November 18 and 25, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST
Great Virtual Meetings: Mindset, Skills and Tools for High-Impact Meetings, Gatherings & Conversations, presented by Patricia Neal and Craig Neal

Meeting design and personal presence are more than 50% of any great virtual meeting.

What is the “secret sauce” of any meeting? YOU. Who you are, as you lead or gather or connect with the people in your life.

What is the “secret sauce” of a great virtual meeting? The ART OF CONVENING, the technology of relationships + your virtual meeting platform of choice, to maximize the technology of connectivity.


December 2 and 4, 2020, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. CST
Designing Better Outcomes Using Qualitative Research, presented by Kristina Woodburn and Jeanette Carrell

How can qualitative research methods help an organization design the right product or service? Whether you are building software or working to improve services across channels, Human-Centered Design is a framework that helps keep your users at the center of the process. In this pre-conference workshop, you’ll learn how to gain empathy for your users and align on their true needs so you can design products and services they will love.


December 3, 2020, 1 p.m. to  4 p.m.
Cloud Transformation: Next Steps for Health and Human Services Agencies, presented by IBM Watson Health Staff

Over the past decade, the cloud has become integral to nearly every digital and business transformation strategy, allowing enterprises more convenient access to the latest technologies like IoT, high-performance computing and blockchain to reimagine business processes and ecosystems. Cloud is critical to government organizations future-proofing their businesses. In this workshop, learn about how agencies are assessing the cloud opportunity and the benefits it delivers to their citizens. The second half of the session will be focused on RHEL workshop for the Ansible Automation Platform. Join IBM and RedHat on November 18th for an engaging, hands on session around Ansible.
Ansible is a simple yet powerful IT automation engine for application deployment, configuration management, and orchestration that you can learn quickly. This workshop was created to last about 90 minutes and focuses on everyday use cases to apply automation in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux environment. You will need the Chrome browser to participate in the workshop.
Presenters include…
  • Karen Rewalt, Offering Management IBM Watson Health
  • Brian Wilbon, Offering Management IBM Watson Health
  • Damien Eversmann, Staff Solutions Architect
  • Jerry Corum, Associate Specialist Solutions Architect


December 4, 2020, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.* CST
Cyber Exercises for Organizational Resiliency, NUARI featuring the DECIDE® Platform, presented by Phil Susmann

NUARI will construct a simulated cybersecurity event exercise, featuring the DECIDE® Platform, for the participants of the session to experience an incident response practice. Participants will experience multiple sets of information, official documents, email and chat communications, and questions to answer as the exercise simulation unfolds over the course of 2 hours. Once this exercise is complete, NUARI will cover the results of the exercise with a review of the raw data, how to utilize the data to build the after-action report, and how to utilize the after action report for best practice implementation for organization resiliency against a cyber-event, and how to stayed prepared.

*Register by November 18

If you are a MNIT employee, please adhere to your department’s instructions for registering as an approved MNIT attendee.



The Government IT Symposium sessions have been organized in the following five Session Tracks (topic areas). Choose to follow one track for the conference, or create your own unique learning journey! Click the buttons for Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday to view that day’s sessions on the Government IT Symposium’s Virtual Event Platform.

Sessions will continue to be added and/or changed, so please check back regularly for updates.


Training/information on Specific Products or Processes


Innovation, Insights & Trends


Personal and Professional Development


Government-as-a Service/Service to Citizens


Security, Risk Management & Data Privacy

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.

2020 Steering Committee

Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Bill Bleckwehl, Cisco
Dave Andrews, DEED
Jay Wyant, Minnesota IT Services
Jim Hall, Hallmentum
Matt Bailey, IBM
Melissa Reeder, League of Minnesota Cities
Nathan Beran, City of New Ulm
Sue Wallace, CompTIA Tech
Lisa Meredith, Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative
Renee Heinbuch, Washington County/MNCITLA
David Berthiaume, Minnesota IT Services
Cory Tramm, Sourcewell Tech
Glen Gilbertson, Hennepin County
Chad Kummrow, Microsoft