitoring the COVID19 situation and will follow direction from the CDC and local authorities to maintain a safe in-person event. All changes or requirements for onsite participation will be communicated to registrants via email. (View COVID Policy)

Virtual Government IT Symposium

November 16 – 18, 2021

Celebrating 40 years, the Government IT Symposium is one of the longest-running & largest government IT events in the nation. We know that government technology is no longer strictly technology-focused but incorporates a broader set of skills. The Government IT Symposium is designed to support your individual and organizational evolution – helping to position you and your agency to deliver on heightened expectations from citizens and policymakers. Join your fellow colleagues for engaging and innovative content that is bound to help you discover new strategies and tactics that Elevate Your Game!

2021 FEATURED SPEAKERS

Governor Tim Walz

Governor Tim Walz

Minnesota’s 41st Governor

Day 1 Special Message: Governor Tim Walz

Tuesday, November 16th

 

Day 1 Keynote:
Seeing From a Different Point of View

Tuesday, November 16th from 9:15 – 10:15am 

Chess is often known as a thinking game. In order to beat your opponent, you must step into their shoes and think about how they would think. In Maurice’s session, he will show you how to transfer the chess move thought process and adapt that same way of thinking into your own business and life. This fascinating session will help get your brain thinking in ways you never expected to use.

Maurice Ashley

Maurice Ashley

First African-American Chess Grandmaster, Analyst, Commentator and Emcee

George S. Hawkins, Esq.

George S. Hawkins, Esq.

Founder and CEO, Moonshot Missions

Day 2 Keynote:
Moonshot: Innovation in Government

Wednesday, November 17th from 9:15 – 10:15am  

Public sector agencies are often known to be “conservative” -not in a political sense, but in a unwillingness to take risks and innovate.  These agencies, conventional wisdom suggests, are hampered by rigid bureaucracies that are hostile to changing layers of standard procedures.  George Hawkins, who transformed the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority into DC Water – from an organization resistant to change into an innovative powerhouse – believes that a resistance to change is almost always rooted in understandable principles and practices.  He will suggest a simple and practical seven step process to encourage innovation that is founded on understanding the values of an organization, and using them as a motivator for change within a secure process and structure.  George will lace his presentation with entertaining stories designed to illustrate key points.

Day 3 Featured Speaker:
Asking The Right Question: How Do We Deliver Value Through Minnesota’s Programs and Services

Thursday, November 18th from 12:00 – 1:00pm 

MNIT Commissioner Tarek Tomes and State of Minnesota CIO will be interviewed by Representative Kristin Bahner. Rep. Bahner is a member of the Technology Advisory Committee, which provides advice on how to update and maintain the State of Minnesota’s IT systems. She and Commissioner Tomes will dive into the future of government technology, its ability to open doors and reduce barriers for Minnesotans to access services, and how we are getting there.

Tarek Tomes, CIO

Tarek Tomes, CIO

MNIT Commissioner

SESSION SCHEDULE & RECORDINGS

Did you miss a session during the conference? Session recordings are now available for registered attendees!

Conference Agenda

All times are listed in Central Time Zone.

Join us in-person for the 2021 Government IT Symposium Pre-conference sessions! (View COVID Policy)

  • 9:00am – Noon: Morning Pre-Conference Sessions
  • Noon – 1:00pm: Break for Lunch
  • 1:00pm – 4:00pm: Afternoon Pre-Conference Sessions
  • 3pm - 4:30pm - Speed Networking (MUST be a registered sponsor or exhibitor, additional fees may apply.)

All times are listed in Central Time Zone.

8:30am Virtual Trade Show Opens
9:00am - 9:15am Welcome & Opening Comments
9:15am - 10:15am Opening Keynote with Maurice Ashley
10:15am - 10:30am Break
10:30am – 11:00am Informal Programming
11:00am – 11:15am Break
11:15am – 12:15pm Concurrent Sessions
12:15pm – 1:00pm Lunch Break/Community Forum Discussions
1:00pm – 1:30pm Plenary Session
1:30pm – 1:45pm Break
1:45pm – 2:45pm Concurrent Sessions
2:45pm – 3:00pm Break
3:00pm – 3:30pm Informal Programming
3:30pm – 3:45pm Break
3:45pm – 4:45pm Happy Hour – 40th IT Symposium Trivia
5:00pm Virtual Trade Show Closes

 

All times are listed in Central Time Zone.

8:30am Virtual Trade Show Opens
9:00am - 9:15am Welcome & Opening Comments
9:15am - 10:15am Keynote with George S. Hawkins, Esq.
10:15am - 10:30am Break
10:30am – 11:00am Informal Programming
11:00am – 11:15am Break
11:15am – 12:15pm Concurrent Session
12:15pm – 1:00pm Lunch Break
1:00pm – 1:30pm Plenary Session
1:30pm – 1:45pm Break
1:45pm – 2:45pm Concurrent Sessions
2:45pm – 3:00pm Break
3:00pm – 3:30pm Informal programming
3:30pm – 3:45pm Break
3:45pm – 4:45pm Happy Hour - Networking
5:00pm Virtual Trade Show Closes

All times are listed in Central Time Zone. 

8:30am Virtual Trade Show Opens
9:00am - 9:15am Welcome & Opening Comments
9:15am - 10:15am Concurrent Sessions
10:15am - 10:30am Break
10:30am – 11:30am Concurrent Sessions
11:30am – 12:00pm Break
12:00pm – 1:00pm Tarek Tomes HeadshotMNIT Commissioner Tarek Tomes, CIO - Asking The Right Question: How Do We Deliver Value Through Minnesota’s Programs and Services
1:00pm – 1:30pm Golden GOVIT / Prizes / Closing
2:00pm Virtual Trade Show Closes

Help make the Symposium more successful. If you are a speaker, presenter, sponsor / exhibitor or already registered, download our toolkits and help promote it to your network! 

2021 SPONSORS

PINNACLE

Microsoft

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PLATINUM

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PROMOTIONAL PARTNERS

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MN County IT Leadership Association Logo
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OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

Check out our other events for government IT professionals.

Encore Experience

Live, virtual sessions FREE of charge for government IT professionals.

IT Certification Programs

Learn more about first-class technology leadership certifications for government CIOs, digital service professionals and those seeking to obtain a certification in government technology leadership!

About Fusion Learning Partners

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2021 Steering Committee

Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Chad Kummerow, Microsoft
Corey Tramm, Sourcewell Tech
Dave Andrews, Minnesota State Services for the Blind – DEED
David Berthiaume, Minnesota IT Services
Glen Gilbertson, Hennepin County
Jason Greninger, City of Rogers
Jay Wyant, Minnesota IT Services

Jim Hall, Hallmentum
Joel Pingel, Google
Lisa Meredith, Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative
Matt Bailey, IBM
Melissa Reeder, League of Minnesota Cities
Renee Heinbuch, Washington County/MNCITLA
Sue Wallace, CompTIA Tech