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 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 effectively lead change.

Recurring Events
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Aberdeen, SD
1 Million Cups is a free, national program designed to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation in 2012, the program is based on the notion that meaningful connections are made over one million cups of coffee. 1 Million Cups is led by more than 500 volunteer organizers in 35+ states, one U.S. territory, and six time zones – and growing every day.

1 Million Cups Aberdeen is held every Wednesday from 9am - 10am to empower entrepreneurs in the community.

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Fargo, ND
1 Million Cups is a free, national program designed to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation in 2012, the program is based on the notion that meaningful connections are made over one million cups of coffee. 1 Million Cups is led by more than 500 volunteer organizers in 35+ states, one U.S. territory, and six time zones – and growing every day.

1 Million Cups Fargo is held every Wednesday from 9:15am – 10:15am at the Stage at Island Park, except for the months of August and December.

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Rapid City, SD
1 Million Cups is a free, national program designed to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation in 2012, the program is based on the notion that meaningful connections are made over one million cups of coffee. 1 Million Cups is led by more than 500 volunteer organizers in 35+ states, one U.S. territory, and six time zones – and growing every day.

1 Million Cups Rapid City is held every Wednesday from 8:30am – 9:30am at the Black Hills State University-Rapid City Campus.

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Rapid City, SD
Morning Fill Up is a series of public gatherings to inspire and engage members of The Garage, as well as residents around western South Dakota, to put their creative energies into action for the betterment of the entire community. Since the inception of Morning Fill Up, creators of the morning talk have sought to bring guests who can speak to timely, important issues that impact residents of the region — and people across the country.

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Fargo, ND
The Fargo Chapter of Creative Mornings provides an open environment where anyone from the general public can gather and be inspired by makers, designers, artists, business leaders, non-profits, for-profits, solopreneurs and creative professionals. After all, everyone is creative and everyone is welcome!

Events are held on the last Friday of every month.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Story Stitch Gatherings

May 04, 2019 to August 29, 2019

MN, ND | Green Card Voices and its community-building partners will host five facilitated Story Stitch gatherings of meaningful and deep conversations in Fargo, St. Cloud, St. Paul, and Minneapolis.

Taking Heart Iftar Dinners

May 05, 2019 to June 04, 2019

MN | Minnesota mosques and Islamic Community Centers welcome their non-Muslim neighbors for a traditional Ramadan Iftar, inviting a time of learning and encounter. Participants will hear a presentation about Islam/Ramadan and the reason for fasting, participate in the breaking of the fast with water and dates, have the opportunity to observe prayer, and then join at table for wonderful food and conversation.

2019 NDANO Nonprofit Leadership Conference

June 05, 2019 to June 06, 2019

Fargo, ND | NDANO's nonprofit leadership conference offers a diverse mix of educational topics and abundant opportunities to connect with leaders from across the state.

2019 Dakota/Lakota Summer Institute

June 10, 2019 to June 28, 2019

Fort Yates, ND | The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, in partnership with Sitting Bull College and the Standing Rock Community Development Corporation, hosts the 13th annual Dakota/Lakota Summer Institute (DLSI).

Minneapolis, MN | Join YWCA in its mission to break through the barriers that perpetuate racism. The inaugural It's Time to Act! is a four-act forum series that will empower participants to engage in deeper conversations around race, equity, faith and social justice issues. You will hear from experts who will inspire you to intentionally take action on equity issues in your surrounding community.

2019 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention

June 13, 2019 to June 16, 2019

Twin Cities, MN | From the sessions and speakers to the Twin Cities, the 2019 Annual Convention is all about how the arts build civic engagement, give the space to investigate our past and future, and create lasting positive change.

Minneapolis, MN | Leaders of all levels and backgrounds are essential to building strong and vibrant communities.At this day-long gathering attendees will dialogue about personal and organizational change. We'll refresh our knowledge, focus on key values, recognize current trends and create a stronger community of nonprofit leaders.

