Plugged In: April 2014

Plugged In: April 2014

The best opportunities for networking this month.

Networking, Industry and Education

14-15 / Monday & Tuesday
MinneWebCon 2014
Join tech junkies and web aficionados at this grassroots two-day conference featuring seminars and workshops on programming, optimizing user experience and web design. Hosted by innovators changing the web game of Minnesota’s largest companies, this event can help you make the most of your own online presence.
8 a.m., $150-$250, McNamara Alumni Center (U of M East Bank), 612-624-7854

17 / Thursday
Global Matters Spring 2014
Shari Ballard, Best Buy’s international president and chief human resources officer, spearheads this discussion on the unique challenges global business executives face and the attributes successful international leaders possess. A networking reception follows the presentation and Q&A session.
3:30 p.m., $35, Carlson School of Management (3M Auditorium), 612-625-0027,

18 / Friday
Minnesota Cup 101: Marketing
So you’ve started a business and you’ve got great expectations, but you’ve hit a roadblock coming up with an effective marketing strategy. Attend this seminar to learn affordable ways to market your business to the right audience.
7:30 a.m., free, Carlson School of Management (Honeywell Auditorium), 612-625-9808,

25 / Friday
10th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference
With breakout sessions covering everything from negotiating to joining a board of directors, the Women’s Leadership Conference is a must-attend for emerging female business leaders. Keynote speakers are Minneapolis Police Department Chief Janee Harteau and Bobbi Cordano, vice president of programs at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. At midday, connect with fellow leaders at the networking lunch.
7:30 a.m., $75-$150, Carlson School of Management, 612-624-8255,

Galas and Awards

5 / Saturday
Minnesota Book Awards
Love reading? Lowertown’s Union Depot in St. Paul is the elegant backdrop for this celebration of the best wordsmiths and literary illustrators in Minnesota. Mingle with publishing industry pros and fellow bookworms at the opening reception or the champagne “epilogue.” With live music and refreshments.
7 p.m., $40-$45, St. Paul Union Depot, 651-222-3242,

12 / Saturday
Alzheimer’s Association Gala
“Purple tie admired, but not required” is the dress code for this glitzy gala. Support Alzheimer’s research with a silent auction, dinner and entertainment. The Afterthought Party is designed for young professionals and other supporters, with dancing and music by the R Factor. Sponsors include Wells Fargo, Medica and Pentair.
6 p.m., $200-$250, the Depot Minneapolis, 952-857-0545,

26 / Saturday
Minnesota Zoo’s 26th Annual Beastly Ball
Billed as the wildest party in town, the Beastly Ball is the Minnesota Zoo’s prestigious fundraising event. Don your finest penguin suit (dress code is ’60s glam) and talk turkey with guests from the biggest companies in Minnesota, including Best Buy, Target and 3M.
5:30 p.m., $200-$500, Minnesota Zoo, 952-431-9310,

29 / Tuesday
Women’s Health Leadership TRUST forum
TRUST celebrates 35 years of promoting and empowering female executives in the health care industry. Liz Collin of WCCO TV hosts the evening of awards. With more than 800 guests expected, a special networking hour starts at 5 p.m., where you can meet other top professionals in Minnesota’s health care industry.
5 p.m., $105-$115 advance, $125 at the door, Minneapolis Convention Center, 651-204-9154,

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