SAVE THE DATE | 2024 Minnesota Gathering | 2 Days - in-person on Nov. 12 and online on Nov. 14 | Welcome begins at 8:30a and Keynote at 9:30a

General Information

This year's gathering will exclusively take place in person on November 12th across two distinct regions, with an additional online session on November 14th. The Minnesota Gathering is committed to adhering to CDC guidelines prevailing at the time of the event. Should you require any reasonable access accommodations, please reach out to Nik Fernholz at by October 13, 2024, and the MN Gathering will gladly assist with your request.

Request for Session Proposals

Seeking engaging speakers to deliver innovative presentations that can share what you are doing that connects to person-centered planning and thinking for the MN Gathering. These can include singular events or activities, initiatives you have participated in, cool amazing things you want to share, planning for success or overcoming challenges… the sky's the limit. Interested individuals are invited to submit proposals outlining their unique approach and expertise in this field.

Proposal Submission Deadline: June 1

Approval of the proposal will be notified by July 12th.


Keynote Presenters

Meredith Kujala (in Cloquet)

Meredith is a social worker who initially focused on domestic violence and sexual assault. Given her own disabilities, she has gone on to become a passionate advocate for the disability community. She is Program Coordinator at Advocating Change Together (ACT) and manages Little.NotLess, a nonprofit organization that she founded. She educates and trains individuals with disabilities on self-advocacy, leadership, and the importance of inclusion. She aims to create an accessible community where everyone can work, play, and learn together without feeling "different." “Being person-centered should be common sense. We should all focus on the person first and following their lead toward what they want or need. No one else would know better anyways!” she says.

Meredith Kujala

Lori Jasper (in Mankato)

Lori has supported individuals and families for 40 years. She began in occupational therapy and then specialized in home and community-based services. Lori co-founded a provider agency and led it for 15 years. She received international training in nine planning methods, becoming a Person-centered Thinking Training, Charting the LifeCourse Coach/National Consultant, and a Trauma-informed Supports Trainer. Personal and professional life intersected when her great nephew was diagnosed with multiple disabilities 17 years ago.

Lori Jasper


Two Days, Two Locations:

Day One: Cloquet (near Duluth) and Mankato November 12th, 8 am CST. In-person registration, breakfast, and mingling. Opening statements at 8:30 am Keynote presentations at 9:00 am Boxed lunch at noon

Day Two: Online via Zoom

Price: $125.00 Includes:

  • Full in-person day packed with sessions
  • Light breakfast and boxed lunch
  • Virtual attendance on day two
  • Access to an all-online virtual day on Nov. 14th
  • Registered participants will receive a Zoom link by November 8th

There are no separate pricing options; the fee remains the same regardless of attendance on one or both days.


Registration opens August 28


Two in-person only locations; North and South Regions

November 12

North Region | Cloquet Forestry Center, Cloquet Minnesota - near Duluth | 175 University Rd, Cloquet, MN 55720

South Region | South Central College, North Mankato Minnesota | 1920 Lee Boulevard North Mankato, MN 56003

November 14 | Online via Zoom | a link will be provided to registered participants by November 8th


Please email Nik Fernholz at if you wish to apply for a scholarship. The scholarship pays for the cost of attending the event only, which includes breakfast, lunch and access to sessions on both days. Please include your full name, address and reason for applying. Please call 612.626.3346 as an alternative to emailing.


Hotel accommodations are on your own. The MN Gathering does not have blocked rooms available. Please use the links below to see what hotels are available for the region you're visiting.

Cloquet Hotels

North Mankato Hotel options coming soon