Be a Visionary.
Be a Leader.




May 31, 2017


7:30 - 8:15 AM Registration & Networking (breakfast & coffee served)

8:15 AM Welcome and Introduction

8:30 AM Keynote by Thelma Golden

10:00 - 11:00 AM VIP Meet & Greet with Thelma Golden


Guthrie Theater
818 2nd Street South
Minneapolis, MN 55415


(general admission)

$75 member

$65 student member

$100 non-member


155 general admission

Please note: audience photographs and/or video may be taken at this event. By nature of your attendance, you are granting permission for your image, voice and likeness to be used for marketing purposes.


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Be a Visionary. Be a Leader. May 31, 2017.


Who are YOU bringing to Vision?

Vision is a speaker-centric, energetic, breakfast event focused on creativity, professional growth, and optimism. Our renowned speaker, Thelma Golden, Director & Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, will energize, inspire, and enlighten you, putting pep in your step for days or even weeks to come.


Just like creativity and innovation, Vision isn't just for designers. Bring your client and learn side-by-side how to unlock your inner creativity. Don't just take it from us - listen to what previous attendees had to say.

"Dynamic, engaging, and thought-provoking."
"I had an extra positive attitude the rest of the day because of this event!"
"Very fun, socially and professionally."
"Sometimes we get caught in the daily grind; we forget to dream and think outside the box."
"Inspiring for what design can be and do."
"Always a great, inspiring, thought-provoking event."


Thelma Golden

Featured in In the Company of Women, Thelma Golden is Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, where she began her career in 1987 before joining the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1988. After a decade at the Whitney where she was director and organized many notable exhibitions including the controversial 1993 Biennial, directed by Elisabeth Sussman; Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary Art (1994–95); Bob Thompson: A Retrospective (1998); Heart, Mind, Body, Soul: New Work from the Collection (1998); and Hindsight: Recent Work from the Permanent Collection (1999), she returned to the Studio Museum in 2000 as Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Programs, and was named Director and Chief Curator in 2005. Golden was appointed to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House by President Obama in 2010, and in 2015 joined the Barack Obama Foundation’s Board of Directors. She served as the 2015–16 Chair of New York City’s Cultural Institutions Group and was appointed to the Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Golden is the recipient of the 2016 Audrey Irma’s Award for Curatorial Excellence. Born in St. Albans, Queens, Golden currently resides in Harlem.

Golden is an active guest curator, writer, lecturer, juror, and advisor. In 2009 she presented "How Art Gives Shape to Cultural Change" at the TED conference's 25th Anniversary gathering in Palm Springs, California. Known for her interviews with contemporary artists, Golden is a frequent contributor to books, catalogues, and magazines and regularly speaks at institutions around the world as well as teaching at various universities. Golden serves on the Graduate Committee at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, is on the boards of Creative Time in New York and the Institute of International Visual Arts (inIVA) in London, and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

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In the Company of Women

IIDA Northland is pleased to offer hard cover copies of In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney, featuring a profile of Thelma Golden, for purchase as an add-on to your ticket purchase. Thelma Golden will field your questions regarding her participation in this book during her Q&A session, sign copies, and dive in deeper as part of the VIP meet & greet after the event - see our sponsorship opportunities for more information!

Across the globe, women are embracing the entrepreneurial spirit and overcoming adversity to start their own creative businesses. In the Company of Women, Grace Bonney' s new book, features interviews and portraits of 100 of these exceptional leaders across a diverse range of races, ages, backgrounds, and industries. There are young media titans and mother­daughter fashion houses, hoteliers and ceramicists, tattoo artists and architects. Each inspiring interview is accompanied by lush, original photographs of the women in their workspaces-and together, the women's stories paint a beautiful picture of what female entrepreneurs can achieve if they work hard and support one another. Chock-full of practical, empowering advice for the next generation of entrepreneurs and makers, these interviews offer insights into what success really means, overcoming obstacles, staying true to yourself, and so much more.



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