Plugged In: April 2016

Plugged In: April 2016

The best opportunities for networking in April.

April 9
Hard Hat & Black Tie Gala
Gather with business professionals and top executives for the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s annual Hard Hat & Black Tie Gala. Guests will enjoy live and silent auctions, dinner and an after-party featuring the High & Mighty Band. And since it’s the “only party in town where guests can wear Carhartt and Versace,” attendees will have a chance to compete for best dressed.
6 p.m., $175 ($85 for 35 and under), St. Paul RiverCentre, 651-207-1700,

April 18-19
PENWorks 2016: Advancing Organizational Excellence
Network with more than 500 leaders and professionals in business, health care, education, government and other sectors at the region’s biggest conference focused on continuous improvement and organizational excellence. Learn best practices in achieving and sustaining high performance through leadership effectiveness, strategic planning, customer focus and workforce engagement, from more than 20 local, regional and national organizations.
8 a.m., Starting at $500, Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center, 763-367-3793,

April 23
NAMI Minnesota Spring Gala: Music for the Mind
Join Minnesota’s chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness for an elegant evening set in the Edwardian era. Enjoy live music, a wine pull, dinner, and live and silent auctions. Proceeds from the evening support NAMI Minnesota’s programs to educate and support people and families living with mental illnesses.
5:30 p.m., $125, Metropolitan Ballroom, Golden Valley, 651-645-2948,

April 25
Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership Anniversary
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of St. Catherine University’s Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program with 300 alumni. In honor of the celebration, Emmy-award winning journalist and author Cathy Wurzer, health care leader Penny George and internationally recognized leadership expert and author Bill George, will discuss “Reframing as Leadership.”
6 p.m., $40, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, 651-690-6420,

April 25-26
MinneWebCon 2016
Entering its ninth year, this two-day web conference features breakout sessions, workshops and keynote speakers, including Denise Jacobs, founder of Florida-based Creative Dose, and Sara Wachter-Boettcher, content strategy consultant. This year’s sessions cover topics including color theory, content organization, friendly user experiences and behavior-driven development. Beverages, snacks and lunch will be provided.
7:30 a.m., $300 ($200 for students), McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis, 612-625-7709,

April 29
Twin Cities Young Professionals Summit
Join hundreds of young professionals 20 to 40 years old for the inaugural TCYP Summit. Five industry leaders will conduct breakout sessions and share their insights on how to grow business expertise, focus leadership skills and integrate passion into the workplace. In addition to the breakout sessions, guests will hear from keynoters Stevie Ray from Stevie Ray’s Improv Comedy, and Angie Bastian, founder and namesake of Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP popcorn.
7:30 a.m., $110, Minneapolis Marriott SW, Minnetonka, 952-944-2830,

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