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

1 Million Cups

April 01, 2015

Join Emerging Prairie and the rest of Fargo’s entrepreneurship community for 1 Million Cups, a Wednesday morning FREE event featuring guest speakers, networking, and many cups of coffee.

At 9:15 AM on Wednesday, April 1, at the The Stage at Island Park, 1 Million Cups will welcome guest speakers Kari Peterson and Amy McKinnon of Sky Blue Technology.

Join the Minneapolis Hub of the Global Shapers on April 11th for an event celebrate women’s leadership, in partnership with the MN Cup and sponsored by the Bush Foundation. If you are an emerging leader or entrepreneur and would like to connect with leading women in the Twin Cities, you won’t want to miss out! Join in for leadership workshops, community building, and mentorship with leading women in a variety of sectors. More information and registration available here.

Hmong National Development Conference

April 17, 2015 to April 19, 2015

The Hmong National Development Conference brings together community members, professionals, politicians, scholars, youth, business owners and more to network, dialogue, and celebrate the community’s accomplishments. Over the course of the three-day conference, various events are held to build capacity, educate attendees on Hmong issues, and discuss pressing issues in the Hmong community.

Ignite Minneapolis 8

April 23, 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.

Join us for a networking reception at the Heritage Center in Bismarck to celebrate and connect with Bush Fellows, Native Nation Rebuilders, Community Innovation grantees, Bush Prize winners, and other Foundation grantees from North Dakota.

OTA15: Bismarck

April 24, 2015

OTA serves as a creative collaborative offering extraordinary experiences and engagements that educate, empower and serve as catalysts for creative community-builders and change agents to improve the lives of all people living in South DakOTA, North DakOTA, and MinnesOTA.

bushCONNECT 2015

May 04, 2015

bushCONNECT (bushCON) is a leadership networking event designed to build stronger and more meaningful connections among networks of leaders in the region. bushCON is created in partnership with organizations across the region who help us recruit a diverse mix of people and develop interactive and engaging content that inspires, equips and connects leaders for success.

NAP’s 25th Anniversary Celebration and Gathering is a convening of over 200 tribal and community leaders, practitioners, Native and non-Native philanthropic and nonprofit professionals to engage in reciprocity, learning and sharing, collaboration and networking around shared interests and best practices in supporting healthy Native communities (urban, rural and tribal) through philanthropy.  This year’s theme is The Next 25 Years of Giving.

MN Cup will host a two part event series to inspire and educate early-stage Minnesota social entrepreneurs through high caliber speakers, panelists and resources. The Business Case for Social Responsibility will analyze how social enterprises approach challenges in society including the use of new business models and funding mechanisms. The event will conclude with an incredible list of speakers and companies discussing their efforts to partner with social enterprises to tackle global issues.

The Community Innovation Grantee Convening will bring grantees the connections, tools and inspiration that are essential to sustaining their biggest thinking. 

South Dakota Indian Business Conference

May 18, 2015 to May 20, 2015

The biennial South Dakota Indian Business Conference is the premier event in South Dakota’s Native economic development field. The 2015 conference, themed Expanding Economies in the New Native America, will bring hundreds of tribal government and program representatives, practitioners, policy makers, financial institutions, nonprofit organizations, and entrepreneurs together with a focus on building Indian business.

Rural Arts and Culture Summit

June 02, 2015 to June 04, 2015

The Rural Arts and Culture Summit - a partnership between Springboard for the Arts, The Center for Small Towns and the Forum of Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota - will gather at least 500 artists, arts organizations and rural-centric community and economic development leaders to learn about creative rural people and places that have built their stories “from the ground up,” and to celebrate the artistic process as a powerful symbol and tool for strong, vibrant communities.

Save the date for the 2015 Nonprofit Leadership Conference, hosted by MCN and the Public & Nonprofit Leadership Center. The theme of the 10th annual Nonprofit Leadership Conference, "Leadership 2025," honors the history of the conference and will provide a space to address trends impacting the sector's work such as generational issues, the coming transfer of wealth from baby boomers, the increased diversity of communities and other trends. 

TEDxFargo 2015

July 23, 2015

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

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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.