NEON’s “Community Conversation Version 3.0” is the third annual Community Conversation series which originated in 2020. Engaging nearly 1,000 community members through in-person and virtual viewership in the first two years, we expect to draw increased attention to and elevate our profile through the next Community Conversation Series, Version 3.0. Designed to spark strategic dialogue, the series brings together BIPOC-owned business and entrepreneurs, NEON leadership, and national guests to address social and racial injustice, economic opportunity, and community support of NEON initiatives.

We are planning for dynamic speakers in 3 to 4 sessions taking place in the afternoon this year, with networking receptions to follow. Thanks to excellent survey response and feedback we’ll plan to feature our own local entrepreneurs, corporate executives and known BIPOC-business owners with connections to food, sports and housing – among other business interests.

NEON’s Community Conversation Series 3.0

Session 3: Building Wealth Through Solid Banking Relationships – Examining How a Black-owned Bank is Adding a Voice for Inclusion

On Tuesday, December 6th, Warren McLean will be joined by Jeanne Crain, President and CEO of Bremer Financial Corporation, Kenneth Kelly, Chairman and CEO of First Independence Bank, and Tim Welsh, Vice Chair of Consumer and Business Banking for U.S. Bank for Session 3 of NEON’s Community Conversation Series 3.0. The Conversation will be moderated by Tru Pettigrew, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Minnesota Timberwolves/Lynx.

We look forward to gathering new insights from our esteemed panel in discussion around:

Building wealth by creating solid banking relationships
Examining how a Black-owned bank is adding a voice for inclusion
How banks can be beacons of hope in their communities – particularly for those who are unbanked or underbanked

We invite guests to attend the networking reception with hors d’oeuvres and beverages following the Conversation.


Tuesday, December 6th, 2022


3PM – Registration opens
4PM – Community Conversation begins
5:15PM – Networking reception begins


The Depot Minneapolis
225 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55401


$50 per person (Conversation only)
$75 per person (Conversation plus reception)

Registration will close at 12:00pm on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022.

Valet parking is provided to all guests

Day-of registration will be available at the door, $80 per ticket. Exact cash or credit card only.
Please call Gina Marengo at (612) 746-4150 with questions regarding registration.