Plugged In: March 2014

Plugged In: March 2014

The best opportunities for networking this month.

1-Saturday
Wishes and More Winter Ball 2014

Help children and families touched by terminal and life-threatening illness in this benefit that raises money for scholarships, financial assistance and one-of-a-kind experiences. On hand will be board members, including media personalities and leaders from companies such as GE, Wells Fargo and Wipfli, with expected attendance of 650.

5:30 p.m., $175-$225 individual, $1,750-$2,250 table host, Minneapolis Marriott City Center, 763-502-1500, wishesandmore.org

3-Monday
2014 Women’s Entrepreneur Event

This conference for female entrepreneurs, inventors and small-business owners features breakout sessions with panelists from the business, academic, legal and financial worlds. Topics run the gamut from what to do once you have that great idea to raising capital to opening the doors of your new business. Meet kindred spirits and learn how to enter this year’s Minnesota Cup competition, the largest statewide new-venture competition in the country.

1 p.m., free, U of M Carlson School of Management, 612-716-0556, breakthroughideas.org

7-Friday
Solar Powering Minnesota

Let’s face it, most of us don’t bask in sunlight regularly in Minnesota winters, so it’s easy to forget our nearest star is still out there, producing energy. Join with local and national energy experts and business leaders for this one-day solar power conference, covering topics from local legislative changes to financing, business incentives and community outreach.

8 a.m., $149-$199, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, growsolar.org

7-Friday
Nobel Peace Prize Forum Law and Business Day

Whether your company operates domestically or internationally, it doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Learn about the economic and legal issues facing the global/local community. The keynote speaker is Ian Bremmer of the Eurasia Group, whose focus will be analyzing political risks. Other speakers will discuss corporate responsibility, sourcing conflict materials and sustainability. Meet speakers and fellow guests during networking breaks.

8 a.m., $49, Augsburg University/U of M West Bank Campus, 612-330-1318, nobelpeaceprizeforum.org

8-Saturday
Gala 4 Goals

Practice your goal celebration dances for the Sanneh Foundation’s fourth annual gala. Founded by U.S. soccer player and World Cup star Tony Sanneh, the organization uses the game as a stepping-stone to help inner-city kids develop leadership skills. Mingle with athletes and business leaders as you discuss Bayern Munich’s chances of a repeat.

5:30 p.m., $65 standing, $175-$250 for reserved seating, the Depot, 320-224-3283, thesannehfoundation.org

9-Sunday
Flavors of Twin Cities

This is an exclusive night of fine dining to support the American Liver Foundation. Guests reserve a spot with one of a dozen top chefs from local restaurants such as Pazzaluna, Lake & Irving and the News Room, who prepare one-of-a-kind meals right at the table. It’s a great event to bring a client to, or just to socialize with Twin Cities foodies. Online registration ends March 3.

4:30 p.m., $225, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, 414-477-1647, goliverfoundation.org

22-Saturday
Gala on the Green

Gala on the Green benefits Restart Inc., which helps people with severe brain injuries live an independent life. Enjoy cocktails and putt-putt in a crowd that includes executives from companies such as Target and Valspar. Young professionals get a free drink ticket with registration. Hosted by WCCO’s Frank Vascellaro, the night also features live and silent auctions and a formal dinner.

6 p.m., $85-$125, Rush Creek Golf Club, 612-735-7130, restartincmn.org

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