Another way to get involved — join the Events and Engagement Taskforce

We’re gathering a group of member minds for the next six months to help move us forward in the areas of events and member engagement.

Are you looking for an opportunity to get more involved with Hospitality Minnesota? Does bringing people together, combining tried-and-true events and new and innovative formats, interest you? Do you have strong opinions about what kinds of events we should be producing? Are  you willing to help build and strengthen connections across the hospitality community?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then please consider joining our Member Events and Engagement Taskforce.

We have work to do, and we need committed members to do it. We’ll make certain you have some fun and create connections along the way.

This inaugural group will meet for six months to build a strategic framework for Hospitality Minnesota events and engagement activities, as we also produce events during that period. The work will be focused in these key areas:

  • Regional networks – organizing formal and informal events to bring members together close to where they live and work.
  • Signature and legacy events – evaluating past key event models – conference and expo, MRCA Fall Conference, golf tournament, etc. – to reinvigorate those we should continue and to imagine new ways to come together in ways members want.
  • Awards and recognition – examining the previous awards structure of the three [oo] associations to design an integrated awards and recognition program going forward
  • General member engagement – exploring new opportunities to create stronger affiliation through connection points – from on-boarding to mentorships to peer advisory cohorts, and beyond.

We’ll also determine the need for an on-going member workgroup. If it decided such a group is needed, as we suspect will be the case, the taskforce will design the charge based on the framework they’ve developed.

This is crucial, strategic work for the Association, and we are looking for dedicated individuals with great ideas, clear opinions, capacity to participate and roll up their sleeves and a commitment to put the association and the industry before self-interest.

Our target date to start convening the Member Events and Engagement Taskforce is October 1 and the work will run through March 2023.  If you are interested in participating, or have someone on your staff to suggest, please contact Ann Kirby at or (651) 925-4010.

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