Milwaukee SPIN

The Software Process Improvement Network is comprised of individuals dedicated to improving the software engineering practice. Regional groups called "SPINs" meet and share their experiences - initiating and sustaining software process improvement programs.

Cultivating a mindset for leadership and change

As a technology professional trying to grow and build a successful career, the key is to cultivate a mindset ready to embrace change. Todd Nilson will conduct and in-depth interview with Tim Schaefer, a senior executive leader and strategist, to learn about Tim’s insights for bridging the gap between being a tech contributor and a leader.

Tim will share his personal experiences for leading change and what it means to build your perspective by working outside of assigned responsibilities. The interview will then cover the topic of digital transformation and disruptive technologies, how leaders too often mistake awareness for understanding, where we are with technology today, and how the confluence of technologies can give us a hint about what to scan for on the horizon.

Topics we will likely cover include:

  • Career insights, including how to transition your career from a tech-focused role to leadership
  • How to build your perspective as a technology professional
  • On being more than a service provider, acting as a technology leader
  • How organizations get trapped in the today (organizational mindset)
  • Digital disruption: how it’s hitting different industries and what it actually means
  • Insourcing vs. outsourcing innovation
  • How fear can create focus
  • Looking at the future of technology as moments of confluence / convergence

Date and Time
Tuesday, 09/24/2019
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Free Food and Networking 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM Interview and open Q&A with Tim Schaefer
29th Floor Conference Center
777 E Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

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Parking validation will be available for the US Bank Center Parking Structure (716 E Clybourn St)
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Speaker Bio:

Tim Schaefer is an executive-in-residence at UW-Milwaukee’s Lubar School of Business and a strategic advisor on the technology, organizational behaviors and leadership needed for sustained success in a digital world. He has led large scale digital transformation efforts including the integration of a digital start-up with a large, traditional financial services company.

Tim started his career as a software developer at Northwestern Mutual. He has held several leadership roles spanning business and technology including director of enterprise architecture, VP of life insurance benefits, VP of application development, chief information officer and chief client officer.

Tim is passionate about using innovation and technology for social good. He is actively involved in efforts to rethink economic development in the region, is a supporter of STEM initiatives and an advocate for attracting, developing and retaining talent in Wisconsin.

Tim is an active community volunteer serving on the boards of the UWMilwaukee Foundation and the UW-Milwaukee Research Foundation.


Todd Nilson is a digital strategist and founder of Clocktower Advisors. He has led transformational technology projects for brands such as Facebook, SAP, Truth Initiative, Schneider National, Sargento, Greenpeace, and Principal Financial. He specializes in online communities, social intranets, competitive intelligence research, gamification, employer branding, and virtual collaboration.

Todd has managed teams and engagements with national and global consultancy firms specialized in online communities, including 7Summits and FeverBee. In addition to his consulting work, he volunteers his time with local entrepreneurial programs, city government, and Advancing AI Wisconsin. He has previously held multiple board positions with nonprofits in the technology sector. He is the founder of the highly successful Milwaukee JobCamp, a series of volunteer- and social media-driven live events that supported job seekers during the last economic downturn.

Finally, he has actively volunteered and held board leadership roles to support professionals with disabilities through the AbilITy Connection program (Goodwill and IndependenceFirst) and Chicago’s nAblement business, a division of SPR Inc

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