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We Must Imagine: World Savvy’s 20th Anniversary Gala

June 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join World Savvy and special guests from around the country at this vibrant and celebratory event at The Machine Shop in St Anthony Main. We’ll share stories of impact, testimonials from alumni students and educators, and look forward to the work ahead to accomplish our ambitious vision for the future of education – all with a backdrop of engaging activities, live music, and delicious food and beverage.

  • Champions Reception including Fireside chat w/ Dana Mortenson, CEO and Co-Founder + Special Guests: Fadesola Ojeikere, Cindy Derrane, and Anna Lehn – 6-7pm
  • WS Happy Hour and Experience – 7-8pm
  • Special Presentation and Toast – 8-8:15pm
  • Musical Performance by Dessa- 8:15pm

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Our Musical Guest – Dessa

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Singer, rapper, and writer Dessa has made a career of bucking genres and defying expectations—her résumé as a musician includes performances at Lollapalooza and Glastonbury, co-compositions for 100-voice choir, performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, and top-200 entries on the Billboard charts. She contributed to the #1 album The Hamilton Mixtape and the RBG documentary; her track, “Congratulations,” has notched over 20 million streams. As a writer, she’s been published by The New York Times and National Geographic Traveler, broadcast by Minnesota Public Radio, and published a memoir-in-essays (My Own Devices, 2018) in addition to two literary collections. As a speaker, Dessa has delivered keynote speeches and presentations on art, science, and entrepreneurship; guest lectures at universities and colleges across the US; and a TED Talk about her science experiment on how to fall out of love. She’s also the host of Deeply Human, a podcast created by the BBC and American Public Media. Dessa has been covered by Pitchfork, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal amongst others. The LA Times says she “sounds like no one else.” NPR’s All Songs Considered calls her “a national treasure.” On the stage and on the page, Dessa’s style is defined by ferocity, wit, tenderness, and candor.

Go follow Dessa on social media!
Twitter: @dessadarling
Facebook: Dessadarling
Instagram: @dessa

Champions Reception Panelists

Fadesola Ojeikere

Cindy Derrane

Anna Lehn

Our Sponsors

We would like to thank our generous event sponsors:

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Suann Ingle Associates logo
Dorsey Whitney logo
Your Boat Club logo
Mitchell+Mitchell logo
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Christine & Jon Galloway

William Laven & Christine Pielenz

Kathy Dean

David Hansen & Trish King

Jenniffer & James McLean

Kenton King

Amr Razzak & Jane Hsiao Razzak

KK & Doug Neimann

Sam Reid

Pat Armstrong

Emily Puetz


June 22
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Machine Shop
300 2nd St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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