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

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.

When: June 22, 2022, 7-9 pm (Champions Reception from 6-7 pm)
Where: The Machine Shop, 300 2nd St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

  • Pre-event Champions Reception: Fireside chat w/ Dana Mortenson, CEO and Co-Founder + Special Guests: Fadesola Ojeikere, Cindy Derrane, and Anna Lehn – 6-7pm
  • Event Begins: World Savvy Happy Hour and Experience – 7-8pm
  • Special Presentation and Toast – 8-8:15pm
  • Musical Performance by Dessa- 8:15pm
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  • World Savvy remains committed to the health and wellbeing of our partners, donors, and staff. Barring any change in COVID-19 conditions and risk category for the Twin Cities community, the following safety precautions will be in place for our 20th Anniversary event:
  • Masks are not required, but will be welcomed and encouraged. Disposable masks will be available at registration, and hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the venue.
  • While we will not be requiring proof of vaccination or booster, we encourage vaccination to keep each other safe, and request that anyone not vaccinated please wear a mask.
  • If you are feeling unwell or have been recently exposed to COVID-19, we ask that you please stay home. Please contact us in this event and we can issue a refund (and we’ll miss you!).

We will continue to evaluate the environment, as well as the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health, and will adjust or update our safety policies accordingly. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.

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Our Musical Guest – Dessa

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:

Event Sponsors

We would like to thank our generous event sponsors:

Christine & Jon Galloway

William Laven & Christine Pielenz

Kathy Dean

David Hansen & Trish King

Jenniffer & James McLean

Kenton King

Amr Razzak & Jane Hsiao Razzak

Jessica & Matt Scherer

KK & Doug Neimann

Rich & Carrie Higgins

Sam Reid & Emily Puetz

Pat Armstrong

Rob Lawrence

Katy Foster & Michael Lubenow