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June 13, 2011 | buchanandesign

Minneapolis

Last week I was in Minneapolis for the AIGA leadership retreat. AIGA is The Professional Association for Design and this was my first time in Minnesota.

Arrived on Wednesday and hit the floor running on thursday morning. Each day was loaded with insightful presentations, break-out sessions, and new people to meet from around the country. Thursday night we had an icebreaker mixer to exchange cards among all the chapters followed by a rooftop dinner. Friday, Chris (my roomie) and I made a valiant effort to get a private tour of the Target creative department—no luck, but they have a very nice lobby…. Not all was lost, we ran across an amazing food truck with a great reputation around the city. Friday night… another cocktail event….

Saturday night we attended a local art school for a cocktail reception organized by the Salt Lake chapter who will be hosting the 2012 leadership retreat. Later that night we hung out at the pub next to our hotel and watched the locals. It was an all night city-wide art night and we saw some very interesting people….

I always come back feeling energized, encouraged, and ready to raise the bar even further. It was great to come home to the family and sleep!

-b

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