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    • May 30, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Mason Jar Kitchen-1565 Cliff Rd, Eagan, MN 55122
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    You Heard It Here First!

    Join Quorum for our newest event series-Quorum Conversations! This series is designed to create meaningful and authentic opportunities to talk with business and community leaders about current issues and opportunities. Using a "kitchen table chat" format, these leaders will share their experiences and address topics useful to Quorum members and supporters.

    Please join us in welcoming Minnesota Congresswoman Angie Craig for our inaugural Quorum Conversation             

    As a former head of Global Human Resources for a major Minnesota manufacturer with a workforce of over 16,000 employees and current part owner of a small start-up in St. Paul, Congresswoman Craig has spent the majority of her career moving the economic needle for small and large businesses. Currently sitting on the Agriculture and Transportation/Infrastructure committees, she is uniquely positioned to create change in the business sector and is passionate about LGBTQ+ inclusion at every level. She lives in Eagan with her wife Cheryl and four sons.

    EVENT INFORMATION:

    Location: Mason Jar Kitchen-1565 Cliff Rd, Eagan

    Time: 5:30pm-8:00pm

    Our generous hosts will be providing light appetizers and beverages are available for purchase at the cash bar. We encourage advance registration to ensure that we have a large enough space for this event.

    Click here to learn more about Mason Jar Kitchen!  https://www.themasonjar.us/


    • June 05, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • VOYA Financial-20 Washington Avenue South Minneapolis, MN
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    Are you involved in an LGBTA ERG/BRG/BSN or other LGBTA Employee Group? Would you like to meet other people involved in similar groups in the Twin Cities, learn about current best practices, and network with other professionals? You’re invited to join your peers from Twin Cities LGBTA Employee Resource Groups for the Q2 Workplace Alliance Event and a night of networking and best practices sharing!

    Quorum is thrilled to be partnering with Voya Financial to host our next Workplace Alliance event on June 5, 2019 at 5:30pm at Voya Financial (located at 20 S Washington Ave in downtown Minneapolis).

    "Ally-ing" is a Verb: Developing Active Ally Engagement Strategies will feature a guest panel and facilitated large/small group discussions with ERG/BRG leaders from companies across the Twin Cities:

    *How do you both attract new allies to your organization, and keep them coming back? 

    *Explore how you can influence corporate culture by engaging your allies, and discuss ways to keep this group actively involved and passionate about supporting the LGBTQ community. 

    *Engaging and retaining diverse ERG members across your footprint

    *Who is doing this work well and what can we learn from those leaders?

    We look forward to seeing you there! Please feel free to share this invitation widely with colleagues who may be interested in this topic. NOTE: Advance registration is required for this event.

    • June 12, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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    Xcel Energy Supplier Diversity Procurement Fair

    Location: DoubleTree Hilton Minneapolis – Park Place: 1500 Park Place Blvd. Minneapolis, MN 55416

    Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019

    Time: 1:00PM- 3:00PM CST

    Event Description: Xcel Energy, in partnership with the North Central Minority Supplier Development Council (NCMSDC), the National Veteran Business Develop Council (NVBDC), Quorum and the Women's Business Development Center (WBDC), will be hosting a procurement fair for members of the minority, veteran, LGBTQ and women owned business communities.


    Agenda:

    12:30-1:00pm   

    Registration

     
    1:00-1:30pm

    Welcome 


    Christopher Clark, President, Xcel Energy – Minnesota, South Dakota,    North Dakota
      Sourcing Overview

    Kristopher Shelton, Xcel Energy Category Manager, Fleet; Property Services; HR & Benefits

      Announcements

    James Garness, Xcel Energy Supplier Diversity Manager

    1:30-3:00pm Networking with Xcel Energy Sourcing and Purchasing and Prime Suppliers  

    ParkingParking is available onsite at the DoubleTree Hilton Minneapolis – Park Place for event attendees.

