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The Elements of OTA

The Elements of OTA

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 […]

IgniteMpls: More than Millennial Flannel

IgniteMpls: More than Millennial Flannel

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 […]

MiXing Up Our Mindset For Innovation

MiXing Up Our Mindset For Innovation

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 […]

An Appetite for Instagram

An Appetite for Instagram

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 […]

MN on the National Non-Flyover Radar During TCSW

MN on the National Non-Flyover Radar During TCSW

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, […]

Socking it to the Common Good

Socking it to the Common Good

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, […]

Power to the Pollenite

Power to the Pollenite

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 […]

WE+ Can Be Bossy

WE+ Can Be Bossy

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 […]

Real ROI for Events

Real ROI for Events

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 […]

OTASiouxFalls: The Story Continues

OTASiouxFalls: The Story Continues

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, […]