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Conferences dates and times:

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 — 10 a.m. — 5 p.m.

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Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 — 8:30 a.m. — 5 p.m.

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Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 — 8:30 a.m. — 12 p.m.

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Conference highlights

Wednesday, November 14 

Joint welcome and opening address 

Chuck Johnson


Chuck Johnson

Deputy Commissioner
Minnesota Department of Human Services


Chief Justice Gildea



Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea

Minnesota’s Supreme Court



Regional Youth Leadership Councils

The Minnesota Department of Human Services supports eight Youth Leadership Councils in Duluth, Rochester, Willmar, Bemidji, Crookston, Mankato and two in Minneapolis. Councils are comprised of current and former foster care youth. The councils meet regularly, recruit new members, and learn leadership and planning skills. They visit the State Capitol each year to meet legislators and advocate for laws affecting youth. Council members also educate foster parents, youth in care, social workers and other professionals, as well as raise funds to support issues they care about. 

Keynote speaker 

Sixto Cancel

Sixto Cancel

CEO of Think of Us




Thursday, November 15 

Opening welcome 

Nikki Farago

Nikki Farago

Assistant Commissioner
Minnesota Department of Human Services



Keynote speaker 

Steve Gilliland

Steve Gilliland

Dynamic storyteller, comedian
and author; member of the Speaker Hall of Fame



Luncheon keynote speaker

Matt Doughty


Matt Doughty

Fire Fighter/First Responder
Dassel Fire and Rescue

Public motivational speaker/presenter

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