2017 Mini in Minny Officer's Leadership Forum

March 3 - 5, 2017
Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington Hotel
Minneapolis, MN

The SMTA invites all NEW Chapter Officers to the Inaugural "Mini in Minny" Chapter Officer's Leadership Forum

Leadership Forum for New SMTA Officers

Develop leadership skills, learn the ins and outs of running a chapter, and put faces to names at SMTA HQ at our orientation weekend for all brand new SMTA Officers. Move forward with enthusiasm and confidence as effective leaders in your chapter.

Download all breakout session presentations here!

2017 SMTA Leadership Forum Agenda

March 3, Friday     Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington

The Hilton boasts a wonderful restaurant (Bloomington Chophouse) as well as a lounge and a Starbucks Coffee Lounge for lunch or dinner on your own. If you have time and want to venture further, the world-famous Mall of America is only a short complimentary shuttle ride away.

7:00 p.m.   Welcome Newbies Happy Hour
Hors d'oeuvres and adult beverages will be served, but we ask that you eat dinner prior to the reception.
Sponsored by the Space Coast SMTA Chapter
Location: Executive Lounge at Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington

March 4, Saturday SMTA Office, Eden Prairie, MN

8:00 a.m.  Transfer to SMTA Office
Location: The shuttle will depart from the main Hilton Lobby

8:30 a.m.   Breakfast
Location: SMTA HQ

Breakout Meetings
Topics covered will include:

  • SMTA Policies
  • Membership & Meeting Planning
  • SMTA Website
  • 12:00 p.m. Working Lunch
    Location: SMTA HQ

    Breakouts Continue

    5:00 p.m.   Transfer back to Hilton Hotel

    6:30 p.m.   Transfer to Pinstripes Bistro
    Enjoy dinner and a little friendly competition at Pinstripes, where they offer fresh, made-from-scratch Italian-American cuisine and an upscale take on bowling and bocce.
    Location: Pinstripes - Edina. The shuttle to Pinstripes will depart from the Hotel Lobby.

    March 5, Sunday


    DRESS CODE:  The Forum weekend dress code is casual.

    Logistics: Hotel, Travel & Events

    Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington Hotel
    3900 American Boulevard West
    Bloomington, MN 55437

    Make your hotel reservations directly with the Hilton's Reservations Department by Wednesday, February 8, 2017.

    Book your hotel room online here!
    Booking via Phone: 414-935-5959, ask for group code "SMTA"

    The negotiated rate is $79 plus tax per night for a standard king room.

    Reservations requested after Wednesday, February 8, 2017 will be accepted as long as availability permits on a first-come, first-serve basis, but will be at the higher prevailing rates versus the special group rate. You will need to guarantee the first night’s room and tax with a credit card or check advance deposit. You can cancel your reservation until 12:01 a.m. on the day of arrival without incurring any cancellation charge. Cancellations after that point and no-shows will forfeit the first night’s room and tax deposit.

    Check-in time is 3:00 p.m., and check-out is 12:00 noon. You will need 2 nights (arriving 3/3/17 and departing 3/5/17). Amenities include coffee maker, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, mini-fridge, WiFi access, 24-hour room service, as well as other in-room amenities.

    If you choose to stay at a different hotel or make other arrangements you will need to make your own transportation arrangements to all events.


    If you plan to attend the 2017 “Mini in Minny” Chapter Officer Leadership Forum, SMTA requests that you attend the Welcome Reception Friday, March 3, at 7:00 p.m. and be present at all events Saturday, March 4. You are free to make your return airline arrangements whenever convenient on Sunday, March 5. There are no formal SMTA events on Sunday.

    AIRPORT SHUTTLE INFORMATION: The Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington Hotel offers guests a free shuttle to and from MSP during their stay. Please call 952-893-9500 to setup the shuttle. The hotel’s front office staff will be able to take their contact and flight information and give them instructions where to meet. We recommend you call in advance. If you don’t call until you land, your wait for transportation may be longer.

    Funding & Sponsorships

    $ FUNDING $

    The SMTA Officer’s Leadership Forum is open to all NEW officers. All food and beverage during the duration of the program will be covered by SMTA. Entertainment and instruction is also included for all qualifying new officers.

    Each officer is responsible for his or her travel to Minneapolis and hotel expenses. We hope that your employers understand the value of the benefits of SMTA membership and will support your trip. If not, Forum expenses are acceptable chapter expense items within the SMTA and Chapter Bylaws.

    All new officers must discuss it with your President and Treasurer before you make any non-refundable airline or hotel arrangements.

    If it is impossible for your company or chapter to fund travel expenses, ask Karen (karenchapters@smta.org or 952.920.7682) about our financing assistance. We want to work with you to ensure that all new officers are able to attend.


    Please help us to make this inaugural event continue every other year. Please consider becoming a sponsor and “Help the SMTA Grow”.

    Please help us support those chapters whose treasuries are insufficient to send anyone to Minneapolis. We want all new officers to be able to attend – you can help us make that happen! Contact Karen to find out more about which chapters are in need. You can direct your contribution toward a particular chapter or just donate it wherever it will do the most good. If you prefer, you can sponsor an event during the weekend. Any sponsorship, any amount, is appreciated.


  • “Help the SMTA Grow” Sponsorship for Chapters: $100-$1000+ (multiple sponsors)
  • Welcome Reception Sponsorship: $100-$350 (multiple sponsors)
  • Saturday Evening Event Sponsorship: $250-$500

    All Forum Sponsors will be introduced at the Welcome Reception, receive verbal recognition and signage recognizing the sponsors during the event to show our appreciation of your chapter's support of your peers.

    Thanks to our current chapter sponsors!

    Central Texas Chapter

    Houston Chapter

    Intermountain Chapter

    Space Coast Chapter

    Wisconsin Chapter

    SMTA Headquarters
    6600 City West Parkway, Suite 300
    Eden Prairie, MN 55344 USA

    Phone 952.920.7682
    Fax 952.926.1819