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 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 Bootstrappers […]

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 […]

OTASiouxFalls: The Story Continues

OTASiouxFalls: The Story Continues

Posted by on Aug 29, 2015 in Event Recap | No Comments

If there is a defining theme or way to organize my thoughts around all that was shared during OTA’s recent conference in Sioux Falls it would be STORY. OTA, drawn from the similar ending of the tri-states beginning with Minne, North Dak and South Dak, suggests the commonalities we share among the region. It celebrates, […]

Minnedemo20: Holla! Solid Innovations

Minnedemo20: Holla! Solid Innovations

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Event Recap, Technology | No Comments

The flip side of sitting through a boring PowerPoint presentation is Minnedemo. At Minnedemo20 last night at The Depot in Minneapolis, true to form, presenters labored through demos of their tech offerings. It’s almost the norm here (see my Minnedemo19 recap). The audience is completely empathetic and nearly expects some sort of tech glitch. Last […]

Crashing on a Brazilian Blue Carpet Affair

Crashing on a Brazilian Blue Carpet Affair

Posted by on Jun 21, 2015 in Event Recap | No Comments

Last night’s Symphony Ball and Crash the Ball returned to downtown Minneapolis on a high note. After a 2014 cancelation of the event previously held annually in September since 1956, The Minnesota Orchestra’s June 20, 2015, event was a grand entrance to a new era of talented musicians, direction and community support. As a new […]

Ignite Minneapolis: A Hot Ticket to Perfect Hair

Ignite Minneapolis: A Hot Ticket to Perfect Hair

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Event Recap | One Comment

There are some fairly predictable hot tickets in town. Ignite Minneapolis is one of them. So hot that it came down to the wire to score my ticket. It happened via Twitter. Three hours prior to the event, six DM’s with @micahvono (an attendee with an extra ticket), one PayPal exchange of $10 and one […]