Plugged In: June 2015

Plugged In: June 2015

The best opportunities for networking.

8-9 June — 2015 Upper Midwest Capital Connection

The Minnesota Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth is back with its annual conference, offering networking opportunities with more than 500 representatives from leading corporations, private equity groups, accountants, attorneys and financial experts from local and national markets. The event kicks off with lawn bowling and a golf tournament, followed by a conference the next day.

9 a.m. Monday, 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, $350-$750, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Minneapolis, 612-590-1041,


13 June — Northern Spark

Stretching from 9 p.m. to exactly 5:26 a.m., Northern Spark is an all-night romp through Minneapolis, an opportunity to explore its urban landscape and view hundreds of ambitious art projects. The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Convention Center, Mill City Museum and many others open their doors to tens of thousands of night owls participating in the fifth annual event, hosted by nonprofit organization Northern

9 p.m., Free, various locations in Minneapolis; Launch party, Mill City Museum, $60,


23 June — Breakfast with Values Champions speaker series

Diane Nettifee, president of Magis Ventures, emcees this event, hosted by St. Catherine University, which features HealthPartners CEO Mary Brainerd as the main speaker. Leadership teams and CEOs representing a variety of organizations will attend to learn more about aligning their business values with their policies and actions.

7:30 a.m., $25, St. Catherine University, Coeur de Catherine, Room 372, St. Paul, 952-737-7312,


26 June — Minneapolis Institute of Arts Summer Party

Mix and mingle outside the neoclassical entrance of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts to celebrate its 100th birthday. A set by DJ Chromeo provides the sounds for the party space along 24th Street, where creative minds and art supporters gather under a custom-built tent.

8 p.m., $100, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 612-870-3023,


26 June — MNSearch Summit

Seer Interactive founder Wil Reynolds and Duane Forrester of Bing keynote this conference focused on digital content marketing. Entry-level through senior marketers of all disciplines, small business owners and students gather for this daylong opportunity to network and learn more about improving the online presence of companies.

8 a.m., $499 or $249 for students, St. Paul River Centre, 612-567-2736,


27 June — The Nicest Day Ever

The Minneapolis Foundation and Nice Ride Minnesota are joining forces to set a record for the most Nice Ride bike trips recorded in a single day. To celebrate the foundation’s centennial, $1 for every bike rented will be donated to Free Bikes 4 Kidz, a local nonprofit, as Minnesotans explore the greater Twin Cities area.

All day, Free passes at select stations, Minneapolis and St. Paul, 612-672-3878,