Plugged In: May 2015

Plugged In: May 2015

The best opportunities for networking.

2 May — PACER’s Annual Benefit

Crosby, Stills & Nash are coming to rock the Minneapolis Convention Center this year for PACER’s Annual Benefit for children and young adults with disabilities. WCCO TV’s Frank Vascellaro and Amelia Santaniello will return to host as thousands of professionals—including senior executives from Walt Disney Cos., General Mills, Wells Fargo, Verizon and more—will gather. This event features a silent auction of more than 1,000 items, including a trip to Los Angeles to attend the Ellen DeGeneres Show. 6 p.m., $70-$600, Minneapolis Convention Center, 952-838-9000,


5 May — Honeywell User Experience (HUE) event

“The Honeywell Story: Radically Improving the Customer Experience at Every Touchpoint” will be the theme of a breakfast event sponsored by the Business Marketing Association of Minnesota. Mingle with user-experience designers and marketing professionals before a Q&A with Doug Beaudet, a Honeywell vice president, who will discuss creating products that are appealing, intuitive, efficient and productive. The event moderator will be Cory Rogers of SmartBase Solutions. 7:30 a.m., $49, Metropolitan Ballroom & Clubroom, Golden Valley, 612-618-6960,


7 May — Twin Cities International Citizens Awards

The theme for this year’s event is “global relationships are good for business.” Celebrate with a diverse crowd of business, legal, medical and diplomatic professionals as Twins great Tony Oliva and others are honored. Event is black tie or international dress. Keynote speaker is Vuyiswa Tulelo, consul general of South Africa. 5 p.m., $100, Minneapolis Club, 651-690-7866,


13 May — Minnesota Business Ethics Award Luncheon

Crisis guru James Lukaszewski is the keynote speaker of this year’s Minnesota Business Ethics Award event. Businesses recognized exemplify ethical conduct for the benefit of the workplace, marketplace, environment and community. Leaders from multiple industry sectors will attend. 11:15 a.m., $50 ($75 after May 7), Nicollet Island Pavilion, 651-815-0668,


13 May — See Change Conference

This all-day gathering is expected to attract 300 to 400 people in the visual communication field; designers, photographers, advertising executives and others will take part in the conference sessions. After the formal sessions conclude, attendees are invited to the Weisman Art Museum for a closing reception. 7:30 a.m., $129-$169 ($25 for students), Coffman Memorial Union Theater, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 612-605-4875,


20-22 May — Confab Central

About 600 people are expected to attend this conference that focuses on digital content strategy. Speakers from large and small businesses will share their success stories and challenges. Program speakers are from companies such as Google, Facebook and BlueCross BlueShield. 9 a.m. each day, $1,249-$1,795, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Minneapolis, 612-331-6600,

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