Health & Human Service Conference


2023 Conference Logo

Wednesday Oct. 11th -
Friday Oct 13th, 2023
Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC)

The St. Louis County Health and Human Services Conference is celebrating 41 years! Our theme for 2023 is Courageous Connections: Leading with Curiosity & Compassion.


Ally Sponsorships are available!  All others are sold out.  We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you at the conference!

 Conference Registration  NOW OPEN!                       2023 Workshops Schedule


 Attendee Registration Dates to Remember!

June: Early Bird Registration opens $100
July 31: Last day for Early Bird Registration
August 1: Regular Registration $125
September 30: Last day to cancel registration
October 1: Walk-in Registration $150

*Registration cost for Students and Veterans $50 regardless of date registered
*Registration for St. Louis County Foster Parents $25 regardless of date registered. 

Conference Registration

Registration is Open!

Conference Registration


Register to attend in person or virtually.  Please note the virtual conference will offer a smaller menu of available workshops.

  • Early Bird $100  Ends July 31st 2023
  • Regular $125  Begins August 1st 2023
  • Walk-in $150
  • Student/Vets $50
For more information contact:
Michelle Nelson 218-726-2248 or email
For HHSC Accounting or registration questions:
call: 218-726-2292 or email
No registration refunds after Friday September 15, 2022. 
The fee covers attendance for all days of the conference and admittance to the exhibit hall. Participants can attend the institutes and workshops of their choice throughout the conference. Minnesota Board of Social Work continuing education units (C.E.U.s) will be available; some C.E.U.s may also fulfill Minnesota Board of Nursing requirements.
Online registration ends Friday September 30, 2023 at 4:00 p.m
Make your check payable:
SLC Human Service Conference Fund

Mail checks to:
320 West 2nd Street
GSC 4 West, Attn: HHS Conference
Duluth, MN 55802-1495

2023 Sponsorships - Open

Ally Sponsorships still available!

Do you want to exhibit and showcase your organizations programs and services to thousands of Human Service Practitioner and Professionals? If so, we have different levels of sponsorship to meet your organizations needs for maximum exposure. Space is limited and booths do fill quickly.

Register Now - 

Opening Keynote Sponsor

(Sold out)
  • Introduce the opening keynote speaker
  • 2 exhibitor tables
  • 4 free conference registrations
  • 2 free parking passes
  • Listing in our Conference App
  • Recognition in conference brochure with 1/2 page ad
  • Banner bug for exhibit hall to be used on stage during opening keynote
Closing Keynote Sponsor

(Sold out)
  • Introduce the closing keynote speaker
  • 2 exhibitor tables
  • 4 free conference registrations
  • 2 free parking passes
  • Listing in our Conference App
  • Recognition in conference brochure with 1/2 page ad
  • Banner bug for exhibit hall to be used on stage during closing keynote

Champion Sponsor

(Sold Out)


  • 2 exhibitor tables
  • 4 free conference registrations
  • Recognition and 1/4 page ad in the conference brochure
  • Floor sticker of company
    logo 2' X 2'
  • 2 free parking passes
  • Listing in the conference app

Advocate Sponsor

(Sold Out)


  • 1 exhibitor table
  • 2 free conference registrations
  • Recognition in conference brochure
  • Floor sticker of company logo 1' X 1
  • 2 free parking passes
  • Listing in the conference app

Ally Sponsor



  • 1 exhibitor table
  • 1 free conference registrations
  • Recognition in conference brochure
  • 2 free parking passes
  • Listing in the conference app



Exhibitor Hall Schedule

Wednesday, October 11th 2023

10:00 am – 4:45 pm
Open to Attendees

Thursday, October 12th 2023

8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Open to Attendees

Thank you for your ongoing support of the St. Louis County Health and Human Service Conference, which provides education, collaboration, and renewal for those who serve the needs of our communities.

Conference Questions Contact:
Michelle K. Nelson -- Chair
Health and Human Service Conference Committee
320 W Superior St, 6E, Duluth MN 55802-1495
(218) 726-2248 (phone)   (218) 733-2093 (fax)   

Accounting questions contact 218-726-2292

If paying by check make check payable to SLC Human Services Conference Fund

Mail to: 
320 West 2nd Street
GSC 4 West, Attn. HHS Conference Fund
Duluth, MN 55802

2023 Conference Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote - Mónica Guzmán

Monica GuzmanMónica Guzmán is a bridge builder, journalist, and author who lives for great conversations sparked by curious questions. Her new book, "I Never Thought of it That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times" was featured on the Glenn Beck Podcast and named a New York Times recommended read. She’s Senior Fellow for Public Practice at Braver Angels, the nation’s largest cross-partisan grassroots organization working to depolarize America; founder and CEO of Reclaim Curiosity, an organization working to build a more curious world; and cofounder of the award-winning Seattle newsletter The Evergrey. She was a 2019 fellow at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, where she studied social and political division, and a 2016 fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, where she researched how journalists can rethink their roles to better meet the needs of a participatory public. She was named one of the 50 most influential women in Seattle, served twice as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes, and plays a barbarian named Shadrack in her besties’ Dungeons & Dragons campaign. A Mexican immigrant, Latina, and dual US/Mexico citizen, she lives in Seattle with her husband and two kids and is the proud liberal daughter of conservative parents.



Closing Keynote - Anne Bonney

Anne BonneyAnne Bonney is a fun, energetic international keynote speaker and courage ignitor. She is an authority on Change Management, two-time author, host and creator of Dancing in the Discomfort Zone Podcast and an experienced virtual, in-person and hybrid workshop facilitator. After 20 years in highly successful corporate and nonprofit leadership positions, Anne, now uses her experience, education, and expertise to ignite YOUR ability to embrace the discomfort of change, courageous communication and emotional intelligence.

Hotel Information

When calling for hotel reservations, please mention "St. Louis County Human Service Conference Rate."

Canal Park Lodge
250 Canal Park Drive
Starting at $209

The Inn on Lake Superior
350 Canal Park Dr.
Starting at $249.99

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
200 W. 1st St.
Standard Room $134

Pier B
800 West Railroad Street
218-481-8888 - room block reference number 189090
Starting at $289

The Suites Hotel at Waterfront Plaza
325 Lake Avenue South
Starting at $121

Radisson Hotel Duluth Harborview
505 West Superior Street
Starting at $169







Past Conferences

2022 Come Together: Community, Unity, Hope
Conference Brochure

2021 Love is Key It Begins with Me
Conference Brochure

2020 And Still We Rise
Conference Brochure
Sponsor Booklet

2019 Bravely Being Human
Conference Brochure
Conference Memento

2018 Tattoos on the Heart
Conference Brochure
Exhibitor Brochure

PowerPoint Presentations 2018


2017 The Power of Perspective
Conference Brochure
Exhibitor Brochure

2016 The Losses and Laughter We Grow Into
Conference Brochure
Exhibitor Brochure

2015 The Dance of Compassion
Conference Brochure


Michelle Nelson
Organizational Development Specialist
Phone: 218-726-2248