The 10th Annual MinneCon will be held at Target Field on Thursday, August 10th. The day will be full of new commercial product introductions, educational programs, student events, and networking for designers and manufacturers’ representatives.

See below for CEU and Keynote details.

To purchase a sponsorship, please email info@iida-northland.org and we will send you an invoice or send you a link to pay by credit card.

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August 10, 2017




Price (tradeshow only)


Target Field, Legends Club

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Minnecon CEU’s

Target Field Skyline Suites

IIDA Members: $15
IIDA Student Members: $15
Non-Members: $35
Student Non-Members: $35

60 (per CEU)

Please contact prodev@iida-northland.org for questions.

CEU #1 with BWBR - Building Energy: How Self Esteem Brands/Anytime Fitness Leverages its Facility to Better People

9:00 – 10:00
Please allow at least 15 minutes from the time of check in to walk to the Skyline Suites.


Course Description / Learning Objectives:
Can a workspace send people home with the same amount of energy that they bring to work? While companies often talk of creating offices that are energized, Self Esteem Brands – parent company to Anytime Fitness – sought to go further, creating a “kinetic workplace” where the facility creates movement, choice, and connections leading employees to a healthy lifestyle. This presentation and tour will help attendees understand and recognize the following learning objectives.

Learning Objectives:

  1. The influence culture has on the design of office spaces for work, training, and socializing
  2. How the built environment plays an important role supporting employees in their healthy living choice and goals
  3. The impact that sustainable design strategies for healthy indoor environments and site integration has on workplace programming


Jennifer Stukenberg, NCIDQ
As an associate principal and workplace specialist at BWBR, Jennifer Stukenberg has more than two decades of experience in the architectural and interior design field.  Jennifer works with organizations to create a workplace strategy that not only helps them achieve their strategic goals, but improves the lives of their employees. A regular contributor to the national “How To” column for The Business Journal on design and workplace, Jennifer is recognized for her advocacy of environments that improve both the physical and mental health of building occupants.

Rochelle Maresh, CID, NCIDQ, LEED AP ID+C
Rochelle is a workplace strategist at BWBR, connecting the dots between clients, business drivers and strategies that support mobility and balance in the workplace.  She approaches design through the lens of personal health and wellness, elevating people to perform at their best. With more than two decades of experience, Maresh is a regular guest lecturer and has served on professional advisory boards at University of Wisconsin-Stout and Dakota County Technical Center.

CEU #2 with Ariane Laxo - A Positive Psychology-Informed Approach to Workplace Design

10:15 – 11:15
Please allow at least 15 minutes from the time of check in to walk to the Skyline Suites.

Course Description / Learning Objectives:

Can the spaces we design affect the happiness of those who use them? This course suggests that they can, by blending design research and literature and theories from the field of positive psychology, the study of the conditions and processes that contribute to the flourishing or optimal functioning of people, groups, and institutions (Gable & Haidt, 2005). Participants will be introduced to several core theories and research findings from positive psychology that can be used to create thriving design teams, a positive client-designer relationship, and to inform the design process, resulting in higher worker and client satisfaction.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Define positive psychology and explain how it differs from traditional psychology
  2. Compare key tenants of happiness to design features attributed to workplace satisfaction
  3. Illustrate the core components of a successful team
  4. Demonstrate how the designed interior environment can foster creativity and flow




Ariane Laxo, CID, LEED AP ID+C, EDAC
Ariane Laxo, CID, LEED AP ID+C, EDAC is a senior interior designer at HGA Architects and Engineers with expertise in workplace, cultural and sustainable design. She has led primary and secondary research studies at HGA, and works to inform all of her projects with credible and reliable evidence. Ariane serves as co-chair of HGA’s sustainability council, and has led the firm’s resilient design task force for the past two years. She is currently taking a Certificate in Positive Psychology course, and has been applying research in positive psychology to the design work and culture at HGA.

CEU #3 with Allsteel - Mobility in the Workplace with

1:15 – 2:15
Please allow at least 15 minutes from the time of check in to walk to the Skyline Suites.

Course Description / Learning Objectives:
Workplace Mobility. What is it and how do you plan for it? Building on foundational information – what is driving mobility, defining where, when and how it is taking place, and what all the terms mean – the course identifies different approaches organization can take to support mobility in their workforce, the benefits and challenges of different approaches, and the critical importance of addressing people, technology and place when assessing mobility and creating a defined mobility program.
Learning objectives:

  1. Define the drivers of workplace mobility
  2. Understand how organizations and workers approach mobility
  3. Identify the tools and metrics available to measure mobility
  4. Recognize the people, technology and spatial components of workplace mobility


Jan Johnson, FIIDA, LEED AP – VP of Design and Workplace Resources
Jan has spent her career strengthening the correlations between business strategies and the planning, design and management of work environments.

Prior to joining Allsteel Jan practiced as a designer for several years, then as a strategic planner and workplace consultant for Perkins + Will and HOK/Consulting (now Advance Strategies.) While with HOK she worked on site at Sun Microsystems for several years and co-led the team that developed Nortel Networks’ groundbreaking Workscape Improv program.

Jan is highly respected as a workplace strategist and frequently writes and speaks about workplace topics. She was co-chair of IIDA’s Knowledge Center during its development and currently serves on the Council for Interior Design Accreditation board and on the Knowledge Advisory Panel for CoreNet Global’s Workplace Community. She has taught courses in CoreNet Global’s Master of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) program since 2009 and recently helped develop the core competencies that define workplace strategy and the related content for CoreNet Global’s three new MCRw courses.

Jan contributes to setting Allsteel’s annual research agenda and to interpreting Allsteel’s and others’ findings into a rolling three-year product development strategy. She is also frequently involved in the development of new products.

She has a BS in interior design from Purdue University and an MBA from Indiana University.

CEU #4 with Patcraft & Shaw - Design with Intent for the Future

Please allow at least 15 minutes from the time of check in to walk to the Skyline Suites.

Course Description / Learning Objectives:
As we move beyond the single attribute of recycled content to meet LEEDv4 requirements, we must find a way to simply for the process. To meet the changing industry demands, we need to understand what is required, how we can implement these changes, and why our industry positively impacts on the health of our population and planet. This session with explain LEED v4 criteria like EPD, C2C, HPD, and Declare, and show how design leaders all over the country are using tools like Mindful Materials, Portico, and other programs to implement these changes into their organizations.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize your role as an influence in driving sustainable building products. How can we change the way product are made together?
  2. Understanding the key attributes of sustainable building products.
  3. Understanding how to translate product certifications and declarations into conversations.
  4. Learn which industry tools are available to help inform the way you select and specify building materials.



Tim Conway, VP Global Accounts Sustainable Development, Shaw


As a flooring industry expert, Tim Conway is focused on the positive affects that sustainable flooring products have on our buildings, and more importantly, the people that occupy and live in the spaces we design.

Tim has worked closely with Bill McDonough and the internal team at Shaw for the past twelve years developing and maintaining Shaw’s Cradle to Cradle certifications, HPDs and EPDs. His unique role at Shaw enables him to drive the communication between clients’ requirements and the product development team at Shaw. He has presented at GreenBuild, Living Future, and Design Future Council and has been an integral part in the development of healthy carpet specifications for clients all over the world.

Tim is passionate about collaborating with clients to develop flooring specifications that are safe throughout a product’s entire supply chain, from raw material chemical building blocks to end of life replication. He has a unique ability to translate complex systems like Cradle to Cradle and HPDs into simple stories that empower change and deliver buildings that have positive intent for the future of our people and our planet.

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