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

Office Hours during NDANO - Fargo, ND

May 27, 2015 to May 28, 2015

The Bush Foundation staff will offer office hours during NDANO.

Sign up online.

NDANO Nonprofit Leadership Conference

May 27, 2015 to May 28, 2015

The 2015 NDANO Nonprofit Leadership conference at the Fargo Holiday Inn will take place May 27-28. This year’s speakers include Julia Classen, co-founder of Aurora Consulting, and Rinal Ray, public policy advocate at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. Topics include board development, legislative impacts, granting writing and more.

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.

The Bush Foundation staff will also offer office hours during the Community Conversation event in Pierre, SD:
June 15, 2:30 - 5:15 pm
June 16, 9:00 am - 3:45 pm

Register online for a time slot

Community leaders and volunteers are invited to attend Community Conversation powered by the Bush Foundation on Monday, June 15, in Brookings, South Dakota. The day will include networking activities, presentations and facilitated group discussions. This event is co-hosted by SDSU Extension and the Bush Foundation.

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.