Past Summit Highlights

Summit 2019: The 2019 Summit featured incredible keynotes from Stephanie Kimou, founder and lead consultant at Population Works Africa, who spoke about the importance of decolonizing NGO work, and Abdul M. Omari, founder of AMO Enterprise, who presented on leadership, mentoring and cultural intelligence.

Summit 2018: The 2018 Summit focused on Race, Gender, and Leadership in Global Development: Lifting New Voices for Better Outcomes with a special keynote address from Angela Bruce-Raeburn, the Associate Director at the Global Health Advocacy Incubator and formerly Senior Humanitarian Advisor for Haiti at Oxfam America

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. Read also about our partnership success in 2017!

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.