Hosted by and for emerging leaders, the Minnesota Rising 2013 Un/Conference: Cultivating Capacity for Collective Leadership will engage emerging leaders across Minnesota in an energizing day of innovative learning and dialogue, skill-building, and network-building with their peers!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

09:00AM “Improv in the AM” (Optional Pre-Session)
09:15AM Registration + Networking
10:00AM Un/Conference Welcome and Opening Address
10:15AM Keynote Speaker: Sondra Samuels, President and CEO of Northside Achievement Zone
10:45AM Open Space Technology Forum
11:00AM Breakout Session 1
12:00PM Breakout Session 2
01:00PM Show and Tell Lunch
02:00PM Breakout Session 3
03:00PM Mapping Minnesota + Foretelling the Future
04:00PM Closing Session
04:30PM Happy Hour (Optional) The Pourhouse

Minnesota Rising 2013 Un/Conference Venue

DLR Group Minneapolis
520 Nicollet Mall
Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Keynote Speaker: Sondra Samuels, President & CEO of the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ)

sondra samuels headshot

As the President and CEO of the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ), Sondra Samuels leads a collaborative of partner organizations and schools who work together toward a single goal—to prepare low-income North Minneapolis children to graduate from high school ready for college.

Ms. Samuels is a national leader and tireless advocate for effective solutions to end poverty through education. Under her leadership, NAZ was named a federal Promise Neighborhood and has become a nationally recognized model for achievement.

Ms. Samuels has lived in North Minneapolis for 15-years and serves as an inspirational leader and advocate for Northside families. She was appointed by the Governor of Minnesota to serve on the state Judiciary Selection Commission. In addition, she currently serves on the Children’s Defense Fund’s Advisory Board, the African American Leadership Forum’s Education Committee, and the Junior League of Minneapolis’ Community Advisory Board. Minnesota Monthly Magazine recently named Ms. Samuels one of the 75 most influential people in the Twin Cities.


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