Six Shifts in Social Innovation

Six Shifts in Social Innovation

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in Event Recap | No Comments

Coming off of two intensive days at the Social Innovation Summit with 650 changemakers from across the country, I’m equally excited and overwhelmed. I’m excited because I feel I like I found my tribe. I’m overwhelmed because I don’t yet know where to start to address the change I want to see in the world. […]

The Elements of OTA

The Elements of OTA

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Event Recap | No Comments

What binds the tri-state area of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota together? The obvious answer on the surface is OTA — all of these states end in O T A. When we dig deeper and consider the elements of OTA,  a seven-year venture supported by The Bush Foundation and focused on creatives and community changemakers, […]

IgniteMpls: More than Millennial Flannel

IgniteMpls: More than Millennial Flannel

Posted by on Nov 5, 2016 in Event Recap | No Comments

I brought a newbie to IgniteMpls. And from the show of hands from the crowd poll of 900, many others did too. Experiencing the event with someone coming in fresh reignited my fondness of this format — 18 presenters, 5 minutes each with 20 slides that advance on auto pilot every 15 seconds, whether the […]

MiXing Up Our Mindset For Innovation

MiXing Up Our Mindset For Innovation

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Event Recap | No Comments

Wave like a tree. I believe I was in my twenties when someone cued me that this behavior was a sure-fire way to ward off a threatening bee. I have never forgotten that advice and I’ve even passed it down to my children although it has yet to take hold. Their fear stifles them from believing this […]

An Appetite for Instagram

An Appetite for Instagram

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in Event Recap, Social Media | One Comment

I’ve been searching for the words and sentiments to convey my passion for Instagram over say… Facebook. I thought it was just a personal preference until I started voicing what I enjoy and value about Instagram to clients and friends. I intentionally booked my reservation to Social Media Breakfast MSP 93 (#SMBMSP93) to learn and […]

MN on the National Non-Flyover Radar During TCSW

MN on the National Non-Flyover Radar During TCSW

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Event Recap, Technology | No Comments

When I attended a few tech events during Twin Cities Tech Startup Week (#TCSW) in 2014, I sort of deduced on my own that the events were part of the larger #TCSW. I signed up for startup week events that year through those communities’ websites like 1Million Cups at James J, Hill, MN Cup through the University of Minnesota and […]

Socking it to the Common Good

Socking it to the Common Good

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Blog, Event Recap | No Comments

Purple. It was Elizabeth Taylor’s favorite color and when Kathy Ireland stepped into an ambassador role in Taylor’s foundation, The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, the color was a fit for her too. Ireland wore it well in a recent visit to the University of St. Thomas’ downtown campus, Schulze School of Creative Entrepreneurship, where the reigning color is […]

Power to the Pollenite

Power to the Pollenite

Posted by on Apr 9, 2016 in Event Recap, Networking | 3 Comments

Earlier than I would have liked on a chilly Minnesota spring morning, I ventured over to a neighborhood I don’t believe I’ve set foot in before. No one was holding me accountable to show up. No one would have noticed my absence. But I showed up at The Neighborhood House on Robie Street in East St. […]

WE+ Can Be Bossy

WE+ Can Be Bossy

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Blog, Event Recap, Learning | 2 Comments

Yesterday was a day of women and entrepreneurship in Minnesota. WE+ stands for Women Entrepreneurs and the plus sign in the logo version is the North Star, lest we forget the Minnesota culture that informs the business environment women navigate here. The conference, in its third year (see my recap from last year here), brought […]

Real ROI for Events

Real ROI for Events

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Event Recap | No Comments

Consider the time, resources and energy tied up with one event. Whether it’s a company-hosted and produced event, an event you simply sponsor, or an event or conference your employees attend for learning or networking, it’s a HUGE investment. When you review or report your event results, how confident do you feel that it yielded […]