AIGA Minnesota has won the bid to host the 2011 AIGA National Leadership Retreat! During the June 2010 AIGA Leadership Retreat in Chattanooga, TN, chapter president Seth Johnson encouraged other AIGA board members from around the country to attend next year’s retreat in Minneapolis. Watch his presentation here.

The first “chapter retreat” was held more than 20 years ago, when there were only a few chapters, each discovering what would work to engage designers in its own community. The retreat continues to offer chapter and community leaders a chance to share their successes and learn from each other. The event is not a design conference, but an extended workshop on leadership, organization and service to a community of designers. Each year, almost every participant is struck by how strongly the retreat reinforces a sense of community.

What is the leadership retreat?

  • An opportunity for chapter leaders to hear about the big picture, including what’s happening nationally as well as what other chapters are doing
  • An occasion for sharing ideas and information
  • A chance to build skills and build community
  • A time for motivation, inspiration and rejuvenation

All of which means your AIGA leaders go to learn what they can do to further enhance your experience. AIGA Minnesota is proud to host the 2011 Leadership Retreat.

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Michelle Schulp
Michelle Schulp
Director of Technology
Michelle is an independent graphic designer and frontend developer in Minneapolis. Prior to beginning her career, she studied Visual Communications, with minors in Psychology and Sociology. As her work progressed, she also branched into front-end development and user experience design to round our her skillset. This combination of disciplines led her to adopt a strategy-based approach to design, focused on solving tangible problems and achieving real goals based on how people think.

She loves the open source community, and when she is not working on projects she speaks/volunteers/organizes at events and workshops around the country. Her passions are communication and empowerment, and she believes in the power of "Why?"