Thank you to the following 2018 Leadership Conference sponsors for their generous support!


Thank you to the following Connecting Partner:
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MSBA Leadership Conference

The 2019 MSBA Leadership Conference, "Leadership and Trust," is scheduled for January 17-18, 2019, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Convention Center is located at 1301 Second Avenue South in Minneapolis.

There is no registration fee for MSBA members to attend this two-day conference. MSBA provides this free conference every January as part of members’ annual dues. The conference features nationally recognized speakers, workshops on a variety of topics, a School Excellence Showcase (formerly called Show & Tell), and a trade show. Early Bird Sessions are provided the evening before the conference.

Watch for more information later this year.

MSBA All-State School Board and Rising Star Award

Nominate your fellow school board members for MSBA’s All-State School Board award or the new Rising Star Award (for school board members in their first term). 

Read MSBA Executive Director Kirk Schneidawind's column (from the May-June 2018 Journal magazine) to learn about the new criteria needed for these honors.

Access the official entry form for the MSBA All-State School Board | Nomination deadline: October 15, 2018

Access the official entry form for the Rising Star Award | Nomination deadline: October 15, 2018 

Conference Schedule At A Glance

Tuesday, January 15, 2019


Wednesday, January 16, 2019


Thursday, January 17, 2019

  • Leadership Conference (Convention Center), featuring Opening Session keynote speaker David Horsager
  • Recognition Luncheon (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Convention Center)

Friday, January 18, 2019

  • Leadership Conference (Convention Center), featuring Closing Session keynote speaker David Horsager

Leadership Conference Exhibitors

Driving Directions and Parking

Access driving directions and parking information for the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Convention Center is located at 1301 Second Avenue South in Minneapolis.

MSBA Event Cancellation Policy

NOTE: The advance registration deadline for all Leadership Conference events will likely be January 6, 2019.

Cancellation by Meeting Participants for the Early Bird Sessions and the Recognition Luncheon.

(1) If a pre-registered participant cancels any time prior to the date registration closes, MSBA will fully refund the registration fee.

(2) If a pre-registered participant cancels between the date registration closes until the time the MSBA-sponsored event/activity begins, he/she will be charged a late cancellation fee.

(3) Once an event/activity begins, all registrants are responsible for the full registration fee.