Conference Rules

  • You will be notified of your table number ahead of arrival. You will know you have landed in the right spot because there will be a sign with your company logo and table number on it. You are able to display your donated prize at your table from set-up through take down between 2:30pm - 3:30pm. Upon arrival, please check in at the registration desk to pick up your name badges and meaningful conversation cards, as well as tell the staff what prize you brought for the drawing. 
  • Meaningful Conversation Cards: Throughout the day you will interact with attendees. If during an interaction you feel you had a “meaningful conversation” you will give the attendee a card. Attendees will drop their Meaningful Conversation Cards into the drawing receptacle for an additional chance at prizes. During the Happy Hour at the end of the day, we will draw from the collected cards and announce the winners of the donated prizes. Please do not conduct prize drawings in your booth.  You are free to collect member business cards for your marketing & sales follow up.  ALAMN and Jaffe Management want to draw the names at one time to be sure members only win one prize, to be fair for all attendees.  If you have any questions about the prize procedure, please reach out to Catherine Gorr or Kelly Thaemert.
  • Each registered Business Partner Sponsor will have one 6 ft x 2.4 ft rectangular table to set up on. Each table will have a white tablecloth provided. Please note that you will only have access to one electrical plug-in source.
    • Superior: Six (5) Booth Staff
    • Mille Lacs: Five (4) Booth Staff
    • Minnetonka: Four (3) Booth Staff
    • Itasca: Two (2) Booth Staff
    • Intro: Two (2) Booth Staff 
  • ALAMN has included dedicated Business Partner Time into the schedule. Attendees and Business Partners will be able to connect from 9:15am - 10:30am and 1:00 - 2:30pm. Prizes can be displayed during  Business Partner Time. 
  • Business Partners may take down from 2:30-3:30 during the second round of breakout sessions.
  • Everyone is invited to the Happy Hour & Business Partner Prizes from 4:30pm-6:30pm. This is where we will announce the winners of the prizes. Please note that all attendees and Business Partner attendees will receive two drink tickets for the Happy Hour at the end of the day. 
  • Shipping to the Conference via UPS Store: If you need to ship any items for the conference, please follow the instructions linked HERE. You are able to send your packages to the address below no earlier than 9/11/2023 and notify Jordan Grote at [email protected] of any incoming packages. Packages will be held at the UPS Store on the second floor of the Minneapolis Hilton Hotel and it is your responsibility to move your packages to your respective booth during set up the morning of 9/13.
    • Hold for Guest: (Your Name)
    • c/o The UPS Store #7122
    • ALAMN Annual Conference
    • 1001 Marquette Ave, STE 208
    • Minneapolis, MN 55403
  • Return Shipping: Should you need to ship any items back once the conference is complete, please come prepared with the packaging and packing slip for UPS. If your package is ready for pick-up, attach the return label and bring to the UPS Store on the second floor of the Minneapolis Hilton Hotel.
The conference committee along with the support of our members and board of directors can’t wait to welcome everyone at the Hilton Minneapolis on Wednesday, September 13th!

ALAMN 33rd Annual Conference

Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Time: 7:30am - 5:30pm

Location: Hilton Minneapolis
                 1001 S Marquette Ave
                 Minneapolis, MN 55403

Take a peak at the plan for the day:
7:15am - 8:00am                     Registration and Breakfast
8:00am - 8:15am                     Opening Remarks
8:15am - 9:15am                     Keynote: Rick Rigsby - "The 21st Century Leader"  
9:15am - 10:30am                   Business Partner Exhibit Time
10:30am - 11:30 pm                Breakout Sessions

  • Human Resources Track
    Mastering the Art of Influencing Difficult Conversations - presented by Julie Holunga & Margee Fawley

  • Information Technology Track
    Tech Simplicity is the Key - presented by Bill Ramsey & Phil Hampton

  • Self-Improvement Track
    Calling BS on Busy - presented by Andrew Mellen

  • General Track
    Microsoft Excel: Tips, Tricks & Hidden Gems  - presented by Jeff Schoenberger

11:30am - 12:00 pm                Lunch
12:00pm - 1:00 pm                  Keynote: Elizabeth Ries
1:00pm - 2:30pm                     Business Partner Exhibit Time
2:30pm - 3:30pm                     Breakout Sessions

  • Human Resources Track
    Recruit & Retain: Unlock Human (conative) Superpowers - presented by Kim Brown

  • Information Technology Track
    Cyber Risk Management and Compliance: What Every Administrator Needs to Know - presented by James Harrison

  • Self-Improvement Track
    The Mind, Body and Soul of Self-Confidence - presented by Judy Hissong & Debra Elsbury

  • General Track
    Microsoft Outlook: How to Better Manage Your Workload with Email and Task Management - presented by Jeff Schoenberger

3:30pm - 4:30pm                     Community Service Event
4:30pm - 6:00pm                     Happy Hour + Prizes


Rick Rigsby - The 21st Century LeaderIn a global landscape characterized by constant change, today’s business leader is obligated to leverage existing demands with a greater commitment to professional development or risk becoming ineffective, obsolete and eventually replaced.

Dr. Rick Rigsby’s brilliantly crafted speech is a prerequisite for today’s revolutionary business environment. Dr. Rick challenges leaders to excel at enhancing skill sets required by a new generation of employees. Rick argues that dynamic and effective leadership today must expand its focus to include technological expansion, knowledge acquisition, diverse demographics and increased globalization.

Dr. Rigsby will empower you to discover how a leader’s journey to superior performance is reserved for the leader who is intentional, strategic and above all, willing to grow!

Click here to view Rick's bio.

Elizabeth Ries - Goal Setting

Don't let your goals keep you from living your life. Elizabeth spent the early years of her television career constantly waiting for the next thing. The next promotion, a better contract, the bigger market. It wasn't until she finally stopped looking ahead and started looking at the present that she finally found the most fulfilling work of her life. Elizabeth will motivate you to search for that perfect balance of always striving to be better while still living in and loving the present.

Click here to view Elizabeth's bio.

Community Service at the Education Conference!

Card Signing! During the conference this year, all attendees (including business partners) will be invited to sign various types of greeting cards that will be distributed to nursing homes, the VA hospital, shelters, etc. that can be distributed by their staff.  We will have at least 500 cards - birthday, holiday, Hanukkah, get-well, thinking-of-you cards, etc. to sign!  Cards, stickers and pens will be provided – we just need you to sign, apply some stickers to the card and put the cards into envelopes. This will be a quick and easy project and we will appreciate everyone’s help!

Cell Phone Collection - Do you have old cell phones, iPads, iPods sitting in a drawer at home or work?  Let us help you with that!  At the conference this year, we will have a box to collect old cell phones (any cell phone, regardless of the age), iPads and iPods for Sojourner Project.  Phones in good shape can be used for 911 phones and even broken phones can be turned into cash through their partner SmartPhone Recycling.  Sojourner’s mission is to provide emergency shelter, support and legal advocacy services to those victimized by domestic violence and other forms of interpersonal violence.  For additional information about Sojourner house, please check their website 


The day will be filled with two fabulous key note speakers, interesting and informational learning opportunities, and time to connect with our business partner sponsors.

Visit the ALAMN Conference Website for more information!