Plugged In: February 2017

Plugged In: February 2017

The best opportunities for networking this month.

February 9
WaveMaker Awards Celebration
The second annual TeamWomenMN WaveMaker Awards, hosted by the organization’s Young Professionals Board, will celebrate women making a major impact on the community. Awards in five categories will be presented. A social hour and appetizers are included, along with the opportunity to network with accomplished businesswomen.
5 p.m., tickets $35 to $500, Minneapolis Event Centers, 212 Second St. SE, Mpls., 612-373-7037,

February 18
Hearts of Hope Gala
Be a part of the 17th annual gala. Proceeds go toward the Hemophilia Foundation of Minnesota/Dakotas, which provides financial assistance, family fitness programs and summer camp for children and adults living with hemophilia. The event includes dinner, drinks, a program and live auction.
5:30 p.m., tickets $75, Hyatt Regency, Bloomington, 651-406-8655,

February 21
Communications & Technology Conference
The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is hosting this conference to help professionals use social media more effectively in a tech-savvy world. Keynote speaker R.T. Rybak, president and CEO of the Minneapolis Foundation, will discuss “A Diabolical Weapon Called Authenticity.” There will be breakout sessions, networking and exhibitors.
7:30 a.m., tickets start at $199, Hyatt Regency, Mpls., 651-642-1904,

February 23
Connecting Generations
Neuger Communications Group is gathering people of all ages for a breakfast discussion of how different generations can best work together. As demographics in the workplace change, many employers and employees will need to learn how to communicate more effectively.
7:30 a.m., tickets $30, Hilton, Mpls., 888-761-3400,

February 28 to March 1
Robotics Alley Conference & Expo
Forward-thinking people from around the world will share their innovative robotics-related technologies with more than 500 global leaders in robotics research, design, business development and investment. Attendees can pitch their technology start-ups to a panel of venture capital judges during the “Invest in Innovation” contest; winners gain exposure and may be able to secure investment capital.
7:15 a.m., tickets start at $119, the Depot, Mpls., 763-548-1303,