Speaker Date Topic
Pete Gorton Feb 28, 2024
John Donaldson: Black Baseball Legacy Restoration
John Donaldson: Black Baseball Legacy Restoration

Pete Gorton is a Negro League Historian and a founder of The Donaldson Network, a group of amateur historians dedicated to the rediscovery of the lost baseball career of John Wesley Donaldson. For more than twenty-three years he has conducted a daily pursuit of the “Greatest Colored Pitcher in the World.”

Pete’s work can be found in numerous books and publications and on informative social media accounts like “X” (Twitter) (@TheDonaldsonNet), Facebook (The Donaldson Network Group) and YouTube (The Donaldson Network) with more discoveries being unearthed daily.

Zoom Only — Adam Duininck Mar 06, 2024
Minneapolis Downtown Council
Minneapolis Downtown Council

Adam joins the Minneapolis Downtown Council after serving as Director of Government Affairs for the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters (NCSRCC) where he spent over six years leading the legislative and communications efforts across the Midwest.

Prior to his time with the Carpenters, Adam led the Metropolitan Council as Chair where he directed the agency’s regional planning, community development, wastewater, and transit systems for the seven-county metro area. He served as a Metropolitan Council member representing Minneapolis for four years and later served on the Minneapolis Planning Commission. He also recently co-chaired Mayor Jacob Frey’s Inclusive Economic Recovery Work Group.

Adam has spent over 20 years of his career in and around the construction trades, starting in the field as a heavy equipment operator. He is currently the Vice Chair of Jobs for Minnesotans, a labor and business organization, and is a founding board member of Twin Cities Housing Alliance.

Adam hails from Willmar, Minnesota and currently lives in Little Canada, Minnesota with his wife Abby and three children, James, Carolina, and Jack. He is a passionate sports fan and golfer, an avid reader and cook, a volunteer with his church and youth sports coach, and enjoys a summer weekend at the farm he grew up on in western MN or the family cabin in Stone Lake, WI.

Note: This meeting will be held on Zoom only. Register for the Zoom link.

Zoom Only — Rassule Hadidi, Ph.D. Mar 13, 2024
Dean, College of Business and Management, Metrostate University
Dean, College of Business and Management, Metrostate University

Note: This meeting will be held on Zoom only. Register for the Zoom link.

Hennepin County Sheriff Witt Mar 20, 2024
Updates from the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office
Updates from the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office

In 2022, Hennepin County voters overwhelmingly selected Sheriff Witt to be the next Hennepin County Sheriff. She campaigned on her years of experience and a platform of safer communities, improved law enforcement recruitment and retention, reform, collaboration, and transparency. Sheriff Witt serves seasonally as a Minnesota State Fair Police Officer and has served on advisory panels, including the State of Minnesota Legislative Task Force on Child Protection and the State of Minnesota Task Force on Law Enforcement Education Reform. She is a committee member of the Major County Sheriffs of America (MCSA) Nomination and Award Committee, which recognizes outstanding employees and units from MCSA member Sheriff’s Offices. She also works as an adjunct professor at Inver Hills Community College, teaching Juvenile Justice and American Corrections.

Evon Spangler, Esq. Mar 27, 2024
Trauma-Informed Legal Advocacy Leads to Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Abuse
Trauma-Informed Legal Advocacy Leads to Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse Legal Advocacy Center, PSC (DALAC) provides pro bono services to victims and survivors of domestic violence at shelters that the organization collaborates with here in Minnesota. This presentation will explore the cutting-edge method in which DALAC provides legal advocacy to victims and survivors of domestic abuse from a trauma-informed lens.