2014 Capitol Code: An Open Data Jam
Minneapolis Idea eXchange – In 2014, The Minneapolis Downtown Council in conjunction with the Downtown 2025 Plan Festival of Ideas Committee, hired So Good Consulting to execute the MiX Launch event slated for October. We worked with the festival planning committee to develop the event concept, managed event logistics, talent recruitment, promotions and social media, and oversaw onsite event execution. The event utilized a vacant retail space that was tranformed to create a unique backdrop for the program. Over 200 people attended the event which featured a series of three speakers, improv by The Theater of Public Policy, and live music by famed cuban pianist Nachito Herrera. Following the event, our firm was hired to develop recommendations related to the design and implementation of the 2015/2016 Minneapolis Idea eXchange.
Capitol Code: An Open Data Jam– To show their support for public data policies, the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State and several community partners, hosted a one-day event where passionate and engaged citizens were given the opportunity to explore and drive solutions using public data. During the event, participants applied existing technologies or built new applications using public data. As the project manager for the event, we oversaw event planning efforts, managed planning timelines, facilitated weekly meetings, and managed onsite event execution.
CentraCare Community Health Bus Tours - The CentraCare Health Foundation organized two community bus tours to highlight the importance of creating policy, systems, and environmental change to impact health outcomes in a community. Our firm was hired to assist with the design and execute of the first tour which took place in November of 2014 and to manage the execution of the second tour in Feburary of 2015. The tour provided an interactive learning opportunity that enabled the Foundation to showcase their work in the St. Cloud Community. We worked in conjunction with SDK Communications and CentraCare Foundation staff to design the program and managed the event.
2014 Green Line Launch – Event planning for the opening day of the Green Line involved collaborating with community members in nine communities along the 11-mile corridor. Launch Day activities were designed to excite Minnesotans about the opening of the new light rail line, introduce them to the communities along the line, and to showcase/celebrate the communities, businesses and organizations along the line. As the Event Captain for the Victoria and Western station celebrations, we worked with community organizations, Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, the Metropolitan Council, and Metro Transit to plan, design, and implement events that would show case the unique neighborhoods located at each station. We worked skillfully with multiple stakeholders, negotiating individual interests with community interests and the interest of the celebration sponsors. Each event had a unique design that showcased the best of the community and provided multiple elements including living music, speakers, vendors, and activities.
Generation Now Leadership Visit – In 2013, Cat co-created the Generation Now Leadership Visit in conjunction with Civic Source co-founder, Wendy Helgeson. The purpose of the GNLV was to bring together community leaders from different sectors for a 3-day trip to a destination outside of Minnesota. The trip provide an opportunity for community leaders to strengthen their personal and civic leadership skills while learning about best practices from another community. The inaugural trip to Milwaukee was an enormous success with more than 50 individuals making the 5 hour bus ride to Wisconsin and enjoying three days of community conversations and events.
Citizens League Annual Civic Celebrations – As Community Engagement Manager at the Citizens League, Cat produced six annual Civic Celebrations that drew on average 400 attendees. Each year the event included a unique program featuring local or national speakers. The 2012 celebration featured former Apple executive, and CEO of JCPenny, Ron Johnson, as the keynote speaker. The Theater of Public Policy, a local policy inspired improve group and a local band provided entertainment. Attendees were treated to pre and post event receptions featuring appetizers, drinks, and plenty of time to meet and connect with other civic-minded community members. The 2009 event featured Nate Garvis, former VP of Government Affairs and Senior Public Affairs Officer at Target, as the keynote speaker. The Program took place in a packed Pantages Theatre with a pre-event reception and after-party at Seven Sushi Lounge. The civic celebrations connected attendees, encouraged them to exchange ideas, converse, listen to new ideas and think about ways that they could become engaged in the community. Planning these events required strong budget management skills, creativity, and the ability to juggle the interests of multiple stakeholders, merging their interests and creating an end product that was interactive, highlighted the work of the organization, and attracted attendees.
2009 – 2013 Policy and a Pint events – Policy and a Pint is an event series co-sponsored by the Citizens League and 89.3 The Current. The series brings together local and national leaders in an informal, yet stimulating, setting to discuss issues of the day while enjoying great food and drinks. The discussions are moderated by Current DJ, Steve Seel, and provide for lively exchanges with the audience. As the manager of the series at the Citizens League, Cat worked with the Current to research and develop event topics and coordinate speakers. She managed all event logistics, budgets, and the event page on the Citizens League website. At the time of her departure from the League, the events were consistently selling out and attracted on average 250 attendees.
InterGeneration Speaker Series and Policy Tours - While working at the Citizens League, Cat developed two orignal progam offerings, the InterGenerational Speaker Series and Policy Tours. The InterGenerational Speaker Series featured community leaders who were asked to discuss their leadership experience or provide insights on a specific policy issues. Policy tours provided opportunities for Citizens League members to get behind the scenes access to organizations. Each tour was followed by a policy discussion. Tours included trips to the Metropolitan Traffic Control Center and District Energy in St. Paul. These tours features conversations on the future of transportation and energy policy respectively. Cat was responsible for developing program concepts, recruiting speakers, and managing event execution.