Past Events


Leadership in Action Breakfast

Location: Mariner's Church Banquet Center, 368 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101

The World Health Organization defines a healthy workplace as one "where workers and managers actively contribute to the working environment by promoting and protecting the health, safety and well-being of all employees." This includes supports for managing stress, anxiety, depression and other factors that can impact an employees life, career and productivity. We will hear from a panel of experts on best practices.

Building Downtown Networks that Foster Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Location: Margaret Chase Smith Library, Skowhegan, Maine

The Maine Community Foundation and Maine Downtown Center have invited the National Main Street Center to present this workshop. Participants will leave the day with: an understanding of the process to develop entrepreneurial ecosystems, having identified assets and partners, and will look at their role in entrepreneurship as it relates to overall downtown and community economic development and transformation. There is no charge for this workshop and it is open to any community or downtown.

Maine Downtown Institute: Engaging Communities in Difficult Conversations

Location: Johnson Hall, 280 Water Street, Gardiner, Maine

We will define public engagement, explore the need for engagement (particularly dialogue based interactions in local communities and downtowns), share principles of civility and provide opportunities to practice engaging in difficult conversations.

Realize Maine Network Annual Showcase

Location: Bangor Savings Bank, 5 Senator Way, Augusta

Looking to attract and retain young people to your organization and community? Or recruit and engage volunteers to organize and participate in networking/professional development groups for young professionals? This year's Showcase will feature an interactive discussion and regional group presentations of 2019 highlights, lessons learned, and 2020 goals. It's a GREAT opportunity to make new connections and learn from others.

Maine Downtown Center Webinar

Downtown Surveys - Data that Drives Decisions

Maine-Ovation! MDF’s 2019 Annual Meeting and Champions of Economic Development Awards Celebration

Location: Cross Insurance Center, Bangor

Come be inspired as we celebrate the innovative and enduring work MDF, its partners, members and collaborators are doing to drive economic improvement and enhance the quality of life for all Mainers.

Maine Downtown Center Webinar

Join us for a quick learning opportunity to see how two communities used different approaches to do community visioning to inform their downtown work. We will highlight Gorham and Bucksport approaches.

Leadership in Action Breakfast

Location: University of Maine, Buchanan Alumni House, 4 Munson Road, Orono, ME 04473

Creating a New Normal in the Workplace: Solutions and Best Practices in the #Metoo Era

2nd Annual Statewide Convening of the MaineSpark Navigator Network

Location: Ramada Inn Convention Center, Lewiston

MaineSpark's Navigator Network will come together for its 2nd Annual statewide convening.

Build Maine 2019

Location: Royal Oak Room & Iron Horse Court, 1 Bates Street, Lewiston


Build Maine 2019

Location: Lewiston Public Library, 200 Lisbon Street, Lewiston

Build Maine 2019 Workshops

MaineSpark Summit 2019

Location: Kennebec Valley Community College, Harold Alfond Campus, Hinckley

MaineSpark Coalition leaders from across our state who are diligently working to reach Maine’s workforce goal of 60% by 2025 will come together on May 22nd to discuss MaineSpark’s progress toward the goal thus far, and how to further braid together work being done in a more impactful way. In attendance will be leaders from education, business, philanthropy, nonprofits, and government all invested in this work.

Leadership Maine Graduation

Location: Migis Lodge, 30 Migis Lodge Road, South Casco

Join MDF in celebrating the graduation of the LM Allagash class

Maine’s Emerging Leaders: The How & Why of Values-Driven Business

Location: Abromson Community Education Center, 88 Bedford Street, Portland, ME 04101

The 2019 Timothy B. Hussey Leadership Institute for emerging leaders will bring together more than one hundred young professionals from Maine's business, nonprofit, government and academic communities for a day-long conversation on doing well while doing good – the “how and why of values-driven business.”

ICL Graduation

Location: Woodlands Club, Falmouth, Maine

They have been to the mountaintop and they have seen the promise of leading the ICL way – with compassion, facilitation and collaboration. Come celebrate with the ICL Mt. Abram class as they graduate and head back into their work and communities with new purpose and skills. Join us Friday, April 5th at the Woodlands Club in Falmouth.

Leadership Recruiting Briefing for Leadership Program Classes – Lewiston

Location: LA Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, 415 Lisbon Street, Suite 100, Lewiston, Maine


Leadership Recruiting Briefing for Leadership Program Classes – Bethel

Location: Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce, 8 Station Place, Bethel, Maine


Magnetize Maine Summit 2019

Location: Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch, 14 Great Falls Plaza, Auburn

This Magnetize Maine Summit will highlight how companies and employees alike can increase collaboration, creativity, and connectivity in the workplace to help keep younger employees actively engaged in their industry.

National Main Street Now Conference

Location: Seattle, WA

Convened annually, the Main Street Now Conference showcases implementable best practices, time-tested solutions and innovative ideas from our national network of practitioners, as well as those in adjacent fields who share in the goal of creating economic and social prosperity in downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts.

Leadership Recruiting Briefing for Leadership Program Classes – Brewer

Location: Beacon Health, 43 Whiting Hill Road, Brewer, Maine

Recruitment briefing time 7:30 - 9:00 am; alumni gathering from 9:00 -10:00 am.

Hiring Workers From the Justice System: Maine Downtown Institute

Location: University of Maine Augusta Rockland Center; 91 Camden Street - 4th Floor, Rockland, ME

Join us for an informative and inspirational session that will share experience, strategies and opportunities to recruit and train people returning to the workforce.

Leadership Recruiting Briefing for Leadership Program Classes

You are a leader ... but are you up for the challenge? Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 classes of both MDF's Leadership Maine and Institute for Civic Leadership (ICL) programs. Leadership Program Recruiting Briefings are being held around the state March 4th, 2019 - April 3rd, 2019. We will gather Alumni together for an hour immediately following each briefing to connect, collect your thoughts on Alumni engagement and share news regarding the year ahead.

Leadership in Action Breakfast 2019

Location: Mariner’s Church Banquet Center, Portland, ME 04101

We hope you will join us on Thursday, January 31st, 2019 for our next Leadership in Action Breakfast, “Creating a New Normal in the Workplace: Solutions and Best Practices in the #Metoo Era.”

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