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

The Minneapolis Global Shapers will invite 20 mentors to share their stories with participants who are interested in diving into the heart of their work as emerging female leaders.  Two mentors will meaningfully engage with 15 participants at a time in three separate breakout sessions with the goal of sharing stories, inspiring, and building authentic bridges between emerging and established female leaders in the Twin Cities.   

Nobel Peace Prize Forum

March 06, 2015 to March 08, 2015

The Nobel Peace Prize Forum is an annual dialogue event that inspires peacemaking and peacebuilding by bringing together Nobel Laureates, leaders and activists. This interactive global event brings together over 6,000 in-person and 10,000 virtual attendees - professionals, citizens and students - to hear global thought leaders share their strategies for making peace. The 27th Nobel Peace Prize Forum will feature Nobel Laureates Jimmy Carter and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, and over 15 different featured speaker sessions devoted to a broad range of topics including Women's Rights, Digital Diplomacy, Science & Health, Children's Rights, and more. 

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.

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.

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.

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.