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2015 bushCON attendees


bushCONNECT – or bushCON for short – is a leadership networking event that builds stronger and more meaningful connections among leaders in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography.


    1. Why is the Bush Foundation hosting bushCON?
      A while back we asked leaders from across the region what they need to be more effective in their communities. The number one response was more opportunities to connect with other leaders. Which makes sense, because leaders need to be exposed to new people and new ideas to pursue innovative solutions to the challenges they face.

      That’s why we want to help build stronger and more meaningful connections between all of the different leadership networks in the region. We think that tapping into leadership networks and finding ways to build connections between them is one way we can help meet a need that leaders themselves have identified.

    2. When and where is bushCON?
      bushCON will be at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Monday, May 9, 2016. In addition, this year we’ve also added a second day of fun, optional opportunities that include skill-building workshops and more, at multiple locations on Tuesday, May 10, 2016.

    3. How and when can I register to attend bushCON?
      There are two paths to bushCON.

      The first path is to be tapped by one of the Bush Foundation’s recruitment partners. These are partners we selected to invite leaders from their own networks who would benefit from attending an event like bushCON. Those invited by a recruitment partner can register between February 2 and March 22, 2016.

      Our recruitment partners only get so many tickets, though, so the other path to bushCON is through general admission. Tickets go on sale April 5, 2016. They sold out in a few hours last year, so you’ll want to get yours early. Stay tuned for more information.

    4. Is there a registration fee?
      Yes, the registration fee for bushCON is $75; however, those invited by partner organizations will pay a discounted registration fee of $25. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages are included in the registration fee.

    5. When is the registration deadline?
      Those registering as part of a recruitment partner cohort have until March 22, 2016, to register. General admission tickets go on sale April 5, 2016, and usually sell out within a few hours.

    6. Are scholarships available?
      Partner organizations may provide scholarships for registration fees and travel expenses. Please inquire with your affiliated organization for more information.

    7. Who is co-creating bushCON with the Bush Foundation?
      We are working with recruitment and programming partners to co-create bushCON 2016 and engage a broad array of people throughout the region. Visit our Partners page to see a list of those involved.

    8. Who are the primary contacts at the Bush Foundation for bushCON?
      Dominick Washington is the director of communications at the Bush Foundation and serves as the strategist for bushCON. Megan Forgrave, communications manager at the Bush Foundation, is the project director.

      To reach a member of the team, email bushCON@bushfoundation.org.