MCF CEO Retreat

Monday, October 3, 2022 - 3:00pm to Tuesday, October 4, 2022 - 2:00pm CDT
Heritage Center of Brooklyn Center 6155 Earle Brown Dr. Minneapolis, Minnesota 55430

MCF CEO Retreat

  • 3:00 p.m. Monday, October 3 – 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 4, 2022
  • The Heritage Center of Brooklyn Center
  • Please plan to join your peers overnight at the Embassy Suites Minneapolis North

We’re living in a period of transformation. Community needs are changing. Employee expectations are evolving. Boards are being asked to think differently.

Today’s philanthropic leaders must meet the times. We must question everything we’ve done in the past to assess its relevance in today’s world. We must be brave enough to discard what’s broken, to lift up what works, and to acknowledge the limits of our wisdom. This is a time to rethink what it means to be risk-takers. A time to add the phrase “I don’t know” to our leadership lexicon.

On October 3 – 4, join your Minnesota Council on Foundations CEO peers for a retreat from your day-to-day activities. We’ll network in deeply meaningful ways together with retreat co-chairs Diana Anderson, President & CEO, Southwest Initiative Foundation and Kevin Walker, President & CEO, Northwest Area Foundation. We’ll build relationships through renewal. We’ll consider the big questions of these times.

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 Outline (Details to Follow)

Monday, October 3

  • 3:00 – 5:00, Introductory Circle
  • 5:00 – 6:00, Welcome Reception
  • 6:00 – 8:30, Working Dinner
  • 8:30 – night, Social Hour, Bonfire and Unstructured Time with Peers
  • Lodging On-site

Tuesday, October 4

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

Our conversations will be facilitated by Lisa Fisher, Senior Advisor at The Giving Practice. Lisa is experienced in coaching and facilitating foundation CEOs through thoughful, collaborative and participatory approaches.

Welcome Reception Host: Best Buy


Working Dinner Host: Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies


Working Lunch Host: Minnesota Initiative Foundations

Registration Fees

  • $650, individual regular registration
  • $950, individual supporter registration – round up to support a colleague (this higher payment allows one of your peers from a small organization to register at a reduced rate)

If the $650 cost is a barrier to participation, please contact Susie Brown to access a reduced rate made possible by the support of your peers.

Become a Host

MCF seeks hosts for various components of the event including Monday Reception, Monday Dinner and Tuesday Luncheon. If you’re interested in hosting (financially supporting) any of these activities, please reach out to Susie Brown.

Reserve Your Room

We invite you to join your peers overnight at the Embassy Suites Minneapolis North. Reservations must be made individually, $129+ for a king suite (reserve by Sept 3 to guarantee this rate). A booking link will be sent in your registration confirmation email.

COVID Policies for In-Person Events

The Minnesota Council on Foundations takes seriously the health of staff, members and other stakeholders. Please see the public health measures that we've instituted for in-person programming. 

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