    Hotel Accommodations: A block of rooms has been set aside with a group rate at DoubleTree Hilton Minneapolis – Park Place under the event name Xcel Energy – Company Procurement Diversity Event. The group room block cut off is Friday, June 7, 2019.

    Networking Opportunities:                                                                                            

    Xcel Energy sourcing and purchasing teams will be available to network with suppliers regarding opportunities at Xcel Energy. The following categories will be represented: Boiler Systems; Cable and Wire; Chemicals, Gases and Lubes; Circuit Breakers; Construction Services; Consulting Services; Electrical Material and Equipment; Engineering Services; Environmental; Fleet; Gas Materials; HR and Benefits; IT and Telecom; Maintenance Services; Marketing and DSM; Meters; MRO Materials; Nuclear Maintenance Services, Nuclear Engineering Services, Nuclear Construction Services; Property Services; Renewables (Battery, Solar, Wind); Safety; Steel Structures; Transformers; Transportation Services; Turbine and Generator Systems; Vegetation Management; Wood Poles

    Xcel Energy prime suppliers will be hosting tables to discuss subcontracting or indirect contracting opportunities. Xcel Energy prime suppliers that will be in attendance include:

    • ·       Accenture partners with Xcel Energy for IT and Consulting Services, including our AGIS (Advance Grid Intelligence and Security) initiative.
    • ·       Border States is Xcel Energy’s logistic integrator partner. They are looking for diverse manufacturers (either electric or gas) that could be vetted through standards and ultimately added as approved sources.  Logistics companies, staffing and recruiting companies, marketing companies and promotional companies are also encouraged to network with Border States.
    • ·       Ernst and Young (EY) partners with Xcel Energy for IT and Consulting Services, including initiatives around cyber security and customer experience transformation. Areas of opportunity with EY include Development Operations (such as Strategy Lead, Strategy Analyst, Platform Lead, Platform Engineer) and Product Development (such as Product Manager, UI/UX Designer, Product Engineer, Business Analyst, Technical Architect).
    • ·       Geometric Results, Inc. (GRI) is Xcel Energy’s MSP (Manage Service Provider) for our staff augmentation program. GRI will be available to talk with staffing companies about Xcel Energy’s staffing program, although no current opportunities are available.
    • ·       Mortenson Construction is Xcel Energy’s BOP (Balance of Plant) partner for wind farm builds throughout our service territories. Their wind energy procurement needs include aerial site inspections; anchor bolt supply; civil (access road construction, grading); commissioning execution and management; concrete supply; conveying; CPT-testing; drain-tile install; drainage and service trenches; drilling and grading; dumpsters; embed and template supply; EMT; EPC collection system, substation and transmission line; fencing; fire alarm, fire detection, firestopping; fuel supply; ground potential rise analysis; IT structured cabling; materials testing; MET tower, office trailer supply; operations and maintenance building; rebar install and supply; sanitation; short circuit, coordination and arc flash studies; site security; topography; tower wiring; water supply. They are also interested in suppliers and trade partners with potential lean and innovation solutions.
    • ·       Office Depot is Xcel Energy’s office supplies provider. They are looking for top-quality products and services to help Office Deport meet their diversity goals and help Office Depot support the diversity goals of their customers.
    • Q3 Contracting provides construction services across Xcel Energy’s service territories. They are excited to connect with suppliers about opportunities in the following areas: hauling; hard surface restoration; soft surface restoration; rental equipment; vacuum excavation  support; directional boring; traffic control; saw cutting; fuel, tools & safety equipment; work area protection; equipment purchase & repair; office equipment & supplies; and cleaning/janitorial.
    • ·       Vestas is Xcel Energy’s wind turbine component and wind park service partner. They are looking forward to connecting with local suppliers providing, but not limited to, janitorial; maintenance; snow removal; transportation; crane rental and rental equipment.
    • ·       Wanzek Construction is Xcel Energy’s BOP (Balance of Plant) partner for wind farm builds throughout our service territories.


