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November 15, 2018, Thursday - ETBP Business Forum

The next East Town Business Partnership Business Forum is scheduled for Thursday, November 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the FINNovation Lab at Finnegan’s – 817 5th Ave S. 4th Floor.  The title of this month’s forum is “What is the Difference Between Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?”

Registration, lunch and networking starts at 11:30 a.m. with the program starting at Noon.  Please RSVP for this event via the link below by no later than Monday, November 12, at 4 p.m. The cost to attend the forum is just $25. If you are a Platinum member or have purchased lunch coupons, please contact Executive Coordinator Christie Rock Hantge for the coupon code.  Register online.


Minnesota has some of the worst economic and racial disparities in the nation, creating a host of missed opportunities for our marketplace. Business and civic leaders alike are leaning into our challenges with courage and clarity around diversity, equity, and inclusion and seeing some good gains. However, this work is complicated and cannot be solved easily or quickly. This forum will feature a panel of economic, social enterprise, and policy leaders discussing emerging strategies for investment in the growth of human capital at all levels of business.

Featured Speakers

  • Trina Olson, Co-Founder, Team Dynamics
  • Ixchel McKinnie, Community Innovation Director, Impact Hub MSP
  • Elizabeth Campbell, Director of Emerging Business Inclusion, Ryan Companies
  • Alex Tittle, Director of Disparity Reduction, Hennepin County

Spotlight Presenter: GreaterMSP Inclusion Toolkit, Caroline Karanja, Founder, 26 Letters


11:30 am: Registration and networking

12:00 pm: Welcome + Introductions – Paul Mellblom

12:05 pm: Announcements and Updates – Dan Collison

12:15 pm: GreaterMSP Inclusion Tool Kit Spotlight—Caroline Karanja

12:25 pm: Feature Panel

12:55: Wrap up – Dan Collison

1:00 pm: Program ends

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ETBP 2018-2019 Business Forum Series:

December | Downtown Demographics: Who Are We Becoming?

The downtown residential population continues to surge year over year. This shared forum with the mpls downtown council will feature the State of Minnesota Demographer and residential development professionals exploring who we are becoming together.

January | Car Lanes, Bus Lanes, Bike Lanes—Oh My!
Figuratively speaking it seems that modes of transportation do not always get along. This forum will feature a panel of transportation design experts talking frankly about downtown street design, emerging trends in multi-modalism and potential disruptive technologies such as autonomous vehicles.

February | Ways the Social Determinants of Health are Transforming Institutions
The World Health Organization defines the social determinants of health as “the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age.” In this forum East Town and Hennepin Healthcare’s Upstream Health Innovation Team will discuss cutting edge research, measurements, and health care programs that are changing the very nature of health care itself.

March | The Economic Opportunities of Engaging Homelessness
Downtown Minneapolis is home to nationally recognized thinkers and organizations that work to end homelessness. This joint forum with the mpls downtown council will feature People Serving People CEO Daniel Gumnit moderating a panel focusing on where economic innovations meet human need.

April (Annual Meeting) | Advancing Arts and Entertainment in East Town
East Town is known for the Guthrie Theater, MacPhail Center for Music, and the US Bank Stadium. Are you also familiar with Gamut Gallery, Good Arts Collective, Armory Event Center, and neighborhood art venues? This season’s Annual Meeting will feature our growing arts and entertainment scene!

May | Crime and Safety, Sentencing and Restorative Justice
This forum will feature a candid panel conversation about the intersection of downtown crime, modern policing, sentencing, incarceration, and restorative justice.

June | Toward an Inclusive Downtown
This joint forum with the mpls downtown council will unveil the results from the yearlong “Inclusive Downtown Think Tank” co-sponsored with the YMCA that set out to cast a bold new vision for an increasingly welcoming downtown.