Event Date

October 7, 2016
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Google Hangout: Connecting with Global Creatives Link


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Giant Steps 2016

Giant Steps features interactive, large-group sessions with stories and insights from some of our amazing contributors, as well as lots of Q&A. It will also include smaller interactive workshops and panels on focused, practical topics delivered by practitioners and subject matter experts.

In each panel, we combine entrepreneurs and artists to share their insights and experiences. This is a key aspect of Giant Steps. We believe we'll learn more and learn faster if we cast a wider net--connecting with and learning from folks beyond our current discipline or industry.

By creating conversations around interesting examples and challenges we all share, we set the stage for cross-pollination and future collaborations. You'll also see we truly are kindred spirits--working hard to blaze new trails in the arts and business in creative ways.

The interactive workshops will equip you with ideas and tools for making smarter decisions, help you find better ways to manage the day-to-day realiites, and answer some of your nuts-and-bolts questions. 

At the end of the day, you'll be inspired to take on the next set of challenges, be connected to useful resources and potential collaborators, and you may also be just a little smarter about shaping your career and your business. 

Please keep checking back for updated topics and agenda.


9:15 AM Registration opens
10:00 AM

Day One - October 7th


10:00 - 10:30        Conference Open

10:30 - 11:30        Conversation I  

[10:30-12:30]          5-in-15 sessions for your Next (Giant) Steps]

  • Optional one-on-one 15-minute sessions with past Giant Steps speakers

11:45 - 12:30        Connecting with Global Creatives

  • A live conversation connecting with creatives from around the world. 
    ***Join us LIVE on Google+ by following this link:

12:30 - 1:30       LUNCH (including optional, open-format roundtable discussions)        

1:30 - 1:45             Afternoon Introduction and Ice-Breaker

1:45 - 2:30             Keynote Conversation

2:45 - 3:00             Breakout Sessions and Workshops I

4:00 - 5:00             Conversation II


5:00 - 6:30 PM

Happy Hour and More Connections!


Day 2 - October 8th

10:00-10:30 Day 2 Open

10:30 - 11:30 Breakout Sessions and Workshops II

[10:30-12:30]     5-in-15 sessions for your Next (Giant) Steps]

Optional one-on-one 15-minute sessions with past Giant Steps speakers.

11:30 - 12:30 Conversation III

12:30-1:30 LUNCH

1:30 - 2:30 Breakout and Workshops III

2:30 - 3:30 Open Session

3:30 - 4:00 Closing Activity


Day 2 Evening - AFTER-PARTY!! 





Throughout Giant Steps, we'll have:

  • Springboard for the Arts providing information and answering questions about MNSure and new healthcare options
  • Resource Exchange Board
  • Drawings for free business services, gift cards, tickets, and art --which has been generously donated by past and current Giant Steps participants and speakers
  • Photographers offering free headshots of all attendees. See some headshots from past participants in our Facebook page photo albums:  www.facebook.com/giantstepsMN


The organizers of Giant Steps reserve the right to change this agenda at any time.

Directions to the Minneapolis Convention Center and Parking Information: 


We recommend parking in the underground lot directly across from the Convention Center for easiest access to the area where Giant Steps will be held (on the second level at the west end, above Exhibit Hall E).