Plugged In: May 2016

Plugged In: May 2016

The best opportunities for networking in May.

May 11
See Change Conference
2016 is See Change’s seventh year of bringing together national and local speakers with professionals and students in the design and communication fields. At this visual communication conference, attendees will learn about innovative projects, working philosophies and business survival techniques. Speakers include design strategist Antionette Carroll of Creative Reaction Lab, data visualizer Eric Rodenbeck of Stamen and artistic director Michelle Hensley of Ten Thousand Things. Also appearing is photographer and filmmaker Gary Hustwit, who is known for the film Helvetica. Lunch will be provided.
8 a.m., $169 ($20 for students), Coffman Memorial Union Theater, Minneapolis,

May 11
Minnesota Business Ethics Award Luncheon
Join local business professionals for the annual Minnesota Business Ethics Award Luncheon to recognize Minnesota businesses that exemplify and promote ethical conduct in the workplace, marketplace and community. Keynoting this year’s luncheon is Emery Koenig, former vice chairman and chief risk officer of Cargill. The 2016 MBEA winners will be announced at the luncheon.
11:15 a.m., $50, Nicollet Island Pavilion, Minneapolis, 651-815-0668,

May 13
TWMN Annual Women’s Leadership Conference
Spend the day with professional businesswomen, who will share entrepreneurial and personal success stories at a variety of interactive sessions at TeamWomenMN’s annual leadership conference. The event also will feature a panel of diverse industry leaders and keynote speaker Paula McLain, an internationally bestselling author. There will be an evening happy hour following the sessions.
9 a.m., $150, Minneapolis Event Centers, Minneapolis, 612-373-7037,

May 14
Opportunity Partners Gala
Help support Opportunity Partners, one of the largest social service agencies in Minnesota, and its mission to advance the quality of life for people with disabilities. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a live and silent auction, dinner and a social hour buzzing with industry leaders. UnitedHealth Group, Graco, Atlas Staffing and Kraus-Anderson Construction are a few of this year’s sponsors.
5:30 p.m., $125, Opportunity Partners-Koch Campus, Minnetonka, 952-912-7442,

May 17-19
Midwest Management Summit
This conference is designed to provide technical training across all System Center Microsoft products, with information on new and upcoming releases, as well as new features and trends. The summit is filled with dozens of sessions, product demonstrations and plenty of networking opportunities. Industry speakers making an appearance include Wally Mead, Kent Agerlund and Johan Arwidmark.
8:30 a.m., $1,499, Radisson Blu MOA, Bloomington,

May 18-20
Confab Central 2016
Join over 600 digital content professionals for three days of keynote speakers, interactive workshops and breakout sessions with some of the top content strategy leaders in the industry. This year’s keynotes include Anil Dash, co-founder and CEO of ThinkUp; Kristina Halvorson, founder and CEO of Brain Traffic; and author Cheryl Strayed. Workshops include topics such as workflow and governance, analytics and collaborative techniques.
9 a.m., $1,399 to $1,899, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, Minneapolis, 612-331-6600,

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