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College Conference on Cooperatives Luncheon

Fri February 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


doug obrien headshot photo Calling all CoMinnesotans to join us next week for the opportunity for cooperators and students to meet and “CoMingle” at the College Conference on Cooperatives luncheon!

The NFU College Conference on Cooperatives is an annual three-day co-op education event sponsored by the CHS Foundation and the Upper Midwest co-op community. The conference is hosted by the National Farmers Union Foundation. Through a variety of speakers and tours, approximately 100 college students and their advisors learn more about cooperatives: history, business principles, the diversity of industry sectors and careers. The luncheon is an opportunity for students to learn from a wide variety of Twin Cities’ individuals involved in cooperatives. Each participating cooperator will be seated at a table of students for the course of the event.

Our keynote speaker is Doug O’Brien, Executive Vice President of Programs for NCBA CLUSA. With a long career focused on empowering people and communities in rural places, O’Brien joined NCBA CLUSA after serving as Senior Advisor for Rural Affairs on the White House Domestic Policy Council, where he led the day-to-day work of the White House Rural Council, which is chaired by the Secretary of Agriculture and composed of cabinet members from across the federal government.

Prior to the White House, O’Brien served in leadership positions at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), including as Acting Under Secretary of Rural Development. On the international front, O’Brien served as Chair of the Rural Working Group of the Organization for Economic and Cooperative Development.

Raised on a diversified farm in Dubuque County, Iowa, O’Brien brings a unique perspective on rural and international economic development at both the state and federal levels.

As you are aware, CoMinnesota is a network and collaboration between a cross sector of Twin Cities area cooperators. Resources from cooperative partners support communications and events with an opportunity for participants to discuss recent developments.

The event is free, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. Invite a cooperative friend!

by contacting Char Vrieze at 651-209-8895 or charlene.vrieze@cooperativenetwork.coop.
Need to reach us the day of the event? Call Cathy Statz at 715-214-7887.
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Fri February 17
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


CoMinnesota CoMingle Committee


Thrivent Financial Auditorium
625 S. 4th Ave.
Minneapolis,MN55415United States
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