2017 Conference Countdown

Minneapolis, MN    ~    November 14-18, 2017



Workout with NFWL
Wednesday, November 15-Friday, November 17
Start your morning the right way with a complementary workout class offered by Life Time Fitness. From kickboxing to indoor cycle to hot yoga, these classes are exclusively for NFWL conference attendees and are sure to be a great time. *Advanced sign-up required* Sign up here.


Women of Excellence Reception at Target Plaza Commons
Tuesday, November 14
Join NFWL at Target Plaza Commons for the 2017 Women of Excellence Awards reception. Honor the elected women award winners and check out Target’s amazing new event center. This evening is a great opportunity to network with elected women and learn about their trailblazing work. Click here to view the award recipients.


Offsite Event at US Bank Stadium
Wednesday, November 15
The 2018 Super Bowl will be held at U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings. Conference attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to attend a NFWL reception at the stadium and tour the facilities.


Wine & Design with Artist Maralee Gazelka
Thursday, November 16
Do you want to learn to paint like a pro? The first 50 attendees to arrive at this event will be taught to paint by Maralee Gazelka. She is both a renowned artist and the wife of the Minnesota Senate Majority Leader. Come join us in Minneapolis for this great activity and a chance to network while you paint. Click here to learn more.


NFWL/NRA Student Scholarship Lunch
Friday, November 17
Meet the winners of the 20th Annual NFWL/NRA Student Scholarship contest during this luncheon. Congratulations to the following young women on earning a $3000 college scholarship. Click here to view the winners and their essays.


Laysha Ward
Tuesday, November 14
Laysha Ward is executive vice president and chief external engagement officer for Target and a member of the company’s executive leadership team. She leads Target’s enterprise-wide approach to actively engage and deepen relationships with external stakeholders to drive positive business and community impact.




Lynne Russell
Friday, November 17
Lynne Russell is a journalist, author and trailblazer. At CNN/CNN Headline News for eighteen years, she holds the distinction of being the first woman to anchor a regular primetime network nightly newscast, which ran 1983-2001. Russell is dedicated to promoting the responsible use of video and audio in what’s left of the news business, along with the concept of journalism as both a privilege and a responsibility.



Linda Larsen
Friday, November 17
Known for her humor and a member of the CPAE Hall of Fame, NFWL is proud to share that Linda Larsen will be the keynote speaker at our 2017 Annual Conference. Be prepared to learn, laugh, and inspire on Friday evening at the Installation Dinner, when Linda will take the stage.




  • Get Smart About Your Community
  • Financial Services & Obligations
  • The Ever-Changing Landscape of Healthcare
  • Child Abuse, Human Trafficking, & Families
  • Workforce Development: Addressing Needs Across the Professional Spectrum


  • How Are Electric Cars Impacting Our Budgets?
  • Reframing Aging and the Impact of the Family Caregiver
  • Changes in the Marketplace
  • How Local Taxation & Regulation Impacts the State
  • Curbing the Opioid Epidemic
  • Automobile Safety & Innovation
  • Occupational Licensing
  • Our Electricity Grid- Critical Infrastructure