Thank you to the following 2019 Leadership Conference sponsors for their generous support!


Thank you to the following Connecting Partners:
Hiller Commercial Floors


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), an Exhibit Hall, and a Recognition Luncheon (see if you are receiving an award). Early Bird Sessions are provided the evening before the conference.

Registration and Hotel Information

LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE REGISTRATION: Access advance registrationRegistration is open for the 2019 MSBA Leadership Conference and other conference-related events (see schedule at a glance below).

  • The Leadership Conference — which includes General Sessions, workshops, roundtables and access to the Exhibit Hall.
  • The MSBA Recognition Luncheon
  • Early Bird Sessions
  • MSBA School Board Workshop Series

LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE HOUSING: View your Leadership Conference hotel options

WARNING: Housing Scam

It has been brought to our attention that there are individuals posing as MSBA representatives for the 2019 MSBA Leadership Conference calling exhibitors, sponsors, and school districts to make fraudulent hotel bookings.

These people do NOT represent MSBA and may be trying to steal your personal, business, and financial information.

What you need to know:

  1. Meet Minneapolis is the only official housing company associated with the MSBA Leadership Conference. 2019 Leadership Conference housing information was sent to you in early October and may also be found on MSBA’s website. While other hotel resellers may contact you offering housing for your conference stay, they are not endorsed by or affiliated with MSBA. Entering into financial agreements with such individuals/companies can have costly consequences.
  2. MSBA DOES NOT provide or sell a list of attendee, sponsor, or exhibitor information to ANY housing agency. MSBA representatives do not solicit regarding hotel or travel arrangements.

If you are contacted by ANYONE offering any discounts for the MSBA Leadership Conference either via phone, email, mail, or fax, do not do business with them or give them any information. Please garner as much information as you can and contact Katie Klanderud at MSBA immediately at 800-324-4459.

Unfortunately, other state associations’ conferences and events have been subject to similar scams of “room block pirates.” We thank them for sharing their resources.

Thank you for your continued support of the MSBA Leadership Conference.

Your MSBA Staff

Conference Schedule At A Glance

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Thursday, January 17, 2019

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 is Monday, January 7, 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 an administrative fee of $80.

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