Events

Events

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

Learn more about the 2016 Bush Fellowship in a one-hour webinar hosted by Foundation staff.

Learn more about the 2016 Bush Fellowship in a one-hour webinar hosted by Foundation staff.

TEDxFargo 2015

July 23, 2015

Save the date for TEDxFargo 2015! Tickets on sale starting March 25 – stay tuned!

Morning Fill Up, the conversation series at The Garage (Rapid City, SD), continues on Friday, July 24, 2015 at 7 a.m. with a conversation with Colleen Rose Dunnegan, television producer for Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Studios.

Minneapolis, MN

The Third Annual Minnesota Charter School Conference is a space and opportunity for those from across the charter school landscape to learn from various presenters and one other, share successes and challenges, and build relationships -- all in an effort to create a more informed, organized and connected charter school community for Minnesota. Presented by CliftonAllenLarson in partnership with Center for School Change and the Minnesota Association of Charter Schools.

TEDxMinneapolis

July 31, 2015

Minneapolis, MN

TEDxMinneapolis 2015 will center around the theme, “The Brink,” reflecting on the opportunity and the risk of reaching the edge. It will take place at the Cowles Center for Dance and Performing Arts.

This October join more than 1,000 forward-thinking leaders and professionals who are on a journey to radically improve the nonprofit and philanthropic sector. 

The Bush Foundation is offering 50 scholarships for individuals from Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota to attend. Applications due August 1.

Medora, ND

The NDYP Leadership Retreat, hosted by the Center for Technology & Business and North Dakota Young Professionals, will gather leadership teams of local young professional networks across North Dakota, as well as individuals from rural areas and others looking to start new YP networks in their communities. It will focus on advanced leadership skill development; knowledge sharing of network best practices to improve each local network and inspire new programming ideas for community betterment; resource development to support and grow initiatives aimed at attracting, retaining and engaging 21- to 41-year-olds across North Dakota; and sharing existing tools to help launch new YP networks.

Join us in Sioux Falls to connect with Felllows, Native Nation Rebuilders, grantees, as well as friends and colleagues from the region.

OTA15: Sioux Falls

August 28, 2015

OTA is a collaborative of creative catalysts and community changemakers that connects the social and creative capital of SD, ND & MN.


United Tribes Tribal Leadership Summit

September 08, 2015 to September 10, 2015

Bismarck, ND 

United Tribes Technical College will host its Tribal Leadership Summit, focused on the theme, “Strengthening Communities.” The goal is to strengthen and empower tribal nations and communities through policy, leadership, education and networking."

To celebrate 100 years of service and commitment to the Minneapolis community, The Minneapolis Foundation will present a futurist conference in September of its centennial year, 2015. Bringing together some of the most thought-provoking speakers in the world (such as Sir Kenneth Robinson, Dan Pallotta, Hannah Jones, Dr. Michio Kaku and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie) and more than 1,500 people who care about our community, this futurist conference will serve as a bridge from the Foundation's past, to its present and future, and serve as a platform to explore the next 100 years for Minneapolis. 

Charities Review Council's 2015 Annual Forum will be a day-long learning experience with the theme of Philanthropy 2.0 to engage attendees through morning Desigh Thinking Prototyping breakout sessions, highly facilitated networking activities, a lunchtime roundtable with nationally innovative though-leaders, and a live-giving experience infused into the fully event's activities. 

Creativity Week

September 25, 2015 to October 03, 2015

Brookings, SD

Creativity Week is a week-long, crowdsourced festival that sparks ideas and encourages action with the goal of making Brookings the creative capital of the Midwest. Spark Brookings hosts the marquee events and welcomes creatives such as authors, visual artists, designers, writers, actors and more to host their own events throughout the week.

Game Changer Series: iHuman

September 26, 2015

This ideas festival is for anyone interested in the future of our digital society. Whether you are a plugged-in tech addict or an off-line skeptic your assumptions about technology will be challenged. Leading innovators and researchers from both the tech industry and academia will share their insights into the ways rapid advances in technology are creating both amazing opportunities and dangerous new challenges. Understanding the power and pitfalls of technology allows us to remain its masters instead of its unthinking servants.

Innovation Expo

September 29, 2015

Rapid City, SD

The Innovation Expo, presented by the Enterprise Institute, is an annual conference focused on connecting entrepreneurs, investors, thought leaders, community ambassadors and others involved in the development of startup companies in South Dakota and the surrounding region.

Dakota Rising Conference and Home Address Gathering

October 01, 2015 to October 03, 2015

Sioux Falls, SD

Dakota Rising helps rural entrepreneurs discover new ways to grow their businesses. The goal is to help businesses across South Dakota become more successful and put more people to work. Home Address is a program designed to increase community local capacity for strategic housing development now and in the future. 

Innovation Expo

October 01, 2015

Sioux Falls, SD

The Innovation Expo, presented by the Enterprise Institute, is an annual conference focused on connecting entrepreneurs, investors, thought leaders, community ambassadors and others involved in the development of startup companies in South Dakota and the surrounding region.

MCN 29th Annual Conference

October 01, 2015 to October 02, 2015

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits' Annual Conference will engage over 1,100 individuals to focus on capacity building around nonprofit principles of effective governance, financial management, leadership, fundraising, communications, equity and inclusion, human resources and evaluation. The conference provides many opportunities to celebrate the sector's successes, network with individuals from across the Midwest and learn about vendors or partnerships that can save nonprofits millions of dollars annually. 

Dakota Rising Conference and Home Address Gathering

October 13, 2015 to October 14, 2015

Pierre, SD

Dakota Rising helps rural entrepreneurs discover new ways to grow their businesses. The goal is to help businesses across South Dakota become more successful and put more people to work. Home Address is a program designed to increase community local capacity for strategic housing development now and in the future.

Minneapolis, MN

The Latino Economic Development Summit is a statewide convening aimed at connecting entrepreneurs and community and civic leaders to catalyze the next generation of Latino economic development in Minnesota. 

Youthprise

October 15, 2015

St. Paul, MN

The annual Youthprise Summit is an opportunity to convene youth and adults working at nonprofits, foundations, corporations and in their communities to think together about how to ensure that all Minnesota youth thrive. The Summit provides an opportunity for participants—including community-based organizations, schools, citywide networks and funders—to build skills, develop relationships, and be inspired.

TEDxGullLake

October 17, 2015

Brainerd, MN

TEDxGullLake will explore rural innovation with the theme, “The Art of Resilience.”  

Ignite Minneapolis

October 22, 2015

Ignite Minneapolis brings together local thinkers, writers, designers, coders, makers and entrepreneurs for an evening of rapid-fire talks given by people with a burning passion for their topic.  Ignite is a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by people who have a burning idea—and the guts to get onstage and share it with their hometown crowd. Some talks are serious science, others are pure satire – but each talk must be about a compelling idea or story. Attendees come to learn and to be inspired. 

Twin Cities, MN

In 2014, MCF marked its 45th year as a regional membership association of grantmakers working to improve the health and vitality of our communities. This annual conference will provide space and time for grantmakers to strengthen connections with colleagues and meet new peers, and to support grantmakers' efforts to deepen their learning.

We Day Minnesota

November 03, 2015

We Day Minnesota is an arena-sized educational event bringing together global superstars and thought-leaders to celebrate a year of local and global actions by nearly 18,000 young change-makers aged 13-17 from across the state.