RuralX

June 19, 2019 to June 20, 2019

Mitchell, SD | Now in its fourth exciting year, RuralX is an opportunity to connect and engage with a network of rural shapers from across the region. Get inspired to help community thrive through motivational keynote speakers, powerful new ideas, bold breakout sessions and topics that are relevant to rural community and economic development.

ConnectUP! MN Summit

June 21, 2019 to June 23, 2019

Saint Paul, MN | ConnectUP! MN is a two-day, culturally grounded gathering of curated underestimated entrepreneurs and investors that: learn and share with each other, engage in relationship-building, provide best and next practices from the field, as well as engage in active problem solving to build thriving, diverse, and sustainable enterprises and co-design an ecosystem that prioritizes equitable access to resources, capital and networks.

Office Hours

July 08, 2019

Sioux Falls, SD | The Bush Foundation strives to be accessible to and knowledgeable about the communities we seek to support. One way we do this is by visiting towns and cities across our region. We invite interested residents from these communities to sign up for Office Hours and meet face to face with our staff. These meetings give us a chance to connect with people who want to learn more about our grant programs, and they help us to better understand the challenges and opportunities that exist across our region.

Office Hours

July 10, 2019

Marshall, MN | The Bush Foundation strives to be accessible to and knowledgeable about the communities we seek to support. One way we do this is by visiting towns and cities across our region. We invite interested residents from these communities to sign up for Office Hours and meet face to face with our staff. These meetings give us a chance to connect with people who want to learn more about our grant programs, and they help us to better understand the challenges and opportunities that exist across our region.

Free Minds, Free People Conference

July 11, 2019 to July 14, 2019

Twin Cities, MN |Free Minds, Free People is a national conference convened by the Education for Liberation Network that brings together teachers, young people, researchers, parents and community-based activists/educators from across the country to build a movement to develop and promote education as a tool for liberation.

National Mass Customized Learning Summit

July 16, 2019 to July 18, 2019

Rapid City, SD | A new school year, a new initiative. Or so it seems. In the midst of all the new, more attention is being paid to the customized learning experience for each student. What would happen if we approached all of this work through a human-centered lens to design learning experiences and environments where students develop agency and deeper learning competencies?

TEDxFargo: Forward

July 25, 2019

Fargo, ND | At TEDxFargo, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

2019 Personalized Learning Summit

August 05, 2019 to August 06, 2019

Chanhassen, MN | The Personalized Learning Summit is an engaging event with educators from near and far participating in keynotes, panels and dynamic breakout sessions. The Summit is an opportunity to learn about culturally responsive teaching, explore feedback and assessment, and gain tools and resources to more fully realize student-centered learning.

Minneapolis, MN | Building upon the experience of the A+ Education Conference, and responding to the call for a focus on building a culture of learning, the Transforming Learning Summit is a new opportunity for Minnesota's education community to learn, share best practices, and advance education.

Crossroads Summit

August 15, 2019

Sioux Falls, SD | The Summit is a one-day, biennial conference for professionals from all industries around the region to network, learn, and build relationships.

TEDxBismarck

August 15, 2019

Bismarck, ND | At TEDxBismarck, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

Minneapolis, MN | Over 1,000 diverse leaders from business, education, arts and community service will come together to move Minnesota forward through honest conversation about race.

Rural Arts and Culture Summit

October 03, 2019 to October 05, 2019

Grand Rapids, MN | The Rural Arts and Culture Summit is a biannual, practitioner-driven gathering that celebrates and expands the field of rural arts-based community development by providing a space for learning, relationship building and celebration about the role of art and creativity in building strong, healthy and resilient rural communities.

Innovation Expo

October 08, 2019 to October 10, 2019

Rapid City and Sioux Falls, SD | The Innovation Expo is a conference focusing on connecting entrepreneurs, innovators, angel investors, venture capitalists, and the many others who are involved in developing startup companies. The event will consist of speakers, breakout sessions, and networking focusing on the entrepreneurial community.