2024 MSBA Leadership Conference

The 2024 MSBA Leadership Conference — “Innovative Leadership: Preparing Students for Success” — is scheduled for Thursday, January 11, and Friday, January 12, 2024, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Leadership Conference features nationally recognized speakers, workshops on a variety of topics, an Exhibit Hall, a School Excellence Showcase, and a Recognition Luncheon. An Early Bird Session will be provided the evening before the conference.

Guests: With the exception of the Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, no guests will be allowed to attend the Leadership Conference due to safety and security concerns. Everyone attending the conference must have a TSLeads-issued badge at all times.

Conference Program: Access the 2024 Leadership Conference Program to look ahead at the workshop offerings and more!

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Event Registration and Hotel Reservations

Event Registration

Registration: Visit the MSBA Event Registration webpage to access registration for Leadership Conference and other events. There is no registration fee for MSBA members to attend the two-day Leadership Conference, but advanced registration is still required.

Registration: Advance registration closed on December 29, 2023. Walk-ins are welcome to attend.

All registrations should be coordinated through the district office. Direct registration-related questions to Jen Ebert at registration@mnmsba.org.

Hotel Reservations

Hotel reservations: Superintendents and/or administrative assistants, please visit the Leadership Conference Housing webpage to reserve rooms for your school board members.

Hotel reservation deadline: Friday, December 8, 2023, is the deadline to obtain the special MSBA room rate on a space-available basis.

Guarantee/cancellation policy: A major credit card number is required to secure reservation(s). Credit cards are for guaranteed purposes only and are not charged to hold a reservation. CANCELLATIONS WILL BE CHARGED A $50 CANCELLATION FEE. Cancellations after December 8, 2023, will be charged one night’s room and tax. Failure to check-in (no-show) will result in a charge of one night’s room and tax. Early departures after check-in are subject to fees established by the hotel.

2024 Keynote Speakers

Opening Session Keynote Presentation
Hadi Partovi and Hannah Weissman, Code.org
“Computer Science and AI: Opportunity and Creativity”

9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, January 11, 2024
Minneapolis Convention Center – Main Auditorium

Synopsis: With the rapid advances in technology, it’s imperative for schools to embrace computer science and artificial intelligence — not only to modernize education and curriculum for the needs of the future, but also to make school more creative and engaging for students. Hadi Partovi (the founder and CEO of Code.org) and Hannah Weissman (Director of Policy at Code.org) will talk about the global movement to include AI and computer science in K-12 curriculum.

Website: Code.org

Closing Session Keynote Presentation
Ben Rudrud, Motivational Speaker
“Positive Relationships and the Power of One”

10:40 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. Friday, January 12, 2024
Minneapolis Convention Center – Main Auditorium

Synopsis: Ben Rudrud will share a powerful and uplifting keynote message to help make your school even more amazing than it already is by creating a “RIPL effect” through positive relationships and ensuring all students have the Power of One.

Website: BenRudrud.com

See the Pages 10-11 in the Leadership Conference Program for additional information about all three speakers.

Videos: Leadership Conference Preview and Meet Minneapolis

Leadership Conference Preview — What You Can Expect

Watch the Leadership Conference Preview video. As one member says, the conference is “always interesting and there’s always something new to learn.”

Leadership Conference Preview — Networking

Watch the Leadership Conference “A Chance to Network” video. Learning how to be a better board member can also come from talking to other board members across the state – the MSBA Leadership Conference is a perfect opportunity to do that.

Meet Minneapolis — Parking, Restaurants and More!

Meet Minneapolis has provided useful information about parking options, safety and securityrestaurantsa skyway guide, and more.

