Eventbrite - Giant Steps 2014

Event Date

October 10, 2014
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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Giant Steps 2014

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 arm 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.


8:15 AM Registration opens
9:00 AM Day-time

9:00 - 9:30            Conference Open

9:30 - 10:30          Conversation I:  Resilience: Overcoming Challenges and Moving Forward

10:45 - 11:45        Breakout Sessions and Workshops I 

       Choice of workshop sessions on:

  • Finding Your Audience / Finding Your Niche 
  • Protect Yourself and Your Work Without Breaking the Bank - A Guide to What Really Matters Legally
  • The Right Tool For the Job: Using online platforms to connect with your audience or customers.

11: 55 - 12:35        Connecting with Global Creatives (global panel from India, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Uganda, and Chile)

***Join us LIVE on Google+ by following this link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wc6R9g9JKbk

12: 35 - 1: 30           LUNCH (including optional, open-format roundtable discussions)

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

1:45 - 2:45              Conversation II:  Success: How Do You Define It and How Does It Define You?

3:00 - 4:00              Breakout Sessions and Workshops II

        Choice of workshop sessions on: 

  • The Myth/Reality of Work/Life Balance for Creatives
  • Tax:  Think Outside the Shoebox
  • Self - Care for Creatives
  • Open Session - Designed by You

4:10 - 5:10             Conversation III: Good Problems to Have: Insights on Scaling  Your Work and          Increasing Your Impact

5:10 - 5:30             Conference Closing Activity

5:30 - 7:30 PM Happy Hour and More Networking!

Throughout the day, we'll have:

  • Springboard for the Arts providing information and answering questions about MNSure and new healthcare options
  • Ready Go! Pop Up Art Projects
  • Resource Exchange Board
  • Drawings for free business services, gift cards, tickets, and art--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).