Proposals for the 2019 MINN Summit Breakout Sessions
We are excited to announce that proposals are now open for the seventh annual Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN) Summit on Friday, November 1st at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Please join us in applying to be a part of the biggest Summit yet!

Each year, the Summit brings together leaders from nonprofit organizations, foundations, donor groups, the private sector, and educational institutions with a professional or personal interest in international development. This year, the Summit is thematically focused on MINN’s core mission: Connect, Share, Learn. In keeping with this mission, it is our hope to bring together a larger, more diverse network of people and organizations who will connect, share, and learn from each other.

By participating as a speaker at the MINN Summit you will receive:
1. Free admission to the 2019 MINN Summit
2. Free breakfast, lunch, and beverages during the conference
3. Your name, biography, and session advertised on the MINN website and social media
4. The opportunity to showcase your expertise and organization

If you are interested in bringing your own expertise and perspective to this event, we encourage you to apply. Each session will be 60-75 minutes on a topic related to the field of international development. In an effort to promote diversity and to increase the breadth of perspectives present at the Summit, we may ask two speakers to present in the same session. If we choose to partner you with another speaker, you will be given support to help facilitate this experience.

The deadline to submit proposals is SATURDAY, JUNE 15. Speakers will be notified by MONDAY, JULY 1 whether their presentation was selected.

Important Dates
June 15th: Deadline for submissions
July 1st: Selected speakers will be notified
November 1st: MINN Summit at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Questions - Email us!
If you have questions or would like to get recommendations for workshop topics, please contact the MINN Summit Speakers Committee at
Further Information
Every year provides attendees with a variety of opportunities to engage with each other, share ideas, and learn concrete skills related to international development. As such, we are looking for speakers with a wide range and depth of experience, expertise, workshop styles, and themes to participate in the Summit.

In the past, we have hosted workshops like the “Solutions Salon” which allowed participants to discuss common challenges in their work and brainstorm potential solutions, and have also held expert-led panel discussions on a variety of topics. This year, we are looking to offer a variety of both workshop-style sessions and lecture-style sessions.

MINN administers an annual survey to gauge the interests of the individuals within our network and MINN Summit attendees. Topics in which attendees have expressed a strong interest in and which we are encouraging speakers to conduct a session on include:

- Skills-Based Workshops
- Environmental Sustainability
- Fundraising and Development
- Storytelling and Communications
- Ethical Career Paths
- Racism and Inequality
- Other Current Trends in International Development

Please note we are happy to accept proposals outside of these areas.

Session Title *
This is how your presentation will be labeled in the MINN Summit program. We recommend a title of 10 words or less.
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Session Description *
Please submit a brief statement describing your proposed session. What are the learning goals and outcomes? (150 words or less)
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Audience Interaction *
Please indicate whether your session will be a networking activity, workshop, lecture, etc. What activities or interactions will the audience experience? (100 words or less)
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Which of the following topics (choose up to 3) will be covered in your session? Please list any additional keywords in the Other category. *
Audience Level of Experience *
Audience Relevance: Please indicate who your presentation is most appropriate for (choose up to 3). This will help attendees decide which sessions are best suited for their experience levels.
Will you be able to provide electronic copies of the presentation/other materials to be emailed to attendees following the MINN Summit? *
If yes, we ask that you send the PowerPoint or documents one week in advance so they can be uploaded onto our website.
Presenter 1 Contact Information
If there are multiple presenters, the Presenter 1 will be the main contact for MINN. All other presenters can be listed further down in the form.
Name *
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Email Address *
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Phone Number *
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Presenter 1 Biography *
Please provide a brief biography. If your session is selected, we will share your biography on our MINN Summit website (75 words or less)
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Additional Presenters
Please provide the name, title, organization and email address for additional presenters.
Presenter 2 Information
Name, Title, Organization
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Presenter 2 Email Address
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Presenter 2 Biography
Please provide a brief biography. If your session is selected, we will share your biography on our MINN Summit website (75 words or less)
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If you have questions, please contact the MINN Summit Committee at

We will contact presenters by July 1st to notify them of their acceptance.

Selection of presentations will be based on the following areas:
1. Appeal to Summit attendees as global citizens
2. Relevance to international development
3. Background/expertise on proposed topic area
4. Creativity and uniqueness
5. Clarity of presentation
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