2019 Mini in Minny Officer's Leadership Forum
2019 Mini in Minny Officer's Leadership Forum

January 18 - 20, 2019
DoubleTree Minneapolis Park Place
Minneapolis, MN

Thanks to all chapter leaders who helped make the 2019 Mini in Minny a great event.
View a recap here with photos and copies of the presentations.

The SMTA invited all NEW Chapter Officers to the "Mini in Minny" Chapter Officer's Leadership Forum

Develop leadership skills, learn the ins and outs of running a chapter, and put faces to names at SMTA HQ at our orientation weekend for all brand new SMTA Officers. Move forward with enthusiasm and confidence as effective leaders in your chapter.

View the Mini in Minny Brochure

2019 SMTA Leadership Forum Agenda

January 18, Friday     DoubleTree Minneapolis Park Place


7:00 p.m.   Registration and Welcome Happy Hour at DoubleTree Hotel
Hors d'oeuvres, wine, and beer will be served

Sponsored by:

Mexico - Guadalajara Chapter   Space Coast Chapter   Wisconsin Chapter


January 19, Saturday SMTA Office, Eden Prairie, MN

8:00 a.m.  Transfer to SMTA Office

Sponsored by West Penn Chapter

8:30 a.m.   Breakfast

9:00 a.m.   "SMTA 101" Information Sharing Sessions
Topics covered will include:

  • How is the SMTA Structured?
  • Your Online Dashboard
  • Annual & Long Range Planning
  • Best Practices:
    o Membership
    o Meeting Planning
    o Chapter Finances
  • Resources and Benefits for Officers
  • Leadership Position Descriptions

12:00 p.m.   Working Lunch

1:00 p.m.     Sharing Sessions Continue

5:00 p.m.     Transfer back to DoubleTree Hotel

Evening      Fun and Games at Punch Bowl Social, Minneapolis
Dinner and entertainment included

Sponsored by:

Connecticut Chapter

Space Coast Chapter


January 20, Sunday


DRESS CODE:  The Forum weekend dress code is casual.


Logistics: Hotel, Travel & Events


If you plan to attend the 2019 “Mini in Minny” Chapter Officer Leadership Forum, SMTA requests that you attend the Welcome Reception Friday, January 18, at 7:00 p.m. (PLEASE factor in baggage claim and transportation to the hotel) and be present at all events Saturday, January 19. You are free to make your return airline arrangements whenever convenient on Sunday, January 20. There are no formal SMTA events on Sunday. 

• Super Shuttle: 612-827-7777 or 1-800-BLUE-VAN
• Bus Transportation Information: www.metrotransit.org
• Car rental with your choice of service, Uber or Lyft
SMTA will provide transfers for the events on Saturday, January 19.



DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis – Park Place Hotel
1500 Park Place Blvd., Minneapolis, MN 55416

Make your hotel reservations online by Friday, January 24, 2019.
The negotiated rate is $102 plus tax per night for a standard room.

Book Your Hotel Here!
Just select dates and guests and click "continue" (leave default special rates section as is)
Booking via Phone: 1-800-245-9190, ask for group code "SMTA"

Reservations requested after January 4, 2019 will be accepted as long as availability permits on a first-come, first-serve basis, but will be at the higher prevailing rates versus the special group rate. You will need to guarantee the first night’s room and tax with a credit card or check advance deposit. You can cancel your reservation two days prior to your scheduled arrival without incurring any cancellation charge. Cancellations after that point and no-shows will forfeit the first night’s room and tax deposit.
Check-in time is 3:00 p.m., and check-out is 11:00 a.m. You will need 2 nights (arriving 1/18/19 and departing 1/20/19). Amenities include coffee maker, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, mini-fridge, WiFi access, as well as a warm chocolate chip cookie upon arrival and other in-room amenities.
If you choose to stay at a different hotel or make other arrangements you will need to make your own transportation arrangements to all events.


Funding & Sponsorships


The SMTA Officer’s Leadership Forum is open to all NEW officers. All food and beverage during the duration of the program will be covered by SMTA. Entertainment and instruction is also included for all qualifying new officers.
Each officer is responsible for his or her travel to Minneapolis and hotel expenses. We have arranged a discounted room block at the DoubleTree Minneapolis Park Place of $102 plus tax per night. We hope that your employers understand the value of the benefits of SMTA membership and will support your trip. If not, Forum expenses are acceptable chapter expense items within the SMTA and Chapter Bylaws. All new officers must discuss it with your President and Treasurer before you make any non-refundable airline or hotel arrangements.
If it is impossible for your company or chapter to fund travel expenses, ask Karen (karenchapters@smta.org or 952.920.7682) about our financing assistance. We want to work with you to ensure that all new officers are able to attend.


Please help us to make this important event happen. Consider becoming a sponsor and invest in your future officers.


  • Sponsor an officer’s travel: $100-$1000+ (multiple sponsors)
  • Welcome Reception Sponsorship: $100-$350 (multiple sponsors)
  • Saturday Evening Event Sponsorship: $250-$500


All Forum Sponsors will be introduced at the Welcome Reception, receive verbal recognition and signage recognizing the sponsors during the event to show our appreciation of your chapter's support of your peers.


Thanks to our current chapter sponsors!

Connecticut Chapter

Empire Chapter

Space Coast Chapter

West Penn Chapter

Wisconsin Chapter

SMTA Headquarters
6600 City West Parkway, Suite 300
Eden Prairie, MN 55344 USA

Phone +1 952.920.7682
Fax +1 952.926.1819