When asked what leaders need to more effectively lead change, the number one answer they gave us is more opportunities to connect with one another.

The upcoming events below are opportunities to do just that. Build and strengthen your connections with leaders across various networks in our region. Be inspired to think bigger and think differently about what's possible in your community. Equip yourself with new skills, tools and knowledge to more effecitvely lead change. Click on the event name for more information and to register to attend.

Upcoming Events

Minneapolis, MN

GEO’s National Conference offers participants the opportunity to examine current challenges within the field, hear new ideas for smarter grantmaking practices that achieve better results, and engage in meaningful peer discussions. Bringing together participants representing a variety of roles within their organizations, this biennial conference includes thought-provoking speakers, interactive programming, special events and networking opportunities designed to help participants learn new strategies and share their experiences with others.

Rochester, MN

TED and TEDx talks are often transformative: they encourage people to change their lives and lead them on new and different journeys. Every person in our community is on a variety of journeys: in their education, health, careers, families, hobbies, and everything in between. The entire Rochester community is also embarking on a transformative journey.

Join us as we begin the journey. Be inspired. Be excited. Be a part of what’s happening with TEDxZumbroRiver, and ask yourself “Where will the journey take you?”

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11:15 am to 12 pm Central | REGISTER

bushCONNECT 2016

May 08, 2016 to May 10, 2016

bushCONNECT – or bushCON for short – is a leadership networking event designed to build stronger and more meaningful connections between leaders in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area.

It’s where you’ll connect with people you might not otherwise meet, spark a new idea, step out of your comfort zone, and challenge the way you approach your work.

bushCON is powered by the Bush Foundation in partnership with nearly 40 organizations from the region. The day includes inspiring and creative speakers, intimate conversations with community leaders, interactive and engaging sessions, unique networking activities, and lots of ways to connect with people and have some fun, too.

Duluth, MN

Design Duluth is a year-long celebration of contemporary design and an exploration into Duluth's unique voice. A series of discussions tackle a different issue resonating throughout the community and across design platforms. The series culminates with this exhibition and discussion.

Minneapolis, MN

The day will feature stories from innovators & entrepreneurs & in the for-profit, nonprofit, government, & education sector, including Bush Foundation President Jennifer Ford Reedy. Each will share their experiences of failure (setback & recovery), how they framed the challenge, and the tools or methods they used to move forward.

NDANO 2016 Nonprofit Leadership Conference

June 01, 2016 to June 02, 2016

Bismarck, ND

This year’s featured speakers include fundraising expert Kim Klein of Klein and Roth Consulting and technology expert Jay Wilkinson of Firespring. 

2016 Transforming Local Government

June 14, 2016 to June 17, 2016

St. Paul, MN

The 2016 Transforming Local Government Conference (TLG) will be co-located with the League of Minnesota Cities Annual Conference. This unique opportunity of bringing together local government professional staff with Minnesota elected officials and professional staff will provide for exciting, dynamic presentations and conversations on local government innovation!

Minneapolis, MN

Northern Spark is an annual, all night, citywide arts festival with broad participation by artists, organizations, and the public. For 2016 the event will focus on the West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis as a node with our partners the Somali Museum of Minnesota, Mixed Blood Theater, Cedar Cultural Center, and the West Bank Business Association.