Plugged In: November 2014

Plugged In: November 2014

The best opportunities for networking in November

1 Saturday
Phillips Eye Institute Foundation’s Urban Cocktail Party
This year Phillips Eye Institute is taking a classic approach, hosting its annual event at the Historic St. Anthony Main Building, with live entertainment from Jazz Savvy. This event caters to both the established medical crowd as well as up-and-coming professionals. The evening’s MC, KARE 11’s Lindsey Seavert, will conduct the live and silent auctions, and help introduce the 2014 honoree, the Minnesota Twins. Some 300 attended last year’s event.
6 p.m., $200 ($125 for professionals under 40), Minneapolis Event Center/Historic St. Anthony Main, Minneapolis, 612-775-8758

1-2 Saturday-Sunday
Nouveau Harvest Festival
Each year Alexis Bailly Vineyard commissions artwork from the clients of Lifeworks, which wine-tasters can enjoy as they celebrate the first wine of the harvest. Lifeworks is a nonprofit organization that helps people with disabilities live fuller lives in today’s community. Alexis Bailly Vineyard is the oldest vineyard in Minnesota, operated by the second generation of the Bailly family.
11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., $10, Alexis Bailly Vineyard, Hastings, 651-427-1413

7 Friday
Women Venture Fundraising Luncheon
Join this year’s keynote speaker Tina Wells, CEO and founder of Buzz Marketing, as she highlights the importance of investing in the economic success of young women in today’s world. This annual fall event attracts a wide range of professionals, community leaders and individuals with a common interest in celebrating women and entrepreneurs.
10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., tickets start at $130, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, 612-224-9540,

12 Wednesday
Minnesota Family Business Awards
Learn about these family-owned companies that enrich Minnesota. Five businesses were chosen from a large pool of nominees for their outstanding records of family involvement and success, community service and multigenerational culture.
5:30 p.m., $100, Hilton Minneapolis, 612-336-9288,

13-14 Thursday-Friday
MobCon 2014
Mobile enthusiasts and business executives flock to MobCon’s annual conference focused on cutting-edge trends. Attendees can hear from keynote speakers including Target CIO Bob DeRodes and Twitter’s Brent Herd. About 700 are expected at this event, where you can network with industry strategists and learn how organizations are using mobile technology to transform their businesses.
Thursday 7 a.m.-Friday 3 p.m., tickets start at $695, Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis, 612-466-4935,

14-16 Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Midwest Home & Holiday Show
Special guest is TV personality Dr. Lori of the Discovery Channel’s Auction Kings. This three-day event will showcase some of the Twin Cities’ top remodelers, landscapers, designers and home improvement specialists.
Friday 1-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., admission is free Friday, $4 Saturday and Sunday, The Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, 612-371-5800,

22 Saturday
JFCS Benefit
Join Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis for an evening of laughter, food and fun. Comedian Jake Johannsen will entertain, and Andy and Cass Stillman will be honored with the JFCS Friends of the Family Award.
6 p.m., tickets start at $50, Hilton Minneapolis, 952-542-4878,

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