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MCF CEO Retreat

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 - Thursday, October 5, 2023
3 p.m. - 2 p.m.
The Heritage Center of Brooklyn Center


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MCF CEO Retreat: Leadership in Complex Times

Today’s environment is uncertain and unpredictable. Leading people and institutions in an inter-connected, high-tech, globalized world is becoming more and more challenging. Join your Minnesota Council on Foundations CEO peers on October 4 - 5 as we ask powerful questions, tap into our individual and collective influence, and refuel our aspirations.  

It’s more than just a break from your day-to-day activities. We will share our experiences, learn about leadership approaches, recognize our own personal leadership styles, and reflect on ways to maintain the energy and focus necessary to be a leader of people, institutions, and partnerships —all during highly complex times. Perhaps most importantly, we will build relationships and community, the aspect of a CEO retreat we consistently hear is the most valuable.

By coming together, we can break the isolation and make sense together. Through small group activities and an intimate setting, we’ll have space to reflect, to become vulnerable, to be open about recent challenges, and to support mutual learning.

By the end of the retreat, you’ll have new ways to think about your leadership style and impact. You’ll feel sustained and supported by your peers – allies who are working to build a more prosperous and equitable Minnesota. And you’ll have a renewed sense of connection with other leaders in Minnesota’s philanthropic community.

Agenda at a Glance

Wednesday, October 4

  • 2:00 – 3:00, Registration and Optional Social Hour: Enjoy appetizers and mingle with members of the Rural Urban Bridging Initiative Steering Committee who will be meeting on-site earlier in the day. Learn about the RUBI work and how the idea was sparked at the 2022 CEO Retreat.
  • 3:00 – 5:00, Opening Discussion/Setting the Stage
  • 5:00 – 6:00, Networking Happy Hour hosted by the Bush Foundation
  • 6:00 – 8:30, Large Group Working Dinner hosted by Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies
  • 8:30 – Night, Socializing

Thursday, October 5

  • 8:30 – 9:15, Breakfast Table Discussions
  • 9:15 – 12:00, Small Group Focused Conversations
  • 12:00 – 2:00, Large Group Working Lunch

Become a Host

MCF seeks hosts for various components of the event including Welcome Reception, Wednesday Dinner and Thursday Luncheon. If you’re interested in hosting (financially supporting) any of these activities, please reach out to Josh Vang,

Reserve Your Room

We invite you to join your peers overnight at the Embassy Suites Minneapolis North. MCF is holding a block of rooms at a discounted rate of $134 (not including tax). Reservations must be made individually. Reservations must be made by Sept 4 to guarantee this rate. Reserve your room now by following this booking link

*We want participation to be possible for all of our member CEOs. If the $650 cost is a barrier to participation, please contact Susie Brown,

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