May 6th Spring Conference to feature sessions on entrepreneurship and innovation

April 15, 2014

MHTA’s annual spring conference has been the premier technology and business conference in Minnesota for many years. Scheduled for May 6th, the conference will feature a full-day, education-based agenda; an exhibit hall featuring cutting edge technology and organizations and unparalleled networking opportunities. This year, due to attendee and industry feedback, the conference will feature six tracks of breakout sessions focused on different areas – two of these will be innovation and entrepreneurship.

“Innovation and entrepreneurship are core to our mission here at MHTA,” said Angela McLaughlin, MHTA events manager. “We are excited to be able to reflect that at our annual conference and offer a full track of sessions dedicated to each of these topics.”

The entrepreneurship track will offer attendees insights on communicating for successful results – whether you are starting your own company or working with entrepreneurs.

Local entrepreneur Robbie Cordo and angel investor Tom von Kuster will share tips and tactics from their successful experiences in pitching and funding projects. Bjorn Stansvik, CEO of Mentor Mate will challenge attendees to look at the big picture of the transformative power of technology in his session on elevating humanity. Taylor Cowan of Microsoft and Blake Miller of ThinkBig Partners will discuss strategies for successfully engaging with start-up communities.

The innovation track will feature companies with established track records in technologic innovation, companies like 3M, Mayo and H.B. Fuller – who make innovation look easy. Speakers will offer a glimpse behind the curtain and describe how these companies promote and incent innovation within their company cultures to keep their products and processes on the cutting edge.

Speakers include: Jilian Foxen, Senior Program Coordinator, Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo, Michelle Gishkowski, IT Lead Systems Analyst, Mayo , Anne Gold, Senior Engineer, 3M, Tara Korkowski, External Innovation Manager, H.B. Fuller, Hassan Rmaile, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, H.B. Fuller and John Woodworth, Change Agent – R&D Systems Manager, 3M.

For view a full conference agenda, session descriptions, speakers and to register visit

Limited sponsorships and exhibit space remains – reserve yours today before it is too late. Contact Angela McLaughlin ( or 952-230-4552) for details and availability.