2024 MCCE Summer Refresh


Speaker Bios


Superheroes have bad days too 

Gregory J. Fine, FASAE, CAE


Common legal concerns affecting local chambers

Pat Plunkett, Larkin Hoffman


When generations connect

Kelly Brinkman, Bridgeworks

Generations Overview I

Generations Overview II


How to build a government affairs program

Britney Marr, Minnesota State University, Mankato student and David C. Olson Intern Grant recipient, Alexandria Area Chamber

Alexandria Government Affairs Program


2023 MCCE Annual Meeting


Speaker Bios

Attendee List


Retaining students, and workers, in Minnesota
Scott Marquardt, Senior Vice President, Southwest Initiative Foundation

Minnesota tech talent
Katie McClelland, Director of Policy and Research, Minnesota Technology Association

Collaboration and Career Pathways in the Redwood Area
Anne Johnson, Executive Director, Redwood Area Chamber and Tourism

Beyond grit: Embracing passion and perseverance to gain the high-performance edge
Dr. Cindra Kamphoff, Mentally Strong Consulting
Top 10 Practices of the World’s Best from Beyond Grit

Legislative preview: What to expect this 2023 Legislative Session
Doug Loon, President and CEO, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

How to work with your legislator
Former MN Representative Barb Haley, 21A

Culture First Mindset
Joe Schmit, KSTP
Video 1 – Joe Mauer
Video 2 – Stuff Happens

Making sense of industry acronyms
Brad Gruhot, President, Marshall Area Chamber
Org Chart

2022 Fall Conference


Attendee List

Speaker Bios


Natural resources in Minnesota

Commissioner Sarah Strommen, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources


The importance of forestry in Minnesota’s economy

Rick Horton, Executive Vice President, Minnesota Forest Industries


Advocacy 101:  Policy and politics dos and don’ts

Laura Bordelon, Senior Vice President, Advocacy, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

Chris Tiedeman, Partner, Weber Johnson


Elections and policy outlook at the state and federal levels

Doug Loon, President and CEO, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

Ethan Hellier, Manager Congressional and Public Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

2022 Summer Refresh Resources

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Speaker Bios

Attendee List


Legacy and Leadership
Lena Scullard, LMS Productions


30 ideas in 30 minutes – Best new revenue generator
Facilitator: Brad Gruhot President, Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce  


Legislative wrap-up and election season preview
Doug Loon, President and CEO, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce


Confidence is not a coincidence
Sara Krisher, President and Founder, STAND TALL

Sharing Wisdom Worksheet
7Cs Worksheet


Health and wellness during challenging times
Candace Hoversten, MSW, LGSW, Owner, Modern Minds
Session Overview
Human Brain
Focused attention activities

Emotion body map regulation

2022 Annual Meeting Resources

     2022 Annual Meeting Attendee List

     Speaker Bios – 2022 Annual Meeting

     2022 MCCE Annual Meeting Agenda


     Speaker Materials

     Membership – Sales and retention strategies
     Facilitated by Bruce Nustad, President, Minnesota Retailers Association

     Programs and events – Driving value through programming and events 
     Facilitated by David Minor, President and CEO, Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

     Foundations – How to establish one for your chamber
     Zach Crain, Shareholder & Chair, Corporate & Transactional Services, Nilan Johnson Lewis

     Organizational issues – Bylaws, governance, volunteer engagement and everything in between
     2021 Board Orientation Workbook Harris
     Committee Management
     Michelle Larson, Executive Director/President, Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce

     The changing face of Minnesota
     Dr. Eric Guthrie, Senior Demographer, Minnesota State Demographic Center

     Is your community prepared for growth?
     Justin Erickson, Economic Development and Labor Specialist, The Brookshire Company

     A local case study and crisis management 101
     Kristy Barse, President, Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce
     Mike Zipko, Co-founder and Principal, Velocity Public Affairs


     Sponsor Materials

     Construction Industry Labor and Employers Council (CILEC)


     Twin Metals


2021 Fall Conference Materials


Attendee List

Speaker Bios


Understanding the Page Amendment proposal – PowerPoint

Nevada Littlewolf, Campaign Manager and Executive Director, Page Amendment


Innovative best practices and solutions in the region
Elissa Hansen, President and CEO, Northspan – PowerPoint


2022 Legislative session and elections preview – PowerPoint

Advocacy Alliances and Activism – PowerPoint

Laura Bordelon, Senior Vice President, Advocacy, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

2021 Summer Refresh Speaker Materials

2021 Summer Refresh Agenda

Speaker Bios

Attendee List


5 Voices, GiANT Worldwide
Jeff Meacham, President, ForwardByChoice
The 5 Voices is designed to help every individual discover their leadership voice and be
empowered to use it effectively.


Pandemic – One year later: What’s the one thing you realized you could live without?
Session ideas


How to make sure Monday morning doesn’t suck!
Eric Harkins, President, GKG Search & Consulting

2021 Annual Meeting

2021 MCCE Annual Meeting Agenda

Speaker Bios


Minnesota Vikings Update
Lester Bagley


60 ideas in 60 Minutes


Chuck Runyon, Self Esteem Brands, LLC


2021 Chamber Federation Policy Update

Doug Loon, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce


2021 Policy and Political Pundits

Carl Kuhl, Velocity Public Affairs
Todd Rapp, Rapp Strategies


Programs Breakout
Facilitated by Shari Wilson, White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce

White Bear Advocacy Program

2020 Fall Conference

Speaker Bios – 2020 Fall Conference

MCCE Fall Conference Agenda 2020

MCCE Fall Conference Attendee List


New Year’s Eve in Minnesota

Kyle Sexton, Owner and Founder, ChamberThink Strategies



Crisis Communications and Strategy in a Pandemic – Jen Hellman, COO/Principal, Goff Public



Paralyzed to Pivoting: Finding Opportunity and Confidence in Virtual Event Planning – Leticia Harnung, Co-Owner, Good Plan Jan



MCCE Enbridge Update 2020 09 24

2020 Annual Meeting


2020 Attendees

Speaker Bios – 2020 Annual Meeting


Poll Everywhere Survey Results


Operations, finances and governance

Facilitated by Jennifer Harmening, IOM, president, Burnsville Chamber of Commerce

Finances – Tampa Chamber Approved Financial Policies and Procedures

Governance – Essential-Ingredients Handouts

Operations – Coaching the Board Handout


Erik Therwanger Think GREAT

Erik Therwanger, founder, Think GREAT


Standout PowerPoint

Standout Toolkit

Rob Dalton, CEO and brand therapist, Dalton Brand Catalyst