MHTA News

TechTalent Preview: Q&A with Code 42’s CISO Jadee Hanson

Jadee Hanson, chief information security officer and vice president of Information Systems at Code42 in Minneapolis, will speak on a panel about best-in-class workforce initiatives at TechTalent Feb. 28. Here’s a preview of her thoughts on the event and our technology talent environment:

What’s the best thing about working in technology in Minnesota?
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February 12, 2019 | Comments Off on TechTalent Preview: Q&A with Code 42’s CISO Jadee Hanson

New H-1B visa rules will benefit applicants with advanced degrees from U.S. institutions

Applicants with advanced degrees from U.S. institutions of higher education who are seeking H-1B visas will be the beneficiaries of a new rule announced by the Department of Homeland Security last week. The rule change reverses the order by which U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) selects H-1B petitions under the H-1B regular cap and the advanced degree exemption.  

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February 10, 2019 | Comments Off on New H-1B visa rules will benefit applicants with advanced degrees from U.S. institutions

Minnesota High Tech Association Names Lisa Schlosser Interim President

The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) announced today that Lisa Schlosser will serve as interim president. Margaret Anderson Kelliher, MHTA president from January 2011 until recently, has been appointed by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz as the next Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation.  Schlosser will lead the association while the MHTA board of directors conducts a thorough and extensive search for a long-term replacement.

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January 7, 2019 | Comments Off on Minnesota High Tech Association Names Lisa Schlosser Interim President

Are you ready for an advisory board?

By Rachel Polson, partner at Baker Tilly and MHTF board member

As a startup, you’ve probably received lots of advice, best practices and “lessons from the trenches” from different people. You may have heard that leveraging mentors or other successful industry professionals can be helpful for guidance and for providing you with additional experience. One way I’ve seen companies leverage others’ experiences is by forming an advisory board to tap into the talent of seasoned business professionals.

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January 6, 2019 | Comments Off on Are you ready for an advisory board?

A message from Margaret Anderson Kelliher

Margaret Anderson KelliherAs many of you read recently, 2019 started out with a big change for me.  I am leaving the Minnesota High Tech Association to become the next commissioner of transportation and lead the agency most of us know as MnDOT.   I want to thank you for your energy and ideas during my time at MHTA.

When I started 8 years ago, our economy was working its way out of the great recession.  It was clear building our science and technology workforce would be our greatest challenge.  Too often, people were getting the wrong message about their place in our innovation economy.

Together, we built Minnesota’s leading STEM internship program called SciTechsperience placing more than 1300 interns at small businesses in every corner of our state. MHTA helped multiple startups and existing companies through the MN-SBIR program. And Women Leading in Technology became one of our fastest growing programs with a mission to educate and empower more women in technology.

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January 6, 2019 | Comments Off on A message from Margaret Anderson Kelliher