    • June 14, 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Wilde Cafe and Spirits-65 SE Main St, Minneapolis
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    Join your fellow early risers for our monthly Wake Up With Quorum Networking Coffee. Get some quality networking in before you even begin your work day! Our June networking event will be hosted at Wilde Cafe and Spirits at 65 SE Main St in the beautiful St. Anthony Main area of Minneapolis.

    Start the day off right with the most important meal of the day, make great new connections, and talk about what you are up to! You will also be able to introduce your business and share news with everyone at the coffee. 

    New to Quorum? These networking events are a casual fun way to increase your networks, build your business and meet other community business leaders. Food and coffee will be available for purchase. Be sure to bring business cards!


    • July 12, 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Gigi's Cafe, 822 W 36th St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
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    Join your fellow early risers for our monthly Wake Up With Quorum Networking Coffee, this month at Gigi's. Get some quality networking in before you even begin your work day!  Gigi's is located at 822 W 36th St, Minneapolis, MN 55408.

    Start the day off right with the most important meal of the day, make great new connections, and talk about what you are up to! You will also be able to introduce your business and share news with everyone at the coffee. 

    New to Quorum? These networking events are a casual fun way to increase your networks, build your business and meet other community business leaders. Food and coffee will be available for purchase. Be sure to bring business cards!

    Check out Gigi's website: Click Here

    • July 16, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • TBD
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    Join us for the Quorum and Young Professionals Network Night! Please join us for a great happy hour and amazing networking.

    This monthly networking event is a combined event for Quorum members and Quorum Young Professionals. This is a fun, fab, casual event for all LGBTQ+ and Allied folks who are interested in networking, starting or growing their careers. The emphasis is on creating an energetic and vibrant atmosphere where valuable contacts can be made, ideas and opportunities can be shared, and community can be formed. Come build your networks, find opportunities to learn and grow, and help strengthen our presence in the greater business community.Don't forget your business cards!


    • August 07, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Clare Terrace, 3555 France Ave N, Robbinsdale, MN 55422


    JOURNEY HOME PROGRAM

    Clare Housing’s mission is to provide affordable housing, supportive services and compassionate care to people living with HIV/AIDS. Our goal is simple . . . to provide a continuum of housing and services designed to empower people of low-income and to maximize their health, independence, dignity and quality of life.

    Join us at our next Journey Home Program! This one-hour guided interactive tour of Clare Housing's HIV-specific housing program demonstrates how affordable housing and supportive services improve the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS in the Twin Cities.  

    *Lunch will be included for this event.

    Register at: www.clarehousing.org/get-involved/journey-home-tour

                            

                     

    For more information, contact a Clare Housing Development staff person:

    Jim Seas, Director- jim.seas@clarehousing.org                       

    Debbie Wyman, Coordinator-debbie.wyman@clarehousing.org          

    Chris Briggs, Coordinator-chris.briggs@clarehousing.org



    • August 09, 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • The Freehouse, 701 N Washington Ave #101, Minneapolis, MN 55401
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    Join your fellow early risers for our monthly Wake Up With Quorum Networking Coffee, this month at The Freehouse. Get some quality networking in before you even begin your work day!  The Freehouse is located at 701 N Washington Ave #101, Minneapolis, MN 55401.

    Start the day off right with the most important meal of the day, make great new connections, and talk about what you are up to! You will also be able to introduce your business and share news with everyone at the coffee. 

    New to Quorum? These networking events are a casual fun way to increase your networks, build your business and meet other community business leaders. Food and coffee will be available for purchase. Be sure to bring business cards!


    Check out The Freehouse's website: Click Here

    • August 20, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • TBD
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    Join us for the Quorum and Young Professionals Network Night! Please join us for a great happy hour and amazing networking.

    This monthly networking event is a combined event for Quorum members and Quorum Young Professionals. This is a fun, fab, casual event for all LGBTQ+ and Allied folks who are interested in networking, starting or growing their careers. The emphasis is on creating an energetic and vibrant atmosphere where valuable contacts can be made, ideas and opportunities can be shared, and community can be formed. Come build your networks, find opportunities to learn and grow, and help strengthen our presence in the greater business community.Don't forget your business cards!


