Annual Spring Conference MN/WI Ahead 2018

Greetings Members!

Our 2018 Spring Conference will see Minnesota and Wisconsin AHEAD uniting in La Crosse, WI on the afternoon of April 5th and all day on April 6th. Guest speakers, Melissa Fletcher, Tess O’Brien, and Peter Berg, will be presenting along with a variety of presentations from our membership!


Western Technical College

Lunda Center

319 7th Street North

La Crosse, WI 54601


Please register at Minnesota Wisconsin AHEAD Registration.

The registration deadline is March 16, 2018. Registrations received after this deadline will be considered on a limited basis as space and catering allows.

Cost to attend is $50.00 per person for the two day conference. Your registration fee covers a warm breakfast on Friday morning, light refreshments Thursday and Friday afternoon, and some travel costs for invited speakers. 

Registration payments can be sent to the address below. Cash or check only please.


C/O: Sara Thor

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

273 E Erie Street

Milwaukee WI, 53202


Attendees from Minnesota state schools may need an approved vendor ID. You can use the WI AHEAD Tax ID (TIN) which is 41-2247707.

Please contact Sara Thor at or at (414) 847-3347 with any registration questions.


Check-in starts Thursday at 1:00 p.m. in the Lunda Center lobby. The conference begins at 2:00 p.m. with a welcome and announcements and our first keynote speaker. Thursday will conclude with breakout sessions from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday kicks-off with a warm breakfast at 8:00 a.m. and a keynote address at 9:00 a.m. The day also includes breakout sessions, guest speaker Melissa Fletcher, and lunch on your own. We will conclude the conference at 4:00 p.m. on Friday.

A full conference schedule with further details on keynote speakers and breakout sessions will be sent out to membership in late February or early March. We will notify you promptly of any schedule changes between now and the start of the conference.

Disability Accommodations

If you will require any accommodations for this conference, please use the field in the online registration form or contact Melissa Watschke at or (218) 723-6747 or Sara Thor at or (414) 847-3347.  

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We look forward to seeing you in April!

Warm regards, 

The Conference Planning Committee:

Randi Goettl, Jessica Neumann, Tom Lynch, Melissa Watsche & Marcus Madsen - The Minnesota Team;;  

Sara Thor, Kris Follansbee, Kristina Stellpflug, Sal Carranaza, Colleen Larson & Colleen Gonzales   - The Wisconsin Team;;;;;