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 effecitvely lead change.


bushCONNECT is our networking event that builds stronger and more meaningful connections among leaders in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography.

Visit to learn more about the event and what we've done in the past. 

Upcoming Events

1 Million Cups

May 23, 2018

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.

May 23: Garrett Moon of CoSchedule and Scott Bintz the founder of RealTruck

May 30: No 1 Million Cups Fargo

June 6: Zoe Bundy of Brainy Ladies, Sadiyo Hassan the Fargo Startup Weekend winner, and Fardosa Hassan

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.

Morning Fill Up

May 24, 2018

Rapid City, SD

May 24: Morning Fill Up with Deidre Schmidt
President and CEO of CommonBond Communities

Morning Fill Up is a series of public gatherings intended 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. 

Visit their website for more information

Office Hours

June 06, 2018

Owatonna, MN

The Bush Foundation will partner with Otto Bremer Trust and Propel Nonprofits to kickoff our 2018 Office Hours.

Learn more about funding opportunities available for discussion.

Visit our Eventbrite for details and to register.

2018 Nonprofit Leadership Conference

June 06, 2018 to June 07, 2018

Bismarck, ND

The North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations will host the 2018 Nonprofit Leadership Conference featuring a keynote on "Healthy Nonprofits and Storytelling" by Beth Kanter and Thaler Pekar.

Learn more and register.