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News Brandy Favilla is currently the Community Engagement Manager at New Horizons of Minnesota ( In this position, she helps people define and build their careers through educational events. Brandy focuses on networking with members of the Information Technology community to form partnerships in education. She strives to maintain New Horizons’ reputation as a high-quality learning center throughout the Twin Cities and beyond. Some of her accomplishments include chairing the committee for both the TechFuse and MindSurf Conferences hosted by New Horizons, co-chairing Twin Cities Code Camp and Twin Cities SharePoint Camp, Co-host of the Twin Cities Developers Guild, VP of PR for TechMasters (, Communications Chair of PACT (, Programs chair for IAMCP, President of the Business Intelligence User Group ( and actively participating in the SharePoint User Group ( *the thoughts and opinions in this blog are my own and do not reflect the opinions of New Horizons of Minnesota
Twin Cities IT and Developer Events Postings by Brandy Favilla

MindSurf 2008 Conference
  October 28, 2008
Where:  The Westin in Edina
Cost:  Regular rate:  $399; Early Bird Rate:  $349;
*****Mention that you saw this out on my blog and I'll get you in for $299

Join local business professionals for an educational event to learn about business trends and technologies for Business and HR Professionals, Design and Web Specialists, Project Managers and Business Analysts. You’ll walk away with tools needed to incorporate your new skill set the very next day.

MindSurf will feature seven educational Waves including:

Business Analysis
Suggested topics include: Requirements Gathering, Negotiating for Success, Managing Vendors, Where BA stops and PM begins, Resolve Team Conflicts
Professional Business Skills
Suggested topics include: Effective Communication, Leadership, Resolve Team Conflicts, Lead Effective Meetings, Powerful Presentations
Project Management
Suggested topics include: MS SQL Server Reporting Services, Dashboards and KPI, SharePoint, Excel Services
Microsoft Office Business Intelligence Tools
Suggested topics include: Office Online Templates, Word Tips and Tricks, Excel Tips and Tricks, PowerPoint Tips and Tricks, Excel  PivotTables,  Visio
Microsoft Office Tips and Tricks
Suggested topics include: Image Optimization, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, Silverlight, Creating a website using Adobe Creative Suite
Web Design and Media
Suggested topics include: How to communicate with print vendors, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, What are the desktop publishing tools out there and what are the differences
Print Design and Media
Suggested topics include: Resolve Team Conflicts, Lead Effective Meetings, Plan, organize and document projects, PMI Certification

The event includes free buffet lunch, snacks and beverages throughout the entire day and lots of great prizes given away at the close of the conference. Attendees will also receive a private link to download the slides from all 28 sessions post-conference.

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