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  • Event Snapshots: Associations North Challenges the Status Quo

     
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    1. Attendees were encouraged to use the hashtag #ThinkMeetings. 

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    2. Groups worked together to build the tallest structure as a team. 

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    3. Jenn Schaal, Industrial Fabrics Association International, emceed the event. 

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    4. Hyatt Regency Minneapolis provided the energy break (sponsored by Arrowwood Resorts), which included gluten-free energy bars, green smoothie shooters, kale chips and peanut butter coconut balls. 

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    5. Jenny Prosser, LeadingAge Minnesota, and Mandy Schuchman, Meet Minneapolis, “meeting” for the first time. 

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    6. Kathy Johnson, Associations North, and Deanna Merdink, Best Meetings. Inc., engaging in a new way of thinking. 

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    7. Denise Woods, Associated General Contractors of Minnesota, adds to the interactive Idea Wall. 

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    8. Josh Campbell, Brilliant Fete, quizzes Annette Belding, Minneapolis Northwest CVB, during the Art in Messaging session. 

Associations North, the association for associations in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, infused excitement, creativity and innovation into its one-day Meeting Planners Symposium on Nov. 9 at Hyatt Regency Minneapolis with its open layout, new room sets, quick 30-minute sessions, hub groups and more. Keynote speaker Tamara G. Kleinberg disrupted the status quo with her “Think Sideways” presentation that introduced new tools to and generate inventive ideas. All attendees received a copy of Kleinberg’s book, “Think Sideways: A Game-Changing Playbook for Disruptive Thinking!” 

Microsoft recently produced Solutions5, the seventh annual collaborative conference bringing together five premier food service associations: Association of Correctional Food Service Affiliation, Association for Healthcare Foodservice, Foodservice Consultants Society International, National Association of College Auxiliary Services and the Society for Hospitality & Foodservice Management.

 

1. The building that is now the AAA Four Diamond-rated Kimpton Grand Hotel Minneapolis was originally constructed in 1915 as the Minneapolis Athletic Club—a high-end athletic and business club. The Grand Hotel opened in 2000 after a major renovation, and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants took over management in 2010 and underwent a full renovation that completed in 2011.

 

Here’s the one question you might want to avoid asking Robbie Harrell when you see one of his sculptures at an event: “Is that real ice?” The CEO of Minnesota Ice Sculptures says his com - pany’s sculptures are so clear and precisely carved that they prompt that question at every event they’re displayed. “Once people realize it really, truly is carved from ice, they’re excited about it,” he says. “There are always lots of selfies with the ice sculpture.”