Connect with professionals, policy-makers and educators at Carlson School of Management’s annual tech conference. Key leaders will share perspectives on the state of Minnesota technology and lead conversations on growing talent, industry trends and where to seek new opportunities. Keynote speaker Mike McNamara, Target Corp. CIO, will discuss the importance of technology in Target’s future and in the Twin Cities business community.
12:30 p.m., $60-$80, Carlson School of Management, Mpls., 612-624-1605, carlsonschool.umn.edu/events /tech-cities-conference
The Entrepreneurs’ Organization of Minnesota is bringing together more than 200 members of the Twin Cities start-up community for another round of speed mentoring. Established local entrepreneurs will gather to connect with new and emerging entrepreneurs.
Meal provided. 5 p.m., $15, Aria Event Center, Mpls., 612-386-1216, entrepreneursrally.org
Entrepreneurs Organization | Minnesota Chapter
Learn some of the best and most cost-effective strategies to connect with customers through social media. Socially Smitten’s vice president of business development, Caryn Butler, will provide tips on how to set up and manage your brand on social media to achieve strong brand reputation, frequent customer engagement and high brand reach.
11:45 a.m., tickets start at $15, St. Paul Chamber of Commerce, St. Paul, 651-223-5000, saintpaulchamber.com/events
Executive chef Andrew Wilson of the Oceanaire Seafood Room prepares a four- to five-course meal and wine pairings for your delectation. Proceeds from the dinner help support People Serving People’s mission to provide family-focused housing for homeless children and their families.
Event is limited to 50 guests. 7 p.m., $85, People Serving People, Mpls., 612-227-0256, peopleservingpeople.org/chefs-for-change
Mingle with nearly 400 local business professionals, while enjoying great food, music and a live and silent auction at the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce’s 32nd annual gala. This year’s Atlantis-themed event helps support the chamber foundation’s scholarship fund.
6:30 p.m., $85, Target Field, Mpls., 763-450-2227, twinwest.com/events/details/32nd-annual-twinwest-gala
Join Alexandra House as it celebrates 40 years of providing support services to domestic and sexual violence victims at its annual Hope Gala. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, a dream vacation raffle, silent and live auctions, games, dinner and a special program.
6 p.m., $140, Leopold’s Mississippi Gardens, Mpls., 763-656-1363, alexandrahouse.org/event/hope-gala