    • September 13, 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • TBD
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    Join your fellow early risers for our monthly Wake Up With Quorum Networking Coffee. Get some quality networking in before you even begin your work day! 

    Start the day off right with the most important meal of the day, make great new connections, and talk about what you are up to! You will also be able to introduce your business and share news with everyone at the coffee. 

    New to Quorum? These networking events are a casual fun way to increase your networks, build your business and meet other community business leaders. Food and coffee will be available for purchase. Be sure to bring business cards!


    • September 17, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • TBD
    Register


    Join us for the Quorum and Young Professionals Network Night! Please join us for a great happy hour and amazing networking.

    This monthly networking event is a combined event for Quorum members and Quorum Young Professionals. This is a fun, fab, casual event for all LGBTQ+ and Allied folks who are interested in networking, starting or growing their careers. The emphasis is on creating an energetic and vibrant atmosphere where valuable contacts can be made, ideas and opportunities can be shared, and community can be formed. Come build your networks, find opportunities to learn and grow, and help strengthen our presence in the greater business community.Don't forget your business cards!


    • October 04, 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • TBD
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    Join your fellow early risers for our monthly Wake Up With Quorum Networking Coffee. Get some quality networking in before you even begin your work day! 

    Start the day off right with the most important meal of the day, make great new connections, and talk about what you are up to! You will also be able to introduce your business and share news with everyone at the coffee. 

    New to Quorum? These networking events are a casual fun way to increase your networks, build your business and meet other community business leaders. Food and coffee will be available for purchase. Be sure to bring business cards!


    • October 11, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • TBD
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    Quorum's 26th Annual National Coming Out Day Luncheon 
    "...We will not win our rights by staying quietly in our closets..." (Harvey Milk)

    This inspirational and transformational community luncheon gives voice to the power of living openly, honestly and with authenticity at work, in our families, in our faith communities, and across our lives. The realities of living an authentic life are deeper than being "out". We all have many layers of identity and we must work together to create a world where people can bring their "whole self" to everything they do.  The National Coming Out Day Luncheon serves as a celebration of who we are individually...and together!

    The tide of history will continue to change only when we honor our identities with pride and live with joy, openness and truth. Coming out (whether as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, ally or any other identity on the spectrum) STILL MATTERS. Every person who speaks up continues to change hearts and minds, and creates new advocates for equality. 
    We hope you will join us as our community celebrates the strength, courage and wisdom of LGBTQ+ and Allied people who have braved their own unique journeys to now live openly and authentically...and with pride.

    DETAILS: 

    Thursday, October 11, 2019 

    Marketplace Expo opens at 10:00am-1:30pm

    Location: TBD

    *Tickets-$59 members/$69 non-members

    *Vendor Tables-$175 members/$195 non-members (includes 1 Luncheon ticket)


    SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

    Quorum depends on the generosity of our sponsors to continue to provide the highest level of quality services to our members. Please consider becoming our sponsor of the National Coming Out Day Luncheon..

    WHY SPONSOR AN EVENT?

    Sponsoring the Luncheon is, in fact, a brilliant marketing strategy. In this climate of shifting marketing budgets, reductions in every sector, and a deluge of "buzz word" messaging from competitors, an effective alternative has become being an event sponsor.

    1) Develop and enhance credibility in a target market-This is an opportunity to build rapport and trust with customers, prospects and the community in general!

    2) Highly targeted marketing-large events such as the Luncheon have a variety of attendees across sectors. Sponsorships allow you to create and utilize a targeted marketing strategy that automatically puts you head and shoulders above the competition. 

    3) Leveraged lead generation-The majority of attendees have shared interests in the LGBT community and most likely will know others who share the same interests or have similar needs thus increasing the chance of further recommendations or creating other connections

    4) Brand awareness and recognition-Logo placement in a variety of places such as flyers, direct mail, brochures, websites, email marketing campaigns, tickets, signage, etc. will add to increase brand awareness. Being recognized as a sponsor will communicate value and support with the audience at the event.

