April 4
Business Connection Breakfast
Start your morning off in St. Paul and network with business leaders. St. Paul Chamber of Commerce members will be in attendance as well as other members of the Twin Cities business community. Three rounds of structured networking will be followed by an open networking opportunity.
7:30 a.m., tickets start at $15, James J. Hill Center, St. Paul, 651-223-5000, saintpaulchamber.com

April 5
Women in Entrepreneurship
Hundreds are expected to attend the fourth annual Women in Entrepreneurship Conference. The event’s focus is “valuing the customer.” Entrepreneurs and business professionals will share their success stories and important lessons. Cecilia Retelle of Ranku will be the keynote speaker. Conference topics will include product testing, user experience, sourcing partners, identifying sales channels, and marketing and digital strategy.
12:30 p.m., free, Carlson School of Management, Mpls., 612-625-0027, carlsonschool.umn.edu

April 8
Hard Hat & Black Tie Gala
Hard hats and high heels are appropriate attire at the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s annual fundraising event. Proceeds support construction of affordable homes. Hundreds of supporters and business professionals are expected to attend the festivities, which include cocktails, auctions, dinner and live music. The High and Mighty Band will provide the after-party entertainment.
6 p.m., tickets start at $85 (young professionals), St. Paul RiverCentre, St. Paul, 612-305-7108, tchabitat.org/hhbt2017

April 21
Minnesota Twins Welcome Home
The Minnesota Twins Welcome Home Luncheon will bring together new and old fans. Learn more about the upcoming baseball season and the Twins organization’s new leadership during a lunch that attracts professionals from a range of companies.
11:30 a.m., $80, Target Field, Mpls., 612-370-9100, minneapolischamber.org

April 24-25
Organizational Excellence Conference
PENworks 2017, organized by the Performance Excellence Network, focuses on strategies to achieve continuous improvement and organizational excellence. Hundreds of business professionals and leaders will attend. The opening keynote speaker is Bill George, professor of management at Harvard Business School and retired CEO of Medtronic, who will discuss authentic leadership.
8:30 a.m., tickets start at $325, Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center, 612-462-3577, performanceexcellencenetwork.org

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