May 2nd
MIMA: CATFOA 2011 #4 - Andrew Keller, Crispin Porter Bogusky
5:15 - 8:00 pm
Fine Line Music Cafe

MIMA is excited to co-sponsor the fourth year of Conversations About The Future Of Advertising (CATFOA) speaker-series.

May 5th
AdFed: Magazine Event
10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Hyatt Regency - Nicollet Mall

Ad Fed is proud once again to present Magazine Day: the Twin Cities’ largest celebration of the business of magazines. This long-running event is created by and for magazine and media industry executives, to connect ad sellers, buyers and their clients from all over the upper Midwest. Sales reps from as far away as Chicago are regularly in attendance for this unique annual event.

AIGA: Cocktails with Creatives - Joe's Garage
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Joe's Garage, Minneapolis

Each month AIGA Minnesota hosts Cocktails with Creatives, a mixer event at various locations around the Twin Cities. This event is a great networking and social opportunity so bring your business cards and your ideas.

May 6th
2011 Design Show Opening Reception
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Shelter Studios, Minneapolis

The 2011 AIGA Minnesota Design Show is a salute to the best ideas and the designers who thought them up, fought for them and brought them to life. And while it’s destined to feature a bevy of beautiful work, it isn’t a beauty contest. Or a showcase for the trend du jour. The winning ideas will do more than just look good. They’ll move us, inspire us, challenge us, confound us, and above all make us say, “Damn, I wish I’d thought of that.”

May 10th
MnAMA: Take Stock of Your Customer Experience: Future Trends and Insights
7:30 - 9:30 am
University of St. Thomas Opus Hall, Minneapolis

Today, customers seek an “experience” that delivers a sense of deep satisfaction…something beyond the "regular," perhaps even a bit different or out of the ordinary. In a world marked by sameness and bland or declining customer service, those organizations that provide an exceptional experience for their customers will rise well above the rest. They will attract and retain customers whose loyalty will defy rational explanation. This is the emerging new world of emotionally-defined, experience-driven, customer-centric business reality.

May 11th
AdFed: How Digital Saved Advertising's Soul
7:45 - 9:30 am
International Market Square

Join Kristina Slade as she shares her stories and insight on the industry she loves and explains just how digital saved advertising’s soul.

May 12th
Annual AdFed/Ad2 Bar Crawl
5:30 pm
LynLake Uptown, Minneapolis

More info TBA

May 18th
MIMA: Search and the Connected Consumer
7:30 - 9:00 am
Calhoun Beach Club

The web used to be a huge collection of HTML pages linked together. Now its a living, breathing network of networks groups of people who are constantly connected, communicating, and sharing. And theyre on the move, too, no longer stuck in front of keyboards and monitors in homes and offices.

May 19th
AIGA: See Change Conference
U of M - Twin Cities Campus

A day of inspiration and remarkable work from across the visual spectrum, cross-pollinating our abilities and ideas. 2011 speakers include Ian Adelman, Jon Forss, Karin Fong, Doug Menuez, Philip Brunelle, Jeff Johnson, Margo Chase, Paul Nelson, Matthew Atkatz, and Charles Melcher. We’ll see you at See Change 2011.

May 20th
SMBMSP: Education (37)
8:00 - 10:00 am
Location TBD

Education has it's own unique challenges for the use of social media. Let's talk with some folks in the firing line to see what they're doing as they incorporate these new tools and ideas in the mix.

May 24th
MnAMA: Marketing Mixer
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Ol' Mexico Restaurante, Roseville

When it comes to professional development, it takes more than just showing up at mixers, sending LinkedIn requests or handing out business cards to get results. You've got to have a plan.
Join us on May 24 for an engaging discussion with Jennifer Kane, principal of social media marketing and PR firm Kane Consulting, on how to develop a game plan for your online and offline social networking to yield real results.