bushCONNECT — or bushCON for short — was created to build stronger and more meaningful connections among leaders in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography. This leadership and networking event was built by the Bush Foundation and produced each year in partnership with more than 40 organizations from the region.
bushCON was created in 2014 with the belief that leaders do their best work when they have the opportunity to meaningfully connect with one another and with new ways of thinking. The event aligned with the Bush Foundation's overarching goal to support innovative, creative problem solving to make our region better for everyone, and was one way to spark innovative change in our region.
The success of bushCON was due to the amazing collaboration and innovation by and with a diverse array of partners. Our four bushCON events have served 4,000 participants, hundreds of speakers, and were created in collaboration with scores of partner organizations across our region.