    5) Community support-Involvement in community organizations demonstrates your concern for the community in which you live and shows that your business supports certain community-related issues. This can significantly improve your organization’s public image, as well as help build goodwill in your community.

    Please email rebecca@twincitiesquorum.com with any questions!



    • October 15, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • TBD
    Register

    Join us for the Quorum and Young Professionals Network Night! Please join us for a great happy hour and amazing networking.

    This monthly networking event is a combined event for Quorum members and Quorum Young Professionals. This is a fun, fab, casual event for all LGBTQ+ and Allied folks who are interested in networking, starting or growing their careers. The emphasis is on creating an energetic and vibrant atmosphere where valuable contacts can be made, ideas and opportunities can be shared, and community can be formed. Come build your networks, find opportunities to learn and grow, and help strengthen our presence in the greater business community.Don't forget your business cards!



    • November 08, 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Wilde Cafe and Spirits-65 SE Main St, Minneapolis
    Register


    Join your fellow early risers for our monthly Wake Up With Quorum Networking Coffee. Get some quality networking in before you even begin your work day! Our November networking event will be hosted at Wilde Cafe and Spirits at 65 SE Main St in the beautiful St. Anthony Main area of Minneapolis.

    Start the day off right with the most important meal of the day, make great new connections, and talk about what you are up to! You will also be able to introduce your business and share news with everyone at the coffee. 

    New to Quorum? These networking events are a casual fun way to increase your networks, build your business and meet other community business leaders. Food and coffee will be available for purchase. Be sure to bring business cards!


    • November 12, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • TBD
    Register


    Join us for the Quorum and Young Professionals Network Night! Please join us for a great happy hour and amazing networking.

    This monthly networking event is a combined event for Quorum members and Quorum Young Professionals. This is a fun, fab, casual event for all LGBTQ+ and Allied folks who are interested in networking, starting or growing their careers. The emphasis is on creating an energetic and vibrant atmosphere where valuable contacts can be made, ideas and opportunities can be shared, and community can be formed. Come build your networks, find opportunities to learn and grow, and help strengthen our presence in the greater business community.Don't forget your business cards!


    • December 05, 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • General Mills

    More event details coming soon!

    • December 06, 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Gigi's Cafe, 822 W 36th St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
    Register


    Join your fellow early risers for our monthly Wake Up With Quorum Networking Coffee, this month at Gigi's. Get some quality networking in before you even begin your work day!  Gigi's is located at 822 W 36th St, Minneapolis, MN 55408.

    Start the day off right with the most important meal of the day, make great new connections, and talk about what you are up to! You will also be able to introduce your business and share news with everyone at the coffee. 

    New to Quorum? These networking events are a casual fun way to increase your networks, build your business and meet other community business leaders. Food and coffee will be available for purchase. Be sure to bring business cards!

    Check out Gigi's website: Click Here

    • December 12, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Thomson Reuters Champions Club at Target Field
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    Join us on Thursday, December 12, 2019 to dance the night away, purchase your holiday gifts at our silent auction, and help us celebrate 2018! It has been a fantastic year and we want you to celebrate with us! 


    Please make sure to bring lots of business cards as this is also a wonderful evening for networking and fun. 

    Also, at this event, we hold a brief business meeting to update you on Quorum as well as election of 2019 Quorum's Board of Directors


    EVENT AGENDA:

    5:30PM Guest Arrival

    6:30PM: Welcome and Event Program:

    *Welcome from Kevin Ringdahl, Quorum Board President

    *Highlights from 2019

    *A sneak peek at Quorum in 2020

    *2020 Board Elections

      7:00pm Live Auction

      8:30pm: Guests depart


      We still have a limited number of vendor tables available to increase the visibility of your organization or business. Vendor tables are a easy cost-effective way to showcase your unique products and services!

      A HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS!

                 

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      Quorum is a Minnesota 501(c)6 non-profit organization.

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