2019 ACG Bold Awards

Logo02/26/19 – The Alliance of Corporate Growth (ACG) hosted their annual Bold Awards event held at the MUSE event center in downtown Minneapolis.   This event recognizes companies that are demonstrating strong leadership and corporate growth in Minnesota.  This event celebrates the large volume of investment and deal flow occurring within the region.   Attendees also included venture firms from China looking to help MN based companies in growing internationally.  Congratulations to all nominees and winners of this years event!

2019 Bold Winners

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2019 New Year Blog Outlook

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It is 2019 and I’m looking forward to the new year and beginning with a new set of goals around the blog to share with my readers.

The strategic focus for Elements Group in 2019 will be on the development of new platforms in our Corporate, Regional and Foundation innovation practices.   In parallel to the development of these solutions offerings the team is writing a number of new books for leaders and practitioners in each of the practice areas.   Look for the development of these books to fuel new blog threads and articles.   This should be a banner year as we delve deeper into the cutting edge trends and approaches to corporate innovation, regional competitive advantage and foundation impact for the community.

There will also be an effort to create a video channel to feature in-depth interviews with team members and external practitioners.

Wishing everyone a fantastic 2019!

 

Generations Group – Sunrise Social

Sunrise SocialI attended the Sunrise Social networking breakfast hosted by Generations Group at the Minnesota Valley Country Club in Minneapolis Minnesota.  The event featured guest speaker Kari Switala.   She presented on how storytelling is a key component of building meaningful relationships.  Especially in business!   She used storytelling throughout her presentation to engage the audience and build a connection.   It was an effective demonstration of the technique and drove home many points about how to build effective stories that people can relate to and to humanize the conversation to something that can form relationships vs. just deliver a sterile business presentation.

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FBI/NSA InfraGard on Cyber Security

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Elements Group attends the FBI/NSA Infragard session on cyber security hosted at the Cargill auditorium in Hopkins Minnesota.  Speakers representing the FBI, NSA and local security firms presented on many topics including:
– Artificial Intelligence
– Machine Learning
– Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN)
– Recurrent Neural Networks (RNN)
– Bias and Variance
– Cloud Computing
– 5G
– Cyber Crime

Nation state threats included a briefing on:
– China
– Russia
– Iran
– North Korea

The examples provided on current day threats and impacts directly to Minnesota based companies was very informative.   The sessions also provided an overview of a number of cutting edge technologies and their implications to cyber security.

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Greater MSP Annual Meeting

AnnualMeeting2018-2-101Elements Group attended the GMSP annual meeting hosted at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis.  The event was widely attended and featured several songs by a quartet.   A host of speakers shared updates on their initiatives throughout the evening.  After the presentation, there was food and networking.

The announcement of Michael Langley stepping down as the head of the organization is a key turning point for the organization.   They are developing what they are referring to as a 2.0 strategy for the next evolution of their mission.   The search to replace Michael is already underway and is set to conclude in 1st quarter of 2019.

Overall the messaging was a year in review and showcased some tactical metrics of regional status.  Encouraging, was the continued development of data partnerships.  It is unclear the future direction that the 2.0 strategy may take the organization but evolution of regional development firms is normal and required.

I thought the event was well executed and the high attendance speaks to the interest level and desire for engagement by regional stakeholder.

 

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Minneapolis Architecture Community Collaboration Conference

macclogonewest Elements Group presented at the MACC conference hosted at the Doubletree Hotel in Minneapolis Minnesota.  Our topic focused on the development of new types of business intelligence covering areas of ecosystem development & market trends, strategic performance, strategic investment and organizational impact.   Each base of data and analytics acclimating in dashboards to help at the board, c-suite, and governance layers of a competitive organization.

The annual event grows larger each year feature several keynotes and multiple breakout tracks.  The multi-day event features a full peer to peer workshopping day.

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CommunityGiving Conference

Screen Shot 2018-12-01 at 11.18.34 AMElements group attended the CommunityGiving conference hosted at the river’s edge convention center in St. Cloud Minnesota.  The event was a gathering of non-profit organizations all around the region to discuss collaboration and shared services in meeting their mutual causes.  CommunityGiving is an organization that is developing the regional non-profit ecosystem by providing shared services and funding to create a larger impact and efficiencies for the non-profits in its network.    The event was well attended and features many notable speakers talking about overall trends in the non-profit community and in organizational issues inherent in non-profits and how they must evolve.  The day featured both keynotes and break out tracks on more specific topics of funding, engaging donors, and operations.

As Elements Group has been working in the areas of regional development.   It is important for us to call out that a critical component of progressive regions is the development of these collaborative / co-opition based models.   The alignment and combining of assets and capabilities to create a larger impact and more opportunity for a region is critical to developing true regional advantage.   While we see the largest impact being when industries combine to form more powerful regional consortiums to create large opportunities and address large regional challenges,  there is a growing trend in the non-profit space.   This is usually lead by foundations uniting around some of the grand challenges of our time, but it is equally effective for localized and community based issues as demonstrated by the work that CommunityGiving is piloting.  Their model is worth study for your own local goals and ecosystem development.

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