2018 Business Forum



Wednesday, October 24, 7:15AM-9:15AM
McNamara Alumni Center Memorial Hall
200 Oak St. SE, Minneapolis  Directions


Hubert Joly, Chairman and CEO of Best Buy

Emceed by Allison Kaplan, Editor-in-Chief , Twin Cities Business magazine
Moderated by Jeff Haydock, Vice President of Internal and External Communications, Best Buy

There are so many ways businesses must adapt today – fueled by trade wars, an empowered consumer, changing shopping behavior, and a shifting workforce. Perhaps no retailer has overcome more of these challenges than Minnesota’s retail giant, Best Buy.

Join us as Hubert Joly delves into the greatest turnaround story in Minnesota.

Joly will discuss the evolving relationship with today’s consumer, Best Buy’s transformation, and plans for the future. Perfect for seasoned and aspiring leaders, the Business Forum explores today’s most pressing business-related issues. This is an excellent opportunity to represent your company, share its sustainability achievements, and connect with other Twin Cities business leaders. 

The 2018 Business Forum features pre- and post-event networking, opening remarks from Hubert Joly, and a lively Q&A facilitated by Allison Kaplan.


Individual Tickets: $50
Tables of 10: $500
Sponsorship opportunities range from $500-$4,500
Please contact Kirsten Gulbro, Development Director
651-272-3987 kgulbro@greatrivergreening.org

All proceeds from the Business Forum benefit Great River Greening’s environmental restoration projects across Minnesota. Your support will clean our lakes and rivers, build wildlife habitat, protect our parks and natural areas, and most importantly – inspire our future stewards.


7:15 am  Registration, Networking and Breakfast Buffet
8:00 am  Introductions
8:10 am  Opening Remarks from Hubert Joly
8:30 am  Moderated Conversation with Hubert Joly
8:45 am  Audience Q&A
9:10 am  Concluding Remarks
9:15 am  Post-Event Networking


Presenting Sponsors

Event Sponsors

Promotional Sponsor

Media Sponsor

Table Sponsors

Dick Barnes

Jim Benson

Laura Betker

Phil Cattanach

Bryan Ebensteiner

Frank Forsberg

Roger Green

John Hickey

Barry Hofer

Bobby Jensen

Julie Maday

Kaye O’Leary

Patti O’Leary

Molly Snyder

Nicole Strait

Reed Watson


About Great River Greening

Great River Greening’s mission is to engage and lead local communities in conserving and caring for the land and water that enrich our lives. We have no political agenda, but believe that collaboration and community-building are essential to solving our environmental problems. We do not get involved with legislation, policy or advocacy. We promote working together on the ground to improve our land and waters. The Business Forum furthers this mission by providing an opportunity for business and civic leaders to gather, learn and discuss how we can work together to inspire environmental stewardship.