2017 Annual Conference

Conference Highlights

Closing Keynote Speaker

Colonel Mark "Puck" Mykleby, USMC (Ret): A retired U.S. Marine, Mark Mykleby is co-director of the Strategic Innovation Lab at Case Western Reserve University.

He is also one of the authors of The New Grand Strategy: Restoring America’s Prosperity, Security and Sustainability in the 21st Century, which details a business plan for America, born at the Pentagon, that embeds sustainability as a national strategic imperative.

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a former fighter pilot, he developed strategy at the U.S. Special Operations Command and served as a special strategic assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He retired from the Marine Corps in August 2011. Read his full bio here.

Post-election Panel

Moving Forward: Philanthropy and the New Political Landscape

In the aftermath of an election that revealed deep divisions across the U.S., how can philanthropy effectively navigate the road ahead?

Join us for a panel discussion that will provide post-election insight on issues such as equity, economic opportunity and environmental stewardship.
Our speakers will offer analyses on these issues of importance to our funder community, as well as forward-looking strategies to address challenges and opportunities at the federal, state and local levels.

Pillsbury House Theatre

Opening Plenary: Breaking Ice

Don't miss out on our Opening Plenary session featuring Breaking Ice, one of Pillsbury House Theatre’s signature, award-winning programs. This entertaining and thought-provoking theater experience — customized for TFN's annual conference — seeks to foster better understanding and communication around difficult issues.

Breaking Ice performances use drama, humor, poetry and monologue to explore how systemic inequity and unconscious bias impacts relationships, creates friction and impedes progress. An organized discussion facilitated by a trained Breaking Ice performer follows each performance and uses deep reflection and dialogue as a springboard to positive action.

PLACES Fellows

Stay Connected!

Current and former PLACES fellows will have a chance to learn and network at the Third Annual PLACES Alumni Gathering, March 19-21, during the Funders' Network Annual Conference in Saint Paul. Don't miss out on a chance to connect with PLACES fellows past and present!

- Sunday, March 19: PLACES Alumni informal class-specific dinner/meet ups. (Details to come)

- Monday, March 20: PLACES Alumni Gathering, 8:00-11:30 a.m. Facilitated learning and discussions on how to approach issues of race, equity and inclusion in your grantmaking, practicing self-care and building networks. Hosted by the Neighborhood House.

- Tuesday, March 21: PLACES Alumni Book Club Breakfast. Please join fellow alumni for a discussion about A Good Time For The Truth: Race in Minnesota, edited by . Please read the book ahead of time and join us for a book club-style conversation. Open to all fellows and conference attendees. Please purchase the book ($18.95) and read in advance.