Oct 16, Minnesota IDEA Summit

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The Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN) is organizing one of the largest international development events to occur in Minnesota and we hope you can join us.

This year, we are hosting the third annual MINN IDEA Summit (International Development Exchange & Action) on Friday, October 16th at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. This year’s theme is Fostering Minnesota’s Global Engagement.

We hope to foster new connections and the exchange of ideas through practitioners in NGOs, non-profits, institutions, and the private sector.


Breakout Session Speakers
The Summit will offer 14 Breakout Sessions presented by professionals from local NGOs, institutions, and businesses. Each session addresses a unique topic that is relevant to current international development practices. Gain practical skills on effective program management within a set timeline and budget, learn about the theory of respectful maternity care, engage in discussion surrounding a community responsive approach to research and evaluation, learn about concepts of project and program sustainability, and much more! The sessions feature speakers from organizations from such as:
  • Advocates for Human Rights
  • Clifton Larson Allen
  • Global Sustainable Tourism Council
  • Faegre Baker Daniels
  • GLP Films
  • HealthPartners 
  • Human Rights in Childbirth
  • Impact Hub MSP
  • Improve Group

  • Land O'Lakes International Development
  • Lutheran Social Services
  • Lutheran World Relief
  • Nonviolent Peaceforce
  • Philippine Cordillera Community in Minnesota & Benguet Network of NGOs and Peoples’ Organizations Philippines
  • Speak to Hear
  • University of St. Thomas
The 2015 Summit Marketplace will feature 19 Vendors & Exhibitors from local NGOs and businesses who offer a wide range of valuable resources and services to the global community. Meet organizations working in a variety of fields, including those who provide women's empowerment strategies, consult to help organizations make strategic and financial decisions, provide opportunities and expertise to refugees, work to end the book famine in Africa, work to improve food security, and are helping to eradicate poverty using person-to-person support! The Marketplace is a great place to take advantage of one of the largest gatherings of international development practitioners in the state. Some benefits include:
  • Connecting with NGOs and businesses who can provide resources for your work.
  • Establishing partnerships with other NGOs and businesses.

Take advantage of the multiple networking opportunities available at the Summit's Marketplace, which features organizations such as:
  • Academy for Women’s Empowerment
  • American Refugee Committee 
  • Books for Africa
  • CliftonLarsonAllen
  • Ethiopia Reads
  • Give Us Wings
  • Global Volunteers
  • HOPE International
  • Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • The Improve Group
  • Land O’Lakes International Development 
  • Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
  • Minnesota International NGO Network
  • Nonviolent Peaceforce
  • Scantron
  • St. Catherine University, Master of Public Health 
  • Saint Mary’s University
  • University of St. Thomas
  • Victus Motion
Registration is open!  The cost is $60 for members and $75 for non-members. Discounted registration options will be available for MINN members.

Register Now
Interested in providing financial support towards the IDEA Summit? There are opportunities for both organizations and individuals to sponsor at various levels. Sponsorship is your opportunity to:
  • Support the Summit and MINN
  • Promote your organization on event material
  • Receive complimentary admissions.
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This material is cross-posted from Minnesota International NGO Network and appears to be an interesting opportunity for the Humphrey community.   This is meant for information sharing purposes only. 
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