New Fellowship Named in Honor of Beloved TLI Instructor

The Technological Leadership Institute (TLI) is proud to announce the new Kirk Froggatt Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship, named in honor of retiring TLI Gemini Chair in Technology Management and highly-rated instructor, Kirk Froggatt. This new fellowship will permanently honor Kirk’s legacy by supporting TLI students with a passion for fostering diversity, inclusion, and equity in technology management and innovation.   

Prior to joining TLI in 2012, Kirk spent 27 years in senior talent management, leadership development and organization effectiveness roles at HP, Silicon Graphics, Yahoo!, Agilent Technologies and Ecolab. The common theme throughout Kirk’s career has been helping technical professionals become more effective innovation leaders who can build teams to translate technical ideas into customer solutions and business models that generate profitable growth. 

He is renowned for his leadership courses and for his strategic and inspiring mentorship of students in TLI’s M.S. in Management of Technology, M.S. in Medical Device Innovation and short course program offerings. As co-Principal Investigator of MIN-Corps, Kirk has also put his indelible stamp on technology commercialization education for scientists and engineers across the University, the State and the Midwest region. Kirk's deep commitment to diversity and inclusion as hallmarks of high-performing innovation teams make this fellowship the perfect way to honor his legacy.

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Your gift commitment received by October 1 will ensure that we can award the first Kirk Froggatt Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship award next year.  Our goal is to raise $50,000 (or more) to endow this fellowship. Thanks to a generous lead donor, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar (up to the first $25,000 received).

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  • If you prefer to give via mail, please fill out this form and return it to the address listed. To ensure your gift is directed properly, under “Gift Designation – this gift will be used for,” please write in the following: Kirk Froggatt Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship Fund #24014.
  • Multi-year pledge commitments are an option. Please contact Shannon Wolkerstorfer (, 612-625-6035) with questions or to learn more.
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