Plugged In: May 2014

Plugged In: May 2014

The best opportunities for networking in May.

Networking, Industry and Education


Center of the American Experiment Annual Dinner
Featuring the Pulitzer prize-winning columnist George Will, leaders in wealth management, law and business will be attending this yearly event, with a cocktail reception before the dinner program for meeting and greeting.
5:30 p.m., $200, Minneapolis Hilton, 612-338-3605,

See Change
These days the most effective way of communicating isn’t through endless Excel spreadsheets, it’s through creative visualization. The old “show, don’t tell” mantra has never been more important. Join top designers such as 3M’s Kevin Gilboe, photographers and business leaders for this two-day conference on changing the way we present, view and understand information.
5:30 p.m. May 13, 8 a.m. May 14, $129-$169, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus,

Food and Agriculture National Conference
Faegre Baker Daniels sponsors this conference that gathers industry titans such as Hormel, ConAgra and Cargill, and business owners and government regulators to discuss the current food and ag landscape. Topics include social media and brand protection, global conditions, GMOs, and more.
7:45 a.m., $395, Minneapolis Hilton, 612-766-7145,

MedTech Investing Conference
Meet and network with more than 350 of the biggest names in the med-tech scene. Hear about the latest innovations and discuss the year’s financing issues at the daytime conference. Speakers include event co-chair Dr. Dennis Wahr, president and CEO of Holaira.
7 a.m., $795-$1,395, Graves 601 Hotel, 516-765-9005,

Galas and Awards


PACER Center’s Annual Benefit
Diana Ross headlines this year’s Pacer gala. Network with luminaries in law, business, communications and more at this always well-attended event. Proceeds benefit Pacer’s programs for children with disabilities, as well as the organization’s bullying-prevention initiatives. Tickets $150 and above give you access to the patron party after the concert.
6 p.m., $70-$600, Minneapolis Convention Center, 952-838-9000,

Twin Cities International Citizens Awards
A night of celebration, the Twin Cities International Citizens Awards gala also highlights opportunities for Minnesotan business leaders to forge partnerships with the global community. Learn what you and your company can do to help build a more connected world.
5 p.m., $100, the Minneapolis Club, 651-690-7866, calendar.html

MN Teen Challenge Gala
For more than 25 years, MNTC has helped teenagers and adults overcome addiction. Join MNTC’s board of local leaders for an inspirational evening featuring a formal dinner, a presentation program with MC Leah McLean of KSTP-TV, and a silent auction where guests can bid directly from their smartphone. Sponsors include Baker Tilly.
5:30 p.m., $80, Minneapolis Hilton, 612-238-6184,

Royal Ascot Costume Ball
Gentleman, put on your morning suits, and ladies, don’t forget those fabulous hats, before you step out to the races at the Guthrie Theater’s fundraiser. Top-level tickets include an exclusive cocktail reception with the actors and staff of Crimes of the Heart. Lay a wager, graze on a variety of dining options throughout the theater and practice your foxtrot for the grandstand dance party.
5:30 p.m., $25-$1,250, Guthrie Theater, 612-225-6160,

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