Leadership Conference Preview — A Day at the Conference

Experience a day in the life of a board member attending the MSBA Leadership Conference in 2023 by watching our “A Day at the Conference” video. The 2024 MSBA Leadership Conference is scheduled for January 11-12 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Early Bird Session: Cyber Threat Awareness & Creative Strategies for Managing Risk

Early Bird Session: “Cyber Threat Awareness and Creative Strategies for Managing Risk”

Presenter: Mark Lanterman, Chief Technology Officer of Computer Forensic Services

When: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Where: Minneapolis Convention Center

Synopsis: Ransomware. Spear phishing. The “insider” threat. Organizations and firms face a myriad of cyber threats that come with ample amounts of risk. From reputational damage to financial losses, the possible costs of a cyberattack or data breach can be challenging to quantify — and mitigate. Mark Lanterman, Chief Technology Officer of Computer Forensic Services, will discuss the latest trends in our cyber landscape including topics such as the Dark Web, doxxing, ransomware, and the role of the human element in making or breaking a strong security culture. Mark will also provide practical suggestions for improving cybersecurity postures with proactive and reactive strategies.

Early Bird Session fee: $125 for advance registration ($135 for late/walk-in registration)

Registration: Advance registration closed on December 29, 2023. Walk-ins are welcome to attend.

All registrations should be coordinated through the district office. Direct registration-related questions to Jen Ebert at registration@mnmsba.org.

MSBA Event Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made 10 days or more prior to the event will not be charged. Pre-paid registrants will receive a full refund. Cancellations made 3 to 9 days prior to the event will incur a $100 fee. Cancellations made 2 days or less prior to the event will be responsible for the full fee.

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2024 Leadership Conference App

The 2024 MSBA Leadership Conference App is powered by E&M Consulting.

Download the app: Visit the App Store or Google Play to download the 2024 MSBA Leadership Conference App.

Username and password: After you download the app, please check your email inbox for a message sent around 11 a.m. Friday, December 29, with a Subject line of “2024 MSBA Leadership Conference – App Download Instructions” to access your username and password information for the app. (If you can’t locate this email message, please check your spam/junk folder.)

Need assistance? Please direct any app-related questions to E&M Consulting at support@emmanagementllc.com or MSBA’s Bruce Lombard at blombard@mnmsba.org.

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Leadership Conference Recognition Luncheon

Leadership Conference Recognition Luncheon

When: 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Thursday, January 11, 2024

Where: Minneapolis Convention Center – Ballroom on Level One (Blue Level)

Information: More than 100 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 and Directors’ Awards will be distributed by mail, but the Service Awards and President’s Awards will be handed out at the Recognition Luncheon.

Are you receiving an award? Find out if you are receiving an award at the Recognition Luncheon by viewing the MSBA Honor Roll list. If your name is not listed among the award categories and you think it should be, please contact Jackie Fahey at jfahey@mnmsba.org.

Recognition Luncheon fee: $40 for advance registration ($45 for walk-in registration)

Registration: Advance registration closed on December 29, 2023. There will be a limited number of walk-in luncheon tickets available at the information desk located in the registration area on a first-come, first-serve basis.

All registrations should be coordinated through the district office. Direct registration-related questions to Jen Ebert at registration@mnmsba.org.

MSBA Leadership Conference Luncheon Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made 10 days or more prior to the event will not be charged. Pre-paid registrants will receive a full refund. Cancellations made 9 days or less prior to the event will be responsible for the full fee.

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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.

Request a booth at the Leadership Conference: Visit https://mnmsba.org/leadership-conference-exhibitors to access the Exhibitor webpage.

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2024 School Excellence Showcase

Does your school district have an excellent, successful educational program or project? MSBA invites you to register for the 2024 MSBA Leadership Conference School Excellence Showcase.

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.

Applications are due Tuesday, November 14, 2023. MSBA will review all of the submissions and contact you by with additional information by November 24, 2023.

Click here to access the application to present at the 2024 Leadership Conference School Excellence Showcase.

Please contact Maria Shinabarger at mshinabarger@mnmsba.org with questions.

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Public Event Parking Options for the Minneapolis Convention Center

Visit the Minneapolis Convention Center’s Public Event Parking Options webpage to find places to park for the Leadership Conference. The Convention Center has partnered with four City of Minneapolis parking ramps to increase attendee convenience. All ramps are connected through the skyway system and are located within two blocks of the Convention Center.

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Thank you to our 2024 Leadership Conference Sponsors!

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