MASBO 2017 Annual Conference and Certification Course

Conference Central

Journey to Leadership May 10-12, 2017
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center - Duluth, MN

Join us for the MASBO 2017 Annual Conference and Trade Show, the largest gathering of school business professionals in Minnesota. The conference officially starts with lunch on Wednesday, but be sure to consider two optional events on Wednesday morning: a pre-conference networking opportunity, and a certification course on Special Education (open to all members, separate registration required).

In our third year in Duluth, you'll find the same core elements as in the past, along with some additions and changes for this year:

  • Thank you Photography Sponsor!

    Schedule change this year – To allow for the most time for breakouts as possible, while accommodating our increasingly growing number of exhibitors, the trade show will now be held on Thursday afternoon, with breakouts both on Thursday and Friday. The trade show will feature a dessert buffet, and along with visiting our exhibitors, you'll be able to pick up your walk/run t-shirt and have your professional photo taken by Lifetouch (great for district publications and web sites!).
  • Wednesday Morning Pre-Session – This year we will offer a tour of the Lincoln Park Middle School. During this tour you will hear about the planning and construction challenges, and be able to tour this amazing facility, with breathtaking view of Lake Superior and the working harbor of the St. Louis River estuary.
  • Hotel Shuttles – Because the blue bridge will not be operational, we'll have expanded conference shuttle service between the Canal Park hotels and the DECC during select times.
  • More Dine Around Options – The voucher for the Wednesday night Dine Around, that is included as part of your conference registration, will now include restaurants outside of Canal Park, giving you an opportunity to explore other parts of the city.

Conference registration includes:

  • All sessions, breakouts, and keynote address
  • All networking events
  • All meals (Wednesday lunch and dinner, Thursday lunch and dinner, Friday lunch) and breaks
  • Optional Wellness Walk/Run event

We hope to see you there!

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Agenda at a Glance

View the complete agenda here.

Wednesday, May 10 Thursday, May 11 Friday, May 12
8:00am-5:00pm Registration 7:00am-5:00pm Registration 8:00-9:00am Resource Committee Meetings
9:00am-12:00pm Certification Course, Special Education II (separate registration required) 8:30-10:20am General Session & Keynote 9:00-9:50am Breakouts
10:00-11:30am Optional Pre-Session/Networking Event 10:30-11:20am Breakouts 10:00-10:50am Breakouts
11:30am-12:35pm Lunch, with opening remarks 11:30am-1:00pm Recognition Luncheon 11:00-11:50am Legislative Update
12:40-2:20pm Gold Mine Session Round One 1:00-1:50pm Breakouts 12:00pm Conference Adjourns, Grab and Go Lunch and Prize Drawings
2:45-4:25pm Gold Mine Session Round Two 2:00-4:30pm Trade Show
4:30-5:00pm New Member Meeting 5:00pm Duluth Dine-Around/Dinner On Your Own
6:00-10:00pm Dinner & MASBO Social 5:30pm Wellness Walk/Run
8:30pm Networking Event at Grandma's Sports Garden


Thursday Keynote – Antarctica: Journey to the End of the Earth

with Matt McFadyen

Thank You, Keynote Speaker Sponsor
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Very few people have the ability to combine the adventure world and the business world quite like Matt McFadyen. For over a decade Matt has worked with organizations all over the world to align leaders, energize culture and build winning teams.

From dragging heavy sleds to the North Pole to sailing small yachts through some of the world’s deadliest oceans, adventurer Matt McFadyen has pushed himself and others to the ends of the earth, testing the limits of human potential.

He has been a leader of teams in some of the toughest conditions on the planet. This includes three record-breaking expeditions to the North Pole & two long-haul sailing trips to Antarctica & in 2013 Matt rowed, sailed & dragged a small boat 2000 miles across the North West Passage.

Matt’s presentation will not only inspire and motivate you, but more importantly, challenge you to think and act differently both personally and professionally.

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Conference Pre-Session

Tour the new Lincoln Park Middle School

led by School Principal, Brenda Vatthauer; Superintendent of Schools, William Gronseth; and Kerry Leider, former Property and Risk Manager at Duluth Schools

Thank you Ingensa for sponsoring this session!

In 2006, Duluth Public Schools started an initiative to comprehensively evaluate their district facilities for the strategic purpose of developing a Long Range Facilities Plan. One outcome of this community-based process was the construction of the new Lincoln Park Middle School, which can accommodate up to 1,000 students in grades 6-8. One of the major challenges to make this project successful was to physically place this school where it would demographically bridge across the existing gap in the community, along with meeting the needs of a wide range of students.

Considerations during design included evaluating vehicle circulation, providing a building location with educational value for students that included outdoor educational and recreational space, utilizing natural land elevations, and strong civil engineering to maintain outdoor activity spaces in the diverse seasons of Duluth. During this tour you will hear about these challenges and be able to tour this amazing facility, with breathtaking views of Lake Superior and the working harbor of the St. Louis River estuary.

Thank You, Sponsors!

Prepayment Required
All registrations must be accompanied by full payment/purchase order to reserve your place at the event.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received by the MASBO office at least 5 business days prior to the event are eligible for a refund of the registration fee, less a $25 processing fee. No refunds will be provided for cancellations received fewer than 5 business days prior to the event. No-shows will be billed for any unpaid registration fees.

Audio/Video Policy
Registration and attendance at, or participation at association events constitutes an agreement by the registrant to association’s use and distribution of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audiotapes of such events and activities.

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