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

Rapid City, SD

Dr. Robert "Bud" Grant is an environmentalist, professor, author and Catholic priest. In a conversation with Matt Ehlman of The Numad Group, Dr. Grant will talk about redistributive suffering to heal the planet and responses to environmental crises. 

Grand Forks, ND

TEDxGrandForks sparks conversation and connection in Grand Forks by inviting ideas worth spreading from across the continent into our community.

TEDxGrandForks: Roots and Wings will apply this philosophy through a regional lens to bring a series of local and national speakers to an audience of 300 people, an offsite audience via live streaming, as well as a virtual audience through post-event high-quality videos made available online.

Western ND

This 2-day workshop brings leaders together to identify regional civic leadership needs and determine ways to build civic leadership skills.

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.

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.