MASBO 2018 Annual Conference and Certification Course

Conference Central

Add to Your CalendarMay 9-11, 2018
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center - Duluth, MN

Discover Your Inner Superhero

Join us for the MASBO 2018 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 session, and a certification course on Cash Management & Investing (open to all members, separate registration required).

  • Breakthrough Breakouts – Additional breakout sessions have been added to the agenda both on Thursday and Friday, so there is something for matter what your superpower!
  • New Members Receive a Hero's Welcome – First conference? No problem! Attend our new member meeting to learn more about MASBO...we'll help you connect with other new members, as well!
  • Wednesday Morning Pre-Session – Increase your communication powers by attending our optional conference pre-session, "Become an Epic Communicator."
  • Easy Access to the DECC – The blue bridge is back in service, plus we will once again have a conference shuttle to Canal Park hotels. Plus, all conference attendees get free ramp parking on Friday, making it easy to get on the road at the conclusion of the conference.
  • Get Credit – Credits from the Minnesota Board of School Administrators will be available for the full conference, plus also receive CPA's can also receive CPE credits from NASBA for select sessions.

You can register online or download the PDF form and fax or mail it to our office. We hope to see you there!

Conference Attendee Registration

Conference Registration Fees

Active, Affiliate or Associate Member: $250
Retired or Lifetime Member: $125
School Non-member: $295

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 conference pre-session and wellness walk/run event

Agenda at a Glance

View the complete agenda here.

Wednesday, May 9 Thursday, May 10 Friday, May 11
8:00am-5:00pm Registration 7:00am-5:00pm Registration 8:00-9:00am Resource Committee Meetings
9:00am-12:00pm Certification Course, Cash Management & Investing II (separate registration required) 8:30-10:00am General Session & Keynote 9:00-9:50am Breakouts
10:00-11:30am Optional Pre-Session: Become an Epic Communicator 10:10am-12:00pm Breakouts 10:00-10:50am Breakouts
11:30am-12:35pm Lunch, with opening remarks 12:00pm-1:30pm Recognition Luncheon 11:00-11:50am Legislative Update
12:40-2:20pm Gold Mine Session Round One 1:30-3:30pm Trade Show 12:00pm Conference Adjourns, Grab and Go Lunch and Prize Drawings
2:45-4:25pm Gold Mine Session Round Two 5:00pm Duluth Dine-Around/Dinner On Your Own
4:30-5:00pm New Member Meeting 5:00pm Wellness Walk/Run
6:00-10:00pm Dinner & MASBO Social 8:30pm Networking Event at Grandma's Sports Garden


Thursday Keynote –Be Your Own "Real Life" Superhero

with Sam Glenn

Sam Glenn

Thank You, Keynote Speaker Sponsor
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Bio: With Sam Glenn, “It’s all about attitude and it all starts with attitude!” Sam went from working nights as a janitor – negative, depressed and sleeping on the floor – to discovering renewed purpose, happiness and humor. Sam Glenn has been named Speaker of the Year on several occasions by meeting and event organizations and won two national awards for his training videos.

Hundreds of organizations use Sam’s videos monthly to kick off their staff meetings ( For the past 20 years, Sam Glenn has been traveling the country full time speaking to audiences from every industry and some crowds as large as 75,000 people. In addition, Sam is a gifted artist and author of 18 books.

Sam and his wife and two girls currently reside in Carmel, Indiana, but are originally from Minnesota. Sam has a popular online newsletter – A Kick in the Attitude, which he gives away a large one of his large paintings every month to one of his subscribers. Sign up for a chance to win his artwork at

Conference Pre-Session

Become an Epic Communicator

Our communication skills not only influence how we are perceived by others, they also can impact our overall effectiveness in our work. In this optional pre-conference session, learn ways to improve your electronic communications and your presentation skills:

  • Get Control of Your Inbox: How to keep your inbox empty and make email work for you instead of against you by "closing the loop."
  • Have Success in Public Presentations: The 5 P's - Purpose, Picture, Plan, Part, Practice (and how to coach your peers).
  • Better Graphic Presentation of Complex Data / Decision Modeling: How to anticipate stakeholder resistance and clarify the relationship between available resources, drivers, and reasonable compromise.

This session will be presented by Jason Davis, Director of Information Technology at UMD, and trainer in their continuing education department. This optional session is open to all conference attendees, but requires advance registration.

Thank you Ingensa for sponsoring this session!

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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