The Phoenix Rising Event – Join Us on May 20th, 2015 in Minneapolis, MN

We are excited to announce a truly unique one day conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota – The Phoenix Rising Event!  A day focused on strengthening our local community of entrepreneurs and innovators by addressing the fear, stigma, and shame of failure head on.  Please mark your calendars and join us on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015.

Phoenix Rising Event_SmallMaking mistakes is inevitable in life. But for entrepreneurs and innovators the path to success is always laden with frequent failures along the way. This conference is designed to help us navigate through those rough waters.

In Greek mythology the Phoenix is a long-lived bird that is cyclically reborn.  Quite frequently in entrepreneurship and innovation the individual that is able to rise from the ashes of their previous failures ultimately finds success.  But rebirth can only occur when the individual demonstrates the resilience to stand again and the community around them supports their effort.  We hope that The Phoenix Rising Event can help us in building that resilience and in creating that supportive community.

The event will feature over a dozen inspiring and insightful presenters from our Minnesota entrepreneur and innovation community.  Each speaker will share their authentic experience with failure, their lessons learned, and their advice for moving forward.

Since risk, innovation, and failure are not unique to the for-profit world we have also intentionally included speakers from both the for-profit and non-profit communities.

In 2013, I had the chance to speak at the FailCon conference in San Francisco, CA.  The conference was an eye-opener for me in just how far that community had come in building a healthy approach to risk and failure.  They facilitated that journey by creating an open dialog around it.

Our goal with The Phoenix Rising Event is to strengthen our local community of entrepreneurs and innovators by tackling our collective fear of failure head on and by creating our own open dialog around it.

Please join us on May 20th for our first Phoenix Rising Event:

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

More information on our speakers and a registration link for the event are available via our website at

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