WHAT: The Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota Statewide Leadership Training Conference features breakout sessions and networking opportunities for all areas of Habitat affiliate operations in best practices and active learning sessions.

WHO: Any Habitat for Humanity affiliate staff, board members, or volunteers from Minnesota and the surrounding states is encouraged to attend.

WHEN: Monday, Feb. 27th through Wednesday, March 1

WHERE: Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center  –  7984 257th St W, Farmington, MN 55024

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The Susan Thompson Mainstay Award

mainstay /ˈmānˌstā/ noun: a person or thing on which someone or something else depends.

In honor of Susan Thompson’s legacy as consultant, friend, and advocate for Minnesota’s Habitat network, Habitat Minnesota has created the Susan Thompson Mainstay Award. This award will correspond with Habitat Minnesota’s Statewide Conference going forward.

Who are the mainstays at your Habitat affiliate? Who are the people you depend on in the Habitat network? Who is that person who makes your day to day work possible and works diligently to move the Habitat mission forward? Consider nominating them for the Susan Thompson Mainstay Award.

To nominate someone, email Becca with a response (roughly 250-500 words) to the following:

  • Name of the individual.
  • Habitat affiliate the individual is associated.
  • Number of years the individual has worked or volunteered for Habitat.
  • Describe the efforts for which the individual is being nominated. Please provide specific examples of how the individual meets the definition of a mainstay (a person on which someone or something else depends).

Please submit only one nomination a year. Multiple nominations will be accepted for each individual and will work in their favor. Nominees should either work or volunteer for a Habitat affiliate that serves Minnesota. Nominations will be accepted from January 9th – February 6th. The honoree will be announced and celebrated at the Statewide Conference on the evening of February 27th. Honorees do not need to be present to receive the award.

Find the full award description and background here.

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Location & Lodging

There are a limited number of  rooms onsite for attendees, but there are also hotels nearby that can be booked directly:

  • Holiday Inn & Suites – 20800 Kenrick Ave – Lakeville, MN 55044 | 952.469.1134 
  • Candlewood Suites –  21060 Keswick Loop – Lakeville, MN 55044 | 612.808.5580 
  • Hampton Inn – 20851 Keokuk Ave – Lakeville, MN 55044 | 952.213.3144

Payment Assistance

Looking for assistance in paying for you or your team to attend the conference? Click here to view the application for Habitat International’s Capacity Building Grant for rural and small affiliates. You can also find contact information for questions.

Become a Sponsor

Our sponsors help make our event a success!

Find 2023 Statewide Conference Sponsorship Levels here.

Ready to sponsor? Contact Kristin Skaar at kristin@hfhmn.org or 612-331-4439, x4.

RegistrationClick here to register for the 2023 Conference. Rates are $250—early-bird registration; $275—late registration, plus fees.

Overnight Lodging: There is limited lodging (approx. 34 spots) available at Mount Olivet for $200 per person for double occupancy rooms for two nights. You can book your room when you register for the conference.

There are also several hotels nearby that can be booked directly. Find information on them here. 

2023 Conference Sessions

Schedule of Events

The conference will kick off during the afternoon of Monday, February 27 and end in the afternoon of Wednesday, March 1.

Full conference schedule coming soon!


Habitat 2.0

From Keeping Up to Pulling ahead

It’s About Relationships: Diverse Boards, Staff, and Volunteers

Section 4 Capacity Building

Engaging Major Donors

Board Members and Fundraising

Homeowner & Mortgage Services Oversight

Homeowner Selection & Mortgage Origination Overview

True Cost of Construction Workshop

Introduction to Updated US Construction Standards

Donation Procurement

Driver Safety

Recruiting, Training, and Retaining High Performing Team Members

Taking Your Advocacy to the Next Level

Courageous Conversations on Race, Housing, and the Wealth Gap

Many Thanks to Our 2023 Sponsors!