Plugged In: July 2016

Plugged In: July 2016

The best opportunities for networking this month.

July 13
Accelerating Leadership Performance
Learn about the five important leadership areas for strengthening performance at this one-day workshop presented by the Performance Excellence Network (PEN). Paul Batz of Good Leadership Enterprises will discuss methods for staying positive, facilitating change, effectively leading teams and coaching others.
8 a.m., starting at $325 (group discounts available), Normandale Community College, Bloomington, 612-462-3577,

July 17
Starkey Gala
Join supporters of the Starkey Hearing Foundation for its annual awards gala. The evening will showcase the impact of caring for others by honoring those making a positive impact on the world. Previous honorees have included Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, boxing legend Muhammad Ali and many others. Guests will also hear from a high-profile entertainer—past performers have included Sir Elton John, John Legend, Lionel Richie and Garth Brooks.
5 p.m., 866-354-3254, St. Paul RiverCentre,

July 20
Speakers Speed Showcase
Make connections with local businesswomen over lunch at Women in Networking’s (WIN) summer showcase. Add fresh ideas to your business development toolkit and listen to a variety of speakers including Amy Klous of the Amylia Group, Amy Bissonette of Sacred Styling and Barbara Montez of Lunch will be provided.
11:30 a.m., $34 for members, $54 for nonmembers, Golden Valley Country Club, 612-708-6001,

July 21
Travelers Sunset Affair
Take a trip to Africa this summer without leaving Minnesota. Como Friends’ annual summer benefit celebrates the zoo’s African animals with live music, food and beverages and a silent auction. Proceeds support the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, helping provide free visits to all visitors, improved animal exhibits, gardens and daily educational programs. 5:30 p.m., $200, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, St. Paul, 651-487-8229,

July 25-26
Digital Summit Minneapolis
Get the scoop on the latest digital marketing trends from leading brands such as Pinterest, Pandora, Microsoft, Salesforce and Intel. Industry experts discuss content strategy, user experience and design, mobile marketing, customer engagement and many other topics. Special keynotes include Microsoft’s behavior scientist Matt Wallaert and Reputation Refinery CEO Andy Beal.
8:30 a.m., starting at $245, Guthrie Theater, Mpls., 612-377-2224,

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