MSBA Leadership Conference

The 2023 MSBA Leadership Conference is scheduled for Thursday, January 12, and Friday, January 13, 2023, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

There is no registration fee for MSBA members to attend this two-day conference. MSBA provides this conference registration-fee free every January as part of members’ annual dues.

The Leadership Conference features nationally recognized speakers, workshops on a variety of topics, an Exhibit Hall, a School Excellence Showcase, and a Recognition Luncheon. Early Bird Sessions are provided the evening before the conference.

Exhibitor Information

Each year, the MSBA Leadership Conference attracts more than 2,000 school board members, superintendents, business managers and school leaders – concerned people who are anxious to see and hear about new and better products and services in education. This is an excellent opportunity for you to reach potential customers in a very professional atmosphere. Click on the link below to request a booth at the Leadership Conference today!

Click here to access the Exhibitor webpage

Call for Presentations forms

Submit a workshop and/or roundtable proposal for the 2023 Leadership Conference:

Click here to access the Call for Presentations form

Note: This application must be completed in one sitting — it cannot be saved and resumed later. Click here for a preview of the application.

Deadline: September 30, 2022

MSBA award nomination forms

Nominate school board members for the MSBA All-State School Board or the Rising Star Award. Those forms and criteria for the awards are listed below:

To qualify for the MSBA All-State School Board, a board member must be elected at least twice to their school board, have a Leadership Development Certificate and have attended at least two Leadership Conferences.

Download the MSBA All-State School Board nomination form

To qualify for the Rising Star Award, a board member must be in their first elected term, have a Leadership Development Certificate and have attended at least two Leadership Conferences.

Download the MSBA Rising Star nomination form

Deadline: October 17, 2022

Minnesota School Board Directors of Color & Indigenous Fellowship awards

Access information for the Lighthouse Awards and Marny Xiong Legacy Award

The Lighthouse Awards aim to highlight great work of school board directors and superintendents in the state of Minnesota who are Indigenous or persons of color. These individuals demonstrate belief that their work matters, and directly impacts the communities and students they serve. The Marny Xiong Legacy Award aims to highlight school board directors who have spent years making a lasting impact on the lives of district children, teachers and administrators, and have been a fierce advocate for marginalized communities.

Deadline: October 17, 2022

Leadership Conference Awards Luncheon

The Leadership Conference Recognition Luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Thursday, January 12, in Room 200 A-J on Level Two (yellow level) at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

More than 160 board members will receive acknowledgement for qualifying in at least one of MSBA’s award categories: Service Awards (20 years, 30 years or 40 years), Directors’ Award, President’s Award, or Leadership Development Certificate.

Leadership Development Certificates will soon be distributed, but the Service Awards and President’s Awards will be handed out at the Recognition Luncheon. Those receiving a Directors’ Award can pick it up at the information area at the Leadership Conference.

School Excellence Showcase application

Does your school district have an excellent, successful educational program or project? MSBA is inviting school districts to “show off” at the annual MSBA Leadership Conference. School districts may use the showcase to display exemplary K-12, adult, or early childhood programs. The program presented can be unusual or traditional — it should be a program that reflects an inventive activity or program in which staff and students from your district are actively involved. The possibilities are as vast as your school districts’ new innovative learning methods.

Access the School Excellence Showcase application

Deadline: November 1, 2022

Band or Choir application

This is an opportunity for school boards to feature their band or choir during the MSBA opening and closing keynote sessions. Performance groups should be no larger than 45 students. Unfortunately, the home school district will be responsible for all expenses associated with travel, meals, and attendance of their students, staff, and chaperones.

Access the Band or Choir application

Deadline: October 1, 2022

Leadership Conference Registration and Housing

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Leadership Conference Early Bird Sessions

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Thank you to our 2023 Leadership Conference Sponsors!

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