Networking Events

Come out to meet your colleagues at one of nine regional in-person networking events. It’s a great time to meet in person, connect, and build community. See below for the date for your region and register!

Spring 2024 Events

Come for the Networking, Stay for the CEU!!!

Attend and you can also earn 1 CEU (free for attendees)! Dr. Karen Goodenough, Executive Director of NASW-MN, will be presenting at each location. See below for the presentation description.

NASW-MN 2024 Spring Networking Events: Increasing our Bottom Line - 1 CEU

Presented by Dr. Karen Goodenough, PhD, MSW, LGSW & Geographic Reps

While both our profession and the need for services continues to grow, social work salaries and licensure supports have not kept pace. This social work month and throughout 2024, NASW-MN will deepen our focus on legislation and initiatives that empower and support the social work profession and improve their bottom line. Join our Executive Director and our Board Rep in your region for interactive discussions around the state regarding ways to increase compensation in all areas of practice, including paid internships for students.

About the Presenter
Dr. Karen E. Goodenough, PhD, MSW, LGSW has been Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers - Minnesota Chapter since 2018. She received her BSW from St. Olaf College, MSW from Augsburg University, and PhD in social work from the University of Minnesota. Previously, Dr. KG worked in direct practice, non-profit program management, and has been a consultant in evaluation, data utilization, and strategic planning. She has also served as adjunct faculty in numerous BSW and MSW programs throughout Minnesota. Dr. KG is a skilled supervisor, trainer, and macro practitioner. She has supervised, coached, and trained interns, volunteers, contractors, board members, and staff from various professional backgrounds, and has provided hundreds of hours of training in such areas as supervision, ethics, policy advocacy, leadership, budgeting, evaluation, and research. Dr. KG is passionate about using data and best practices to support the social work profession and build a purposeful future. Her dissertation research was focused on exemptions from licensure, and she is currently focusing much of her research and advocacy efforts on social work licensure issues. Dr. KG is a member of the MN Board of Social Work Advisory Committee and Legislation and Rules Committee, Co-Chairs the NASW Licensure Task Force, and is on the Document Writing Team for the Social Work Interstate Compact.

Register for your location and click on the venue name to visit their website.

NORTHWEST - Register Here

Leuken's Village Foods (dining area) - North Location
3/14 - 5:00-7:00 PM CST
1171 Paul Bunyan Drive NW, Bemidji, MN 56601

NORTHEAST - Register Here

Wild State Cider
4/2 - 5:30-7:00 PM CST

2515 W Superior St, Duluth, MN 55806

CENTRAL REGION - Register Here

Green Mill, St. Cloud
3/12 - 5:00-7:00 PM CST
100 4th Avenue South, St. Cloud, MN, 56301

MINNEAPOLIS & ST. PAUL - Register Here

Wildflyer Coffee Shop, St. Paul
3/20 - 8:30-10:00 AM CST
1362 7th St. W., St. Paul, MN, 55102


Casa Rio Tex Mex, Anoka
3/20 - 6:00-8:00 PM CST
201 Jackson Street, Unit 104

TWIN CITIES WEST - Register Here

Caribou Coffee, Chanhassen
3/22 - 9:30-11:00 AM CST
920 W 78th St, Chanhassen, MN 55317


Southern Social, Eagan
4/17 - 6:00-8:00 PM CST
1940 Rahncliff Ct., Eagan, MN, 55122

SOUTHWEST - Register Here

South Central Service Cooperative
4/16 - 5:30-7:30 PM CST
2075 Lookout Dr, North Mankato, MN, 56003

SOUTHEAST - Register Here

Glynner’s Pub, Rochester
3/21 – 6:30pm-8:30PM CST
1643 1/2 N Broadway Ave, Rochester, MN 55906

Save the dates!

Our upcoming Statewide Networking Events will take place in March 2024! Stay tuned for more information

Learn more about our Geographic Regions and Board Representatives

Statewide Networking Event FAQs

Should I register for the event in the region where I live or where my job/school is located?
That's completely up to you! You don't need to live, work, or attend school in region to attend its networking event. All social workers and students are welcome at any region's event! Learn more about our regions.

Will CEUs be provided?
Yes, 1 CEU for the Spring 2024 networking events

Will there be food or drinks provided?
You are free to purchase your own food or drinks. NASW-MN will not provide any free food or drinks.

What's parking like at my region's event venue? Can I get to it on a bus?
We encourage you to check the website or contact the event venue for parking and public transportation details.