Powerful Partnerships: Collaboration in Action

Tuesday, December 10

1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The Future is Now

Karen Ray
President Karen Ray Associates

A theme of the Government IT Symposium is collaboration because partnerships between departments and among agencies can yield innovative, high quality solutions to persistent problems and new challenges. How can you – in your position as manager or leader – make this happen? Perhaps you have been part of a group which called itself a collaboration, but all you experienced were endless meetings and low productivity. What can be done to avoid these pitfalls? This session helps learners decide what kind of partnership will most likely result in desired outcomes, and how to initiate and develop this collaboration. Learners will leave with tools to ensure a streamlined governance system, and ways to manage “turfism” and other pitfalls.

Learning Objectives

  1. Differentiate between kinds of partnerships and identify which partnership will result in the desired outcomes.
  2. Create a work plan for the collaboration that will enable it to be productive, efficient and powerful.
  3. Determine whether or not your partnership can become a systems-changing collective impact initiative.

About GTS Educational Events

If you are a nonprofit or public sector group looking to create a conference, workshop or educational event with impact, look to GTS. We believe educational events are successful when participants learn and grow and then return to their organizations and communities to make them stronger. We look forward to continuing our work with the broad spectrum of organizations striving to make a difference for the people and communities they serve.

Steering Committee

Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Bill Bleckwehl, Cisco
Dave Andrews, DEED
Jay Wyant, Minnesota IT Services
Jim Hall, Ramsey County
Matt Bailey, IBM
Melissa Reeder, League of Minnesota Cities
Nathan Beran, City of New Ulm
Sue Wallace, IT Futures Foundation
Lisa Meredith, Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative
Justin Kaufman, Minnesota IT Services
Renee Heinbuch, Washington County/MNCITLA
Jerine Rosato, Ramsey County
David Berthiaume, Minnesota IT Services
Cory Tramm, Sourcewell Tech 

Content Committee

Tomas Alvarez, Federal Reserve
Tom Ammons, MN.IT – Central
Dave Andrews, MN State Services for the Blind
Susan Bousquet, MN.IT – DOT
Robert Granvin, Metro State
Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Shawntan Howell, Ramsey County
Jenny Johnson, Metropolitan Council
Millicent Kasal, MN.IT – Central
Ping Li, MN.IT – MMB
Chibuzor Nnaji, MN.IT – DHS
Mehrdad Shabestari, MN.IT – Central