Past Summit Highlights

Summit 2017: We were honored to have keynote speakers Ben Powell, Founder and CEO of Agora Partnerships, and Rajiv Khanna, Director of Philanthropic Partnerships at Thousand Currents, address 2017's theme, Building Resiliency in a Changing World. It was truly inspiring to see more than 160 people join us for seven breakout sessions led by 29 speakers in total.

Summit 2016: We were thrilled to have Harry Bader of USAID’s Global Development Lab lead our highly-engaging keynote address on Reimagining International Development: Defining Purpose & Success. Summit guests also received the surprise of the year: Senator Amy Klobuchar arrived just in time to introduce our closing panel and share stories from her wedding held at Humphrey School of Public Affairs!

Summit 2015: Vice President Walter Mondale and Dr. MayKao Hang, CEO and President of the Wilder Foundation, shared their thoughts on immigration, refugees, and Minnesota's role in these arenas, all around this year's theme of Fostering Minnesota's Global Engagement.

Summit 2014: This year's central theme was Innovation through Collaboration, with the keynote address coming from Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO and founder of Acumen. You may also recognize Jacqueline from any of her 5 TED talks or her book The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World.

Summit 2013: Over 250 individuals participated in MINN's inaugural Summit on Building Sustainable Impacts. Nancy Lindborg, Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Governance and Humanitarian Assistance at USAID, served as keynote speaker and over thirteen breakout sessions were attended at full capacity.